Monthly Archives: September 2009

Eight Easy Ways to Get Your Family to Eat Vegetables

There are children who devour plates of crunchy salads and gobble up steamed broccoli, like it was candy, but what do you do if your kids refuse to eat anything green? Children need the vitamins and minerals vegetables provide. Vegetables from the cabbage family are exceptional sources of calcium, vitamins A and C, and beta-carotenes, […]

Do you have a picky eater in your family?

Here are a few ideas for helping your child transition to a healthier diet, contributed by Amy Hemmert and Tammy Pelstring of Laptop Lunches. Prepare your child. Talk with your child about nutrition and the importance of developing a healthy body. Together, come up with a family plan, including a list of steps the family […]

Family Fare on the Road

A reader of this site wrote that she and her husband will be traveling quite far by car for their family vacation, and that they are tired of, as she put it, “soggy salads… and tasteless veggie subs…plus we don’t like supporting fast food.” What are weary (and hungry) travelers to do?

Organic Foods and Children

What does “organic” mean? The organic label on foods tells you that the food was grown and produced in accordance with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic standards. Except for farms that sell less than $5,000 of organic products per year, all those who sell organic food must have their practices certified (by an agent […]

Sneaking Nutrition into Your Kids’ Meals

Sometimes, stealth is needed to dish out good nutrition. When kids go vegetarian or vegan, they don’t necessarily acquire an instant love for wholesome foods. Even longtime vegetarian and vegan children can be picky about foods parents hope they’ll take to more naturally. Subterfuge sometimes works far better than wheedling or bribery for getting good-for-them […]

Homemade Baby Cereals from Whole Grains

Did you know that baby’s first food does not have to be a commercial infant rice cereal? Here are several ways to make wholesome, homemade whole grain cereal for your baby. If you like this, you may also enjoy our article on How to Make Healthy, Organic Homemade Baby Food.

Introducing Finger Foods to Your Baby

There is nothing cuter than watching your little one chase food around the highchair tray with her fingers, and seeing the sense of accomplishment in her face when a tiny little piece of food actually makes it her mouth. When your baby is between eight and nine months old, you can begin to introduce finger foods […]

Nourishing Your Independent Toddler

Somewhere between 12 and 18 months, your easy-going infant becomes a toddler striving to take control of his or her activities. When you want her to get dressed, she decides pajamas would be perfect for the park. When you call him to come in, he runs away laughing as you chase him. Mealtimes are the […]