Kids + Food

Children's nutrition from conception to college.

During weight control counseling, questioning a person about their childhood experiences with food could help to develop more successful strategies to achieve weight loss. Researchers at Texas Christian University connected growing up food insecure with eating in the absence of hunger as an adult. Even if the person was now socioeconomically secure their experiences as a child continued to affect food … Read More

Children's nutrition from conception to college.

Mary Poppins happily sang – Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. But, today we appreciate that most children eat too much sugar and all kids love it – some far more than others. New research showed that some kids need more sugar to get the same sweet taste because the sensitivity to sweets varies widely in children aged 7 to 14. For … Read More

Children's nutrition from conception to college.

Feeding your baby in the first year will involve three overlapping stages of development. All babies develop at their own rate. Your baby may begin or end each stage a little ahead or a little behind the norm. That’s fine. Just know that the first year is roughly divided into three stages. The Nursing Stage: … Read More

Children's nutrition from conception to college.

Kindergarteners and first-graders who watched as little as one hour of TV a day were more likely to be overweight. A study of over 11,100 kindergarteners showed that most kids averaged 3.3 hours of TV a day. Think about that. This is the average, meaning 50% of the children watched more than 3 hours of TV … Read More

Children's nutrition from conception to college.

The battle over buying presweetened, ready-to-eat cereal has been raging since the first sugar coated cereal hit the supermarket shelves. First, put these cereals into perspective. They are based in a grain, sometimes a whole grain, they are low in fat, some have fiber, and all are fortified with needed vitamins and minerals. That being … Read More

Children's nutrition from conception to college.

Instead of classifying foods as good-for-you and bad-for-you, parents would be wiser to categorize food by portion size. Eat smaller amounts of candy and ice cream. Offer a chocolate candy kiss instead of a chocolate bar. Serve a half-cup of ice cream instead of a soup bowlful. Buy 100-calorie packages of cookies instead of opening … Read More

Children's nutrition from conception to college.

Women who have adequate folic acid before conception can reduce the possibility of NTDs by as much as 70%. Did you know eating cereal for breakfast is a simple healthy choice you can make to have a healthy baby? Fortified, ready-to-eat cereals are a major source of folic acid (a B vitamin). Since 1998, in … Read More

Children's nutrition from conception to college.

Eat together at least a few times a week. Family meals are becoming extinct. Moms are buying and stocking the kitchen with grab-and-go, 24/7 food choices that fit the family’s preferences and schedules. This is too bad because family meals shape more than food habits. Eat together. It is more important than you think. Make … Read More

Children's nutrition from conception to college.

Adults typically eat over 90% of the food that they serve themselves, but children only eat 60%. More than a third of what kids take goes uneaten. Why? There are a number of reasons. One, kids when unprompted stop eating when they are full. Second, elementary school-aged kids are still in an exploratory stage with … Read More

Children's nutrition from conception to college.

If your child brings lunch to school here are a few things to consider. How long is it from the start of school till lunchtime? Without refrigeration, 2 hours is the maximum before food starts to spoils, especially lunch meats and milk. Where is your child’s lunch stored in the classroom? Few classrooms have refrigerators. … Read More