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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Interview and Book Giveaway: Lisa Leake (100 Days of Real Food) on Packing “Real Food” School Lunches

September 4, 2014

Continuing with TLT’s 5th annual “It Takes a Village to Pack a Lunch” series, today I’m sharing my recent interview with Lisa Leak, blogger at 100 Days of Real Food.  Last week I reviewed her fabulous new cookbook which, Lisa reported this morning on Facebook, has already made the New York Times bestseller list!  That recognition […]

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Guest Blogger Brianne DeRosa: “Little Known Lunch Secrets”

September 3, 2014

On day two of TLT’s “It Takes a Village to Pack a Lunch” series, I’m so happy to turn the floor over to Brianne DeRosa, a busy mom of two young sons who blogs regularly at Red Round or Green.  When it comes to family dinner, Bri is a master of the art of advanced planning and […]

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Guest Blogger Sally Kuzemchak On Lunch Packing: Sometimes Less Is More

September 2, 2014

Five years ago I started my first “It Takes a Village to Pack a Lunch” series entirely for selfish reasons.  I’d been packing two lunches a day, every school day, since my kids were in pre-school and the task was really starting to wear me down.  I found myself wondering:  Did other families fall into boring lunch ruts like […]

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Book Review: The 100 Days of Real Food Cookbook

August 29, 2014

Given the incredible popularity of the blog 100 Days of Real Food, I’m guessing many of you already know about Lisa Leake and her family’s pledge back in 2010 to avoid all highly processed foods. Inspired by Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food, Leake, her husband Jason and their two young daughters committed to eating only “real […]

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Using Junk Food Tactics – and Flavorings – To Market Carrots to Kids

August 27, 2014

In 2010 I told you about a new $25 million ad campaign, sponsored by carrot growers, to attract kids to baby carrots through the use of junk food-style packaging and marketing.  Back then I mocked the effort, saying: Somehow I don’t think today’s kids are going to willingly trade in their Flamin’ Hot Cheetos for carrots, no matter […]

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Lunch Box Alert: Popular Peanut and Almond Butter Brands Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

August 21, 2014

I don’t always share the latest food recalls on TLT; to my dismay, I’ve learned that such recalls are so frequent, I’d write about little else if I covered them all.  But since many of us already have kids back in school (or soon will), and given the popularity of the PBJ and other nut butter sandwiches […]

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