10 Ways to Add Fruits and Veggies to Your Child’s Lunchbox

Back-to-school season is here! Many of us are getting back in lunchbox-packing mode and asking age-old questions like: How can I add more fruits and veggies to my child’s lunchbox? How can I pack fruits and veggies so my kids will eat them? We have you covered! Below are 10 quick and easy ideas for incorporating fruits and veggies into your...

Healthy High Calorie Snack Ideas for Underweight Kids

Despite the obesity epidemic, many children are underweight. Parents often ask how to help a child gain weight in a healthy way. While empty calories from foods high in fat and added sugars might add a few pounds, they will not provide the nutrients a child needs to build strong bones and a healthy body. If your child is underweight,...

How to Make Healthy Choices in the Lunch Line

The school year has started for many, and for us parents; we are trying to get back to a schedule. Along with buying schools supplies, new clothes and packing backpacks comes the worry that our kiddos are getting the nutrition they need during the school day.  While many families pack a lunch, many students do purchase lunch at school. I'm a registered dietitian, and a...

Choosing the Right PB&J

The peanut butter and jelly sandwich is a classic favorite of kids of all ages. It can sometimes get a bad rap for being unhealthy, but this popular sandwich can easily become healthy by paying attention to 3 key things: Types of Peanut Butter Peanut butter comes in many different varieties. There is smooth, chunky, salted, no-added salt and natural....

Choosing the Right Breakfast Staples

As a busy mom of two school-aged children, I know how hectic weekday breakfast can be. There’s no time to make a full breakfast, so we turn to quick and easy options. Three of the easiest breakfast choices are cereal, frozen waffles and instant oatmeal, but how do you know which are the best to fuel up kids before heading...

Choosing The Right Lunchbox Staples

Packing a school lunch is a very important task these days. We want to provide a variety of healthy foods, but we also want to pack a lunch our kids will eat in the short amount of time they have for lunch. Lunchbox staples not only need to be healthy, they need to be tasty, visually appealing, and food our...

Tips for Building a Healthier Easter Basket

Easter is such a fun holiday for my kids. My four & two-year-olds love reading books about Easter, what the holiday is about, and of course, the Easter Bunny. Growing up, I remember the joy and excitement when opening my Easter basket. There was always a bag of jellybeans, a chocolate Easter Bunny, and other fun things like coloring books, crayons,...

Healthy Family New Year’s Resolutions

The New Year is upon us, and with the New Year comes resolutions and pledging a fresh start. One of the most common resolutions made is to eat healthier. The best way to approach this is to set family goals and get each member involved. When it comes to healthy eating, I find it easiest to go back to the...

Healthy Stocking Stuffers for Kids

As a kid I remember waking up Christmas morning and racing with my brother to see who got to our stocking first. Christmas stockings were always so much fun to me. There were so many fun gifts in there, as if they were getting us ready for the gifts under the tree. They could be filled with anything from candy to socks to...

4 RD-Approved Healthy Halloween Tips

Halloween is almost upon us! As a holiday filled with candy, it can be difficult as a parent to keep our kids healthy when all they want to do is eat candy. Here are four simple tips to keeping things healthy this Halloween: Eat a healthy dinner before trick-o-treating: filling up with a healthy meal will slow down the unnecessary...