Thoughts…

Response From True Food Kitchen

I recently wrote a letter I wrote to Sam Fox, owner of True Food Kitchen, a hip and healthy restaurant concept in Newport Beach, California.  Read It Here. Here is the response I received yesterday. __________________________________________________________________________________ Melanie, I wanted to thank you for your letter and your feedback! We are committed to providing the highest quality food and customer service and we are happy to know that we have exceeded your expectations!Thank you for your continued support of Fox Restaurant Concepts and we hope to see you soon on your next visit! Best regards, Jeannine Opdyke Operations Coordinator Fox Restaurant Concepts 7135 E. Camelback Rd. Ste. 260 Scottsdale, AZ 85251 […]

Kale for Kids

My brother has developed a healthy obsession with kale and shared a delicious recipe that I knew of, but was not motivated to try. The recipe uses kale…FOR BREAKFAST! I certainly bake kale (see my blog on The Girl Who Did Not Like Vegetables), but aside from chopped and sautéed kale in an omelet for breakfast, you may be surprised to learn of another route for kale consumption that I believe kids will enjoy with encouragement and support. I am talking about a KALE SMOOTHIE. Yes, this smoothie is bright green. Yes, the color of the smoothie will remind your kids of the broccoli, spinach, cucumbers or Brussels sprouts that […]

True Food Kitchen Kids Menu

Here is a letter I have been meaning to write to Sam Fox, owner of True Food Kitchen about his kid’s menu. I love acknowledging restaurants that provide delicious and nutritious food for kids. _________________________________________________________________________________________ February 2, 2011Fox Restaurant Concepts Attention: Sam Fox, Owner 7135 East Camelback Road, Suite 260 Scottsdale, AZ 85251Dear Mr. Fox, I called your offices today to find out who to address this letter to because I wanted to acknowledge the fine work done at True Food Kitchen. The sweet woman on the phone seemed lost about exactly what I wanted to do. I had to explain to her that I wanted to send you a […]

The Girl Who Did Not Like Vegetables

The local Girl Scout troop contacted me to give a lecture to their seven year olds about nutrition. I was given thirty minutes to talk from 3:45-4:15pm. Do you know what a typical 7 year old wants to do during that time after a long day of school? EAT! These girls would be coming to me good and hungry and I was going to take advantage of that hunger with some unique fruits and vegetables and see if they would go for it.  To start the talk I asked each person to tell me their name and their favorite fruit and vegetable.  I told them my favorite fruit was a […]

Picky Eaters Ages 9 to 12

I was invited to blog for a company called Peas of Mind. Here is their website: http://www.peasofmind.com They asked me to discuss how to deal with older picky eaters so that is what I did. Here is the link, but the article is available below for you to read. This was a fun assignment for me. http://thepeasperspective.blogspot.com/2011/01/those-picky-eaters-ages-9-12.html ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Those Picky Eaters… Ages 9-12 We get emails from parents all the time, and we love hearing from them! Our favorite customer emails are the success stories, like when a toddler who typically turns his nose up at steamed broccoli florets gobbles up Broccoli Veggie Wedgies, making dinnertime more enjoyable for the […]

Fruit Stands at Disneyland

My husband and I took the kids to Disneyland a few days ago. As we walked through the park I noticed fruit and nuts stands, but few people were in line to purchase the items. As you can imagine, the lines were lengthy for cotton candy, churros and snow cones.  As we were leaving the park I walked up to one of the fruit and nut stands and had a conversation with the employee (Cast Member as they are called) about the specifics of the purchases. This nice man explained to me that his stand sold about two hundred pieces of fruit per day and on average, 15,000 people visited […]

Thank You Tempt

Like I say in this letter, I don’t often write food companies to compliment them on a product, but this was worth a letter. I sent this to the company today.Have you tried hemp milk? Don’t be afraid. Just try it. Yes, it takes some getting use to, but it is pleasant, nutritious and a nice alternative to cow’s milk. The most important advice I can give to all my clients is to eat a wide variety of foods. Hemp milk fits into that variety. ________________________________________________________________ December 28th, 2010 Living Harvest Foods Inc. P.O. Box 4407 Portland, Oregon 97208 To All Of You, I poured some of your unsweetened vanilla […]

Breastfeeding Help

A woman called me yesterday on behalf of her sister who had just had twins.  She was looking for a lactation consultant to come to her sister’s house.  I wanted to treat this mother, but I could not physically leave because my city was flooded from horrible rains and streets were closed.  I referred this woman to other lactation consultants in the area and explained that she MUST find someone she connected with and really liked over the phone for her sister.  If I have learned anything about breastfeeding over the past ten years its that when a women needs help she must find GOOD SOLID SUPPORT.  A woman must […]

My Mom and the Gummy Bears

My mother is so patient with me.  For years she has listened to me loudly voice my concerns about the nutritional health of American children and what needs to happen to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. Last year, one of my holiday gifts to her was a subscription to Nutrition Action Newsletter, which, by the way, is one of the best sources of reputable nutrition information around.  I think our discussions and this newsletter are starting to affect her, but in a good way.  Recently my mom was at a local pharmacy checking out and the check out lady asked her if she would like to donate money towards the […]

Catering to Tots

A version of this article was recently published in my local paper, The Laguna Beach Independent.  I was glad to see it. __________________________________________________________________ Catering To Tots There was an article in the L.A. Times on November 6th, 2010 about celebrity chef Jamie Oliver wanting to take his Food Revolution show to the Los Angeles school district to improve lunch.  I could not believe it; they turned him down! Melissa Infusino, the director of partnerships in the superintendent’s office said, “Our feeling was that his time would be better spent or invested in other communities.”  Maybe Ms. Infusino isn’t a reality television fan.  After all, cameras are big, bulky and personally […]