Health Safety In Skills
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The Potential Dangers of Sugar on Early Childhood DevelopmentSkills
No one expects good news to come from research on sugar, but a recent study revealed some particularly grim results. According to the report, eating excessive amounts of sugar as a child could severely impact a person’s ability to deal with stress throughout their life. Shockingly, sugar’s effects on a developing mind were so severe that they were found to be similar to the lasting effects of neglect and abuse.
Sep 30, 2020
The Healthiest Cafeteria Choices, According to NutritionistsSkills
What we put into our bodies can make or break our day. This is especially true for kids, who have to juggle the demands of school, extracurricular activities, and friends (and frenemies). Parents and guardians can usually maintain a watchful eye over what kids eat for breakfast and dinner, but lunchtime can sometimes be a free-for-all. And while packing lunch is almost always the healthiest option, it’s not always a realistic one.
Sep 30, 2020
New Guidelines Suggest Feeding Babies More Peanut-Filled Foods EarlierSkills
When my son first started eating solid foods, I like to think I was pretty relaxed. I puréed meatloaf or whatever else I made for dinner, gave him the same full-fat yogurt I already kept in the house, and let him have his way with leftover coconut rice. I was, however, petrified about peanut butter. I waited until his 9-month doctor appointment, and fed him a tiny spoonful under the watchful eye of my pediatrician, lest he have a negative reaction.
Sep 30, 2020
Is It Safe to Eat Snow?Skills
Who hasn’t stuck their tongue out to catch falling snow flakes? Eating snow is a childhood rite of passage — just as much as singing about not eating the yellow stuff — but as adults, and as parents to young children, we may have some concerns about whether it is prudent or even safe to eat snow. The short answer is “yes” — snow is primarily water, after all — but there are a few rules you should follow.
Sep 30, 2020
Is My Baby Going to Choke!? 4 Tips for Transitioning to Solid FoodSkills
The funniest thing about preparing to have a baby is the stuff you don’t Google like “How to clean bathtub after baby poops in it,” or “Why does baby hate socks,” or, in my case, “How to get over crippling fear of baby choking on solid food.” Can you relate? Moving my son to purées was easy and fun. Seeing him try prunes, broccoli, and even my puréed shepherd’s pie for the first time was a blast.
Sep 30, 2020
Parents Eat Better When Their Kids Eat Healthy Food, Says StudySkills
When you live in the same household as someone, it’s a not a surprise that you would all eat similarly. Unless someone is making specific meals for every individual — which would be too much work — everyone is going to be eating that pizza, or salad, or whatever you’re having for meals. So it’s generally accepted that children eat how their parents do. But a new study found that managing a child’s diet can also impact the parent’s.
Sep 30, 2020
School Lunches in America Face Health and Cost ConcernsSkills
The status of school lunch in America is far from perfect. Between unhealthy options and lunch shaming, there’s tremendous room for improvement when it comes to how and what children in the nation are being fed. Earlier this year, New Mexico became the first American state to take a legal stand on lunch shaming when students don’t have the funds to purchase food.
Sep 30, 2020
The Importance of Getting Your Kids to Eat RegularlySkills
My youngest child would often fall to the ground and have epic tantrums before he could talk. It took me a while to catch on, but then I had a talk with his pediatrician, who suggested I try feeding him when I started to see him become agitated, even if he’d eaten within the hour or two. Guess what? It worked. The pediatrician explained that kids can not feel hungry, but still need nourishment. They often get so caught up in playing that they don’t want to take the time to eat.
Sep 30, 2020
5 Ways You Can Help Parents of Kids with AllergiesSkills
After speaking with parents of kids with severe allergies, I realize there are steps I can take to be a better ally and friend.
