With a new school year here, send your child to class with safe and healthy lunches with these easy tips
Did you know that in the beginning of the 2014-15 school year all grain-based products offered in your child’s school must be whole grain-rich?
It seems harmless. While making cookies, you decide to taste the dough. But regardless of how good it tastes, you are taking a risk.
Compare nutrition facts on the product’s label to determine how much nutrition you’re getting for your food dollar.
Labor Day is a perfect time for a picnic in the park. If you're heading outdoors, follow these tips to plan a healthy picnic
Summer is almost over, but your kids can still benefit from exercise by taking part in physical education in their school.
Popcorn can be a healthy snack if it’s not loaded with butter, salt or high calorie add-ons.
You want your children to eat healthfully, but what's good for you may not be good for your kids. In particular, adults and very young children need different amounts of fat in their diets.
Do you know what's lurking inside of your kitchen sponge? A smelly, wet sponge is a sure sign of one thing: bacteria!
What's for lunch or dinner? Why not pack a picnic cooler ahead of time for that family outing?
In addition to being a tasty treat, watermelon is a good source of vitamins A and C and contains lycopene, fiber and potassium ... plus it can help you stay hydrated on hot days.
During breastfeeding you need about 13 cups of fluids daily. Drink more if you're thirsty. Keep water, low-fat or fat-free milk or juice handy to sip as you nurse.
Fast foods often have a lot of calories and fat, yet come up short on vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Next time you head for the fast-food lane, try these easy tips to eat smarter.
Including whole grains as part of a healthy diet has been shown to help reduce cardiovascular disease, lower body weight and reduce incidence of diabetes.
Peaches and nectarines can be found from May until September in most regions of the United States, although the peak months for nectarines are July and August. To enjoy peaches and nectarines at their best, use these guidelines.
For young children, iron deficiency anemia is the most common nutrition problem.
If you've picked up a package of hamburger meat, chicken breasts or pork chops lately, you might've noticed something new: Nutrition Facts. Certain meat products now require nutrition labeling under a new USDA rule.
Add variety and healthy options to any cookout by grilling fruits and vegetables. Here are ideas to get you started.
When it comes to summer squash, such as zucchini, patty pans and yellow crooknecks, you've got options.
Bright red color, sweet, succulent flavor—do field-fresh strawberries conjure up wonderful sense-ations of spring?
What's for breakfast? Even if kids are on their own in the morning, most can make these easy breakfasts.
Plan ahead. Decide what you will be eating, and how you are going to cook it. Then, plan what equipment you will need.
Tips for keeping food at a safe temperature in a cooler during picnics and barbecues.
Summer brings hot days, outdoor gatherings...and potential for foodborne illness. Reduce the risk of uninvited bacteria crashing your party with these tiops.
Fiber-rich foods like beans, whole grain breads and breakfast cereals, and all types of fruits and vegetables keep the bowels healthy and lower the risk of heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
Salsa is a healthy and delicious way to add the right amount of spiciness or sweetness to your dish. Get creative and add your favorite chopped fruits or vegetables.
Do you know that kids influence up to 80 percent of family food spending? Still, as a family shopper, you control what foods go into the family kitchen.
Plantains are part of the banana family and are often used in Caribbean, West African and Latin American dishes.
Physical activity is important during every stage of life, even infancy. Activity can encourage rolling over, crawling and walking as well as cognitive development and can lead to a preference for active play.
During power outages, food spoilage can be a serious problem. Keep your family safe by following these tips.
Though they aren't sweet, avocados are actually fruit, and they have unheralded health benefits.
Is your oatmeal boring? Liven it up with these simple ideas.
Swollen, tender gums can signal teething. Follow these tips to ease your baby's discomfort.
Have you ever wondered if virgin olive oil has fewer calories than pure olive oil?
Each fruit and vegetable offers a unique combination of nutrition. Follow these tips to help your child eat veggies.
While finding time to enjoy meals together gets trickier for families every day, research continues to demonstrate family meals are a great way to promote healthy family eating habits.
Learn what you're eating! Enriched foods, such as white flour, have the nutrients that were lost during food processing added back. Fortified foods, such as vitamin D fortified milk, have vitamins or minerals added to a food that weren't originally in the food.
