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Everything you need to know about feeding your kids. From the Division of Responsibility to tips for keeping your kids at the table, to the importance of family meals, I’ve got you covered.


Protein for Kids

the word protein on a chalkboard with protein containing foods around it

It is not uncommon for toddlers to go through a picky eating phase where they want nothing to do with meat. During this phase, many parents wonder if their child is getting enough protein. The answer most of the time is yes. Protein needs for kids are very low, which is why it’s not often a nutrient of concern.

If you are focusing on other nutrients, like iron, you will probably be able to help your child meet their protein needs. Many iron containing foods also contain protein, which is why I don’t list protein as a nutrient in my balanced plate.

Vegetables for Picky Eaters

picky eater staring at plate of vegetables untouched

am often asked “what are the best vegetables for picky eaters” or “how can I get my kid to eat veggies?” I wish I could just print out a list of vegetables for parents and send them on their way, but as with most parenting things, it’s not that simple. Most of my advice is very personalized depending on the preferences of the picky eater themself.

Choline for Kids

a variety of foods that contain choline

You may never have heard of choline in your health classes or prior to the last few years. It’s only been recently that it’s been getting a lot of buzz. It’s used in a lot of processes in the body, one of which is early brain development, making it very important for babies and kids.

Hiding Veggies in Food

kid with magnifying glass over eye looking shocked implying that he has found the hidden veggies

Whether or not their child is eating enough veggies is one of the biggest concerns I hear from parents of picky eaters. First and foremost, there is no food that your child NEEDS to eat. It’s totally possible for them to meet their nutrition needs without eating a plateful of veggies. That being said, many parents wonder if hiding veggies in their kids food is a good way to give their kids a little nutrient boost.

Lead in Baby Food – New Limits Proposed

heavy metals test with test tubes in the background

Just this week, the FDA released draft guidance for limits on the amount of lead in baby food and other foods meant for kids under 2 (1). After the release of the Healthy Babies Bright Future study in 2019, it seems that heavy metals are in the news more often than ever. What does this actually mean for parents? And what will these new limits do?

Benefits of Working with a Pediatric Nutritionist

teal background with krystyn parks, pediatric nutritionist/dietitian and lactation consultant

I may be a bit biased, but I think that every parent could benefit from working with a pediatric nutritionist. Most pediatricians get very minimal training in nutrition and often don’t have the time to answer questions in depth. Dietitians, however, specialize in just feeding and often our appointments are longer, giving us more time to focus on any area of concerns you may have.

Tips for Mouth Stuffing

girl stuffing her mouth with a giant watermelon wedge

When babies are first starting to eat, it’s very common for them to put too much food in their mouth leading to mouth stuffing or food pocketing. It may actually take them a while to realize that they need to swallow their food. Many babies will figure out what they need to do on their own, but there are some tips and tricks you can use to help them figure it out.

Bedtime Snacks for Kids

boy having a bedtime snack of an apple in his pajamas standing in the open door of the fridge

Every parent knows the struggle of getting their child to bed. No child is ever as hungry or thirsty as a toddler at bedtime. Are they really hungry or are they stalling? While not necessary for every child, a bedtime snack can be an easy way to ensure that your child isn’t hungry and is really just avoiding bed.

Fiber for Kids

fiber written on a cutting board surrounded by foods high in fiber

If you’re dealing with a constipated toddler, you’ve probably heard how important fiber is for kids. Many times that’s all the information that parents are given. You may not have been told where you can get fiber or that you can actually have too much fiber.
Many people refer to fiber as roughage because it comes from plant foods or bulk because it’s something that our body doesn’t digest and adds bulk to our stools.

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