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Jody Adams

Jody Adams is an award-winning chef who established her reputation in the early 1990s for carefully researched regional menus that combine New England ingredients with Italian culinary traditions. She is now Chef and co-owner of two celebrated Boston restaurants, Rialto and Red Clay. Adams has won many awards, including The Perrier-Jouet Best Chef Award-Northeast in 1997. In addition to being a talented chef, Adams is the mother of two active kids, ages five and 11, who keep her on her toes at home and in the kitchen.

FoodFit   Why do you think it's important for kids to become involved in learning about food and nutrition?



The more kids know about a variety of foods—where they came from and how to cook them—the more interested they'll be in eating them. I think sitting around a table as a family over dinner every night is critical. Make meals an event in the day. Meals are an opportunity to share all kinds of things—stories about the day, jokes, conversations about the food. If you bought the tomatoes at a farmer's market, you have a story to tell. Play the game, "Is this a fruit or a vegetable?" Introduce unusual ingredients with a description of where they came from. You can make eating healthy food interesting rather than prescriptive.

FoodFit   Do you have any ideas for getting kids interested in cooking?



Start early. Let them make a mess. Let them use small knives and the stove. Let them be in charge and experiment. Kids feel accomplished if they really cook. Make it fun with music and then have them serve the family.

FoodFit   Can you suggest some ways to make a child's school lunch more fun and appealing, yet still healthy?



  • Let them help make the lunch.
  • Serve sandwiches in a variety of ways—roll-ups, pita pockets, focaccia, bagels.
  • Cut up fruit like melon, pineapple, strawberries, grapes and put them on skewers so they're more fun to eat.
  • If they like it at dinner, put it in their lunch. I add sesame greens, corn salad, broccoli, coleslaw, soup, pasta—whatever they like.
  • Instead of cookies or chips, add a bag of trail mix to your kid's lunch.
  • Include a message from you, a note or a joke so they know you're thinking about them all day.

FoodFit   In addition to healthy eating, how can parents incorporate fitness activities into their children's daily lives?



The key is to make things fun and family oriented:

  • Spend time taking walks together.
  • Dance around the kitchen table.
  • Go for bike rides together.
  • In the winter, go to the YMCA or local gym to swim.
  • Learn how to do a new sport together—snowboarding, inline skating, etc.

FoodFit   What kind of healthy breakfasts and after-school snacks do you make for your kids?




  • Smoothies with frozen fruit and yogurt make quick, nutritious breakfasts.
  • For variety and flavor, let your kids mix different cereals together.
  • Toasted cheese sandwiches are great for breakfast.
  • Make fun treats like banana and peanut butter sandwiches on whole-wheat crackers.

After-school snacks:

  • Yogurt based dips with vegetables or fruit
  • Use whole-wheat Melba bread (very thinly sliced) to make club sandwiches.
  • Using a whole-wheat flat bread, make lots of pinwheel sandwiches.
  • Make your own frozen pops with fresh fruit juices.

FoodFit   Do your children have favorite dishes they like to make with you?



At home they love to make breakfast foods like fried or scrambled eggs, pancakes, and smoothies. At the restaurant my kids Oliver, 11, and Roxanne, 5, enjoy helping out with salads, pizzas, gazpacho and even sushi.

Your kids can help make Jody's fun, easy recipes:
Toasted-Rolled Veggie Quesadillas
Peek-a-Boo Peanut Noodle Salad
Jody Adams' Fruit Kebabs


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