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Archive | March, 2010

When Kids Make the Right Choice

In the childhood-nutrition world, tongues are wagging about a new survey showing that the West Virginia kids that celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is cooking for in his new show actually prefer their old standards rather than the healthy new fare he is offering. This result is bringing out all kinds of cynics and gloaters, with [...]

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Juice that Packs a Punch

A visit from the Jolly Tomato parents prompted this question: What foods did we used to eat as kids that we would never serve to our own kids now? In our house the answer is probably a little bit skewed because Ma Tomato made sure that we had just about the healthiest home-grown, home-cooked diet [...]

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Peanut Butter and Saturated Fat

Mmmm…peanut butter…Here at the Jolly Tomato we can’t help but lick the knife after we make our kids’ sandwiches for lunch. There’s probably a good quarter-teaspoon there after all – why waste it? But we can’t help but feel at least a little guilty knowing how much saturated fat we’re getting with every two-tablespoon serving [...]

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Should dessert be a reward?

You’ve heard the advice countless times: Don’t offer dessert as a reward for your kids. Don’t hold it out as something they “get” to eat when they’re finished with their peas, don’t present it as an award when they’ve finished a big homework assignment, and don’t use it as an incentive to shape unrelated behavioral [...]

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Yes, it’s National Frozen Food Month

We had heard that March was National Nutrition Month, which is great news for Jolly Tomato, but it wasn’t until we opened the colorful advertising circulars in the Sunday paper that we realized it was National Frozen Food Month as well. We found ourselves oddly mesmerized by the picture of the family happily digging into [...]

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Be Careful with BMI

With all of the news about childhood obesity, and our worries about our own waistlines, some parents have been running off to get a scale and a calculator to figure out the BMI (body mass index) of everyone in the family including the dog. But before you get too far in your calculations, remember this [...]

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