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Daily Dairy: What Look for in Yogurt

Review Average: 4.5 stars

Yogurt comes in such an array of flavors and styles, the choices can be overwhelming. Here is a breakdown to help you select what’s best for you and your family for meeting your recommended 3 servings of dairy a day.


Dos and Don’ts When Dining Out with Your Preschooler

Review Average: 3 stars

For preschoolers, ages 3 to 5, the meals may be small but there are big lessons to learn about lifelong healthy dining habits.


Healthy Eats at the Amusement Park

Review Average: 5 stars

Eating right at an amusement park can seem like an impossible feat, but it doesn’t have to be.


Slow Cooker Tips for Busy Weeknights

Review Average: 4 stars

Too busy to cook? Use a slow cooker. It does all the work of cooking for you while you’re at work or busy with the kids, minimizing time spent in the kitchen.


Should Your Child be a Flexitarian?

Review Average: 4 stars

Have you considered a vegetarian diet for your family, but aren’t sure if you’re ready to take the plunge? A flexitarian diet may be a happy middle ground.


Feeding Vegetarian and Vegan Infants and Toddlers

Review Average: 4 stars

Time and attention are necessary to make certain young children get all the nutrients they need for normal growth and development, and well-planned vegetarian and vegan eating patterns are healthy for infants and toddlers.


Have a Fun and Healthier Birthday Party

Review Average: 4 stars

Want a healthier birthday party for your kids? Use cookie cutters to create shapes for home-made sandwiches.


Eat Right to Play Hard

Review Average: 3.5 stars

Active kids need fuel for sports, school and everyday health, as well as normal growth and development. When young people are involved in competitive athletics, their need for power foods and fluids is higher than usual.


Your Pre-Teen’s Weight

Review Average: 4.5 stars

Parents may become concerned by a child's weight increase, but remember a major growth spurt often occurs during the pre-teen (middle school) years and kids will often become heavier before their height takes off.


Iron and Your Teen

Review Average: 4.5 stars

Poor food choices or restricting food to lose weight are two common reasons many teens don't consume enough iron when they need it the most.


Portion Distortion

Review Average: 3.5 stars

One reason kids may not be eating appropriately sized portions based on the recommended MyPlate serving sizes is that they may not recognize what a reasonable portion looks like. Use this chart to determine what a serving size actually looks like.


Nutrition for the Child with Sickle Cell Anemia

Review Average: 5 stars

Sickle Cell Disease (SCD), also called Sickle Cell Anemia, is a genetic red blood cell disorder that causes blood cells to take on a sickle or crescent shape. People with SCD often experience episodes of pain, fatigue and frequent infections. SCD is associated with low calcium intake, vitamin D deficiency and poor appetite.


Healthy Soul Food, Your Way

Review Average: 5 stars

Embrace the healthier roots of soul food—greens, sweet potatoes and beans—by following these tips to create healthier soul food, your way.


Reflux in Babies and Toddlers

Reflux, or gastroesophageal reflux (GER), is a common condition affecting 40 to 65 percent of infants. In most cases, reflux is mild and normal. Here are some tips to prevent reflux in your baby.


Make Time for Breakfast

Review Average: 4 stars

For kids, eating in the morning is essential for optimal school performance and overall health. Kids (and adults) who eat breakfast tend to do better at school (and work) and have healthier weights and cholesterol levels as well.


Enjoy Heart-Healthy Foods

Review Average: 4 stars

What's the best way to share the love this Valentine's Day? A healthy heart. Incorporate some of these ideas into your family's meals for a heart-healthy diet.


Give Your Teen's Favorite Foods a Do-It-Yourself Makeover

Review Average: 4.5 stars

There’s no single solution for solving our still-growing obesity epidemic. But making small, healthful changes to foods teens overeat – and under-eat (especially veggies) – is an excellent place to start.


5 Ways to Stretch Your Dollar at the Grocery Store

Review Average: 3 stars

Stay within your grocery budget while feeding your family right with these five tips.


Beat the Bug

Review Average: 4.5 stars

The flu season is at your doorstep. How can you protect yourself? The best defense is a year-round offense: Eat smart, stay active, get enough rest, reduce stress.


The Family Table

Review Average: 3.5 stars

Research shows that family meals promote healthier eating – more fruits, vegetables and fiber; less fried food; often fewer calories. And they do far more than put healthful food on the table.


When Should I Wean My Baby?

Review Average: 3 stars

Weaning is the slow, gradual process that helps your baby eat and enjoy your family's foods. The time for weaning is an individual matter for mother and baby.


Teen Nutrition for Fall Sports

Review Average: 4.5 stars

Four key nutrition tips to keep your teen athlete nutritionally balanced, energized and ready to play.


