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Editor's e-Note
Creative GF Snacks for Kids

The 2018–2019 school year is coming to a close, and that means parents will need to prepare healthful snacks for their kids, especially those with health issues such as celiac disease.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian (TD) offers several gluten-free snack and recipe ideas RDs can share with clients whose children must eat a strict gluten-free diet. The snack ideas and recipes are easy to prepare and should go over well with even the pickiest of eaters.

After reading the article, visit TD’s website at to read the digital edition of the May issue, which includes articles on the Mediterranean diet, the gut microbiome’s link to celiac disease, genetic testing and personalized nutrition, and probiotic supplementation for vaginal health.

The May issue kicks off our sixth annual Spring Symposium, May 19–22, at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Every nutrition professional attending will enjoy informative continuing education sessions, networking opportunities, product sampling, a keynote address, fitness activities, and special events.

Don’t forget to check out where you can read and comment on blogs written by RDs for RDs. We’re welcoming new guest bloggers, so if you’re interested in writing, please contact me at the e-mail listed below.

Please enjoy the E-Newsletter and give us your feedback at, and don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. We look forward to seeing you in Scottsdale!

— Judith Riddle, editor
e-News Exclusive
Careful Planning for Kid-Friendly Gluten-Free Snacks Is Key
By Marlisa Brown, MS, RDN, CDE, CDN

Dietitians know that on any given day kids love to snack. And when school is out for the summer the demand for snacks can grow even more.

Of course, the key to healthful snacking is for clients to plan ahead, especially if their children have celiac disease or nonceliac gluten sensitivity and must follow a gluten-free diet. Clients will need to prepare healthful snacks their kids (and their friends) will enjoy and avoid making them feel any differently than their peers who don’t need to eat gluten-free foods.

Therefore, the goal for RDs is to provide clients with easy-to-make snacks that are healthful, gluten-free, and yummy—a challenge but one that’s definitely possible.

For starters, parents will need to work on clean surfaces and take additional steps to prevent cross contamination if they’re making snacks containing gluten for others. For example, parents must make sure that none of the ingredients needed for recipes have been contaminated with gluten, such as previously used butter, mayonnaise, peanut butter, or jam, and that all ingredients are, in fact, gluten-free.

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Field Notes
Cartoon Characters on Packaging May Not Affect Kids’ Snack Choices

Parents and lawmakers looking to cartoon characters as a reason children choose cookies over carrots may be looking in the wrong direction, according to a new report from the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business and Colorado State University’s College of Business.

In the study, published in the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, researchers ran several tests allowing kids to pick between snacks with or without licensed characters such as SpongeBob or Scooby Doo on the packaging.

They found children are more likely to pick foods branded with licensed characters when choosing between similar products, such as two packages of carrots. If the choice is between carrots or cookies, however, cartoon characters did not trump children’s taste buds.

“The primary influence on kids’ choices is taste,” says study coauthor Margaret C. Campbell, PhD, the Provost Professor of Marketing at the Leeds School of Business. “The licensed character only has an influence on moving kids’ choices between foods with the same level of expected taste.”

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Continuing Education
Learn about nutrition therapy for adults receiving radiation treatment in this month’s issue of Today’s Dietitian. Read the CPE Monthly article, take the 10-question online test at, and earn two CEUs!

May CE Special

All month, visit our CE Learning Library and choose one of our CEU Packages for 5, 9, or 12 credits. Place the package you want in your cart and use the coupon code MAYPACKS to get 20% off any of these multi-course packages. This offer will end on Friday, May 31, 2019, at 11:59 PM EDT.

