Kids + Food

Children's nutrition from conception to college.

In the US over 18% of children aged 6 to 11 years old are obese. For little ones, aged 2 to 5, almost 14% are obese. We are not talking about a chubby child. Obesity at this early age means significant weight gain for their age. Portion distortion is a contributing factor. Obesity is measured … Read More

Children's nutrition from conception to college.

When kids are presented with very large portions and expected to clean their plates it overrides the natural feeling of fullness. This can lead to overeating because the feeling of satisfaction from eating is ignored. Instead, children are programmed to feel stuffed after a meal rather than satisfied. Belonging to the Clean Plate Club is … Read More

Children's nutrition from conception to college.

View food and eating with your child as an ongoing learning laboratory with endless opportunities to explore and learn. Eat a colorful plate. By choosing foods of varying colors, kids automatically select a variety of food that offers a selection of different nutrients. Eat at least 3 foods at each meal. Some of the combinations … Read More

Children's nutrition from conception to college.

Millennials get a lot of attention because they are so tech savvy and use this knowledge to decide what to eat and what to feed their families. But Generation Z, those born between 1996 and 2010 will become the grocery shoppers of the next 10 years. Children, tweens, and teenagers in Generation Z literally grew … Read More

Children's nutrition from conception to college.

Recent research looked at how much time students had to eat lunch at school and how the time allowed affected what and how much they ate. The researchers found that when students had less than 20 minutes to eat, they rarely selected fruit, which is more time consuming to eat and they also ate less … Read More

Children's nutrition from conception to college.

Close to 90% of all kids 6 and older eat too much sodium each day and 1 in 9 children between the ages of 8 and 17 have blood pressures above the normal range for their age, sex and height. This increases their risk for high blood pressure as adults. The Institute of Medicine recommends … Read More

Children's nutrition from conception to college.

A study done by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Canada found that every year more than 100,000 children are born worldwide with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). FAS is a lifelong disorder with a known cause and it is preventable. Globally, about 10% of women in the general population consume alcohol during pregnancy, and … Read More

What you drink matters. Calories you drink are processed differently than calories you chew.

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. Getting enough fluids daily is important for all children, but when kids drink enough water they drink fewer sweetened drinks, are adequately hydrated, and less likely to gain weight during childhood. AquaBall is … Read More

Children's nutrition from conception to college.

Many parents and school districts have decided that chocolate milk is not a good choice for kids. Milk is the single largest contributor of calcium in the diet of kids in the US and many children, most particularly teenage girls, fall far short of their needed calcium intake each day. Flavored milk – chocolate, vanilla or … Read More

Children's nutrition from conception to college.

Water is a low cost, no calorie drink that doesn’t have any negative effects on health or weight gain. Drinking sugar sweetened beverages, on the other hand, is known to contribute to weight gain in children. So it makes sense to encourage swapping some of these sweet beverages for water. Providing water at school would … Read More