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Food Revolution Day is May 15

May 15th is Food Revolution Day, a global campaign organized by Jamie Oliver to put compulsory practical food education back on the school curriculum.

We’re currently facing a global obesity epidemic, with 42 million children under the age of five either overweight or obese across the world.

Jamie passionately believes that by educating children about food in a fun and engaging way, we can equip them with the basic skills they need to lead healthier, happier lives.

Sign this petition to help fight for food education.

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A Spring Picnic

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How about a spring picnic in the park? If it is far to the park, have the picnic on a roof. Can’t go to the beach? Bring the beach to your patio. Fill a tub with water and beach toys. Stick an umbrella in a bucket of sand, and put on your best beach hat. Or, if it rains, bring the picnic inside. No matter where you have the picnic, it will be memorable because you are on a new adventure together. Here’s how to assemble the picnic…

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Dressing Fearlessly: 2 Simple Salad Dressings

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For me, making salad dressing is a fearsome chore. It can be so hard to get the balance just right, where the tartness doesn’t make your face scrunch up, but perfectly complements the buttery, not bitter, olive oil. The kind of dressing that leaves your salad light, sparkly and fresh tasting.

It’s always the first thing I feel I should make, to get it over with, and the very last thing I actually do make. As it turns out, I am not the only one who finds it vexing. So to overcome my fear (and perhaps yours), I have come up with two easy, foolproof methods for simple green salads — a simple “jar dressing” and one I call “1/1/1/1″ dressing. They have very few ingredients, so the flavor of the vinegar and oil is key. They both need to be so good that when you taste them on a piece of bread with a little salt you say, “Mmm, tasty.”

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Involve Kids in the Cooking

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Want to get your children more involved in the cooking? Here’s a tip from our friends at The Kids Cook Monday:

“Kids are much more likely to try new foods if they understand more about them, so get your kids invested right away! Let them help you pick a Kids Cook Monday recipe by asking them to suggest a favorite ingredient, or let them decide between two or three pre-selected dishes. Then, bring your child to the grocery store or farmers market with you so they can see all the fresh ingredients. You can even get a helping hand at home by having kids put away groceries with you!”

For more tips on getting your kids involved in cooking family dinner, visit TheKidsCookMonday.org.

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