Teaching Kids About Food: Beware of Branding

Remember back in the day when McDonald’s would you give a free plastic toy when your parents bought you a Happy Meal.  The toy was likely from the latest Disney cartoon, and you reaaally wanted it. “All I have to do is eat a happy meal and I get it for free?!…I can do that!”, you thought. I used to think affiliating food with kids … Continue reading Teaching Kids About Food: Beware of Branding

An Early Start on Developing Healthy Eating Habits

Have you thought about your eating habits recently? Over the last few weeks I have been thinking about my eating habits and how often I try new foods. Many of the foods that I am more comfortable with are not always the healthiest foods. As one of the nursing students currently working as an intern with the Food Action Committee, I have had the chance … Continue reading An Early Start on Developing Healthy Eating Habits

If There Were No Plants in the World, Would We Have Food to Eat?

“If there were no plants in the world, would we have food to eat?”  This was a question asked to groups of grade 4s participating in the Good Food First club this week. “Cheese!”, suggested a few kids. Good idea. But as we trace it back we realize that cheese comes from milk, milk from cows and cows, well cows eat grass. “Candy!”. Yells out … Continue reading If There Were No Plants in the World, Would We Have Food to Eat?

Kids Investigate Whole vs. Processed Foods

Thanksgiving. A time of great food. My favourite food holiday. And in honour of such a great day, I decide to treat myself, the kids, and make some thanksgiving fixings in this week’s sessions of the Good Food First club. That’s a thanksgiving dinner. Everyday. For a week. Anything for the kids 😉 Besides cooking up some delicious roasted vegetables and apple crisp, we have … Continue reading Kids Investigate Whole vs. Processed Foods

Where Does Our Food Come From? – as told by grade 4s

Where does our food come from? And why? And how does it get here?…These can be complex questions to answer, and yet these were all  questions groups of grades 4s were attempting to answer this week as part of the Good Food First Club.  The Good Food First Club is a program developed at the EAC, for upper elementary school students, and that is being piloted … Continue reading Where Does Our Food Come From? – as told by grade 4s

Getting Kids Acquainted with Real Foods

A lot of parents have a hard time getting their kids to like ‘real food’.  Food marketed towards children is usually loaded with fat, salt and sugar and highly packaged in brightly coloured plastic that promises oodles of fun.  Products geared towards kids are getting more and more over the top all the time – just check out this video: As if we needed ways … Continue reading Getting Kids Acquainted with Real Foods