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Time for Lunch?

Ever since school started two weeks ago, our first-grader has come home with at least 75 percent of his lunch still completely intact and untouched. (We’re wondering – where does he get all of his energy if he’s not eating? But that’s a side issue for the moment.) When we try to get to the [...]

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Give Kids Good Food, Not Gimmicks

Give Kids Good Food, Not Gimmicks

Sometimes we walk through the supermarket amazed and bewildered by all of the organic or “healthy” foods designed for kids. When we look at some of the food that has been created to appeal to health-conscious parents, we wonder why food manufacturers go to such lengths to create products that are so very, very contrived. [...]

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Closing Down the “Clean Plate Club”

When we were kids, we were constantly reminded to join the “Clean Plate Club.” But in a time of childhood obesity, out-of-control portion sizes, and learning to eat only until you are full, this little mantra seems outdated at best and perhaps even harmful at worst. And yet why do we keep hearing it? Because [...]

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Is Sodium Bad For Kids?

We know that too much sugar is bad for kids, and we’ve heard about why we should steer clear of preservatives, artificial coloring, and junk foods. But what’s the deal with sodium? On the one hand, studies find that Americans eat almost twice as much as the recommended daily amount of sodium, and some companies [...]

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Do you want toys with that?

Today the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors is set to give final approval to a controversial ordinance that would ban local fast-food restaurants from offering toys with unhealthful fast-food meals. Probably the best we can say about the effort is if they did it to get publicity, they certainly succeeded. This motion has brought [...]

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Is Whole-Grain Pasta the Way to Go?

Taking a stroll down the pasta aisle, we’re simultaneously overwhelmed by the number of choices and feeling guilted into choosing “healthier” pastas. Yes, whole-grain pasta undoubtedly has more to offer than regular pasta in terms of fiber, protein, and other nutrients. But it’s a little more chewy – some would even say woody – and [...]

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