I’m so excited to give away a copy of Jessica Seinfeld’s new cookbook, Double Delicious, and to share with you a fun Q&A with Jessica herself. Through my publicist, I was lucky enough to submit my specific questions to Jessica who took the time to answer them – and I love what she has to say. So read on for my fun Q&A with Jessica Seinfeld and then check out the details on how you can win a copy of her fabulous new cookbook, Double Delicious!
In your opinion, what is the main obstacle to healthy eating in our country?
Jessica Seinfeld: There are a lot of obstacles. One is the fact that produce and vegetables are often times more expensive than convenience foods. Healthier products are not as affordable as unhealthy products and that’s a shame.
Also, food companies really market and advertise to people in an aggressive way – and ways that are not always truthful. They line the shelves with products that have claims on the front of the boxes that aren’t necessarily true. You have to be well-read and practically a scientist to understand what’s in a box. Tired, busy and hard-working people just want to put dinner on the table and don’t have time to go mess with all that.
Do you have family dinners and if so, how often? Is it a goal to try for every day or is 3 days a week sufficient? With all the after-school activities and sports, is it realistic to have a nightly family dinner?
Jessica Seinfeld: My husband travels every week – 3 days week usually. So when he’s in town, we make sure and have dinner together on all of those nights. It’s hard, I have the same problem with all the activities: I pick up my daughter from religious school, my son from baseball, we need to get homework done, get dinner on the table and then get kids to bed. I have 3 kids: a 10-year-old daughter and 7- and 5-year-old sons. So, I really try and prep dinner late at night or early in the morning so it will be ready when we are.
What is your top tip for having a healthy snack on hand?
Jessica Seinfeld: Keep fresh veggies cut up and in ice water all the time so you can put them on the table for snacks while making dinner – they will be crunchy and fresh so very appealing. Or use them to steam and have them for dinner. I also throw them in ziplock bags if I’m running to meet a kid: two chunks of carrots and a slice of cheese is a great on-the-go snack. My kids love veggies and know how imporant they are because they’re always seeing them in our home – they are always on the table and available so they are used to seeing them, eating them for snacks and they don’t fight it.
What is your advice on dealing with relatives who give your children non-nutritious snacks? If it is once-in-awhile, do you let it go or set the rules?
Jessica Seinfeld: I deal with it all the time with my family – they are constantly doing this to me. But it’s fine because I feel really good that my kids get to enjoy all kinds of food. My food isn’t uber-healthy – it’s delicious and nutritious. It’s not all brown rice and tofu. It’s just well-balanced. So I feel like if you feed them well at home, you don’t have to stress out about what other people give your kids – grin and bear it.
Have your kids ever been to a fast food place?
Jessica Seinfeld: They’re just not interested. I never had it growing up, we don’t eat it and they are not interested in it. My pediatrician taught me early on the best piece of advice: Don’t feed your kids food out on street or they’ll get into the habit of wanting food wherever they go. Instead, feed them at home. It’s such great advice. I didn’t take it so seriously at first, but now I see how great it is. My kids don’t expect everything they see, which is a good thing.
Here’s how you can win a copy of Double Delicious:
1) Leave a comment below with your favorite healthy snack.
2) Follow me on Twitter: www.twitter.com/LisaConsiglioR and tweet this contest and tag me when you do @LisaConsiglioR!
3) Become a fan on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WholeHealthDesignsLLC and share this contest with your Facebook friends!
I will announce a winner on Monday, November 15th at 5pm. Good luck and thanks for sharing!