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Our Healthy (Kids) Approach to Feeding Kids

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on January 27, 2014

Children must be taught about proper proportion and moderation, NOT portion size or calories. This means they are offered (and eat) healthy foods—most of the time.  When most choices are healthy, you don’t need to track portions or calories. It also means it’s ok to have an occasional treat or sweet. When most choices are healthy, nothing is off limits, only limited.

Turkey Pot Pie Is A Great Thanksgiving Leftover, But Chicken Pot Pie Is Good Comfort Food, Too!

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on December 01, 2013

Turkey Pot Pie

So many leftovers, so little choices for moist turkey leftovers. Luckily, this turkey pot pie won't disappoint. If the thought of dried out, reheated turkey for the 3rd day in a row is unbearable, use the rest of your leftovers for the pièce de résistance of the Thanksgiving meal: turkey pot pie!

And since this recipe was originally for chicken pot pie, you can make a  chicken pot pie the rest of the year by simply substituting 3 cups of cooked chicken for the turkey.

Ten Tips for Reducing Stress and Managing Picky Eaters During Holiday Meals

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on November 23, 2013

Happy Holidays!

Now that food-focused holidays are fast approaching, here are some tips for helping picky eaters and reducing holiday mealtime stress. Remember, with a little planning, a day focused on food can be fun, not frustrating!

A Happy, Healthier Thanksgiving Dinner That’s Parent and Child Friendly!

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on November 18, 2013

A Happy, Healthier Thanksgiving!

Here's something to be thankful for—at Thanksgiving, simple always satisfies. Yes, we dressed our turkey well, but we know— It's all about the sides! And oh yes, really great pie.

Healthy Kids Co wishes you and your family a happy, healthy Thanksgiving!
To celebrate, we created a family friendly holiday menu that might be kid-inspired, but is anything but childish. Young and old alike will find plenty to be thankful for.

Our easy, step-by-step recipes are followed by a day-by-day plan of how to pull off the meal with ease and little culinary skills! At the end of the blog we include the full shopping list. All recipes have been made healthier, but you'll just have to take our word for it, no one will know.

Click here to see our "Healthier Thanksgiving"   video for food and decorating ideas.

A Healthier Halloween! A Smart Approach to Halloween Candy and Treats

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on October 28, 2013

At HKC we love to throw a great party, and that’s just what we did.  We came up with a menu of fun, festive food and candy that contains more than just sugar, fat and artificial dyes! YES, halloween means pillowcases filled with candy. But it is also filled with fun costumes, trick-or-treating (great exercise), and the opportunity to teach kids about the concept of moderation.

Hurray, It’s Meatless Monday! No Cook Pasta Sauce Makes a Quick and Tasty Meal Everyone Will Love

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on September 08, 2013

No cook pasta sauce is best in late summer when tomatoes are uber-vine ripened and farmers' markets (and home gardens) are bursting with flavorful, bright red tomatoes. Make this in the morning and by the afternoon the flavors have melded into a delicious sauce. No need to warm the sauce, tossing it with hot pasta does the trick.

Hurray, It’s Meatless Monday! Okra Is a Simple and Delicious Summertime Stew

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on July 15, 2013

Summer Star (Okra) Stew 

Serve this over any grain you like. I prefer wild rice because its filling for a meal, but many would consider nothing less than Carolina rice.

Make this a filling  Meatless Monday Meal by adding a salad. It's great served with a hearty, crusty bread or good old Southern cornbread.  Serve this for dinner one night, and the left overs make a simple side dish later in the week (okra keeps for at least 5 days in the refrigerator, and I think it only gets better over time).

Hurray, It’s Meatless Monday! This Pepper, Onion and Cheese Hash-brown Fritatta Is One Easy Dinner!

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on July 01, 2013

Frittatas are an Egg-celent choice for any meal—breakfast, brunch or dinner!

This delicious frittata is great for a simple breakfast or elegant brunch, but equally satisfying as a light dinner when served with a side salad or fruit. Leftovers (if there are any) freeze well. This dish is not fussy, it can be served straight from the oven or at room temperature on a brunch buffet.

This easy dish is really just a simple egg and hash-brown frittata that can be made with other vegetables and cheeses of your choice. I often use left over roasted vegetables. While the recipe calls for shredded hard cheese, you could dot with a soft cheese like goat or feta.

Picnic Safety: 12 Simple Rules to Prevent Food Borne Illness From Ruining Your Next Family Picnic!

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on June 28, 2013

What says summer more than a family picnic?

Healthy Kids Co. wants your family to bee healthy and have a happy summer!

To keep the good times rolling, safe food handling must be followed. Prevent dangerous bacteria from multiplying and causing food borne illness by keeping cold foods cold (40℉) and hot foods hot (140℉). 

Always follow food safety rules at every step along the way to ensure summer fun!

Doctor’s ℞: 10 Fool Proof Tips For Successfully Feeding Your Kids

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on June 21, 2013

Part 3 of 3:   Fool Proof Tips For Feeding Children

In Part 1, we reviewed a proven feeding system for children that when followed properly, avoids nearly all the common feeding mistakes parents make and promotes bringing structure and order to feeds. 
In Part 2, we learned the biggest feeding mistakes almost all parents make at one point and why they backfire as well as what constitutes normal feeding patterns in childhood.
In Part 3, we pull all this together into 10 feeding tips! Get ready for some happy meals at home...