In this episode of Healthy Family Project, we talk to Emily Burson, a registered dietitian and founder & CEO of School Nutrition Plus, all about how parents can help their children make healthier choices in the lunchroom. Emily shares tips on how parents can encourage kids to make healthy choices in lunch line and educate them about the importance of nutrition and overall health as well as how parents can advocate for healthy choices in the lunchroom.

School Nutrition Plus is a full-service caterer that specializes in the unique needs of charter schools. Their chefs prepare nutritious and appetizing meals, all from scratch, that get kids to not only eat their veggies but love them. 

Emily oversees the overall direction of SNP, utilizing her broad knowledge of nutrition and experience in the food service industry. Before founding the company, she served as a food service consultant for Consulting Nutritional Services, taught Nutrition and Foodservice at Pepperdine University and managed charter school accounts in Southern California for Sodexo School Services. 

Emily is also the author of the A Chef Walks Into a Cafeteria cookbook, which honors the flavor values of scratch cooking and will inspire families to cook together, with recipes actually served in the school cafeteria!

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Want to skip straight to a hot topic? See time stamps below. But of course, we recommend listening all the way through!

  • 2:40 School Nutrition Plus intro
  • 6:55 How can parents encourage kids to make healthy lunch choices
  • 9:40 Ways parents can advocate for lunchroom changes in schools
  • 12:48 How to sway kids to make better choices without shaming them
  • 16:10 Recipe inspiration for the foods Emily makes in schools
  • 19:25 A Chef Walks into a Cafeteria – scratch cook recipes
  • 25:10 What does a healthy family mean to you? 

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