Food Is Not Your Enemy

BK Farmyards: This May Be The Coolest Thing I’ve Ever Seen
August 27, 2009, 11:54 am
Filed under: food politics, Fruits, Vegetables | Tags: , ,

Just found out about this incredible company called BK Farmyards. If you have a backyard in Brooklyn, they’ll actually come in and set it up as a mini-farm for you. They plant and care for the crops in exchange for either a cash payment or a share of the fruits and veggies, which they’ll then sell to the community. How cool is that?

My friend Adrienne Fisher has signed on to do this–coverage of it all ran recently in the NY Daily News. Check it out …


Chilled Zucchini Soup with Lemon-Cumin Shrimp and Cilantro Cream
August 27, 2009, 11:27 am
Filed under: Recipes, Vegetables | Tags: , , ,

This soup is excellent for summer. And the shrimp by itself is absolutely delicious as well. Recipe courtesy of Bon Appetit.

Popular Kids’ Drinks: Safe or Scary?

Ah, the soft drink aisle. Shelves and shelves stacked with bubbly and brightly colored liquids, all seemingly engineered to attract children. Milk? Forget it. Water? How can that compete with a sweet and slippery orange drink that promises a taste explosion in your mouth, especially when cool athletes drink it, too? But are all these drinks so bad? Read my latest column on AOL’s ParentDish to find out.

America’s Food Crisis and How to Fix It
August 20, 2009, 11:31 am
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There’s a great article in the latest issue of Time magazine about the problems with the way the U.S. produces food–and what we can do to change things for the better. Check it out.

Ice Cream Truck Wars
August 19, 2009, 10:26 am
Filed under: food politics, Sweets | Tags: , ,

The New York Times ran a piece this week about parents complaining about the constant presence of ice cream trucks/vendors near playgrounds, outside schools, and on their blocks. Their beef? That they’re tired of dealing with their children begging for ice cream all the time.

I understand their point, but also feel like parents should feel okay about saying a firm “no” to their children, perhaps with an explanation of why–that they only get ice cream after dinner, that it’s cheaper to buy it from the store, etc.

What do you think?

4 Weight Loss Tips for Your Family
August 18, 2009, 11:28 am
Filed under: Food/Health Blogs, weight loss | Tags: , ,

When the children of overweight parents are also overweight, people often talk about a genetic factor–it’s inevitable that the kids are heavy, because it runs in their family. But is it nature, or nurture?

Several times in the past when I was at a town or hotel pool, I noticed a stark difference in the habits of the kids who were fit and those who were heavy. While the lean kids were swimming, the heavier kids were walking back from the ice cream truck with huge cones of soft serve. I once even saw a couple of overweight sisters eating licorice and candy bars while in the water–candy handed to them from the edge of the pool by their overweight mother.

If parents are overweight, they tend to pass down their eating habits to their children. This may take the form of portions that are too large at mealtime, or mid-day ice cream cones several times a week, or fast food for dinner on a regular basis, or soda and juice drinks consumed several times a day. More often than not, when you observe the eating habits of overweight children, it’s not a mystery why they’re overweight. They’re simply taking in too many calories.

In order for children to attain a healthy weight, they–and their parents–must create healthy habits, for the whole family. Here are some very basic tips on doing this, courtesy of Dr. Andrew Weil.

Seven Restaurant Dishes Too Embarrassing to Order by Name

Loved this list, courtesy of the Consumerist. And in case you were wondering, here are the calorie counts for these cleverly named items:

Chili’s Quesadilla Explosion Salad: 1,270 calories

Applebee’s Chicken Parmesan Tanglers: 319 calories

Cheesecake Factory’s Weight Management Asian Chicken Salad: 571 calories

P.F. Chang’s Hot Fish: 960 calories

Cracker Barrel’s Uncle Herschel’s Favorite: n/a

Friendly’s Super Sizzlin’ Sausage Sunrise: 690 calories

Outback Steakhouse’s Chocolate Thunder From Down Under: 1,220 calories