Tastes Nutritious

blog to discuss everyday questions about nutrition


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How do I get my child to eat more veggies?

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This is a question everyone asks at at one point or another. Quick search on the web immediately pops up with lots of lists of proven ways to make this happen. These ‘proven’ ways include: setting an example, arranging the vegetables into a pretty shape, making food fun, getting kids involved in cooking the food, rewarding good behavior, enforcing the ‘one bite rule’, trying it at least 15 times, offering diverse colors and many others. In a desperate attempt to get my boys to eat a potato in any shape or form, including fries, I tried all of these and they all failed. For my boys potato was just not for eating, they had fun cooking it or throwing it on the floor but not eating it.

I started to dig a little further into why these ‘proven’ ways have failed and I discovered that Continue reading

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Does meal planning lead to a healthier and happier life?

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Yes it does and if you have never planned a meal before then check out cooksmarts.com. Cooksmarts is a cool new company that I came across very recently. It was set up by Jess Dang with the mission ‘to help you live happier, simpler, smarter in the kitchen by creating content that inspires, educates, and empowers the everyday home cook.’ They make meal planning easy and have lots fantastic recipes.

I am a big believer in meal planning. I used to love the spontaneity of cooking or going out while single but with 2 little boys constantly asking: “what’s for breakfast”, “what’s for lunch”, “what snack do we have today”, “what’s for dinner” I couldn’t live without my meal plan now. In our house having a meal plan means that we go to the shop less often, the trips to the shops are quicker, we buy only the things we need and we have very little kitchen waste. In addition, it saves money and gives me more time and energy to do the things I love like researching answers to nutrition related questions and teaching Zumba. My boys love knowing what will be for dinner and they look forward to it. Every week they also get to choose their favorite meal which I then incorporate into our plan. Everyone is happy.

However the biggest reason by far why I think meal planning is important is that Continue reading


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Soylent – is it the new food of the future?

Soylent

Chances are you have never heard of Soylent. Soylent is the most recent development in the area of food substitutes. I love food – I love the way it looks and I love the way it tastes and I would quite happily spend time cooking it. While I remain to be convinced to substitute the food that I love for Soylent, I think it does have a certain appeal especially to those that are on a budget, are time constrained or eat to survive not to enjoy the experience.

So what is Soylent?

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Habit Changer® Feeding Your Kids App for iPhone

There has been an explosion in various diet / nutrition apps that are available to download on iPhone or android. These apps have had such an impact that Weight Watchers company reported a 19% drop in profit citing “losing customers to free apps and other electronic slimming aids” as the main reason for the decline. Here I review one of these apps.

Habit Changer® Feeding Your Kids for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store

What is it all about? 

Feeding your kids app is an iPhone app aimed at parents who are interested in teaching their children to eat healthy and varied diet and to set early heathy eating habits. It has been created in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative and is free to all parents.

It is a 42 day programme and each day presents a new challenge. These challenges range from Continue reading


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Is it now OK to eat more salt?

Salt Updated

Looking at the latest scientific evidence it seems that there is no benefit in eating less salt. In the US an average adult consumes 3,400mg of sodium per day. The USDA guideline encourages people to reduce this amount to less than 2,300mg of sodium per day and to 1,500mg of sodium per day for specific subgroups like individuals with diabetes, chronic kidney disease or individuals of 51 years or older. Continue reading


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Do cereals have more sugar in the UK or the US?

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Ever since I moved to the US I have found the food sweeter than what I was used to in the UK. So I naturally assumed this is the case for the cereals. Sugar in cereals tends to come up in the news a lot.

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Welcome to Tastes Nutritious – answers to everyday nutrition questions

First things first. I am not a nutritionist – I’m an economist, a strategy consultant and a mother of two. I have, however, recently become a nutrition fanatic. I attend nutrition courses at Stanford University and spend much of my time researching nutrition related topics online, reading the product labels and reviewing research papers in order to find out answers to ongoing nutrition questions.

Having learned and collected so much nutrition related information, Continue reading