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Save the Fruits and Veggies!

Chances are you’ve heard the news about the new study casting doubt on whether the old “five a day” rule for fruits and vegetables really reduces cancer risk. But please don’t stop serving those carrot sticks and broccoli spears. Sure, they may not have the miraculous cancer-reducing powers we thought they did. But they are […]

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When Kids Make the Right Choice

In the childhood-nutrition world, tongues are wagging about a new survey showing that the West Virginia kids that celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is cooking for in his new show actually prefer their old standards rather than the healthy new fare he is offering. This result is bringing out all kinds of cynics and gloaters, with […]

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Juice that Packs a Punch

A visit from the Jolly Tomato parents prompted this question: What foods did we used to eat as kids that we would never serve to our own kids now? In our house the answer is probably a little bit skewed because Ma Tomato made sure that we had just about the healthiest home-grown, home-cooked diet […]

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Peanut Butter and Saturated Fat

Mmmm…peanut butter…Here at the Jolly Tomato we can’t help but lick the knife after we make our kids’ sandwiches for lunch. There’s probably a good quarter-teaspoon there after all – why waste it? But we can’t help but feel at least a little guilty knowing how much saturated fat we’re getting with every two-tablespoon serving […]

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Yes, it’s National Frozen Food Month

We had heard that March was National Nutrition Month, which is great news for Jolly Tomato, but it wasn’t until we opened the colorful advertising circulars in the Sunday paper that we realized it was National Frozen Food Month as well. We found ourselves oddly mesmerized by the picture of the family happily digging into […]

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Snack for Thought

Do we let our kids snack too much? That’s what we’ve been wondering, after reading this new study on children’s snacking habits and this nifty little commentary on our “snacking nation.” As Jennifer Steinhauer memorably puts it, “Apparently, we have collectively decided as a culture that it is impossible for children to take part in […]

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