Breaking down MyPlate

So I have to say I’m a bit torn on how I feel about MyPlate. I find it to be a great visual but the regular graphic (which typically only showcases the upper half of the graphic above) lacks in information. I like this extended version of the graphic because it provides a bit more…

How to raise a healthy eater: Part 12

Welcome to the 12th and final installment of the healthy eater series. This post is going to discuss fun, tasty, healthy snacks that are easy to make. Avocado Crunch – Let children mash 1 ripe avocado in a bowl. Add juice from half a lemon, 2 tsp of sunflower seeds, and a pinch of salt….

How to raise a healthy eater: Part 11

Welcome to the 11th installment of the healthy eater series. This post is going to discuss ways to make your trips to the grocery store fun for your kids. before you go to the store… let kids draw pictures of the foods on your shopping list ask kids to help you decide between healthy options…

How to raise a healthy eater: Part 10

When I was completing my undergrad, I was part of a student run organization at my school that sought to educate others on nutrition. I remember during one of our little health fairs some of the girls chose to do posters showing the amount of sugar that various popular drinks contain. It was quite enlightening…

How to raise a healthy eater: Part 9

This post is going to touch on exercise! In order for kids to lead a healthy lifestyle (adults too) they need to not only eat right but also exercise. I remember when I was a kid I used to spend all of my time outside with my friends playing four square, basketball, capture the flag,…

How to raise a healthy eater: Part 8

It’s that time again. Time for another healthy eater post. This post is going to touch on something a little different: the benefits of breastfeeding. While both breastfeeding and bottle feeding are both healthy choices, breastfeeding benefits not only the child but mother as well. Breastfeeding is good for baby… provides the right amount of…

How to raise a healthy eater: Part 7

So this is going to be a super short post on the importance of getting calcium into your children’s diets. This post is meant to emphasis calcium, not necessarily milk. Calcium is a very important mineral that the body needs in order to build and maintain bone mass. This is especially important for growing children…

How to raise a healthy eater: Part 6

Welcome back for the 6th installment of the healthy eater series. this post will be discussing food allergies. What is a food allergy? A reaction that happens when the body’s immune system mistakes a food for something harmful. Which foods cause food allergies? Any food can cause a reaction but the 8 most common ones…

How to raise a healthy eater: Part 5

Continuing my ‘healthy eater’ series, this post is going to be about the importance of adding fiber to your child‘s diet. Just like adults need fiber in their diets, kids need it to. It can: – help keep your child regular – remove toxins from the body – keep your child feeling fuller longer. To…