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Vegetarian Diets for Children

Vegetarian diets are growing in popularity. While they have many health advantages, there are some nutritional risks to avoid. Please see this article from the American Academy of Pediatrics for more details. Check-ups are a great time to review healthy eating goals. Please call (417) 882-1600 to schedule your child’s next visit (every 2-3 months […]

What’s the scoop: cereal for breakfast

What’s the Scoop: Cereal for Breakfast You have likely heard this before!  Research has proven a connection between breakfast and a better memory, better test scores, better attention span, decreased irritability, healthier body weight, and improved overall nutrition in our children.  Breakfast has proven itself beneficial time and time again. Let’s face it though, mornings […]

Eat fruit. Don’t drink it.

Eat Fruit. Don’t Drink it. This is advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).  Juice can be a popular drink among children, as well as convenient, coming in a variety of boxes and pouches that are easy to pack and handle. But is it worth it? The AAP warns against the use of juice […]


Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity have become hot topics lately but avoiding gluten can lead to poor nutrition. This link helps clarify who needs to be tested and evaluates the gluten-free diet.

Vitamin D and Calcium

Strong bones for life: Vitamin D and Calcium Recommendations It is very important that your child receives adequate intake of calcium and vitamin D to build healthy bones. Below is listed the Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) for calcium and vitamin D.  Receiving the “DRI” ensures that children listed in the age group listed below will meet […]

Does My Child Need a Vitamin?

Vitamins are often marketed as a nutritional safety net however, after the first year of life, vitamins are not recommended for most children. This article discusses why and offers several additional sources of information on healthy eating. Nutrition is major topic at well child visits. Please call (417) 882-1600 to schedule your child’s next visit […]

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The American Academy of Pediatrics and The Alliance for a Healthier Generation have launched a project using the popular children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle to help families learn about healthy eating habits. Please see the following link to explore this project including nutrition tips, a reading guide and a growth chart. […]

Picky Eater

Picky Eaters Toddlers can be unpredictable and particular about food preferences from one day to the next.  A favorite food may not be interesting when a child is not hungry.  Total calorie needs per pound go down in the second year of life.  Serving sizes of table food are only a tablespoonful at age one […]

Why is fiber so important?

WHY IS FIBER SO IMPORTANT? Dietary fiber is mainly found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes.  Fiber is best known for its ability to prevent or relieve constipation. But foods containing fiber also provide other health benefits, such as reducing the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer. What is […]