mealtime

Toddlers rule at mealtime when no rules exist

By: Christi Demitz Setting a good example and routine are key to happy mealtimes. Toddlers do not have control over much in their lives, but they do control what goes into—and comes out of—their mouths at mealtime! Parents can tell you that this control can make mealtimes pretty challenging when trying to feed a toddler.…

How do you like see-food?

Table manners. My kids have none. This is evident to me every evening when we eat together, but it slaps me in the face when we have company. Here is a list of my grievances: 1. In spite of the fact that he is yelled at by everyone else at the table when he does…

Striving for health

Creating a healthy lifestyle is a big issue in our country, not only for adults, but for our children. Rates of obesity among people have grown over the past couple of decades at frightening speeds. As a daycare provider, I recognize the importance of providing healthy food and activities for the children in my care.…

Monkey See, Monkey Do

As our family ate meals together over the Thanksgiving weekend, Bryce would watch Max joyfully gobbling down foods like sweet potatoes, grapes and blueberries. After a couple of meals and a particularly intent observational period of his cousin, Bryce was asked if he wanted to try a blueberry. Guess what? He shook his head yes.…

Eating for the Max

My sister’s little boy just turned a year old, and he’s a fantastic eater. His enthusiasm for eating then encourages her to continue to try new foods with him and possibly even prepare things that she wouldn’t otherwise – like green beans (although Max has sided with her on this one and said those are…

Tips for Raising Healthy Eaters

Through my work in nutrition education, some of the most common questions I am asked have to do with feeding children, especially those who may be “picky eaters.”  Questions come from parents, grandparents, teachers, childcare providers—you name it. I recently ran across these “research-supported, mother-tested” strategies from behavioral nutritionist Jennifer Orlet Fisher, director of the…

Moms the World Over

I am in my second week of learning about nutrition programs and issues here in the Andean highlands of Peru and have seen and heard time and again the same concerns and issues from moms here that moms in the US encounter – namely, a desire to feed their children well within the constraints of finances…

I Eat Fruit

This spring I was lucky enough to spend the weekend with my nephew over his third birthday. The morning after the celebration, I sat down next to him with a bowl of fruit salad. It was actually nearly noon (it’s wonderful to sleep in), so he was starting in on his lunch of pretty typical…

Little Trees and Shrek Smoothies

Over the winter, I got on a kale kick, and it happened mostly by accident. I needed change to put into a parking meter near the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, so I broke a $5 bill by buying some kale.  I chose kale because it was in season and (being a dietitian) I knew that…