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GROCERY LIST: Lunch Boxes!

lunch-box-cooler1Three great items to put on your Lunch Box Grocery List are: 50% Reduced Fat Cheddar Minis (Cabot Creamery), Baby Carrots (organic) in Ranch Dressing (Earthbound Farm) and Veggie Sticks (EatSmart Naturals). Sources of dairy, vegetables and essential fatty acids (dressing). They are healthier choices, easy to pack, and kids love them. For more go to www.KidKritics.com.

… for the health of your family,
ellen and sally

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Performance Food: CANTALOUPE fuels nerves, bones, lungs, hair and more!

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Cantaloupe is filled with nutrients that feed your nerves, bones, lungs, eyes, skin, nose (olfactory), brain, hair and nails. It’s in season. Great time for fresh cubes or slices in fruit cups and salads, as a sorbet with lime, or plain with a squeeze of lemon topped with a mint leaf. Enjoy it!

… for the health of your family,
ellen and sally

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RADIO GEM: Picky Eaters Solution!

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Start early – read them their favorite book at meal time, only turning pages after they eat a bite of food. No bite, no turning pages; with each bite the story continues. You will provide positive motivation, distraction from what they are eating, and you’ll teach them reading is a reward. This works! Be sure not to overload their plates. For new foods, put just a tablespoon or less in front of them. They can always ask for more. Too much is a turn off. Turn them on with books! (For more picky eater tips, please listen to this show on iTunes-for free!)

… for the health of families,
ellen and sally

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RADIO ALERT: PICKY EATERS. Don't miss this one!

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Deirdre, a lifetime picky eater and now mother of one, shares her stories, her struggles and successes – food tips.  She is open, clever and a lot of fun.  If you have a picky eater, and odds are you do, be sure to tune in, Friday, August 27 at Noon, EST. www.BetterFoodChoicesRadio.com or listen on iTunes for free.

… for the health of your family,
ellen and sally

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Don’t stop eating Eggs!

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The recent salmonella recall for eggs probably has you questioning whether you should even eat the eggs in your refrigerator.  Once again it seems that one irresponsible chicken farmer has caused this situation; one bad apple spoils it for others.  Outraged?  Yes.  Please pay attention to this recall.  

The answer for safe eggs is to choose those laid by chickens that are well care for, not piled up in cages in a building.  Cage-free helps.  Organic is well regulated so its your best bet.  When it comes to cost, the nutrient value of one egg is so high that it is worth it. When you compare the price of a box of  sugar-filled, artificially colored and flavored, nutrient-empty cereal to a dozen of good eggs, it is easy to see where you should spend your money.  Buy the better eggs, make some French toast, and enjoy them.

… for the health of your family,
ellen and sally

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Performance Food: SPINACH fuels the heart, muscles, nerves, lungs, eyes and more!

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There are lots of good reasons to eat spinach. Pop-Eye taught us that it helps to build muscles. Spinach does so much more; it fuels your heart, nerves, lungs, eyes, ears, skin, mouth/teeth, brain, hair and nails. So every time your children and you take a bite, your are powering up for high mental and physical performance. Organic or not, always add some to salads and have a good spinach dip around for lunch and snacks.

… for the health of your family,
ellen and sally

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RADIO GEM: Gluten Safety you can Trust

Rudi'sGlutenFreeBreadThe commitment Rudi’s Bakery has made to Gluten-Free safety is exceptional. “It’s in the DNA of this company,” said Doug Radi. Their facility is shut down for a day for an extensive cleaning process. The facility and equipment used is segregated, covered and sterilized between bread making runs. Never do the gluten free products interact with wheat products. But there’s more. Their standard is no more than 10 parts per million. Every batch is tested during and after, internally and externally. Since the release of their first gluten-free breads in July, four to five hundred tests have been done and all have met this requirement. This is a company with integrity. You can feel safe eating both their gluten-free and organic breads. Keep in touch through www.Facebook/RudisBakery. Doug wants to hear from you! (To listen to more go to iTunes.)

RECIPE: Lightly butter one side of each ot two slices of Cinnamon Raisin bread. Spread PB & J on the one other side. Combine into a sandwich. Place on grill and cook until ends are lightly browned and crisp. This is a favorite of Doug’s three kids. Enjoy!

… for the health of your family,
ellen and sally

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RADIO ALERT: At Last. Great Gluten-Free Bread for everyone!

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Gluten Free bread has been synoymous with dry, crumbly, tasteless slices – awful.  It took a year to figure out how to make one taste and feel like real bread.  There’s a reason no one has done it before now. Meet Doug Radi of Rudi’s Organic Bakery to hear this story of persistence. Now those with Celiac, Wheat Intolerance and allergies can eat toast and sandwiches again.  This bread is so good its for everyone!  Tune in and join us live,8/20, Noon EST (www.BetterFoodChoicesRadio.com) , or listen on iTunes (Free).  We’ll be sharing RECIPES so be ready to salivate!

… for the health of your family,
ellen and sally

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FOOD NEWS: Don’t throw away those peels!

 

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Don’t throw away any more peels from your potatoes, oranges, lemons, limes, apples, carrots, and even kiwi.  No doubt you have heard that these color dense peels are filled with nutrients.  The skin of a fruit or vegetable is its first line of defense. Consequently, it is filled with immune building phyto-nutrients.  Prevention magazine (Sept. 2010) published ways to use peels that enhance meals, ones your family will probably like.  (Always wash your produce first.)  

Turn your brown, red or sweet potato skins into baked “potato crisps.” Grate or finely chop citrus skins and toss some into salads, steamed vegetables, sauteed dishes - be creative.  These add delicous zest.  If your kids refuse to eat apple skins, peel them and add some bits to a grilled sandwich with cheese.  Toss the rest into a salad. You can even grate or thinly peel vegetables and put them in ground meat dishes such as meatballs and burgers.  Every little bit helps.  No waste.  Lots of nutrients and flavor!   Value these peels, after all, you paid for them.

…  for the health of your family,
ellen and sally

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Performance Food: BLUEBERRIES for muscles, nerves, eyes, immune system and more!

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BLUEBERRIES, one of God’s greatest tastiest food gifts.  They are loaded with phyto-nutrients – antioxidants to build and maintain your immune system.  And, they are very effective at fueling your muscles, nerves,  bones, heart, joints, lungs, eyes, hair, blood and even your nails.  Power up on fresh and frozen.  Choose organic when possible.  Use them in recipes and add them as toppings to anything you can think of, even if you use just a few.  Both your taste buds and body will experience the benefits!

…  for the health of your family,
ellen and sally

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