Category Archives: Nutrition and News

Improving School Lunches with Sprouted Wheat Bre...

Improving School Lunches with Sprouted Wheat Bread
Unless you live in a cave, you know that school food has a bad reputation.  I am excited to report that in our district, at least, it's getting better. Our food service director surprised me with an invitation to visit Alvarado Street Bakery in Petaluma, where she plans to source the bread for our school district next year.  My food service advisory committee colleague, Susannah, and I went to learn more about their sprouted wheat breads and got to see the inside workings of the bakery.  Unfortunately,...

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Are All Processed Foods Bad?

Are All Processed Foods Bad?
[caption id="attachment_4763" align="aligncenter" width="342" caption="Probably not what comes to mind when you think about "processed food""][/caption] When you think of "processed foods" the center aisles of the grocery store probably come to mind.  I imagine rows and rows of brightly colored packages filled with chemical concoctions disguised as foods. But I have news for you.  Some "real" foods have to be processed before they can be sold in the stores.  Does that make them...

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Is There Spinach In Your Brownies?

Is There Spinach In Your Brownies?
There are two sides to every story, especially when parenting strategies enter the picture.  And most of the time, each side is fueled by passion and the sense that they are right. And the other is wrong. Several years ago, there was a huge buzz about two books that were published almost simultaneously: Deceptively Delicious and The Sneaky Chef.  Both talked about how parents can amplify the nutrition in the foods they feed to their children by including purees of veggies or beans. Let's...

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Food Cravings Can Be Harmful to Your Child

Food Cravings Can Be Harmful to Your Child
My son recently left our neighborhood public school for a special school for children with learning disabilities.  In the few short months that we have been there, I have noticed some quirky eating habits of the students. Many families don't realize that the diet that our children consumes can be connected to their learning challenges and their behavior. It got me thinking about food allergies and how difficult it can be for families to notice that certain foods aren't good for our children. Why...

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Walnuts – From Orchard to Table

Walnuts – From Orchard to Table
[caption id="attachment_4678" align="aligncenter" width="512" caption="Lunch in a Walnut Orchard, the most beautiful classroom I have ever experienced"][/caption] My poor husband.  He married a teacher.  And even though I am no longer in a traditional classroom, I still teach - cooking to children, family mealtime sanity to families, and eco-friendly food suggestions to anyone who will listen.  And to top it off, I am always drawn towards other educators, and we have him outnumbered. This...

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The Art of Understanding Meat Labels

The Art of Understanding Meat Labels
[caption id="attachment_4505" align="aligncenter" width="512" caption=""Natural" doesn't mean "Humane""][/caption] After my recent post about tasting beef for the first time in a quarter of a century, several people asked about the jargon in the grocery store. What does it all mean? Can we trust the signs and labels that we see? Or are they merely euphemisms and good marketing? Whole Foods Market would lead you to believe that their meat is all produced in a sustainable...

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Are you drinking sugar?

Are you drinking sugar?
In my recent post, people were very surprised to see how much sugar is in their favorite yogurt.  But the good news is that there are some awesome alternatives that put you in control of your sweeteners. What about your favorite drinks, though?  I measured out the sugar contained within each of these bottles, just to give you a visual of what you might be consuming...without even realizing it. [caption id="attachment_4564" align="aligncenter" width="299" caption="Contains the equivalent of 8...

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Look! There’s Yogurt In My Sugar

Look! There’s Yogurt In My Sugar
[caption id="attachment_4445" align="aligncenter" width="491" caption="Yogurt is healthy, right?"][/caption] I think that most people just assume that yogurt is a healthy food.  I used to.  That is, until I learned that every 4 grams of sugar added to foods equals 1 teaspoon of sugar.  Yep - you read that right.  Go check out the yogurt in your fridge.  If it has 24 grams of added sugar, there are 6 teaspoons of sugar in that baby! Of course, milk naturally contains lactose, a milk...

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Our Food System Is Broken - Ted Talk by Robyn O'...

We eat 3 meals a day.  Every single day.  But our food system is very very very broken...and it is affecting our bodies and the health of our planet. Each of us needs to do something to improve our food system. Please.
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Easy & Healthy Do-it-Yourself Granola Bar Recipe...

Easy & Healthy Do-it-Yourself Granola Bar Recipe
I don't know about you, but I am always looking for new ideas for healthy snacks. I like to carry food with me wherever I go (to feed hungry and grumpy children), and have been known to dive into the stash, myself, in a pinch. When my friends, Liz and Janice (AKA The Meal Makeover Moms) offered to send me a copy of their new book, No Whine with Dinner - 150 healthy, kid-tested recipes from The Meal Makeover Moms, I couldn't wait.  Some nutritionists seem to spend more of their energy on the...

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