Most Americans shy away from filling one half or more of their plate with vegetables. Yet these magnificent marvels should be the high point of your meal. They are loaded with abundant nutrients that benefit the blood, bones, and organs. Some even fight cancer. So how do you go about sneaking these vegetables into your […]
Today, more than 18 percent of school-aged children are obese. The leading cause of this national epidemic is the overconsumption of sugar. The World Health Organization issued a recommendation in 2015 that everyone, regardless of age, should restrict his or her sugar intake to less than 10 percent of all calories consumed daily. For young
Children are active during the hot summer months, so it is important to stay nourished and hydrated. We all know that the more active kids are, the hungrier they become. All that swimming, biking and hiking will really kick up their appetites. Remember, a healthy snack will provide nourishment for those long stretches between meals.
We all grew up sporting a white milk mustache and thought we were all serving our bodies well. We even tell our children to drink their milk so that they will be big and strong when they grow up. And why would we think otherwise? Milk has always been marketed in a way that makes
Consumers are flocking to nondairy milk products in lieu of traditional cow’s milk. Dairy products have been shown to contain large amounts of estrogen and progesterone complicated by the fact that many modern cows have been genetically altered to produce milk continuously. Even those products labeled as organic or with no added hormones can have
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, children under age 12 consume 49 pounds of sugar per year, several pounds more than adults twice their size. Now that’s a lot of sweetness! We all know that sugar is bad for children, but it’s important to note just how unhealthy it is. Eating
Children as young as 12 years old are guzzling energy drinks. They have a long day of school, then sports practice and late nights of studying ahead of them. How do these young people make it through? Ah, yes, those energy drinks—sexy, sparkling and sweet. Yet many do not realize that one energy drink has
Traveling abroad for the last few months, I was fortunate to observe what kids eat for breakfast around the world. What I saw gave me moment to pause and consider what we Americans feed our children. Given the rising global obesity epidemic, it is time for us to rethink what our children eat for breakfast.
Last August, when the school year began, you were bright eyed and bushy tailed. You rose early to prepare meals for your family. Why not? It was a summer of rest and fun in the sun with your children. You felt great. Now, many months into the school year, you’re experiencing that mid year slump—another
No matter how you celebrate Mardi Gras, high-calorie food is sure to be a part of the festivities. The real question is how to have fun without sabotaging your body and your health. I know it sounds challenging, but it is doable. Here are a few ideas for you and your kiddos: 1. Bring healthy
According to the “Encyclopedia of Junk Food and Fast Food,” in 1970, Americans spent about $6 billion on fast food. In 2014, the spending rose to nearly $200 billion. By 2020, the number is expected to be greater than $223 billion. Wow, that’s lot of cheeseburgers! Given this reality, it behooves us to ponder the
We all love celebrating at birthday parties. And for our children, it is one of our greatest pleasures. But with all that fun, there seems to be an abundance of junk food—pizza, cake ice cream and sodas—at these celebrations. Sometimes there may be two or three birthday parties to attend during one weekend. Since this