E-book Recipes Solve Road Trip Dilemma

June 21, 2010

Healthy Snacks to Go

I just downloaded Healthy Snacks to Go, an e-cookbook from Katie Kimball at Kitchen Stewardship. The book is full of real-food recipes that will give us a break from the boiled eggs and pbj sandwiches I pack on every day trip so we can avoid the fast food drive-through.   Thank you, THANK YOU Katie!


Real Foodies Go to the Movies

October 27, 2009

When a group of us concerned parents were meeting once a month, we always thought it would be fun to get together and watch our favorite movies about food. We DID screen Two Angry Moms, and it was eye-opening. Here are our other favorites:

King Corn: “Two recent college graduates plant a single acre of corn and set out to follow it on its journey from the seed to the dinner plate.”

Fast Food Nation: “Inspired by the incendiary bestseller that exposed the hidden facts behind America’s fast food industry comes a powerful drama that takes an eye-opening journey into the dark heart of the All-American meal.”

Grocery Store Wars: Cuke Skywalker, Princess Lettuce and their friends fight against Darth Tater. May The Farm be with you.

The Meatrix Trillogy: Leo the pig takes the red pill offered by Moopheus and sees the real world of factory farming.

The Future of Food: Provides an overview of the key questions raised by consumers as they become aware of genetically modified foods.

Food, Inc.: “In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment.”

Fresh: “FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.”

What’s your favorite foodie movie?!?!

Tools You Can Use: Constructive Classroom Rewards

October 26, 2009

This handout from CSPI explains why the best policy is not to use food to reward children for good behavior or academic performance: Constructive Classroom Rewards: Promoting Good Habits While Protecting Children’s Health

You can read more about how to make rewards, fundraisers, snacks and celebrations healthier in this guide from KC Healthy Kids and Blue Cross and Blue Shield: “Healthy Alternatives to School Celebrations, Rewards, Fundraisers and Snacks.”

Tools You Can Use: School Nutrition Series

April 28, 2009

In 2008 I wrote a series of nutrition guides for KC Healthy Kids that  were produced through a grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City. Click the links to be directed to kchealthykids.org where you can view the complete documents.


Exploring New Flavors: How to Shape Kids’ Food Preferences at Home and at School

This guide explains how teachers, school staff and parents can acquaint students with new foods well before they line up for lunch. A feature article highlights Kiersten Firquain’s implementation of the first Farm2Cafeteria program in Kansas City. Other sections share resources and how-tos for helping students develop new food preferences.


Healthy Alternatives for School Celebrations, Rewards, Fundraisers and Snacks

This guide helps parents, school staff, and students “think healthy” when planning celebrations, rewards, fundraisers and snacks. You’ll find low-cost options, good-better-best choices, tips for easy preparation, recipes, and cross-cultural concepts.


Marketing Healthy Choices in the School Cafeteria
This publication explores unique approaches to increasing revenue in the cafeteria without compromising the health of students and staff. If you’re a parent, look this guide over, then offer to help your school food service department market their healthy foods!


Nutrition Placemat
This colorful placemat was created to encourage kids ages 2-5 eat their colors and get moving.  You can make the placemat at home — just print the document (in low resolution or high resolution), place the pages back to back, and put contact paper on the front and back. Finish by cutting and smoothing the corners.  Help your child match the colors on his or her plate to to colors on the place mat!

Special thanks to Liz Nord for designing the guides, and to Brian Grubb for designing and illustrating the place mat!