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RADIO ALERT! YUMMY HEALTHIER CEREALS & SNACKS. Meet Kent Spaulding (Barbara’s Bakery)

Cereal for breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner… there are some kids who would like this to be their daily diet.  Most eat cereal for at least five out of seven breakfasts; most eat junk cereal.  Fortunately, Barbara's Bakery takes the health of your children seriously. Find out why and what makes Barbara's brand the one to choose.  Find out how they create healthier snacks that kids absolutely love – Kid Kritics Approved!  Meet the man behind this dedication, Kent Spaulding. Tune and call in with your questions. www.BetterFoodChoicesRadio.com or listen on iTunes for free… for the health of your family, ellen and sally

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Grocery List: Kid Kritics Approved SWEET SALSA

Next time you go shopping,  put a jar of EatSmart Sweet Salsa in your cart.  The Kid Kritics awarded it their seal of approval.  The minute they saw the kernels of corn in it mix, they couldn't wait to taste it.  We love the fact that it is filled with healthy natural vegetables and is used as a dip in lunch boxes or as a topping on eggs, fish, chicken or burgers.  Add it to tacos.  Low fat, high nutrients. Delish! 

… for the health of your family,
ellen and sally

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LUNCH RECIPE… dinner too!

Hot Turkey Ricotta Meatball Sandwich 

by Healthy Recipe Mom, Stacy

PREHEAT: Oven to 350 degrees F
PANS/EQUIPMENT: Small and medium mixing bowls, baking sheet, large skillet, saucepan
PREP TIME: 30 minutes
COOK TIME: 12 minutes + 10 minutes
NUMBER OF SERVINGS: 4-6 (or more depending on ages)

3 thin slices whole grain bread (crusts removed if desired)
2 Tablespoons lowfat milk

Tear bread slices into very small pieces.  Drizzle milk and mix together.

1 pound ground turkey (no antibiotics)
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1 egg white
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 Tablespoon finely chopped rosemary
1 teaspoon garlic salt

Mix with soaked bread and form into 1 inch meatballs.

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Heat oil in skillet and saute meatballs until cooked through, turning frequently, about 12 minutes.

2 cups marinara sauce (low sodium)
Warm marinara sauce, add cooked meatballs and toss to coat.

8 oz baby spinach (organic is best!)
Wilt spinach with 1 Tablespoon of water in a saucepan on the stove.  Spinach can be seasoned with a little salt, garlic, or garlic salt if desired.

Hoagie rolls, whole grain
1 block (8 ounces) Lisanatti Almond Cheeze – Mozzarella Style chunks, finely shredded

Slice rolls in half, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, and toast in preheated oven for 5 minutes.  Remove and add 3-4 meatballs with sauce to each roll.  Top with shredded cheese and return to oven for 5 minutes to melt cheese.  Add wilted spinach before serving sandwiches. Serve warm.

OPTIONS: Use your favorite tomato sauce! Make your meatballs smaller for kids, if needed.

RECIPE SOURCE: Based on “Meatball Bonanza” from More Magazine

5 FOOD COLORS: Tan, white, golden, green, red
8 FOOD GROUPS: Meats, dairy, grains, eggs, essential fatty acids, vegetables, fruit (tomatoes), nuts, herbs

“Delicious! The cheese melted beautifully when shredded finely.” “I would even serve it with the spinach raw for some extra crunch.” (Stacy, mother of 2)

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Dr. Bob Sears' list of foods that Feed Your Children's IMMUNE SYSTEM: apples, apricots, bell peppers, blueberries, bok choy, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, chili peppers, cinnamon, eggplant, flax seeds, garlic, green peas, green tea, guava, kale,  legumes, mangoes, melons, nuts, olive oil, onion, oranges, papaya, pink grapefruit, pomegranates, radishes, red grapes, snow peas, spinach, squash, strawberries (organic), sweet potatoes, tomatoes, tumeric!  This is just the tip of the iceberg of the tips he shared on how to avoid school bugs and  keep your children well during the school year: 9/24 Better Food Choices Radio show. Go to iTunes for more.

… for the health of your family,
ellen and sally

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School bugs season is here.  Dr. Bob Sears, our favorite pediatrician, will tell us how to avoid and protect your kids from catching any.  With his advise you will have the best odds of keeping your children healthy throughout this school year. Don't miss your opportunity for free medical consultation. Call in with your questions: FREE: 877-486-3450.  www.BetterFoodChoicesRadio.comor listen on iTunes.  It's a podcast.

… for the health of your family,
ellen and sally

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GROCERY LIST: Baby Carrots and Ranch Dressing Dip!

