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Doctor insights on: Good Healthy Snack For Kids Birthday Party

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Is baby carrots and fat-free ranch dressing a healthy snack for kids?

Is baby carrots and fat-free ranch dressing a healthy snack for kids?

Sure: Sounds pretty good. Remember however that everything in moderation because everything has calories. But fruits and vegetables are great healthy snacks..Good job. ...Read more

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What are some good choices to pack for a child's school lunch?

What are some good choices to pack for a child's school lunch?

Make it balanced: You want to include a variety of foods so as to give your child a well balanced meal but also because will likely make them more interested/eat more. Good choices are cut up fruit, veggies with dip (ex: hummus or ranch), cheese sticks, yogurt, sandwiches or crackers with protein-ex: meat or cheese or peanut butter. ...Read more

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What are some good-tasting, healthy after school snacks for children?

What are some good-tasting, healthy after school snacks for children?

Fruits, granola: You can make a variety of fruit snacks, or veggie snacks with a bit of dressing, or have your kids pick out items to make their own granola mixes. Plain air popped pop corn is always fun as you can add different accent spices on them to keep it healthy. ...Read more

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18 y/o girl. Poor diet as a child, lots of cookies and chocolate from parents but with healthy dinners. Been eating healthy for 3 yrs, done damage?

18 y/o girl. Poor diet as a child, lots of cookies and chocolate from parents but with healthy dinners. Been eating healthy for 3 yrs, done damage?

Reversible: Congratulations on eating healthy- it's not easy! having a poor diet may have created some extra fat cells and metabolic imbalances, but our bodies have great capacity to heal and any damage that might have been done should be reversible over time. For more advice on diet see http://drrandybaker.Com/2013/04/22/organic-food-diet/ & http://www.Drfuhrman.Com/library/what-is-a-nutritarian-diet.Aspx. ...Read more

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Are steamed baby carrots healthy to eat for young children?

Are steamed baby carrots healthy to eat for young children?

Yes!: Yes! the only danger is if the pieces are so small a child could inhale them accidentally. Usually by age five it isn't so much a concern but if you are worried, just mash them. ...Read more

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Help please! is eating eggs for supper a healthy choice?

Help please! is eating eggs for supper a healthy choice?

No: Eating raw eggs is never a healthy choice. Doing so can cause a significant GI infection with major diarrhea. ...Read more

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At what age should a child stop playing pretend? My child is 8 and wants pretend food and a cash register for christmas?

At what age should a child stop playing pretend? My child is 8 and wants pretend food and a cash register for christmas?

Never stop: As long as the child (/teen/adult) knows what reality is and can function in it, there is no point to stifle the creativity and stress relief that imagination provides. There is nothing wrong with play. ...Read more

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What should a 13 year old girl eat to have a balanced diet? This includes breakfast, lunch snacks and supper.

What should a 13 year old girl eat to have a balanced diet? This includes breakfast, lunch snacks and supper.

Nutritarian Diet: Dr. Fuhrman's nutritarian diet would be a good foundation. It emphasizes plant foods- fruits, veggies, beans, nuts ; seeds but it is ok to include dairy, eggs and meats. It is healthy for people of all ages- see http://bit.Ly/1dhw9ht for details. I also advise avoiding gmo foods as much as possible- see my blog post to learn why: http://drrandybaker.Com/2013/04/22/organic-food-diet/. ...Read more

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Picky eater not a veggie\fruit lover during 32w pregnant. Not a varied diet but overall healthy. Take daily multivitamins. Concern for baby?

Picky eater not a veggie\fruit lover during 32w pregnant.  Not a varied diet but overall healthy. Take daily multivitamins.  Concern for baby?

Ok: If you have been a picky eater all your life there is not much you can do now. Ideally, a balanced, varied diet during pregnancy is recommended, but in your case it seems like you are doing the best you can. ...Read more

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Is 1, 300 calories enough for a overweight, breastfeeding mom? 232lbs and 5'8. I take a prenatal vitamin everyday and try to eat healthy.

Is 1, 300 calories enough for a overweight, breastfeeding mom? 232lbs and 5'8. I take a prenatal vitamin everyday and try to eat healthy.

