Just two weeks ago I was invited to a very special dinner with head chef, Dan Kish, and nutritionist, Katie Bengston of Panera Bread Co. here in NYC. On this evening Dan and Katie shared Panera’s big update on their next “clean” journey milestone. It was the No No List. And I was impressed! I am placing my stamp of approval on Panera Bread Co. as a place moms can take their kids for lunch now and especially after 2016. Panera is removing artificial ingredients including the likes of sucralose and words you can even pronounce. Now I am not sure why they were in there in the first place, but I am ecstatic they are vowing to deliver wholesome and real food.
Ask any parent what their biggest battle is with their children and they will likely say getting them to eat their fruits and veggies. With school back in session, it can sometimes be hard to monitor how much of the packed lunch your kids actually ate.
Here are a few tips and ideas to get them to eat all of the fruits and veggies you pack for them.
The weather is certainly warming up here in NYC and we just love it! My family and I can finally spend more time outdoors and I can try new recipes perfect for Spring. When the weather warms up, I love to use herbs like fresh basil. It adds such a fresh flavor. When I was reading the Diabetes Forecast magazine and saw their Polenta recipe, I thought that basil would be a great addition to it. So here's an adapted recipe for a deliciously fresh Sun-Dried Tomato Polenta.
Considering that it was Halloween last week, you can just imagine how many people—friends, family members, clients, and colleagues alike—asked me: “Just what are you going to do with all the candy your kids collect?” Click to read more...!
With the cool weather and colorful scenery, Fall is the perfect time to head to Vermont to enjoy nature at it’s finest. Plus, there are tons of cute little cafes that offer farm-to-table produce! If you're up for hiking, exploring farms or some homemade ice cream, head to Vermont for a weekend of family fun. For easy planning and a list of mom-approved activities, follow my guide for a healthy, happy weekend!
The USDA has recently published new rules on July 28, 2013, regarding the nutrition standards for competitive foods sold on school campuses. Basically, these rules will set higher nutrition standards for food items that are not necessarily considered part of the School Breakfast Program or National School Lunch Program. This means that food sold in vending machines or at bake sales on campus will have higher health standards than ever before.