must-know tips for disney world you won’t find anywhere else

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Must know Diseyworld tips you won't find anywhere else

When planning my family’s trip to Disney World I read a ton of useful information online. But even after wading through all those tips, we experienced a few trials, that are really quite avoidable if you keep reading. Let our pain be your prevention! P.S. This is a bit off-topic for a nutrition website, but this means you get the bonus of some dietitian tips for feeding your family at Disney too! Save this map of the parking lot at the Disney Transportation Center When you park your car in the MASSIVE lot at the Disney Transportation Center, you’ll find each section marked as … Read More

healthy edible play-dough

Jessica Penner, RDBabies & Kids, Meatless, Recipes, Snack2 Comments

Healthy Edible Play Doh

My original intention for this recipe was to make a healthier version of a peanut butter and honey sandwich. The sandwich idea definitely tasted great but unfortunately, the filling didn’t stick very well to the bread. When some of the peanut butter filling fell onto my toddler’s tray, he began to roll it between his hands and exclaimed “I’m making a peanut butter snake!”    Since I’m a big proponent of encouraging kids to play with their food, I rolled with this change to my intended recipe. Who needs delicious homemade sourdough bread anyway? We had a great rest of the lunch making … Read More

Baby Led Weaning – how to do it safely

Jessica Penner, RDBabies & Kids, Baby Health, Nutrition4 Comments

Baby Led Weaning: How to do it Safely

When I wrote about some dangers of Baby Led Weaning, I got some flack in the comments. A lot of people clearly love this infant feeding technique, to the point of ignoring the evidence I provided. The one valid criticism I received was that I hadn’t provided an alternative to the dangers… a guide to using Baby Led Weaning safely. Here is that guide. Baby Led Weaning is about releasing control – and that’s a good thing Baby Led Weaning focusses on giving babies control over their food. It’s about letting them play with food, figure out that it’s food, get it into their … Read More

toddler lunch ideas

Jessica Penner, RDBabies & Kids, Inspiration, Nutrition6 Comments

12 Toddler Lunch Ideas

It can be easy to lose inspiration when these little ankle biters are hungry day in and day out several times a day! Here are some ideas to rejuvenate your toddler lunches!  I recommend that at least 3 or 4 food groups are offered at mealtimes. One should always be a fruit or veggie. Since I want to expose my little guy to both cooked and raw veggies, I’ve fallen into the habit of serving raw veggies at lunch and cooked veggies at supper. It’s just a little shortcut I’ve given my brain so that it doesn’t have to think … Read More

a dietitian’s guide to infant cereal: 5 ways to use store-bought infant cereal part 8:

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5 ways to use infant cereal

Welcome to Part 8 of my 8 part series: A Dietitian’s Guide to Infant Cereal.  My goal in writing this series is to provide you with the education you need about these cereals to make an informed choice about when and what cereals you’d like to feed your baby.   To stay connected with me and receive updates on this series, subscribe via RSS, or like Smart Nutrition on facebook! Part 1: Infant Cereals: Sugarbowls in Disguise? Part 2: A Brief History of Infant Cereals Part 3: The Pros and Cons of Infant Cereals Part 4: Can Babies Digest the Starch in Infant Cereals? Part 5: … Read More

a dietitian’s guide to infant cereal part 7: myths about infant cereal

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infant cereal myths debunked

Welcome to Part 7 of my 8 part series: A Dietitian’s Guide to Infant Cereal.  My goal in writing this series is to provide you with the education you need about these cereals to make an informed choice about when and what cereals you’d like to feed your baby.   To stay connected with me and receive updates on this series, subscribe via RSS, or like Smart Nutrition on facebook! Part 1: Infant Cereals: Sugarbowls in Disguise? Part 2: A Brief History of Infant Cereals Part 3: The Pros and Cons of Infant Cereals Part 4: Can Babies Digest the Starch in Infant Cereals? Part 5: … Read More

a dietitian’s guide to infant cereal part 6: how to choose the right infant cereal

Jessica Penner, RDBabies & Kids, Infant Cereals2 Comments

how to choose the right infant cereal

Welcome to Part 6 of my 8 part series: A Dietitian’s Guide to Infant Cereal.  My goal in writing this series is to provide you with the education you need about these cereals to make an informed choice about when and what cereals you’d like to feed your baby.   To stay connected with me and receive updates on this series, subscribe via RSS, or like Smart Nutrition on facebook!   Part 1: Infant Cereals: Sugarbowls in Disguise? Part 2: A Brief History of Infant Cereals Part 3: The Pros and Cons of Infant Cereals Part 4: Can Babies Digest the Starch in Infant Cereals? Part … Read More