Plan a meal around eggs! One large egg has just 70 calories and is a good source of protein and vitamins. Beyond that, eggs supply lutein and zeaxanthin, which may promote healthy vision.
Keep food out of sight until mealtime or snack time. The sight of food makes many children (and adults) want to eat.
Observe what goes on in the child-care setting. You should be able to answer "yes" to these questions.
Do you buy into food myths? Here are three true-or-false questions to test your thinking.
Does oil go in the refrigerator or the pantry? While some oils have a shelf life of a year or more, others, such as flaxseed, sesame and walnut oils, should be stored in the refrigerator.
March is National Nutrition Month®, a yearly event which calls attention to the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
Does your 2-year-old want a peanut butter sandwich for lunch every day? It sounds like your child is on a "food jag."
A trip to the sandwich shop is a quick and easy option for family mealtime. When you are looking to make healthy choices, remember it's okay to make requests.
One of the trendiest new health foods is chia seeds, the same as found in Chia Pets. These little seeds contain omega-3 fatty acid, antioxidants, fiber, protein and minerals; and may help lower cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure.
The school cafeteria is a great place for kids to get a healthful snack to fuel their workouts.
Whole grains are important sources of many nutrients, including dietary fiber, several B vitamins and minerals. Make whole grains at least half of the grains your child eats.
No formal definition for the use of "natural" on food labels has been issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). However, "natural" claims have become common on new foods and beverages.
Potatoes are packed with healthful carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fiber. There are different ways to prepare them.
What does organic labeling, regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, mean?
The amount of time canned foods can be stored on the shelf varies based on the acidity of the contents.
While bottle feeding, follow these tips to keep your baby from getting sick, reduce the risk of injuries and promote good dental health.
Reusable grocery totes are great for the environment, but they might be making you sick. Unwashed totes increase your risk for food poisoning and cross-contaminated food.
Fiber intakes are low among both children and adults, according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. This neglected nutrient might help prevent obesity, some cancers, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Develop heart-healthy eating habits from the start with these tips.
Like family keepsakes, heirloom fruits and vegetables celebrate heritage. They are grown from seeds that have been passed down generation to generation in order to preserve special varieties, such as the Alexander apple or the Amarillo carrot.
Because burns are a common hazard related to microwave oven use, make sure children know how to use a microwave oven safely.
When you need to discipline your child, do not do it with food. If you cut out food to punish a child, this can make your child feel anxious.
Spinach is packed with powerful nutrients and is an excellent source of folate, vitamin A, iron and vitamin K. Like other leafy greens, spinach also provides fiber, magnesium and calcium.
Before you blame a flu bug for an upset stomach, consider that foodborne illness often starts at home.
Sometimes a vending machine might be the only option for a quick snack. Teach your child to look for foods that provide some nutrition, not just calories.
When using a coupon, compare prices at the supermarket or grocery store. The coupon may not always be the better value.
This year, put a healthy twist on Valentine's treats with delicious pink and red treats that are nutritious and delicious.
Although cow's milk is a great source of nutrients for toddlers, children and adults, it is not appropriate for infants younger than 12 months.
Although all kids of foods get blamed, teenage acne is linked to hormonal changes, rarely chocolate or other food choices.
There's no exact science to bottle-feeding, but these are some signs that suggest that your baby's had enough.
You don't need a recipe — experiment with your own favorite blend of herbs and spices for all sorts of great rubs.
Want an easy taste adventure for your kids? Substitute ripe fresh or canned pears in any recipe that calls for apples.
With small menu changes, you can modify traditional holiday menus to lower the calories and fat content. Your friends and family won't even notice the difference.
If you really want to change your family's eating habits, you need to build a healthy kitchen. Here are five ways to give your kitchen a makeover.
As Santa Claus makes his yearly trek around the world, children everywhere will leave treats for the big guy to fuel him on his ride. But don't forget Santa needs nutrition too.
Children love feeding themselves. It gives them a sense of independence and helps them learn when they are full. Try these healthful toddler-friendly finger foods.
Surprise your kids by offering breakfast for lunch or dinner. It's a fun way to get a delicious, nutritious meal on the table quickly.
