Delicious Nutritious Adventures In the Classroom and at the Family Table

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Tall Drink of Water: Stay Hydrated

Jul 3, 2013 No Comments ›› Melissa Graham

As we enter July, summer is in full blast and so is the heat! While it is always important to stay hydrated, the hot summer months demand extra caution. Staying hydrated is important for all of us for a number of reasons; some of which include: Increased energy – water helps you think, focus, and be ...

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The Buick Discovery Tour

May 29, 2013 No Comments ›› Melissa Graham

On May 18th-19th, FOOD & WINE Magazine and Buick presented the Buick Discovery Tour.  Hosted at Kendall College, invited guests and media spent the afternoon test driving the newest models in Buick's luxury fleet and watching live cooking demos from esteemed chefs. James Beard Award-winner Gale Gand of Tru entertained attendees with humorous anecdotes as she ...

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Native Foods Supports Purple Asparagus on June 5

May 22, 2013 1 Comment ›› Melissa Graham

On Wednesday, June 5th, Native Foods Café will be spotlighting Purple Asparagus for their Native Community Days. Civically minded Native Foods Café believes that Earth Day should be celebrated not only once a year, but also every month. To this end, Natie Foods hosts Native Community Days two days each month to give back to ...

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Fun and Flavorful Lasagne Cupcakes for the Picky Eater

Apr 29, 2013 No Comments ›› Melissa Graham

When my son first started eating solid food, he was an excellent eater. His diet was full of ordinary and esoteric fruits and vegetables in a variety of colors. Boy oh boy, did this make me smug. I told myself that it had to be the result of good parenting. There would be no picky ...

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Guest Post: A Fresh Feast with Big Brothers Big Sisters

Apr 23, 2013 3 Comments ›› Melissa Graham

A Fresh Feast with Big Brothers Big Sisters by Carrie Laski The best way to beat the April doldrums has got to be cooking fresh, colorful food, and Purple Asparagus teamed up with a group from Big Brothers Big Sisters last Thursday to do just that.  Outside the skies were gray and foggy, but inside the ...

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A Nostalgic Indulgence: Crispy Rice Treats

Feb 7, 2013 No Comments ›› Melissa Graham

Certainly, I'm not the only one with fond memories of listening to news radio on snowy mornings for school closures. Snow days were one of the great pleasures of my childhood, time spent alternating between outside snow play and indoor lazy day activities. Given that my mom was a school teacher, she too would have ...

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Chinese New Years: Family Feast Days

Feb 5, 2013 No Comments ›› Melissa Graham

    Kids are funny, aren’t they? I don’t know about yours, but my son’s favorite playthings are often not even toys. Give him a map and hours later you’ll find him tracing his way from Maine to California. Google maps and GeoMasters are tied as his favorite iPad apps. Neither he nor I could live without our ...

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Save Us from the Superbug: Save Antibiotics

Feb 1, 2013 No Comments ›› Melissa Graham

I wrote this blog post over 3 years ago. Sadly, while we have seen more attention paid to the issue of antibiotic resistance, there have been few large scale success in curbing the overuse of antibiotics in the livestock industry. Accordingly, I'm putting the subject in regular rotation on this blog in two ways. First, ...

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Technology in the Classroom – Creating Measurables with Apps

Jan 30, 2013 No Comments ›› Melissa Graham

Purple Asparagus has partnered with the Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education (CEMSE) at the University of Chicago and Region Apps, LLC, to develop a student survey iPad app as part of a program evaluation of Purple Asparagus’ Delicious Nutritious Adventures program. The program evaluation, conducted by CEMSE, is taking place in ten CPS first ...

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Guest Post: Four Expert Opinions on “The One Bite Rule”

Jan 28, 2013 No Comments ›› Melissa Graham

I’ve previously written about why I think it’s important to let kids be in control of what they put in their mouths. Part of this means, letting them choose if they want to take a bite of a new food or not. My thinking is that forcing a child to eat something they don’t want ...

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