Category Archives: Child Nutrition

Let’s Change School Food

Here is a recent blog I wrote for Peas of Mind terrific food company in San Francisco focused on healthy frozen foods that are not only nutritious, but delicious. THANKS Peas of Mind for asking me to blog and for all the wonderful work you do to keep kids healthy.   Here is the link:   Here is the article:   We are thrilled about the changes happening to school food menus across the country, like the addition of Veggie Wedgies in place of the deep-fried standard! At the same time, there are more improvements to be made, but what specifically is next? That is the big question. So […]

How to Nutritionally Charge a Lunch

My kids are attending camp this summer. Many parents I know (myself included) pack lunch for their kids, but some do not and order lunches. Here is part of an e-mail I received directed towards those parents that may order lunches. “We have heard your requests and have worked hard to provide your campers with a more nutritionally balanced lunch. Please take a look at all the new items. Also new this year, we are offering an alternative lunch everyday. If you see something on the menu that your child may not eat, you may opt to order an alternative lunch for that day which consists of a bagel, cream […]

The Dirt Cup

A letter I sent to MiMi’s Cafe. I hope they invite me to their offices. ______________________________________________________________________________MMay 2, 2011 Adam Baird “Chef Adam” Mimi’s Café General Office 18872 MacArthur Blvd, Suite 400 Irvine, CA 92612 Dear Chef Adam,My kids were on spring break last week. We needed a nice lunch before we were meeting some friends at a local petting zoo. Luckily, there was one of your Mimi’s Cafés on the way so we decided to stop in. I am familiar with your menu and as a registered dietitian, I appreciate and value the calorie levels listed on the foods you serve. And may I say this; your staff is lovely. […]

Keeping Sugar Off the Field

Here is a letter I wrote to the Laguna Beach Independent about the sugary snacks parents are bringing to Little League games. Many local parents have come to me upset about this issue. They feel trapped; some of the parents bringing the unhealthy snacks are their best friends! My husband told me there were never snacks at his practices and games when he was growing up. The larger question in my mind is, “Why do we even need to snack these kids?” With all due respect folks, are the kids training hard for over an hour? Are they Olympic hopefuls? If the answer is yes, then by all means…bring snacks. […]

Life is Dyed

Catch the news about food dyes lately? I’ll bring you up to speed with an article and video. I tried to do my part today by writing Quaker Oats about their Life Cereal, which, by the way, is delicious. I hope I hear from them soon. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ March 30, 2011 Indra K. Nooyi, Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo John Compton, CEO, PepsiCo Americas Food The Quaker Oats Company P.O. Box 049003 Chicago, Illinois 60604-9003 Dear Ms. Nooyi and Mr. Compton, Here are the reasons why I have been a fan of Life Cereal: 1.) Your cereal is DELICIOUS. (Of all your Life Cereal varieties, our favorite has been the cinnamon.) […]

I Struggle Too

I was out and about with my three year old daughter today running errands at a local mall. At around noon she announced she was hungry. This is a big deal because this child is not that interested in food; she prefers to run, climb or play babies. I rushed down to the local food court, which was my only choice in food, to respond to her hunger like a good mom (pediatric dietitian) should. She decided on pasta that had a very light tomato and cheese sauce. I went with the usual, Paradise Bakery Café’s Fire Roasted Garlic Tomato Soup. YUM! I would never even think about ordering a […]

Response From True Food Kitchen

Here is a letter I wrote to Sam Fox, owner of True Food Kitchen, a hip and healthy restaurant concept in Newport Beach, California. 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 Direct: 480-751-2184 Main: 480-905-6920 Fax: […]

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 […]

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 big, […]