Until your child is at least one year old, honey or corn syrup in any form should be avoided.
Turn snack time into family fun time with the alphabet game. Here are a few ideas to get started.
Help your child learn how to deal with food-pushing relatives.
You can lead a young child to the table, but you can't make her eat — nor should you. Let your child's appetite guide how much food is enough.
The fall school sports training schedule is under way and athletes need to focus on consuming adequate amounts of calories, carbohydrates, protein and water.
Here's the key to healthful food choices: very visible, convenient, effortless — great taste. Follow these seven how-tos for smart snacking.
Kids love control and creativity. Including them in the meal planning or preparing will increase the likelihood of a successful dinner.
Feeding your baby directly from the food jar can introduce bacteria from your baby's mouth to the spoon and into the food.
If you're taking the time to cook, use your time wisely. Prepare a double portion of one main dish that you can use in two or three additional meals.
Infant formula is available in different types and forms. The most common are made from specially treated cow's milk and fortified with iron.
Add more fruits and vegetables to your lifestyle by snacking on produce instead of potato chips.
Turkeys that are injected or marinated with a solution containing fats, broth, stock or water plus spices and other approved ingredients are "basted."
Nothing tastes bettter than Turkey with all the trimmings! But what to do with leftovers? Try reinventing your Thanksgiving feast a day or two later with these tips.
If your child keeps asking for the same food meal after meal, the child is on a "food jag," common especially in the toddler years.
For optimal nutrition for your infant, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months.
While media images influence children's behavior, kids' most significant role models are their parents. Be a positive influence on your child's mind and body alike.
Eaten two or three hours before meals, a small snack won't ruin your appetite.
Vitamin D deficiency can lead to rickets or defective bone growth. Make sure your child is getting enough vitamin D each day by including milk with most meals.
Parents and care givers supply the What, When and Where of children's meals and snacks. Make sure your child eats well and develops a positive relationship with food that will last a lifetime.
Apples are known to be a great source of fiber, but can the same be said about applesauce and apple juice?
Don't worry if meal skipping is just occasional. But if your teen skips meals regularly, nutrients needed for growth, development and health may come up short.
If you want your children to eat more fruits and vegetables, serve them more fruits and vegetables.
Ever wondered if it is okay to skip the spoon and put solid foods, such as infant cereal, in your baby's bottle? Here's why it's not a good idea.
The best way to prevent early childhood cavities is by educating yourselves and your children on the importance of healthy nutrition and healthy teeth.
You don't have to be a super sleuth to know when your family is full. Just watch for clues your youngsters are giving you at mealtime about their hunger and fullness.
For you and your children, every excuse or barrier to eating a nutritious breakfast has a solution. Don't let these excuses stand in your way of starting your day with a good breakfast.
It's true that hard, crunchy or sticky foods can damage braces. But kids don't need to give up vegetables and fruits.
Some babies are sensitive to certain foods. Reactions, such as a rash, wheezing, diarrhea or vomiting, are tell-tale that a food doesn't agree with him.
In addition to being a leafy green much like spinach, kale has so many benefits it should star in family meals on a regular basis.
The main problem we face in preparation for our holiday dinner is how to thaw the turkey.
Chocolate or strawberry flavored milks are a way to include calcium in the diet for children who do not like plain milk.
Each fruit and vegetable offers a unique combination of nutrition. Try these tips to get your children to eat vegetables.
Allergies? Have your kids wash their hands AFTER eating.
Well-planned vegetarian diets — even a vegan diet — can supply all the nutrients that children require for their growth and energy needs.
Kids can't see them — but germs that cause illness are everywhere! For children, who have less immunity, proper hand washing and food safety are especially important.
For many parents, school breakfast and lunch are an inexpensive, convenient way to ensure your child is eating balanced meals.
Herbal supplements can be powerful, potentially harmful to your child, and perhaps ineffective for the advertised benefit. Use them only under the guidance of a qualified health care provider.
Does your preteen come home with a ravenous appetite even though he or she had a good breakfast at home and lunch at school? A good after school snack for your child and any friends that may tag along is mini pizzas.
Stop being the family chauffeur and encourage your children to walk to and from school, if possible. Better yet, walk with them!
