Video: Spin marketing, willful ignorance and… you

June 6, 2014

Click here to learn why I’m blogging every day this month. This video is brilliant. It’s also absolutely chilling. Make sure you watch until the very last second. Couple of things you should know before watching: The presenter is an actress. But the data she presents is real. So are most of the audience members. [...]

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Wax wax baby

June 5, 2014

Click here to learn why I’m blogging every day this month. Awhile ago, Tess came home from school talking about Babybel cheese. All the kids have it. It’s so cool. Could she get some, pretty-please-please-please? On the scale of foods I worry about, Babybel cheese doesn’t even rank. Weird texture, yeah. Wrapped in dyed paraffin [...]

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Countdown to summer road trips

June 4, 2014

Click here to learn why I’m blogging every day this month. Tess is done with school this Friday. Some of you are already on break. Others still have a few weeks to go. But one thing is clear: We’ve all got summer on the brain. And where there’s summer, there’s vacationing and road-tripping and wondering [...]

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Pondering a school pizza party

June 3, 2014

Click here to learn why I’m blogging every day this month. Readers and friends often ask me how to handle school parties: how to curb the junk, how to approach teachers and administrators, how to get other parents on board. (People rarely worry about kids protesting healthier fare. That’s because kids aren’t the problem — adults [...]

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Salad days

June 2, 2014

Click here to learn why I’m blogging every day this month. Tess was in a stroller the first summer she visited the farm. Six months old, with a sunhat on her head and sunlight on her toes, she watched (and snoozed) as my husband and I and our CSA comrades picked the day’s crops, then [...]

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Extreme blogging, commence

June 1, 2014

Whenever I’ve seen other bloggers write about their participation in blogathons, I’ve broken into a cold sweat. The thought of blogging daily — for a month — has always sounded about as appealing to me as going back to daily newspaper journalism. (In other words: Hell. No.) I’m a little, well, anal, when it comes to research [...]

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Kids’ menus are for coloring on, not eating from

May 14, 2014

It’s been quiet on the blog lately while I wrap up a big project, but I’ve got another Parade piece for you, my latest as a regular contributor. This one is a topic I know strikes a nerve: Kids’ Menus are for Coloring On, Not Eating From. One of my goals with the Parade gig is [...]

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The one change that will drastically improve the food your kids eat

May 6, 2014

If you’ve been reading Spoonfed even a little while, you already know how I feel about artificial food dyes: all risk, no benefit. In this article, my latest as a Parade contributor, I explain how avoiding artificial food dyes leads to bigger change: The one change that will drastically improve the food your kids eat. Perhaps [...]

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Easter candy overload? Don’t eat it — experiment with it.

April 17, 2014

I’ve joined Parade.com as a contributor, which means I’ll be writing regular articles about food literacy, food advocacy, and challenging the culture around kids and food. I’ll also write occasionally on other topics. And I’ll post each link here. This is the first, a piece about using all that Easter candy for science experiments (and why [...]

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