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Dad gives Picky Eater Tips!

Dad Timmons says he has picky eaters among his 5 children.  Here are his 3 tips to dealing with them. 1. Serve smaller portions on smaller plates. Prevents sense of overwhelm. 2. Feed them with a "healthy conscious", meaning, feed them fresh food.  It tastes better. Stay away from processed, especially canned foods. 3. Say, "that's it.!"  He used to take orders as if he was a restaurant and then the light bulb went on – no more.  What I serve is what you get or just drink water.  No, he is not worrying about his kids going hungry. When listening to Joseph talk about his picky eaters, it is clear he knows their issues.  One was, "My son will eat bright green cooked broccoli but not muddy green."  I say he's a smart boy – who want mushy broccoli?  Another was because one does not like eating the white of an egg, he scrambles it instead.  I loved the fact that this dad does not cook with salt. Instead he uses herbs and spices to flavor his food.  Oh, and one more thing.  Be sure to offer a nice food presentation instead of just piling it on the plate – much more inviting!  For more, listen to today's show on www.iTunes.com, podcasts, Better Food Choices.  It will be worth your time.

… for the health of your family,
ellen

Who wouldn't like to have a case of Ranch Dressing Mix by Simply Organic?  A stash in your pantry for the holidays would be a great help! Go to www.KidKritics.com/sweepstakes today!

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A Meal in a Pie Recipe!

Quiche, a fancy French word for an open egg-based pie, is so easy to make! Many run from it because it sounds so gourmet.  All you do is get a pie crust and lightly bake it.  Then add beaten eggs and any combination of fillers.  Many use cheese, spinach and bacon (turkey please) or a good sausage mixed with a little cream or milk.  Sauted broccoli, carrots, onions, garlic, herbs, tomatoes, shredded sweet potatoes, beans, chicken… the list of possibilities is a long as your imagination and your food inventory.   Once you pour the egg filler into the crust, bake it until the eggs are firm. Any combination is filled with high performance nutrients! When we served a Spinach Bacon Quiche to the Kid Kritics, they all began chanting, "Quiche, Quiche, Quiche…" They became instant fans.  There are lots of recipes!  One is featured on www.KidKritics.com. Go for it and customize one to suit your family's palate!

… for the health of your family,
ellen

Don't forget to sign up to Win a Case of Ranch Dressing Mix by Simply Organic!  No junk ingredients.  Also use is for a dip.  Kid Kritics loved it!  Go to www.KidKritics.com/sweepstakes.  Enter more than once to up your odds!

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And the Winner is… Lois from Arkansas!

Lois loves to bake so she is really going to enjoy having a case of Organic Raw Honey (Wholesome Sweeteners) in her pantry. Should cover her through the holidays!  Too bad we don't live in her neighborhood.
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If you like to entertain both your family and friends, then sign up this week to win a case of Ranch Salad Dressing Mix by Simply Organic
. Save all that money you spend on ranch dressings made with junk ingredients.  Not only is this one healthier and super delicious (just ask the Kid Kritics), it can also be used as a dip.  Go to www.KidKritics.com/sweepstakes today!

… for the health of your family,
ellen

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Performance Food of the Week! WALNUTS

Walnuts fuel your Brain, Blood, Bones, Hair, Heart, Muscles, Nails, Nerves and Skin! That's a lot of nutrient power from one or more bites. Your money is well spent when you buy some for your family.  Buy broken pieces to save some money.  Put them in cereals, salads, and trail mixes.  Use them as coatings on meat and fish and as fresh toppings on casseroles, bean dishes and desserts.  Store them in the refrigerator  as their oils may go rancid at room temperature.  I like to pop some in my mouth straight from the freezer – nice and crunchy!  Make walnuts a staple in your kitchen!

… for the health of your family,
ellen

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Breakfast for about $1.00 All good!

One free-range egg scrambled with Parmesan cheese and a smoothie made with water (your own filtered), ice, half a banana and peanut butter – about $1.00!  For some green power, sprinkle in a few parsley flakes. You can replace PB with another nut of seed butter -use just a spoonful or two.  (Please avoid sugar added brands).  Your kids will stay healthy full for hours and hopefully be totally focused and behave as well!

… for the health of your family,
ellen

Win a Case of Organic Raw Honey Fair Trade by Wholesome Sweeteners.  A holiday baking bonus!  Go to www.KidKritics.com/sweepstakes today. To up your odds, enter more than once.

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Recipe Surprise. It’s a Kid Kritics winner!

The Amazing Kid-Friendly Veggie Casserole was sent in by a mom who told us her kids love this. I was skeptical but went ahead,  made it and had the Kid Kritics taste test it.  Was I surprised.  They not only loved it, they begged for seconds and thirds.  We could have chopped the veggies more finely but due to time, didn't.  A couple of boys were not broccoli fans so they grizzled.  The rest were happy campers.  It is easy so go for it – a great way to get vegetables into the mouths of your kids! Go to www.KidKritics.com - its the featured recipe of the week!

… for the health of your family,
ellen

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Apple Juice. Yes or No?

Dr. Oz has moms wondering whether to feed their kids apple juice or not.  It is time to narrow down the truths so you can make good decisions.  First one: do not buy imported fresh or processed produce.  Those from Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand may be excepted due to their strict produce guidelines.  Most other countries, and especially China, have suspect produce practices.  This is where metals, such as arsenic are being found. Buy 100% U.S.A.  Secondly: Buy local and even better, organic.  Thirdly: Dilute all 100% juices when serving, or, skip them all together and feed your kids organic apples.  Sugar added juices should be a no.  Water, plain or with lemon juice is what kid really need.  Save safe fruit juices as a treat.

… for the health of your family,
ellen

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Performance Food: Olives Fuel your Brain, Heart and more!

Olives are filled with nutrients that feed your brain, heart, muscles and skin! We like the green ones best.  Kids love sticking them on the ends of their fingers.  This usually entices them to eat some.  Try green olive dips and spreads made with cheeses and/or nuts such as pecans.  These can be used in sandwiches and wraps. Doing this will add menu variety of nutrient benefits and flavor.  Chicken dishes with lemon and sliced green olives are delicious.  You may want to start with just a little and gradually add the full amount of olives recommended in a recipe.  Broaden your brain power with green olives!

… for the health of your family,
ellen

P.S. Olives are listed by most as vegetables, and, because it contains a pit, they are really a fruit!

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Game Plan, your #1 Tool for the Business of Motherhood!

It just makes sense.  All businesses need a game plan.  Teachers use a game plan.  Moms, you need one, too.  Amy Smith of www.MomTiniLounge.com, mother of 3, shares the obvious with us – well, it is obvious once you listen to her. From making a "What's Happening" big family calendar for all to see to pre-setting breakfast at night, Amy shared priceless tools for managing your business of motherhood.  A biggie: get your kids to help and give them important job titles such as Veterinarian (pet chores), Assistant Chef (kitchen helper).  Thirty minutes listening to Amy's interview is like reading a must-have how-to manual.  Go to www.iTunes.com  "Better Food Choices" and look for "Tools for the Business of Motherhood." You will be so glad you did!

… for the health of your family,
ellen

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Motherhood is a Business – find out why and how to manage it!

Moms, you are managing a Business of Motherhood!  Want to get a crash course on how to run it?  Tune in to listen to Amy Smith, founder of www.MomTiniLounge.com, on www.BetterFoodChoicesRadio.com Friday, Sept. 16, Noon EDT or later on iTunes "Better Food Choices."  You will be so glad you did!

… for the health of families,

ellen

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