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5 Reasons for Your Teen to Eat Breakfast

Review Average: 4 stars

Eating a healthy breakfast can help your teen get more nutrition and even perform better at school. Check out these five reasons for your teen to eat breakfast this new school year.


Does My Child Need a Gluten Free Diet?

Review Average: 3.5 stars

Gluten is a protein found in certain grains like wheat, barley and rye and is harmless for most children - with the exception of celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity.


A Very Berry Summer

Review Average: 5 stars

Are berries on your shopping list this summer? Whether we're talking about blueberries, strawberries or raspberries, these sweet, colorful finger fruits are sure to make your toddler or preschooler happy.


Breakfast in Schools: Healthy & Nutritious

Review Average: 5 stars

Many schools throughout the country participate in the USDA’s School Breakfast Program, a program modeled after the National School Lunch Program to provide nutritional breakfasts to students at participating schools.


Food Color Additives and ADHD: Is There a Link?

Review Average: 4 stars

Do color additives cause behavioral problems in children or add to the problems associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?


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.


Healthful and Safe Eating on Vacation

Review Average: 4 stars

Your family can still enjoy the new, fun and exciting foods that come with traveling while maintaining a healthful eating plan. Here are a few tips to eat right while on summer vacation.


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.


Whole White Wheat Flour: Tasty and Nutritious

Review Average: 4.5 stars

Do your kids turn up their noses when you try to get them to eat foods made with whole wheat? Then you haven't tried whole white wheat flour!


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.


Talk to Your Child About Weight

Review Average: 3.5 stars

Allow your children to tell you about the frustrating and painful issues common among overweight children. Let them know that you will listen when they need to talk.


Gluten-Free Meals on a Budget

Review Average: 2 stars

It's easy to prepare healthful, gluten-free meals for your family without breaking the bank.


Five Grains to Keep Your Family Healthy

Review Average: 3 stars

Next time you go shopping, keep your family healthy by choosing whole grains over refined grains. Whole grains (such as buckwheat, brown rice, hominy and oatmeal) are more nutritious.


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.


Feed Your Family Healthfully on a Low Income Budget

Review Average: 5 stars

Even if you’re struggling to pay your bills, there are resources available to help you and your family eat nutritious meals.


Food Safety Starts at Home

Review Average: 2.5 stars

While you are teaching your kids to cook, be sure to include important ways to avoid getting a foodborne illness.


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.


Look to Schools for Local and Vegetarian Options

Review Average: 4 stars

Whether your children are strict vegans (they eat nothing that comes from animals), vegetarians or part-time vegetarians, they’ll find more choices to fit their needs and tastes in the school cafeteria.


Disaster Preparedness for Your Special Needs Child

Review Average: 5 stars

Whether it’s a blizzard, hurricane, earthquake or tornado, you want to be prepared when a disaster strikes. That’s especially true when caring for a child with special needs.


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.


Supplements for Breast-Fed Babies

Review Average: 2.5 stars

Until solid foods are introduced – preferably at about six months – breast milk can be a complete source of nutrition for infants. However, three nutrients may warrant additional consideration. Ask your doctor for advice.


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.


The Inside Scoop on Artificial Sweeteners

Review Average: 2 stars

If you’re concerned about the amount of sugar in your child’s diet you might be wondering if artificial sweeteners are a smart alternative. Despite what you may have heard, artificial sweeteners don’t cause birth defects or cancer and they aren’t linked to behavior problems.


Nutrition for Your Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Review Average: 4.5 stars

Caring for a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be challenging on many levels. And healthy eating is no exception.


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.


Enjoy an Ethnic Breakfast!

Review Average: 4.5 stars

While the typical American breakfast can be a great way for kids to eat more whole grains, fruit and low fat dairy, take inspiration from breakfasts around the globe. They can help your children add other important foods, like lean protein and even vegetables, to their diets.


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.


Breakfast: The Key to Learning

Review Average: 4.5 stars

Kids who fuel up in the morning focus and perform better in the classroom. Get your clan to eat breakfast with these simple suggestions.


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.


Meet Your Supermarket Dietitian

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Have you ever wandered the supermarket or grocery store, confused by food labels, wishing you had someone to help you navigate the aisles and make healthier choices? Look for the supermarket registered dietitian!


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.


Supermarket Psychology

Review Average: 4 stars

Here are some practical tips that can save you time, money and hassle on grocery store trips.


Frozen Foods: Convenient and Nutritious

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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 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.


Does TV Influence What Your Child Eats?

Review Average: 3.5 stars

TV time can take a toll on your child’s nutrition because many kids are easily swayed to choose the foods they see advertised on television. And many of these foods are high in fat, sugar, sodium and/or calories and they often lack vitamins, minerals and fiber.


When Should I Wean My Baby?

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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?

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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

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


Protein Foods for Your Vegetarian Child

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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.


Get Fruits and Veggies to the Plate!

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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!


Does My Child Need A Supplement?

Review Average: 3 stars

If your child eats a variety of foods, supplements may not be needed. However, if you're unsure about your child's nutrient intake, get expert advice.


Why Is My Child Overweight?

Review Average: 3.5 stars

Many factors contribute to weight problems in children.


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

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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.


Healthy Children are a Family Affair

Review Average: 2.5 stars

Parents are children's biggest influences when it comes to healthy behaviors, so provide your kids with opportunities for family fun. You can help your children learn to make healthier food choices and engage in regular physical activity by being a good role model.


Fuel Up for Sports in the School Cafeteria

Review Average: 3 stars

When it comes to excelling on the playing field, what young athletes eat can make a huge difference.


Poor Baby’s Got a Cold

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


Promoting Positive Body Image

Review Average: 4.5 stars

Young people with a positive image of themselves feel more comfortable and confident in their ability to succeed. They don’t obsess about calories, food or weight. They have the energy they need to enjoy physical activity.


Ice Speed: Fueling Strategies for Hockey

Review Average: 4.5 stars

When it comes to fuel, the demands of high school ice hockey players are great. Consuming optimal foods and fluids both on and off the ice is essential.


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

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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.


Exploring More About Food

Food offers a world of experiences well suited to how children learn. Because food can become a "hands-on" activity, everyday tasks can get kids involved in food – and so promote healthful eating.


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.


Coping With Picky Eating Phases

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Every parent of a young child has been through the pain of a picky eating phase. Between the ages of one and 3, they are expressing independence about everything, including food.


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.


Food in Child Care: Check It Out!

Review Average: 3 stars

If you look for child care, rank good nutrition, food-safety standards and active play high on your checklist with warm and caring staff, a safe environment, opportunities for development and self-expression.


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.


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.


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?

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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.


School Meals Get a Makeover

Review Average: 5 stars

The school cafeteria just got a whole lot healthier. Earlier this year, the USDA launched the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act designed to improve the nutrition of 32 million schoolchildren nationwide.



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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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