Mindful Eating Around the Dinner Table

by Christine Wood, MD With so much to do, busy families are finding it harder to spend quality time around meals. Often meals involve picking something up and rushing through a meal, or family members eating at different times or even eating in the car. There is a lot of evidence that family meals are important in […]

Is It Possible to Prevent Food Allergies?

by Susan S. Laubach, M.D. Let me start off by clarifying there are no guaranteed strategies to prevent allergies, just reduce the risk of developing them. About 20% of people in the US have at least one allergic condition: allergic rhinitis (eg “hay fever”), allergic asthma, eczema, or food allergy. If one parent has any sort of allergic […]

Kid Friendly Snacks

by Brooke Joanna Benlifer, RD Kids need 2 – 3 snacks a day.  A snack is between 100 – 150 calories.   Expand your concept of “snack food” with these treats: Fresh Fruit – whole or sliced Apples Pears Peeled oranges Bananas Kiwis Peaches Plums Strawberries Blueberries Raspberries Blackberries Raw Vegetables Broccoli Baby carrots Jicama spears […]

Picky Eaters – Advice for Parents

by Brooke Joanna Benlifer, RD Comforting Fact:  Most children are somewhat neophobic: distrustful of new food. Include kids in meal preparation.  This gives them familiarity with foods they may be suspicious of, teaches them a life skill, and gives them ownership over their meal options.  Although boiling water and razor sharp knives may be too […]