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Healthy Food for Kids

How to Give Your Kids the Skills to Eat Healthy for Life

Donna Fish | Posted 06.27.2014 | Parents
Donna Fish

The cultural signals could not be more confusing to children: Everywhere they look, our kids are confronted by beauty icons who are disturbingly below the average weight -- this, even as the food industry continues to embrace the trend of super-sized portions.

One Mom's Plan To Break Her Kid's Picky-Eating Habits

HuffPost Live | Posted 06.25.2014 | Parents

If your child is a picky eater, mealtimes can be a struggle. So how do you get your kid to forgo a slice of pizza in favor of a plate of broccoli? Acc...

13 Delightfully Odd Foods That Could Have Come Straight From A Dr. Seuss Book

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 06.11.2014 | Taste

Try it, you'll love it!

7 (Pretty) Healthy St. Patrick's Day Foods for Kids

Charity Curley Mathews | Posted 05.13.2014 | Parents
Charity Curley Mathews

It may not be a major holiday, but who can resist one that's full of rainbows, pots of gold and even little leprechauns? From preschool parties to simple snack time at home, these are our favorite ways to ring in St. Patrick's Day, from our kitchen to yours. And best of all, there's nary a drop of green food coloring in sight.

Here's a Healthy Food Your Kids Already Eat

Maia James | Posted 03.24.2014 | Parents
Maia James

Recently, I was lamenting the fact that he has now decided to cut out even broccoli, which historically has been a favorite green. My mom reminded me not to forget the importance of fruit, which most kids already eat, and which also packs a great nutritional punch.

Is It Time for Pediatricians to Stop Pushing So Much Cheese?

Dina R. Rose | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Dina R. Rose

Cheese sticks. Grilled cheese. Cheese quesadillas. Pizza. Macaroni and cheese. Many toddlers I know eat cheese daily. Some eat cheese multiple times throughout the day. And parents think they're doing the right thing: getting enough calcium into their kids.

5 Things My Italian Parents Taught Me About Food

Lisa Lori | Posted 07.15.2013 | Parents
Lisa Lori

The Italian approach to life has been well-chronicled in bestsellers such as Eat, Pray, Love and Under the Tuscan Sun, but we shouldn't overlook the valuable lessons the Italian approach to food can teach our children.

Not Lovin' It: Moms and McDonalds Don't Mix

Anna Lappé | Posted 07.08.2013 | Parents
Anna Lappé

The ways the food industry now targets kids are so pervasive and the tactics so deceitful that even the most diligent parent cannot prevent their kids from being inundated at the most impressionable stages in their development.

Yes, You CAN Get Your Children to Eat Their Vegetables

Brett Blumenthal | Posted 06.02.2013 | Parents
Brett Blumenthal

Is your child a picky eater? Does he or she claim they hate fruits and/or vegetables? Gardens and arboretums around the country are giving children new perspective through hands-on learning programs.

Spring Clean Your Freezer

Tracey Stewart | Posted 05.28.2013 | Parents
Tracey Stewart

Is it really cheaper to buy boxed frozen foods than to buy ingredients in bulk and prepare meals for the freezer yourself? You may pay a little more initially, but you will get more meals out of your purchase in the long run.

School Lunch Project: Kids and Shaped Foods

Laura Fuentes | Posted 05.04.2013 | Parents
Laura Fuentes

A few seconds of cutting and shaping food might just be the trick you need to get your kids to try new things.

Surprising Secrets of Getting Kids to Eat Healthy -- and Love It

Tana Amen | Posted 04.30.2013 | Parents
Tana Amen

People used to smile -- or even snicker -- when they saw our daughter, Chloe, eat halibut and avocado at age 3.

10 Ways to Get Your Kids Off Junk Food and Demanding Vegetables

Maia James | Posted 04.27.2013 | Parents
Maia James

The snack aisle at the health food store is full of products loaded with sugar, salt and white flour -- really not health food at all!

How to Avoid Destroying Your Child's Health with School Lunches (Part 2)

Ben Greenfield | Posted 11.28.2012 | Parents
Ben Greenfield

Here are 3 simple steps to creating a healthy lunch box for your kids.

Why I'm Still Buying Organic Food for My Family

Charity Curley Mathews | Posted 11.10.2012 | Parents
Charity Curley Mathews

Organic produce is more expensive, often harder to find and a new study suggests it's not notably better for you. So, what's the point?

School Rules = Lower Obesity

Claire Moshenberg | Posted 10.31.2012 | Parents
Claire Moshenberg

What makes it more likely that an overweight or obese 5th grader won't remain obese by the 8th grade? Location, location, location!

How to Get Kids to Try New Foods (Without Begging, Bribing or Losing Your Mind)

Charity Curley Mathews | Posted 10.15.2012 | Parents
Charity Curley Mathews

There's so much to enjoy about wonderful meals -- from eating well to learning the art of telling a great story -- that I consider it another important part of parenting.

Why Are We Feeding Our Kids So Much Junk?

Charity Curley Mathews | Posted 05.23.2012 | Parents
Charity Curley Mathews

If the whole family eats healthy, it's easier for kids to develop a taste for foods that truly feed their bodies. This is coming from a fairly serious chocoholic married to a Doritos fan, so we're no saints.

What I'm Embarrassed To Admit As A Pediatrician

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 05.14.2012 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

I've tried everything I tell parents to do. I started early with healthy foods and have offered them consistently. But nothing has worked. Like I said: embarrassing.

10 Sneaky Ways to Make Valentine's Day Treats Healthier

Charity Curley Mathews | Posted 04.09.2012 | Parents
Charity Curley Mathews

With Valentine's Day fast approaching and our youngest daughter's first birthday coming even sooner, we're in the mood for sweet treats in Rome. But here's what we'd like to avoid: a giant family-wide sugar crash.

My Worst Parenting Fear

Charity Curley Mathews | Posted 03.04.2012 | Parents
Charity Curley Mathews

Some parents focus on emotional parenting, others on sports or art or music. For me it's food. Maybe it's my hippy upbringing or my undying devotion to Ina Garten.

Eating Better for a Successful Start to School: 5 Things You Should Know

Karen Latimer | Posted 10.29.2011 | Parents
Karen Latimer

For so many reasons, one of the best things you can do for your kids is to teach them a healthy relationship with food. They will follow your example.

'Healthy' Kids' Foods Usually Aren't

latimes.com | Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

That's right -- 84 percent of the items declared healthy by an industry group called the Children's Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative actually ...