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A: Try introducing healthy new foods by combining them with foods your child already likes. It also helps to offer children lots of options and get them involved in grocery shopping and cooking, so they have a say in what they eat. I've found it's important to continue to offer foods like broccoli -- show them you like to eat it -- and eventually, they will eat it. A parent's job is to present healthy food to kids. A kid's job is to choose to eat it. Often, they will do that if alternatives aren't quickly provided. Remember that all foods can be fine in moderation -- even cake and cookies can be enjoyed occasionally but shouldn't be a staple in kids' (or adults') diets.


Looking for a new recipe to serve during the holiday season? You can't go wrong with vegetables to help balance out the overabundance of sweets. This side, roasted asparagus with balsamic browned butter, is from Cooking Light's Holiday Cookbook.


Servings: 8

40 asparagus spears, trimmed (about 2 pounds)

Cooking spray

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon black pepper


2 tablespoons butter

2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce

1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Arrange asparagus in a single layer on a baking sheet; coat with cooking spray. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 400 F for 12 minutes or until tender. Melt butter in a small skillet over medium heat, and cook 3 minutes or until lightly browned, shaking pan occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in soy sauce and vinegar. Drizzle over asparagus, tossing well to coat. Serve immediately. Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 5 spears).

Per serving: 45 calories; 19 grams protein; 3.9 grams carbohydrate; 3 grams fat, 8 milligrams cholesterol; 1.7 grams fiber; 134 milligrams sodium.


Charlyn Fargo is a registered dietitian with SIU Med School in Springfield, Illinois. For comments or questions, contact her at or follow her on Twitter @NutritionRD. To find out more about Charlyn Fargo and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators website at




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