While We Were Out: A Kid/Food News Round-Up

by Bettina Elias Siegel on January 5, 2015

Happy 2015, TLT’ers!   I think I forgot to mention here that I was taking a hiatus from blogging, but if you happened to notice my three weeks of silence on TLT, you probably figured that out.   My blogging break started in late December, when I had the pleasure of attending (and speaking at) a conference in […]


The McDonald’s corporation has lately fallen on hard times, enduring seven straight months of declining domestic sales, a food safety scandal involving its Chinese meat supplier, politically motivated restaurant closures in Russia, even a Consumer Reports survey ranking its burgers as the “worst in America.” So on a December 10th conference call, McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson and […]


What She Said

by Bettina Elias Siegel on December 15, 2014

One thing I love about being part of a blogging community is the way we can draw upon each other’s work and resources to advocate for our common goals. That’s how I felt when I read this recent post from Sally Kuzemchak of Real Mom Nutrition, addressing critics who think that instead of reining in […]

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Today I Debate the Ethics of Marketing Healthy Food to Kids

by Bettina Elias Siegel on 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 […]


A Pill Too Bitter to Swallow

by Bettina Elias Siegel on June 16, 2014

Many years ago, I mentioned to a doctor friend that a woman I knew — a Seventh Day Adventist who never touches alcohol — had been told she was at risk for cirrhosis of the liver due to her poor diet and excess weight.  My doctor friend looked at me skeptically and said I must have misunderstood the diagnosis — one […]


One Mom’s Great Idea Brings Fresh Produce to Families in Need

by Bettina Elias Siegel on February 6, 2014

A mutual friend recently introduced me to a woman named Lisa Helfman and, given our very similar backgrounds (Houston moms/lawyers with an interest in kids and food), it wasn’t surprising that we hit it off right away.  At that first meeting, Lisa told me how years ago she’d  joined an organic produce co-op and was […]

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Mr. Zee Heads Down Under!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on December 17, 2013

So, this is cool! I just found out that my rhyming children’s video about processed food, “Mr. Zee’s Apple Factory,” is going to be incorporated into nutrition education materials that will be made available to Australian teachers seeking to meet the requirements of the Australia Curriculum for Health and Physical Education.  I’m told that the video […]


Fast Food Industry Spends $4.6 Billion to Target Your Kids

by Bettina Elias Siegel on November 11, 2013

Last week, a few of you questioned my endorsement of a new arrangement between the Sesame Street Workshop and the Produce Marketing Association in which Sesame Street characters will be used to market fresh fruits and vegetables to children.  There’s an understandable concern that kids, because they are uniquely impressionable, should not be manipulated in […]

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Not long after I started The Lunch Tray in 2010, a new kids’ cooking magazine called ChopChop was launched by Sally Sampson, a James Beard Foundation nominated author of twenty cookbooks, as well as a frequent contributor to magazines like Food & Wine and Bon Appetit.  But when my friend Donna first told me about the magazine, I was worried: […]


Between my recent laptop crash and this mysterious “Lunch-Tray-third-anniversary-project” I keep alluding to on Facebook, I’m falling woefully behind on various promised posts.  One such post is the answer to a question left on TLT’s Facebook page by a reader named Allison who is concerned with junk food in her child’s classroom.  Since I’m pressed […]