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Maryann Jacobsen
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Maryann Jacobsen is a registered dietitian, mom of two, freelance writer and author of several books on child nutrition including her latest What to Cook for Dinner with Kids. She is the founding editor of Raise Healthy Eaters and has written for WebMD. New York Times Motherlode, Los Angeles Times, Cookinglight.com and Parents.com. As a family nutrition expert, she has been quoted in various publications including Parents, Scholastic Parent & Child and American Profile and has been featured on Good Morning America.

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3 Biological Reasons Children Crave Carbs (And Why It's Not Such a Bad Thing)

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 10:04 PM

You serve dinner with all the food groups and your kids first reach for the pasta, bread, rice, tortillas or whatever carb source you have on the table. After a while, you remind them of the other food on their table or plate. Maybe you get so frustrated you simply...

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7 Dinner Rules That Will Transform Your Family's Mealtime

(2) Comments | Posted December 15, 2015 | 2:15 PM

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You go the trouble of making a balanced dinner only to be met with resistance from your children. The answer is not to choose between the lesser of two evils: making kids eat or cooking an alternative meal. All you need to...
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Faire manger les enfants: Les erreurs à éviter et les solutions

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 11:13 AM

En tant que parents, on dit tous des choses pour encourager nos enfants à manger plus équilibré. Et pourtant, dans notre environnement moderne, obsédé par l'alimentation, même des propos bien intentionnés peuvent être traduit de façon négative, et influencer ainsi la façon de manger.

Voici donc 10...

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Faire manger les enfants: Les erreurs à éviter et les solutions

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2015 | 6:32 PM

En tant que parents, on dit tous des choses pour encourager nos enfants à manger plus équilibré. Et pourtant, dans notre environnement moderne, obsédé par l'alimentation, même des propos bien intentionnés peuvent être traduit de façon négative, et influencer ainsi la façon de manger.

Voici donc 10...

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5 Eating Habits That Can Ruin a Young Athlete's Performance

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 2:34 PM

Coauthored by Jill Castle, MS, RDN, childhood nutrition expert and author of the new book, Eat Like a Champion: Performance Nutrition for Your Young Athlete.

If you look around at what some young athletes are eating, it's not the fuel you'd expect to find. Athletic...

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5 Surprising Truths About Feeding Children Every Parent Should Know

(7) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 9:19 AM

Why is it that all the advice parents-to-be get is all fluff and no substance? In the breastfeeding class, the lactation consultant tells expectant moms that if breastfeeding hurts they're doing it wrong. Then there are books on making baby food, leaving parents with the impression that they'll be doing...

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5 Lessons I Vow to Teach My Children About Weight and Body Shape

(2) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 1:06 PM

I pick my kids up from school and in the car my typically quiet son informs me that eating too much ice cream makes you fat. I couldn't believe what I was hearing so I started to ask some questions. I discovered that this was his takeaway from a nutrition...

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What Kids Really Mean When They Say 'I Don't Like It'

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 4:28 PM

It was Cultural Heritage Day at my son's school and for lunch, parents brought in food from their nationality. As one boy sat down to his plate of unfamiliar food, he started to cry. I went up to him to see if he was OK and he said: "I don't...

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Why I Made the Switch to Serving Dessert With Dinner

(2) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 11:02 AM

We were at a family gathering where the kids had access to sweets (donuts) and lunch food (sandwiches, pasta salad etc). I helped them get food and sat them down. I went to get my food and when I returned, my daughter was quick to point out how much she...

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Transform Your Relationship With Food by Doing This One Simple Thing

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 11:11 AM

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There's a package of chocolate chip cookies sitting on the table at work. Six different people have six different thoughts about it.

Person A, who is trying to avoid gluten to lose weight, thinks of how every food on earth must have gluten.

...
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How I Cured the Picky Eating 'Problem' in My House

(1) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 4:56 PM

When I was pregnant with my first child I thought about the type of eater she would be. Would she be a picky eater or a good eater? As a dietitian, I really didn't like the idea of having a picky kid.

To my delight, my girl ate everything....

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5 Ways Children Learn to Hate Vegetables

(2) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 3:32 PM

Ever wonder why vegetable intake is notoriously low despite the constant news reports and advice about how much we should be eating them? Why do so many people say they don't have time to eat vegetables? And why does research point to kids' believing vegetables just don't taste...

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8 Things Picky Eaters Wish Their Parents Knew

(7) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 5:30 PM

It's hard for parents to understand how a toddler can go from eating everything to barely touching his or her meals. It's even more difficult for them to understand why kids are so reluctant to try new foods. And without a big picture understanding of why kids eat the way...

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Wie ich lernte, meinen Körper mit seinen Fehlern zu lieben

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2014 | 8:45 AM

Es wäre großartig, meiner Tochter erzählen zu können, dass ich meinen Körper schon immer geliebt habe. Dass ich meinen Körper niemals misshandelt habe, um ein paar Kilos abzuspecken. Dass mir meine Gesundheit immer wichtiger war als meine Eitelkeit.

Diese Lügen werde ich ihr nicht erzählen.

Mit 7 Jahren ist sie...

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How I'm Learning to Love My Imperfect Body

(4) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 10:08 AM

I'd love to tell my daughter that I have always loved my body. That I have never abused it to lose a few pounds. That health has always taken a front seat to vanity.

I'm not going to tell this lie to her.

At age 7, she is still pretty...

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5 Reasons Your Child Eats Differently Than You

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 10:41 AM

Kids are learning about food in the same way that they learn to read and write. But as a society, we don't always look at kids eating this way. And as parents, we often forget that kids are not little adults when it comes to food.

In fact, there are...

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What to Do If You Have a Food-Obsessed Kid

(1) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 3:59 PM

The New York Times ran an article about the Lure of Forbidden Food. It's a topic I know all too well because I regularly get questions like this in my email:

"We have a toddler who is absolutely amazing, but has an insatiable appetite and who I fear...

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The Feeding Mistake Parents Don't Even Know They're Making

(5) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 10:46 AM

"I've got the best eater!" a new mom gloats. I don't even have to ask how old the child is, as I know he's under 2 and a brand new eater.

"My kid is so picky, I can't get him to eat X." When I hear this, I also don't...

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Atenção, pais! Acabem de uma vez por todas com a briga na hora de fazer seu filho comer

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 7:43 PM

É hora do jantar e meu filho de 4 anos está brincando super concentrado. Quando anuncio que o jantar está pronto, ele também faz o seu: "Não quero comer, Mamãe."

Eu lhe digo seis palavras que evitam a guerra pela comida que ele quer que eu começa: "Você não é...

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Estas 5 palabras serán el fin de las batallas con tus hijos a la hora de comer

(1) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Es la hora de cenar y mi hijo de 4 años está concentrado en sus juegos. Cuando le aviso de que la cena está lista, él también me avisa con su: "No quiero cenar, mamá".

Y entonces yo le digo las cinco palabras que evitan la batalla en torno...

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