25 Best Packaged Foods
Here's how the editors of Parents determined which packaged foods ranked the highest. Categories included time-savers, nutritional standards, and children's enjoyment.
Nutrition Labels: 3 Things To Avoid
-You don't have to be a nutritionist to figure out the best foods to buy for your family. With a little know-how, you can find the healthiest buys and steer clear of junk at the supermarket. First off, look for the word sugar on the label. So-called healthy foods contain much more sugar than you
make your own unsweetened oats and dress them up with slight bananas, brown sugar , blueberries, or pure maple syrup . And when buying breakfast cereals, look for whole grains listed as the first ingredient on the box. Finally, an easy rule of
Family Dinners: 4 Tips To Make Them Better
It's not easy getting everyone to the dinner table at the same time, but more research shows that family meals can help kids do better in school and avoid risky behaviors and prevent obesity and eating disorders. The key according to a recent study in the Journal of Adolescent Health is frequency,
do better in school and avoid risky behaviors and prevent obesity and eating disorders . The key according to a recent study in the Journal of Adolescent Health is frequency, the more the better. So how can your busy family get into a routine? Here are a few ideas. Don't stress about cooking something fancy. Let the meal be the easy part. Make double batches of turkey chili on the weekend or pick up a rotisserie chicken and make a salad, even breakfast or dinner. Invite your kids to help plan the menu and maybe even shop or help
Healthy Snacks: Why Kids Need to Snack
Snacks are not only fun treats, they're also essential for a healthy lifestyle. Find out why your kids need to snack.
snacks that taste good so they'll actually eat it. Whole foods like fresh fruits and vegetables can be a slam dunk especially if they're cut up in fun shapes. On the go, keep your child's backpack or your purse stocked with apple slices, sugar-free dried fruit or nuts and seeds so they have something to munch on when they need it. And talk to your child about how healthy foods fuel their bodies. One large apple and one kid-size handful of M&M's both have roughly 110 calories. Ask your child which one
Food Allergies: Helping Your Child Cope
If you have a child with a food allergy, you know it's hard to find good tasting safe snacks and to ensure your child steers clear of foods that can trigger reactions. Now that kids are back in class and routines, here are a few strategies to consider from 0the American Academy of Pediatrics. Once
class and routines, here are a few strategies to consider from 0the American Academy of Pediatrics . Once you find a product you really like, reread the label each time you buy it. Ingredients could change. If you don't
Healthy Breakfast: 3 Quick Meals for Kids
A healthy breakfast is usually sacrificed on an hectic morning. Here are 3 quick and healthy meals for kids.
keep them fresh in the fridge by storing them with a damp paper towel in an airtight container . For an alternative to plain old toast, try frozen whole grain waffles. Top them with unsalted nut butters or raisins or low-fat cream cheese . Sliced bananas and blueberries taste good, too. And parfaits always seem fancy. You can make these in advance. Layer non-fat yoghurt with
How to Eat Healthy: Raising Nutrition-Smart Kids
Healthy eating is the foundation of a healthy life. Here is how you can raise nutrition-smart kids.
We all know childhood obesity is a national health issue. Seventeen percent of kids and teens are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control . But when the problem strikes in your own home, you realize just how delicate and complex it can be. Pediatricians say small changes to your family's routine can help you raise a healthier eater. First, try not to call food a treat or reward. It gives food too much importance. Ice cream is just ice cream. It should be enjoyed because it tastes good-- in moderation, of course. And by the same token, experts say withholding food should not be used as a punishment, either. Make healthy eating a family affair. You need to get viand from all the stakeholders in your child's life, including your child care provider. And if you're divorced, talk to your ex about reinforcing good habits in both households. Turning off the television at mealtimes
Healthy Lunch Ideas for Kids
Back to school means back to packing lunches, but this year, it doesn't have to be the same old, same old. Just a few small changes can reap big nutritional benefits. So, let's start with the all-American PB & J, white bread, grape jelly, and peanut butter a classic. Swap in jam made from whole
Back to school means back to packing lunches, but this year, it doesn't have to be the same old, same old. Just a few small changes can reap big nutritional benefits . So, let's start with the all-American PB & J, white bread, grape jelly , and peanut butter a classic. Swap in jam made from whole fruit to cut down on sugar and add fiber. Try a less-processed nut butter
Picky Eaters: 3 Ways To Encourage Healthy Eating
Like most households, every family member has a different palate. In fact, some pediatricians say food battles top the list of parental headaches. If you find yourself wrangling with your child over mealtime, here are a few strategies to help. Number 1: Be patient. Kids' tastes change over time.
of 2 and 6 can be the most finicky according to the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Eventually, they'll move beyond this stage. Second: Institute the one polite bite rule. She has to take a little taste of food she says she doesn't like, and hopefully they'll grow on her. Also, be a role model . Doctors say fights over food often occur because kids want what mom or dad is having. So if they see you eating
Back-to-School Breakfast Ideas for Busy Moms
How does a busy mom like Rosie Pope prepare healthy back-to-school breakfasts for her family? Find out how to make her go-to meals.
or seeds like chia are great options. Choose whole grains instead of sugary cereals . The overnight oatmeal and quinoa recipe we developed for Rosie's family comes together in five minutes. Simply sweeten it with a little maple syrup and top with fruit and milk. Speaking of fruit, it's a natural for breakfast. Fresh or frozen or nestled in a bran muffin , fruit is packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber, not to mention, a sweet taste. To make sure your kids have enough time