How I Sneak Veggies Into Everything

  I have a confession to make: I’m a sneak. I’m a liar. I lie and cheat to my children, through food. That’s right. I confess. You’ve caught me red-handed. I have been sneaking spinach and avocado in my son’s banana smoothies for years. Whatever extra protein I can find, whether it’s powdered or in […]

Cheatsheet to Spring Allergies

It’s warming up on the West Coast (and soon for the rest of you), and lots of us are ITCHY and SNEEZY with pollen counts at an all-time high, winds blowing, and outdoor activities again dominating our lives. So, if you or your kids have seasonal allergies, here’s some advice on how to stay comfortable […]

Mama Bear

Recently my child ran out in the middle of a parking lot at night. At the same time, a car was coming around the corner (albeit about 15-20 mph) and I screamed for my daughter to stop and pay attention! She came to a screeching halt. The car halted. And I felt a mixture of relief […]

Ask Dr. JJ: Solid Meals for Baby

Question: I just purchased a Baby Bullet for my 6 month old baby. Just want to know how to warm up refrigerated baby food that is kept in the storage cups. Can I submerge them in hot water? – Marydina Answer: Hi, if the cups are tightly covered you can do just that – alternately, put the […]

Are we Listening to our Hunger Cues?

The last couple of months I’ve been working with a dietician and one of the homework assignments she gave me was to set a clock for 20 minutes during mealtime. The purpose? To slow my eating down. Now I’ve had plenty of challenges in my life. I’ve completed obstacle courses, I’ve run half-marathons, and I’ve […]

New Year Food Resolutions

It’s 2017, a brand new year full of promise… and food! I mean, everyone’s sitting around talking about the gyms they’ll join. But have you ever pondered all the meals you’ll make in the next 365 days? Here’s what I’m going to try: Veggies in everything. The goal here is to get as many vegetables […]

Traveling with Children with Allergies Over the Holidays

Traveling over the holidays is stressful enough, but if your child has food allergies, planning ahead with a solid strategy will help you enjoy the holidays more. Here are some tips to survive travel, in keeping with the current recommendations of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. BEFORE YOU GET ON THE PLANE, […]

Holiday Hors d’oeuvres Made Easy

With the holiday season quickly approaching, it is time to begin thinking about what the holiday spreads will include this year. We always go all-out with hors d’oeuvres in my family, so much so that sometimes we have no room to eat the actual holiday meal, but we continue to overindulge and over prepare anyway. […]

Ask Dr. JJ: Solid Meals for Baby

Question: I would like to ask if I can feed my 6 month old baby rice porridge? – Edna Answer: Hi Edna, first check with your healthcare provider to make sure that initiating solids is okay. That said, commercially prepared infant rice cereals contain added iron, which is important as their blood cells are ramping […]

DIY Coffee Exfoliating Scrub

With cold weather comes dry skin. There are so many body scrubs and exfoliating options that deciding what to use on your skin can be completely overwhelming and costly. Why not concoct your own exfoliating scrub with an ingredient you probably already have in your cabinet: coffee? The therapeutic benefits of coffee are renowned in the […]