Dr. Kourosh Maddahi - November 2019

3 Tips to Get Your Picky Eaters to Eat the Veggies Their Bodies Need

Get Ready for Good Nutrition in November!

2. Cheese It Up! Cheese can undoubtedly make veggies more appealing for your little ones. When making their favorite mac ‘n’ cheese dish, consider adding broccoli and peas to the sauce. The cheese will mask most of the veggie flavor, and your kids won’t care as much! Another option for really picky eaters is to purée vegetables, like sweet potatoes, into the cheese sauce. The bright orange color will mask the inclusion, ensuring your little one gets a good share of fiber-rich nutrients while being none the wiser. 3. Get ‘Beefy’ With Your Veggies. If your kids are fans of meat-based pasta sauces, meatballs, or sloppy Joes, you can substitute some of the ground beef with finely chopped mushrooms. Since the meaty texture of the tasty fungi is similar to ground beef, it’ll be hard for kids to notice the difference. Riced cauliflower can also be mistaken for tender ground beef when cooked in darker sauces and gravies. While it can be frustrating to negotiate with a picky eater, especially during the holidays, don’t lose hope. Try out these three tasty tips and observe Good Nutrition Month with a little more ease.

It might seem strange that November — when millions of Americans gather around the dinner table to show gratitude through lavish Thanksgiving feasts — has recently been dubbed Good Nutrition Month. But it’s true; now is the time to pay extra attention to the nutrients your body needs to maintain its healthy state through the new year. While mindful eating is a habit families know they should practice year-round, once the holiday season kicks into full gear, it becomes much easier to overlook. With colder weather keeping you inside, the cravings for heartier meals and delicious baked goods leave parents struggling to encourage their picky eaters to consume anything nutritious. If you’re finding it more difficult than usual to convince your child to eat their greens, here are some tips to keep in mind! 1. Let Them Help. If your child has grown out of the toddler stage and is still resistant to eating their vegetables, child psychologists say you should have them help with the cooking process. The excitement and anticipation that comes with getting to prepare the vegetables can encourage kids to try a couple bites during dinnertime.

3 Major Causes of Bad Breath

Bad breath is one of the most common oral afflictions in the world. Millions of people suffer from bad breath, also known as halitosis. However, in many cases, bad breath is often one of the easiest issues to treat and reverse. It all comes down to identifying the source.

onion and garlic will also produce bad breath, but odors caused by these foods are generally only temporary.

Dry mouth is another common source of bad breath. Dry mouth itself has a number of causes, including many medications which list it as a side effect. Because saliva production is lower, food particles are not as readily broken down. At the same time, the microbiome within the mouth cannot be properly regulated. The result is bad breath. Dry mouth is also the primary source of “morning breath.” Another major cause of bad breath is infection. People may experience infection following oral surgery or injury. The removal of wisdom teeth, for example, is a common source of bad breath. Not only can food become trapped in the cavity left behind, but if that food is not properly removed, infection can form. Tooth decay and gum disease also lead to bad breath. In almost every case, bad breath (when it lasts for several days or more) is a sign that something is wrong within the mouth. It is important to identify the source of bad breath so it may be treated. Bad breath never has to be permanent.

Oftentimes, bad breath is a sign of improper brushing, flossing,

and rinsing. Food particles may become trapped in between teeth. Larger food particles may not be properly broken down by saliva. As food remains trapped, bacteria consumes its sugars. While the most common byproduct of this bacteria is oral plaque, it also produces an unpleasant odor. Additionally, eating certain foods like

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