Healthy Eating: 52 weeks, 52 new foods (#52NewFoods)

Posted by Jennifer Lee on January 04, 2012 0 Comments

Healthy Eating will top countless New Year’s resolution lists this year. The Crunch a Color kids decided to take on this challenge in a new way: 52 weeks, 52 new foods (#52NewFoods). I hope you and your picky eaters will join us on this yearlong adventure of eating healthy and trying new, kid-friendly, easy recipes. Jamie Oliver will feature our culinary journey -- it’s a New Year’s food revolution!

This article was originally published on Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, January 6, 2012.

Healthy Eating OnionsCrisp air and sunlight sparkling on the Golden Gate Bridge served as a perfect backdrop to our family outing. The fresh market was buzzing with curious customers sampling and savoring delicious treats from local artisans and farmers. It was New Year’s Day and a visit to the farmer’s market in San Francisco was top on my list for starting 2012 on the right track. The goal: Try a new healthy food every week. 52 weeks, 52 new foods. A healthy eating adventure for my whole family.

Eating healthy will top many lists of New Year’s resolutions this year, my family included. Instead of focusing on what we can’t have, I am challenging my family to find and try healthy new foods to expand our repertoire of favorites. Putting the children in charge of this culinary adventure is the key to success: when they choose, they are more likely to enjoy. Each week I will write about a new food that my family will try. Whether it’s an entirely new healthy food, like the Jujube’s we sampled at the market that sunny Sunday in San Francisco, or old favorites prepared in a new way, my family and I will try a healthy food and recipe from aspiring Jamie Oliver Food Revolution chefs each week.

Week #1: Onion
You may be thinking, “Onion, is that really new to you?” Well, it’s certainly not new to me but my picky eater runs a fast mile when she spots them on her plate. My jaw dropped when I spotted her gobbling up a delicately pan-fried onion pancake at the market. She even ventured to try a belly-warming, homemade organic fennel and cipollini onion soup. Maybe it was the new twist on a familiar food that got her past her picky palate? Or maybe it was because she got to choose what she would try from a magnificent array of artisanal creations? Whatever the reason, this staple of healthy eating will be our starting point this year.

Featured Recipe: Out of the Box Food's Vegetable Beef Soup
With loads of leftovers from bountiful holiday celebrations, I decided Out of the Box Food’s healthy take on Vegetable Beef Soup
would be the perfect place to start, where onions form the foundation of this hearty dish. Kim Gerber does an outstanding job turning some of America’s favorite dishes into healthy, easy recipes that your whole family will enjoy. I hope you’ll join me this week in trying Kim’s recipe. Scout out an unusual onion (or two) to feature in your creation and be sure to share your stories and favorite recipes. Let me know if you've got a great recipe that you'd like me to try. I’ll report back on our experiment next week!

About the author: Jennifer Tyler Lee is a mom of two children and the creator of Crunch a Color™ -- the award-winning game that makes healthy eating fun. Like most parents, she struggled to get her kids to eat healthy, balanced meals, so she decided to make it into a healthy eating game and she’s giving back to support Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, FoodCorps, and Alice Water’s Edible Schoolyard. Watch her picky eaters tell the story of how they turned into healthy eaters playing the game. Follow @crunchacolor and #52newfoods to tune into Crunch a Color's healthy eating adventure and Jennifer’s tips and kid-friendly, easy recipes.


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The votes are in: Parents and kids love Crunch a Color

Posted by Jennifer Lee on December 28, 2011 2 Comments

Crunch a Color™ was featured this week on CTV's Morning Live. Parent Tested, Parent Approved's Sharon Vinderine featured a lineup of products that parents (and kids!) have put to the test and voted top on their list. Picky eaters, you've met your match! 


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Gifts that Give Back

Posted by Jennifer Lee on November 27, 2011 0 Comments

Spread joy and love this season by giving gifts that give back to support a good cause. Give knowing that your gift is helping others, which is the best gift of all.

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Can Every Day Be Thanksgiving?

Posted by Erin Nantell on November 18, 2011 3 Comments

Erin Pasero and familyThanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday. I think it’s the culmination of many of the things I enjoy—time with my family, great food, comforting rituals and friendly conversation.

But why should Thanksgiving be the only memorable meal of the year? There are many aspects of Thanksgiving that we can incorporate into everyday meals. Especially after a tumultuous day, the time spent at the dinner table should be a calming ritual where we can reconnect. But if your family is anything like our family was a year ago, meals were more mayhem than merry.

Slowly, we found little things that made meals with the family much more enjoyable (including the fantastic Crunch a Color™ game). Surprisingly, many of the things we’ve learned are things we do at Thanksgiving too, but I never made the connection until now.

Here are a few tips to bring the best of Thanksgiving to our family meals the other 364 days of the year:

  • Give your kids a job. Whether it’s washing the veggies, baking dessert, coloring place cards, or setting the table, make them feel included.   
  • Include seasonal side dishes in your meal plan. You’ll save 70% by eating what’s in season too. What’s not to love about that? 
  • Light a candle to signal the beginning of a meal and snuff it out when it’s over. Kids get squirmy at long meals, but by making it a ritual, with a defined beginning and end, you’ll help build impulse control. 
  • What are you grateful for? I am not sure why Thanksgiving was the only time of year that this was the topic of conversation at the dinner table.  They say feeling gratitude is a significant contributor to happiness. As parents, if we are positive and express gratitude, our child will pick up this attitude and habit. For more conversation ideas, try the free, printable Crunch a Color™ conversation starter cards.

What Thanksgiving traditions does your family cherish? Can you make them part of the everyday? Please share in the comments section below!

Mom of two reformed picky eaters, Erin Pasero credits Crunch a Color for making mealtime fun for her family. When she's not eating, she also blogs for

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Crunch a Color™ on CBS

Posted by Jennifer Lee on November 14, 2011 0 Comments

The Crunch a Color™ kids talking healthy eating with the morning crew at CBS' Good Day Sacramento! Watch how these picky eaters turned into healthy eating fans playing Crunch a Color™ -- the award-winning nutrition game that makes healthy eating fun and gives back to fight obesity.


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