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School Cafeterias: Different Approaches To Serve Healthier Meals


It’s hardly a secret that American children, along with adults, are becoming heavier. According to a recent report in the International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, by 2010, nearly half the children in North America will be overweight or obese. These alarming statistics have increased the criticism and scrutiny of the foods […]

Fruits of my labors


All summer long, I’ve been growning tomatoes, with a modest level of success. The picture above shows the sum of 3 months work. Yes, the two tomatoes pictured above with a quarter, are all the fruits that I got off my 6 plants.
They’re cute, I’ll give you that. But not really worth […]

Grub by Anna Lappé and Bryant Terry


Recently, I’ve read quite a few books about challenging and changing our food system, knowing where our food comes from, and how to make the best, most well-informed decisions about eating. Michael Pollan, Marion Nestle, Eric Schlosser… the list goes on and on. Yet Grub is the first one that I’ve read that felt like […]

Experiencing the Raw Food Diet


Well folks, I spent the last week attempting to follow the Raw Food Diet. I cannot say that I stuck to the diet 100%….IT WAS HARD. However, I did stick to it about 70%. I guess that means I get a D? That being said, I am so glad that […]

Curb Your Cravings


Having trouble shedding those last five or 10 pounds? Chances are self-control is your answer. Learning to watch portion sizes and choosing whole grains over whole chocolate bars will surely help you achieve all your weight loss goals. But we all know eating well is easier said than done. Our cravings can get the better […]

Mediterranean Couscous and Lentil Salad


Summer is almost over around these parts, but even with that teeny hint of fall in the air there’s plenty of time to enjoy a nice cool salad. This refreshing couscous and lentil salad has just the right balance of flavors to make it the perfect accompaniment to almost any main dish–meat, seafood, or […]

Low Carb Crustless Quiche


I must admit, I am NOT a fan of the low-carb craze that has been sweeping America for a couple of years now. Yes, I’ve read the South Beach Diet book, and seen some folks (my parents among them) lose big weight with that method, but the idea that I am to leave bread, […]

On Meal Planning . . .


Ok. It might seem silly, stupid or any other variety of descriptives to plan your weekly meals ahead of time. You could be sitting there, like I was when I first heard about it, thinking “Yea, right. As if I know what I will want to eat on Friday on Saturday.” And it’s true but […]

Start their day off right


Serving a healthy breakfast can be a struggle. Nevertheless, the adage remains, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” for you as well as your family. In fact, those who eat their breakfast set the mood for their entire day.
For kids, this means better behavior and school performance. In fact, a 2005 study […]

Experiencing the Raw Food Diet


In order to prepare for my attempt to “eat raw” for a week, I started with a shopping trip. Fresh fruits and vegetables were the basis of my shopping list, but I knew I had to come up with some other options. I just couldn’t seem to picture eating a smoothie for breakfast, […]