Gourmet Is a Good Thing

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | January 31st, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: breakfast, childhood obesity, children, clean your plate, diet, dinner, environmental, food, force-feeding, fresh produce, fruits and vegetables, fun, gourmet, health, healthy-eating, hunger, hungry, in-season, ingredients, junk food, kids, local farms, lunch, meals, mother, organic, parenting, picky eater, processed, recipes, soup, sugar, sustainable, weight, whole grain

Boy eating dinner at a restaurantI know it might sound obnoxious at first and that I sound a little like Martha Stewart with that headline, but I like the idea of raising gourmet kids. By “gourmet,” I don’t mean kids who demand white tablecloths and truffle oil. What I mean is simply someone with an appreciation of good food. Here’s how Webster’s defines it:

3 Super Ingredients

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | February 5th, 2008 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: diet, flax seed, flaxseed, food, health, healthy-eating, ingredients, nutrition, superfood, wheat germ, yogurt


I used to walk right past the jars of wheat germ and packages of flax seed at my local food co-op. That stuff’s for hippies, right?

Then one day I was visiting a friend, and she served me a bowl of oatmeal, sprinkled with a handful of shiny brown seeds. Flax. I tasted it gingerly. They were a crunchy contrast to the creamy oatmeal, with a warm, nutty flavor that perfectly complemented the drizzle of maple syrup that also adorned my bowl. Yum.

A Night at the Improv

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | July 26th, 2007 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Healthy Home | tags: cooking, dinner, improvisation, ingredients, plans

Sometimes even the most detailed shopping list and most carefully scheduled meal planning doesn’t help. This was the case for us this week.