Upcoming Live Webinars

Transforming the Mindset of Hunger
In this presentation on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, from 2–3 PM EDT, Clancy Cash Harrison, MS, RDN, FAND, will inspire participants to identify and transform counseling techniques for food-insecure clients at risk of malnutrition. Attendees will be able to bridge the knowledge gap between the overall health of clients and food insecurity. Clancy will demonstrate how effective community partnerships and the use of Food Insecurity/Food Banking Supervised Practice Concentration can help integrate more dietetic interns into the world of food insecurity within any practice setting. This topic will be examined even further by Clancy in an upcoming presentation this fall. Click here to register »

Swimming in Troubled Water: Living with Cystic Fibrosis
This webinar, taking place on Thursday, May 30, from 2–3 PM EDT, offers a unique perspective on living with cystic fibrosis, as presenter Nicholas Kelly, MS, RD, LD, is a dietitian who is living the CF patient experience first-hand. Nicholas will share his experience  to help audience members understand the relationships between CF and BMI, chiropractic care, the pancreas, enzyme therapy, fluid intake, and overall nutrition. As a patient and a dietitian, Nicholas will also examine how RDs can plan nutritional interventions for patients living with CF. Click here to register »

Recorded Webinars

Modern Day Human Magnesium Requirements: The RDN's Role
In this complimentary 1-CEU recorded webinar, leading experts Andrea Rosanoff, PhD, and Stella Lucia Volpe, PhD, RDN, ACSM-CEP, FACSM, provide an updated review to help RDs better assess clients' magnesium status in relation to age and gender, help clients adjust magnesium intake, and make appropriate recommendations for magnesium supplementation. Sponsored by Nature Made®. Click here to register »

Changing the Conversation: Culinary Techniques to Meet the Needs of a Client’s Diagnosis Without Sacrificing Flavor for Diabetes & Heart Disease
In this complimentary 1-CEU recorded webinar, presented by Abbie Gellman, MS, RD, CDN, and Chef Julie Harrington, RD, learn how to educate your clients with evidence-based science, translated through food along with behavior change techniques. Learn how to evaluate clients’ cooking skills and confidence in the kitchen to set realistic food-focused behavior change goals. Sponsored by The Egg Nutrition Center. Click here to register »

Goal Diggers: Helping People Change Habits With Positivity and a Non‑Diet, Values-Driven Approach
In this complimentary 1-CEU recorded webinar, creator of the Body Kindness philosophy, book, and podcast Rebecca Scritchfield, MA, RDN, EP-C, will introduce the science behind the weight inclusive (non-diet) approach and the art of using this approach to achieve positive health and well-being outcomes for people with weight concerns. Sponsored by Love One Today®. Click here to register »
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RD Lounge Blog
Nutrition Strategies for Children With Autism
By Laura Bollinger, MS, RD, LDN, EP-C

All parents are concerned about their children receiving proper nutrition as they grow, but, sometimes kids aren’t as excited about eating healthful foods as their parents would like them to be. This can result from a variety of reasons, including taste, smell, color, mouthfeel, and indigestion, or they may just be asserting their independence.

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may be particularly sensitive to sensory aspects of foods, and they may even have some food sensitivities that can cause physical discomfort from constipation, abdominal cramping, or vomiting. These factors can make it more difficult for them to get proper nutrition.

According to Autism Speaks, autism or ASD refers to “a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 59 children is affected by ASD.

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Other News
Advocates Push for Medically Necessary MNT Coverage
Efforts are being made to support proposed bipartisan legislation requiring insurers to cover medical nutrition drinks for those with conditions such as phenylketoneuria and food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome, FierceHealthcare reports.

Better WIC Nutrition May Reduce Obesity Risk in Young Kids
A new study suggests that improved WIC nutrition standards are effective in lowering obesity risk in 4-year-olds, according to FoodNavigator-USA.
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Comprehensive Guide for Picky Eaters
Broccoli Boot Camp, a book and accompanying website, presents methods parents can use to boost their children’s diet diversity and preferences for healthful foods. Designed by a special education expert and a pediatrics expert, the materials originally were used in clinical practice but now are being made available to all parents of selective and picky eaters. Learn more »

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