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Weekly News Bites: May 13

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It’s spring, the flowers are out, and the farmers’ markets are overflowing with the freshest new produce. If you haven’t been cooking with them already, it’s time to get to know your spring fruits and vegetables.

To get started, check out this great primer on spring fruits and veggies from Big Girls, Small Kitchen on the Huffington Post. Then if you don’t know much about Swiss chard, you might want to read this story and recipe ideas from Whole Foods Market. And if you aren’t sure how to cut an avocado, you need to see this great avocado tutorial from Valentina at Momtastic.

Next check out this beautiful guide to cleaning and cooking artichokes (along with a dip recipe) from Average Betty. Oh, and if you haven’t seen it, you must read Food Blogga’s story and recipe for Italian stuffed artichokes. Last but not least, we are seriously salivating over this recipe for quinoa salad with sauteed leeks and feta from the Family Kitchen over at Babble. If you feel like you’re in a winter vegetable rut, it’s time to break free!

Other news this week:

Juice – Bad or Good: If you’ve been serving juice to your kids, you should definitely read this story from Sweet Potato Chronicles about why it’s a good idea to cut down on your juice consumption. Want fruit? Eat some fruit.

“Calorie Camera”: Ever wonder how much your kids really eat at lunch? A childhood obesity research project at five San Antonio elementary schools will monitor how much food kids put on their trays – and how much they throw away – to track kids’ calorie consumption. (Parents gave permission for their kids’ trays to be photographed.)

School Food/Jail Food: How good are those school lunches, anyway? GOOD gives us an infographic on prison food versus school cafeteria food, in terms of nutrition and cost. One word: scary.

Healthy Tastes: Have your kids gotten in a junk-food rut? Check out this great story from ZisBoomBah on how to re-train your kids’ taste buds to enjoy healthier foods.

Gluten-Free Rice Krispies: Last but not least, Fooducate analyzes the new Gluten-Free Rice Krispies. And the verdict is…Surprise! They say the product (made with whole grain brown rice) is pretty decent, nutritionally speaking.

Happy weekend to all!

(Photos courtesy of Morguefile)

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