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Barramundi – the other salmon!

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Ever heard of barramundi?  It is a mild, sweet fish with enough Omega 3s to provide daily needs, though only half of that found in salmon.   Barramundi is known for its lower mercury content, a very important fact.  No, it is not salmon but it serves as a delicious lighter alternative.  Ellen had her first serving in Australia.  Now it is available in the U.S. Look for it in your supermarket, probably in the freezer section.  Try it!

… for the health of your family,
ellen and sally

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… for the health of your family,
ellen and sally

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Radio Gem: Make Sun Tea with your Kids – YUM!

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Dr. Keri Marshall gave us an easy super-delicious recipe for Sun Tea:
    – Find a glass jar with a lid (spaghetti sauce jar).
    – Fill with spring water
    – Throw in some mint leaves (peppermint or spearmint – buy fresh at market if you aren’t growing them)
    – Place lid on top and put in sunny spot outside
    – Over time watch the water change color
    – When a rich color, take it inside and filter out the mint leaves
    – Add honey and lemon juice to taste
    – Serve on ice.  Very refreshing and delicious!
Kids can make this from beginning to end.  If they make enough, they can set up a Sun Tea stand and sell it!

Side health benefits:  great for digestion, antioxidant, anti0microbial making it a breath refresher

Side budget benefit: cheaper than buying the not-as-good-for-you flavored teas in cans and bottles.

Enjoy this summer drink!

…  for the health of your family,
ellen and sally

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Are these CANCER FIGHTERS in your spice rack?

CANCER FIGHTERS: cumin, coriander seeds, rosemary, turmeric, fingerroot, and galangal.   These herbs and spices interfere with the production of cancer-causing compounds created in beef and other fatty foods when they’re grilled, barbecued, fried or broiled.  Make these spices your best friends in the kitchen!

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RADIO GEM: Let kids get dirty in the garden!

When kids are involved with gardening, they are exposed to new foods and are much more willing to try the fruits, vegetables, and herbs that they see growing!  Let them help, giving them different “jobs” depending on age and interests.  Here are some ideas from the gardening moms on our radio show: let kids get dirty, allow them to water plants with a hose or watering can, give them a list of things to pick for dinner, let them help plant seeds.  Kids love to snap peas and green beans!  Some other good plants to start with are cherry tomatoes, sunflowers, and herbs.  For more information on cooking foods from your garden, visit: www.deliciousliving.com/gardening.

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Radio Alert! "Get Down and Dirty with Your Kids"

Meet Gardening Moms, Lita and Radha.  They put “easy” back into growing food and involving your kids in gardening. Friday, 6/18, Noon EST, www.BetterFoodChoicesRadio.com. Or download FREE podcasts on iTunes.

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RADIO GEM: Sunblock tips!

We all need to protect our skin from the sun – but which products are best?  Dr. Sally Byrd and skincare expert Stacey Stilts answered this question during our radio show.  Stacey recommends choosing sunblock creams and lotions rather than sprays or powders which could be easily inhaled.  Also, avoid sunscreens containing oxybenzone, parabens, and retinol (or any form of vitamin A).   Products over SPF 30 contain extra chemicals and provide minimal added protection.  Remember to re-apply at least every 2 hours.  And be sure to use sunblock even in the water and on cloudy days!  Sally also recommends taking eating more green foods or taking greens supplements daily (such as seaweed, spirulina, and chlorella) for skin health and anti-aging benefits.  Information on sunblock and natural skincare can be found on ewg.org and greenlinebeauty.com.  For more info and specific brand recommendations, get the free podcast of “Suntan Lotion for Kids and More Skin Care Tips” on iTunes!

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Radio Alert: Which sunblock is best?

Radio Alert! SUN TAN LOTION for kids and adults. Which SPF should you use? What brands do not contain harmful ingredients? Which sunblocks and creams are best? Answers from expert, Stacey Stilts, Fri 6/11, Noon EST, www.BetterFoodChoicesRadio.com, FREE podcast on iTunes.

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Food News: Rinse BABY CARROTS!

Baby cut carrots are rinsed in a chlorine wash before they are bagged. Please rinse them with water before eating. A little is not too bad but collectively, a little turns into too much – too much chlorine.

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Health is Wealth in the News!

Most kids love chicken nuggets, but which ones are healthier? According to Consumer Reports, Health is Wealth Chicken Nuggets received the only “Very Good” score for nutrition in a recent ranking of 12 frozen or refrigerated brands.  They are much lower in fat and sodium then most brands tested. Plus, they are Kid Kritics Approved – which means kids love them!

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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.