national nutrition day

3 Tips for Better Eating this Month

Happy RD Day! In celebration of RD day, we're offering 3 nutrition tips for better eating this month and every month.

toddler cup

Ask Amanda: Switching breastfed babies to a cup

Switching breastfed babies to a bottle or a sippy cup can be a challenge in the beginning. In this week’s kids’ nutrition Ask Amanda column, pediatric dietitian Amanda Gordon offers some ideas to make the transition easier

Dear Amanda, I have an 11-month-old infant who has nursed since birth and never accepted a bottle. She won’t drink well from a sippy cup either. My milk supply is running low and I’m not sure what to do.

First off, congratulations on making it breastfeeding for 11 months!  That is a big accomplishment.  According to CDC, only about 1/3 of all women who initiate breastfeeding in the United States make it that long.   read more

Have you ever wished you could take a dietitian or a cooking expert along with you to the grocery store?

A Dietitian’s Tour of the Grocery Aisles

Have you ever wished you could take a dietitian or a cooking expert along with you to the grocery store?

healthy groceries family

Grocery Tips for Healthy Weight Families

On this week's kids nutrition podcast, registered dietitian Betsy Hjelmgren and culinary foodie expert Jen Karakosta get down to healthy family basics.

Breastmilk and Daycare: Not just how much, but how

Breastmilk and Daycare: Not just how much, but how?

Heading back to work while breastfeeding is no doubt a challenge. In this week’s kids’ nutrition Ask Amanda column, pediatric dietitian Amanda Gordon offers some ideas to ease into bottle feeding at day care while still breastfeeding.

Q: Hi Amanda, my breastfed daughter is 5 months old. She started daycare one month ago, and I pump and send breastmilk bottles to daycare. Now daycare is saying that she wants more and that I am not sending enough breastmilk. They also say she spits up there. She doesn’t seem to do this at home and rarely seems hungry right after breastfeeding.  read more

Body Weight and the Young Athlete

Body Weight and Young Athletes

Coach encouraging you to lose or gain some weight for performance? This episode features youth sports dietitian, Melanie Battaglia, discussing nutrition and body weight amongst young athletes. Betsy and Jen ask some pointed questions about when it is or is not appropriate for an athlete to gain or lose weight for their sport, and whose discretion is appropriate to make that determination.  

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Athletic Kids, Food Fads and Sports Supplements

Athletic Kids, Food Fads and Sports Supplements

Does your young athlete face frequent diet challenges, opinions and even pressure from coaches, peers and other well-intended people? This kids nutrition podcast is for you.

vegan protein for kids

Let’s Talk EdaMOMe!

In this week’s kids’ nutrition column, our pediatric dietitian explains the best vegan protein alternatives for kids.

Ask Amanda: How to Get Kids to Eat Vegetables

In this week’s kids’ nutrition Ask Amanda column, pediatric dietitian Amanda Gordon answers the question: What are good recipes to get vegetables into picky eaters? Following are 6 suggestions, the first being the most important:

Suggestion 1: Don’t Trick Them.  Try not to hide vegetables in your child’s meals and snacks. Kids are smart, and if they figure out that you are trying to “trick” them into eating foods they don’t want, you risk losing their trust in you and the foods you offer.  I have even seen this lead to children than rejecting foods they will normally eat.  It is okay to add vegetables to foods (for example, adding onions or spinach to eggs, but don’t try to hid it) read more

Diets: Keto, Paleo, Mediterranean, What's a Kid to Do?

Diets: Keto, Paleo, Mediterranean, What’s a Kid to Do?

With so many weight loss plans out there, and so many different opinions and approaches, it can be a sticky situation when a parent is following a diet and also trying to keep the family well-fed and healthy! Betsy and Jen discuss just that in this episode, by reviewing some of the more popular weight management approaches in terms of their efficacy, and then bringing into focus how can we safely and effectively manage this when there are other family members involved.

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