Did you know that toddlers who sleep less may eat more? According to a study of families in Britain, younger children who sleep less than 10 hours consume more calories than the children who sleep more than 13 hours. One of the possible reasons for this tendency is the disruption of regulation in appetite hormone. …Read more Toddlers who sleep less may eat more
Mmmmmmmm...summer means sweet fruit, and plenty of it. Check out your local farms for opportunities to pick your own fruit. This can be a fun experience for young and old, and it may even help with your child's pickiness. My son (as crazy as it sounds) refused to eat strawberries when he was 1 and…Read more Sweet Summer
Add a little drama to your kitchen- the good type of drama, that is. As a self-proclaimed theater geek, I have always been so amazed at how versatile the world of theater really is! Theater can be combined with advertisement, with lessons on peer pressure, and even combined with healthy eating! And what’s even more…Read more Cook Up a Show!
Many children are hesitant to try new foods because they only like things that they have been exposed to before. It is very important for their nutrition to eat a well balanced diet that has food from all of the food groups, even the "yucky" vegetables. Children look to adults as role models and want…Read more Let them Help!
Children look to their parents as their idols and role models. This does not just apply to how they should act or what is expected of them; this also applies to what they eat at every meal. Over the years, childhood obesity has been on the rise. According to the Center for Disease Control, 1/3…Read more Please Eat After Me
After the entrée is served, many children are screaming for dessert. There are many ways to serve dessert. Although desserts are usually sweet treats like cakes and pies, there are healthier options that can be served as alternatives to sweet treats. 3 Tips on Serving Healthy Desserts: Limit the sugar! Expose children to foods that…Read more Quick and Healthy Dessert Ideas!
Children’s books about nutrition and healthy eating come highly recommended by many dietitians. Reading nutrition based books help children think about, and overcome, issues like picky eating. Children prefer to discover things on their own – a parent telling them to eat the carrots might make them want to try them even less. Nutrition books…Read more Read with Them!