Got Veggies?: Vital Health Zone offers this helpful chart of how many veggies a person needs based on age. Is your four-year-old getting 1.5 cups of veggies per day?
Sugar Obsession: Maryann of Raise Healthy Eaters gives 10 strategies for ending kids’ sugar obsession. One great hint: Spoil them with the good stuff (i.e. high-quality treats) so that they learn to pass on the truly awful stuff. We’ll be trying that out soon.
Young Lawyers: Are you raising your kids to be negotiators at the dinner table? Dr. Dina Rose has a thoughtful piece on what parents teach their kids when they negotiate about food.
Healthy Lunch?: The Chicago Tribune reports that since the Chicago Public Schools have launched an effort to improve school lunches, school lunch sales have gone down by five percent, or more than 20,000 lunches per day. Hang in there, Chicago.
Cricket Meat: If the Chicago kids don’t like veggies, would they prefer…insects? Two professors write in the Wall Street Journal that as the global population strains the world’s meat resources we may need to turn to better sources of protein, like, say, worms, crickets, and mealworms. Uh…we’ll take the veggies.
Grow a Good Eater: Jenna of Kid Appeal has revised her Food Tips 101 page for growing a good eater. There’s tons of good information in there, on everything from baby food to cafeteria food.
Join the Hive: The online magazine Slate has opened a discussion forum on childhood obesity. You can read up on all of the proposals people have submitted, or chime in if you have your own solution.
Pancake Week: Did you know it was Pancake Week? Neither did we. To celebrate (or not), Fooducate lets us know that Aunt Jemima’s “original syrup” has no actual maple in it. But if you’re looking for an alternative, FujiMama has a recipe for buttermilk syrup (“breakfast crack”) that she’s adapted to replace the corn syrup with honey. Sounds like one for our pancakes this weekend.
Happy Friday to all!