Sep 30, 2020
5-Ingredient Meals for Happy Kids & Healthy New Year ResolutionsSkills
As a parent, one of my biggest goals is to raise my kids to have a healthy relationship with food so they can avoid bouncing between indulgence, “clean” eating, and guilt. So they can enjoy a Christmas cookie in one bite and some broccoli the next. And I know that the key to this is modeling it myself. So this year, instead of making some sweeping resolution aimed at stripping my diet down, I have a simple goal that I think we can all get behind: Add more produce to our meals.
Sep 30, 2020
5 Things I Do Every Week to Ensure My Family Eats a Little BetterSkills
My kids are going through a particular tiring dinner phase right now. I can make their favorite pasta dishes, partnered with their favorite veggies or fruit, and they still leave the table after a few bites. I’m playing the long game of creating healthy eating and meal-time habits, which looks a lot like me cringing inside but keeping a cool exterior when they refuse their carrots and then later ask for a snack.
Sep 30, 2020
How I’m Trying to Avoid Passing on My Food Issues to My KidsSkills
I have issues with food. And to a degree, I think it’s impossible to avoid some issues with food, whether that means not stopping when full, feeling guilty about overindulging, or emotionally eating or restricting. What I hope is possible is not passing down my personal issues to my kids. Feeding kids is already tricky enough. Add to that the idea that you could maybe hurt them psychologically and it’s enough to make a mom like me lose sight of logic all together.
Sep 30, 2020
Here’s How I Get My Kids to Actually Drink More WaterSkills
“Drink more water” is a goal that many of us set, whether we’re looking for better health, clearer skin, or more restful sleep. Now imagine chasing a 3-year-old around the house with a water bottle, begging them to do just that, and you can imagine how “drink more water” can sound more like a wish than an attainable goal. Earlier this year I discovered a little trick for getting my kids, 3 and 6, to drink more water without fussing, begging, or yelling.
Sep 30, 2020
The Best Healthy Kid Snacks to Grab at Dunkin DonutsSkills
In dire need of a breakfast sandwich? Dunkin Donuts is, without a doubt, one of the most popular chains in America for coffee and breakfast. But take your kids in there with you and you’re setting yourself up for all kinds of requests for Dunkin’s sprinkle-coated, fun-shaped treats. According to Katrina Trisko, MS, RDN, CDN, a New York City-based registered dietitian, it is possible to find a healthy option at this chain.
Sep 30, 2020
5 Tips for Organizing Healthy Snacks Kids Can Get ThemselvesSkills
While I am generally not a fan of my kids snacking, there are times — like right when they get home from school — when they just want a little something. Immediately. And they don’t care that I’m actively cooking dinner that will be ready in five minutes. So while I’d rather they not snack, I’m also a realist. As long as I can guide them toward something healthy, I know they can feed their growing bellies.
Sep 30, 2020
10 Cool Moms on When to Break the Rules About Healthy EatingSkills
Here’s how “mom life” is supposed to work: You get home from long days of (fill in the blank: work, school, play, travel, life), open the fridge, and find an abundance of fruits and vegetables for a perfect nutritious meal. (You’re doing such a good job of planning ahead these days!) The kids play quietly while things come together in about 30 minutes, and someone else takes over the dishes while you have a few minutes to relax before the bedtime routine begins.
Sep 30, 2020
10 Moms on the One Vegetable Their Kids Love to EatSkills
I’m pretty sure kids have hated vegetables since the beginning of time. One of these days anthropologists will unearth new cave paintings depicting families eating dinner together, and there, between the fire and the spear, will be a pictograph of a kid refusing to try his spinach. That’s the kid mine descended from, at least. I really try not to hate the moms who say, “Oh, vegetables? I just stick anything I can into Sally’s sandwich, and she eats it.
Sep 30, 2020
10 Moms on How They Deal with SugarSkills
We know most kids seem to love sugary foods. What we often don’t know is how to decide how much sugar is too much, whether we should use sugar as a reward, or when we should let our kids indulge in the sugar-laced treats we say are off-limits. Parenting is not an exact science; there’s usually no firm right or wrong answer for child-rearing questions when it comes to food. And sometimes choosing what’s best for your family is a matter of shopping around for ideas.
