a dietitian’s guide to infant cereal part 4: can babies digest the starch in infant cereal?

Jessica Penner, RDBabies & Kids, Baby Health, Infant Cereals4 Comments

can babies digest starch

Welcome to Part 4 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 5: Should I Make My Own Infant Cereal? Part 6: How … Read More

a dietitian’s guide to infant cereal part 3: the pros and cons of infant cereals

Jessica Penner, RDBabies & Kids, Infant Cereals6 Comments

the pros and cons of storebought infant cereal

Welcome to Part 3 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 4: Can Babies Digest the Starch in Infant Cereals? Part 5: Should I Make My Own Infant Cereal? Part 6: … Read More

a dietitian’s guide to infant cereal – part 2: a brief history of infant cereal

Jessica Penner, RDBabies & Kids, Infant Cereals9 Comments

a brief history of infant cereal

As a registered dietitian, I’ve written this guide to infant cereal to provide the education you need about these cereals. Rather than get your info from some random blogger, here’s the expertise you need to make an informed choice about when and what cereals you’d like to feed your baby. The guide is an 8 part series, and this is part 2: a brief history of infant cereal. Check out the other parts in the series to stay in the loop! Part 1: Infant Cereals: Sugarbowls in Disguise? Part 3: The Pros and Cons of Infant Cereal Part 4: Can Babies … Read More

Baby Cereal – sugar bowls in disguise?

Jessica Penner, RDBabies & Kids, Baby Health5 Comments

are infant cereals just a sugar bowl in disguise

Welcome to Part 1 of my 8 part series: A Dietitian’s Guide to Baby 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 2: A Brief History of Baby Cereal Part 3: The Pros and Cons of Baby Cereal Part 4: Can Babies Digest the Starch in Baby Cereal? Part 5: Should I Make My … Read More

which super hero should feed your baby?

Jessica Penner, RDBabies & Kids, Baby Health5 Comments

which superhero should feed your baby?

Iron, man.   I keep being reminded of how important iron is for babies. If you concern yourself with any nutrient for your child, this is it! The unborn baby collects iron from his mother while he’s in the womb so that he has sufficient stores to last him approximately 6 months after birth.  The majority of this iron transfer happens in the last month of gestation. So, if a baby is born early, iron is even more important! What Iron Does Iron is needed to transfer oxygen from the air we breathe to the cells in our body. Oxygen is needed … Read More

how to raise a competent eater

Jessica Penner, RDBabies & Kids, Nutrition, Picky Eaters2 Comments

how to raise a competent eater

This post contains affiliate links. Thank you in advance for supporting Smart Nutrition. How can we raise our children to be competent eaters? Some kids have it in them naturally. The other day I observed a friend’s family eating dinner. When dessert was served, there were options: chocolate chip cookies, cream puffs, or whole wheat spelt blueberry muffins. My friend’s older son chose the muffin. Her younger son chose the cookie. Same household, same parenting style, two different choices. If your kid chooses fruit over chocolate, you’ve won the kid lottery. No mealtime battles with that one!  But what about the kid who chooses … Read More

Power Up – How To Get Teens To Eat More Fruits and Veggies

Jessica Penner, RDBabies & Kids, Nutrition2 Comments

How to Get Teens to Eat Fruits and Veggies

This article originally appeared in the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s health and wellness magazine called The Wave when I worked as a Public Health Dietitian. It was published in September 2012.  Power Up The findings hardly come as a surprise. According to the Canadian Community Health Survey, more than half of all teenagers eat less than five servings of fruit and vegetables a day. That’s well under the seven or eight servings a day recommended by Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide. What might be surprising is that the lack of fruit and vegetable consumption does not appear to be a result of poor … Read More