Healthy, Happy New Year

It’s still January, so Happy New Year to you! January is a time when many people start to think about what they’re going to do differently this year. Often those thoughts go to being healthier. Check out this Healthy H-A-P-P-Y N-E-W Y-E-A-R at MSU Extension for some ways for your whole family to get jump…

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…

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…

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…