School Lunches Are Getting Healthier! For decades, cafeterias were under fire for serving mass-produced, fatty foods, like chicken nuggets, and Sloppy Joe’s. But the surge in childhood obesity is causing school kitchens across North America to go old school and make healthy, low-cal meals from scratch.
But there’s a problem. A lot of cafeteria workers don’t know how to make meals from scratch. For years, the M.O. was to simply to reheat pre-cooked meals. So, schools are now sending workers to“lunch lady boot camp,” where they get a crash course in everything from healthy menu planning to kitchen math. For example, how to figure out the exact number of ingredients they need to make say, mac and cheese to serve 300.
And cafeteria meals made from scratch aren’t just a healthy move. They’re also a good money move. Kate Adamick is the co-founder of CookforAmerica, which runs a healthy-cafeteria-food boot camp. And she says that making meals from scratch is cheaper than buying pre-made meals. That’s because schools need such a huge quantity of ingredients, that they can score deep discounts from suppliers.
So it’s a winning situation all around.
If you want your kid’s school to get on the healthy food bandwagon, go to Cook For America.com to find out how to get involved.
It's mid-summer and along with the sun, road trips, and backyard grilling - there's something that's been scratching away at the back of my mind: My daughter is leaving for college soon. I won't be waiting for her to come home after a night out with her friends, praying with her at the dinner table or laughing with her over some goofy dad-comment that slipped out of my mouth.
Today at the radio studio, I looked at the wall in the break room - where I marked her height year after year, from the time she was 5 years old. Now, I know a lot of parents go through the same thing. Some, like me, go a little nuts and won't let go. We are known as 'helicopter parents'.
I was reading an article in the New York Times, which talked about the crazy lengths some parents go to when their kids go away to college. They'll call the admissions director, insist on picking their roommate and some will even stay at a hotel near campus and attend the first week of classes with them! I was told it was inappropriate. Crazy helicopter parents are the reason 90% of colleges now have an orientation - for parents only - so they can understand that their kids are going to be okay.
This new phase will definitely be harder on me than it is for her, and I know she's going to be fine. But I found this piece of advice helpful, from the book, "Letting Go: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding the College Years." "Even though you’re letting go, remain an anchor. Encourage your child to turn to you in good times and bad. Stay steady even when your child is shaky. And resist the temptation of giving one last lecture. They’ve been listening more than you know."
I'm so excited about this new chapter in Prima's life and so incredibly proud of the woman she has become. I see her Mom in her more and more each day and that’s not faint praise.
God speed, you fellow empty nesters. I'm with you in spirit.
John Tesh and his daughter, Prima.
You want good marriage advice? Try asking your divorced friends what they think. Apparently, they're the ones who give the best advice about marriage. I just read about a 25 year study that found divorcees can provide some pretty good perspective on the situation since they learned what works and what doesn't. It makes sense to me since they can look back on their own experiences and figure out what they could have done differently, which could help us in the long run. My Facebook fan, Sandy Zimmerman Lovett, agrees with those researchers. She says advice from a divorced friend could be very insightful, especially if they've done the work to learn from their mistakes.
But not everybody thinks so. Some people say getting marriage advice from someone who failed at it isn't a good idea at all. Another Facebook fan, Kathleen Radcliffe Holt, chimed in, saying divorced people aren't the experts. She would rather listen to her in-laws, who have been married for 59 years, instead of a divorced friend. She says the proof is in the pudding since her husband's parents have shown her they know what it takes to make a marriage work. And I can't argue your point there either, Kathleen.
A few of my married friends have given me some great advice, but I've also gotten suggestions from a few divorced people I know who reminded me about being grateful for some of the things in my own marriage. We'll give you the full story on the radio show next week, where we'll tell you exactly what advice divorced people are doling out. What do you think? Would you take relationship advice from someone who was divorced?
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