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    Program teaches kids in “food deserts” how to grow and cook healthier meals

    A New York City program has found the perfect recipe for helping kids eat healthier.  At a basketball court at Thurgood Marshall Academy in Harlem, a makeshift kitchen is set up for a group of young chefs in the making. The nonprofit Harlem Grown is teaching them how to grow and cook vegetables. The kids are using fresh, local produce, which is not easy to find in many communities.  Harlem Grown founder Tony Hillery says “food deserts” — communities where nutritious options are scarce — lead to a lifetime of health problems. Hillery said healthy options in this neighborhood are  

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    Is there a connection between artificial food dye and kids’ behavior?

    The rules in the Snow family household were simple. If Emily Snow’s first grader, Evan, made it through the evening without kicking, biting or hitting, he could have his favorite treat: three pieces of chewy red candy. But Evan rarely got his prize.  “He was volatile from morning to night,” Snow, of Roy, Utah, said. “We were always on eggshells, never knowing when a violent explosion was going to come.” Evan was on two psychiatric medications for his aggression, Snow said. He had been in weekly therapy since kindergarten. It was in October 2020, when Evan was in second grade,  

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    The Easy Ratio That’ll Make A Perfectly Healthy Kids Lunch

    Packing a nutritionally balanced lunch that your kids will actually eat can sometimes feel like a crapshoot — the second you think you have your lunch game on lock, that’s the day they’ll come home with the elaborate bento box you packed them still intact. As parents, we feel responsible for our kids’ health and that understandably translates into a lot of stress over what they’re eating or not eating. “Your job as a parent is to offer healthy, nutritious foods as often as possible, on a consistent schedule,” said Aubrey Phelps, a functional perinatal and pediatric nutritionist. “But  

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    ‘An archaeological dig for food’: recipes to cook with kids during Australia’s lockdowns | Food

    Palisa Anderson’s children followed her into the kitchen at a very young age. Now in their tweenage years, they’ve graduated to full-blown sous-chef status. “I feel like people really underestimate how capable kids are at that age,” she says. Their kitchen duties now involve chopping, peeling and picking – and they’re particularly adept at the last task. Even if kids aren’t regular kitchen helpers, with much of Australia in some kind of lockdown, cooking together can be a great way to occupy time and learn something new. Here are a few recipes to get you started. Easy does it 

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    Cooking for Kids: Chefs’ Go-To Recipes That Keep It Simple and Please the Picky

    I BEGAN WRITING about my son and his tricky eating habits six years ago. At the time, Achilles was only four and I was a cookbook author and restaurant critic for the New York Observer newspaper. The first book inspired by our dinner dynamic—my passion for food, his distaste for it—was a children’s book called “Can I Eat That?” It was an imaginary dialogue meant to foster a love of xiao long bao, tournedos and tostadas in young readers. I wanted to get away from the finger-wagging, carrot-and-stick routine Achilles and I had developed à table. Six children’s books later,  

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    Cooking with Kids – My New Orleans

    Getty   Two of my offspring have decided they are interested in cooking. I am happy about this because I also love to cook but I am also concerned that I will not be able to convey my knowledge about cooking without being a jackass. My father is a car guy. He grew up at a time when you could reliably fix your own car – before there were so many electronics involved – and that’s what he did. He worked his ass off to make a good living for our family and I think he’d have liked it had I  

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    Vegan Diet May Stunt Growth for Kids: Study

    Vegan kids tend to have better heart health but lower bone density and mineral content, a study suggests. Supplementing calcium and B and D vitamins could help round out a healthy vegan diet for kids. The study also found that a plant-based diet was healthiest if the child consumes unprocessed whole foods.  Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. Children on vegan and vegetarian diets may have better heart health and less body fat, but may be more at risk of vitamin and mineral deficiencies than their peers who eat both animal and plant foods, research suggests. Led by researchers at  

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    I’m Raising My Kids on a Plant-Based Diet for Their Future

    When I was 26, I had a humbling moment that would change my life’s trajectory. I was writing my master’s thesis on the environmental impacts of the standard American diet when I suddenly realized that my food choices didn’t reflect my personal ethics or values. This was particularly ironic because I’m a dietitian — someone who had dedicated herself to teaching others about the importance of nutrition. Through my research, I became uncomfortably aware of social, ethical, and environmental issues that I had never considered. What stood out to me was how interconnected our everyday food choices are with all  

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    Do vegan diets make kids shorter and weaker?

    Research Checks interrogate newly published studies and how they’re reported in the media. The analysis is undertaken by one or more academics not involved with the study, and reviewed by another, to make sure it’s accurate. Diets that exclude meat and fish (vegetarian) or all animal products including dairy and eggs (vegan) are becoming increasingly popular for health, environmental and ethical reasons. Past research in adults has linked vegetarian and vegan diets with a reduced risk of heart disease but a greater risk of fractures, caused by low calcium intakes. But the impact on children has not been evaluated,  

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    How to Introduce Your Kids to Vegan and Plant-Based Diets

    Photo: Jacob Lund (Shutterstock) For parents of kids who are picky eaters, introducing any new food item into their diets can be a challenge. That challenge gets even more complicated when parents try to introduce kids to vegan or vegetarian diets—especially when they’re doing it at older ages. The good news? There are a lot more options now than in the past. Carolyn Scott-Hamilton, a holistic nutritionist, vegan chef, cookbook author, and television personality, points out that plant-based food products have improved in accessibility and taste over the years. “I’ve been vegan for 23 years, and  

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