Probably not: 1.3k calories is a tiny amount. For a small woman in the low 100's, who is not lactating, 1.3k calories is probably ok, if not a little low, but certainly not for your weight/ height and situation. You'd be best to consult with a nutritionist, and get a good target daily calorie count, and a diet that you like and can adhere to. Something interesting. ...Read more

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What should a 13 year old girl eat to have a balanced diet? Including breakfast, lunch snacks and supper.

What should a 13 year old girl eat to have a balanced diet? Including breakfast, lunch snacks and supper.

Variety: Include 1/4 a protein, 1/4 as carbohydrates, 1/4 as fruits, and 1/4 of the plate as vegetables. Eat. from each of the food groups, include whole grains, legumes, beans, chicken, meat, fish, dairy, eggs, etc. Try to stay away from fried foods, fatty foods, Try to avoid sugar drinks, and highly processed foods as they are lower in nutrients than fresh fruits and vegetables ...Read more

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3.5yr old boy @ 27lbs and a 5% for height. 3pediasures/day, struggles but eats & sleeps fairly well . Small parents: mom5'1" & dad 5'6". Is he ok?

3.5yr old boy @ 27lbs and a 5% for height. 3pediasures/day, struggles but eats & sleeps fairly well . Small parents: mom5'1" & dad 5'6".  Is he ok?

Need more info: We would need much more information. What does he eat, when. How is he functioning, is his behavior normal? Were there any problems at birth? Is there stress at home? ...Read more

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Is it ok for grandparents to spoil kids with lots of candy at the holidays?

Is it ok for grandparents to spoil kids with lots of candy at the holidays?

Multiple layers: This is a more complex question than it might seem on the surface. As dr. Bergman indicated, grandparents often are exempted from some rules that parents impose, but it is also important that they not undermine parental authority. Loading kids down with candy has problems ranging from weight to tooth decay. The broader question is how can grandparents be a positive force in the child's life. ...Read more

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How can I choose healthy after-school snacks?

How can I choose healthy after-school snacks?

Some ideas:: Try to only only have healthy snacks available (only stock the pantry/fridge with healthy choices, or only bring healthy snacks as a part of your bag lunch). If you're tempted to make unhealthy choices b/c of what you're doing (ie "let's all meet at the fast food place on the corner"), then suggest a different meeting place. Put a reminder in your phone that rings after school to "choose healthy". ...Read more

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What's a healthy lunch for a highschool student to make quickly before school?

What's a healthy lunch for a highschool student to make quickly before school?

Healthy options: There are lots of various ideas for healthy school lunches. Here are some web links with tips: - http://goo.Gl/zr0rd - http://www.Healthyschoollunches.Org - http://www.Healthyschoolfood.Org - http://www.Letsmove.Gov/healthy-schools unfortunately, it can be difficult to motivate students to eat healthier. - http://goo.Gl/3e4n2. ...Read more

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What are good breakfast foods that provide plenty of energy until a late lunch?

What are good breakfast foods that provide plenty of energy until a late lunch?

Complex carbs.: For sustained energy through the morning, focus on complex carbohydrates and fiber. Foods like high fiber breakfast cereals, multi grain bread for toast and berries,will keep you going. A B complex vitamin will help your body use the carbohydrates efficiently. ...Read more

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I love baked goods. Any tips for healthy baking?

Whole wheat flour: whole wheat flour compared to white flour will make a big difference health wise ...Read more

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I want to substitude sugary drinks for a glass of skim milk. Is two glasses of skim milk a day a good option? And is orange juice 50 cal. Healthy?

I want to substitude sugary drinks for a glass of skim milk. Is two glasses of skim milk a day a good option? And is orange juice 50 cal. Healthy?

Good choices: Yes, unnecessary sugary drinks in your diet are not good choices and lead to excess calorie consumption and subsequent weight gain. Also these sugary drinks increase your risk for diabetes. Skim milk is a good choice with no fat and beneficial protein and vitamins a ; d, calcium. Be careful with too much fruit juice too. A glass a day is fine. ...Read more