Entries by Stephanie Wells

IBS Versus IBD: What Is The Difference And How Can Diet Help?

Does your child suffer from gastrointestinal pain, bloating, diarrhea, or even vomiting episodes? Have you researched the symptoms or spoken with your pediatrician? You may have come across the terms IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and IBD (Irritable Bowel Disorder). These two gastrointestinal disorders can present with similar symptoms, so it may be confusing to decipher […]

Recipe of the Month: Nutrition Powerhouse Smoothies for Parents and Kids

Smoothies are a great way to pack a lot of nutrition into something that tastes like a treat. They can be part of a meal or a post-workout snack. These recipes include four of the five components of The Healthy Plate Model:  protein (yogurt), calcium (yogurt), fruits, and vegetables. All of these smoothies promote healthy […]

Are Eggs Good for You?

Eggs seem to conjure quite a nutrition debate-the white, the yolk, the cholesterol, the omega-3s, the protein, cage-free, brown, white…  This simple, whole food has been put on the “bad” list as much as it’s on others’ “good” list. Whole eggs have been dissected and rearranged into liquid and powdered egg products. Brown eggs have […]

Digestive Issues: How to Help with Diet

Digestive issues are extremely common among kids and adults in our country. So common, in fact, that we often don’t give these issues much thought and accept these feelings as being sort of normal. As a registered dietitian, I can tell you that digestive issues are your body’s way of telling you that some changes […]

Understanding Your Child’s Growth Chart

Growth charts are tools that medical professionals use to track trends in your child’s growth. They are also used to diagnose conditions that indicate growth issues, such as obesity or failure to thrive. For more information about how growth charts are used and interpreted, read on. Understanding when to use which growth chart: The Centers […]

Infant Feeding Series: How to Transition Your Child from Purees to More Advanced Textures

It is generally recommended to feed infants pureed foods starting at 6 months old. After a few months of sampling a variety of pureed foods, your child will be ready for other textures. Around 9 months old, your child will develop a “pincer grasp” where they can pick up small objects with their thumb and […]

Infant Feeding Series: Starting Solids

After the first several months of life, your baby is approaching that age when either of one of two scenarios occurs: 1. Baby is practically grabbing the spoon out of your hand when you’re eating and seems so eager to eat some of that! 2. Friends, family members, and even the pediatrician keep asking when […]

Make Your Holiday Recipes Healthy for Hanukkah and Christmas

Potato latkes are a popular food prepared during Hanukkah. This dish combines two typically unhealthy foods- a white starch (potatoes) and oil for frying. To put a healthy spin on your latkes this year, try this recipe, which includes the healthiest oil options and extra vitamins and minerals. Potato Latkes Ingredients: 4-5 cups of boiled […]