Author Archives: Gina Rau

I love good food, but I'm a working mom, with food sensitivities in our family and a budget to stick to so sometimes meals can be a challenge. Especially healthy ones. I've picked up a few tricks and short cuts in the kitchen to keep things simple, good and healthy that I can't wait to share with you.
  • Whole Foods Greenway Gives New Meaning to Local

    Posted on May 20, 2014 by Gina Rau in Food Adventures.

    What feels like forever ago, we learned that a new Whole Foods Market was coming to town. We live in between two stores and don’t often drive in either direction so this new location is so much more convenient for us. Each time I’ve driven by the new building over the last few months, I’ve […]

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    Dinner Special: Our First Chinese Takeout

    Posted on May 6, 2014 by Gina Rau in Food Adventures.

    A few weeks ago we watched a movie where the family ate Chinese takeout for dinner. It was so reminiscent of my own childhood where my parents would stop on their way home to pick up egg foo young, moo goo gai pan and chow mein, mmm… and some egg rolls. And at that moment […]

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    Double Whammy: Seasonal Allergies and Food Sensitivities

    Posted on April 15, 2014 by Gina Rau in Food for Thought.

    By definition, a double whammy is when two bad situations occur together (hence, resulting in double the trouble). If you or your child is suffering from seasonal allergies, it’s possible that hidden food sensitivities aggravate your symptoms and result in ¬†double the misery. You’re probably familiar with the symptoms of seasonal allergies like itchy, water […]

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    Kraft Is At It Again: Marketing Meant to Confuse Consumers

    Posted on April 10, 2014 by Gina Rau in Food for Thought.

    A few months ago, Kraft secured a lot of media coverage around their announcement to remove artificial food dyes from some of it’s products. Many in the food industry accused Kraft of a marketing ploy meant to earn positive sentiment from consumers who care about what’s in their food since they chose the least popular […]

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  • Snack Time: Homemade Pretzel Pillows

    Posted on March 17, 2014 by Gina Rau in A Few of Our Favorite Things, Real Food, Recipes.

    Between holidays, snow days, sick days, furlough days, spring break and, this year, accreditation days – some months it seems like the kids are home more than they’re at school. ¬†Every once in a while, this is a welcome entry on our calendar. With busy weekends that don’t allow for lazy mornings, we’ll happily take […]

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    Real Food Comes From Nature

    Posted on February 13, 2014 by Gina Rau in Food for Thought, Real Food.

        Last month I asked Whitney of the fabulous blog for new parents (and even not-so-new parents), Rookie Moms how she defines Real Food. Ironically, she and I met at a cheeseburger party many many years ago (but if I recall, neither of us indulged in the burgers, just fun hats). This is what […]

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  • Valentine Treats That Are Natural and Sweet

    Posted on February 10, 2014 by Gina Rau in Food Adventures, Real Food.

    Our snow is finally melting after keeping us close to home for more than four days. It was a beautiful scene to watch from the warmth of our home each day, and we made lots of memories sledding down our hill with neighbors. Each day my son asked if we could walk to our friend’s […]

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    Pinterest Answers: What’s For Dinner?

    Posted on February 4, 2014 by Gina Rau in Food for Thought.

    When my kids were around five-ish (and could read), we ended their nightly question of: “mommy, what’s for dinner” in a way that also helped me avoid staring blankly into my pantry or fridge wondering what to make. We bought a small whiteboard with a magnet on the back and a dry erase marker to […]

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    More Real Food Definitions by Real Moms

    Posted on January 28, 2014 by Gina Rau in Food for Thought, Real Food.

    I recently shared my own thoughts and definition of what real food means for our family, along with responses from friends that would easily be referred to as “foodies”. My goal has always been to help other parents realize just how easy it can be to feed their children real food, so I hope that […]

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