Teachers hand out candy rewards in class. The snack offered at our children’s soccer game is a bottle of Gatorade and a packet of Oreos. Places that never even used to sell food, like Office Depot and Michael’s, now have racks of candy and junk food placed at kid-eye level at the checkout line. And the food and beverage industries spend almost $2 billion each year to market unhealthy products directly to our kids.
We all want our children to eat healthfully, but sometimes it feels like the societal forces aligned against us are overwhelming. Here are some of my favorite blogs on raising kids in today’s challenging food environment:
- Real Mom Nutrition by mom, cookbook author and registered dietitian Sally Kuzemchak. One of my all-time favorite kid-food bloggers, Sally coined the excellent term “Snacktivist” to describe parents advocating for better snacks for kids and has created an entire handbook to help parents improve the snacks served in kids’ sports leagues.
- Red, Round, or Green written by mom of two Brianne DeRosa, who’s “just trying to get everyone fed.” Recipes, family dinner advice and lovely, thoughtful essays about feeding children.
- U.S. Healthy Kids, by former Air Force pilot and mom of two Casey Hinds, who writes about a variety of food policy issues affecting children, especially the issue of food marketing to kids.
- School Bites, which chronicles blogger Stacy Whitman’s quest to bring healthier food and nutrition education to her son’s Idaho elementary school.
- Mom’s Kitchen Handbook, subtitled “Raising Fresh-Food Kids in a French-Fried World,” offers recipes and feeding advice from mom and registered dietitian Katie Morford. Beautiful photography, too.
- Raise Healthy Eaters, by mom, registered dietitian and child feeding expert Maryanne Jacobsen, provides reassuring and sound advice for feeding your family.
- It’s Not About Nutrition, by sociologist Dr. Dina Rose, who isn’t afraid to buck conventional wisdom in sharing her advice on dealing with “picky” eating and other feeding issues.
- Just the Right Byte, by registered dietitian and feeding expert Jill Castle. Recipes and feeding advice, for kids ranging from infancy to high school.
And if you’re particularly concerned about the junk food offered to your kids in their school classrooms, such as food served at birthday celebrations, class parties and as teacher rewards, be sure to check out “The Lunch Tray’s Guide to Getting Junk Food Out of Your Child’s Classroom.” It’s a totally free, 40-page guide full of all my favorite links, resources and best practices to help make your child’s classroom a healthier food environment. Sign up to receive your own free copy here.