Monthly Archives: May 2012

Breakfast This Morning

I made oatmeal, roasted almonds and white raisins and a little kale smoothie on the side for breakfast this morning.  One kid ate it.  One kid didn’t.  The one that didn’t politely asked for something else.  I lovingly said no and explained this was breakfast.  The kid chose not to eat and went to school.  I didn’t say a thing.  This is the division of responsibility in action; you provide the food, the child decides whether they eat…or not.  Please don’t become a short order cook.

An Open Letter to Picky Eater Parents

May 21, 2012   Dear Parents of Picky Eaters,   I am sorry for your troubles. I know how sick and tired you are of… 1.) making alternate meals like macaroni and cheese, chicken nuggets or pizza because your picky eater won’t eat the BBQ chicken, sweet potatoes and asparagus you made for the family. 2.) avoiding restaurants you love like Indian, Thai and Sushi because your picky eater will not eat a thing on the menu. 3.) putting on a Broadway show with all the singing, dancing and toys to get your picky eater to taste one little bite of steamed broccoli. 4.) bringing food with you to your […]

Pea Pointers

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Peas Pointers Peas Pointers by Melanie Silverman We have teamed up with a pediatric registered dietitian who thinks we are doing a great job getting veggies into your kids! Melanie R. Silverman MS, RD, IBCLC, is not only a pediatric registered dietitian and board certified lactation consultant, she is also the owner of Feeding Philosophies ( and has loads of tips and tricks to help your kids eat the way they should, from infancy through their adolescent years. Melanie’s tips will now be called Peas Pointers and she plans to guest write for our blog every month. Here is her first: If you have a picky […]

Breastfeed All You Want

By now, I think the vast majority of Americans have seen the cover of Time magazine with the breastfeeding three year old. I am not going to comment on attachment parenting or the ridiculous picture Time chose portraying attachment parenting. I will comment on breastfeeding a three year old though. My comment: MOMS, BREASTFEED AS LONG AS YOU AND THE KIDS WANT!***   ***But make sure kids are introduced to solid food strategically and when they are over a year old, food must take priority over breastfeeding.   I have seen older breastfed kids who are not gaining good weight because they are nursing too much. Older breastfed kids, when given […]

Is Sugar a Drug?

Can sugar be as addictive as cocaine? Food addiction was never something I learned in school, but now I think I’m a believer. The Nutrition Action Health Letter recently had their lead article devoted to food addiction and I just received an email entitled “Sugar Is A Drug”. They introduce their email showing Jamie Oliver’s TED award speech and for good reason. The wheel barrel scene where he pours the sugar onto the stage shows the horrifying amount of sugar our children ingest. It’s worse now than in the 1970s. Watch the video. Sugar shows up everywhere: Baked beans, dried cranberries, ketchup, cream substitutes, BBQ Sauce, reduced fat salad dressings, […]