Sep 30, 2020
75+ Easy, Wholesome Food Ideas for Toddlers & PreschoolersSkills
Toddler parents know this one thing to be true: A hungry toddler is a cranky toddler. And while we’re often in a rush to feed our littlest eaters before they melt down, we also want to make sure they are regularly trying new foods and getting balanced nutrition, too. Need fresh ideas? We got you. Some of my fellow editors (all parents!) and I brainstormed a massive list of our favorite easy and wholesome toddler food ideas — and below, you’ll find all of them.
Sep 30, 2020
10 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat More ColorfullySkills
There are many parenting paradigms that really needed to be examined with fresh eyes and approached in a totally different way. Case in point? Our obsession with getting kids to eat more fruits and vegetables. It can be tempting to approach the end of some seasons — the holidays, lax summer seasons, or even vacation — with an inclination to get our families, especially young kids, to eat better.
Sep 30, 2020
Don’t Give Your Dog Any More Peanut Butter Until You Read This Story
Pets in the Kitchen
There's one ingredient you need to watch out for.
Sep 30, 2020
Why You Should *Never* Put Eggshells Back in the CartonSkills
It may seem convenient, but it's a very bad idea.
Sep 4, 2020
My Mom and I Are in the High-Risk Group for COVID, but My Sister Is Insisting We Travel to Be at Her Wedding This Fall. What Should I Do?
Ask Marge
I love my sister and I don’t want to ruin our relationship, so how do I tell her my mom and I can’t risk our health (and maybe even lives) by coming to her wedding?
Sep 2, 2020
How Long Can You Keep Leftover Rice in the Fridge?Skills
There's a limit.
Aug 17, 2020
Does Peanut Butter Go Bad? Here’s What You Need to Know.Skills
Plus how to spot funky PB!
Aug 18, 2020
How Long Does Bacon Last in the Fridge?Skills
You might want to cook it up and eat it faster than you think!
Aug 18, 2020
Parents: You’re Doing School Lunch Right (No Matter What)
Back to School
I think we all need to hear this.
Aug 6, 2020
6 First Steps for a Low-Sodium DietSkills
I hate to brag, but for almost a decade, I’ve eaten ridiculously well. Like, five-star level deliciousness. At home, abroad, and with some of the most amazing chefs at the helm. All without touching a grain of salt. So if you think that keeping a low-sodium diet means being doomed to days of steamed chicken breast, eaten alone, while watching Golden Girls reruns, think again, my friend.
Jul 17, 2020
Scared of Food Safety? Don’t Be. Here’s Your Ultimate Guide to Food Safety in the KitchenSkills
Nothing brings me greater joy than cooking for people I love. But nothing gives me greater fear than feeding someone a meal that makes them sick. Do you share this fear? It’s reasonable to be very cautious about serving safe food. But sometimes that fear can hold us back in the kitchen — worrying unduly, or throwing out perfectly good food.
Jul 17, 2020
Does Vinegar Ever Really Go Bad? Here’s How to Tell.Skills
Wonder no more about this pantry staple's shelf life.
Jun 29, 2020
How Long Will Fish Stay Fresh?Skills
When I make fish, I always opt for fresh fillets from the fishmonger. I buy my fish with the intent of cooking it the same day, although sometimes life happens and those plans get pushed to the back burner. Here’s a guide to just how long that fish will last. → Know how to store it! Tip from The Fishmonger: How To Store Fish To make sure you’re eating the freshest fish possible, it’s best to cook it as soon as possible.
Jun 13, 2020
Here Are 10 Pictures of Your Daily Recommended Servings of Fruits & VegetablesSkills
What does a daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables look like? Like this.
May 31, 2020
Food Safety 101: How to Defrost Frozen MeatSkills
With the USDA ground beef recall fresh on our minds, we are brushing up on our own food handling practices. Do you know how long you can leave that potato salad on your buffet before it needs to go back in the fridge? How about the right way to thaw frozen meats? If you’re not so sure, no worries: we’re doing a Food Safety 101 course the rest of this week to keep you and your guests happy and healthy.
