Children who played with non-solid food products, such as applesauce and pudding, during mealtime were more likely to correctly identify them again when placed in containers of different sizes or shapes than those who were not messy eaters, according to a study in the journal Developmental Science. Researchers noted that sitting in a highchair was linked to better learning of non-solid substances than sitting at a table.
Patients at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y., can watch a cooking show featuring chef Chris Damiani and nurse and holistic health coach Karen Calandra making spaghetti squash. Damiani, who turned to healthier cooking after years as a commercial chef, says he serves nutritional amounts of food and keeps menus simple, offering items such as steamed vegetables and potatoes.
Children ages 11 to 16 who live in areas with well-connected streets and a high density of interactions tend to be less physically active than those who live in areas with modestly or poorly connected streets, according to a Canadian study. The results, which were based on the 2006 Canadian Health Behavior in School-aged Children Survey, appear in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health and Injury Prevention.
Ontario nutritionist Kathy Smart has celiac disease and a dairy allergy, which led her to write a cookbook called "Live the Smart Way" that will be turned into an eight-part TV series featuring easy recipes that are gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, and wheat or dairy-free. Smith says the TV show is not just about cooking, however, because she also plans to talk about staying healthy and good lifestyle habits.
Southern cooking is in fashion all over America now, and it has gotten healthier than in the past, with a greater focus on fresh fruits and vegetables. A recipe for grits with roasted tomatoes, corn and goat cheese highlights Southern techniques and ingredients for a vegetarian dish that can be varied by adding a fried egg or cooked greens.