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Easter Brunch Menu – plan to make this one

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Talk about a menu that gives you plenty of time to enjoy your guests, energizes everyone for a fun day with family and friends, has a Performance rating of 8 Food Groups and 8 Naturally Sourced Colors making it a powerhouse meal, and has a delicious something for everyone: Asparagus & Ham Frittata, Raspberry Almond Tart, Citrus Juice Bar! Please don't shy away from offering this to your kids.  The presentation of the cheese coated Frittata enriched with finely diced thin asparagus and ham (lean and organic if possible) is inviting with its tasty aroma.  This tart's crust is made with almond butter, filled with yogurt of your choice with a little orange juice, topped with fresh raspberries, then served cold.  Who can resist a juice bar with grapefruit, orange and blood orange juices (yellow, orange and red)?  Listen to how Natalie from the Super Healthy Kids website and blog created these recipes. Click HereEnjoy Your Brunch!

… for the health of your family,
ellen

Couldn't you use a free case of Oat Blueberry Lemon Whenever Bars, gluten free (Pamela's Products), for breakfast, lunch and snacks?  Enter to win. www.KidKritics.com/sweepstakes today!  (prizes change on Sunday night)


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Kid Kritics Cooking Egg Burritos

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Kids need to eat more eggs.  Have them cook their own.  Yes, they can crack those eggs, beat them and add ingredients such as salsa, milk and Parmesan cheese to make Egg Burritos.  Kid Kritics prepared and cooked them yesterday!  Even those who made faces and said they don't like eggs gobbled them up. For this recipe click Here.

… for the health of your family,
ellen

How would you like to fill your cupboards with Oat Blueberry Lemon Whenever Bars, gluten free?  Great for breakfast, lunch and snacks.  Enter to win a case by Pamela's Products.  www.KidKritics.com/sweepstakes.

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Pink Slime. What is it?

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Pink Slime is the either Boneless Lean Beef Trimmings (BLBT) or Lean Finely Textured Beef (LFTB) that is created from low quality beef trimmings and connective tissue, and is treated with ammonia hydroxide (ammonia and water) to kill bacteria.  It is used in ground beef – may represent up to 25% of patties. The problem is that you didn't know this was added to the ground beef products you have been buying.  We don't like to feel violated.  Maybe you would be okay with spending less for this mix of beef and fat if you knew this was added to reduce the price.  Having the facts is essential for your decision process. Some beef companies said they are eliminating pink slime from their products. Schools are also moving to remove it from their meals. Makers of pink slime are reportedly shutting down some the production plants. Hue and cry does work!  So does voting with your pocket book.

Another truth: ammonia hydroxide is found in many processed products – baked goods, cheeses, chocolate, snack foods, jam, jellies, pudding and more.  This is why we recommend eating fewer packaged and more fresh foods.

As you know, organic and grass feed beef is the best.  You get more with every bite – a little goes a long way.  Eat less and get more for your money.

… for the health of your family,
ellen

Do forget to enter to Win a Case of Oat Blueberry Lemon Whenever Bars, gluten free, by Pamela's Products.  www.KidKritics.com/sweepstakes.  Enter more than once to up your odds!

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Grocery List. Yummi Bears Vitamin D3

  

The daylight is increasing yet, most kids, even in the south, are not receiving enough Vitamin D from the sun.  Either due to weather, use of sun-screen or indoor behavior patterns, deprivation of this vitamin is common among kids. Supplements are a practical way to provide adequate amounts in their blood stream. Vitamin D3 is a nutrient powerhouse.It is vital for the efficient use of calcium by the body. Lack of it opens the doors for brittle bones. It is know to boost ones immune system and has even has been shown to be a protective agent against cancers.   

   

What an easy way to ensure you children have an adequate amount of Vitamin D3.  These Yummi Bears by Hero Nutritionals taste delicious, as verified by the Kid Kritics. Plus, they are Allergen, Gluten and Dairy Free. They're for everyone! Add them to your supplement grocery list.

 

… for the health of your family,

ellen

 

Hope you are the one I call next Monday to say, You Won!"  Enter to win a Case of Oat Blueberry Lemon Whenever Bars, gluten free, by Pamela's Products.  Perfect breakfast, lunch and snack food.  www.KidKritics.com/sweepstakes.