May 31, 2020
Is It OK to Eat Watermelon Seeds?Skills
Not only are watermelon seeds perfectly safe to eat, but there are also a few fun things you can do with them!
May 31, 2020
Are Tiny Bugs Hiding in Your Strawberries? An Expert Explains.Skills
This video caused an uproar on TikTok, but don’t panic.
May 28, 2020
Can You Eat Watermelon on a Ketogenic Diet?Skills
Here's the quick answer.
May 22, 2020
100 Calories of Nuts: A Visual GuideSkills
Do you know what 100 calories of almonds looks like?
May 1, 2020
How I Got My Meat-Loving Husband to Go Vegetarian During This PandemicSkills
With grocery stores in short supply of meat and poultry, I decided to use this time as an opportunity to show my burger-loving husband how varied and satisfied a plant-based diet can be. Here's what's working for us.
Apr 10, 2020
Can I Still Cook for My Family If I Feel Sick?
Quarantine Cooking
And is it okay to bring food to a neighbor?
Mar 27, 2020
This Pantry-Friendly Keto Meal-Prep Plan Will Get You Back on TrackSkills
Here's what to make if you stocked up on eggs and cheese instead of rice and beans.
Mar 26, 2020
10 Little Things We’re Doing to Feel Less Anxious
Life in the Kitchen
Here's what we're doing to find joy in unexpected places.
Mar 20, 2020
What Is a Vegan Diet — And What You Should Know About Going VeganSkills
First, know that there is more than one way to “go vegan.”
Feb 3, 2020
What Is a Low-Carb Diet, and What Should I Know Before Going Low-Carb?Skills
There are significant health benefits — and some potential drawbacks.
Jan 27, 2020
What Is a Gluten-Free Diet — And What Should I Know About Going Gluten-Free?Skills
Armed with the right intel, you can make a gluten-free diet as healthy as possible.
Jan 25, 2020
The Biggest Benefits (and Most Common Mistakes!) of a Vegetarian DietSkills
Everything you should know about the vegetarian diet
Jan 24, 2020
What Is the Paleo Diet — And What You Should Know About Going PaleoSkills
The Paleo Diet continues to be one of the most popular diets today — and also one of the most controversial.
Jan 23, 2020
What Is the Low-FODMAP Diet, and What Can You Eat on It?
The hard part about FODMAPs is that it’s not obvious which foods are high or low in them.
Jan 22, 2020
The First 3 Things Every Person Should Do When Their Meal Kit Arrives
To make sure you have the best meal kit experience, take five minutes and do these things.
Jan 15, 2020
Probiotic Eating Became So Important to Me, I Wrote a Cookbook About It
There’s no more basic way to care for and nourish ourselves than with food.
Jan 17, 2020
What Is Whole30, and Why Does It Continue to Be One of the Most Popular Diets?
Here is what you need to know about this short-term food “reset.”
Jan 13, 2020
What Is the Ketogenic Diet, and Why Is It So Popular?
Here's how it works, what you're supposed to eat, and why it's so popular right now.
Jan 10, 2020
Here’s What You Can and Can’t Eat on Whole30
A little confused? Don't worry — we'll explain.
Jan 9, 2020
Mediterranean Diet Named the Best Way to Get Healthy in 2020
U.S. News recently tried out 41 popular diets and decided that the "best" diet for 2019 is actually the Mediterranean diet.
Jan 9, 2020
What’s the Difference Between Probiotics and Prebiotics?
What's the Difference
Here's a brief explanation of the terms, plus foods that contain both, and some sample recipes.
Jan 6, 2020
Do Good Kosher for Passover Noodles Exist?
