Needing a Doctor’s Note to Feed Your Child Healthy Food?

by Bettina Elias Siegel on September 16, 2014

Imagine that your child’s daycare center regularly offers snacks like Rice Krispies treats and cookies, and then demands proof of your child’s medical “disability” when you ask to send healthier food from home.  That disturbing scenario is a very real one for some parents, and today I have a reported piece in Civil Eats about this practice and the reasons […]


Guest Blogger Katie Morford: Lunch Box “Sweetie Pie” Quesadilla

by Bettina Elias Siegel on September 15, 2014

Today’s “It Takes a Village to Pack a Lunch” post shares a delicious and healthy lunch box recipe from Katie Morford of Mom’s Kitchen Handbook: Raising Fresh-Food Kids in a French-Fried World.  (If you’re not familiar with Katie’s blog, you’re in for a treat: beautiful food photography, tasty recipes and excellent writing.)  Katie’s the author of Best […]


Reader Giveaway: Eco-Friendly Lunch Gear from UKonserve!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on September 12, 2014

Today we resume TLT’s fifth annual “It Takes a Village to Pack a Lunch” series with a giveaway of some great eco-friendly lunch ware from UKonserve. UKonserve was founded six years ago by two moms, lifelong friends Lynn Julian and Chance Claxton.  They’d always been interested in the environment and were shocked by the amount of trash […]


Invoking the Cherished Bake Sale to Undermine the Smart Snacks Rules

by Bettina Elias Siegel on September 11, 2014

Back in November, 2010, only a few months after starting The Lunch Tray, I wrote about running my children’s elementary school Election Day bake sale.  In that post I expressed a little bit of ambivalence about selling sweets to raise money  — ambivalence that would evolve over the next four years into outright activism against junk food in schools  —  but at the […]


Guest Blogger Brenda Thompson: Five Tips for Choosing Reusable Lunchware

by Bettina Elias Siegel on September 10, 2014

Continuing with “It Takes a Village to Pack a Lunch” series, today we’re going to focus not on what goes in the lunchbox but the lunch gear itself.   Brenda Thompson of the wonderful Meal Planning Magic shares here her top five tips for choosing reusable lunchware, and tomorrow I’ll post my recent interview with the founders of Kids Konserve — […]

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A Few More Thoughts on That Home Cooking Story . . .

by Bettina Elias Siegel on September 9, 2014

Before we resume TLT’s fifth annual “It Takes a Village to Pack a Lunch Series” tomorrow, I just wanted to share a few more thoughts about yesterday’s post regarding an article, The Joy of Cooking?,” which posits that most women generally loathe cooking and that we’ve all been fed an overly romanticized view of the task by writers […]


Today I Debate the Ethics of Marketing Healthy Food to Kids

September 8, 2014

Today on Beyond Chron, I debate my friend and colleague Casey Hinds of US Healthy Kids on the ethics of marketing healthy foods like fruits and vegetables to children.  You can read my “pro” piece here, and Casey’s “con” here. Thanks to Beyond Chron for giving us this platform, and to Casey for having the idea […]

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Why I’m Ticked Off by (Almost) Everyone in the Latest Family Dinner Debate

September 8, 2014

I’m interrupting TLT’s “It Takes a Village to Pack a Lunch” series to tell you about a debate over family dinner that’s erupted in the blogosphere — and why just about everyone involved is ticking me off. The scuffle began last week when Amanda Marcotte of Slate‘s XX Factor blog wrote “Let’s Stop Idealizing the Home-Cooked Family Dinner,” a post that went […]

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A Mom Sends Her Son to Kindergarten and Gets an Education re: Classroom Junk Food

September 5, 2014

I rarely post on TLT twice in one day but I just wanted to share with you two recent posts from rockandrollmama, an anonymous blogger who also tweets under the handle @rustbeltrants. In the first post, “Yep, I’m that mom already,” rockandrollmama describes the sudden influx of junk food in her young son’s life after sending him […]

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Your Lunch Box Food Safety Questions Answered!

September 5, 2014

Continuing TLT’s fifth annual “It Takes a Village to Pack a Lunch” series, I wanted to let you know that next week the Institute of Food Technologists, a non-profit scientific society for food scientists, will be hosting two back-to-school Tweet chats about packed lunch safety. The chats will take place on Monday, September 8, from 6:00-7:00pm EST and on Thursday, September 11, […]

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