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Posts found under "Family Nutrition" within Family Health

Healthy Holiday Recipes Featuring Butternut Squash

By Mary Saph Tanaka on Tuesday, December 3, 2013


The markets are loaded with a variety of winter squashes this time of year, and butternut squash is one of the most versatile and tasty of the bunch. Here are two great recipes featuring this vitamin-packed gourd—Turkey Butternut Squash Meatballs and Spiced Butternut Squash Muffins—that are sure to please the entire family.




An Awesome Apple-inspired Recipe

By Mary Saph Tanaka on Friday, November 15, 2013


It’s that wonderful time of year when apples are at their most delicious. Whether you prefer them tart or sweet, apples are a perfect snack for young and old alike. Apples also make great additions to some of your favorite dishes. Here are two great recipes that, served together, make a hearty and flavorful meal: apple cabbage coleslaw and sweet potato pork tenderloin sliders.




Chicken Nuggets Kids Will Love (That are Actually Good for Them)

By Mary Saph Tanaka on Friday, October 25, 2013


Do you really know what’s in those chicken nuggets your kids love so much? Based on the findings of a recent study, you probably don’t want to know. Instead, try making this tasty and healthier version of chicken nuggets, which you and your kids are sure to love.




Homemade Baby Food May Be Key to Decreasing Food Allergies

By Natalie Digate Muth on Tuesday, August 20, 2013


The incidence of food allergies among infants and children continues to rise, with experts estimating that as many 8 percent of kids may be affected by some type of food allergy. A new study, however, suggests that serving homemade unprocessed baby foods may offer worried parents a possible way to stave off future allergies.




Want Your Kids to Eat Their Vegetables? New Study Suggests You Can Count on Books to Do Your Bidding

By Natalie Digate Muth on Tuesday, August 13, 2013


At a loss for how to encourage your children to eat more vegetables and fruit? A new research study suggests that reading nutrition-focused storybooks to your children may help turn your child into a veggie fan, even when all other approaches have failed in the past. Pediatrician Natalie Digate Muth explains the new research and suggests some books worth adding to your story-time line-up.




Is It True That Kids Really Can “Outgrow” Obesity?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Tuesday, August 6, 2013


What should a parent do if he or she realizes her child is overweight or even obese? Is it cause for alarm or is it likely the child will eventually grow taller and, thus, “outgrow” his or her weight issue? Dr. Natalie Digate Muth explains the findings of a new study, which sheds important light on this issue, offering specific formulas for parents and pediatricians to use when creating a plan to address a child’s weight problem.




Healthy Cooking For a Family on a Budget

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Boosting your family's health with wholesome, nutritious meals doesn't have to break your budget. Try these low maintenance, cost effective recipes that double as healthier versions of your favorite takeout.




New USDA Standards Mean Healthier School Snacks for Kids

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, July 3, 2013


Here’s some good news for parents concerned about the quality of food offered to their kids at school. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently issued new nutrition standards that will go into effect next year. Learn what these new standards include and how schools will finally start supporting your efforts to help your kids make healthier choices, both at home and at school.




Summertime Fruit Snacks Your Kids Will Love!

By Mary Saph Tanaka on Friday, June 28, 2013


Is there anything better than the delicious fruits of summer? At this time of year, the markets are full of delicious produce that can be eaten whole or mixed into recipes. Here are three great quick and simple treats your kids are sure to love.




Easy Veggie Snacks for Picky Eaters

By Mary Saph Tanaka on Thursday, June 20, 2013


It can be a struggle to get your kids to eat healthier, but snacks can be a great way to encourage them to eat more veggies throughout the day. Try these easy recipes for crispy edamame and a tasty bean dip that will have your kids gobbling up their veggies and asking for more.




How to Navigate the Farmers Market

By Natalie Digate Muth on Thursday, June 6, 2013


Do you love the idea of shopping at a farmers market—with it colorful array of delicious, nutritious and locally grown fruits and vegetables—but don’t really know what to purchase or how to get the best deals? Here are 10 tips to make the most of what will hopefully become a weekly summertime outing for you and your family.




