This post from Ali
Hello, friends. As promised, here’s the response to the our piece in the Boston Globe Magazine. The author of the letter to the editor contested the idea that cookies — even whole grain ones — should be considered “snacks.” As I said in my previous post (the one that is, in effect, a love poem to home-baked cookies) huzzah, genuinely, for anyone who gives a damn.
And a cursory Google search shows that the author of the article, Eileen Behan, truly does give a damn. She gives oodles of damns, in fact. She’s a registered dietitian with specialized training in the treatment of adolescent and adult weight management. She founded the non-profit For the Love of Food Project, an extremely cool idea that suggests that we can reverse some of the most startling trends in children’s health by hosting a chain of home-cooked dinners. She’s a nutrition writer who has not only written books on the subject of feeding wee ones, she’s also written for lots of magazines and newspapers, steering families toward real food. She is fighting the good fight, and she’s doing it for my kids, for your kids, for all of our kids.
Seriously, y’all: huzzah for her.
And you know what’s funny? I am sure we’re on the same team. I am so certain, in fact, that she’d like The Cleaner Plate Club — yep, even with its dessert recipes — that I just sent her an email offering to send her a copy. Will she appreciate every word? I don’t know. Will she like the overall message, that kids deserve real food? That marketing junk to young children specifically to drive a wedge between parent and child is a major form of Suck? That good food can be a source of pleasure in the family, instead of a cause of fights? That kids can, indeed, enjoy something other than dehydrated cheese powder?
Yeah. The thing is, I’m pretty sure she would.
In the meantime, we offer to all those folks who give a damn (including you! Yes you!) these PDFs from the snack section of our book. Consider it your sneak peek into the 300+ pages of recipes and tips:
Eileen, to our minds, you are so totally a member of The Cleaner Plate Club. You are the Zac Efron to our Vanessa Hugens, the Ryan to our Sharpay. In other words — and I realize that if folks were within throwing distance of me right now, they’d stone me for this link, and not undeservedly – we’re all in this together. Huzzah!