When new guidelines for early introduction of peanut foods to prevent a peanut allergy were released by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), they offered hope and help to families everywhere. And, while many parents and pediatricians have embraced and followed the guidelines, research shows that many more parents need information and support before acting. To bridge the gap, the National Peanut Board (NPB) launched a campaign that builds awareness of the guidelines, provides easy-to-follow resources and aims to help parents overcome concerns and fears. Visit PreventPeanutAllergies.org from more information.
No longer should parents withhold the introduction of peanut foods from their infants until toddlerhood. In fact, new guidelines from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) now recommend feeding peanut foods to infants as early as 4 to 6 months of age, depending on their risk for allergies, to prevent peanut allergy. Dr. Ron Sunog, is a pediatrician who helped develop Puffworks® baby. We sat down with him to find out more about the new guidelines, and how this product can help make early introduction easier.
To keep our energy levels up, each meal and snack should contain a good proportion of carbohydrates (the more whole grain or fruit/veggie based, the better), protein and good fats. Peanut butter is a natural fit as it provides more protein per ounce than any other nut as well as a great dose of mostly unsaturated fats – the good kind. Not to mention, it is shelf stable so packing it for lunch or a snack makes it more portable than most options.
Kids love the great taste of peanut butter, and school nutrition professionals love the protein and other key nutrients of this American staple. Some schools, however, struggle with managing peanut products due to concerns about food allergies. Others are unsure of how to use peanut butter as an ingredient in meals beyond the typical PB&J. We sat down with two experts in K-12 school nutrition to get their insights on the importance of peanut butter in nutrition programs, advice on managing food allergies, and culinary tips to elevate school meals with peanut butter.
Introducing peanut foods to your infant can feel like a frightening step to take, but also an exciting and important part of your infant’s early eating experiences, as research states it could have the potential to reduce the risk of developing peanut allergies by up to 86%. In this Q&A, Dr. Jay Lieberman, an allergist and immunologist at the Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, and associate professor at the University of Tennessee, shares his perspective on what parents should know about early introduction of peanut foods and how to overcome the fear.
Do you hear the phrase “meal planning,” and think “stressful” or “time-consuming”?
I did too.
As a registered dietitian nutritionist and as a person who values eating well, I realize the benefit of meal planning – it helps make the workweek less stressful, it’s economically efficient and it ensures we eat nutrient-dense meals all week long. But is it worth giving up a large chunk of our weekends?
After you've read "How to Meal Plan if You Hate Meal Planning" and you’re ready to hit the grocery store, there is one essential item to bring with you (aside from your money!) – The List.
Here are some of my suggestions to help you become a grocery list pro:
Having boarded his 100th flight of the year, it’s fair to say that Chef Michael Levine spends a lot of time with his head in the clouds. But Mike stays grounded in a mission that matters. He is striving to end childhood hunger one meal at time. Through a company he founded, Global Food Solutions, which was recently named one of fastest growing companies by Inc.com, Mike is getting closer to that goal. We spoke to this Forbes 30 Under 30 winner about why he’s passionate about good food for kids, how he got to where he is today, where the industry headed and how peanuts play a part.
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