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Please vote Yes for GMO labeling, now.

 

I try to stay away from politics but this is just too important – GMO foods have invaded our food system and now are proving to cause health and eco challenges… I predict more will be discovered.  Don't you think you should know which foods are genetically altered before you decide to buy them? Please read below.

"Right now we have 48 hours left to tell President Obama and the FDA that it’s time to label genetically engineered foods on a legal petition filed with the FDA by the Just Label It coalition. Tomorrow is the deadline to make comment, please add your voice today!

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Last year a Canadian study discovered that insecticide toxins from genetically engineered (GMO) crops were found in the blood of 93% of blood samples taken from pregnant women and 80% umbilical cords tested. Monsanto has maintained that these toxins in their crops would never affect the food supply or affect humans, but can we trust them? Today 88% of corn and 94% of soybeans are genetically engineered. How could this be affecting you and your family?

For the past 20 years, Americans have been denied the basic right to know what’s in our food, despite the fact that nearly 50 countries around the world already require labeling of genetically engineered food.

Unlike America, countries such as Russia and China label GMOs, allowing their citizens the fundamental right to know what they’re eating! Why not the U.S.? Because giant biotech and seed companies like Monsanto have written the rules for our governmental regulatory agencies and paid billions in lobbying, PR and campaign donations over the past two decades.

Please pass this link onto your friends:

http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/go/554?akid=496.88584.GuMJDA&t=5

Thank you for participating in food democracy,

(Remember, democracy is like a muscle – use it or lose it!)

Dave, Lisa and the Food Democracy Now! team"

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Recipe. Super Easy Turkey Chili

Simply delicious and loaded with nutrients (vegetables, fruit, legumes, poultry, herbs/spices).  In your crockpot, throw ground turkey, chopped onions and bell peppers, tomato sauce, beans and seasoning (sea salt, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, parsley) and cook on slow while you are at work.  Return home with your hungry kids, pour some in bowls, top with grated cheese and serve.  Or, get fancy and spoon some in a scooped out whole grain roll.  This is a meal in one – Performance Rating:  6 naturally sourced colors, 5 food groups – actually 6 when you top with cheese. What a great inexpensive meal your family will gobble up. For details: http://www.kidkritics.com/recipes/Super-Easy-Turkey-Chili-(Slow-Cooker)/218.  Enjoy!

… for the health of your family,
ellen

Now you can Win a Case of Oat Blueberry Lemon Whenever Bars, gluten free, by Pamela's Products.  "They taste like cake."  – just one of many yummy quotes from the Kid Kritics.  They are for everyone, with or without wheat allergies.  Great for breakfast, lunches and snacks. www.KidKritics.com/sweepstakes

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Coconut is full of Good News

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Pure Coconut Water is "nature's great re-hydrater"  – its full of sodium, potassium, phosphorous and magnesium making it an excellent placement for energy and sports drinks.  Plus it has just enough sugar to make it taste yummy and as well as refreshing.  Tropical countries have been serving it to their very young, growing children, and adults for years.  It even has been used for electrolytes (minerals) and hydration replacement for the sick, especially those with stomach bugs.  

Coconut Oil is also a winner.  It's medium chain fats are smaller and thus more easily digested, immediately used by the liver to produce energy avoiding spikes and fat storage.  And, it contains important anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.  Thus, not all saturated fats are the same.  This is one you want to include in your food mix.  The other good news is that is has a high heat tolerance making it the preferred oil for cooking. 

As with any produce, organic is better.  We are currently researching the brands we would recommend.  Be sure to avoid coconut waters that are  "sweetened" and have added flavors.  Buy it straight and serve on ice.  Delish!  

Thanks to our team member, Carolina Jintac, MS,RD,LD, for this in depth interview about coconut products.  To hear all her good news: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/familyfoodexperts/2012/03/23/coconut-craze–how-good-is-it-for-you.

You will be so glad you did!

… for the health of your family,
ellen

No time like the present.  Enter to Win a Case of Gluten-Free Organic Brownie Mix by Simply Organic.  Makes yummy Birthday and Holiday treats for those with or without wheat allergies!  www.KidKritics.com/sweepstakes


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Do you Throw Out $500 to $2000 of Food every Year?

