New York, NY (PRWEB) August 21, 2013
With the start of the school year around the corner, now is the perfect time for parents to ramp up efforts at infusing their kids’ lunches with creative, healthy options. “You don’t have to completely cut back on snacks and sugars to ensure that your child eats a well-balanced meal,” explains Dr. Joel Lavine, chief of pediatric gastroenterology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. “Kids can still get the sugars they crave from low-fat snacks and fruits, while parents are satisfied with the nutritional content.”
In addition to finding healthy food choices, some parents face the challenge of providing meals for their children with digestive conditions such as Crohn’s disease or irritable bowel syndrome. “Try to avoid sending trigger foods,” explains Dr. Aliza B. Solomon, a pediatric gastroenterologist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Komansky Center for Children’s Health. “For someone with active Crohn's disease, this might mean avoiding high fiber food or fresh fruit. Children with irritable bowel should avoid foods with polyols, such as sorbitol and xylitol, often found in sugar-free gum, which can lead to bloating.”
Nutritionists at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital offer more tips on making your kids’ lunches healthier:
NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children’s Health
NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, which is affiliated with Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children’s Health, which is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College, have built a reputation for more than a century as two of the nation’s premier centers for pediatric care. Together, they offer the best available care in every area of pediatrics — including the most complex neonatal and critical care, and all areas of pediatric surgery — in a family-friendly and technologically advanced setting. They are also major international referral centers, meeting the special needs of children from infancy through adolescence worldwide. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital also comprises NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division, NewYork-Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital. NewYork-Presbyterian is the #1 hospital in the New York metropolitan area and is consistently ranked among the best academic medical institutions in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report. For more information, visit http://www.nyp.org.
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