In this episode of Healthy Family Project, we talk to Richard McCarthy, Meatless Monday Culinary Ambassador, about the importance of family dinner and how families can kick start important conversations at the dinner table. 

Richard McCarthy is a community development specialist, whose quest for behavior change always puts carrots ahead of sticks. In 2005, he developed one of the nation’s first farmers market incentive programs to promote local vegetable consumption among SNAP consumers in New Orleans. 

Based in Brooklyn, NY, he spends hours in the kitchen with his wife and daughter exploring the traditional knowledge of global cuisines that take ordinary and affordable ingredients to prepare culinary surprises that put vegetables first. An author, broadcaster, and organizer, he values food as the bridge between people.

Healthy Bite Featuring US Cranberries

Today, we’re snacking on No-Bake Cranberry Pistachio Bites! Packed with oats, dried cranberries, pistachios, peanut butter, and flaxseed, with a touch of sweetness from the maple syrup, these granola bites will help fill kids up and keep hunger at bay until dinner. No baking required and easy enough that kids can prep themselves. We partnered with US Cranberries to share more delicious ways to use cranberries this summer

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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!

  • 3:59 Welcome, Richard!
  • 5:54 Why are family meals important?
  • 12:13 Starting Family Conversations: Rose & Thorns
  • 14:11 How to get family conversations flowing
  • 19:53 How to engage with your tweens and teens
  • 23:14 Healthy Bite Featuring US Cranberries
  • 25:22 Why is it important for kids to have a say in dinner?
  • 31:01 The benefits of exploring different cultures through food
  • 35:56 What does a healthy family mean to you?

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