Dr. Todd's superfood pyramid

Healthy Family Meals with Dr. Todd

One of the many reasons I love collaborating with Heinen’s is the incredible passion they place on the importance of wellness. Whether it’s the produce, the seafood or the various healthy snacks they offer, they truly have our back when it comes to healthy, family-friendly products.

At Heinen’s they are truly committed to the overall health and longevity of customers, their neighbors, communities, and us. This is apparent in the selection of superfoods, as well as organics and various other products they offer. Another cool thing about this grocery store is that it has partnered with holistic physician and author, Dr. Todd Pesek, MD, making him their Chief Medical Officer. The first of his kind in the United States!

This past Saturday I attended a superfood cooking demonstration at the Avon store with Dr. Todd, hosted by Lauren Egger of the Healthy Mom Project. There were roughly 20–25 attendees of moms, dads and even a few kids who were willing to set aside some of their weekend time to learn how to feed their families more nutritional and intentional. Dr. Todd referred to the afternoon event and how it wasn’t just a workshop about eating Superfoods but rather adapting some of our habits to “Eat Ourselves SUPER!” the title of his best-selling book.

Dr. Todd made a wonderful “steam sauté” kale and garlic dish that your entire family would enjoy for lunch or dinner. If you’ve never used the steam sauté method it is really simple: you just add a little water with your ingredients, steam a bit, and when the water evaporates, sauté. Then repeat until the veggies are cooked through but not overcooked. Serve warm.

It was awesome to talk about how we could take this very simple recipe and adapt it for our family meals. Adding additional vegetables or salad toppings would make this a more playful, engaging lunch for your little ones. In fact, Dr. Todd was telling us about a recent birthday party he hosted for one of his daughters where he served very nutrient-rich salad dishes for the guests. Some of the parents were skeptical about their kids “not eating salads” but then the little partygoers surprised everyone and devoured every bite of tabouleh, quinoa, fruit and leafy green salads. It’s all about presenting your families with vibrant, nutrient-rich dishes and less about what the norm says we should be serving.

Personally, one of the best lessons I took away from the afternoon workshop was the idea that we should be approaching food for our kids the same as we do for us grown-ups. No more “kid’s menus” of chicken fingers, French fries and grilled cheese but instead thinking of our little people just as we would think of ourselves with good salads, steamed veggies and organic proteins. As a busy, working mom this was a great reminder that a bit more prep-time on Sundays could really make the week more healthy and yummy for the whole family. Thanks for the reminder, Dr. Todd!

Another great takeaway from the event was Dr. Todd’s Superfood and Supplement pyramid worksheets. Both of these informative reference sheets included suggested veggies, fruits, grains and healthy fats and how we should integrate them into our daily diets. I will for sure keep these sheets on hand at home and when I am grocery shopping. If you want one of these reference sheets they are located in the Wellness Department in every store, and if you can’t find them just ask a Wellness Associate and they can help you get one.

After we sampled Dr. Todd’s garlic/kale dish, we also sampled a few pre-made products that you can find in-store including the entire CLE Kraut product line and the Red Lotus fermented nut-cheese products. Then — drum roll please —we ended the afternoon event with homemade, vegan chocolate truffles that were delicious, really good for us, and also a great Valentine’s Day treat for your loved ones.

Vegan chocolate truffles

After the talk and live cooking demo, Dr. Todd spent some time with attendees walking around the store and choosing a few healthy snacks for our kiddos as well as answering any shopping questions we had. Thanks, Dr. Todd and Lauren, for the educational and super-yummy afternoon event. If you would like to learn more about Dr. Todd’s approach to wellness and eating, join him at these upcoming Heinen’s events:

Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 6–7 p.m.
Kick the Winter Blues in the Butt with Superfoods
Heinen’s of Rocky River 19219 Detroit Rd. Rocky River, OH 44116

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 6–7 p.m.
The New You Makeover from the Inside Out
Heinen’s of Chardon 402 Center St. Chardon, OH 44024

Charity D'Amato
Posted by: Charity D'Amato
Charity is the founder of studio Chartreuse; chartreuseinc.com a design firm located in Lakewood, Ohio. She is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Design and Art Education. Charity is a Cleveland Bridge Builders graduate and the recipient of the 2010 Inside Business Athena Young Professional Award. Since 2007, Charity has also been the voice behind the regional lifestyle blog, iheartcleveland.com. Charity and her family recently made the move across the river from Westlake to Shaker Heights, Ohio. “I really adore that I get to come to work every day and be creative. This is my passion and my reality.”


  1. I just called Heinens in Brecksville and talked to 4 different people and none of them knew anything about Dr Todd or Bernie Kosar being at that store on 3/20 18. Can you explain this?

    1. Hi Mike – We apologize for the misunderstanding with the associates you spoke to at Brecksville. We’ve alerted the store director so they can let their associates about it. You can find more information on the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1431529780309265/ and we’d be happy to answer any additional questions you may have about the event. If you’d like more info, please reach out to our Customer Relations team: 1-855-475-2300, Ext. 2337

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