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Which do you think is healthier, Butter or Margarine?

Is butter healthier than margarine? Don't feel alone if you are not sure.  Some think butter is healthier because it is more natural. Some say margarine is better for you since it has less fat. The problem with margarine is how the fats used are processed.  We don't recommend any.  Butter, used in moderation, especially that sourced from healthier fed dairy cows, is our choice.  Healthy fats such as the premier kind, olive oil, is wonderful and better for cooking.  Flaxseed oil is good one but turns rancid easily so keep it refrigerated, sealed, and do not use it for cooking. Good fats are your friends.  Enjoy them.

… for the health of your family,
ellen

 - Idea for this blog came from "Good, bad, ugly fats. But do consumers know which are which?"  www.nutrainingredients-usa.com.

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Latest Kid Kritics Approved Recipe!

 

The Almond Cinnamon Granola Bar recipe sent to us by Healthy Recipe Mom, Deneen, is out of this world!  I will admit that I wasn't sure the kids would approve it since all you see is a cluster of shiny rolled oats, almond pieces, green pumpkin seeds and raisins. Well, they loved, loved, loved it – devouring every available remaining crumbs.  "Best bar I ever had… it had Pizazz… it tasted like Pizazz!"  The cinnamon and cinnamon agave syrup ingredients are what sells the kids on these nutrient-packed bars.  And, they are so easy to make!  Put this on your "Favorite" recipe list. 

… for the health of families,
ellen

Win a Case of Springlets bottled water for kids by Iceland Spring.  Little hands can hold this bottle and it is high in pH (8.88) making it super healthy and refreshing for your children.  Plus, there are really cool stickers inside this case.  Enter by going to www.KidKritics.com/sweepstakes today!

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Performance Food: Cantaloupe Fuels your Brain, Hair and more!

Nutrients in this fruit feed your brain, bones, eyes, hair, lungs, nails, nerves, nose and skin! Fresh from the U.S. – there's cantaloupe everywhere at this time of year. Sprinkle some lemon juice on it and your kids will find it tastier.  Add some to a fruit cocktail, salad, or use it as a side decoration for a chicken or fish entree. Thin cantaloupe slices are fun to eat – watermelon style.  When you cut it up and store it in some citrus juice, one cantaloupe go a long way when you serve a little here and a little there. 

… for the health of your family,
ellen

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Start Eating for your Baby BEFORE you are Pregnant!

Prepare your womb with good eating habits before you are pregnant.  When you test positive for pregnancy you are already at least 2 weeks along.  So stop with the smoking, drinking and drugs well before you conceive to give your baby his or her best odds. Also, Dr. Keri Batiskov  says no raw fish or meat (sushi), deli meats, fast foods, unpasteurized milk and soft cheeses, artificial additives, fake sugars, fish with mercury, sodas… AND YES to fruits, vegetables, grains, meats, good fats, eggs,dairy and WATER!  "Eat from the earth."  Definitely take supplements per your doctor's recommendations, especially folic acid, and hold off on herbal supplements during your pregnancy.  Take the time to listen to more from Dr. Batiskov, go to www.BetterFoodChoicesRadio.com or iTunes ("Better Food Choices".

… for the health of your family,|
ellen

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Do You Know the difference between Hamburger and Ground Beef?

  GROUND BEEF

Hamburger has about 30% added fat.  Ground Beef does not.  I agree with Kimberly Stewart (Eating Between the Lines).  I would rather pay for a pound of ground beef meat than a pound of hamburger with all its added fat that cooks out.  Would you?

… for the health of families,
ellen

New Sweepstakes prize: Bunny Graham Friends by Annie's Homegrown.  To win a case, enter by going to www.KidKritics.com/sweepstakes!   

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Bunny Graham Friends. This week’s sweepstakes prize

You may be as lucky as Kathleen from Washington and win a Kid Kritics Approved Food Giveaway Sweepstakes prize!  She was given a choice of Veggie Stix products and chose the Pizza ones!  "You have made my day!"  Now you can enter to win a case of Bunny Graham Friends by Annie's Homegrown.  Perfect for school lunches and snacks!  Go to www.KidKritics.com/sweepstakes to enter.

… for the health of families,
ellen

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Performance Food: Spinach fuels more than your muscles!

Spinach is filled with nutrients that feed your Brain, Ears, Eyes, Hair, Heart, Lungs, Mouth/Teeth, Muscles, Nails, Nerves and Skin.  One bite nourishes your growing children in a mighty way. Two or more bites are nutrient powerhouses.  There are lots of ways to feed your family spinach: dips, salads, lasagna and other pasta or rice dishes.  Try spinach quiche and omelets or at least put some in scrambled eggs with cheese.- your kids may positively surprise you!  Make spinach a weekly veggie in your household.

… for the health of your family,
ellen

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Yummy Healthy Birthday Cake Toppings!

Thanks to Nutrition Babes Registered Dieticians, Lauren Harris Pincus and Kathy Siegel, we have a great list of cake toppings to replace sugar-filled frosting and dyed decorations:

- Icing: gluten-free, no high fructose corn syrup, no hydrogenated or trans fats whip cream: TruWhip
- Fresh fruit, cut or sliced
- Frozen fruit, drained
- Dried fruit
- Nuts, only when there are no allergy concerns
- Non-eatable decorations: curled ribbon, plastic creatures, other plastic decor

I am adding mint leaves and flowers (for girls)! Get creative.  Have you kids help decorate their cakes. For more delicious tips about Healthier Birthday Celebrations for home and school parties listen on iTunes, Better Food Choices.  Then, please, let us know your ideas!

… for the health of your family,
ellen

Don't forget about the YOU WIN, YOU CHOSE! sweepstakes this week.  When I call the winner, he or she will tell me whether to ship a case of Original, Pizza, Hot Veggie Stix or Chips to him or her.  Plus this is the last week you can win "The Princess and the Pop Star" DVD by Veggie Tales.  Go to www.KidKritics.com/sweepstakes and enter today!


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Did You Know: Average Americans eats 2 Tons of Sugar during in their lifetime.

That's 1/3 a pound of sugar daily. No wonder about 75% of Americans are overweight.*  Yes, sugar turns to fat when not used.  Bet your family and friends are not active enough to burn up this many sugar calories. Fat is not the only health issue presented by sugar.  Free radicals, viruses and bacteria feed on it causing all kinds of health problems. Don't be average. Please take heed. Give you kids great odds at school this year. Serve and consume less sugar.

… for the health of  your family,
ellen

Source: "This Substance Foods Your Metabolism – and Tricks Your Body into Gaining Pounds," Dr. Mercola, July 26, 2011.

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New Kid Kritics Approved Product: Cornbread & Muffin Mix, Gluten Free, by Pamela’s

 

"Best cornbread I've ever tasted. Think she (Pamela) should keep the recipe as it is because it is the best it can ever be.  If she could make it better, she is REALLY talented!"  One of many wonderful Kid Kritic quotes describing their feelings about Pamela's Gluten-Free Cornbread & Muffin Mix.  We made and served the kids one of the recipes found on the packaging "Pamela's Sweet Old Fashioned Cornbread." This mix is a recommended staple for your home. So many variations for breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner may be made with this – try pouring some chili over a slice! 

… for the health of your family,
ellen

YOU WIN. YOU CHOOSE!  Yes, if you win this week's sweepstakes, you may choose which case of  Veggie Stix or Veggie Chips you want shipped to your home.  When I call you , you'll tell me! And, this is the last week you can win the Veggie Tales DVD, "The Princess and the Pop Star."  So enter now, enter more than once to up your odds: www.KidKritics.com/sweepstakes

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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.