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Picture this

Photo posts. With a few words.

Picture this: Eat, play, love

October 4, 2012

Since school began, I’ve been posting occasional lunch pictures on the Spoonfed Facebook page. Just quick snapshots of my daughter’s lunchbox, a way to show that healthy lunches don’t have to be elaborate, and that most packing can be done at night to save time and sanity in the morning. This is as much for me as for anyone, […]

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Picture this: Thankful

November 24, 2011

This week at school, my daughter’s class celebrated Thanksgiving with a simple feast: harvest veggie soup, cornbread, pumpkin bread, homemade butter. They’ve been studying flight this fall, so before the kids sat down to eat, they marched through the school with handmade balloon creatures, proudly staging their own version of the Macy’s parade. As I watched these little […]

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Picture this: Victory garden

July 6, 2011

This is how we spent Fourth of July weekend, prepping and planting a long-overdue garden. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve gardened for years, but always flowers, never fruits or vegetables. We’ve had token edibles — containers of tomatoes and herbs, squash sprouting from the compost bin — but no proper vegetable patch. Not that I haven’t wanted to plant one. I […]

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Picture this: Marketing machine

May 2, 2011

Last week, four federal agencies announced new principles governing food marketing to children. Will these voluntary principles lead to significant change? Unlikely, say Marion Nestle and Melanie Warner. (And food companies already have shown they can’t self-regulate.) But let’s hope some of it sticks. Because we really don’t need more “healthy” vending machines like this, you know? For more on why voluntary steps […]

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Picture this: Dressed to shill

March 29, 2011

Let’s set aside my love affair with real maple syrup* and concentrate instead on the fact that Pinnacle Foods, which makes Mrs. Butterworth’s, is trying to turn its bottles into toys by having kids download “up to 60 playful accessories” for its new “spring collection.” From the press release: “Mrs. Butterworth’s syrup debuts three newly outfitted […]

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Picture this: BYOS

March 23, 2011

It’s official. The BYOS movement has begun. The Today Show’s “Bites” column linked to my recent post about maple sugaring with this description: “Your pancakes deserve the real deal and so do you. Spoonfed offers some sweet history on the discovery of maple syrup and explains why the real stuff rocks so much. Imitations simply won’t cut […]

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Picture this: Heartfelt

February 14, 2011

Another candy holiday upon us. But who says it has to be all about the sugar and chemicals? My daughter’s class this year made hearts from juice pouches and recycled felt, then sold them to schoolmates, teachers and parents to raise money for a membership in Nature Abounds. And today they’re celebrating with strawberries, apples, […]

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Picture this: 2010

December 31, 2010

As 2010 draws to a close, I’ll let two images sum up the year: The first: My favorite Christmas present (from my fantastic and ever supportive husband). Starting Spoonfed has enriched my life in so many ways. Thanks, all of you, for spending time here and letting me know that Spoonfed is making a difference in your […]

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Picture this: Label lesson

November 11, 2010

Before kids can read or comprehend ingredients lists, show them two items side by side and, together, count the number of ingredients. The more ingredients, the more likely it’s not real food.  A variation on this trick persuaded my daughter to agree to a treat swap: After another parent brought store-bought cupcakes to school last year, I (discreetly) showed Tess […]

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Picture this: Produce passport

October 22, 2010

At one of our favorite farmers’ markets this season, kids got a “Wedge Veg Passport.” Little food explorers drew pictures of the fruit or vegetable of the week, then visited the featured farmer for a sample. Then back to the market manager’s table for a passport stamp. Art, food, fun.   Copyright protected by Digiprove © 2010 Christina Le Beau

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