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Performance Food: MOZZARELLA CHEESE fuels your skin, nerves, nails and more!

Mozzarella Cheese fuels your skin, nerves, nails, brain, bones, mouth/teeth and muscles!  Fortunately, it is a family favorite.  Besides putting it on pizza and in lasagna, use shredded mozzarella cheese as a topping for salads and cooked vegetables such as spinach and green beans – makes them more inviting.  A slice or handful at breakfast is an easy way to get your kids to eat the protein they need for their morning demands. Makes a good snack, too! Put nutritious mozzarella cheese on your weekly grocery list. Reach for the hormone-free brands.

… for the health of your family,
ellen and sally

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HEART HEALTH. Latest Break Through! Meet Dr. Nathan Bryan & Dr. Janet Zand

More than 80 million people in the U.S. suffer from some form of cardiovascular disease. If you are not one of them, odds are someone in your family is or will be, children included.  Drs. Bryan and Zand are ready to share their latest break throughs on how to better manage heart health. "Nitric Oxide production and availability in the body is essential to health, like oxygen, we cannot live without it." Find out about this key molecule and what food to eat so you have enough for the health of your family.  Tune in  www.BetterFoodChoicesRadio.com). Call in with your questions: 877-486-3450,  Friday, Oct. 29th, Noon EST, or listen later on iTunes.  Your health may depend on this! 
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FOOD NEWS: Avoid “Natural.” Look for Lean Ground Beef and Poultry

Aisle 2: Look for Lean Ground Meat and Poultry, Ignore "Natural"Claims. Lean is the key word in this department. Read the label carefully because it’s natural to assume that ground turkey is lower in fat than hamburger, but this isn’t always the case. The key wording here is lean and white; packages labeled as such are markedly leaner than other brands.

Ground beef and hamburger are not nutritionally identical. Ground beef is usually leaner than hamburger because the latter can contain as much as 30% fat. Ground sirloin, ground round and lean ground beef will have the least saturated fat. In the meat aisle, natural means very little.

According to USDA, natural is about how the meat was processed not how the animals were raised. Instead look for poultry that is antibiotic free and red meats raised without hormones. Hormones are not allowed in the poultry or egg industry, so labels that say “hormone free” are a useless ploy to get you to buy their brand over another.

TIP: Always place meats, poultry and seafood in plastic bags to prevent the spread of harmful bacteria to other foods in your cart.

Thank you Kimberly Stewart for this Food News.  We did take out Kimberly's reference to pork as we feel this "unclean" meat should be avoided.

… for the health of your family,
ellen and sally

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RECIPE! Creamy Chicken & Noodles with Sundried Tomatoes

by Healthy Recipe Mom, Tricia

“It was sooo yummy! The boys…loved the taste and texture of the noodles….and they happily gobbled it all down — and that spoke volumes!”

PANS/EQUIPMENT: Skillet, small and large sauce pots
PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOK TIME: 20 minutes
NUMBER OF SERVINGS: 6 or more depending on ages

2 chicken breasts or 4 thighs, cooked (no antibiotics!)
Cut into bite sized pieces and set aside.

1 1/2 packages (15 ounces) Vita Spelt Wide Spelt Noodles
In large pot, boil water for pasta and begin cooking following package directions. Reserve some of the cooking water.

4 ounce tub of light Boursin cheese (or herbed cream cheese)
Place Boursin cheese aside in a small pot to be heated just before the rest of the dish is ready.

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4-6 cloves fresh garlic, minced
2-3 Tablespoons julienned sundried tomatoes
1-2 shallots, minced
Sea salt
Fresh ground pepper **
Heat olive oil in skillet, add garlic and sundried tomatoes, salt and pepper and shallots. Cook until tender.

4-5 ounces fresh spinach leaves
1/3 c frozen green peas
Add spinach (bunches at a time), until just tender, then toss in peas just long enough to heat. Turn on the Boursin pot and add water from the pasta a little at a time to thin into a creamy sauce. Add chicken to the vegetable mixture and then pour sauce over the top – toss and serve. (Taste and add salt and pepper again, if desired.)

OPTIONS: Tricia uses 2 chicken breasts in her recipe – feel free to add extra chicken for more protein balance. If your family likes goat cheese, try substituting soft goat cheese for Boursin cheese.

** The Family Food Experts recommend replacing ground black pepper with a dash of cayenne for better digestion.

RECIPE SOURCE: Tricia’s recipe

5 FOOD COLORS: tan, white, golden, red, green
6 FOOD GROUPS: poultry, whole grains, essential fatty acids, vegetables, fruits, dairy

GROCERY LIST:

  • Vita Spelt Wide Spelt Noodles
  • Chicken breasts or thighs (no antibiotics!)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Fresh garlic
  • Sundried tomatoes
  • Frozen green peas
  • Fresh spinach leaves
  • Shallots
  • 4 oz. tub of light Boursin cheese or herbed cream cheese
  • Sea salt
  • Fresh ground pepper or cayenne

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Performance Food: PECANS fuel muscles, hair and more!

