By Leah Blalock MS, RD, CSP, CDE, clinical dietician 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
By Vanessa Chrisman, RD, CLE, clinical dietitian at CHOC Children’s Organic foods continue to be all the rage. They can be found in most grocery stores and are often touted as being healthier than conventional foods. Along with those health benefits, a higher price tag is often expected as well. So, what is organic anyway?
Another group of people I am extremely grateful for are the community’s nursing mothers, who can also help the babies receiving care at CHOC. Under CHOC’s breast milk donation service, women can donate their extra breast milk in the name of CHOC to help premature and sick babies. Oftentimes, women who give birth prematurely have
By Angela Salazar, RD, CSP, clinical dietitian at CHOC Children’s Everyone loves blueberries! The round little blue fruit ranks only second to the strawberry in popularity. Blueberries are ranked in the U.S. diet as having one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits, vegetables, spices and seasonings. And, we all know that antioxidants are
By Vanessa Chrisman, RD, CLE, CHOC Children’s clinical dietician Learning to care for a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be a daunting task for parents. Families must decide whether to use medications, nutrition or other therapies as treatment. To help parents make informed decision, here are a few common myths about the relationship
By Carol Peng, MS, RD, CSP, CHOC Children’s clinical dietician Let’s celebrate June as it’s National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month. As the summertime sun gets warmer, vibrant colors of fruits and vegetables fill up our supermarkets and kitchens. Needless to say it’s the best time to consume more fruits and vegetables. Here are five
By Shonda Brown, RD, CNSC, CSP, CHOC Children’s sports dietician Water is the most essential nutrient for athletes, yet it’s often forgotten when discussing adequate nutrition for physical activity and improving sports performance. Adequate fluid intake provides multiple advantages to an athlete, including decreased perceived effort, decreased heart rate, decreased core temperature and increased performance.
By Gina O’Toole, RD, MPH, CLEC, CHOC Children’s Clinical Nutrition and Lactation Services Eggs take the spotlight this month as Easter approaches, but the question remains: Should we consume them at all? The answer is a resounding yes! Though previously shunned, eggs now have the green light for eating. Though the cholesterol content of eggs