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Research says you do. Yearly you trash: Milk & Yogurt: 13%. Grains: 14%. Fruit & Juices: 16%. Vegetables: 25%*  Rest: non-perishables. A number one reason is we buy too much – overstock – that means lack of planning. I would add that with good intentions, moms buy fresh vegetables but then do not prepare and serve them bowing down to a number of excuses… time especially.  Please pay attention to what you are buying: those who make grocery lists waste less.

It doesn't help that fresh vegetables are off to a bad start thanks to the constant spraying by stores. They are dripping wet when you put them into your cart… a recipe for decay.  These need to be wrapped in paper towels for moisture absorption while being refrigerated.  Then washed and dried before use.  I know, it takes time.  To avoid this issue, I reach for those stacked in the back, buy from Fresh Product Markets and try to grow some of my own. If you see some vegetables on the verge of going bad, throw them in the freezer for later use in omeletes, casseroles, sauteed dishes, and soups. 

Another thought: weekly, check those back corners of all the shelves in your refrigerator.  That's where the forgotten gets shoved and stays awhile.  I am often surprised at what I find in these darker places.  Wish they would invent rotating shelves… !

They say that only 12% of contents in refrigerator-freezers are leftovers*… that's really low. Does this mean you are throwing out too much, or, your family is eating all the food your prepare for them?  I'll bet some of these leftovers are "doggy bags."  Even in this economy, "spending on restaurants and take-out meats still makes up about half of food expenditures."*

We love leftovers in our home.  They open the door for lunches and subsequent dinners. Bottom Line: Leftovers can save you time and money  – all $500 to $2000 of it. 

… for the health of your family,
ellen

It is your turn to Win a Case of Kid Kritics Approved food?  This week, a case of Cocoa Brownie Mix, Gluten-Free and Organic by Simply Organic.  You will be well supplied with birthday and holiday treats!  These are yum!  Even your family and friends with wheat allergies can enjoy every bite! www.KidKritics.com/sweepstakes

* "Leftovers: Tasty or Trash?", Sarah Nassauer, Wall Street Journal, March 21, 2012, p. D1.

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Grocery List: Chocolate Walnut Cookies, sugar free

 

Kid Kritics enjoyed these all natural sugar-free cookies. No corn syrup, artificial sweeteners or additives in these treats! They are minimally processed and naturally sweetened with a proprietary European formula using maltitol made from chicory root  that avoids side effects experienced with other maltitol formulations.  This is why Joseph's Lite Cookies are the only sugar free products we recommend.  They offer one way to stay away from too much sugar thereby  preventing a Pre-Diabetic or a full Diabetic diagnosis. Joseph has Juvenile Diabetes and that's why he created these cookies. They offer your family a healthier option that tastes great!

… for the health of your family,
ellen

More chocolate!  Gluten Free Organic Cocoa Brownie Mix by Simply Organic is this week's Kid Kritics Approved Food Giveaway Sweepstakes prize.  Go to www.KidKritics.com/sweepstakes today. Enter more than once to up your odds.

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Recipe. A La Sesame and Peanut Butter Granola

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Granola or Granola Bars.  Both can be make with this recipe.  Feel free to replace the peanut butter and peanuts with other nut/seed butters or other nuts.  The Kid Kritics loved these as bars, ate every bit.  When you pour some rice milk over the crumbled version, oh my goodness it is good.  Thank you Deneen, mother of 3, for creating this recipe for us.  "I tried this recipe with my very picky 8 year old. He watched me make it, and even got to taste the soft granola mix before it was baked. Over the last couple of years, I've created a variety of granola flavors, and he usually declines after tasting them. This was the first one he loved. So, it is very kid-friendly as well as being nutritious."  Nutritious it is.  Did you know sesame seeds are a great source of calcium, and their oils do wonders for you brain and extended neural system?  And there's more… have fun making this recipe with your kids.  Have even more fun eating it!  http://www.kidkritics.com/recipes/A-La-Sesame-and-Peanut-Butter-Granola-by-Deneen/168

… for the health of your family,
ellen

This week's sweepstakes prize: a Case of Cocoa Brownie Mix – organic and gluten-free by Simply Organic!  Enter to win: www.KidKritics.com/sweepstakes


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