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Ask Amanda: How Much Food Do Toddlers Need Your Questions Answered by Expert RD

This week’s Ask Amanda focuses on what is the difference between the food for adults and food for kids/toddlers over 11 months.

This is a great question! The answer is – there should not be too much difference. Toddlers need what we need – just in smaller amounts. Unless there is a medical or developmental need to offer or prepare separate foods, toddlers can eat just about the same foods as grown-ups. Toddlers may have some chewing limitations that can limit textures and choking hazards, but in terms of the variety of foods, everything is fair game!

Toddlers need the same foods to fuel their growing bodies that we need – just in smaller quantities. Like adults, toddlers need fruits, vegetables, meats or other lean protein sources, breads or cereals or starches, and fats and oil. We used to suggest waiting to introduce potentially highly allergenic foods to toddlers, but this science is also rapidly changing.

A toddler’s total calorie or energy needs per day are less than adults though, impacting their daily portions. Typical toddler portions for a day are: 2 servings of dairy (1 serving is 1 cup of milk or yogurt or about 1.5 oz of cheese), 1.5 oz per day of meat or other lean protein, 2 oz per day of breads, cereals or other starches like pasta or rice (try to make these whole grain choices), 1 cup a day of fruit, ¾-1 cup a day of vegetables, and some fats and oils.

Ask Amanda is a weekly column from Feed to Succeed dietitian Amanda Gordon. Have a question? Email Amanda and let her know or submit an “Ask Amanda” question for a future column.

Season 2 Finale: That’s a wrap!

Bob’s Red Mill vs Pillsbury flour – which is better? What did Jen learn most from season 2? Is your child secretly a good athlete, but no one knows it because they never hydrate?

Listen to the final episode of season 2 as Jen and Betsy discuss their favorite season 2 topics, plus delve lightly into kids’ sport nutrition. Hear a sneak preview of things to come in season 3, and be sure to tune in to the season 3 Facebook Live debut, date to be announced soon!

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Accommodating Diets and Nutrition in School Feed to Succeed Podcast: Special Guest Shira Schwartz, Education Advocate

Does your child follow a special diet or have nutritional accomodations that affect his/her school day? Have you successfully partnered with your school district to keep your child safe, healthy and included? if you need some tips or wonder about the rules, listen in to Shira Schwartz and Betsy Hjelmgren as they discuss the in’s and out’s of IEP’s, 504 plans, and how to create a healthy partnership with your school.

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How to Navigate Early Intervention for Nutrition

Early Intervention (EI) is a state-run program that provides various services/therapies for children ages 0-3 years. The mission statement is “to assure that families who have infants and toddlers, birth to three, with diagnosed disabilities, developmental delays or substantial risk of significant delays receive resources and supports that assist them in maximizing their child’s development, while respecting the diversity of families and communities.”

As a parent, how do you know if you should reach out and request an EI evaluation? In order for your child to qualify for these services, they need to be under 3 years of age and either have a developmental delay, or a condition (genetic defect, premature birth, hearing loss, birth defect, etc) that can lead to a developmental delay.

If you have concerns regarding your child’s development or nutritional status, you can use the DHS Office Locator and contact the “Child and Family Connections” office in your area. You will be placed in contact with a Service Coordinator (SC) who will help organize evaluations for your child. The various providers can include a speech-language pathologist (SLP), occupation therapist (OT), physical therapist (PT), developmental therapist (DT), social worker (SW/LCSW), registered dietitians (RD), audiologist, and vision specialist. Once the therapists have completed their evaluation of your child, they will either recommend services for your child, or not. These services, most of the time, take place in your home.  If your SC cannot find a provider for a services that your child qualifies for, in your area, the service can be completed in an office setting. For example, if your SC cannot find a dietitian in your area to have ongoing services in your home, insurance/the state will pay for these sessions to take place in our office in Glenview.

