Creating Healthy Holiday Treats for Kids
December 18th, 2014 by Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
There is nothing like the smell of goodies baking in the oven during the holidays. Cooking with your kids can evoke your own childhood memories while in turn passing that memory onto your kids creating lasting traditions. Some of those recipes, however, may not be as healthy as you eat now or may not be suitable for a child with food allergies. There’s no reason you can’t rework those recipes to keep all the fun and memories, so to get you started here is a guide to healthier holiday treats for kids:
6 Ways to Get Through the Holidays with Food Allergies
November 21st, 2014 by Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
The holiday season is officially here, with lots of parties at school, family, friends, and neighbors’ houses. Of course these are joyful times but they can also add extra stress if you or child suffers from food allergies. Even having out of town guests in your home can be tricky because grandma doesn’t always know that her grandchild cannot have that scoop of ice cream or piece of cake. Here are 6 simple ways to get through the holiday season with food allergies:
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Having a Green Halloween
October 31st, 2014 by Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
Thinking about a green Halloween? Green isn’t necessarily the color that comes to mind this time of year, but the thought of all those Halloween party products and excess waste may have you wondering how your family can enjoy the festivities without harming the environment. Lucky for us, there is a website dedicated to greener days called Green Halloween. Check out some top tips from Green Halloween for earth-friendly fun:
Ears to the Ground: Answers About Corn Concerns
September 25th, 2014 by Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
Just like gluten, corn is in everything and about 99% of our food has some sort of corn derivative in it. Sadly, about 88% of corn in the United States is genetically modified. Besides the clearly stated corn ingredients like cornstarch or high fructose corn syrup, you’ll find corn hidden in other ingredients like dextrose (corn sugar), citric acid, sorbitol, maltodextrin, caramel and caramel coloring, “natural” flavorings, vitamins C and E, xylitol, modified food starch, and vegetable protein. Why is corn everywhere? Because it is inexpensive, highly processed for versatility, and is often used in tandem with other more nutrient dense grains to act as filler. Corn allergies and sensitivities are on the rise, particularly cooked corn, although corn does not currently fall under Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004. Corn allergies or intolerance can present the same symptoms as gluten intolerance, and has the potential to result in anaphylaxis just like the other 10 common allergens. Here’s is a simple illustration discussing some of our consumers’ corn concerns:
Top 10 Food Allergens and Food Sensitivities
September 18th, 2014 by Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
Conflicting information currently exists regarding the avoidance of the top 10 food allergens during the first year of life, although it is unanimously recommended for a baby to avoid common allergens if there is a first degree relative (parent or sibling) with a history of food allergies. With so many well documented potential reactions to food allergen exposure, we ask: Why take the risk? Babies should be exclusively breastfeed for the first 6 months or more, and breast milk or infant formula provides all the nutrients a baby needs for the first year of life. Solid food is introduced as a means to ease teething symptoms with biscuits, along with nutrient dense finger foods to help learn motor skills. To help you navigate baby’s first solid food selection, we’ve created a handy infograph to illustrate the top 10 food allergens and food sensitivities which are: egg, milk, peanuts, soy, wheat, tree nuts, shellfish, fish, corn, and sesame seeds.
Understanding Food Labels: Part 3
September 4th, 2014 by Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
As part of our Understanding Food Labels series, we’ve delved into the significance of the listed ingredients, calories, and % Daily Values on a food label. This third installment digs into some less obvious components of a food label, particularly front of label claims.
Understanding Food Labels: Part 2
August 13th, 2014 by Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
In our first installment of Understanding Food Labels we started at the top, and will work our way through the rest of the label in part 2.
Understanding Food Labels
July 30th, 2014 by Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
We all have to eat, and navigating through the grocery store is no easy task these days, especially if your child has food allergies or is gluten intolerant. Reading food labels is critical for both choosing healthy foods and avoiding allergens. This is the first in a 3 part series for understanding food labels.
Child Safety Week: Pool Safety for Kids
June 19th, 2014 by Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
June is National Child Safety Awareness Month in the US, and next week, June 23 through 29, marks Child Safety Week in the UK. Summer brings all sorts of fun, but also a new set of potential dangers for little ones. This year’s Child Safety Week theme is “Safety: It Takes All of Us”, inspired by the idea of continuous risk reduction. For many of us, summer means swimming so in honor of Child Safety Week, here are the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s pool safety tips:
Living Well and Coping with Celiac Disease- Part 2
May 30th, 2014 by Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
May is National Celiac Disease Awareness Month, and in light of this national observance we have been be sharing tips on managing celiac disease or gluten intolerance. In Part 1 of Living Well and Coping with Celiac Disease, we discussed the basics on how to eliminate gluten from your diet. In this edition, we will discuss getting adequate nutrients on a gluten free diet as well as the resources available to help you live gluten free.