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Vitamins and Kids: What to Know

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 @ 08:00 AM

If your preschooler is a picky eater, first know you’re not alone. Children of this age often are selective about what they eat, so having a child who only wants to eat mac-and-cheese and applesauce is not unusual. Next, consider these tips for expanding your child’s food preferences, along with information about whether vitamin supplements can fill nutritional gaps. Here’s what to know about vitamins and kids.

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Topics: Child Nutrition, Health Tips

4 Easy, Healthy & Cheap After-School Snacks

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Sep 13, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

When your child comes home after school, he or she is likely to say, “Hey, I’m hungry! What do we have to eat?” And, depending upon how hectic your day has been, it may be tempting to offer your child whatever snack is easiest to provide. That’s only natural. We put together a list of four after-school snacks that are quick and convenient — but are also healthy and easy on the budget.

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Topics: Child Nutrition, Afterschool

5 Recipes for Healthy Halloween Snacks

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Oct 26, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

It’s that time of year again when every place you go seems to have bowls of candy available for your children, when holiday parties focus on costumes and sweets, and when your children can go door to door and get baskets full of treats. As excited as your children are, you might find yourself worrying about the sugar and the calories.

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Topics: Child Nutrition

Power Up Your Preschooler: the Importance of Breakfast

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

A nutritious breakfast fuels up your child with important vitamins and minerals, providing him or her with iron, fiber, calcium and much more. A healthy diet helps your child concentrate in preschool—and then school—and serves as the foundation to building healthy eating habits. When your child doesn’t eat a filling breakfast, he or she will tend to want junk food.

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Topics: Child Nutrition, Preschool

Celebrate Watermelon Day with Recipes, Facts and Crafts

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jul 20, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

August 3 is unofficially National Watermelon Day. We say “unofficially” because Congress hasn’t passed any formal legislation making it so—but that doesn’t need to keep you from celebrating this summer fruit with your family.

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Topics: Child Nutrition

Fruits and Veggies Fun for Preschoolers

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jul 13, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

As adults, we know that including a variety of fruits and vegetables is important for a healthy diet. For children, this leads to “improved nutrition, decreased obesity risk and better school performance.” Unfortunately, only 22 percent of toddlers and preschoolers meet government recommendations for fruit and vegetable intake, and only 16 percent of children aged 6 to 11 do, this article states.

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Topics: Child Nutrition

Strategies for Picky Preschool Eaters

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Dec 08, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Tired of fighting with your children over what’s for dinner? Preschoolers are notoriously picky eaters. If your pint-size pumpkin is trying to subsist on peanut butter and jelly alone, don’t fret.

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Topics: Child Nutrition, Preschool, Toddler Care

In a Rush? Your Child Will Love Breakfast for Dinner

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Nov 17, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

When you’ve had a long day, still have evening carpools to drive and the kids start whining that they’re “starving” the minute you walk in the door, taking even 30 minutes to fix dinner can be too long. Tired parents and whining kids are a recipe for dinnertime disaster. Turn the family mood around by serving breakfast for dinner and watch your kids smile!

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Topics: Child Nutrition, Health Tips

Fast and Fun After School Snacks for Your Child

Posted by David Smith on Fri, Nov 14, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Children need an energy boost when the school day ends. The trick is to find after-school snacks that meet your kids’ desire for something tasty and fun while providing the healthy nutrition you know they need. Keeping tasty and nutritious snacks on hand so they’re instantly available will help keep you and your kids from reaching for empty calorie chips and sweets to tame the after-school munchies.

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Topics: Child Behavior, Child Nutrition, Horizon Education Center

Keep Your Child Focused at Day Care with Fast & Fun Breakfast Ideas

Posted by David Smith on Thu, Nov 13, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Nutritionists say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A nutritious breakfast raises blood sugar, giving your child the energy he needs to stay focused at day care or school.

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Topics: Child Nutrition, Child Care

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