Author Archives: Kid Kritics

Plant Powered Diet!

How would you feel about revolutionizing the way you look at your plate? Instead of planning your meals about an entree consisting of animal product, such as chicken, steak, ground meat or even fish; try making a vegetable or legume the center of your meal! Sharon Palmer, RDN (http://www.sharonpalmer.com/) has inspired many to do just that. She explains the benefits of a plant powered diet and gives you ideas of different ways you can add more plant sourced proteins and nutrients to your diet. Her recipes are amazing, and even the most "meat loving" member of your house won't miss his steak when you prepare one of her entree recipes. We talked with her extensively as well about beans! An ofen overlooked source of protein, iron, fiber and so much more. It is relatively cheap and so powerful that it is a no brainer for you to start there and get more beans in your daily routine! To listen to all we had to say about beans and so much more listen to our podcast, link below, and if you have any questions don't hesitate to contact us via Facebook, Twitter or here with a comment. 

Listen to the full episode here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/familyfoodexperts/2014/07/10/are-you-plant-powered-for-life-tips-and-recipes-add-more-plants-to-your-diet

You may also find us on iHeart radio and iTunes, search for Family Food Experts Kitchen.

… for the health of your family,

Carolina

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Greek Yogurt: The many ways you can enjoy it!

2lb_Greek_Vanilla_Bean_500x610_300_RGBHave you noticed how the yogurt aisle has changed at the grocery store? Greek Yogurt has quickly become a favorite and taken over the shelf space. And all for good reason! Greek yogurt is lower in sugar, higher in protein, has a smoother and thicker texture and is delicious! Toby Amidor, MS, RD who recently wrote a book called: The Greek Yogurt Kitchen with over 130 recipes joined us to share her favorite uses and recipe with Greek Yogurt.

Beyond the basic (and oh so delicious!) way to enjoy it with a little honey and toppings of your choice, Greek Yogurt can be used for baking! You can use it instead of heavy cream, butter and even buttercream in recipes. You can also add it to smoothies, oatmeals, pancakes and french toast (Toby shared a Lemon Blueberry French Toast Recipe with us that is amazing!). Toby also highlighted how Greek yogurt can top off meatballs, lamb dishes and other dinner entres you may not expect it.

Kid Kritics Approved has two Greek Yogurts on our grocery list (and a staple in my own kitchen): Cabot Creamery's Greek-Style Yogurt Plain low-fat and Vanilla flavor.

To listen to our entire show and be inspired to try Toby's recipes just click HERE.

… for the health of your family,

Carolina

 

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Your Introduction to Biodynamic Foods!

Have you heard about this new way (well, actually old way!) to farm that produces food of superior quality? Biodynamic farmers have looked back to how farmers use to run their crops prior to world war I. They strive to create a diversified, balanced farm ecosystem that generates health and fertility as much as possible from within the farm itself. They use fermented manure, minerals and herbs to help restore and harmonize the vital life forces of the farm and to enhance the nutrition, quality and flavor of the food being raised. Biodynamic practitioners also recognize and strive to work in harmony with their ecosyste; in a nutshel, it is a way of farming that sustains itself! It is a much more earth friendly way to grow food and in the end produces food untouched by toxic chemicals and pesticides. 

Our guest, Elizabeth Candelro shares her knowledge of biodynamic farming from it's origins to where we can expect to find it nowadays. Also what are the differences between this produce versus organic foods. Listen to this podcast and share it with your friends to better understand this wonderful step to better farming! 

Podcast here: http://www.iheart.com/talk/show/24843992/?episode_id=26924809

Learn more here: https://www.biodynamics.com/biodynamics.html

… for the health of your family,

Carolina

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It’s Picnic time! Tips and recipes for a perfect picnic.

There is something special about eating outdoors! My kids are huge fans of picnics. As a matter of fact, when we can't go out on a hike or to the beach because I'm swamped with work, I simply take a blanket to the backyard and bring lunch outdoors and they absolutely love it. But if you are planning an outdoor picnic some preparations ahead of time can really help! There are some foods that are portable and perfect for an all day picnic affair, some foods are a must for picnics on the beach, and water is always on top of the list for hydration when you plan anything outdoors. 

We had the pleasure to chat with Amy Roskelley from Super Healthy Kids and she a ton of great tips and recipes for us when it comes to picnic foods! She has some of her ideas here for you:  http://www.superhealthykids.com/blog/fresh-and-healthy-summer-picnic.php and here is a link to our full conversation with her: Podcast here

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Carolina

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Make the switch today to EVOO!

If you haven't made the switch yet let me give you a few reason why you should today. In my pantry today all you'll find is coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil. And yes, they are stored in my pantry! I buy small bottles/containers that I can use up within 1 month so that way I don't have to worry about long term oxidation of my oils. If you like to buy in bulk you can always portion out what you'll use in a month and store the rest in the refrigerator. But thats a whole new topic, let's go back to why I want you to consider getting rid of other oils and making EVOO your oil of choice.

OO_32oz_RGB_72dpiExtra Virgin Olive Oil is high in a type of fat known as monounsaturated fat (MUFAs) which can help lower your cholesterol and control insulin levels in the body. Olive oil is also rich in polyphenols and Vitamin E, both types of antioxidants. This powerfu combination of nutrients makes olive oil not only good for your heart by protecting your cells from damage but also as an anti-inflamatory. Studies have over the years amounted to overwhelming evidence of all the benefits of EVOO to the heart, and are also now exploring it's benefits to the bones, brain and even as cancer prevention (to find out more, read Olive Oil as Preventive Medicine from Bragg here)  

Are you lost on how to start using olive oil? We've recently chatted with Mary from The California Greek Girl blog who is an expert in cooking with Olive Oil! Her brand new book "Cooking Techniques and Recipes with Olive Oil" is a complete guide to discovering olive oil. Listen to our podcast and get inspired today: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/familyfoodexperts/2014/05/22/cooking-with-olive-oil-recipes-and-tips

.. for the health of your family,

Carolina

 

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Fresh Food Power!