Bring the Color of the Rainbow to Your Family’s Plate

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, June 5, 2013


Fruits and vegetables are high in fiber, vitamins and minerals; low in calories and sodium; and rich in a variety of phytochemicals—natural compounds that are powerful disease fighters. Dr. Natalie Digate Muth explains how you can pack a nutritional punch by choosing a mix of fruits and vegetables from the five main colors of the fruits and veggies rainbow—red, yellow/orange, green, blue/purple and white/tan/brown.




Tips to Get More Fruits and Veggies in Your Day

By Natalie Digate Muth on Tuesday, June 4, 2013


If you struggle to get the recommended five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables per day, don’t worry—you’re not alone. But there are plenty of great benefits that make it worth the effort to up your intake of these health-boosting foods. Read on to learn how you and your family can gradually increase the number of servings of fruits and veggies you eat each day.




Kickstart Your Summer With These Kid-Friendly (and Healthy!) Sloppy Joe Sandwiches

By Mary Saph Tanaka on Thursday, May 30, 2013


Wondering what you’re going to feed your kids for lunch now that school is out for the summer? Try this delicious—and healthy—version of Sloppy Joes. With plenty of colorful chopped veggies, plus lean beef and turkey, this recipe is sure to please even your pickiest eaters.




Easy Meals to Make After Your Baby Arrives

By Mary Saph Tanaka on Wednesday, May 22, 2013


It can be a huge challenge to prepare healthy meals with a newborn baby in the house, but there are ways to make it easier. With just a little preparation, you can make simple and nutritious dishes using ingredients you probably already have on hand. These recipes are super simple to make in a pinch and, as a bonus, you don’t have to constantly hover over the stove while you make them.




10 Healthy Foods You Can Eat on the Cheap

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, May 15, 2013


If you think you can’t eat healthy if you’re on a tight budget, you may be overlooking some great options that will not only boost your health, but your bottom line as well. Here are 10 nutritious foods that will help you stretch your food dollar, along with some easy-to-make recipes your family will love.




How to Transform Your Grocery Shopping Experience

By Natalie Digate Muth on Monday, May 13, 2013


Grocery shopping can often be a chore, but it doesn’t have to feel that way. Here are 10 great tips that will help you avoid advertising gimmicks and impulse buys, find the best deals on the healthiest foods, and transform your shopping experience from a dreaded necessity to an activity you actually enjoy.




Fun and Healthy Snacks Even the Pickiest Eater Can’t Resist

By Mary Saph Tanaka on Tuesday, April 23, 2013


Are you struggling to get your picky eater to try new foods? It might be time to employ some “marketing” tricks to make healthy foods more appealing to your kids. Here are some fun ideas that use just a few ingredients to create quick and simple snacks your kids are sure to enjoy.




10 Cooking Tips for Healthy and Delicious Family Meals

By Natalie Digate Muth on Thursday, April 18, 2013


Trying to please picky eaters can make cooking feel like a chore, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Dr. Natalie Digate Muth explains how to cook healthy and delicious family meals that are sure to delight even your toughest-to-please family members.




How Well Do You Know Your Herbs and Spices?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, April 17, 2013


One of the best ways to improve the taste of food without increasing fat or calories is to add the right blend of healthy herbs and spices. But how can you begin to know which ones to use? Dr. Natalie Digate Muth explains how, depending on your taste preferences, you can use herbs and spices to turn an ordinary meal into a flavorful trip across the world that your family will love.




Gardening with the Kids: 8 Steps to Starting Your Own Backyard Garden

By Natalie Digate Muth on Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Thinking about starting a backyard garden, but don’t know where to start? Dr. Natalie Digate Muth shares her adventures in gardening and offers 8 tried-and-true steps that will have you and your kids eating fresh fruits and vegetables from your garden by the end of spring and on through summer.




