The Healthy Kids’ Blog: Bee Healthy Musings, Tidbits and Tips to help raise Healthy Kids!

SPF and Food: Where to Find Sunscreen in the Produce Aisle

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on April 28, 2014

While we’ve all heard of SPF in a jar or bottle, what about in a meal or snack?

Yes, there are Super Foods that offer edible SPF, a natural armor for our delicate skin. While it is not recommended that you replace traditional sunblock with these foods, consuming them will likely offer additional protection and reduce sun damage for you and your family—all while tasting great.


How to Correct Common Seasoning Mistakes with Our Simple Kitchen Pediatrician™ Flavor Wheel

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on February 04, 2014


Everyone has done it . . .  over, under, or off-seasoned a dish. After taking the time and effort to prepare dinner, it is ruined! Or is it?

Luckily, an excess of one flavor can be masked or balanced by another. Learning to do this is an important skill for both home cooks and professionals. Easier said than done? Not if you learn the SIX basic flavors and how to balance them with the THREE natural flavor correctors found in your kitchen!

The Holy Trinity for correcting flavor is sugar, salt, and lemon juice. One of these is always a good first bet for all seasoning mistakes! But salt is the real superhero, because it brings out the best in all other flavors.

Most dishes shine when tastes are balanced, but not necessarily equal (think pinch of salt in a chocolate chip cookie). A dish may (or may not!) taste off when one ingredient is too prominent (too garlicky, too lemony).  When flavors taste off, turn to The Flavor Wheel™ . . .

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.

Our Kitchen Pediatrician™ Sloppy Joe recipe will WOW even the pickiest eater

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on January 11, 2014

Sloppy Joe's are a perennial childhood favorite, but the canned version lacks depth of flavor. These get their added flavor by the use of a classic French mirepoix (onions, carrots and celery). Every family has their taste preference, so we have included lots of add-in options. Simply add these at the end of cooking for the final taste you prefer. A natural accompaniment to a Sloppy Joe sandwich is coleslaw or macaroni salad, of course.

Top Ten Mistakes Most People Make When Setting Goals and How to Avoid Them

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on January 03, 2014

This is a time of year when we all make New Year’s Resolutions. Yet astonishingly, 70% of people abandon their resolutions in the FIRST week! Since we all start out with good intentions, what goes wrong?

This is a topic near and dear to me, as I want to see all our families succeed on the Healthy Kids Program. The roadblocks that separate success from failure are the same for adults and children; fortunately careful planning removes most of these.

Doctor’s ℞: An Attitude of Gratitude is Good for the Heart and Soul

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

Christmas is the Perfect Time for Gratitude

Christmas is the perfect time for gratitude, and it is something we can actively promote in our children.

And gratitude is not only polite and appreciated, it turns out it is good for our emotional health; our very heart and soul!

Learn how you can instill gratitude in your child this year . . .

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.

Hurray, It’s Meatless Monday! Pepper-n-Eggs With Hash-Browns Will Delight All.

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on November 03, 2013

This is as easy as it gets! Since most kids like eggs, this is a great option for any time you don't want to have to work too hard. Dinner. Is. Served.