Ongoing services can be anywhere from a couple times a week, to once a month. These services will continue until your child turns three, or until the provider feels your child no longer has a delay in that specific area. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out to Gia@FeedToSucceed.com.





Seasonal Eating and Gardening Feed to Succeed Podcast

With back to school behind us and cooler evenings upon us, we are thinking about fall eating! Cinnamon apples, pumpkin pies, pears and squash are amongst our favorite fall delights. Join Betsy and Jen as they update their listeners to the late-season garden, what’s good now in seasonal produce and ideas to get your family interested in trying some of the less-interesting fruits and vegetables currently available.

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Ask Amanda: Pasta Not Pop Tarts Your Nutrition Questions Answered By Expert RD

I am not a food blogger, but this is my daughter’s breakfast from Friday and I couldn’t help but photograph it.  She was my inspiration for this week’s Ask Amanda: Pasta not Pop-Tarts.

Mornings can be rushed in our house, especially now that school is starting.  I often don’t have time to prepare eggs or the other whole foods that I would ideally like to feed my kids in the morning. However, I am often dismayed at the foods marketed for kids, especially breakfast foods such as waffles and breakfast bars that are loaded with sugar, fat and processed ingredients.  I am finding leftovers from dinner and non-traditional breakfast foods work great!  This past week, my daughter asked for the leftover pasta in our refrigerator from the previous night’s dinner. I took a pause…was this really a healthy option and then decided it definitely was. It had no added sugar, no high fructose corn syrup or other ingredients that are so often in breakfast foods that are marketed for our kids. I heated up the pasta, poured canned organic tomatoes over it and topped it with some fresh parmesan cheese – she loved it!  She even asked for seconds!

Ask Amanda is a weekly column from Feed to Succeed dietitian Amanda Gordon. Have a question? Email Amanda and let her know or submit an “Ask Amanda” question for a future column.

Should Toddlers Take Probiotic Supplements Ask Amanda: Your Nutrition Questions Answered By Expert Dietitian

Hi Amanda.  I hear a lot these days about probiotics and how they can be good for kids.  Is this something I should consider for my toddler? Does he need a supplement?

This is a great question and a good follow up to the question last week about yogurt and its benefits for toddlers.  Probiotics contain strains of living bacteria that are similar to the healthy bacteria that are found in our digestive systems.  Probiotics help to populate our gastrointestinal tract with “good bacteria” which helps balance or predominate over the potentially “bad” or pathogenic bacteria that can invade our digestive systems.

Probiotics are found in fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, some cheeses and sourdough bread. While probiotics are found naturally in some foods, there are also dietary supplements that contain higher concentrations of probiotics.  There is some research that has shown that taking probiotics may have health benefits for children.  Probiotics are currently being used to treat symptoms associated with gastrointestinal conditions and eczema in children.  In addition, probiotics are also being studied to boost immune health in toddlers and children.

It is important to remember that not all strains of probiotics are used to treat the same medical conditions. Be sure to consult a health professional before starting any supplemental probiotic regimen for your toddler.

Ask Amanda is a weekly column from Feed to Succeed dietitian Amanda Gordon. Have a question? Email Amanda and let her know or submit an “Ask Amanda” question for a future column.


Back to School! Snacks and Lunches

Need to get back into the routine and want a little inspiration? Tune in for lively discussion of lunch and snack packing ideas, a blast from the past Twinkies, and Betsy’s personal plea regarding Goldfish crackers. But seriously…let’s get on board for a great school year with the Feed to Succeed community!

IBS and the Low FODMAPS Diet Podcast Season 2: Episode 7

Have you or your child been told you have “IBS”? Or do you or your child have ongoing GI symptoms of upset stomach, diarrhea or constipation, reflux, gas and bloating; but every doctor you’ve seen has said there is nothing wrong?

If so, you will want to hear this week’s podcast! Betsy and Jen explore a dietary treatment option for IBS that has been reported by some to have up to an 80 percent success rate! Not only that, but the diet is short-term and no medicines are required!