It's fall, harvest time for pecans!  They nourish your muscles, hair, brain, and ears (hearing).  Raw ones are best.  They taste great alone but also compliment salads, soup (grind them in water and stir this in for a rich creamy flavor), meats when ground up to replace bread crumbs, trail mixes - there are lots of way to enjoy pecans.  Of course pecan pie is an amazing treat!  (watch the sugar…)  Put pecans on your grocery list and keep them in the freezer until ready for use.  (prevents the oils from turning rancid.)

… for the health of families,
ellen and sally

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RADIO: The Miracle of Spelt. It gives you life!

SPELT.  Become familiar with this grain.  It is a complete protein that is so low on the gluten scale that even some who are gluten-intolerant can enjoy it.  Spelt was a staple for centuries around the world and became lost in this country during last century's Industrial Revolution. Don Stinchcomb brought it back to the U.S.  Now we can all enjoy spelt pasta, flours, pretzels and more.  Your family absolutely needs this delicious Kid Kritics Approved grain to be a kitchen staple.  Find out why when you tune in on Friday, 10/22 , at Noon EST on www.BetterFoodChoicesRadio.com.  Call in with your spelt questions or stories Toll FREE: 877-486-3450.  Or, listen later on iTunes

… for the health of your family,
ellen and sally

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Fill in the Blank: It’s easier to _______ than figure out what to feed my kids everyday.

Please fill in this blank:  "It is easier to ______________________than figure out what to feed my kids everyday!"  Please leave your comment below or email this to ellen@KidKritics.com.  The one we choose will get a signed copy of our new book, when it is finished and hot off the press!  Looking forward to hearing from you.

… for the health of your family,
ellen and sally

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GROCERY LIST: Gluten Free Single Serve Brownies by Pamela’s

It is getting close to the holidays when treats are served at parties.  Brownies are a favorite.  So if you are going to make some, choose gluten-free by Pamela's.  This is a better choice whether you have wheat sensitivities or not.  Pamela's new single serve package makes it so easy to mix and bake them in a microwave or traditional oven.  Kid Kritics had a great time making them.  Yes, they awarded this product their Kid Kritics Approved Seal. 

Reserve brownies for special occasions.  Remember, a little is just enough.  This is a "keep one in your cupboard product"  and you'll be prepared when you get the call to bake some for a school fund-raiser.

…  for the health of your family,
ellen and sally

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RECIPE ALERT! No Bean Chili with Falafel Chips

    

Recipe by Healthy Recipe Mom, Antionette (mother of 3)

“This is easy and my kids loved it!”

PANS/EQUIPMENT: Large stock pot
PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOK TIME: 40 minutes
NUMBER OF SERVINGS: 6-8 (or more depending on ages)

1 pound ground turkey (no antibiotics)
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped

  
Add to stockpot and cook, stirring, until turkey is browned.

1 (32 ounce) box chicken broth
  
Add to pot and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low or until simmering.

1 Tablespoon chili powder (more or less to taste)
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 large (28 ounce) can chopped tomatoes, reduced sodium
1 small (4 ounce) can of mild green chilies
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

  
Stir into mixture in pot and allow to simmer 30 minutes.

1 bag Flamous Brands Organic Falafel Chips, Original (1 handful per bowl)
1 cup shredded cheese (white)

  
Add chips to bottom of each bowl and spoon chili over the top of the chips.  Top each bowl with a sprinkle (about 2    Tablespoons) of�
   shredded cheese.  Serve warm with extra Falafel Chips for dipping.

OPTIONS: Add 1/2 teaspoon dried (1/2 Tablespoon fresh) cilantro, parsley, and/or basil and a drizzle of olive oil or flaxseed oil.

6+ FOOD COLORS: Tan, yellow, white, red, brown, green, + golden option
6+ FOOD GROUPS: Meat, vegetables, fruits, grains, herbs/spices, dairy, + essential fatty acids option

GROCERY LIST:

  • 1 pound ground turkey (raised without antibiotics is best!)
  • Yellow onion
  • Fresh garlic
  • 2 (32 ounce) boxes chicken broth
  • Chili powder
  • Red bell pepper
  • 1 (28 ounce) can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 (4 ounce) can of mild green chilies
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • Flamous Brands Organic Falafel Chips, Original (1 handful per bowl)
  • Shredded cheese (white, organic is best!)
  • Optional: cilantro, parsley, basil, olive oil

 

 

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Performance Food: SWEET POTATOES fuel your heart, eyes, skin and more!

SWEET POTATOES  fuel your heart, eyes, skin, brain, ears, lungs and skin.  It is one of nature's best nutrient combinations for both growing and adult minds and bodies.  Bake it, grill it, or puree it for soup. Add cinnamon, ginger and even a little cayenne.  For a hint of green, add parsley flakes.  If you have fresh basil, chop it finely and blend it in with some butter.  (NO Marshmellows, please.)  Enjoy sweet potatoes year round.

…  for the health of families,
ellen and sally

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