Posts Tagged ‘nutrition kids’

Guest Blog: Connie Evers – Help Kids to Develop Sugar Sense

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

By Connie Evers MS, RD, LD – Nutrition for Kids

Connie’s Healthy Eating Blog – Not too sweet!

Help Kids to Develop Sugar Sense

Babies are born with a sweet tooth, which makes perfect sense since their mom’s milk is high in the sugar lactose. From a biological point of view, a preference for sweets helped early humans survive. Bitter compounds found in some berries, greens and vegetables are toxic whereas most edible fruits and milk contain natural sugars. So way back when, sweetness meant a food was safe to eat.

But modern man hasn’t fared so well with this natural sweet tooth (more…)

Guest Blog: Connie Evers – Healthy Habits for All Kids! (Part 2)

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

By Connie Evers MS, RD, LD – Nutrition for Kids

Connie’s Healthy Eating Blog – Healthy Habits for All Kids! – Part 2

Inspiring those “Aha” Moments

I learned firsthand that lecturing kids about nutrition and food groups is both boring and ineffective. Instead, my approach to nutrition education is to inspire kids to enjoy a variety of healthy foods and learn to be smart consumers. I want kids to become involved in learning by experiencing and discovering nutrition.

The goal is to stimulate lots of questions and lively discussions about food choices. I call these “aha” moments. Below are some examples of experiential activities that I have successfully used with children over the years.

1. Play with your food
Call it “edible art” and let kids have fun shaping, arranging, cutting and sculpting healthy foods into their own personal creations. Because of their vibrant colors, fruits and vegetables make beautiful food art. I know this activity is a success when kids ask, “Is it OK if I eat it?”

2. Grow something edible
From seed to table, growing vegetables, herbs or fruit inspires kids (more…)

Guest Blog: Connie Evers – Healthy Habits for All Kids! (Part I)

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

By Connie Evers MS, RD, LD – Nutrition for Kids

Connie’s Healthy Eating Blog – Healthy Habits for All Kids! – Part I

In my work as a child nutrition educator, my goal is to inspire kids and families to adopt healthy habits. My approach is to educate kids to be smart consumers, develop a positive body image and learn to love a variety of healthy foods. Instead of lecturing kids, I try to make it fun and challenging. I want kids to become involved and experience and discover nutrition.

I call these “aha” moments.

What I don’t like to see are programs that focus only on scare tactics (e.g. lecturing on the danger of obesity) or that even go so far as to ostracize kids who are overweight. One example is (more…)

Guest Blog: Connie Evers – New Year, New Beginning for Family Health Habits

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

By Connie Evers MS, RD, LD – Nutrition for Kids

Connie’s Healthy Eating Blog – A New Year, A New Beginning for Family Health Habits

Begin 2012 with some new family food rules!

As you ease back into school and work routines, think about your family’s approach to eating. Instead of setting unrealistic resolutions or resorting to fad diets and trends, think of real-world goals that everyone can agree on.

Here are a few important ones to get you started: (more…)

Guest Blog: Connie Evers – 7 Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season

Monday, December 19th, 2011

By Connie Evers MS, RD, LD – Nutrition for Kids

Connie’s Healthy Eating Blog – Healthy Holiday Swaps

Lighten up your holidays with healthy treats and fun physical activity!

You don’t have to give up treats entirely or feel guilty about an occasional over-indulgence this season. The key to keeping holidays both healthy and fun is to strike a balance.

Below are a few swaps that will keep your holidays healthy without fear of morphing into the “Nutrition Grinch.”

1. EGGNOG
One of my holiday favorites is an eggnog latte. The problem is that even so-called “lite” eggnog is still loaded with calories and sugar. (more…)