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…

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…

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…

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…