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The Trouble with Treats

By Dinah Torres Castro How many times have we heard a parent say, “If you eat your broccoli then you can have a cookie”? And for the most part the child will oblige. The problem with using food (the cookie) as a reward for a desired behavior (eating their broccoli) is that it works in […]

The Hard Facts on Soft Drinks

By Dinah Torres Castro With so many drink choices in the market today it has become increasingly harder for parents to make good choices for their children.  As parents we control what is purchased and fed to our children in our homes.  Most of us are concerned about the increasing epidemics of childhood obesity, diabetes, […]

The importance of eating breakfast – and some yummy ideas to boot

By Brittany Sinensky Breakfast literally means to “break a fast”.  It is the reintroduction of food into our body after going all night without eating.  Breakfast is especially important for kids because it helps wake up the body and get it ready for all of the activities of the day – including learning at school, […]

It Starts in the Cart: Making Healthy Choices at the Grocery Store

By Brittany Sinensky In 2011, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) introduced MyPlate, a visual food guidance system illustrating the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthful diet: fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy.  It is any easy-to-understand tool that kids, adults and families can use together to create healthy, balanced […]

Choosing the Best Seafood for Your Family

By Alysa Ferguson Seafood is delicious and can be very good for your family’s health. But choosing fish that is healthy, safe, and sustainable to the environment is a difficult task. The best choices would be high in omega-3 fats, low in mercury, and preferably not damaging to our oceans. Here is a list of […]

Nuts and Seeds

By Rachel MacKinnon Let’s Go Nuts! Nuts and seeds are most satisfying snacks. You can add them to basically any dish, or even snack on them alone. What makes them so satisfying? The nutritional components of most nuts and seeds will vary depending on type, but in general they are rich sources of healthy fats, […]

Let’s Eat What’s In Season

By Dinah Torres Castro Long Island is a truly unique area of New York State. We have access to all kinds of food, including fresh fish and seafood. Now that the local Farmer’s Markets are open, we can access the freshest fruits and vegetables right in our own communities. Many of us already know that […]

Healthy snacks for kids

By Rachel MacKinnon Snack time is an opportunity to increase your child’s nutrition. It can be tricky when deciding what to feed your child, and if you have a picky eater, it’s even more challenging. Children will eat snacks that look colorful and fun. For example, by cutting food into different shapes, foods look new. […]

The Powerful Green Drink

By Kim Manfried, RD CDN The smoothie revolution continues to flood supermarkets and home chefs’ kitchens alike. Many green drinks can contain added sugars, artificial sweeteners, and portions that add hundreds of calories to an otherwise healthy option. Whether you add spinach or kale, most green drinks contain a very well-known green vegetable….celery. Celery is […]

Getting kids to eat more fruits and vegetables

By Dinah Torres Castro Parents often ask how they can get their kids to eat more fruits and vegetables. Here are some tips to get you started: First of all, have fruits and vegetables available for “anytime” snacks. Make snacks an activity your child will enjoy, such as dipping. Children love to dip because it […]

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