Planning for Thanksgiving…something that has been on my mind A LOT as the calendar gets closer to this wonderful holiday that celebrates food and family. Speaking of family, I have 35 family members that will be joining me this year (and many staying for brunch the next day)…yes, you are reading this correctly.
For holidays like this, we need a strategy. After all, similar to a storm you know is coming (not that I’m likening my family to a storm or anything), what you do ahead is key to a successful outcome.
Schools are looking for creative ways to celebrate special occasions that emphasize healthier options and make the celebration less about food. As the holiday season gets underway, I have some ideas to share with you that are all about fun and excitement with creative activities and “better-for-you” food options. (Many of these suggestions also help with allergies are some are gluten free and dairy free, all are nut free.)
Not just a feast for the eyes, the red, orange, yellow…and eventually brown of this brilliant time of year, translates into our produce section. Like the brilliant shades of fall, the color palette of our diet reflects our versatile seasonal bounty and the array of nutrients of it provides.
Similar to visiting a farm, a trip to the orchard is a chance to introduce children to the origin of our food–to increase their understanding of how an apple makes it to the store, which is where they are used to finding it. Of course, the lessons don’t end there. Here are some great resources to help you make the most of your next adventure to the apple orchard.
On Wednesday, September 25th I will be co-hosting our next live webinar with scientific advisor, Kit Broihier, on the use of sodium in today’s American diet. This webinar will add to the series of presentations we have made that focus on nutrition, health and the food industry. Preparing for it has forced me to examine… Read more »
In my opinion, the one thing missing from a traditional back-to-school list is a reminder to develop a menu that includes at least five lunches your child will eat. I suggest preparing this essential menu before the school year gets busy. It will save you much time and stress later. Some children are not into sandwiches, others prefer something hot and many just like to “snack.” No matter what kind of eater your child is, the same rules apply.
If you have a dog, you probably know how hard it is to pull him or her into a crate or any space behind a gate. You tug, push and eventually you (hopefully!) win. For some parents, this is what it feels like to get kids exercising…you push, drag and (hopefully!) you get them moving.