Health Notes

Blending in Better Health

by Whitney Wright, MS, RD, LMNT, CNSC on May 19, 2015

With school out for the summer in just a few short weeks, smoothies will be a perfect, healthy snack on hot summer days. They are even fun to freeze to make popsicles.

Bananas, strawberries and spinach are all good smoothie ingredients, but as a Methodist dietician, I’m always looking for ways to increase the nutritional benefits of any good recipe. Just by adding a few new ingredients, your simple smoothie can pack a powerfully healthy punch!
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Feeding the Finicky

by Katina Gordon on May 12, 2015

Let’s face it… some kids can be really picky eaters.

“It looks funny.”

“It’s slimy.”

“I don’t like it, it’s green.”

Those greens are vital to growing bodies. In fact, kids need a minimum of five servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Fruits and veggies have been shown to prevent certain forms of cancer and heart disease, and they also provide many nutrients and necessary fibers.

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Lessons from “Full House”

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The TV show “Full House” has made a resurgence at our house in the evenings. My kids are very interested in the lives of DJ, Stephanie and Michelle Tanner. This week, there was a poignant episode on child abuse. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. In the episode, Stephanie, the middle child, is working […]

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11 Tips for Toddler Snack Time Success

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Feeding a toddler can be quite an education. Between the ages of 2 and 5 you are never quite sure what will happen. Every day is an adventure! There are keys to preparing healthy, nutritious meals and snacks toddlers will love to eat. Here are my top 11 tips for snack time success: 1. Offer […]

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How Loud is Too Loud?

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Whether it’s Beats headphones or ear buds, most teens are connected to their iPhones, iPads or MP3 players many afternoons and evenings. Have you ever been concerned about the volume? Seventy-five percent of kids ages 8 and under have access to a smart mobile device at home. That’s up from 52 percent in 2011. They […]

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The Road Trip Blues (and Greens)

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The weather is getting warmer. Soon your family may pack up the car to travel for spring or Easter break. So what should you do if your backseat passengers begin to turn a shade of green? Motion sickness is not uncommon, especially for those kids traveling in the back seat. It occurs in about 25 […]

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All About Baby Food

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It’s very exciting (and sometimes bittersweet) when your baby is ready to start eating baby foods. It can also be confusing. I remember very well the first time I shopped for baby food and how overwhelmed I felt with the choices.  I did, however, have a lot of fun buying cute baby bowls and spoons! […]

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Does My Child Have a Food Allergy?

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Last month, new studies came out regarding timing of introduction of peanuts and developing a peanut allergy. Over the past seven years, the way we introduce peanuts to infants has really changed. Fifteen years ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended delaying the introduction of highly allergenic foods, eggs, peanuts and fish, until closer […]

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Giving Up the Nap

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I was hauling laundry past the television last week, calling to my kids to brush their teeth, when I passed by Savannah Guthrie introducing a segment titled, “Do Toddlers Really Need a Nap?” “What?” As a mother of three, the youngest 3 ½, there are times I, as a parent, needed my toddler to nap.  […]

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Nourishment for Sick Days

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Is it feed a cold and starve a fever, or feed a fever and starve a cold? Either way, the flu season has been rough this year! I am sure many of you have had sick kiddos home at least once this season. At my house, even when they are sick they are still very […]

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