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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Archive for the ‘Foodwise with Jessica Lehmann’ Category

Pills vs. plates: The debate about kids’ vitamins

You know the saying “The cobbler’s kids have no shoes.” Sometimes I worry that this dietitian’s kids don’t have enough vitamins, minerals, fiber, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats in their daily diet. Shoes are important, but nutrients are necessary—for growth, repair, healing, cognitive function and fighting off illnesses. Because it’s important to meet […]

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Managing morning sickness

One morning when I was six weeks pregnant with my third child, I opened my eyes and realized I felt seasick. I wasn’t anywhere near water; I was at home in Phoenix. At a holiday party the night before, my pregnancy became news after an observant neighbor, the mother of two young children, spotted me […]

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Nourishing the nursing mom

In some cultures, the postpartum care of a new mother is still a time-honored ritual. For several weeks, people prepare nourishing, herbal and protein-rich soups for the new mother and take care of housework and childcare duties that would otherwise sap her energy. All of these precautions are designed to allow the new mother to […]

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Mindful eating: Bite by bite, honor the food

What is mindful eating? And in the life of a busy parent during the holiday season, is it an oxymoron? Harvard nutritionist and registered dietitian Lilian Cheung, DSc, RD, who collaborated with the Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh on the book Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life, defines mindful eating as “eating with awareness and […]

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Readers recommend restaurant strategies

Epic tantrums, blowout diapers and intense bickering among siblings are some of our family’s potential land mines at restaurants. Still, we enjoy going out to eat. And with some advance planning, the benefits can outweigh the costs. What’s not to love about a delicious family meal that you don’t have to plan, shop for or […]

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Top Chefs: Team Lespron masters family cooking

Here’s the daily Quickfire challenge at Christy and PJ Lespron’s home: in 20 minutes, cook a balanced, nutrient-rich, delicious, budget-friendly dinner for five. Add two full-time parental work schedules. Top it off with the challenges of supervising homework and shuttling three kids to after-school activities. The high-stakes prize: a happy, healthy family. What is the […]

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Family day at the farmers market

“Mom! Look! Here are the beets!” My son Oliver, 7, racing ahead to the next stall, is excited to see a crateful of one of his favorite vegetables on a folding table. It’s a crisp fall Saturday morning. Our family of five is at our neighborhood farmers market. Ripe, luscious, plump, succulent, fragrant, juicy, firm, […]

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Reader Recipe: Crock-pot Chicken Tacos

Looking for an easy, delicious and kid-friendly main dish? Try this slow-cook recipe for chicken tacos. RAISING ARIZONA KIDS reader Heidi Robbe emailed us to share this delicious and healthy recipe. With two work schedules and three children — Madeleine (7), Aidan (3) and Natalie (1) – Heidi and her husband Jim value ways to […]

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Breakfast brainstorming

Why is the morning meal so important? Kids who eat breakfast do better on standardized math tests, miss less school due to illness, and have higher high school graduation rates than kids who skip breakfast, according to research from the GENYOUth Foundation, the National Dairy Council, the American College of Sports Medicine and the American […]

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Family meals make memories

When I think back to dinnertime in my childhood home, I remember the garlicky, salty smell of my mother’s adobo chicken stewing in a saucepan on the stove in the kitchen. As I worked my way through essay questions and math problems in my bedroom, I would listen to the mysterious sounds of cooking: the […]

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