Posts byNaveen Agarwal

How to Encourage Play and Exercise

Keeping kids active is becoming more of a challenge as technology advances. The lure of HDTVs, video games and tablets are distracting our children from getting out and being active, and as parents we need to be proactive. There are many other reasons daily exercise can be difficult, such as school events and extracurricular activities,
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Ask the Expert – Managing Food Allergies

Kristi Winkels, RD Education: B.S. University of Minnesota Twin Cities Founder, Eating With Food Allergies.com Specialty: Food allergies and intolerance Twitter: @KristiWinkelsRD Facebook: Kristi Winkels Website: Eating with Food Allergies LinkedIn Profile Contact via http://www.eatingwithfoodallergies.com/contact.html Question: We know that my son has major food allergies which include nuts. How do you decide which one to ignore? Answer:
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The Allergic March

Did you know that nearly 30% of children in the United States have some form of allergy and that the rate of allergic disease in children is on the rise? I found this fact quite interesting – and troubling – as I read this article about childhood allergies. What is even more interesting is that
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Mom, I Cherish You

What would the world look like without Moms? A profound question, one which most of us will have a hard time answering. Check this out: I am so glad my daughter decided to write this note to her mom on the card I helped her prepare last night: I think CHERISH is the right word
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Happy Easter

We enjoyed a beautiful sunny day to celebrate Easter Sunday! After an early morning egg hunt with other toddlers in the neighborhood, the twins played hard in the backyard. As the morning turned into noon, it was time for lunch, which they insisted on having outside as a “picnic”! Here they are,  munching on a
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Growing Herbs and Veggies

Spring is here, which means it is time to start planting again. This year, we have decided to plant new tomatoes, beans and sweet peppers in our raised bed vegetable garden. And a few of our favorite herbs separately in pots. Here are few pictures of herbs – parsley, cilantro, Thai basil and mint. It
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Pineapples and Potatoes

photo credit: Ani Carrington “If you could be a fruit, what would you be?”, I asked my daughter on a whim at bath time tonight. “Pineapple!”, she said without any hesitation. “Why?”, I asked to get the conversation going… “Because it is sweet and I love it!”, again came the reply without any hesitation… It
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Double Trouble or Twice the Fun?

There are days when feeding twins can be a difficult challenge.  Then there are days when there is twice the laughter at the table! We haven’t quite figured it all out, but we have indeed picked up a few tricks along the way. Recently, I had a chance to share our experience and a few
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Fruity Cheerios vs Froot Loops

photo credit: maia hopes. My daughter loves Froot Loops® for breakfast. Every morning she likes to have a bowl of these colorful rings with milk. As if it is not sweet enough for her, she squeezes a generous dose of honey over it from her Honey-Bear bottle. It has become her daily routine. She does
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Empowered Parenting

There are days, when as a parent, you feel on the top of the world! You cherish the smiles and funny faces of your kids in your photos and home movies. You pour your heart out, and perhaps your wallet, as you try to pick a gift for them during the Holidays. And you love
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Best of Littlestomaks in 2010

Happy New Year! Hope you all had a wonderful time with your loved ones over the Holidays. I took a little break from blogging but now it feels great to be back! I am looking forward to continuing our journey in child nutrition in 2011, but first I would like to invite you to check
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Vitamin D Absorption from Supplements

photo credit: Lintilla There is so much news about vitamin D deficiency these days that you have probably already considered taking a daily supplement to boost your vitamin D reserves. But did you know that taking a supplement is no guarantee that there will actually be an increase in your blood levels of vitamin D?
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We Are Back!

We are finally back after a 2-week long family visit to India! It has taken us a full week to get back to our normal schedule. Finally, the twins are sleeping through the night and not waking up at 3 a.m. in the morning! Traveling back and forth across more than 10 time zones had
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Gardening with Kids

This is a guest post by Cathy Blount. She blogs at A Life Less Sweet about avoiding HFCS and watching what her family eats while learning about food along the way. Summer is long gone as is the outdoor growing season where I live, but I still wanted to write about gardening with kids.  I
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Ask the Expert – Soy Milk Alternatives

Ask The Expert is a weekly column on Littlestomaks.com. The idea is to have a reader-submitted question answered by a nutrition expert or a pediatrician. Feel free to submit your question in the comments section below. This week, Registered Dietitian Preethi Rahul addresses concerns about soy milk and suggests a few alternatives. Preethi Rahul Registered
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Heart Disease in Children?

This is a guest post by registered dietitian Susan Dopart. Check out her excellent book A Recipe for Life for more tips and recipes. photo credit: Www.CourtneyCarmody.com/ Recent studies reveal children with heart disease are not as unusual as you might expect.  Artery autopsies done on children who had fatal accidents showed the presence of
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Ask the Expert – Feeding a Picky Eater

Ask The Expert is a weekly column on Littlestomaks.com. The idea is to have a reader-submitted question answered by a nutrition expert or a pediatrician. Feel free to submit your question in the comments section below. Most toddlers are picky eaters and getting them to build lifelong healthy eating habits is a challenge for most
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Simple Recipes – Healthy Nut Mix

Registered Dietitian Susan Dopart sent me this recipe from her recent book A Recipe for Life by the Doctor’s Dietitian. A great way for children to enjoy vegetables. Servings – 10 1/4 cups Prep Time – 10 minutes Cooking Time – 10 – 15  minutes Ingredients ¼ cup raw steel cut oats ½ cup raw
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Teaching Food from the Farm

Recently, I connected with Jan Hoadley of slowmoneyfarm through a Twitter chat on food. It occurred to me that she would have an interesting perspective on getting kids interested in food by connecting them to its source. I was delighted when she accepted my request to send an article on this theme to share with
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