Guest Blog: William “Walnut” Whitehouse

Our guest blogger is Melissa Stewart, mother of two. She will introduce herself: Hi. My name is Melissa, and I’m from South Carolina.  I swam competitively for 12 years.  We Southerners live in the sun.  I gave that up when I became a Yankee and moved to Michigan 10 years ago to teach at Adrian…

Let’s Make Lunch

“I’m tired of this. I don’t like that.” Just weeks into the new school year, are you hearing these statements about school lunch? What to pack for lunch at school is a dilemma many parents face each fall. Parents who chose to send their kids to school with a lunch packed at home have several…

The supertaster and his holiday meal of bread

This time of year I am reminded of how picky my oldest child is.  I am reminded daily, but without the family gatherings and parties, we are better able to cope.  His Thanksgiving dinner was 4 rolls, a chunk of apple out of an apple salad, and pumpkin pie.   At age 9, he should be…

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…

Families, Food and Fitness Info at Your Fingertips

You may feel like you’re on information overload sometimes with so many options –– good old word of mouth with friends, families and neighbors, Facebook, Twitter, television, radio, newspapers, the Internet, healthcare providers, childcare providers, teachers, etc. You may find yourself overwhelmed and exhausted trying to find the time to sort through all of it,…

Lunch Make-Overs

I overheard my daughter’s preschool teacher talking to another teacher recently. “I try to teach the little ones about healthy eating.  They love to learn about fresh fruits and vegetables—even if they are not willing to try a bite the first or even fifth time, they love to smell, touch and explore new foods.  But…

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…

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…