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What’s Cooking? Tune in Tonight with Jamie Oliver

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If you haven’t tuned in yet to Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, you can catch last’s week episode at 8pm followed by a new show at 9pm/8 Central on ABC today, Friday April 8th.  You can also catch back episodes on search using the key word, “Jamie Oliver”.  You can’t afford to miss his passion, drive and unique style to help create a healthier world.  His approach may help many viewers kick their junk food habits.

Over the years, I’ve also seen good changes to school food service happen with creative budgeting, especially in California where we have the farm to school movement. We’re seeing more brown rice, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables. Just a couple weeks ago, the school district one block away from my house, went to Sacramento to fight for more funding for increased fruits and vegetables for their school’s kids. But we need more change, more funds, open minds, and a strong commitment. Jamie Oliver is shaking things up and I commend him! I enjoy watching his interaction with the students. Kids need to learn what food is, where it comes from, and how to prepare it.

Watching kids go through the check-out line and hearing that French fries count as a vegetable can be disheartening but also eye opening for moms and dads.  It took me back to the days when I did a rotation in a school cafeteria during my junior year of college. I’ll never forget the government subsidized pork. I opened can after can separating out all the fat, grease and grind from the meat. Even at 20, I felt so fortunate that my mom always served healthy foods growing up. She knew that kids will eat it if that’s what you eat and that’s what served in your home. Fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, real cheese, and lean meats were the norm in my house.

The show gives parents a new perspective with the personalized stories of these kids. A hands-on approach is key for people to put new knowledge into practice and stick with it. Watching Jaime cook with the kids was fantastic!  Learning to cook has tremendous value for children of all ages. It teaches them independence, responsibility, math, following directions, staying on task, time management, organization and the list continues…

I look forward to catching the show tonight and hearing your comments!

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  1. Jana on April 9th, 2010 9:41 am

    I did some volunteer work at a local high cafeteria school last year and was shocked at what they are serving our kids, even in “health-conscious” Los Angeles! I remember asking the food service director why the grilled cheese sandwiches (which were prepared with 2 pats of butter) needed not one, but 2, pieces of full-fat and overly processed American cheese. She said it was because the state mandated that the kids get at least 2 oz of protein at lunch and it was the only way to meet the standard. She didn’t seem concerned that there was more than 30g of fat in the sandwich! I applaud Jaime Oliver for taking on the school food service industry. Thanks for posting such relevant blogs with good nutrition advice!

  2. LaTure Ringo on April 10th, 2010 8:11 pm

    I watched Jamie Oliver’s show last night and I must say it is an eye opener. I am very happy that he is doing that and I pray that he will indeed go far. I am so happy that he got Rod to come around. I started in the beginning of the year to lose weight. I knew in order to succeed I had to do more than excerise. I started this class as well as a three month nutrition class at my son’s school. I also joined the local YWCA. So far I have lost 12 pounds. I am so excited about it. In the past I have tried diet after diet and lost a pound here or there and then gain it and more all back. To make along story short the Biggest Loser and Jaime’s show is movtivation for me. I will keep pushing forward every little bit helps. God Bless

  3. Kaitlin on April 13th, 2010 2:42 pm

    When I did a food service rotation at the Davis Joint Unified School district (my senior year at UC Davis), I remember the main entrees were pizza (made from commodity cheese and meat), Taco Bell burritos, chicken nuggets with fries, and a few other unhealthy options. I also remember preparing side salads for the meals (with about 1/2 cup iceberg lettuce, 2 carrot slivers, and one cherry tomato (two if we had enough to spare). I thought it was sad that kids who ate the salad would be provided with minimal nutritional benefit (as the lettuce was iceberg and there was not much of anything else on the salad).

    Though I know the National School Lunch Program and legislation makes it difficult to change what foods are offered at the schools, I hope some changes are made to the school lunches!

  4. Jodi Hansen on April 14th, 2010 8:29 am

    I watched Jamie Oliver’s show for the first time and I was impressed with what he is doing. I knew the school lunches that are produced in some cafeterias are bad, but I didn’t know they were that bad. I remember one part of Jamie’s show where he showed the kids what really goes into the chicken nuggets and they were grossed out….yet when Jamie asked how many kids would still eat the chicken nuggest after seeing what they are really made of, most kids said they would still eat the nuggets. I was shocked! I think people like Jamie really can make a difference though and I am motivated to make a difference in my own community.

  5. Vanessa on April 17th, 2010 12:01 am

    I think that food revolution with Jamie Oliver is great! I can only hope that people realize that this is a problem we all have to deal with. It is shows like food revolution and websites like superkids nutrition that are educating us to make a positive change in our lives. Thank you

  6. Christy Bartlett on April 18th, 2010 10:11 pm

    I just started watching Jamie Oliver’s tv show and was disturbed by what they served in the schools. It saddens me to see so many overweight and obese children in these schools. It is hard for me to not get angry when I see parents feeding their overweight children so much sugar and fat, in my opinion it is another form of child abuse.

  7. Brooke Horn on May 14th, 2010 1:49 pm

    I love that Jamie Oliver is creating discussion around the National School Lunch Program. I volunteered in my siblings elementary cafeteria and was shocked at the poor selection of food. The scary part is that kids still eat the food, in fact they enjoy eating the food! I think what was most surprising was how many teachers purchased the school lunches when they had the option to buy a sandwich or salad instead! His method is not 100% realistic, but he is headed in the right direction and I support his effort.

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