Smart Bites

Published on March 20, 2017
The Food Pyramid that most of us learned about in school is now ancient history. That old guideline on food groups and servings has been replaced by MyPlate. The MyPlate concept was designed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to promote healthy eating... Read More
Published on February 21, 2017
Early on when my son started trying solid foods, he would eat everything I put in front of him and like it. I remember thinking to myself, “He’s going to be such a good eater.” (My husband and I like everything and eat a wide variety of foods.) Although he still is, since he... Read More
Published on January 19, 2017
In the U.S., food allergies affect 1 in 13 children. Among food allergies, peanut allergy is the leading cause of anaphylaxis. It is life threatening, and the economic and psychosocial burdens that come with it make life much more difficult for patients and their families.... Read More
Published on November 23, 2016
Lunch is an important meal of the day for school-aged children. It gives them a chance to take a break from learning and re-fuel for the afternoon. The school year is well underway, and you may be debating whether to pack a lunch for your child or participate in the school... Read More
Published on November 8, 2016
All people with a food allergy should be taught by a registered dietitian, nutritionist or other clinician to read food labels and avoid offending foods. If your child has a food allergy, it is very important that you read all packaged food labels to... Read More
Published on October 10, 2016
Sodium is a mineral—an essential nutrient that is commonly found in many foods. It is used by the body to control blood pressure, blood volume, and muscle and nerve function. Maintaining an appropriate sodium balance not only benefits heart health, but also bone, brain,... Read More
Published on July 5, 2016
The topic of poop is a touchy subject for most and sometimes people think it is taboo to talk about. But poop, also called stool, can tell you a great deal about what’s going on with your child’s gastrointestinal (GI) tract, so it’s important to discuss with your child’s... Read More
Published on June 16, 2016
Oh the joys of adulthood, the to-do list never ends! But wait, isn’t a joy getting to decide which foods we buy and ultimately get to eat? Gone are the days of asking or begging someone to buy you a special something—no, you are now in control. With grocery shopping though,... Read More
Published on June 14, 2016
People with food allergies must avoid their allergens (the foods that trigger the immune reaction), and their diets must be restricted to safe foods. Restricted diets aren’t easy on children. Younger children may feel frustrated when they can’t share the same food as... Read More
Published on June 13, 2016
As a registered dietitian, and more importantly as a mom, I absolutely couldn’t wait for the moment I was able to start feeding my child solid food. This was a moment of great uncertainty, not only for our child, but for us as parents. I wondered what food was best to start... Read More
Published on April 22, 2016
The Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and World Health Organization (WHO) recommend infants receive breast milk or formula exclusively until around 4 to 6 months of age.   The AAP has a great guide detailing the general introduction of solid foods for healthy infants—learn... Read More
Published on March 31, 2016
Choosing a formula can be a daunting task when breast milk is not an option. With numerous brands and types of formula, it can be difficult to know which one to choose. Here is a primer on what you’ll you need to know when you’re faced with choosing the right formula for... Read More
Published on December 11, 2015
Tips on helping your family from over-eating and staying healthy during the holiday festivities. We all know the holidays are the busiest time of the year, often filled with plenty of holiday treats. Many times we don't make the healthiest decisions during this time.... Read More
Published on December 3, 2015
There are many sweeteners on the market, but are any of them good choices for your kids or family? The truth is that all sweeteners should be used in moderation; no sweetener is actually a healthy choice. Large intake of sugar has been linked to an increased risk of obesity... Read More
Published on October 7, 2015
This blog post is the second of a two-part series meant to provide basic education and resources regarding blenderized tube feeding (BTF). In the first part, we discussed the general concept and considerations of BTF. In this second part we will present food safety,... Read More
Published on September 18, 2015
This blog post is the first of a two-part series meant to provide basic education and resources regarding blenderized tube feeding (BTF). In this first post, we will discuss the general concept and considerations of BTF. The second part will present ingredients and a sample... Read More
Published on September 3, 2015
Milk from cows and goats has widely been used for hundreds of years, and was previously the most commonly preferred milk for nourishment. Today, however, individuals have more choices and are consuming less milk and turning to milk alternatives for various reasons, some... Read More
Published on September 3, 2015
The ultimate question at the end of a busy, stressful day—What’s for dinner?—can seem like an impossible one to answer. Also, the thought of having to entice your kids to eat the vegetables that you so graciously prepared for them is stressful all on its own. Meal time... Read More
Published on July 15, 2015
Say No to Sugar-Sweetened Beverages If you could do one thing that would reduce your child’s risk of developing cavities, diabetes, heart disease and obesity, would you do it? Well, that one thing is easy: stop buying sugar-sweetened beverages like soda, lemonade, sweet... Read More
Published on June 17, 2015
If you have ever been confused when hearing these two buzzwords or reading them at a grocery store, you are not alone. Probiotics and prebiotics, though similar in name, are two distinct types of food ingredients that are both beneficial for your child’s health, and... Read More