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Eat like Neymar (or any elite athlete)!

First things first, junk food has got to go!  No more quick stops at the fast food joint, or daily Big Gulps from 7-11.   For young athletes, these do everything but help them play better. Instead, encourage them to switch to foods that are conducive to longer, higher intensity periods… Read More

Back to School

Back to school is often a hectic season with alarms, running around finding clothes and books, finishing homework, and getting breakfast down (or on-the-go)!  How can I get a nutritious lunch prepared in the middle of this?  Here are a few tips that help me get things going and give… Read More

The Importance of the Dinner Table

Growing up one my most fond memories is coming home from a long day of school & after school activities to the family dinner table. This was a place to share my day. The dinner table was always a place to relax, feel safe, and share a meal with the… Read More

Healthy Habits for a Healthy School Year

The start of a new school year is often a chaotic time for a family. As we wind down from summer fun and relaxation, it can be a challenging transition from our summer schedule to a new academic year packed with school, homework, activities, work, volunteering and other commitments. When… Read More

A Case for Saving Seeds

And finding your new favorite apple… Walking down the produce section of any grocery store, you’ll almost always find the classic apple favorites like fuji, gala, granny smith, red delicious and, perhaps, McIntosh. It might be difficult, however, to find lesser known types like  Albany Beauty, Esopus Spitzenberg, or Granite… Read More

Farmers Market Week

There is no better way to start a brisk summer morning than a walk to the local farmer’s market. The smell of fresh produce, freshly made bread, and the local food hot spots pulling you in. To celebrate these wonderful markets a whole week has been dedicated to them. August… Read More

Food Security

A little over 800 miles from the North Pole on a remote island in the Svalbard archipelago, lies a treasure trove nearly 400 feet deep in a mountain. This mountain, known to locals as Platåberget, houses 933,304 samples of seeds from around the world, all in an effort to ensure… Read More

What’s in Season: Tomatoes, Basil and Peppers

We’re in the dog days of summer here in Chicago, and even with the occasional cold front, it is warm enough to produce classic fruit/vegetables favorites in your own backyard. Don’t have a green thumb? Here are a few tips to grow tomatoes, basil and peppers that make the process… Read More

Happy 4th!

Celebrate with this jammy mash-up of berries, yogurt and cardamom, making these pops just rich enough and irresistible for the kids! Recipe 2/3 cups of thinly sliced strawberries 2/3 cup of blackberries 2/3 cup of blueberries 1/3 cup plus 1 Tbsp of cane sugar 1/2… Read More

Spinach & Strawberries!

Gourmet Gorilla partnered with the Illinois Farm to School last week at the annual summer kickoff event for our summer food program, serving up Spinach & Strawberry salads to all the kids that came out to enjoy a beautiful day at Horner Park in Chicago. We were so excited to… Read More