Cooking with the Moms
Strawberries are one of our favorite summertime fruits. Naturally sweet and packed with vitamin C and manganese (a nutrient important for normal bone formation), they're ideal for snacks and desserts. In this week's show, we share two terrific recipes. The first is a playful recipe for Strawberry Shortcake on a Bun ... perfect for a healthy afternoon nibble or a summer cookout. The second, Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Buffet, is one of those recipes that encourages kids of all ages to eat more fruit.
Direct download: moms-2009-06-24.mp3
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A lot of the conventional advice about what to eat before, during, and after pregnancy has changed quite a bit since we had kids. For the latest, greatest diet recommendations, we turned to Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD, author of the new book, Expect the Best. On this week's Cooking with the Moms' podcast, she shares a lot of surprising information. For example, did you know that when couples are trying to get pregnant, dads-to-be should take a daily multivitamin? The reason is that men need folic acid, vitamin C, and zinc for healthy sperm formation. Another surprise: Pregnant women, on average, consume about 54 milligrams of DHA omega-3 fat per day though their needs are much higher at 200 to 300 milligrams. To put that recommendation into perspective, consider that a 3-ounce serving of salmon has 740 milligrams. For lots of interesting pregnancy guidelines as well as Elizabeth's Salmon Burger recipe, be sure to tune into the show!
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Recently, Liz overheard one of her son's 10-year old friends say, "I have to eat junk food because I'm too skinny." Liz's ears perked up because this thin, physically fit 4th grade boy was by no means "underweight." There are two common misconceptions we hear bantered about all the time: The first is that if a child is skinny, he must be "underweight." The second is that skinny kids should eat junk food in order to gain weight. To set the record straight, we explain how doctors and dietitians calculate a child's weight (technically, an "underweight' child falls below the 5th percentile for age and gender), share tips for adding high-quality calories to an underweight child's diet, and serve up two delicious recipes packed with great nutrition: Ham & Cheesy Breakfast Sandwiches and Krispy PB & Chocolate Treats.
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Today's show is flush with information on kids and constipation and simple lifestyle strategies designed to keep kids regular. There are various reasons children (and adults for that matter) get constipated: not enough fiber in the diet, lack of physical activity, ignoring the urge to have a movement, and dehydration. On the show, we focus on fiber, offering busy parents lots of tips for adding more roughage-rich foods during meals and snacks.
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