Category Archives: food

Inspire smart consumers

I was surprised to hear my 10-year-old grandson request we stop at Wendy’s because it serves “real” meat.

I’d like to think he’s prioritizing a higher quality of fast food, instead of merely parroting a commercial.

Consumer education begins in early childhood, so it’s never too soon to show kids how we demand transparency in production and reconnect food with its’ origin.

Eating clean

Are your kids eating “clean” this summer?

The “June July August” schedule is prime time for grazing through the kitchen, but more moms have switched to offer only superfoods, nutritious or wholesome options.

Junior chefs have been busy too, spiraling veggies and blending healthy, not necessarily low cal beverages.

Five years ago, who would have thought tweens and teens would view chemicals in food as unhealthy?

Perhaps the effort to support nutritious eating is actually starting to pay off!

High season for “grocerants”

Juggling kid’s camps, sport clinics and summer school schedules makes this high season for “grocerants,” those combination grocery stores and restaurants that are popping up all over.

More than merely expanded delis, grocerants offer a full menu of ready to eat meals that rival those of fast casual locations. Upscale grocerants even offer waiters and sushi chefs.

Grocerants offer fast service, with prices that are often lower than nearby restaurants.

Disrupted Dinner

Research consistently supports the importance of family mealtime. Benefits include healthier eating and children who learn vocabulary, have fewer behavior problems and lower substance abuse.

But dinnertime disruptions – in the form of sports and/or tech – continue to impact this important time of day.

If kids are active in sports, attendance is mandatory at games and practices. There aren’t a lot of options.

But there are real choices when it comes to tech. Do your kids a favor: turn off the TV and leave the phone in another room. Researchers have documented that even the mere presence of a phone diminishes the quality of conversation.

Devices remain an unwelcome dinner guest.

A snacky season

Are you prepared for the summer snacking season?

The lines between snacks and meals blur in June, July and August when kids are out of school. The challenge is to stock the pantry and frig with fresh, high quality, nutritious foods.

Young summer snackers want to eat immediately and continuously. Help kids avoid filling up with quick-grab processed favorites, by stopping frequently at the produce department and farmers markets.

Training label readers

Training kids to be label readers will be easier than ever this summer, when children shadow us through grocery aisles.

“Clean” labels, with recognizable and fewer ingredients make it possible for even new young readers to know what’s in a package. A benefit of the healthy living movement.

Dreamy desserts

Will kids grow up assuming that every ice cream treat offers an over-the-top experience?

Last summer’s hybrid confections of cotton candy with ice cream and the popularity of unique ice cream flavors (English breakfast tea, anyone? Popcorn and sea salt to top your cone?) became social media sensations.

Perhaps this year we’ll have a real breakthrough: a dreamy dessert that’s almost healthy.