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Summer Rerun: Tips for Raising Healthy Eaters

by Gretchen Hofing (originally posted 2010) / 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…

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July Snacks and Drinks

Here are two great recipes with blueberries. First, a wonderful idea by TwoPeasAndTheirPod.com: blueberry, strawberry & jicama salsa! Eat with chips or use it to top your grilled chicken or fish on the 4th of July. Just mix together the following: 1 cup fresh blueberries 1 cup diced strawberries 1 cup diced jicama 1/3 cup…

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May: Mother’s Day Cooking Fun

Little ones love to help in the kitchen, and what better way to show Mom you love her by making her a Mother’s Day breakfast treat?       This Blueberry Mug Muffin by Budget Bytes is a single-serving made in the microwave, but I am guessing you might want to make more than one! All you…

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January Food Fun

Put some winter fun into your pizza night and make a pizza snowman! Use pre-made dough or make your own (here’s a blog that claims to have a terrific recipe). In a pinch, you can even try English muffins or bagels for your snowman base! Use black olives, green and red pepper slices, tomatoes, pepperoni…

Stripe Salad

by Rhaea Miller Over the years I have read many an article in parenting literature advising me to trick my picky eaters into eating by doing a number of things.  1. Disguise the food as pretty shapes.  For instance, a pepper cut like a star will be a hit.  2. Have my children help me…

Moving & Learning: Part 4 – Craving Fruits and Vegetables

Guest Blogger Brooke Rains presents Part 4 of her “I am Moving, I am Learning” series! Parents and Families: Opportunity is knocking!  You can help the children in your life to crave…..fruits and veggies!  How, you ask? Read on, I say! So, our bodies were originally designed to: Move Be nourished by fruits and vegetables…

What’s for dinner?

It was late in the fall of ’97 when my company had offered me an opportunity to do some work in Dallas,Tx. I had only been working for Ford Motor Co. about 3 1/2 years but they had asked if  I’d be interested in flying down to the auto show and help introduce the new…

Enjoy Your Food, But Eat Less

Enjoy your food, but eat less. This tip from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) www.choosemyplate.gov might sound like a pretty tall order, but it can be broken down into simpler steps and suggestions to set you up for success. Let’s focus mainly on how to eat less. Most of us could stand to…

Slow down and treat yourself to a great plate

What’s on your plate? Is your plate a healthy plate? Just about a year ago the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) introduced MyPlate to provide Americans with a simple visual image of the types and proportions of food found on a healthy plate. If you haven’t yet checked out the website www.choosemyplate.gov, it’s a…

New Year, New You

So, like everybody else who made a New Year’s resolution to eat healthier, I had started improvising on the snacks. With a weakness for anything sweet & salty, I  immediately started diving into trail mixes and granola as options. I started to notice that my kids, instead of eating the chips and cookies, were eating…