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Radio: “Get Sweaty” – Free Exercise Program for Schools & Home!

Get Sweaty is a free, website that provides daily exercise videos for kids and tweens. Physical activity is key to the prevention of childhood obesity and poor health. Physical Education programs are disappearing in schools. Angel Cicerone has created a colorful fun daily program on www.GetSweaty.com. Kids lead the exercises. Points and prizes are awarded. This is a win/win. You must tune in (www.BetterFoodChoicesRadio.com) and listen to Angel.
… for the health of your family,
ellen and sally

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Grocery List: Wild Berry Burst Superfood by Greens+

To ward off colds and the flu, to build brain and muscle power, to regain and maintain over all health, add this Wild Berry Burst Superfood by Greens+ to  your smoothies.  One tablespoon is equivalent to about 5 salad bowls of the long list of superfoods found in this product.  Thus, even a teaspoon is loaded with nutrients most of which you can't find in the produce section of your store.  Yes, it tastes delicious!   Just ask a Kid Kritic It's berry flavors blend well with juices and water.  Put his on your grocery list. Kids Kritics logo with R

… for the health of your family,
ellen and sally

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Recipe: Coconut Berry Oatmeal by Amy

"It is so delicious, so satiating, and there is no refined sugars at all.  The Wyman's frozen berries I used in this oatmeal was provided to me by Kid Kritics, and they were AMAZING!!  The package said the berries were from Maine.  They were super sweet (without any sugar in them of course), and perfectly ripe!" (Amy, mom of 3)

Equipment: saucepan and wooden spoon
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Number of Servings: 4 (or more, depending on ages)

 - 2 cups water
 - 1 cup coconut milk
   Cook water and coconut milk on stove until it begins to boil.

 - 1 cup steel cut oats
 - 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Add steel cut oats and vanilla.  Return to a boil.  Lower temperature.  Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes.

 - 1 cup frozen mixed berries
Add frozen berries (No need to defrost them). Cook for 10-20 minutes longer, covered until liquid is absorbed into oats to liking.

OPTIONS: Amy says, "This can be put in the fridge and portioned out for several mornings in a row – which is what I do!"

This recipe is also featured on Amy's blog: superhealthykids.com                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      GROCERY LIST:
 - Coconut milk
 - Steel cut oats
 - Vanilla extract
 - Frozen Triple Berry Blend, Wyman's of Maine

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Performance Food: Cayenne fuels your brain, heart and more!

Cayenne powder, made from chili peppers, has nutrients that feed your brain, bones, ears (hearing), eyes, hair, heart, lungs, mouth/teeth, muscles, nails, nerves, nose (smell), and skin. It promotes circulation, endorphin production, reduces inflammation and thus pain, gets rid of mucous thereby relieving congestion, and it enhances your energy.  Don't be afraid to put cayenne in meat, fish, bean dishes, dips, sauces, and eggs when feeding your family.  Most kids love spicy!  Spruce up your meals with this power powder.

… for the health of your family,
ellen and sally

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Radio: Mary’s Gone Crackers over Gluten-Free. Meet Mary!

Anyone who names their company Mary's Gone Crackers has to be a lot of fun.  Mary won't disappoint you.  Her Gluten-Free, Wheat Free, Nut Free, Dairy Free products are loved by adults and kids, especially her new line of cookies.  Tune to find out what makes them so good.  Tune in Friday, Jan. 20th, at Noon EST – www.BetterFoodChoicesRadio.com or listen on iTunes

… for the health of your family,
ellen and sally 

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Grocery List: Kavli Crispy Thin is Kid Kritics Approved!

Surprised?  Over ninety-six percent of the kids loved this thin crispy cracker!  It has just enough taste and crunch appeal to win them over.  " Yummy… I loved it… tastes a little like bread."  We like the thin whole grain approach.  Spread some organic butter, peanut or almond butter, jam, organic cream cheese or shredded cheese on top.  Add a few parsley flakes and/or paprika for nutrient color value.  Let your kids do this – try layers for fun. Great for snacks and lunch boxes. It is more filling than you think. Put this on your grocery list. 

… for the health of families,
ellen and sally

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Recipe: Gluten-Free Maple Peanut Butter Cookies


“We added dark chocolate chips to half the batch. We liked Joseph's Sugar Free Syrup because it was low in carbs per serving.  I substituted 1 Tablespoon syrup for 1/2 cup sugar.  My daughter has Celiac Disease and Type I Diabetes.” (Rebecca, mom of 2)

Preheat: Oven to 350 degrees 

Equipment: 1 mixing bowl, 2 nonstick cookie sheets

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 10 min

Number of Servings: 12-14 cookies


  1. 1 Tbsp Joseph’s Original Sugar Free Syrup, Maple


  2. 1 cup natural peanut butter


  3. 1/2 cup brown sugar


  4. 1 large egg, beaten


  5. 1 tsp gluten-free vanilla

    Add all ingredients to mixing bowl and combine to form a smooth mixture. Drop by miniature scoop onto cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 min.

Add 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips and/or 1/4 cup chopped walnuts. Try adding 1 Tablespoon ground flax seeds and 1 Tablespoon water to the recipe or use peanut butter with added omega-3 fatty acids (such as Once Again brand).


  • Joseph’s Original Sugar Free Syrup, Maple
  • natural peanut butter
  • brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • gluten-free vanilla extract
  • dark chocolate chips (optional)

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Performance Food: Grapefruit fuels your eyes, lungs and more!

Grapefruit is filled with nutrients that feed your brain, blood, bones, ears (hearing), eyes, hair, lungs, mouth/teeth, nails, nerves, and nose (sense of smell)!  Every bite works hard to manage your health and provide performance energy.  This is the best time of year to find U.S. grown beautiful ripe grapefruits.  We love ruby reds.  Eat the sections for breakfast, lunch boxes, snacks, in salads, and use its juices in place of lemons and limes when cooking chicken and fish. Drink grapefruit juice. Just a little of this power fruit will go a long way.  Put it on your grocery list.

… for the health of your family,
ellen and sally

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Radio Gem: Fill your grocery cart with 75% produce!

 This grocery cart fails!

Seventy-five percent of your grocery cart should contain fresh fruits and vegetables.  You heard it right. This is because seventy-five percent of your dinner plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables.*  Seems like a lot, doesn't it? Start working toward this goal today.  If you only have 15% produce, increase it to 20% next time you shop.  If you are up to 50% go for 60%.  Gradually you will feel comfortable with buying and serving more fresh produce.  Be one of the ten percent of parents who listen and take action.

… for the health of your family,
ellen and sally

* Thank you Kimberly Stewart, www.EatingBetweentheLines.net

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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.