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Sit Down, Mom and Dad.

Six. That’s how many times the grownups in our house got up during dinner last night (yes, we counted). First someone needed another fork. Then we realized we didn’t have a drink for Kid #1. Then someone wanted a different salad dressing. Then we had to retrieve Kid #2, whose trip to the bathroom turned […]

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Fun Food Saturday: Jim’s Pancakes

Bet you thought you were pretty handy with a spatula and some batter. So did we. That is, until we encountered our new Hero of the Griddle, Jim of Jim’s Pancakes. Pancakes with Mickey Mouse ears? Pshaw. That’s so…Mickey Mouse. Jim had us with the Golden Gate Bridge pancake, and now he’s officially put us […]

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enfagrow

Chocolate formula? Just say no.

We keep hearing about the mini-kerfuffle launched by food writer Marion Nestle in response to manufacturer Mead-Johnson’s new chocolate and vanilla-flavored toddler formulas. At Jolly Tomato, we’re primarily looking out for kids ages 2 to 16, and thus we aren’t spending a lot of time talking about formula. But since the product (Enfagrow) is meant […]

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This just in…”Let’s Move” report

Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign to combat childhood obesity has taken another step forward. The much-anticipated action plan from the Interagency Childhood Obesity Task Force, called “Solving the Problem of Childhood Obesity within a Generation” has been released and is now available online. The “action plan” aims to: • Create a healthy start on life […]

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happymeal

Do you want toys with that?

Today the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors is set to give final approval to a controversial ordinance that would ban local fast-food restaurants from offering toys with unhealthful fast-food meals. Probably the best we can say about the effort is if they did it to get publicity, they certainly succeeded. This motion has brought […]

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So, Why Aren’t You Composting?

Today, instead of talking about eating the food, let’s talk about what happens after you eat the food. No, not that kind of afterward – there will be no toilet discussions here, at least for now. We’re talking about what you do with your food waste. Why are you still throwing it in the garbage? […]

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Is Whole-Grain Pasta the Way to Go?

Taking a stroll down the pasta aisle, we’re simultaneously overwhelmed by the number of choices and feeling guilted into choosing “healthier” pastas. Yes, whole-grain pasta undoubtedly has more to offer than regular pasta in terms of fiber, protein, and other nutrients. But it’s a little more chewy – some would even say woody – and […]

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