Archive for October, 2010

Brilliant…simply brilliant (not!)…

Apparently the Institute of Medicine and the Unites States Department of Agriculture have forgotten that the lowly potato is packed with nutrition and is low in calories. If you haven’t heard, the Institute of Medicine has not only made the recommendation to the USDA to prevent participants of the Women, Infants and Children program (WIC) from spending any federal dollars on spuds, but they have also encouraged the national school lunch program to limit potato offerings in the cafeteria. I think this is a bad move based on these four simple facts:

Fact #1: Potatoes are the #1 vegetable grown and consumed in America.

Fact#2: Kids love potatoes.

Fact #3: Taking away a favorite food won’t make kids eat more of another.

Fact #4: Limiting potatoes limits much-needed potassium and vitamin C in children’s diets.

Fact# 5:The French fry is not the only way to serve potatoes that appeal to kids!

Okay…so that’s five simple facts, not four. So, in an effort to enlighten the IOM and USDA on potato’s’ natural goodness, I thought I’d offer this “oldie but goodie” video of a confused Ken who gets a little potato “101 smackdown” from Barbie and Tot. And what the heck, what’s a healthy food blog without a tasty & healthy dish that kids love based on the topic at hand! Enjoy and I’d love to get your thoughts on this topic, video and the recipe!


Recipe: Art’s Vesuvio Potatoes (thanks, dad!)


3 lbs                            Russet potatoes

½ cup                          Olive oil

1 tablespoon               Rosemary

1 tablespoon               Sage

½ teaspoon                  Salt

½ teaspoon                  Black pepper

½ cup                          Dry white wine


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly coat roasting pan with olive oil. Slice potatoes into quarters. Brush each slice with olive oil. Place in roasting pan. Sprinkle pepper, salt, sage and rosemary over potato spears, covering well. Place roasting pan in oven, uncovered. Cook for approximately one hour or until pierced easily with a fork. Sprinkle spears with wine and cook until golden brown.

Calories: 180; Total Fat: 9g; Saturated Fat: 1.5g; Cholesterol: 0; Sodium: 105mg; Total Carbs: 21g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugars:1g; Protein:2g

Come out and see me this Sunday, October 24th, from 7-9pm at Kenmore Live Studio in Chicago as I will be demonstrating foods that help fight pain, belly fat and improve memory. Oh yeah…the dishes taste GREAT!!

The event is free and open to the public – come and eat! Kenmore Live Studio is located at 678 North Wells Street,  Chicago, IL 60654. (312) 265-0871. See ya!

I’m very excited to introduce to you the first video in a series produced in partnership with the International Food Information Council. They’re an incredible organization that creates reliable and sound nutrition communications for both health professionals and the public alike. Here is the press release about our partnership:

As the U.S. continues to deal with the obesity epidemic and families around the country struggle with incorporating healthful eating and physical activity into their lives, the International Food Information Council Foundation, which has been focused on childhood obesity for nearly a decade, continues to develop a variety of helpful resources to help families learn healthy habits.  

Today, the Foundation is releasing its new video “Foods for Health: Building Healthy Kids &Families,” produced in partnership with registered dietitian David Grotto, also known as the “guyatitian” and author of “101 Optimal Life Foods.” The video and accompanying materials are filled with quick tips for kids and families to incorporate healthful foods and physical activity into their lives.

“Good nutrition is so important for developing bodies and minds,” says Grotto. “As a parent of three growing girls, I’m particularly focused on keeping them healthy and there are many easy steps parents can take to ensure their kids live healthful lives.”

Here are a few simple tips that parents can use today:

Breakfast Boosts Brainpower: Parents and kids can start their day off right with the “traditional triplet”: Whole grain ready-to-eat cereal and fat-free milk plus 100 percent fruit juice.

Bone Up on Bone Health: Low-fat and fat-free milk, yogurt and cheese are good sources of calcium that can promote bone health, but you can expand your calcium intake by choosing foods that have been fortified with calcium like orange juice, soymilk, and ready-to-eat cereals.

Make Meals a Family Affair: It can take time before children learn to enjoy the taste of certain foods, especially fruits, vegetables, and fish. Getting kids involved in family meal preparation can help get them excited about what will be served on the dinner table. 

The video is the first in the Foundation’s “Foods for Health” series featuring David Grotto to be released over the next several months. Future topics include weight management, immune health, digestive health, heart health, and healthy aging.

In addition to the video, the Foundation also recently created a healthy kids and families section of its website The section features more tips and guides for parents, health professionals and educators—who can all serve as role models in children’s lives. It supplements, the Foundation’s childhood obesity prevention initiative launched in 2002, which provides activities that get kids up and moving while playing online.

These new resources are part of the International Food Information Council Foundation’s effort to complement First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Campaign as it moves forward.

For more on the International Food Information Council Foundation’s efforts to help families live healthful and active lives, and any other questions, please contact the Foundation media team at 202-296-6540, or

The International Food Information Council Foundation’s mission is to effectively communicate science-based information on health, nutrition, and food safety for the public good.  Additional information on the Foundation is available on the “About” section of our Web site.  For interviews with experts or other questions please, call (202)296-6540.