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Healthy Snacks For Kids

Dr. Ann’s Top Picks of the Healthiest Snacks for Kids Cut fresh veggies (baby carrots, celery sticks, bell pepper strips, broccoli/cauliflower florets, etc.) – serve along with a “healthy dip” like hummus, low-fat salad dressing, guacamole, or salsa. Low-fat yogurt – plain, sweetened with blended fresh fruit or a bit of frozen concentrated fruit juice […]

Get Kids To Eat Veggies

1. Go Stealth! Shred veggies (or buy them already shredded) carrots, zucchini, cabbage, broccoli, etc. andadd to meatloaf, spaghetti sauce, lasagna, and baked goods like muffins. Add canned pumpkin or canned sweet potato puree (both high in fiber and loaded withvitamin A and other carotenoids) to soups, baked goods and pancakes. I always addcanned pumpkin […]

Feed Your Kids Right

1. Limit Junk Food. This includes most processed foods, convenience foods and fast foods – e.g.: sugary junk cereals, cookies, candy, chips, donuts, pastries, fast food burgers, fries, chicken nuggets, hot dogs, etc. Junk foods are bad because they: Provide little to no nutritional value Almost always contain excessive calories and ingredients known to directly […]

Healthy Lunch For Kids

Components of a Healthy, Balanced Lunch for Children and Teens 1. A Healthy Protein Package Poultry (chicken/turkey), lean red meat, fish, shellfish, beans, eggs (omega 3 best), whole soy foods, and low-fat dairy products 2. At least 1 serving of a fruit or veggie – the more the better! The superstar veggies are those with […]

Boost Your Child's Immunity

Yogurt Yogurt with live active cultures contains strains of beneficial bacteria called probiotics, These “good bacteria,”  have been shown to boost the activity of immune-fighting cells in the body Most kids find the creamy, smooth texture of yogurt appealing. If they will not eat it straight from the container, it can be disguised. Here are […]

Free webcast offers strategies for parents/caregivers on keeping families healthy & happy

Keeping our children and families healthy is one of the most important and challenging goals for parents and caregivers. Current research has shown that starting a healthy lifestyle at a young age is one of the best ways to create a healthy future for our children and lower their risk of chronic disease like cancer, […]

Health Regulations Push Schools to Serve Healthier Lunches

For the first time in over a decade, stricter health regulations have pushed schools to offer healthier lunch choices for students. Options will include more servings of fruit and vegetables and overall less saturated fat content. Many school systems are also increasing the number of dishes that incorporate vegetarian and whole grain options. The recent […]

A Healthy Diet, Regular Exercise Important Strategies for Moving the U.S. Forward

In Tim Karman’s recent article on the Washington Post’s Future of Food Conference, many issues which way heavily on the minds’ of policymakers and families alike were mentioned. However, the one “takeaway” that is a bright spot in an often contentious debate is the importance of eating a healthy diet, especially for children, to begin […]