Braise, broil, poach, simmer … What does it all mean? Here are the basics of some common cooking techniques to help you learn the lingo.
You don't have to say no to Halloween candy. Teach your kids how to eat it in moderate amounts.
Do you know how to pick the tastiest pistachios? Look for the ones with the shells cracked open.
It's the time of year when people everywhere are celebrating the season by carving pumpkins. But as you carve your spooky masterpiece, don't discard the pumpkin seeds!
With creativity you can fit veggies anywhere into any meal - even dessert!
Give trick-or-treaters a fun and healthy surprise this year. Research shows that when given a choice between treats and toys, kids prefer toys.
October is National Eat Better, Eat Together Month. If your family isn't already making dining together a priority, now is the perfect time to start!
Teens, did you know unhealthy dieting can stop you from growing to your full height? Your body needs calories and other nutrients to grow and develop fully.
Kids may be excited to eat their dessert, but it seems they'll do just about anything to skip their fruits and vegetables.
Parents can’t guide kids through the school cafeteria, but they can still help from home.
When compared ounce for ounce, potato skin has more nutrients that the rest of the potato. Potato skin contains B vitamins, vitamin C, iron, calcium, potassium and other nutrients.
Let your kids build their own breakfast with a breakfast bar. Similar to a salad bar, a breakfast bar includes a variety of foods to mix and match.
If your child has a peanut allergy there are alternatives! Making your own nut butter is as simple as grinding nuts in a food processor until they form a paste. But beward: Homemade nut butters have a short self-life.
There's no scientific evidence to support any link between eating sugary foods and hyperactivity. Even so, many parents and other caregivers seem reluctant to give up this idea. Kids are much more likely to be "wired up" as a result of a combination of games, snacks and playing with friends. In this case, sugar has been wrongly accused as a cause of hyperactivity.
Keep pistachios in sight for the sake of your kid's eyes. The green nut is bursting with lutein and zeaxanthin, two sight-saving relatives of beta-carotene.
Super Bowl Sunday is filled with food, festivities and fun — not to mention football. Serve your family foods that are tasty, filling and nutritious.
Reading food labels can help you slash sodium. Here's how to decipher them.
Everyone enjoys leftovers at some point, and it is important to always follow the proper leftover safety steps to avoid getting food poisoning.
Have you ever wondered why a food with "no sugar added" shows grams of sugar on the Nutrition Facts?
Satisfy your kids' sweet tooth with a good-for-you treat made with wholesome breakfast foods.
Eating breakfast can help your kids perform better at school. It also helps promote a healthy weight and good behavior.
Have a challenge getting your family to eat vegetables? Then maybe you need to get sneaky so they can reap the benefits.
Does your family need diet and nutrition help? To find an RD in your area, ask your child's pediatrician for a recommendation or use our Find a Registered Dietitian service.
Cooking and time spent in the kitchen should be fun for kids. Be sure to provide them with age appropriate tools and adequate work space.
Are you raising a vegetarian teen but aren't sure what foods to include in meals to ensure that nutritional needs are being met? If your vegetarian teen eats dairy and eggs, this menu will help.
Many food products include open dating on the label or packaging. The most common are sell-by, use-by and expiration date. Here's what they mean.
Next to potatoes, lettuce is the most popular veggie in the United States. Which leafy greens go into your salads?
A father can play a very important role in the success of breast-feeding. Here's how.
A green ring on a hard-cooked yolk is a result of overcooking.
Yogurt can still be a healthy choice. The "sugars" on the Nutrition Facts panel include both naturally-occurring and added sugars.
Breakfast is an important meal for growing children. Studies show that breakfast eaters tend to have higher school attendance, less tardiness and fewer hunger-induced stomach aches in the morning.
Next time your kids want a snack, look to whole grain snacks.
Save money at the supermarket or grocery store by shopping once or twice a week. This will limit impulse buys and also save you time and the cost of gas.
If your family is small, you can still take advantage of shopping tips to save you money at the supermarket or grocery store.
Involve your child in the cutting, mixing and preparation of all meals. Even a snack can be healthy.
Sit down together as a family to enjoy a wonderful meal and the opportunity to share the day's experiences with one another.
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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