SMART EATING FOR KIDS

 

EXPERT ADVICE, FROM EXPERT MOMS

 

Raising healthy eaters can be a daunting task, filled with roadblocks and detours. But it IS possible to raise kids who like fruits and vegetables, who are adventurous about their food choices, and who eat dinner without expecting a special meal. The expert (nutrition) moms at Smart Eating for Kids can help!

 

Dr. Kiyah Duffey, a frequent contributor to Smart Eating for Kids, translates the latest in food and nutrition science into practical information parents can use. Every. Single. Day.

GENERAL 

WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT “FEARLESS FEEDING”? {A BOOK REVIEW} 

The following is a joint review by Kiyah Duffey, PhD and Laura Chalela Hoover, MPH, RDN. —————— As nutritionists who specialize in childhood eating behaviors, we’ve read oodles of books and research studies related to the topic kids and eating. While there’s a lot out there, the majority of it ...  Read More

 

 

CELEBRATE THE PEAR 

December, in case you didn’t know, is National Pear Month. Yes, there are a lot of other things we might celebrate this month, but as long as we’re at it why also tip our hats to the pear? Pears can be divided into two simple categories: European and Asian. Eurpoean ...  Read More

 

 

IS WHOLE MILK OR LOW-FAT MILK BEST FOR MY CHILD? 

Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot of debate about which type of milk is best for kids to drink. As a nutrition scientist and mom of three, I wanted to take the time to explore the science on the topic. What do Pediatricians Say? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) ...  Read More

 

 

 

PARENTING

CREATING LONG-TERM FOOD GOALS (FOR YOUR KIDS!) 

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to serve on a panel at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health for their A Smart Start Symposium on preventing early childhood obesity. My task was to share my thoughts on early childhood obesity prevention efforts from the perspective of a nutrition researcher and, more importantly,  Read More

 

 

FOOD CHOICES: WHY KIDS SHOULD HAVE (AND MAKE) THEM 

This guest post is by Kiyah J. Duffey, PhD, an assistant professor in the department of Human, Nutrition, Foods & Exercise at Virginia Tech, a freelance nutrition consultant, blogger and a mother to three young children.  I am a scientist who studies the links between diet, obesity and cardiovascular disease.   Read More

 

 

 

FIRST FOODS

WEANING BABY: THE WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY AND HOW OF INTRODUCING SOLID FOODS (A NEW SERIES!) 

I hardly believe that it’s possible, but Alice (my baby) is ready to start solid foods. She is showing many of the classic signs and has reached the physical milestones that are typically considered necessary before solid foods can be introduced. When Eleanor, my oldest, started on solids I had ... Read More

 

 

INTRODUCING FOOD TO BABY: SIGNS OF READINESS 

Last week I said that Alice was ready to start eating solid foods, that she was showing many of the “classic signs and reached the physical milestones” typically used as examples that a baby is ready to taste solid foods. How did I know that? What are those “classic signs” ... Read More

 

 

INTRODUCING FOOD TO BABY: HOW WE LEARN TO CHEW 

“Be sure you chew that well.” It’s a phrase I’m sure I’ve uttered hundreds – if not thousands – of times. But it’s not something that I’ve ever really thought about. Do kids have to learn to chew or does it come naturally? Can I teach my kids how to ... Read More

 

 

WHAT IS BABY-LED WEANING? 

Introducing Solid Foods: Baby-Led Weaning We’ve already talked about the current recommendation for when baby should be introduced to solid foods. While it is generally accepted that this should be around 6 months of age, there is renewed debate over how solid foods should first be offered. The conventional image ... Read More

 

 

BABY-LED WEANING, PART 2 

Baby-Led Weaning: Review of the What and Why In case you missed it, the last post in this series was all about the “what” and “why” of baby-led weaning (BLW), an approach to feeding infants that promotes letting the child direct and control the process of eating solids foods. For ... Read More

 

 

NO THANKS: A STRIKE ON SOLID FOODS 

Alice, now 10 months old, has gone on a solid food strike. All of a sudden, my previously adventurous “please-give-me-what-you’re-eating-RIGHT-NOW” eater has decided that she’s done with solids. No more, thank you very much. Not only will she no longer swallow the yogurt she used to love, she doesn’t even ... Read More