10 Tips: Healthy Nutrition and Physical Activity for Children with Autism

By Natalie Digate Muth on Monday, April 8, 2013


April has been designated Autism Awareness month, a time to bring attention to a condition that profoundly impacts 1 in 50 U.S. children and their families every day. While children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) experience unique nutrition and physical-activity challenges, they also can reap powerful benefits from a healthy diet and regular exercise. Here are 10 ideas to help make mealtimes and activity breaks into positive experiences for children and teens with ASDs.




“Spring Clean” Your Kitchen with a Healthy Pantry, Refrigerator and Countertop Makeover: Part 2

By Natalie Digate Muth on Tuesday, April 2, 2013


It’s that time of year when many of us feel the urge to clean and de-clutter our homes and create a healthier environment. Most often, the best place to start is the kitchen. Learn how to revitalize your refrigerator in this second of a three-part series on creating a healthy kitchen.




“Spring Clean” Your Kitchen with a Healthy Pantry, Refrigerator and Countertop Makeover: Part 1

By Natalie Digate Muth on Monday, April 1, 2013


It’s that time of year when many of us feel the urge to clean and de-clutter our homes and create a healthier environment. Most often, the best place to start is the kitchen. Learn how to revitalize your pantry in this first of a three-part series on creating a healthy kitchen.




Healthy Greek Yogurt Recipes Kids Will Love

By Natalie Digate Muth on Friday, March 29, 2013


Yogurt isn't just for breakfast! This delicious food packs a nutritional punch as a great source of protein and calcium, and the fact that it's versatile allows it to be used in everything from dips to dinners, creating healthy snack and meal options that the whole family will love.




Healthy School Lunches Kids Will Love

By Natalie Digate Muth on Thursday, March 28, 2013


Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RD, offers some tips on nutritious school lunches for your kids. Starting healthy behaviors early will set the tone for them to become healthy adults, and help encourage them to be more active in their childhood. So ditch the snack cakes and start getting creative!




What to Make of Milk?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Thursday, March 28, 2013


Knowing which milk to buy for your family used to be simple, but not anymore. While you know that drinking milk is important for strong bones and good health, particularly for growing children and pregnant women, it can be difficult to make the right choice, especially if you’re concerned about things like hormones and saturated fats. Got questions about milk? Dr. Natalie Digate Muth has your answers.




How Can I Teach my Child About Portions?

By Mary Saph Tanaka on Thursday, March 21, 2013


Need some helping teaching your child about appropriate portion sizes? While young children use internal cues to know when to stop eating, they often lose this ability as they grow older. Here are five great tips for helping your children eat healthy and appropriately sized portions of food.




While You Wait for Baby: Nesting and Stocking the Kitchen for Easy, Nutritious Meals

By Mary Saph Tanaka on Thursday, March 14, 2013


When the nesting urge kicks in, many pregnant women find themselves washing walls and clearing out closets. Dr. Tanaka urges women to channel that energy into getting the kitchen stocked with healthy ingredients for easy-to-prepare meals. Here are her tips for creating fast and delicious meals for the whole family, both before and after the baby comes.




While You Wait for Baby: Nesting and Stocking the Kitchen for Easy, Nutritious Meals

By Mary Saph Tanaka on Thursday, March 14, 2013


When the nesting urge kicks in, many pregnant women find themselves washing walls and clearing out closets. Dr. Tanaka urges women to channel that energy into getting the kitchen stocked with healthy ingredients for easy-to-prepare meals. Here are her tips for creating fast and delicious meals for the whole family, both before and after the baby comes.




While You Wait for Baby: Nesting and Stocking the Kitchen for Easy, Nutritious Meals

By Mary Saph Tanaka on Thursday, March 14, 2013


When the nesting urge kicks in, many pregnant women find themselves washing walls and clearing out closets. Dr. Tanaka urges women to channel that energy into getting the kitchen stocked with healthy ingredients for easy-to-prepare meals. Here are her tips for creating fast and delicious meals for the whole family, both before and after the baby comes.




