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Feed My Growing Brain

Theresa Hernandez, APN/CNP

By Theresa Hernandez,

Functional Medicine Nurse Practitioner @ Family First Functional Medicine

Theresa Hernandez received her BS in Nursing from the University of Chicago in 2002 and continued her education with a Masters of Science in Nursing in 2006 while working in the pediatric ICU at Rush University Medical Center. She is currently completing her certification in Functional Medicine with the Institute for Functional Medicine.

Her knowledge of functional nutrition informs everything she does with her patients of all ages. She has an especially deep devotion to pediatric patients and young families who are looking for guidance with food allergies, autoimmune complaints and issues with detoxification.

Theresa shares some info and tasty-sounding recipes to help us encourage children to make healthy choices, she says:

We want our children to grow up eating healthy, nutrient packed meals and provide them with knowledge and support to be able to eventually make healthy diet choices on their own. Nutritional deficiencies and overly-restrictive diets can lead to all sorts of complications including chronic disease, allergies, learning disabilities, and mental health issues. … [but] How do we incorporate more phytonutrient rich, colorful fruits and vegetables into our children’s DAILY diet? How can we lead by example and incorporate food as medicine, food as joy?

Theresa Hernandez

**Theresa is now in her own practice, visit to learn more and read her latest blogs there.