Kids love to dip.  Ranch dressing is one of their favorites. Your challenge is to make sure you choose a healthier version. Earthbound Farm has made this easy for you.  They have packaged organic baby carrots with a little of their ranch dressing for the perfect lunch box filler.  The Kid Kritics awarded this combo their seal of Approval.  Now you can look forward to serving your children some veggies for lunch – ones they will eat! Put this on your grocery list.

… for the health of families,
ellen and sally

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RECIPE ALERT! Brazilian Beef Casserole “Baked Kibbeh”

This is an exceptional recipe.  It has lots of nutrient-packed immune-building herbs and spices. Yes, it takes some time.  And, you can make enough to freeze for another meal.  Also, leftovers make great lunches.  Without question, this one is worth it!  … for the health of your family, ellen and sally  (Sign up to be a Healthy Recipe Mom and receive our thank you gift.  Go to  www.KidKritics.com)

Brazilian Beef Casserole “Baked Kibbeh” by Healthy Recipe Mom, Fernanda

PREHEAT: 400 degrees F
PANS/EQUIPMENT: 1 bowl, 1 baking pan
PREP TIME: 1/2 hour
COOK TIME: 40-50 minutes
NUMBER OF SERVINGS: 4-6 or more depending on ages

1 1/2 cups cracked wheat

Add to a bowl and cover with a warm water (enough to cover all the wheat!) and leave there to soak for 2 hours.

1 pound of lean ground beef **
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh mint
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 onion, chopped

After 2 hours, mix ground beef, spices, onion, and garlic with cracked wheat.
** It’s best to buy ground beef raised without antibiotics or added hormones.

1 (8-ounce) block Cabot 50% Reduced Fat Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Shred the cheese. In the bottom of a baking pan place 1/2 of the meat mixture, followed by all the shredded cheese, then top with the remaining meat mixture. Bake 40-50 minutes. If you notice extra water in the kibbeh during baking, just pour it off and continue baking. Serve warm.

OPTIONS: Fernanda sometimes adds tomato slices on top of the cheese layer before baking. She likes to serve this dish with salad and mashed potatoes. For those sensitive to wheat or gluten, replace soaked cracked wheat with a cooked brown or red rice blend.

RECIPE SOURCE: “This recipe is originally from my mother-in-law but I made some changes!! My grandmother also makes pretty much the same recipe!!! It’s a very common recipe in Brasil… everyone knows how to make it.”

 6 FOOD COLORS: tan, red, brown, white, green, yellow
4+ FOOD GROUPS: whole grains, beef, herbs/spices, dairy + fruit option

“I got the Cheese Snack Pack (with Cheddar Minis) which my daughter loved and she already had for a snack as soon I opened the box. I want to say THANK YOU and thank “Cabot” for these wonderful samples. [My daughter] liked the Baked Kibbeh! Julia eats everything !!! [This recipe is] a different way to eat ground beef with a little extra!!! Everyone enjoy!!!” (Fernanda, mother of 2)

         Julia  �

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Performance Food: OLIVES fuel your brain, heart and more!

OLIVES are filled with nutrients that feed your blood, brain heart, muscles and skin. They are a great source of good fat.  Cut them into thin slices and add them to pizza, salads, and even burgers.  They have a salty flavor so a little goes a long way.  Some kids like to stick them onto their finger tips, their eating delivery system.  For these kids, olives are a fun healthy brain lunch box filler.  Try introducing olives a little at a time.  If your kids refuse, try again later.  In the meantime, you enjoy them.

…  for the health of your family,

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RADIO ALERT: Moms talk about School Lunch!

Who better than Healthy Recipe Moms to give us great ideas on filling lunch boxes and dealing with school lunches.  Making lunches every day can get old fast.  Often moms find themselves falling into the pattern  of same ole, same ole.  Kids are also apt to wear moms down so they’ll give them what they want – junk food.  Shelley and Karen are full of personality and will inspire you with their menu, recipe, and school experiences.  Tune in and call in with your ideas! Toll Free: 877-486-3450.  www.BetterFoodChoicesRadio.com, Noon EST, 9/17 or listen on iTunes – it’s a podcast!

… for the health of your family,
ellen and sally

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FOOD NEWS: Food companies want name change for High Fructose Corn Syrup

Food companies realize that High Fructose Corn Syrup has a negative reputation so they are asking the federal government to give them permission the change its name to “Corn Sugar.”  Seems they would rather continue to use HFCS as a sweetener even though there is research relating it to diseases such as diabetes and obesity, and simply fool you with this name change.  We see “Corn Sugar” as a cover up ploy.  Out smart these food manufacturers by not buying any products containing High Fructose Corn Syrup, regardless what it is called.

… for the health of families,
ellen and sally

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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.