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Category Archives: Nutrition

How much juice? None if under age 1!


Why would your child need a glass of juice?  The short answer that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) gave this week is almost never.  While a juice box of 100% juice for an older child isn’t the worst thing to have, it certainly isn’t the best choice.  This week the AAP recommended even stricter guidelines …

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Get a little dirty…it is time to garden!


  It is that time of year when I am doing a bit of grumbling about all the work, but also looking forward to getting my perennial beds cleared and blooming, my cut flower bed planted and preparing my vegetable garden for this summer’s crop of tomatoes, beans and of course sunflowers.  I definitely am …

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Milk…it does the body good….in the right amount!


Milk…it does the body good, in the right amount!  16 oz a day is what your young child needs! When your child is an infant, you are asked how nursing is progressing, how many times a day your baby nurses, or how many ounces of formula a day your baby drinks.  Your baby’s main nutrition …

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Simple steps to prevent childhood obesity…we can do it!


We all have heard that childhood obesity is a major health issue in our country.  Children who are overweight will be more likely to be overweight adults and develop significant health issues.  We hear so much in the media about what to eat, what not to eat, how to cook, how much exercise we all …

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Picky Toddler Eating


Our daughter, Kaitlyn, the picture of  toddler pickiness! Why is it that we parents worry so much about how much our child is eating?  I can remember thinking that how well Kaitlyn ate that day, determined how well I had parented.  Not true!  Children under the age of one usually nurse or formula feed well, and …

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Introducing Solid Foods to Your Baby


Our daughter Kelsey loving her solid foods!  She was needing a dunk in the tub after this meal! I can remember the excitement of introducing the kids to their first tastes of “real food”.  The camera was ready, they were sitting up and eager, and that first bite often resulted in the funniest look as …

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Is white rice cereal the best choice for baby’s first food?


Should your baby have rice cereal as his first solid food? Introducing solid foods is an exciting milestone for most parents.  Traditionally that first meal usually was an iron fortified white rice cereal.  That no longer may be the best choice for your baby!  White rice cereal has very little nutritional value, except for the iron …

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Think about a straw cup instead of a sippy!


Sippy cups are everywhere…there are aisles and aisles of them at most discount and baby stores. Cups with soft spouts, cups with hard spouts, cups with valves, cups without valves, cups with straws, cups with handles, and cups of every color and size. Choices, choices and more choices! Once again it seems a parent needs …

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Fun holiday eating for your child!


Wow, the weekend seems like it was only a few hours!  Busy times in all of our homes during the holidays.  I opened my refrigerator last night and was shocked at what I saw.  After a Christmas party at our home, my choices for dinner ingredients seemed to contain either sugar or cheese!  If you …

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Healthy Eating Starts with Mom and Dad!


I often am asked how to develop healthy eating habits in children.  It is so easy to slip into the chicken nugget black hole when you have young children.  With the obesity rate in children rising in this country, and heart disease in adults taking its toll, we as parents have to think about instilling …

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