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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Houston ISD to Provide Universal (Free) Meals at 166 Schools

August 18, 2014

I’m back from summer vacation in time to share some nice news:  Houston ISD, the seventh largest district in the country, has announced that it’s taking advantage of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) to provide universal (free) school breakfast and lunch to every student at 166 of its schools, regardless of economic status, and without the need for meal applications or other paperwork.  These […]

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A New Initiative to Get Junk Food Out of Classrooms

August 1, 2014

I’ve written a lot over the years (really, A LOT – see the Related Links below) about junk food in school classrooms, whether distributed by teachers as rewards for good behavior and academic performance or served as part of birthday or classroom celebrations. It’s important to note that these practices are not addressed by the new federal Smart Snacks in School […]

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McDonald’s Says Ronald Doesn’t Market in Schools — Then Backtracks

July 31, 2014

This past May, I was one of six concerned moms who attended the annual McDonald’s shareholder meeting in connection with Corporate Accountability International’s #MomsNotLovinIt campaign.  (You can read all about our day in Oak Brook, IL here: “Speaking Truth to Ronald“) One of the moms in our group, Sally Kuzemchak of Real Mom Nutrition, was selected during the meeting’s Q&A period to […]

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Study: Home-Packed Lunches Are Nutritionally Subpar

July 29, 2014

A new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (subscription only) finds that home-packed lunches are nutritionally lacking, as compared to school food. As summarized by Reuters, the study’s researchers peered into the lunch boxes of 626 third and fourth graders from 12 public elementary schools in Eastern Massachusetts, and found that only 34% […]

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