Empowering Illinois Parents

We are building momentum for the Plant-Based School Lunch option in Illinois Schools!
Here’s the next step to revolutionize what our children eat at school. As part of our ongoing
efforts to promote healthy, sustainable, and nutritious food choices, we invite you to
participate in this mandated change, the first ever at the state level.

Food As Medicine

Autumn is known for its colorful foliage and crisp, cool air. There’s more to enjoy, though, than just the scenery and change in temperature. As the seasons change, so do our tastes, and pumpkin spice is front and center during this time of year. Aside from the delightful aroma and the comfort it adds to some our favorite dishes, pumpkin spice has a surprising array of nutritional benefits.

An Apple A Day

October is National Apple Month, and it’s not hard to see why. It is the height of the apple growing season. For some, visiting an apple orchard is a rite of passage into the fall season. Agreed, apple pie, apple cider donuts, BBQ sandwiches, apple butters, and other apple products offered at the apple orchards don’t fit the WFPB lifestyle, but don’t let that stop you from going to the orchard.

Sage Circle

Food For Thought Here we are…it is September 2023. And what have we accomplished? Well, I can’t wait till the end of the year to tell you. We have accomplished […]

Food As Medicine

Fall is my favorite season. It is quickly approaching with its captivating transformations, sights and smells, including cool breezes, falling leaves, and seasonal produce. Although I enjoy all of these, apple picking is my favorite way to spend an autumn day. 

From Garden to Plate…

One of my favorite seasons of the year is spring. Time to gather all the gardening tools, choose
which fruits and vegetables to grow, and transplant all the seedlings into planter boxes. I enjoy watching all the plants to see the new shoots pushing through the soil and the seedlings transform into larger plants. 

Plant Based Meals in Illinois Schools

If you’ve read the blog posts here this year, you know the new law mandating plant-based lunch availability in all Illinois schools goes into effect this month. I was re-re-reading the law yesterday. It says a plant-based lunch will be provided with prior request and it applies to all Illinois schools.

Oh, Dem Bones

Approximately 10 million Americans have osteoporosis, a disease where bones gradually lose their density and structural integrity. In addition, 44 million Americans have low density bones which puts them at […]

The Plant-Based Protein Question. Answered.

Food for Thought I usually try to do a thoughtful article for my blogs. This time I’m taking a different tack. During a recent conversation, the subject turned to nutrition […]

Slow Down with Slow Food

Slow Food Movement originated in Italy in 1989 when it was learned a McDonald’s was going into a building near the iconic Spanish Steps in Rome. As a form of protest, journalist Carlo Petrini and his friends passed out bowls of pasta declaring “We don’t want fast food, we want slow food.