artificial sweeteners safe for breastfeeding

Ask Amanda: Is artificial sweetener okay for breastfeeding Your Nutrition 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.

Hi Amanda, I am wondering what is the research on artificial sweeteners and breastfeeding?

This is an area that surprisingly lacks a lot of research. There are many sweeteners on the market, including some that claim to be natural, so it can get confusing.  Luckily, there is a fantastic go-to resource I often recommend for questions about food and medication safety and breastfeeding. read more

protein pancakes

Ask Amanda: Protein Idea for Toddlers Your Nutrition 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.

Last week’s post on toddler friendly protein foods sparked a lot of conversations with the families that I work with about how much protein kids need. As I mentioned, it is often less than parents think. However, as I was working with some of my pickiest toddlers this past week, it had me constantly thinking about nutrient-dense finger foods that they can and will eat. My go-to is often pancakes! For those of you who know me, this is old news. I have probably already recommended my favorite pancake recipe, Power Up Pancakes.  The recipe is included in this post. read more

kids protein ideas

Toddler-Friendly Protein Ideas 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.

Do you have recommendations for healthy protein sources that toddlers actually eat?

Protein recommendations vary by age, but on average, children need 1 gram of protein per kilogram of weight (to get your childs weight in kilograms, divide their weight by 2.2). We have found that most parents overestimate their childs protein needs. To give you an example, an 80 pound (~36 kilograms) child would about 36 grams of protein per day! Thats it! Bottom line is that most toddlers get plenty of protein in their daily diets, even if they don’t eat much meat. However, for parents that want to include more protein, below are some ideas that are often toddler friendly. read more

Keeping Kids Involved in Packing Lunches 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.

Recently, a parent asked me, “How can we help our kids make good food choices?”

Great Question! If we want our young children to learn how to make good, healthy food choices, we have to lead by example, but as they get older, we also need to give them opportunities to learn to make these choices for themselves and feel empowered by the choices they make. read more

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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