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Youth & Family Nutrition

Research has repeatedly shown that when children and teenagers adopt healthy habits, they’re more likely to carry those habits into adulthood. As part of our effort to eliminate the childhood obesity epidemic, and to promote physical activity and healthful nutrition, ACE provides free educational materials and information to help parents, teachers, and health and fitness professionals promote healthy eating and physical activity among youth. Check out nutritious recipes, expert insight and more.

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Healthy Holiday Recipes Featuring Butternut Squash

posted: 12/3/2013 12:00:00 AM   by: Mary Saph Tanaka

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.

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An Awesome Apple-inspired Recipe

posted: 11/15/2013 12:00:00 AM   by: Mary Saph Tanaka

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.

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

posted: 10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM   by: Mary Saph Tanaka

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.

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Homemade Baby Food May Be Key to Decreasing Food Allergies

posted: 8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM   by: Natalie Digate Muth

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.

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

posted: 8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM   by: Natalie Digate Muth

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.

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

posted: 8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM   by: Natalie Digate Muth

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.

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Healthy Cooking For a Family on a Budget

posted: 7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM   by: American Council on Exercise

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.

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New USDA Standards Mean Healthier School Snacks for Kids

posted: 7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM   by: American Council on Exercise

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.

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Summertime Fruit Snacks Your Kids Will Love!

posted: 6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM   by: Mary Saph Tanaka

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.

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Easy Veggie Snacks for Picky Eaters

posted: 6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM   by: Mary Saph Tanaka

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.

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How to Navigate the Farmers Market

posted: 6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM   by: Natalie Digate Muth

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.

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

posted: 6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM   by: Natalie Digate Muth

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.

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Tips to Get More Fruits and Veggies in Your Day

posted: 6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM   by: Natalie Digate Muth

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.

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

posted: 5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM   by: Mary Saph Tanaka

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.

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Easy Meals to Make After Your Baby Arrives

posted: 5/22/2013 12:00:00 AM   by: Mary Saph Tanaka

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.

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10 Healthy Foods You Can Eat on the Cheap

posted: 5/15/2013 12:00:00 AM   by: Natalie Digate Muth

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.

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How to Transform Your Grocery Shopping Experience

posted: 5/13/2013 12:00:00 AM   by: Natalie Digate Muth

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.

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

posted: 4/23/2013 12:00:00 AM   by: Mary Saph Tanaka

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.

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10 Cooking Tips for Healthy and Delicious Family Meals

posted: 4/18/2013 12:00:00 AM   by: Natalie Digate Muth

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.

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How Well Do You Know Your Herbs and Spices?

posted: 4/17/2013 12:00:00 AM   by: Natalie Digate Muth

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.

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