Many of my clients still come into my office thinking that eggs are “bad” for them, or that only the egg white is “healthy”. One of the very first things I encourage is adequate protein intake and that eggs be a big part of that. They have 6g of protein per egg, which is about 1oz of protein and are a great way to add protein to the diet especially for women who I tend to see eat less meat. I also make sure I educate patients that they need to eat the whole egg! The yolk is where all the vitamins are and people don’t realize this. A whole egg is a good source of riboflavin, B12, Biotin, Vitamin A, Folate, Vitamin D, and monounsaturated fatty acids. The yolk of an egg has a fairly good fatty acid profile in terms of there being more monounsaturated fat then saturated fat but I encourage my clients to look for the eggs with the added omega-3 fatty acids because it is an easy way to get more omega-3’s and they make the egg just that much better for you. Omega-3’s are not only hear...
It was the summer of 2006, I had just finished graduate school and was starting in my first position as a registered dietitian. Everything was new, exciting, and I was thrilled to be covering an eating disorder unit within the hospital I was hired at. What I didn’t realize at the time was that year of covering an inpatient eating disorder unit would teach me more about food and what it means than anything else would in my entire career.
I was a nutrition expert and had many ideas about how to counsel and teach patients about good nutrition. I was armed with meal plans, group nutrition topics, an ultra positive attitude, and the determination that I was going to really get through to people. The other staff had gently prepared me that it could be tough sometimes being the dietitian on “the unit. I wasn’t sure why. What could be so tough?
So I began meeting with my patients individually once a week, leading nutrition group twi...
Feeding a toddler can be quite an education. Between the ages of 2 and 5 you never are quite sure what will happen, every day is an adventure! But there are keys to success when preparing meals and snacks for toddlers.
1. Offer small amounts of several different foods for them to try and choose from
2. Make meals colorful, make sure the plate has a variety of colors and isn’t just one color. A more attractive plate stimulates appetite and is more interesting.
3. Kids love food that they can eat off of a skewer like fruit kabobs, satay, or chicken kabobs, or even an occasional corn dog. Those food items are usually a hit!
4. Pair new food items with a favorite side dish or entrée.
5. If you child is crying and hungry while you are trying to get dinner ready let them go ahead and eat their fruit, milk, or an item that counts as part of their meal while they are waiting
6. If you are preparing a more “adult” meal such as a spicy chi...
As parents we have all felt the “wrath” of a picky eater. I myself have spent hours or precious minutes on busy evenings proudly preparing balanced, healthy, and attractive meals for my family only to hear the dreaded, “yuck! I’m not going to eat that” or “that’s stinky”. It is crushing to hear those words and listen to complaining especially when you are doing something good for them. So as a parent I feel your pain and want to validate all of your frustration. Luckily there are some valid reasons why kids are “picky” with their food and some strategies caregivers can use to promote food acceptance.
They look really cute, but they are scary to feed! LOL
First I want to reassure you that pickiness with food is very normal for children. Everything is new to them and they don’t have the ability to reason or process that something might be new but might be good, or that a food might not be their favorite but it’s good for them so they should eat it....