You are probably aware that our country has an obesity crisis. But do you know that this is likely the result of a feeding crisis?
Poor feeding practices in the home set the stage for dysfunctional eating in childhood and adulthood (either overeating or under-eating). Establishing healthy eating patterns in childhood is probably the single most important thing you can do to ensure a healthy future for your child!
Talk to almost any parent, and they can recite a list of feeding challenges encountered along the way. As parents, it is how we choose to approach these predictable feeding challenges that set the stage for our children’s future health! I think this warrants the time to learn the best feeding practices for kids.
In this three part series, your will learn:
Part 1: The Division of Responsibility (DOR) and how to use it to bring structure and order to feedings
Part 2: The most Common Feeding Mistakes and how the DOR avoids them
Part 3: Ten Important Feeding Tips for any family struggling to improve their child’s diet.
At Healthy Kids Co., we love a juicy burger as much as anyone, but recommend replacing at least one meal a week with a meatless option.
Try to remember this by committing to "Meatless Mondays." One obvious place to start is with fish. Fish is a great health food when prepared properly, but cooking fish intimidates many of us—not just fish phobics. It shouldn’t!
A few simple rules will help you confidently cook fish and start making it more. Even if you don’t like fish, you should make it for your family so they develop a taste for this heart healthy food! Fish cooks much faster than meat or chicken. Because fish only requires short marinating times to flavor (unlike meat, lengthy marinades to tenderize are never needed), it is perfect for busy weekday dinners.
Most fish can be prepared quickly and easily. Here is a primer for buying and preparing fish.
Nothing is better than strawberry shortcake bursting with ripe, "just picked" berries!
You might have a memory of this classic dessert from childhood. Now is the time to get in the kitchen and create some new memories with your family!
In many parts of the country we are approaching peak strawberry season, so this is the perfect time to think about heading to a "U pick" farm to gather a couple of quarts of fresh picked berries with your family. Just be sure to pick an extra quart, as this one won't make it home!
Most strawberries planted for self pick farms are harvested in June, so now is the perfect time. But if you are lucky, you can find local strawberries May through August!
Over Memorial Day I found fresh picked strawberries at a local farm and I made this with my family. Let's just say my husband had more than two desserts that night, but who's watching?
Nothing kicks off summer like the quintessential Memorial Day Barbecue.
As a parent, I love barbecues—enjoying the smell of grilling food with family and friends captures summer at its best. But as a pediatric hospitalist, I have also seen the very real (but relatively uncommon) dangers of improper grilling techniques.
Fortunately, simple precautions are all that are necessary for prevention. Let’s review these important food safety rules and proper grilling techniques, then head for the grills!