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90% of shoppers buy products not on shopping list, study finds.
A study by The Integer Group and M/A/R/C Research found that 90% of shoppers buy items not on their grocery list, with 66% enticed by promotions, 30% lured by coupons and 23% wanting to pamper themselves. The study also found that list-makers typically write down a product, not brand.*  Is this the way you shop for your family's food? 

Are you one of the 90% who makes buying decisions based on food companies directing with their advertising and marketing ploys?  I understand the desire to pamper yourself, moms, but basing 23% of your buying decisions are on this is excessive 'I deserve…'  thinking.  No wonder we have a serious health epidemic in so many diseases in this country. 

Yet, when talking to moms, I am reminded that you know better.  I know you want to feed your kids healthier foods.  So why do you let others, who bank on your emotional and easy way out impulses, drive you to spend your money their way?  Make your list, with healthier brands.  Buy fresh.  Spend less. (So many coupons are for highly processed, nutrient-empty, costly unhealthy products – watch out!  Focus on those for product that meet our ingredient standards.).  Use our Kid Kritics Approved Grocery List as a guideline.  CLICK HERE.  Make better shopping decisions using your thoughtful shopping list. TIP: Have a healthy core list of foods to always have in your kitchen. Then keep replacing those you use.  Take the reins and decide how you are going to spend hard earned money!

… for the health of your family,
ellen

* GMA@smartbrief.com, 4/19/12

Add this to your today 's To Do List.  Enter to Win a whole Case of Creamy Almond Butter with Omega 3s by Once Again Nut Butter. www.KidKritics.com/sweepstakes

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Eat GBOMBS says Dr. Joel Fuhrman

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GBOMBS are the essential foods you should eat for a strong immune system, says Dr. Joel Fuhrman.  Greens, Berries, Onions Mushrooms, Beans and Seeds.  Those who include these foods in their daily diet will be the ones with a disease fighting constitution.  (That include the cancer beast.)  Please, start serving your family GBOMBS daily now, young and old.  You be the smart ones and beat the odds. Here's how: Berries in smoothies, green mixed salads, saute onions and mushrooms with your entrees, include beans in your rice, chili, and other side dishes, snack on seeds.  Or, cook them all together as seen in this photo. There are so many ways to eat all of these foods.  Enjoy them and enjoy good health.  Turn your doctor a stranger seldom seen.

For more great information, listen to Dr. Fuhrman's interview: CLICK HERE

… for the health of your family,
ellen

Would you like to have a case of Turkey Meat Balls by Shelton's Poultry delivered to your door? Enter to win. www.KidKritics.com/sweepstakes

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Asparagus: Performance Food of the Week

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Asparagus are full of nutrients that feed your brain, blood, bones, heart, lungs, mouth/teeth, muscles, and skin!  For 2000 years they have been valued for their medicinal and epicurean offerings.  Their rich collection of phyto-nutrients that include Vitamin C, manganese, selenium, glutathione, B vitamins, inulin and fiber make them excellent anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant providing food.  Look for thin firm stalks and steam or grill them.  Serve with lemon and butter, or a with a little cheese on top.  Dip them in a salad dressing. Introduce them to kids a spear head at a time. 

… for the health of your family,
ellen

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What you eat during the first 15 year determines your health profile

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No Kidding.  During today's podcast interview, Joel Fuhrman, M.D. explained why everything you eat/drink and digest during those years of rapid growth shapes the health of your DNA and so much more. And, he shared nutrient-packed fun recipes that work for his kids and their friends.  This is a passionate, helpful, and must listen to conversation. Please go to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/familyfoodexperts/2012/04/06/3-top-immune-building-vegetables-kids-will-eat (Sorry, our Click Here is not working) . Or, go to www.iTunes.com, Podcast, Better Food Choices, April 6, 2012 interview. Please listen,

… for the health of your family and you,
ellen

Enter to Win this week's Kid Kritics Approved Food Giveaway Sweepstakes" a case of Greek-Style LowFat Plain Yogurt by Cabot Creamery Cooperative.  www.KidKritics.com/sweepstakes.

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Grocery List. Cashew Nut Butter

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“I like the cashew flavor and really love the way it feels on my tongue.” (Kid Kritics quote). Cashew butter offers a delicious alternative to other nut and seed butters.  It happens to be powered with minerals: zinc, selenium, phosphorous, iron, magnesium.  Plus you can count on it to supply you with protein, antioxidants and phyto-chemicals. Bottom line: it feeds your brain, nerves, heart, hair, nails, skin, bones and immune system. This is another food where a little goes a long way. Since it keeps well in the refrigerator, you use a little at a time, over time.  When your kids needs a nutrient-packed snack, use cashew butter as a dip for carrots, celery and apple slices.

… for the health of your family,
ellen

WIn a whole case of Greek-Style LowFat Plain Yogurt by Cabot of Vermont. Think of all the smoothies, dips, sauces, fruit yogurts you will be able to make with it.  Don’t forget it freezes will – put some in ice cube trays for future frozen yogurt summer treats.  To enter, www.KidKritics.com/sweepstakes. Enter more than once to up your odds.

