Pizza for Breakfast, Anyone?

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Pizza for Breakfast, Anyone?
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Sometimes it’s the only thing on the menu for elementary school kids in Huntington, West Virginia, where more than 1 in 3 children are obese. The kids don’t seem to mind--and the ladies serving up the processed pizza think it’s a satisfactory slice of nutrition--but renowned chef Jamie Oliver is determined to change their thinking---and their menu.



A French Fry is Not a Vegetable

In his new ABC series “Jamie Oliver: Food Revolution,” the plucky British chef takes on the eating habits of the small town of Huntington, rated the unhealthiest city in America. The series, which premiers March 26th, offers a sobering glimpse into the nutritional know-how of Huntington’s children: when Oliver holds up a tomato to a classroom of 2nd graders, they have no idea what it is. All they really know about food comes in the form of nuggets and patties, bagged snacks and flavored, sugared milk. This is hardly surprising when we learn that the school cooks consider a French fry a vegetable.

Beyond Obesity

Did you know that the shocking result of poor nutrition in some parts of USA is a generation of children projected to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents?

If Huntington, West Virginia is even slightly indicative of what’s going on around the rest of the country, Jamie Oliver certainly has his work cut out for him. But he’s up for the challenge: Oliver has already “revolutionized” school nutrition in his native Britain, successfully moving junk-filled vending machines out and bringing fresh, natural foods in. He believes good nutrition can be affordable to everyone in this country and he wants to make an example out of the fast-food loving people of Huntington. He’s up against a prickly population who don’t like his ideas or the taste of his food. Yet. It will be interesting to see if and how his food and dance theatrics, along with his impassioned pleas, impact this community.

Don’t All Kids Hate Vegetables?

Moms have always had to cajole their kids to eat their greens. It’s an age-old struggle. But as processed foods dominate supermarket aisles, with their low-prices and high flavor (thanks to lots of sodium and sugar), has the challenge to feed our children healthy food taken on a new dimension? Raising our kids to eat well is no longer just a dinner-table battle over carrots and peas. It’s about instilling values in our children about food and nutrition in a world filled with a lot of empty calories.  What’s your take?

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  • jh0816 By jh0816

    A breakfast pizza is a good idea, putting breakfast things on it. I am going to try to make one!

  • mommaduck By mommaduck

    well i have to admit to this day i eat pizza for breakfast but i am grown. now would i give my kids pizza for breakfast NO, not at all. i try to give my kids good food. there is the occasional junk food when we are on the go but at home i do my best to prepare meals i know they love that are healthy and i make them eat/try/taste their veggies

  • josmommy By josmommy

    how appaling to teach kids pizza for breakfast is acceptable.we need to encourage better eating so they dont end up unhealthy and sick.

  • MyEmptyCanvas By MyEmptyCanvas

    I remember having breakfast pizzas when I was in elementary school. It was just sausage and cheese on a toasted bagel. Sooooo good. LOL but yeah that was then and this is now... things have gotta change for the kids. They are our future.

  • zionita By zionita

    I think that Jaime Oliver is right .... we need to make a change...every change even a small one at every meal will make a difference on our health, energy level, and attitude. Eating healthy does not have to be just lettuce and carrots. Eating healthy does not have to behard or complicated. Eating healthy does need to be colorful and tasty!

  • powerfulwomen By powerfulwomen

    pizza for my family is a big treat especially for my kids, my hubby and i at least try to buy 2 large pizzas a month. i'm a full time homemaker so i have all the time in the world to cook and serve my family healthy home cook meals.

  • mindfull By mindfull

    Veggies are easy to put in a well balanced diet, just cut up small and put them into things such as meat loaf , Meat filling for tacos and Sloppy Joes, Just keep it simple, and don`t stress out your kids at meal time and they may be more willing to try things

  • cybrown551 By cybrown551

    It's not easy getting vegetables to appeal to children. Good luck to him if he could do that. I love to know the recipes.

  • jlindseyc By jlindseyc

    i was amazed by this show that the children did not know what even the most basic veggies were by sight! i have noticed that the idea of making your own baby food from fresh fruits and veggies has really seemed to be catching on...great idea!

  • BlondieKAA By BlondieKAA

    I think if you start children young on eating vegetables and healthy snacks, that they can carry that with them as they grow older. I made all of my own baby food for my son, and now he loves eating fruits and veggies for a snack. It can be a lot of work, planning and preparation to eat healthy, but it is worth it.

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