Archive | Kids Nutrition RSS feed for this section

Healthy Halloween Treats That Won’t Bore You to Death

29 Oct

Healthy Halloween Treats That Won’t Bore You to Death

Do you know that 4% of all candy consumed in the US is done so on Halloween? And this year the average American will spend $23 on Halloween candy.

Before the Halloween holiday breaks your bank – and your calorie budget, check out these healthy Halloween tips that won’t bore you to death:

Be Calorie Conscious

PB_Halloween_Package_B

Keep Kids on Track

  • Kids are excited for trick-or-treating, but they shouldn’t go out on an empty stomach. Feed your kids a healthy, balanced dinner before hitting the streets for trick-or-treat.
  • Incorporate fruits and vegetables in fun and innovative ways for Halloween celebrations this year. Check out good2grow’s 100% fruit and vegetable juices in spill-proof cartoon character sippa-tops. This is a non-GMO, BPA-free product parents can feel good about that kids actually love!

Good2grow-group-image_inbody

Be Allergy Aware

  • 1 in 13 US kids has a food allergy. When it comes to classroom Halloween parties, selection foods to distribute that are tree nut free and peanut free
  • Somersault Snacks are nut-free sunflower seed snacks that come in 1/2-oz, 1-oz, and 2-oz portion sizes. They’re perfect for Halloween trick-or-treaters and are an allergen-free option with minimal amounts of added sugars in 5 delicious flavors.

som-seasalt

For more information on healthy Halloween tips that won’t bore you to death – check out my segment on Channel 7 NBC San Diego this week.

Whole Grain Food Fight

23 May

Whole Grain Food Fight

How hard is it to cook whole grain pasta?

Well for some school districts, implementation of the new school lunch nutrition standards has proven to be a “significant challenge”.

With their cleverly worded euphemism “School Meal Flexibility”, the USDA this week announced they will allow some schools to delay adding whole grain pastas.

Currently the USDA requirement is that 50% of grain foods be whole-grain rich, with that number rising to 100% by next year. Schools cite difficulty obtaining compliant foodstuffs, declining revenues, and low acceptability by kids as primary barriers.

Adding fuel to the whole grain fire, the USDA announcement comes on the heels of this week’s Republican-led House chastisement of the Obama administration’s efforts to improve school lunch.

Who knew whole grains could feed this much political pushback?!

In a public statement, the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s (CSPI) Nutrition Policy Director Margo Wootan laments, “I miss the days when school lunch nutrition used to be a bipartisan issue, as it was for decades after the school lunch program was established under President Truman.”

But this the only starch-fueled fight going down in government. The potato processors are feuding with Congress to keep their spuds in the WIC program. More on that next week.

Feeding Healthy Family Finds

22 May

Feeding Healthy Family Finds

No matter what stage of life you’re in, nutrition information is notoriously confusing.

What do you eat when you’re pregnant? And what should you feed your kids?

Well here are 3 fabulous finds that can help you divulge the secrets to feeding a healthy family:

Peanuts and Peanut Butter

Nutrient needs go through the roof when you’re pregnant. But you might not realize one of the most nutritious foods is something that 95% of Americans already have in their pantry: peanut butter.

  • Folate – folate helps cells divide and prevent neural tube defects. Folate needs increase by 50% during pregnancy and peanuts and peanut butter are good sources of folate.
  • Protein – protein needs go up by 25 grams per day in pregnancy. Peanuts have more protein than any other nut. Two tablespoons of peanut butter gives you 8 grams protein.
  • Allergen Averted – don’t worry about avoiding peanuts during pregnancy. A recent study showed eating peanuts while pregnant may actually reduce allergen risk.

You can explore some great kid-friendly recipes for kids courtesy of the National Peanut Board at: http://nationalpeanutboard.org/recipe/kid-friendly/.

Avocados

You can’t deny that pregnant ladies and little kids have one thing in common: they are always hungry! Enter avocados!

  • Good Fats – avocados are packed with good fats, and those fats help promote satiety, or the feeling of fullness. The more full you are, the less you are to overeat next time.
  • Skip the Sodium & Sugar – avocados are naturally sodium and sugar free, making them great options for growing bodies, both during pregnancy and childhood.
  • First Foods – renowned pediatricians Drs. Bill & Jim Sears rank avocados #1 on their list of kids fruits since avocados are so nutrient dense, with over 20 vitamins and minerals.

California Avocados are in peak season right now – and the California Avocado Commission website is a great place to find healthy recipes.

You can learn more about incorporating avocados in homemade baby food by visiting http://www.californiaavocado.com/homemade-avocado-baby-food/.

good2grow

The USDA says that kids age 6-19 eat only about half the amount of fruits and vegetables they need.

Any why is that? Many parents struggle with innovative ways to get their kids to eat healthy produce. Well good2grow is a product that’s working to solve this problem.

  • Good2grow is a new line of nutritious children’s beverages in tasty & healthy flavors kids love, packaged in spill-proof character bottle toppers that parents feel good about serving.
  • These fruit juices and fruit and veggie blends have no added sugars, are non-GMO and have no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. All packaging is BPA-free.
  • You can find good2grow in your area by searching their online store finder at: http://good2grow.com/store-locator

For more information on Feeding Healthy Families, check out my segment on Wake Up San Diego this morning.

Disclosure: this is a sponsored blog post.