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Archive | April, 2010

Getting a “D” in Vitamin D

It was a chance question by our pediatrician that got us thinking about Vitamin D: How many cups of milk does your little guy drink a day? Probably two cups a day if we’re lucky. But it turns out that could be a problem. If your child doesn’t eat huge amounts of fish or cod [...]

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Lethal lunches?

OK, so we know school lunches aren’t always the most nutritious, and there’s certainly an obesity problem in this country, but is it really a matter of national security? That’s what some retired military brass are saying. In a new report called “Too Fat to Fight,” they find that 9 million young adults (27 percent [...]

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“Mom, Can I Please Have More Salad?”

There’s a question you don’t hear too often. But why not? Vegetables (alright, the pureed kind) are often one of the first foods that kids eat. Then we offer them cooked vegetables that are easy to chew, and then crunchy vegetables like carrots and celery sticks. But salads can be so yummy – especially when [...]

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Does Government Belong in Our Breakfast?

So America’s grocery manufacturers are saying that it’s OK for the Obama administration to regulate school lunches, but as far as improving offerings to the general public, they can do just fine without government intervention. We’ll take this on a believe-it-when-we-see-it basis. We’ve just gotten back from the grocery store in search of healthy new [...]

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Save the Fruits and Veggies!

Chances are you’ve heard the news about the new study casting doubt on whether the old “five a day” rule for fruits and vegetables really reduces cancer risk. But please don’t stop serving those carrot sticks and broccoli spears. Sure, they may not have the miraculous cancer-reducing powers we thought they did. But they are [...]

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Just kidding

Do we have to be so serious about food all the time? Shouldn’t there be at least one day a year when you can have meatloaf cupcakes for dinner and “grilled cheese” (pound cake with yellow frosting) for dessert? Yes. Yes there should. Happy April Fool’s Day from the Jolly Tomato family. (Thanks to BreezyMama [...]

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