Entries by Stephanie Wells

Creative Ways for Kids to Get Five-a-Day

The general recommendation for fruit and vegetable intake is five servings per day. The serving size depends on age, but a good rule of thumb is to get your family to consume 2-3 fruits and 2-3 vegetables each day. Does this sound difficult? With a little planning and some creativity, you can achieve this healthy […]

The Scoop on Ice Cream and Nutrition for Kids

When you think of summers as a kid, at least one memory probably includes licking a delicious, melting ice cream cone. Ice cream is a popular summer treat for families, but some parents worry it doesn’t fit into a healthy diet plan.  Parents need not worry, though.  Ice cream can be included as a summer […]

A New Childhood Health Issue: Overweight but Undernourished

If a child is overweight, it is easy to assume that he is getting more than enough of his daily recommended nutrients… right?  The answer is, not always.   Even if a child appears to be well-nourished or over-nourished, this does not mean that he actually has proper nutrient status from a physiological perspective. What nutrients […]

How to Get More Whole Grains into Your Kid’s Diet

Whole grains are an important part of any diet.  Whole grains are more nutrient-dense than their refined counterparts. Refined “white” starches have been stripped of fiber, as well as vitamins and minerals. Some of the vitamins and minerals are re-fortified into these processed grains, but refined grains remain nutritionally inferior to whole grains. The fiber […]

Nutrition Implications of Pediatric Congenital Heart Defects

Congenital heart defects in the pediatric population are a serious condition. Many defects require surgical intervention to correct or improve the problem. Often, there are nutrition-related implications associated with heart defects. Here is more information about how nutrition may be affected to help you understand this aspect of your child’s health. The Link between Nutrition […]

Does Your Child Need Feeding Therapy?

There are a variety of reasons why a child may need feeding therapy. To many of us, it would seem like eating should be a basic instinct. However, eating is one of the most complex activities we do, especially for the developing, young child. Eating involves several processes in the body, including sensory, oral-motor, muscular, […]

5 Healthy Summer Habits for Your Family

Summer is a perfect time to focus on getting healthy, especially for kids. Read this list for healthy ideas for your family that take little effort and can make a big difference. 5 Tips for a Healthy Family This Summer: Buy healthy food that’s in season. During the summer, there are plenty of healthy foods […]

The Impact of Nutrition on ADHD

For families dealing with ADHD, nutrition concerns or questions may arise. Although there is not clear evidence for diet modifications that can treat the cause of ADHD, there are nutritional guidelines that can affect symptoms and accompanying behaviors. The Following are Some Nutritional Considerations for Children with ADHD: Meal Patterning: There is a reason why […]

Cooking Greens Made Simple

Swiss chard, kale, spinach, mustard greens, collard greens, bok choy… the word “superfood” is synonymous with all dark, leafy green vegetables. The reason why is because they pack such a large nutritional punch. In general, dark leafy greens are loaded in vitamin A, folate, fiber, and also provide minerals like calcium and iron. They are […]

Healthy Twists on Your Kids Favorite Foods

Let’s face it; kids have their favorite foods and those foods may not be the healthiest choices. Wouldn’t it be nice if we, as parents, could make healthier versions of foods that kids actually enjoyed? Well, you can! These recipes have been kid-tested and approved in my office (and home). Below are a few ideas on healthy […]