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Puerto Rican Favorites Made Healthy

Review Average: 4 stars

Inspired by a lush Caribbean island with an abundance of tasty and nutritious food, Puerto Rican cuisine is filled with tropical fruits, fresh fish, flavorful herbs and spices, and plenty of fiber-packed beans. As with any cuisine, however, cooking methods and portion sizes can mean all the difference between what’s healthful and what’s not.


Healthy Eats at the Amusement Park

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


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.


Ethiopian Food: Nutrition at Your Fingertips

Review Average: 4.5 stars

With a hands-on approach, plenty of vegetables and soft, bite-size pieces, Ethiopian food is a flavorful and fun way to help your child eat more vegetables. Meals are served family-style on injera, a spongy flatbread made from the gluten-free whole grain, teff.


Kids in the Garden - Nutritious and Fun

Review Average: 5 stars

Planting a garden can be fun for the entire family. With fruits and vegetables conveniently growing at eye level, planting a garden can have a positive impact on your child’s health.


Fire Up the Barbecue!

Review Average: 3 stars

If your barbecue pit has been undercover for the winter months, take time to make sure your grill is clean and ready for safe use before throwing on your favorite food.


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.


Time for a Makeover

Review Average: 1 stars

You can transform almost any recipe and just a few subtle modifications may improve their nutrition content without much flavor change. Experiment!


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.


Feeding the Child with PKU

Review Average: 4 stars

Phenylketonuria (PKU) is a genetically inherited birth defect. A strict diet limited in phenylalanine is the main treatment for PKU. Phenylalanine is found in most protein-containing foods such as milk, eggs, cheese, nuts, soybeans, chicken, beef, pork, beans and fish.


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.


Fake a Homemade Dinner

Review Average: 3.5 stars

If you don't have time to whip up a homemade meal, you can still enjoy all the benefits of a family dinner. Here are four speedy meals you can dish up without breaking a sweat.


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.


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.


Food, Nutrients and Your Teen

Review Average: 4.5 stars

Second only to infancy, adolescence is the fastest growth stage in life! Even when teens reach their adult height (for girls sooner than for boys), their bodies are still growing and developing.


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.


Frozen Foods: Convenient and Nutritious

Review Average: 4 stars

The freezer case is stocked with many healthy and convenient foods you can serve with little time or effort.


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.


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.


Can My Diabetic Child Eat Nuts?

Review Average: 4 stars

Nuts are a terrific snack or addition to a meal for children and adults with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes.


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.


Protein Foods for Your Vegetarian Child

Review Average: 5 stars

Kids don’t need to eat meat to get the necessary protein to keep their bodies healthy and growing. Build meals around these five non-meat foods that contain protein and are rich in nutrients.


Meaty Advice for Holiday Cooks

Ready for your family to dig into that Thanksgiving turkey and all the trimmings? First make sure that everything is properly prepared.


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: 4 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.


Holiday Home Food Safety

Cooking to proper internal temperatures can give your Thanksgiving dinner a winning formula. It not only ensures the safety of your holiday meat, it also helps ensure the taste.


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!


Homemade Baby Food

Review Average: 5 stars

Preparing homemade baby food lets parents expose babies to more flavors, which may help them become more adventurous eaters. And it's easier and cheaper than you might think.


Best Breakfasts for Your School Crew

Review Average: 2.5 stars

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


Getting Started on Eating Right

Review Average: 4 stars

The choices parents make in feeding their infants can have a lifetime impact on your child’s health and weight.


Is Fish Healthy for My Child?

Review Average: 5 stars

Nearly all fish contain trace amounts of mercury, but the real danger is not consuming enough fish. Fish contains omega-3 fatty acids which children need to build the structure of their brains and development of the nervous system.


Milk: More Important Than You Think!

Review Average: 3 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.


Keep Your Vegetarian Child Healthy

Review Average: 4 stars

Are you worried your vegetarian child is not be getting the necessary nutrients in their diet? Make sure that your child receives enough protein, calcium and iron for optimal growth and nutrition.


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.


Formula Basics for Healthy Babies

Review Average: 4 stars

If you choose not to breast feed or to stop breast feeding before one year, meet your baby’s nutritional needs with iron-fortified formula.


Food Labels for Infants under Two

Review Average: 5 stars

You may have noticed that infant food labels look different from adult food labels. While infant food labels also use the Nutrition Facts format, the information provided is different.


Introducing Solid Foods

Review Average: 4 stars

During the first two years, children move from exclusive breast or bottle feeding to eating table foods with the rest of the family.


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: 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.


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 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: 3.5 stars

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


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.


Best Foods for Fourth of July Grilling

Fourth of July and grilling go hand-in-hand but that doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice nutrition for taste!



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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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