Posts By: allisonjstowell

How to Win with New Flavors

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

Last year, I was introduced to an African Peanut Soup that dazzled my taste buds and intrigued me. Not only was it a combination of interesting flavors that was so unlike the soups I usually make, the recipe included easily attainable ingredients (like creamy peanut butter) and came together in one pot in under an hour. I couldn’t wait to make it for my family and thought for sure they would love it! With anticipation my kids watched me put it together; their excitement grew with me. When the moment came to enjoy the soup, it was like tires screeching on pavement to a fast stop…they didn’t like the soup. Two spoonfuls in and they were done. Ugh.

How to Win with New Flavors

The Kosher Diet…a “mainstream” diet?

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

Is it possible that the kosher diet, a diet once only followed by Jews for religious reasons, is the latest diet trend for both Jews and non-Jews alike? An article published last spring titled, “Kosher Goes Mainstream…” used the purchase of the United States’ largest producer of Kosher food, Manischewitz, to highlight this trend. The private company, which purchased Manischewitz did so, they report, because they saw the potential for selling their foods to a wider audience.

The Kosher Diet…a “mainstream” diet?

Family-Friendly Menu

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

Does it seem like you are always asking your family what they want to eat? It definitely feels like that in my home. At dinner, I’m curious about tomorrow’s lunch. At breakfast, I am wondering what they want to have that night for dinner. Any busy caregiver knows that answers to these questions are essential for a streamlined week with fewer stops at the market. The challenge is getting your family on board with thinking ahead right along with you. If not, you know the story ends with you preparing a meal that no one wants to eat.

Family-Friendly Menu

The Flexitarian Family

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

Last spring, as part of our webinar series, we presented on the Flexitarian Diet. Defined as a diet that removes meat from the center of the plate, the flexitarian diet has many benefits for us, our budget and our environment. Aligned with campaigns such as Meatless Monday, the flexitarian diet movement encourages us to consume less meat without expecting us to give it up altogether.

The Flexitarian Family

School Nutrition Standards: Where are We Now?

by in Healthy Tips, Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

On July 1, 2012, schools and programs that utilize the National School Lunch program began the process of adopting the changes required under the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act (HHFKA). Though challenging to implement, the strong need for better nutrition for the over 30 million children who rely on the National School Lunch program and the opportunity for greater reimbursement per meal (an extra 6 cents), encouraged schools to comply. The transformation to come was so monumental and innovative for a program that hadn’t seen change in fifteen years, that Guiding Stars devoted a webinar on the topic. Now, two years later, we can see how the changes are being implemented and where we are on our journey toward feeding the next generation.

School Nutrition Standards: Where are We Now?

Farm to Table: More than Just a Culinary Movement

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

I live in Connecticut. I’m surrounded by beautiful farms and orchards, which offer local meats, vegetables, eggs and more. Our state is also dotted with small vegetable stands pushing the local movement even further. Pretty much every new restaurant is a “farm to fork” establishment, while every old restaurant reinvents their meal to also support local agriculture. This movement makes it easy to feel good about supporting local restaurants, which are serving not only delicious food…but local food too.

Farm to Table: More than Just a Culinary Movement

Family Dinner for Conflicting Schedules

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

When our children engage in programs we begin to picture what it will be like calculating the tight timing and imagining the rush we may feel to get them there (or worse, pick them up) on time. Of course, the car pool logistics are just one part of a larger puzzle that also includes pieces for homework, dinner and dare I say “down time.” At a time when many of you are already questioning the “joy of cooking” and feeling stressed by the pressure of getting a meal together every day, how can we make it easier when everyone seems to be coming and going on different, very busy schedules?

Family Dinner for Conflicting Schedules