Five Tips on Feeding Toddlers

Posted by on Apr 26, 2012 in Feeding Babies, Feeding Children | 1 comment

Five Tips on Feeding Toddlers

Feeding toddlers doesn’t have to be nightmare.  At my office I talk to parents of toddlers all the time about the frustrations of feeding their picky, unpredictable and stubborn little ones. Here are a few points to keep in mind when feeding toddlers: 1)   TODDLERS DON’T NEED MUCH FOOD- In the first year of life the growth curve is very steep and parents get used to their kids gaining a lot of weight every time they visit the doctor.  After the first year, however, the growth curve flattens...

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What’s wrong with Water?

Posted by on Jan 30, 2012 in Favorite Topics, Feeding Babies, Feeding Children | 5 comments

What’s wrong with Water?

  One of the biggest contributors to the excessive amount of calories that American children consume is BEVERAGES. The average American teenager consumes in the neighborhood of 400 calories. That’s the equivalent of a four mile run! In my practice I give many of my overweight young patients a food journal to keep track of a week’s worth of eating. In talking to their families and reviewing their journals I often find that I can help them get back to a normal weight just by getting them off of...

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How to Make Homemade Yogurt (Video)

Posted by on Jan 18, 2012 in Desserts and Snacks, Feeding Babies, Feeding Children, Videos | 0 comments

How to Make Homemade Yogurt (Video)

Many parents tell me their kids won’t drink a lot of milk.  They worry about calcium, and are not sure how to give their kids enough. Yogurt is a great way to do this, and making your own is super easy.  I use yogurt in smoothies, baked goods, as a side dish, as a substitute for mayonnaise when making chicken or tuna salad. Ever look at the ingredients on the average flavored yogurt?  A popular strawberry yogurt has the following ingredients : Cultured Pasteurized Grade A Low Fat Milk, Sugar,...

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Breakfast Ideas for Vegetarian Kids

Posted by on Nov 2, 2011 in Breakfast, Feeding Babies, Feeding Children, Vegetarian | 5 comments

This week Cara, our vegetarian nutritionist talks about breakfast. _______________________________________________________ I was really looking forward to writing a post about my perfect daughter and how she ate the plateful of scrambled eggs and toast I made her every morning. Evelyn did eat eggs…at one point…but now she swats them away as if they were poison. Alas, we had several great months of a high protein, high iron breakfast. (By the way, eggs are the perfect protein and contain just about every...

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Cara Talks about Vegetarian Snacks for Baby

Posted by on Oct 10, 2011 in Feeding Babies, Feeding Children, Vegetarian | 1 comment

Cara Talks about Vegetarian Snacks for Baby

Cara Wright, mom, nutritionist and vegetarian, is also a medical student.  Her life is certainly busy! This week she talks about some of her favorite on-the-go snacks for her one-year old. ______________________________________________________________________________ Children love to snack. It’s a fact. Every day, I get at least one email about healthy snack options and they all seem to have the same suggestions. Well, I’d be lying if I said that every time Evelyn wants a snack I dice up some organic mango or...

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Meat Substitutes for Vegetarians

Posted by on Sep 26, 2011 in Feeding Babies, Feeding Children, Vegetarian | 6 comments

Meat Substitutes for Vegetarians

This week our guest blogger, nutritionist, mom and vegetarian Cara Wright talks about meat substitutes for vegetarians. ___________________________________________________________________________ Luckily it is becoming easier and easier to find healthy, palatable, non-meat options in the grocery store. Just a few years ago the only meat-substitute I could find at the supermarket was water-logged tofu. Yesterday I was at the local Wal-Mart and was amazed to find VeggiePatch meatballs and hotdogs. Stores now have...

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Cara Talks about more about the Vegetarian Diet and Yogurt

Posted by on Sep 19, 2011 in Babyfood Option, Feeding Babies, Feeding Children, Vegetarian | 3 comments

Cara Talks about more about the Vegetarian Diet and Yogurt

This week Cara Wright, nutritionist, vegetarian, and mom, talks about raising her daughter, Evelyn as a vegetarian and how she uses yogurt as a dietary staple. ______________________________________________________________________________ When I originally sat down to write about raising a vegetarian child, I was going to start by listing all of the misconceptions of a vegetarian diet. Instead of harping on old, pre-conceived notions about “not getting enough protein” and “what about iron?”, I want to...

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Meet Cara: Nutritionist, Mom and Vegetarian

Posted by on Sep 12, 2011 in Feeding Babies, Feeding Children, Vegetarian | 5 comments

Meet Cara: Nutritionist, Mom and Vegetarian

I’m so thrilled to have Cara Wright as a new guest blogger on Doctor Yum. Cara is a nutritionist, medical student and mom who is raising her daughter as a vegetarian. I met Cara’s mother, a pediatrician, at a professional conference this past summer.  When Cara heard about doctoryum from her mother, she contacted me and offered to share her experiences about her vegetarian eating. Over the next several Mondays Cara will share her unique insights and hopefully answer questions on what it is like to...

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Ten Ideas for Finger Foods for Babies and Toddlers

Posted by on Jun 9, 2011 in Babyfood Option, Feeding Babies | 5 comments

Ten Ideas for Finger Foods for Babies and Toddlers

l Parents of children in my pediatrics practice often ask me what to give their babies and toddlers when they get tired of the baby “mush”.  Babies quickly get bored with bland, overly smooth baby food and are ready to try more texture and more tastes.  More importantly the are ready to feed THEMSELVES.  Finger foods are a great way for babies to learn independence, develop their fine motor skills, and try a variety of more grown-up tastes and textures. TIPS FOR STARTING FINGER FOODS Be creative....

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Getting Started Feeding and Making Baby Food

Posted by on Mar 13, 2011 in Babyfood Option, Feeding Babies | 5 comments

Getting Started Feeding and Making Baby Food

Introducing a baby to solid foods can be a very exciting time for parents.  Seeing how a baby experiences and reacts to different foods is yet another way to get to know your baby.  When your pediatrician says that you are ready to start solid foods, usually between 4-6 months, you may have a lot of questions about how much food to give, what kids of food to give, and in what order food should be introduced. These are the most common types of questions I answer at well visits for 4-6 month olds.  Visit the...

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Buying Organic Produce

Posted by on Mar 4, 2011 in Feeding Babies, Feeding Children | 0 comments

Buying Organic Produce

What is “organic”?  In order for a food to be labeled “organic” it has to be certified by the USDA’s Organic Food Program as being produced without synthetic chemicals or fertilizers, genetic engineering, radiation or sewage sludge. Why is that important? Many pesticides can have harmful affects to human health, especially to growing children.  The pesticides on our foods can actually be detected in our blood. In fact, one study in children showed that pesticide levels in children...

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Getting Started In The Kitchen

Posted by on Jan 9, 2011 in Favorite Topics, Feeding Babies, Feeding Children | 0 comments

Getting Started In The Kitchen

Here is a list of the most common groceries I buy.  Having these on hand will make thing faster while you try some of these recipes.  I also list some of my favorite kitchen tools and appliances. Groceries I frequently buy White whole wheat flour- This is a type of whole wheat flour which uses an albino type of wheat instead of the traditional red wheat. The result is a flour that is soft, white, but full of nutrients found in whole wheat flour. I started using this in my baking a few months ago. You can...

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