Be Thankful for a Thanksgiving Free from Foodborne Illness

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, questions are already popping up about how to prepare the two stars of the Thanksgiving feast: the turkey and stuffing.


Feeding Your Teen Vegetarian

Review Average: 3 stars

Regardless of why a teen stops eating some or all animal-based foods, parents play an important role in helping make sure that their child gets all the necessary vitamins, minerals and nutrients for growth and good health.


Lunch is in the Bag

Review Average: 3.5 stars

Between First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign against childhood obesity and Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution there’s no shortage of programs aimed at getting America’s kids to eat healthier.


Family Dinners in a Flash

Review Average: 5 stars

Make time to eat with your family using the following tips from registered dietitians—the food and nutrition experts!


6 Surprising Ways to Incorporate Yogurt into MyPlate

Review Average: 5 stars

Incorporating yogurt into a healthy diet for kids is easier than you might think, and important, too. Here are six surprising ways to include it in your child’s diet.


Best Breakfasts for Your School Crew

Review Average: 3 stars

What is the best breakfast for kids this school year? It's the breakfast they will eat.


Milk: More Important Than You Think!

Review Average: 2.5 stars

Milk and dairy products are the main source of calcium in our diets, a critical mineral kids need to build strong bones, help muscles contract and transmit nerve impulses. Try these tips to get your kids to drink more milk and eat more dairy.


Expanding Your Baby's Flavor Horizons

Review Average: 4.5 stars

Researchers have discovered that a baby’s sensory system can taste flavors from its mother’s diet that travel through the mother’s bloodstream into the amniotic fluid.


Reducing the Risk from Food Allergies

Review Average: 5 stars

Food allergies get lots of attention, so it’s natural to wonder about the potential harm to your child. While reactions to food can be serious, it’s important to know the facts and what you can do to reduce your child’s risk.


Size-Wise Nutrition for Toddlers

Review Average: 4.5 stars

Very young children need the same variety of nutrient-rich foods as older kids and adults, just in much smaller quantities. As portions have gotten bigger, some parents and caregivers have developed a distorted view of the amount of food toddlers and preschoolers need.


Eating Out with Kids

Review Average: 2 stars

Use smart-eating strategies: plan ahead, consider the menu and choose foods carefully to keep you on your plan.


Better Breakfasts

Review Average: 3.5 stars

Research shows breaking an overnight fast with a balanced meal can make a major difference in overall health and well-being, especially for children and teens.


Your Grade Schooler Won't Drink Milk — Now What?

Review Average: 3.5 stars

While milk was once the go-to gulp for most kids, it’s increasingly being pushed to the sidelines, with the average child drinking between 5 and 10 ounces of sweetened soft drinks a day instead.


Nifty New After-School Snack Ideas

Review Average: 3.5 stars

A planned after-school snack is one way to help kids achieve nutritional goals. But a snack is only as good for your kids as you make it.


When Packing the School Lunches, Don't Forget Breakfast

Review Average: 4 stars

Studies show that breakfast eaters tend to have higher school attendance, less tardiness and fewer hunger-induced stomach aches in the morning, which means fewer trips to the school nurse.


How Many Calories Does My Teen Need?

Review Average: 4 stars

Teens need somewhat more calories than when they were a bit younger with strenuous physical activity adding to the daily caloric intake.


Besides Milk, What Should My Teen Eat for Healthy Bones?

Review Average: 4.5 stars

Calcium-rich, bone-building foods like yogurt, cheese and pudding, and calcium-fortified soy beverages, tofu, juice and dark green vegetables are beneficial to your teen's development.


Nutrition for Young Women

Review Average: 4.5 stars

The best thing a young woman can do is understand her own body and stay healthy by eating a balanced diet and getting regular physical activity.


Healthy Weights for Healthy Teens

Review Average: 3 stars

Four tasty ways to get the nutrients you crave and have a healthy weight at the same time.


Baby Food - Make It Yourself?

Review Average: 4 stars

In spite of the added work, some parents get satisfaction from preparing baby food themselves. However, that requires extra care to keep baby's food safe and to retain the nutrients from fresh foods.


Fast Food, Healthy Food

Review Average: 4 stars

Today's fast-food menus offer far more options than traditional fare. And with so much to choose from, here are some pointers to keep in mind to eat healthy.



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  • Cook healthy

    Involve your child in the cutting, mixing and preparation of all meals. Even a snack can be healthy.

  • Eat right

    Sit down together as a family to enjoy a wonderful meal and the opportunity to share the day's experiences with one another.

  • Shop smart

    To encourage a healthy lifestyle, get your children involved in selecting the food that will appear at the breakfast, lunch or dinner table.


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