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Recipe. Super Easy Turkey Chili

Simply delicious and loaded with nutrients (vegetables, fruit, legumes, poultry, herbs/spices).  In your crockpot, throw ground turkey, chopped onions and bell peppers, tomato sauce, beans and seasoning (sea salt, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, parsley) and cook on slow while you are at work.  Return home with your hungry kids, pour some in bowls, top with grated cheese and serve.  Or, get fancy and spoon some in a scooped out whole grain roll.  This is a meal in one – Performance Rating:  6 naturally sourced colors, 5 food groups – actually 6 when you top with cheese. What a great inexpensive meal your family will gobble up. For details: http://www.kidkritics.com/recipes/Super-Easy-Turkey-Chili-(Slow-Cooker)/218.  Enjoy!

… for the health of your family,
ellen

Now you can Win a Case of Oat Blueberry Lemon Whenever Bars, gluten free, by Pamela's Products.  "They taste like cake."  – just one of many yummy quotes from the Kid Kritics.  They are for everyone, with or without wheat allergies.  Great for breakfast, lunches and snacks. www.KidKritics.com/sweepstakes

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Coconut is full of Good News

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Pure Coconut Water is "nature's great re-hydrater"  – its full of sodium, potassium, phosphorous and magnesium making it an excellent placement for energy and sports drinks.  Plus it has just enough sugar to make it taste yummy and as well as refreshing.  Tropical countries have been serving it to their very young, growing children, and adults for years.  It even has been used for electrolytes (minerals) and hydration replacement for the sick, especially those with stomach bugs.  

Coconut Oil is also a winner.  It's medium chain fats are smaller and thus more easily digested, immediately used by the liver to produce energy avoiding spikes and fat storage.  And, it contains important anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.  Thus, not all saturated fats are the same.  This is one you want to include in your food mix.  The other good news is that is has a high heat tolerance making it the preferred oil for cooking. 

As with any produce, organic is better.  We are currently researching the brands we would recommend.  Be sure to avoid coconut waters that are  "sweetened" and have added flavors.  Buy it straight and serve on ice.  Delish!  

Thanks to our team member, Carolina Jintac, MS,RD,LD, for this in depth interview about coconut products.  To hear all her good news: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/familyfoodexperts/2012/03/23/coconut-craze–how-good-is-it-for-you.

You will be so glad you did!

… for the health of your family,
ellen

No time like the present.  Enter to Win a Case of Gluten-Free Organic Brownie Mix by Simply Organic.  Makes yummy Birthday and Holiday treats for those with or without wheat allergies!  www.KidKritics.com/sweepstakes


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Coconut Oil. Performance Food of the Week

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Coconut Oil is a naturally occurring saturated fat that is full of benefits.  Surprised? Not all saturated fats are bad – this one is super good for you. It is made up of medium -chain fatty acids that are easily digested and converted by the liver into energy. Fifty percent of the fat in coconut oil is lauric acid which the body converts to anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.  Bottom line benefits:" improves heart health, boosts thyroid, increased  metabolism, promotes lean body weight and weight loss, supports your immune system." It should be your first and only pick for cooking oil as it is the "only oil stable enough to withstand heat."  If you have any more questions, go to Dr. Mercola's sight for more details – he points out coconut oil's tropical wonders that have been used for thousands of years.  It is the only oil he uses when cooking.  Now it is the only one I use, too!  Add it to your food staple list.

… for the health of your family,
ellen

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Grocery List. Fresh Frozen Wild Blueberries

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It doesn't get much better than this – potent taste and disease fighter all in one.  Kids love them!  Wyman’s Frozen Wild Blueberries are picked at the peak of ripeness and frozen within hours of harvesting to ensure maximum nutritional benefit. USDA research Ranks Wild Blueberries #1 among 40 fruits and vegetables in antioxidant activity. In fact, wild blueberries low lying ground cover plants have about 40% more antioxidants than the larger more common blueberries grown on bushes.

A little goes a long way, making them a great buy. Enjoy them in smoothies, oatmeal, yogurt, even as a topping for green beans. Mix them with other fruit such as pineapple for snacks. Keep a bag in your freezer.

… for the health of your family,
ellen

How can your resist a whole Boneless Turkey Breast Roast by Plainville Farms?  Enter to win one.  www.KidKritics.com/sweepstakes. 

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Grocery List. Gluten Free Cornbread and Muffin Mix

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Cornbread provides a tasty alternative to other wheat and gluten free mixes.  Rich with flavor, this mix is fast and easy to use to make plain cornbread, muffins and even quiche or tart crusts.  I plan to make a spinach, turkey bacon and cheese quiche with this.  And, one day, I'll use it as a pie crust for blueberry filler!  As always, Pamela is careful with her ingredients sources.  This mix is made with organic degermed corn meal and flour – she goes the extra mile for you.  And you can taste the difference.  Always have a bag of this handy in your cupboard for quick side solutions for your dinners. It's a Kid Kritics favorite!

… for the health of your family,
ellen

Imagine having a whole case of Organic Popcorn by Good Health Natural Foods delivered to your door!  I will be calling someone on Monday to declare them the winner. Could be you.  Enter, www.KidKritics.com/sweepstakes today!

 

 

 

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DISCLOSURE: Once a product passes ingredient standards evaluation followed by a blind Kid Kritics taste test, a company can opt-in to the Kid Kritics Approved marketing program. Though monetary compensation for marketing is involved, this does not affect the nutrition evaluation or taste test results.