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

nutrition podcast

Back in the Routine: Breakfasts and Dinners for Busy Families

Do you have the time and energy to make sure your family is eating healthy breakfasts and dinners daily? We don’t! Betsy and Jen discuss tips and ideas to getting a well-balanced meal planned and ready for busy mornings out the door, and crazy evenings balancing the schedule of an active family.

probiotic supplements

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. read more

Back to School! Snacks and Lunches

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

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! read more

How much yogurt is too much

How Much Yogurt Is Too Much?

Do y0u have a toddler eating loads of yogurt? You’re in good company. Recently, a mom asked me the following: I have an 11 month old daughter who loves yogurt. She would eat it all day long. My question is: how much yogurt is too much?

Yogurt is a great food for most babies and toddlers!  A 2-4 oz serving of whole milk yogurt at mealtimes or snack times is perfect!  It is packed with calcium and also has a good amount of calories. Also, since most babies and toddlers are not great meat eaters, yogurt can be good protein source. Unfortunately, most of the yogurt marketed for kids is packed with sugar.  The kids’ section of the yogurt aisle at the grocery store is filled with yogurt with sprinkles, cookie bits and M&M’s.  A good option for an 11 month old is full-fat, plain, greek-style or strained yogurt. If you buy sweetened yogurt or a baby yogurt, look for a yogurt that has 5 grams of sugar or less per serving. You can sweeten yogurt naturally by mixing mashed banana in or other fruits. Lastly, greek-style yogurt stays on a spoon well, so it is a great food for babies and toddlers to eat to practice self-feeding (even though it can get a bit messy!) read more

Do breast-feeding babies need supplements

Ask Amanda: How Long Should I Breastfeed Your Nutrition Questions Answered By Expert Dietitian

As World Breastfeeding Week comes to an end, I think about a question that I often get asked as a pediatric dietitian and lactation consultant, which is: how long should I continue to breastfeed?

I recently heard a colleague refer to breastfeeding as a journey. I like this description because a journey does not imply a set beginning or end, it depicts a personal path. Breastfeeding is a journey or personal path that can be both rewarding and challenging for mothers and families. The answer to how long a mother should breastfed is: as long as it continues to work for that mother and her baby, whether that is two days, two weeks, two months, two years or longer. read more