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Doctor’s ℞: Think You Know the Top Feeding Mistakes Nearly All Parents Make?

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on June 17, 2013

Part 2 of 3: Top Feeding Mistakes Parents Make Feeding Kids and How to Avoid Them 

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, you will now learn the two biggest feeding mistakes almost all parents make at one point and why they backfire. You will also learn what normal feeding patterns are in childhood and what your child was born to do—eat a variety of foods in healthy amounts to support growth and development and stay energized.

In Part 3, we offer fool proof tips for feeding children without stress or fighting

Can you guess the two biggest mistakes?

Doctor’s ℞: Tired of Food Fights?  Here’s a Simple, Fool Proof Approach to Feeding Your Kids!

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on June 11, 2013

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.

Hurray, It’s Meatless Monday! Two Simple Rules For Cooking Fish Will Boost Your Kitchen Confidence.

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

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.

Head for the Grills! Simple safety tips are the difference between summer fun and food borne illness

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

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!

Carrots, the orange power food: Orange you glad they’re so good for you?

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on April 16, 2013


Carrots win the popularity contest of root vegetables, especially with children and Bugs Bunny! This is lucky because carrots are a terrific source of carotene, which is not found in other root vegetables. Carotene becomes vitamin A when absorbed by the cells in the intestine and is essential for good health. Other super foods, like spinach, broccoli and zucchini actually have more carotene, but carrots have the advantage of being inexpensive and more widely available.

Mighty Beans To The Rescue: Why adding beans to your family’s diet is so important for good health.

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


If beans were superheroes, their name would be MIGHTY BEANS because they provide so many health and nutritional benefits. Beans are a low glycemic (low GI foods are slowly digested and absorbed, resulting in more stable blood sugar levels), energy sustaining complex carbohydrate. They are an excellent source of protein, essential vitamins, minerals, and soluble dietary fiber. Because they are low in calories, fat and sodium, beans can even help with weight loss or weight management!  


by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on March 31, 2013


Well spring has finally sprung and we at Healthy Kids Co. couldn't be more egg-cited!  We decided it would be fun to put together a healthy, colorful, and pleasing lunch menu for little kids to celebrate Easter and to show parents that healthy eating and smarter choices need not be bland and boring!

How to Get Your Child to Eat More Vegetables!

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on March 26, 2013


Getting kids to eat their veggies is no easy task, yet it is one most families struggle with each dayleaving parents battle weary and pulling their hair out. Parental insistence, anxiety, or guilt surrounding vegetable acceptance can have the opposite effect intended, so it is critical that parents take a healthy approach when aiming to increase vegetable consumption. If you find yourself nodding your head, Healthy Kids will show you how to turn the ship around and gently steer your child back on course!

Healthy Kids is on the Move!

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on March 26, 2013


Healthy Kids was at the 20th Annual DC Health and Fitness Expo and we had a great time!  We spoke to over 500 parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles and were impressed to see it really does take a village to raise healthy kids! The number of concerned parents did not surprise us, we hear from them everyday and they tell us it's hard to raise healthy kids. But the amount of concerned grandparents, aunts and uncles was truly inspiring...