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Puerto Rican Favorites Made Healthy

Review Average: 4.5 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.


Children Need Carbohydrates

Review Average: 4 stars

In recent years, several diet fads have recommended the reduction, or even elimination, of carbohydrates from our usual diets. But are such "low carb" diets good for a child?


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.


Veggies: The Stars at Your Dinner Table

Review Average: 4 stars

One way to increase vegetable consumption is to make them the star of the meal. Kids love meal bars like potato bars, salad bars and nacho bars, and they're great ways to introduce new veggies.


Farmers Markets: Bringing the Farm to Table

Review Average: 5 stars

With a little planning, your field trip to the farmers market can be a perfect way to introduce your family to new foods while learning where our food comes from.


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.


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.


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!


Make It Mediterranean

Review Average: 5 stars

You've probably heard that the Mediterranean diet can make your heart healthier, protect against cancer and even help you live longer. But did you know it's also a great pick for kids?


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.


How to Avoid Choking

Review Average: 4.5 stars

Having teeth doesn't mean children can handle all foods. Small, hard foods … slippery foods … and sticky foods can block the air passage, cutting off a child's supply of oxygen.


Ease the Pain of Constipation

Review Average: 5 stars

Constipation can be painful, stressful and embarrassing for kids and it takes a toll on parents, too.


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: 4 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.


Have a Healthy St. Patrick's Day Party

Capitalize on this holiday's themes and serve up a fun, celebratory and nutritious spread. Make positive food memories this St. Patrick's Day by teaching your kids that eating healthy is fun.


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.


Best Gift is a Healthy Heart

Review Average: 4.5 stars

Compelling research suggests that fatty buildup in arteries begins in childhood and is more likely with higher blood cholesterol levels.


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.


Exploring We Will Go

Review Average: 5 stars

Do you struggle to get your grade-schooler to eat fruits and vegetables? If so, don’t feel like you’re alone. Here are some suggestions to get your child to like and eat those fruits and veggies.


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.


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.


Smart Fruit and Veggie Snacks

Review Average: 4.5 stars

Naturally nutrient-rich and mostly fat-free, fruit and veggie snacks help children close critical nutrient gaps without adding extra calories.


Should You Hide Your Child’s Vegetables?

Review Average: 5 stars

If your child would rather push his peas around his plate than eat them, you've probably considered sneaking a few veggies into his favorite foods. But should you?


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.


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.


Get Fruits and Veggies to the Plate!

Review Average: 3 stars

Help your family eat right by filling half their plates with fruits and vegetables.


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.


Going Meatless Every Monday

Review Average: 5 stars

Have you gone meat-free today? More and more people are going vegetarian — at least for one day a week. Cutting back on meat intake offers many protective benefits. Don't think of it merely as subtracting from your diet, but adding to it!


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.


Getting Started on Eating Right

Review Average: 4.5 stars

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


Are Canned Foods Nutritious for My Family?

Review Average: 1.5 stars

Quick and convenient, more than 1500 varieties of canned foods appear on today's supermarket shelves offering everything from traditional fare to a variety of nutritionally positioned products such as sodium-free, low-fat, no-added-sugar and others.


Poor Baby’s Got a Cold

Review Average: 3 stars

Here are your best bets for feeding them when they are mildly sick with a little sneezing, a cough and a runny nose.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Veggies for Breakfast? Yes!

Review Average: 5 stars

Fruit fits easily into breakfast, but vegetables can be a challenge. Here are some tips to help you wake up your kid's fruit and vegetable appetite.


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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