Moms’ Burning Questions: How About a Hot Dog?

It’s the summer season and my kids are all about hotdogs.  I’m buying turkey hotdogs–is that better? My answer goes back to natural vs. artificial foods, with hotdogs being a processed meat that’s very high in sodium.  Growing up I loved hotdogs on special occasions, and since summers are all about BBQs, hot dogs and […]

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Moms’ Burning Questions: Dessert as a Reward?

If most of my child’s diet is well rounded, does it matter that he has a rewarding dessert here and there? After all, he’s a kid! I’m all about dessert, especially homemade sweets, but not with the “reward” word attached to it.  Rewards for good behavior, school grades, etc. should not be linked to food, […]

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Moms’ Burning Questions: What to do with my Pasta Girls?!

My girls (4 and 2 years old) are pasta addicts. Every night, pasta is all they want to eat. Even when I don’t make it, they ask for it (well, whine for it)!  I have spoken to several other parents who say the same thing is going on in their homes, too. I know too […]

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Moms’ Burning Questions: My Kids Always Reach for Sweets!

My daughter is good and often eats the fruits and veggies I put on her plate. But when the decision is hers, she’ll reach for a cookie or another processed sweet. How can I get her to make better decisions on her own? She’s only 8, so I don’t want to be too controlling over […]

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Moms’ Burning Questions: What’s the Most Important Nutrient?

What’s the most important nutrient for a growing 5 year old? And does this change and he gets older? Unfortunately there’s no “quick-fix” answer to this question.  A growing child needs good nutrition from a variety of whole foods, providing energy, protein, healthy fats, and vitamins and minerals.  This means eating a balanced diet of […]

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Moms’ Burning Questions: My Good Eater Is Turning Picky!

My 2-year-old daughter has always been a good eater for the most part. Just as of the past week or so, she is refusing to eat foods she’s always loved. We’ve tried various things, but are wondering what you recommend to help this problem. It seems that it’s just a control issue with her. Many […]

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Moms’ Burning Questions: How Much Soy is OK?

Is there a limit on the amount of soy foods, such as edamame and tofu, that my 1 year old should be eating? Soy foods, such as edamame and tofu, are delicious plant-based sources of protein that contain no cholesterol.  They are loaded with healthy fats, including omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins and minerals.  For […]

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Moms’ Burning Questions: Lunchtime Trades

I make my 7-year-old’s meals, including a packed lunch for school. I know I can’t be in control all the time, but how do I know she’s not eating other kids’ junk foods during lunch hour? The best way to find out if food items are being traded is to ask her.  I find that […]

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Moms’ Burning Questions: Skipping Breakfast

My daughter runs out of the house each morning without eating breakfast. Is this habit that bad? Kids who eat breakfast perform better in school, have fewer disciplinary problems, and focus better in the classroom, according to a significant body of research findings!  Sure, you’ve always heard that breakfast is the most important meal of […]

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Moms’ Burning Questions: Is Pre-Packaged Cheese OK?

I try to stay away from processed and packaged foods, but wrapped American cheese and shredded mozzarella offer great convenience.  Should I refrain from giving them to my toddler on a regular basis? Dairy is one of the 5 food groups featured on USDA’s MyPlate.  Kids love cheese, and this dairy source provides protein, calcium […]

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