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Homemade Mac n’ Cheese

With so many gorgeous Chicago summer days, homemade macaroni and cheese is perfect for a quick, kid-friendly dinner. This recipe isn’t as easy as the one from the box, but it’s pretty close. And it tastes a whole lot better.

Now you see it, soon you won't.

Now you see it, soon you won’t.

HOMEMADE MACARONI AND CHEESE
1 package cooked whole wheat elbow noodles
2T butter
1.25 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2t salt
1/2t mustard powder
freshly ground pepper to taste

Once you prepare the noodles, melt butter over medium heat. Add milk, sour cream, spice, salt, pepper and cheese and stir until cheese melts. If your cheese clumps and doesn’t melt, try a different brand next time. Leave flame on while you mix the noodles into the cheese sauce. Serve immediately.

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The Best Advice You Never Considered for Picky Eating 10 Tips for Picky Eaters

Before specializing in pediatrics, I could have never imagined how much stress picky eating could cause parents and caregivers.

At first parents may feel their child just likes certain foods more than others. Then maybe they don’t like fruits and vegetables. Then parents may begin to watch what other kids eat, how much they eat, how often they eat, how easy meal time may be for other parents, etc. They then begin “noticing” their kid may only eat processed foods, beige foods, warm foods, or food not prepared at home! The worrisome thoughts begin to creep in. Is my child’s diet negatively impacting their brain development?! What about their growth potential?! Is it making them groggy and unable to absorb what their learning in school? Will they begin to fall behind in school? What if there is something medically wrong with them now because their will not eat meat or vegetables! Are they dehydrating themselves?! I can continue to list the scary thoughts I have heard, but it’s beginning to make me anxious, and I definitely don’t want to make you anxious!

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Try adding fresh mint leaves to your fruit salad. It tastes like summer!

Fourth of July Festive Treats

Happy Fourth of July weekend to all our Feed to Succeed families! Make sure to celebrate with family time and of course, lots of good eats!

Try adding fresh mint leaves to your fruit salad. It tastes like summer!

Try adding fresh mint leaves to your fruit salad. It tastes like summer!

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Put your kids to work on these skewers, and they’re guaranteed to eat it!

There are loads of ideas for fun 4th of July activities and crafts for families online. Most of the desserts, though, contain lots of sugar and food coloring. This one is full of fruit, whole grains and uses less refined sugar. Happy 4th! Enjoy!

Healthier American Pie (aka fruit pizza!)

Healthier American Pie (aka fruit pizza!)

FRUIT PIZZA ‘AMERICAN PIE’
For the crust:
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup softened butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk

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Understanding Food Allergies By Gia Diakakis, RD

Believe it or not, FPIES, Food protein-induced enterocolitis, was beginning of my love story with Feed to Succeed. I first met Betsy, the owner of Feed To Succeed, at a dinner lecture on FPIES. We quickly realized we had lots in common in the pediatric nutrition world, which eventually led to me becoming a pediatric dietitian with Feed to Succeed.

So what exactly is food protein-induced enterocolits (FPIES)? Well food allergies can be divided into IgE-mediated and non-IgE mediated reactions. FPIES is a non-IgE mediated food allergy. This means IgE antibodies do not cause this reaction to food. Since IgE antibodies are not involved, this allergic reaction to food is delayed (anywhere from several hours to several days) and causes symptoms over a long period of time (as opposed to anaphylaxis or throat closing reaction). FPIES presents with gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration. The most common culprits are cows milk (CM), soy, and grain. However, any food may cause FPIES.

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Early Intervention for Healthy Kids

Key to Early Intervention services (EI) for many children is nutrition therapy. In a typical month, four registered dietitians from Feed to Succeed see over 50 children through EI. Assisting these children under the age of 3 meet nutrition requirements to grow and thrive is crucial to setting them up to reach age appropriate milestones.

Children we serve can have any number of reasons for requiring nutrition therapy ranging from medically complex developmental delays to food allergies and aversions. We meet with each child individually in their homes to assess their needs and develop a plan that is realistic for their family.

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Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed

Now’s the time to start hinting to the family that soon is…ahem..Mother’s Day. All a mother needs is a little pampering, right? And besides, kids who spend time cooking in the kitchen grow up to be healthier eaters. In fact, this post is entirely for them, not moms at all. 😉

GLUTEN FREE PANCAKES

2 large fresh whole eggs
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 cup nonfat cows skim milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/3 cup brown rice flour
2 tbsp granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp kosher, non-aluminum, low-electrolyte baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp kosher gluten replacement xanthan gum

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Homemade Soft Pretzels

It’s #NationalPretzelDay because every food apparently needs its chance to shine. You can make these at home in less than 10 minutes, and they’ll rival the ones that waft through the mall any day.

And you know what? They’re healthy enough to eat with dinner.

Whole wheat soft pretzels

HOMEMADE PRETZELS (from Peas and Thank You cookbook)
3/4 warm water
2t sugar
1t yeast
2.5 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1t salt
2T butter or Earth Balance
10 cups water
2/3 cup baking soda
2T kosher salt

Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water and let stand for 10 minutes. Combine flour, salt and butter with a blender and dough hook. Add yeast mixture and knead with blender and then with hands until fully combined. Place in well-oiled bowl, cover with warm towel and place in a warm place (I use the oven with the only the light on). Let sit for 1 hour.

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Vitamins, A-Z

Vitamin A

What is vitamin A?
Vitamin A is a fat soluble (requires fat to be absorbed) vitamin that is needed for vision, gene expression, and growth of cells. Carotenoids (anti-oxidant) are also a form of vitamin A and are needed for eye health and heart disease.

What foods contain Vitamin A?
Vitamin A can be found in liver, dairy, eggs, and fortified cereals.

Does my child need a vitamin A supplement?
Consuming a well balanced diet, composed of different fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and meat, should provide adequate vitamin A. Children with fat malabsorption conditions, such as Cystic Fibrosis, often need a vitamin supplement containing vitamin A.

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Mint Chocolate Chip Surprise for St. Paddy’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day, like nearly every holiday, brings with it lots of sugary, food colored snacks. Sneaky parents, though, can still manage to please their kids with healthy eats. Try either of these for breakfast, lunch or after school. Cheers!

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Mint chocolate chip smoothie. They’ll never know it has spinach unless you tell them!

Mint Chocolate Chip Surprise

  • 1/2 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
  • 1 overripe banana
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh spinach
  • 1/2t vanilla
  • 1T real maple syrup (omit if you used vanilla yogurt)
  • 2 drops mint extract
  • 1T chocolate chips

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