Individualized Meal Planning
Do you get confused when you see the new USDA MyPlate? Do you know how many servings of fruits and vegetables you need in a day? Or what a serving is for a 3-year-old child? Using individualized meal planning, Lara will assist you in learning how to fit all the food groups into your family’s diet. This is designed for children who need assistance learning portion sizes, understanding how to choose healthy foods, or children who have chronic illnesses such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, or poor weight gain.
Food Allergy/Intolerance Management
With food allergies on the rise, many parents are struggling to balance a healthy diet complying with their child’s food restrictions. For celiac disease patients managing the complex gluten-free diet, Lara will use her experience to assist in finding safe foods with ease and teach how to meet nutrient needs on a restricted diet. Do you have questions on how to find appropriate substitutions for your child’s food restrictions? Need assistance reading ingredient labels or having trouble understanding the FDA food labeling laws? Do you have questions managing your child’s food allergy at school or daycare? Lara can help with these and answer all questions to make food allergy management easy for you and your family.
Group/Family Nutritional Counseling
Research shows children model their parents eating habits, good or bad. Thus, successful weight management and healthy eating starts with all family members on board. Lara will teach your family how to make small changes that can last a lifetime. She will highlight strategies to change habits that could cause potentially life-threatening illnesses in the future. Need a pantry facelift? Lara will take you through the ins and outs of label reading and teach you what foods are essential to have stocked in your pantry for your family.
Grocery Store Personal Shopping
Making healthy choices when you go to the grocery store can be overwhelming. Take a guided supermarket tour to find healthy foods in every aisle and find guidance for your special dietary needs. Lara will help you understand how to read food labels, and what to look for on your next grocery trip.
Feel like you are purchasing the same foods at the grocery store week after week? Lara can help you gain fresh eyes as you walk the aisles. Learn how to make short cuts in meal preparation and get the most out of the foods you stock in your pantry.
In-home Meal Preparation Training
Cooking can be a daunting task! Lara will come to you and teach you skills to be a successful chef in no time, in the comfort of your own home. Lara shows her clients the why’s and how’s of cooking delicious meals with a healthy twist. These training sessions include instruction in the principles of a healthy diet as well as the opportunity to prepare and eat meals designed with good living in mind.
On the go? As a mother of two with a full-time job, Lara understands! Learn tips and tricks to make healthy meals on the go that will fit into your family’s busy lifestyle.
Interested in getting your kids involved with cooking? Learn simple recipes that you can make at home for the busiest family. #AskLara about cooking parties for your moms’ group.
Lara brings her passion for nutrition and children to your event. From learning what to feed your infant to how to manage picky eating, Lara will provide a stimulating and thought-provoking lecture.
Lara’s education, professional, and personal experiences, along with her expertise in celiac disease and infant nutrition, make her uniquely qualified as a public speaker. As an active, busy mother of two growing boys, she understands the challenges and barriers to “getting it all done.” Whether it is an educational lecture, lunch-n-learn, or team talk, Lara uses personal experiences, stories, and consumer friendly situations to educate her audience and inspire parents to FEED their kids wisely and prevent future disease.
#AskLara about lectures she has given recently and discuss potential topics for your group.
Celiac Disease Boot Camp – NEW!
Are you a dietitian or do you have a business eager to learn more about celiac disease and the gluten-free diet? Do you have children with celiac disease at your school or daycare? Celiac disease affects every 1 in 133 people, and it is vital to understand the gluten-free diet to accommodate this population. As a medical advisory board member of the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center, Lara will teach you what you need to know to counsel patients with reliable and accurate information. #AskLara for more information.