Do you do a "grocery cart check" on your way out of the grocery store? Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN advises everyone to get it right from the get go! When you go to the grocery store, right before you pay at the check out isle, do a quick check: your cart should be more than 50% vegetables/fruits! She takes it a step further and explains that when you get them home don't hide them in the "crisp" drawer of the refrigerator. Place them at eye level shelves so you can see them first thing when you open the fridge looking for snacks and or ingredients to prepare your meals.

That is such great advice! After all, if you are bringing all those fruits and vegetables home you are likely leaving behind some over-processed snack like foods that would have occupied your cart. Out of sight, out of mind! Or even better: Near to you, in your mouth it goes! So how do you cook with all these fresh foods? Dawn's website is filled with fresh food recipes and serving suggestions, so check it out here.

Listen to our entire podcast to find out all her other tips and advice, such as how to avoid: C.R.A.P foods and what that stands for!

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… for the health of your family,

Carolina

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Three Steps for Stress Reduction

I had just about convinced myself that living with stress was just a part of life when I realized the side effects were alarming! Shoulder pains, neck pain, headaches, short temper, bad moods, high blood pressure, heart disease, loss of patience and the list goes on and gets worse with time. Too many of us have stressful lives and at times the stress levels go out of control, so we reached out to April O'Leary from University of Moms to guide us out of this mess we all got ourselves into. 

She pointed out the 3 steps to Reducing Your Stress: The triple A 

 Awarness = We have to open our eyes to what are the causes and what intensifies the stressful situation. Be aware of stressful situations and stress factors in our lives. 

 Acceptance =  Allow yourself to accept what the stress factors are and how they impact you. Don't play the "blame game" and shift the responsability to outward factors you can't control. Recognize that most stressful triggers are within your control and you can change them.

 Action = Do something about it! If dinner time is stressful because you have 30 minutes to prepare it and eat it before soccer practice, either drop soccer or change your schedule. Make a plan on how you will deal with it and make it a priority in your life.

For help to get started and learn so much more about stress, listen to our podcast here: iHeart Radio Talk: Family Food Experts, episode: Stress Reduction

… for the health of your family,

Carolina

 

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Grocery Shopper’s Guide!

Do you make a list before going to the grocery store?

The first step in "smart shopping" at the grocery is store is a good list! In this podcast we navigated the entire grocery store with Kimberly L. Stewart, food journalist and author of "Eating Between the Lines"! She gave us the basic and most important tips on each section of the grocery store, from the produce section through dairy, meats, fish, canned goods, bread and grains! 

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We also discussed food labels as they are getting an "uplift" by the FDA. We have said it before and emphasize again, it is more important to look at the list of ingredients than the actual nutrient facts on the label. The ingredients must make sense! It's as simple as using your own common sense and experience. For example: crackers shouldn't have more than 3-5 ingredients, beyond that it will likely be artificial stabilizers or preservatives. 

For the quick and dirty on how to better grocery shop for your family just listen to our podcast here: http://www.iheart.com/talk/show/24266287/?episode_id=26584892

 

And don't forget to share it with your friends too!

… for the health of your family,

Carolina

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Eating like a Pro..athlete!

We had the pleasure of chatting with Katie Cavuto, dietitian/nutritionist from Healthy Bites, she is the nutrition advisor for the Philadelphia Philies Baseball team and also cooks privately for some pro athletes!  She shared with us some valuable insight into how professional athletes eat to enhance their performance, avoid injuries and stay healthy. 

Here are some of the highlights of our conversation:

  1. * Although pro athletes may participate in "junk" food commercials that is not how they eat on a daily basis! 

  2. * Pro's carefully select their meals to make sure they are feeding their muscles and brains with each bite. 

  3. * Whole grains are a must for athletes! The power combo of fiber and easy to digest carbohydrate makes it an important part of their diet, specially for "carb loading" meals.

  4. * Within 30 minutes post work out it is important to get a snack that will replenish your glycogen stores and avoid muscle break down, it must be something with carbohydrates and some protein, Katie suggests low fat chocolate milk.

To hear more tips and our discussion on how this relates to you and your children please listen to our podcast here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/betterfoodchoices/2014/04/09/eat-like-a-pro-athlete-tips-and-recipes

for the health of your family,

Carolina

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Let’s Talk about Eggs!

eggsEggs went from good to bad to good again? Confusing right? Well, we were too! As a registered dietitian I look at evidence based practice for nutritional advice. I had basic knowledge of what is in the egg and it’s nutritional composition, but so much new research points the light on how those nutrients (and there are a lot in just one egg) function in our body and impact our health. On our podcast this week (listen here) we looked at all the components of egg and evaluated the new information available to be able to present you with facts that will help you make your own decision on the subject. The media tends to “dramatize” the evidence in order to sway you whichever way may benefit them, so put your “thinking” cap on and be equipped to know what’s best for you and your family.

Here are a few facts to remember about eggs:

  • A medium egg has 65-80 calories and 6-7 g of protein
  • Eggs are rich in iron, phosphorus, selenium, vitamins A, B12, B2 and B5
  • One egg contains 113mg of choline
  • Omega-3 Eggs are a good source of DHA
  • Eggs should be paired with veggies and avoid combining it with other animal sourced protein/fat foods such as meats.
  • Eggs fuel your muscles, brain and eyes #FuelYourDreams

… for the health of your family,

Carolina

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