Book Spotlight: Real Moms Love to Eat by HSC Friend Beth Aldrich

February 10, 2012 | Written By:

Two things we love here at HSC: great food and great voices for kids’ health. That’s why we were so excited to see that our long-time friend and supporter Beth Aldrich has written a book! Her new release, Real Moms Love to Eat, spotlights practical advice on healthy eating, tips on making healthy choices easy for busy moms and families, and a big-picture perspective on how our choices about food shape our lives and have an impact on the planet.

Beth draws on her experience as a mom and as an integrative holistic nutrition counselor to craft an approach that focuses on healthy eating for the whole family.

“I look at the foods children are eating, the environment that they're in, and how relationships influence them — in addition to what's on their plate,” she explained in a 2007 interview with HSC. “And my suggestions might not only involve food but also looking at what's going on in their life, incorporating breathing and quiet time.”

It’s this perspective that led her to lend her support to HSC over the years, as a host committee member and sponsor of Cooking up Change.

“I'm all about nutrition and trying to get nutrition into schools,” she said. “And I thought HSC would be a positive way to influence other parents about how important their children's nutrition is.”

Kudos to Beth on her new book and ongoing efforts to promote healthy eating and sustainable living for kids and families. Learn more about Real Moms Love to Eat here.

Real Moms Love to Eat features great recipes from Beth’s friends and colleagues, including HSC President and CEO Rochelle Davis. She writes:

I’m so proud to support the organization created by Rochelle Davis, executive director of the Healthy Schools Campaign, an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides a voice for people who care about our environment, our children and education. She loves to cook this favorite family recipe for her two kids, Emily and Brian. Rochelle adapted this recipe from one by Ron and Nancy Goor. It’s tailor-made for the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, of which honey and apples are symbolic foods. They represent the hope that the new year will be sweet, healthy and happy.


6 organic or pasture-raised boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

1 tablespoon olive oil, divided

½ sweet onion (like Vidalia)

2 organic Granny Smith apples, cored and sliced

1 ½ cups organic apple juice

2 tablespoons honey

1 teaspoon salt

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Put the chicken in a shallow baking pan.
  2. Heat half the olive oil in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 4 minutes. Add the apples and cook for about a minute. Pour over the chicken.
  3. Warm the remaining olive oil in the same pan over medium heat. Stir in the apple juice, honey, and salt. Cook, scraping the bottom of the pan, for 2 minutes. Pour over the apples.
  4. Bake until bubbly and the chicken is no longer pink in the center, about 45 minutes. Serve with any sauce remaining in the baking pan.


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