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Bitsy’s Brain Food Taste Test

Eating Bitsy's Brain Food

Although I’m usually against food products specifically geared towards kids, I have to admit I was lured in by Bitsy’s Brain Food. The fun packaging and interesting veggie-and-fruit flavors (lemon-broccoli, orange-chocolate-beet, sweet potato-oatmeal-raisin, and zucchini-gingerbread-carrot) were intriguing. First Impressions We…

Mucinex for Kids

RECENTLY, I RECEIVED AN INTERESTING AND INFORMATIVE LETTER from a reader. The letter included an ingredients list for Mucinex for kids. I was very grateful for the letter and information about a product I’m sure many of us give our…

Granola Bar Taste Test

RECENTLY, KRAFT FOODS SENT ME FREE PRODUCT SAMPLES and a gift card to conduct a taste test of a new milk and granola bar. I can only hope Kraft did it’s due diligence and discovered my feelings on most processed…

Surprise! What’s in that healthy cereal

LIKE MANY OF YOU, I’M A COMPULSIVE READER OF INGREDIENTS LABELS. But I have a confession: the “healthier: I perceive a product to be, the less likely I am to check the ingredients. As a result, I’m often unpleasantly surprised…

What is Rennet and Should I Eat It

AFTER READING BRUCE BRADLEY’S POST ABOUT tricks of the food industry trade, I promptly freaked out over the fact that I’d been eating calf stomach – rennet – in my cheese. After maniacally checking the labels of all the cheese…

Lunch – the most important meal of the day

NO OFFENSE, BREAKFAST, you’re important too, but for kids in school Lunch has it all going on. Sure breakfast gets kids through the morning, but without a healthy lunch, kids just can’t function in the afternoon. Recently, I spent some…

Worst Food of the Week – Ice Pops

Summer’s here and if you have kids that means ice pops for every special occasion. And in the summer, special occasions abound: Memorial Day weekend, end of school parties, July fourth, every weekend with friends, family vacation, and “What the…

Paleo Diet – Eating like a caveman

A guest post from Pat McVeigh. Pat is a super-healthy lawyer-type who is obsessed with Crossfit and eating like a caveman. AFTER READING ABOUT THE PALEO DIET, I WAS CURIOUS HOW I COULD incorporate some of the principles into my…

Canola Oil: What is it anyway?

LAST WEEK CTF READER NICK SENT me an email asking I was wondering what you guys think of Canola Oil.  From what I’ve read, it is a genetically engineered oil that comes from the rapeseed. If by canola is by…

Buying a good pretzel

A FEW DAYS AGO, A CTF FACEBOOK FOLLOWER ASKED A REALLY GOOD QUESTION: WHAT IS A REALLY GOOD PRETZEL? Well, I don’t have the answer to that. But I can explain how I choose a pretzel and share what brands…

Buy This Not That: Waffles

MY KIDS LOVE WAFFLES. If they could, they would eat waffles for every meal. I was buying Van’s frozen waffles at 6 to a box and my kids were eating 2 at a sitting, so the box lasted three meals.…

Buy This Not That: Meat

Most people don’t want to think too much about where their meat comes from beyond the meat department in the grocery store. As a society, we spend a lot of time anthropomorphizing animals, which makes it hard to think about…

Four Things To Cook, Not Buy

I’M SURE SOME PEOPLE HAVE NATURAL COOKING ABILITIES. I’M NOT ONE OF THEM. But these four things can be made at home by anyone, no special cooking abilities needed. Homemade tastes better, is better for our bodies, and costs less.…

Worst Food of the Week: Yogurt Tubes

THERE ARE TWO REASONS YOGURT TUBES MAKE IT TO THE CTF WORST FOOD LIST. One: they contain additional ingredients not found in regular yogurt. Two: they are a huge rip-off. Ingredients In the best case (Stonyfield Farms Yokids Squeezers), you’re…