Healthy Eating: 52 weeks, 52 foods

Healthy Eating: 52 Weeks, 52 Foods

Fri 06 Jan 2012

Story by Jennifer Tyler Lee

Healthy Eating will top countless New Yearís resolution lists this year. One Food Revolutionary decided to take on this challenge in a new way: 52 weeks, 52 foods. Itís a New Yearís food revolution!

Crisp air and sunlight sparkling on the Golden Gate Bridge served as a perfect backdrop to our family outing. The fresh market was buzzing with curious customers sampling and savoring delicious treats from local artisans and farmers. It was New Yearís Day and a visit to the farmerís market in San Francisco was top on my list for starting 2012 on the right track. The goal: Try a new healthy food every week. 52 weeks, 52 new foods.

A Healthy Eating Adventure For My Whole Family

Healthy eating will top many lists of New Yearís resolutions this year, my family included. Instead of focusing on what we canít have, I am challenging my family to find and try healthy new foods to expand our repertoire of favorites. Putting the children in charge of this culinary adventure is the key to success: when they choose, they are more likely to enjoy. Each week I will write about a new food that my family will try. Whether itís an entirely new healthy food, like the Jujubeís we sampled at the market that sunny Sunday in San Francisco, or old favorites prepared in a new way, my family and I will try a healthy food and recipe from aspiring Food Revolutionaries each week.

Week #1: Onion

You may be thinking, ďOnion, is that really new to you?Ē Well, itís certainly not new to me but my picky eater runs a fast mile when she spots them on her plate. My jaw dropped when I spotted her gobbling up a delicately pan-fried onion pancake at the market. She even ventured to try a belly-warming, homemade organic fennel and cipollini onion soup. Maybe it was the new twist on a familiar food that got her past her picky palate? Or maybe it was because she got to choose what she would try from a magnificent array of artisanal creations? Whatever the reason, this staple of healthy eating will be our starting point this year.


With loads of leftovers from bountiful holiday celebrations, I decided Out of the Box Foodís healthy take on Vegetable Beef Soup would be the perfect place to start, where onions form the foundation of this hearty dish.

Kim Gerber does an outstanding job turning some of Americaís favorite recipes into healthy, family-friendly dishes. I hope youíll join me this week in trying Kimís recipe. Scout out an unusual onion (or two) to feature in your creation and be sure to share your stories and favorite recipes. Iíll report back on our experiment next week at and monthly at!

About the author: Jennifer Tyler Lee is a mom of two children and the creator of Crunch a Colorô - the award-winning game that makes eating veggies fun. Like most parents, she struggled to get her kids to eat healthy, balanced meals, so she decided to make it into a game and sheís giving back to support Jamie Oliverís Food Revolution. Watch her picky eaters tell the story of how they turned into healthy eaters playing the game. More of Jenniferís tips and recipes can be found at Crunch a Color.


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