Category Archives: food

Shop to eat?

Do you shop to eat or shop to socialize?

For busy moms, the convenience factor is a huge driver pushing them toward online grocery shopping.

Buying fresh online meal ingredients also removes the frantic grab to “find something to eat,” which often means a “put together” meal of leftovers that kids rarely consume.

The growth of online grocery shopping in the US appears to be moving American moms closer to a more European style of “buying fresh, eating fresh.”


Re-imagine veggies

An overseas supermarket chain worked with school students to make healthy lunchbox options more appealing.

The results:

Carrots were renamed “orange rockets”; cucumbers became “frisbees for elves”.

Foodies go to school

The foodie trend has entered schools, as fashion-conscious students wear t-shirts that feature favorite foods.

Even fast food brands have become walking billboards! All that free publicity is welcomed by ad execs who watch the budget.

Seeing through the glass

Around the world, transparent drinks have become the newest “must have” beverage.

As I write this, Starbucks hasn’t started to offer clear coffee, but coffee-stained teeth might become a problem of the past if this trend catches on.

Overseas, Coke has launched a transparent variety, minus the caramel which colors the drink.

I can’t help but wonder how soon kids will be packing school lunches with drinks that are as clear as day.

Fast-rising fakes

“Authentic” and “real” have driven marketers trying to reach millennial parents, but change is coming.

The word “fake” might attract the next generation of parents.

Fake meat, which uses plant alternatives that look and taste like meat, is growing in popularity among young adults.

Will new moms and dads serve children vegan burgers that sizzle (like meat) on the grill? Serve sushi made from tomatoes?

When preschooler’s play food assortments offer “plant-based alternatives,” we’ll know the shift is real.

“My plate” revisited

Remember when the government updated the food pyramid and gave us “My Plate?”

The color-coded plate was divided into fruit, grains, protein and veggies, with the dairy cup to the side.

We’re shopping so smart, we’ve created our own pyramid, based on fresh, clean and nutrient dense, all wrapped in quality.

The government doesn’t need another “Plate” update. We’ve already created it for our families.

The shift to snack

Did your kids snack through the summer?

Adjusting to an established lunch time is one of the toughest transitions as kids head back to school after months of snacking “whenever” and “wherever.”

All-day snacking is becoming more accepted in classrooms, although health professionals are concerned that aimless snacking can be an obstacle to weight control.