September 7th

theresa albert - my friend in food


Only chickens go to summer camp


We picked up our daughter from her first summer as a camp counselor this week (let me tell you, 10 weeks is a long time for a mom to not know what her kid is eating!) We stopped at a lovely gourmet shop and I picked up a quickie picnic without asking what she would like to eat, I know what she likes, sheesh. A few bites in, she says “this mango chicken is good! And I swore I wouldn’t eat chicken for a while after camp. Chicken is the only animal protein they really serve at camp”. “And with good reason” I thought.

Chicken carries the flavours of every culture and cuisine beautifully; is a lean, affordable choice; and it cooks quickly. Plus, kids like its mild flavour. Camp, (for everyone but the counselors) is only 14 days long, chicken would naturally make up 8 or so of those meals.

From a nutritional perspective, chicken is a powerhouse. Breasts are leaner and a little lower in calories than legs, but legs have more iron and other minerals. Two boneless, skinless thighs or one small chicken breast (either option totals about 100 grams) contain 35 to 50 grams of protein and under 200 calories, providing a good chunk of your protein quota for the day. That gets a gang of young women at least halfway to their protein quota for the day.

And one of the keys here would be that it is simple to prepare in a myriad of ways so that the majority of kids will eat it, enjoy it and write home about it. In the end, I can’t be the only mom who wants to know is what her kid is eating.

Microwave Grilled Chicken

My favourite smell in the whole world is barbecued chicken. The second I smell it, I am transported back to childhood when summer nights were long and filled with the sounds of kids playing outdoors until the sun set. Nothing but an open flame can create that smell. Here is my favourite way to bbq it so that it stay moist and juicy. 



Theresa Albert

Theresa Albert

I love food, try to watch my weight, know more than I want to about healthy living (sometimes I wish I knew less so I wouldn’t feel so guilty when I stumble), am a daughter, sister, friend, mom and wife who worries and scurries the meals onto the table. It is for all these reasons that I completed my nutrition, RNCP designation, wrote my book, hosted my Food Network show, consult with food companies to urge them to get it right (or at least better), constantly write about it, research it, all of this so I can cut through the nutrition and food “news” clutter. Happy to share with friends!


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