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4 Benefits of Eating at the Table

4 Benefits of Eating at the Table

I love the idea of eating at the table as a family every night, but then schedules happen, someone’s commute takes longer than expected, and a hungry child wins out. But there are so many benefits to sitting at the table for a meal together. Make the time for a few adjustments, and you’ll start seeing family dinnertime success. Read more

Teach Your Child to Self Feed

Teach Your Child to Self Feed

One of the most common questions I get asked is… “How can I teach my child to feed themselves?”  I was pretty motivated to teach my own kids because that meant I could sit back and enjoy my own meal again… well, mostly.  It is also a skill I have worked on, a lot, with kids of all ages and abilities.  In this post, which is long over due, I am going to cover it all.  I will tell you how to get your kid finger feeding, using a spoon, and a fork, all of which happen at different developmental periods. Plus, I’ll give you age guidelines, notice my word choice, when we are talking milestones. There is always a lot of variability as each child is unique. So, let’s get started… Read more

Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

I had dreams that I’d eaten sushi when I was pregnant,” says Ginny Gallo-Dowdakin of Sleepy Hollow, Illinois. “I would wake up in a panic since I knew it wasn’t allowed.” Figuring out what you’re permitted to eat and avoiding the forbidden foods can truly be a nightmare for moms-to-be. It seems like every day, there’s a story in the news about yet another favorite food that’s now off-limits for pregnant women, leaving you scared to take a bite of anything lest it be on the list. It’s enough to make a woman crazy. But now, learn how other moms-to-be have coped. Read more

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Dining Out with Kids & Healthy Eating Don’t Have to be Mutually Exclusive

Finding healthy eating options for kids while dining out or on the go can be a challenge. That’s especially true for families with busy schedules who commonly have to grab a quick meal between games, piano lessons and other activities. But here’s some relief: Under the Kids LiveWell Program, thousands of restaurants across the United States are offering healthy menu options to make those back-seat dinners and restaurant outings more nutritious.

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) launched Kids LiveWell in 2011 in collaboration withHealthy Dining, a website that lists restaurants that offer dietitian-approved menu choices. Their goal was to fill the void of healthful menu options for children. The program began with 19 restaurants and now has more than 42,000 in the United States, with new restaurants signing up weekly. Restaurants that join must meet strict nutrition criteria based on USDA and Institute of Medicine scientific recommendations: Read more