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How to Introduce an Orange to your Toddler

Oranges have powerful antioxidants that can ward off illness and keep your family healthy this winter. Have you tried offering oranges to your child and they refuse to eat it? This may be due to the type of orange that you used. As an example, you may have chosen an orange that is too tart. Or, it may have [...]

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Stress-Free Mealtime

Parents often tell me that work, over-commitments and family activities keep them from having consistent meals together as a family. They explain that when schedules get tight, dinner at the table gets dropped because it’s too stressful to manage on top of everything else. I have some suggestions for easing mealtime anxiety by establishing routines, planning and serving meals, and [...]

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How to Introduce Persimmons to Your Toddler

Other than decorations, nothing screams the holiday season more to me than persimmons. Have your kids tried Fuyu persimmons yet? They are a delicious fruit that is a MUST for your holiday grocery list this season! Here are some tips on how to introduce persimmons to your toddler.How to eat it: The Fuyu is a light orange-colored fruit that [...]

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Holiday Food Crafts

Keeping kids busy during the winter break can make the holidays less stressful for everyone! Here are a few holiday food crafts that will keep children focused on a fun task. These activities are especially great for picky eaters, as they expose the picky eater to new foods with crafting instead of eating, which helps them gain familiarity with [...]

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How to Introduce Kiwi to your Toddler

Kiwi is a beautiful fruit that is oftentimes served around the holidays because of its festive green appearance. Its smaller in size than an orange, but packs an equal amount of vitamin C! But how can you get your little ones to try it? Here are a few tips on how to introduce kiwi to your toddler.Improve Exploration: Do you [...]

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How to Introduce Cauliflower to Toddlers

When I suggest trying cauliflower in feeding therapy, parents explain that they have attempted it before and their kids didn’t like it. The refusal is usually due to cauliflower having a bland taste or the consistency being too challenging. Kids need flavor and fun if we want them to think of veggies as a tasty treat. With these tips [...]

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How to Introduce Sweet Potato to Toddlers

The autumn harvest brings a variety of mouthwatering produce for our Thanksgiving meal. Family favorites are pumpkin, squash, kiwi, apples, pears and, of course, sweet potatoes! To get the best of what fall has to offer, check out these tips to get your kids to eat and enjoy a delicious sweet potato.When to introduce them: Sweet potatoes are rich [...]

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GERD Awareness

GERD Awareness Week falls on the week of Thanksgiving, but don’t let that fool you; it’s not just a disease that affects adults on the turkey-eating holiday. Infants and children, unfortunately, get GERD too! Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is the backflow of stomach contents into the esophagus. It can be very painful, can cause tissue damage from the acid that [...]

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What is Feeding Therapy?

Feeding therapy is used to help infants and children who have difficulties sucking, chewing or swallowing. The earlier a child is in therapy to address these problems, the better their growth, nutrition and future eating outcomes. If you are concerned about your child’s food selectivity, food or texture refusal, mealtime tantrums, reduced food or liquid intake or swallowing, then your [...]

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Kids, Candy and Costumes - Oh My!

I have had several parents ask me how to turn a candy-focused holiday into a healthier Halloween. How can you compete with candy? Here are a few tips on making this holiday a bit healthier while maintaining the fun factor of kids, candy and costumes - oh my!Kids: You may not realize it, but there are TONS of [...]

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