What are Some Quick, Healthy Breakfasts I Can Make for My Children?

By Mary Saph Tanaka on Monday, March 11, 2013


Do you find yourself struggling to get your kids to eat a healthy breakfast? Try these quick, easy and nutritious breakfast ideas and your kids will be excited to eat this often-neglected morning meal. And, as a bonus, they’ll likely be more alert and perform better at school!




What are Some Quick, Healthy Breakfasts I Can Make for My Children?

By Mary Saph Tanaka on Monday, March 11, 2013


Do you find yourself struggling to get your kids to eat a healthy breakfast? Try these quick, easy and nutritious breakfast ideas and your kids will be excited to eat this often-neglected morning meal. And, as a bonus, they’ll likely be more alert and perform better at school!




Healthy Cooking Tips: Staying on Track

By Natalie Digate Muth on Monday, March 4, 2013


Eating healthy doesn't have to be time consuming. Take healthy treats on the go or enjoy them in the comfort of your home after only a few minutes of preparation. You've worked hard; now maintain it!




I Have No Idea How to Cook. How Do I Get Started?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Friday, March 1, 2013


With multiple schedules to balance, jobs to work and homework to do, mealtimes can be a chore—especially if you also have one or more picky eaters to contend with. The good news is that a healthy, balanced and inexpensive meal that your kids will love is within reach, simply by applying just a few basic cooking essentials and these easy-to-make recipes for delicious dishes your family is sure to love.




I Have No Idea How to Cook. How Do I Get Started?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Friday, March 1, 2013


With multiple schedules to balance, jobs to work and homework to do, mealtimes can be a chore—especially if you also have one or more picky eaters to contend with. The good news is that a healthy, balanced and inexpensive meal that your kids will love is within reach, simply by applying just a few basic cooking essentials and these easy-to-make recipes for delicious dishes your family is sure to love.




Ask the Expert: Why do all kids programs include snack time?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Thursday, February 14, 2013


Many health-conscious parents are baffled by the sheer volume of (mostly unhealthy) snacks their kids consume at their various activities, even those lasting less than two hours. Pediatrician Dr. Natalie Digate Muth offers expert advice for parents who want their kids to have healthier snack choices.




Ask the Pediatrician: How much (and what) should I eat during pregnancy?

By Mary Saph Tanaka on Tuesday, February 12, 2013


Looking for advice on how to eat for one when you’re feeding for two? Check out this personal account (and advice) from Dr. Mary Saph Tanaka, a pediatrician, nutrition and cooking expert, and a first-time expectant mom.




Ask the Pediatrician: How much (and what) should I eat during pregnancy?

By Mary Saph Tanaka on Tuesday, February 12, 2013


Looking for advice on how to eat for one when you’re feeding for two? Check out this personal account (and advice) from Dr. Mary Saph Tanaka, a pediatrician, nutrition and cooking expert, and a first-time expectant mom.




How can I make healthy sandwiches that my kids will actually want to eat?

By Mary Saph Tanaka on Friday, February 8, 2013


Are your kids getting tired of eating the same old sandwiches every day at lunch? Here are some great ideas for changing up your kids’ lunches to make them more fun, tasty and healthy.




How can I make healthy sandwiches that my kids will actually want to eat?

By Mary Saph Tanaka on Friday, February 8, 2013


Are your kids getting tired of eating the same old sandwiches every day at lunch? Here are some great ideas for changing up your kids’ lunches to make them more fun, tasty and healthy.




5 Creative Solutions for Using MyPlate With Your Children

By Mary Saph Tanaka on Thursday, February 7, 2013


Curious about how you can use the USDA’s MyPlate to help teach your children about healthy eating? Try using these five great ideas to help bring MyPlate to life for your child and help them develop a lifelong love of healthy foods.




