In recent years, any tool that rendered people more efficient in the kitchen and more effective reaching their health goals seemed to sell. The slow cooker launched the trend, the rice cooker had its day before the pressure cooker held court, and even the spiralizer had five minutes of fame until grocery stores started selling already-spiralized noodles.Read More
Grocery shopping with my children can be a game of dodgeball as I try to avoid the items they want to throw in the cart, but on a recent trip to the grocery store, my second-grader picked up a dragon fruit and asked me what it was. After I answered, she dove for a litchi, then a persimmon, then examined several other uncommon (to many Americans, anyway) fruits that seemed to be huddled together at the back of the produce section.Read More
Once upon a time, not too long ago, in a land not far from here, parents would force children to clean their plates during meals, regardless of their hunger level. We now know that this feeding strategy can teach children to ignore their own hunger cues and subsequently overeat as adults, and thankfully this practice has declined.Read More
As children, my brother and I would heavily debate the merits of creamy vs. crunchy peanut butter; I was partial to extra crunchy, while he preferred his smooth as Skippy. Children these days have much more to debate than just the crunch. Many other nut and seed butters have entered the market, made from nuts such as walnuts and cashews and seeds such as sunflower, pumpkin or even watermelon. Some varieties are flavored with honey, vanilla or sea salt; others include chocolate, making them reminiscent of a popular peanut butter cup or hazelnut spread.
How do these new products, which are often more costly, stack up against traditional peanut butter?Read More