By Rima Kandalaft, MS, RD, CSP, clinical dietitian at CHOC Children’s Summer is the peak season for ice cream consumption. In 1984, July was declared national ice cream month. Historically, ice cream as we know it first emerged in the 17th century in France. In the 13th century, Marco Polo brought back from China descriptions
By Leah Blalock MS, RD, CSP, CDE, clinical dietitian at CHOC Children’s Nothing says summer like a thick slice of watermelon, complete with juice running down your arms and dripping off your elbows. Not only is it fun to eat, it’s packed with health benefits. Watermelon is a vine-like flowering plant thought to originate in Kalahari
By Jan Skaar, RD, CSP, CNSC, CLE, clinical dietitian at CHOC Children’s Are you planning your next weekend getaway or summer vacation and thinking about enjoying the outdoors? Food always tastes better outside, especially after a fun activity! With a little extra effort, you can make safe and mouth-watering meals that will add to the
By Shonda Brown, RD, CNSC, clinical dietitian at CHOC Children’s Carbohydrates have received a bad rap as low carb diets gained in popularity and other fad diets advertized messages of “good” and “bad” carbs. However, carbohydrate is the preferred fuel source for exercising muscles and provides two thirds or more of the energy source during
By Mary Sowa, MS, RD and Emily Barr, MS, RD, clinical dietitians at CHOC Children’s If you are like many consumers, the Nutrition Facts label found on most food packages can sometimes be confusing. There are now changes being proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), aimed at making it easier for consumers to
By Caroline Steele, MS, RD, CSP, IBCLC, director clinical nutrition and lactation services at CHOC Children’s In honor of National Nutrition Month, join CHOC Children’s in encouraging everyone to adopt eating habits focusing on reducing excess calories from fat and sugar, reducing intake of processed foods, and making information food choices to help fight disease
What food family can brighten a gloomy day in mid-winter and deserves an Academy Award for best performance in the human body? The answer is citrus.
By Leah Blalock MS, RD, CSP, CDE, clinical dietitian at CHOC Children’s There is a lot more to celebrate in November! Did you know that November 23 is Eat a Cranberry Day? It’s time to embrace that staple on any Thanksgiving spread. Cranberries have a taste all their own and are packed with nutrients that