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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, […]

Why Preschoolers Worry and What You Can Do About It

By Nancy Olsen-Harbich, MA Adults tend to think of early childhood as a worry-free zone, but the growing knowledge, awareness, and experiences of preschoolers can sometimes provide fuel for anxiety. Add to that their budding capacity to imagine both pleasant and very unpleasant things, and the result can be worrisome comments such as: “I’m not […]

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 […]

New Guidelines for Children’s Health

By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H. The World Health Organization recently published new guidelines for children under the age of five. These guidelines address factors impacting children’s physical and mental health. The recommendations seek to help parents balance the need for physical activity with sedentary behavior, including the use of screens.  Sleep recommendations are also part […]

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 […]

I ‘screen’, you ‘screen’, we all ‘screen’ for I-screens…and other devices!

By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H. America loves digital devices; it seems we can’t get enough time with our screens (television, smartphones, tablets, computers, etc.) According to a 2018 Nielsen report, adults 18 years of age and older spend more than 11 hours per day listening to, watching, reading, or interacting with media. Our teens aren’t […]

Get your vitamin D checked!

By Greg Zacarese Having low levels of vitamin D is very common, especially during the winter months. Vitamin D in the body comes from food consumed, and is made in the skin through synthesis. We need Vitamin D to maintain bone health and for calcium homeostasis. New areas of research suggest that Vitamin D can […]

Fiber Consumption and its Benefits

By Ruchi Shah, MS, RD, CDN “Dietary fiber is a material from plant cells that cannot be broken down by enzymes in the human digestive tract.1“There are two types of fiber, soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. Soluble fibers absorb water during digestion, while insoluble fibers remain unchanged during digestion. Soluble fibers include “fruits, vegetables, legumes, […]

Greek Yogurt

By Rachel MacKinnon Greek yogurt is one of those foods that bring joy to the gut and our health. Nutritionally, it contains more protein and less sodium and carbohydrates than regular yogurt. Aside from the nutritional benefits, it also is a great probiotic for gut health, boosting the immune system. Selecting Greek yogurts can be […]

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