Easy Vegetarian Food Swaps

Whether you’re making the switch to a vegetarian, vegan or plant-based diet, or just looking to cut back on the amount of meat your family eats, these easy vegetarian food swaps can be used for most meals. Studies have shown that a vegetarian diet has been linked to many health benefits, including lowering cholesterol, blood pressure, and one’s risk for...

Drink More Water: The Importance of Hydration

As warmer months approach and outdoor activities increase, special attention needs to be given to proper hydration, especially for children. Because the body cannot store water, we must constantly provide and supply it with water to maintain our body’s many functioning systems. Water is by far one of the body's most essential nutrients. Water helps maintain blood volume, and it helps...

Ask the Psychologist: Screen Time & Kids

Q: We live in a day and age that our kids, from a very young age, have interaction with an electronic device. What are your recommendations on helping families set guidelines for screen time?   A: The best place to start is to look at the American Academy of Pediatrics’ guidelines for screen time. They recommend the following:   Ages...

High Protein Foods for Kids + How Much Protein Do Kids Need

Protein, along with carbohydrates and fats, is one of the three macronutrients that when broken down (digested) supply energy to our bodies in the form of calories. Proteins have several important functions including providing structure to all cells of the human body, functioning as enzymes, transport carriers and hormones. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. If amino acids...

5 Tips for Grocery Shopping on a Budget

It should be no surprise that when you’re on a budget it really pays to plan your meals. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself in the store choosing convenience items or the first thing that you see which is not always the best value (or best for your body!). I’m all for saving money wherever I can, so if you’re also looking...

High Fiber Foods for Kids + How Much Fiber Do Kids Need

You’ve probably heard about fiber and how increasing your fiber intake is good for your health. Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that cannot be digested and is found in plants. Most carbohydrates get broken down into glucose after being consumed, but fiber goes through the body undigested. So, what’s so great about fiber? Fiber helps make us full and...

Ask the Psychologist: BMI and Kids

For our newest series, we're tapping into the expertise of Dr. Stephanie Smith. Dr. Smith is a mother, clinical psychologist, author of Dr. Stephanie. Each month, she'll answer one question from fellow parents. Have a question centered around health, kids or food for Dr. Stephanie? Comment below and let us know! Many schools across the U.S. check-in yearly with kids’ BMI (Body...

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,...

Getting Kids to Eat More Greens

Today's guest blog post comes from Deb Glasser, MS, RD, Nutrition Coordinator, School Nutrition Plus. As one of California’s premiere school food caterers, we work hard to promote “Eat More Greens.” We wear it on our T-shirts, we incorporate greens into our menus, and we bring several nutrition events to our students built around this mission, including our Epic Green...

Types of Flour & When to Use Them

For the longest time, I would go to the grocery store and grab a bag of all-purpose flour for all my baking and cooking needs. Then came my passion for studying food and nutrition, and I became more aware of the variety of flours available at the grocery store. Now that we know there is more than all-purpose flour at...