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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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Should dessert be a reward?

You’ve heard the advice countless times: Don’t offer dessert as a reward for your kids. Don’t hold it out as something they “get” to eat when they’re finished with their peas, don’t present it as an award when they’ve finished a big homework assignment, and don’t use it as an incentive to shape unrelated behavioral […]

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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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Be Careful with BMI

With all of the news about childhood obesity, and our worries about our own waistlines, some parents have been running off to get a scale and a calculator to figure out the BMI (body mass index) of everyone in the family including the dog. But before you get too far in your calculations, remember this […]

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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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An auspicious start

The Jolly Tomato took the kids out for donuts (yikes – a runner-up in our Hall of Shame foods to avoid for kids) this afternoon. And then when they both clamored for lollipops after dinner, she doled them out to everyone. How’s that for an auspicious start to writing about kids’ food intake? At the […]

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