I know we should eat more family meals. Any tips for encouraging my family to do so?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Monday, February 4, 2013


Think your family is too busy to eat meals together? You probably want to reconsider that, especially once you realize how important sitting down together for a meal can be for the health and well-being of your children. Here are some great tips on how to make time for family meals—and reduce the stress that often comes with trying to prepare them.




I know we should eat more family meals. Any tips for encouraging my family to do so?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Monday, February 4, 2013


Think your family is too busy to eat meals together? You probably want to reconsider that, especially once you realize how important sitting down together for a meal can be for the health and well-being of your children. Here are some great tips on how to make time for family meals—and reduce the stress that often comes with trying to prepare them.




I know we should eat more family meals. Any tips for encouraging my family to do so?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Monday, February 4, 2013


Think your family is too busy to eat meals together? You probably want to reconsider that, especially once you realize how important sitting down together for a meal can be for the health and well-being of your children. Here are some great tips on how to make time for family meals—and reduce the stress that often comes with trying to prepare them.




How can I make cooking with my child fun?

By Mary Saph Tanaka on Tuesday, January 29, 2013


Try these three simple tips for making cooking with your child both enjoyable and a valuable introduction to planning and preparing healthy meals.




How can I make cooking with my child fun?

By Mary Saph Tanaka on Tuesday, January 29, 2013


Try these three simple tips for making cooking with your child both enjoyable and a valuable introduction to planning and preparing healthy meals.




Healthy Holiday Cooking

By Natalie Digate Muth on Monday, December 17, 2012


Who says food that’s good for you can’t taste great? Give your favorite holiday recipes a healthy twist with simple substitutions and additions that will help your entire family eat right this season. Join Natalie Digate Muth, MD, Registered Dietitian, ACE Health Coach, and Mary Saph Tanaka, MD, for some creative meal ideas from ACE.




How can I put a healthy twist on my holiday baking?

By Mary Saph Tanaka on Wednesday, December 12, 2012


For many of us, the holiday season means sharing our traditions of food that have been passed down many generations. Here are some easy ways to put a healthier twist on these time-honored traditions of baking for the holidays, so you can indulge without feeling like you’ve gone overboard.




How can I put a healthy twist on my holiday baking?

By Mary Saph Tanaka on Wednesday, December 12, 2012


For many of us, the holiday season means sharing our traditions of food that have been passed down many generations. Here are some easy ways to put a healthier twist on these time-honored traditions of baking for the holidays, so you can indulge without feeling like you’ve gone overboard.




How Can I Help My Children Have a Healthier Halloween?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, October 24, 2012


With Halloween fast approaching, both kids and parents are getting their costumes ready, attending Halloween parties, and carving Jack-O-Lanterns. While there’s no doubt that candy is the holiday’s most recognizable hallmark, a few small changes to the annual routine can help parents stay on track in their efforts to raise healthier eaters.




What Are Some Good Summertime Refueling Options for Active Kids?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, August 15, 2012


Are you paying enough attention to your little athlete? When it comes to kids, what they drink or eat before and after a practice or a game can be crucial to their performance and recovery. Check out some recommendations from registered dietitian Natalie Digate Muth.




4 Cool Summer Snacks

By Mary Saph Tanaka on Wednesday, August 1, 2012


This summer’s heat wave has practically everyone craving cooler weather from coast to coast. Get some relief from the high temperatures with healthy and delicious treats courtesy of Mary Saph Tanaka, MD, MS, a pediatrics resident at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. You’ll get a dose of cool using the season’s ripest fruits and vegetables!




4 Cool Summer Snacks

By Mary Saph Tanaka on Wednesday, August 1, 2012


This summer’s heat wave has practically everyone craving cooler weather from coast to coast. Get some relief from the high temperatures with healthy and delicious treats courtesy of Mary Saph Tanaka, MD, MS, a pediatrics resident at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. You’ll get a dose of cool using the season’s ripest fruits and vegetables!