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Thanksgiving Feast and the Lunchroom Economy

November 26, 2014
Editor's note: This post, Thanksgiving Feast and the Lunchroom Economy , written by A Leanne originally appeared on Zomppa. Last week I skipped out of work and joined my sons for their school cafeteria’s annual invite-your-adults-to-lunch event. The flyer that came home (squashed and half shredded by the grueling backpack ride) boasted this fine spread: How could I say no to that? I found myself waiting with a handful of other parents, all with looks of comingled confusion and eagerness, outside the cafeteria doors. As our second graders came trooping up the hallway in their very best wiggly-...
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Winter Squash Custard and Homemade Whip Topping Recipe

November 20, 2014
Thanksgiving makes me think of family and comfort food. Gathering with the people you love the most to eat a meal that you’ve prepared together is priceless. One of the foods I love to use throughout the fall and on Thanksgiving is winter squash. There are so many different ways you can prepare and use squash to make savory and sweet dishes. This custard dish is a perfect addition to any Thanksgiving dessert table and best of all it’s filled with many nutrients from the squash. Winter squashes delivers an ample dose of dietary fiber, making it an exceptionally heart­friendly choice. It...
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The Flu Vaccine and a Package of Twizzlers

November 20, 2014
Heeding the advice of medical authorities, I took my 6 1/2 year old son to the pediatrician about a week before Halloween, to get him the flu vaccine early in the season. When I turned around after I checked in, I saw my son sneaking away from the lollipop bowl to "hide" some artificially dyed forbidden treats in his book bag. Not daring to increase his obsession with pretty sweet things by making it an emotionally charged issue, I took the occasion to joke about it with him. A few minutes later, my son received the flu mist in a chair located about two inches from a another bowl of Halloween...
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Grocery Shopping Nightmare

November 14, 2014
From the moment I step out my door the nightmare begins. My Big Boy, who is six, asks where we are going and I answer ‘the grocery store.’ Immediately the nagging begins from the Little Tike, now 3, asking for candy and bargaining good behavior for a lollipop. Mind you, he had a big lunch right before heading out the door. How can I blame him? As soon as we walk into the grocery store, we’re greeted with displays of candies and potato chips. They fill the shelves, beckoning us with their bright colors. As a three year old, it is hard to ignore. Companies have spent millions of dollars to...
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Examining the Family Cost of Healthy Eating

October 30, 2014
My boys love to load up on fruits. It’s much harder to get them to eat vegetables, but everything is a work in progress right? They have their healthy choices and unhealthy choices, but we are taking baby steps as a family to eliminate those unhealthy foods and replace them with the healthier options. Every few days, my sons enjoy a fruit salad with a medley of three to four fruits; as a result, I always stock up on fruits. I was running low on fruit this week so we ran to the supermarket to buy some together. As the boys chose raspberries and blackberries, I couldn’t help but look at the...
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Food Tips

5 Ways to Get Kids Involved in the Kitchen

October 29, 2014
More than 12.5 million children in the US are overweight. This number is not decreasing but increasing which puts children at risk for serious health issues such as diabetes and heart disease. Teaching your child healthy nutrition habits will increase their awareness and they will form better eating habits that will go with them throughout their lives. Cooking with children encourages creativity, an understanding of bad eating habits, responsibility and involvement. It’s never too early to start teaching your children the differences between healthy and non healthy foods. By cooking with your...
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11 Tips to Help You Save on Groceries

October 20, 2014
I wasn’t much of a cook when I was younger. I admit it, I loved eating out. It was my biggest expense. Now, that I am older, with two sons who would eat me out of house and home if I let them, I realize that I can’t eat out as often as I once did. And, I don’t want to. Our bonding as a family has happened in the kitchen and at the dining table.
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Crowdfeeding - Food Drives for the 21st Century

October 6, 2014
We launched our Crowd-Feeding platform in June 2014 and hosted our first food drive campaign over the summer, partnering with Curbing Hunger and a number of other terrific organizations. The campaign raised over 56,000 LBS of food, including tons of fresh produce, to help those facing food insecurity in NJ (our home base is the Garden State!). We’re looking to build upon that success with An Apple A Day - a crowd-feeding food drive campaign designed to raise lots of healthy food, educate people about the cool things people and organizations are doing to help fight hunger and to build...
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#FoodFri Tweetchat: Learn more about Smart Snacks + Healthy School Fundraisers!

September 25, 2014
Sick of fast-food & candy fundraisers in schools ? We are too! Thankfully, this year most states are turning to healthier school fundraisers . Consistent with the USDA’s Smart Snacks that improve the nutrition of snacks and drinks sold through the a la carte line at lunch, school stores, and vending machines, school fundraisers hosted during the day are getting a make-over! Join #FoodFri this Friday, Septemeber 26. 2014 at 1pm, EST on Twitter While some states are providing some limited exemptions for school fundraisers , many are going with just healthy fundraising options. This #FoodFri...
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#FoodFri Tweetchat: Raise YOUR Voice for Healthy School Snacks!

September 18, 2014
Nationally, most students buy at least one sugary drink or snack every day in school —one of the many reasons why school food greatly affects their health. National guidelines are in place this year to make sure school snacks are healthy. Join us for FoodFri on Friday, September 19, 2014, at 1 p.m. EST. Click to learn more about our panelist, Prevent Obesity . YOUR VOICE is needed to make sure these changes are made in kids’ schools. It is our responsibility to ensure kids are healthy and ready to success in school and beyond. Studies show that children get better grades and miss fewer...
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