Q: Has anyone found good Kosher for Passover noodles? Years ago Manischewitz had great egg noodles, but now I can’t find anything that doesn’t taste awful. I even tried making some from scratch, which was a total disaster. Sent by try2cope The Gefilteria’s Jeffrey Yoskowitz: I think we need a quick intervention. Why do you want noodles for Passover?
Dec 17, 2019
Your Flour Has a Shelf Life and It May Be Shorter than You Think
When it comes to baking bread, you’ve got a few different flour options. In addition to the regular suspects on your grocery store shelves — notably all-purpose and bread flours — the recent renaissance of stone-milled flours has added greater choice and complexity to this essential bread decision. And if you opt for the stone-milled stuff, or any whole-wheat flour, different rules of storage and shelf-life apply.
Dec 17, 2019
8 Tiny Ways to Brighten Your Outlook on Life Through Cooking
When I’m in a bad mood, I do one of two things: I either clean obsessively (I’m talking triple-vacuuming the rugs and dusting behind the appliances) or I get in the kitchen and make something (often while sipping a glass of wine). I’m going to chalk up the first to my German upbringing and I wouldn’t impose that on anyone, but I think the act of cooking is one of the most therapeutic things you can do. It can brighten your day — and your life! Here’s how.
Dec 17, 2019
5 Things to Do in the Kitchen to Ward Off the Sunday Scaries
It’s a universal fact that Mondays are tough. We’re not going to say they’re the worst because you can master them, but it’s a safe assumption that the first day of the work week causes you some stress. Maybe a lot of stress. And maybe you start worrying about Mondays on Sunday, so then your Sundays start to become stressful too. Well, we’re here to help you ward off those Sunday scaries with a few kitchen coping mechanisms.
Dec 17, 2019
5 Ways to Make Healthier Mac and Cheese (That Still Tastes Good)
Get more mileage out of your mac.
Dec 3, 2019
*Still* Have Thanksgiving Leftovers? Here’s What You Can Eat, Freeze, and Toss.
This will help you get your fridge in order.
Dec 1, 2019
*Never* Cook Stuffing Inside the Turkey: It’s Dangerous
There's a better, safer way to get turkey-flavored stuffing.
Nov 22, 2019
Why You Should Never Thaw a Turkey in Warm Water
The last thing you want after your holiday gathering is everyone getting sick.
Nov 13, 2019
The 9 Best Keto Meal Prep Lunch Hacks
Here's how to stay full while sticking to your goals.
Nov 8, 2019
New Guidelines Say Kids Should Only Drink Milk and Water Until Age 5. But Is That Really Practical?
A new campaign from a collection of large health organizations is working to get our kids to drink more healthfully, but are these guidelines helpful for parents?
Nov 4, 2019
Is Refrigerating Eggs Necessary?
Any world traveler has probably noticed that in most countries outside of the US and Canada, eggs aren’t stored under refrigeration. Whether you are wandering in an outdoor market, shopping in a grocery store or visiting a home, you will find eggs sitting on the counter, at room temperature. Why is that?
Oct 4, 2019
Just Face It: The 2 Best Ways to Rid Your Cheese of Mold
The cheese questions we field the most mainly pertain to the lifespan of cheese: How long does cheese last? How do I know when a cheese has gone bad?What’s good versus bad mold?Armed with some of our helpful tutorials on how to store cheese best, you may never have to confront the issue of unwanted mold again. But if you do, there’s a new verb to learn: To face.It’s simple. If cheese has mold on it, you can be rid of it in one of two ways.
Sep 12, 2019
My Toddler Hates Most Meat; Here’s How I Make Sure She’s Getting Protein
It's all about making some smart, kid-friendly swaps.
Sep 11, 2019
This Is What I Feed My Baby When He’s Sick
I have a few techniques I follow to try to tempt my child when he is too sick, tired, cranky, or in pain to eat most of our usual favorites.
Jul 30, 2019
What’s the Difference Between Vegan & Vegetarian?
While both diets may seem similar, there's one thing that sets them apart.
Jun 10, 2019