Decoding baby formula labels

Bacteria Business: Decoding Baby Formula Labels Ask Amanda: Your Questions Answered by Expert RD

A walk through the baby formula aisle at the store can be daunting! There are so many options and the labels are full of different ingredients and health claims for infants and toddlers. This week we got the following nutrition question from a Chicago-area mom: I am a breastfeeding mom, and I am also supplementing with formula. I am confused by the difference between prebiotics and probiotics in baby formula. Can you help clarify this?

Because of the known health benefits of breastmilk, baby formula is often formulated to include some of the naturally occurring components of breastmilk. Probiotics and prebiotics are both found in breastmilk and have made their way into baby formula over the past 10 years. read more

Toddler Playdate for Tube Feeding Families Please join us!

We are excited to partner with Notube, an international nonprofit organization that specializes in working with tube fed children, for an infant and toddler playdate at our office on November 4.

Our team has worked with hundreds of children with feeding tubes. As research and experience has dictated, we have shifted away from formula feeds over the past few years towards using real food. Real food is more digestible, decreases reflux and constipation, encourages good growth, and is more natural. Parents who are trained to prepare real food for their children are often surprised to know that they can meet their child’s nutritional needs and improve feeding tolerance by shifting from formula to real food. With Feed to Succeed, something as elusive as feeding a child is suddenly a real possibility. Time and time again, we get to share the moment of a family making a positive transition to a healthier child. read more

what peanut butter is healthy

What Peanut Butter Is Healthy Ask Amanda: Your Questions Answered by Expert RD

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.

Hi Amanda – I am wondering about peanut butter and what the differences are between the natural peanut butter and regular store brands? Is there a difference? There are so many options now in the grocery store aisles.

Good question. It can be confusing. In my house growing up there was Jif, and that was the only option, but there are many more choices now. (Disclaimer: there were also canned mandarin oranges, which counted as a fruit in my house growing up). read more

snacks on the go for teens

Ask Amanda: Bigger Kids and Snacks – What’s a Good Choice for On the Go? Your Questions Answered By Expert Dietitian

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.

What are some good healthy snacks and foods with protein to have on hand that my teens and tween can eat on the go?

This is a great question, especially as school, sports and activities kick back into gear and families are on the go. For expertise and ideas on this nutrition question, I turned to Melanie Battaglia, Feed to Succeed’s sports dietitian, who works with many teens. She suggested easy go to snacks that combine some protein and good carbohydrates for sustained energy, like a cheese stick or a hard-boiled egg and a piece of fruit. In addition, she had two great ideas of fun, make-ahead snacks that can be taken on the go! The recipes are listed below: read more

Early Intervention Nutritionist

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! read more

podcast finale

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

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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early intervention

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. read more

fall seasonal eating

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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healthy breakfast alternatives

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! read more