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Recipe. Gluten Free Trail Mix

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Yummy trail mix you can personalize to your own family's preferences … plus it is gluten free! Try it!  RECIPE

Thank you Rebecca (Healthier Recipe Mom of two) for creating this crunchy breakfast, lunch and snack filler solution.

… for the health of your family,
ellen

New Prize!  This week win a case of Gluten Free Mini Pretzels by Snyder's of Hanover. www.KidKritics.com/sweepstakes

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Kid Kritics Cooking “Egg Salad Kids Love”

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These kids not only made egg salad, they ate it!  Some confessed they never have eaten eggs… thought they were yucky.  But, they really liked these.  Want the recipe? CLICK HERE 

… for the health of your family,
ellen


Win a Case of Organic Bunny Classics Buttery Rich Crackers by Annie's Homegrown.  A mom used them to make No-Fry Chicken Nuggets that are so good, the Kid Kritics awarded this recipe their Seal of Approval. (Click Here for Recipe) Enter to win: www.KidKritics.com/sweepstakes

 

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Recipe. Mac & Cheese Muffins

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Mac & Cheese Muffins – what a great idea! "It was a fun way to eat Mac and Cheese. We had it for lunch but you can take it on the go for a picnic or as a snack!"(Fernanda, mother of 2)  This Healthier Recipe Mom was creative.  I've made them.  Super easy.  Kid Kritics comments: "Too good to be true. Gooder than real mac and cheese. Extraordinary. Supreme adventure!"  For recipe, CLICK HERE. Ask your kids to make them!

… for the health of your family,
ellen

NEW PRIZE!  Win a case of Organic Bunny Classics Buttery Rich Crackers by Annie's Homegrown. www.KidKritics.com/sweepstakes

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Lemons. Performance Food of the Week

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Lean on lemons to prevent disease, defeat free-radicals, cleanse your digestive tract, help lower blood pressure, increase your HDL (good cholesterol), while feeding your brain, blood, bones, ears, eyes, hair, lungs, mouth/teeth, nails, and skin.  All that and more in one lovely lemon.  Put thin slices in water, daily.  Use lemons to marinate fish and chicken. Squeeze some in baking recipes, over other fruit and vegetables such as asparagus, beans, peas, sweet potatoes and carrots.  Use it in salad dressings.  Add lemon juice to as many possibilities available to add flavor while caring for your body.  And, don't forget to drip some on a bite or sting to remove the poison and pain!  Always have a lemon or two in your kitchen.

… for the health of your family,
ellen

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“Try one, two or three pot Gardening”, says Jesse Ziff Cool

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Keep it simple.  Start with three, two or one pots, good organic soil, seeds and water.  That's it!  The soil is key to making gardening easy.  And, you must keep the soil moist.  No green thumbs required.  Jesse recommends that your first plants be lettuce, radishes, carrots, baby beets, potatoes… yes root vegetables as well. For herbs, first try thyme, rosemary, oregano, sage, basil, parsley and chives.  Don't expect your results to be perfect, just do it and keep trying.  Get you kids involved.  You'll find that when they grow it, they will eat it.  For more of our interview with food expert, chef, cookbook author and organic gardener, LISTEN HERE.

… for the health of your family,
ellen

Wouldn't you like a stash of Creamy Almond Butter with Omega 3s by Once Again Nut Butter to fill your cupboard?  Enter to win a case. www.KidKritics.com/sweepstakes

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Is this you?

momFoodShopping

90% of shoppers buy products not on shopping list, study finds.
A study by The Integer Group and M/A/R/C Research found that 90% of shoppers buy items not on their grocery list, with 66% enticed by promotions, 30% lured by coupons and 23% wanting to pamper themselves. The study also found that list-makers typically write down a product, not brand.*  Is this the way you shop for your family's food? 

Are you one of the 90% who makes buying decisions based on food companies directing with their advertising and marketing ploys?  I understand the desire to pamper yourself, moms, but basing 23% of your buying decisions are on this is excessive 'I deserve…'  thinking.  No wonder we have a serious health epidemic in so many diseases in this country. 

Yet, when talking to moms, I am reminded that you know better.  I know you want to feed your kids healthier foods.  So why do you let others, who bank on your emotional and easy way out impulses, drive you to spend your money their way?  Make your list, with healthier brands.  Buy fresh.  Spend less. (So many coupons are for highly processed, nutrient-empty, costly unhealthy products – watch out!  Focus on those for product that meet our ingredient standards.).  Use our Kid Kritics Approved Grocery List as a guideline.  CLICK HERE.  Make better shopping decisions using your thoughtful shopping list. TIP: Have a healthy core list of foods to always have in your kitchen. Then keep replacing those you use.  Take the reins and decide how you are going to spend hard earned money!

… for the health of your family,
ellen

* GMA@smartbrief.com, 4/19/12

Add this to your today 's To Do List.  Enter to Win a whole Case of Creamy Almond Butter with Omega 3s by Once Again Nut Butter. www.KidKritics.com/sweepstakes

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GMO Food. Yes or No?

Do you want GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) food for your family?  GMO food has had its genes spliced with lab-replicated genes from other animals, plants, and viruses to make it resistant to insects, heat, drought and more so it will grow more easily for mass production.  This includes cross specie changes. 91% of soy  and 85% of corn are now GMO produce. Many scientists and health professionals are concerned about the long term health issues attached to the consumption of GMO food.  "In one study, traces of insecticide were present in the blood of 93% of pregnant women and in 80% of umbilical cord blood." * Others say time for more research is needed. 30 countries, including the European Union, Australia and Japan won't allow GMO farming. They didn't wait until health negative results surfaced. 

How would you know if you are eating GMO food?  You won't, unless the food companies are required to use a GMO label .Or, unless you buy all organic, stay away form the Top 8: corn, soybeans, canola, cottonseed, sugar beets, Hawaiian papaya and yellow squash.  There is a Non-GMO Shopper's guide: www.nongmoshopping guide.com.

In 2 days, the FDA, who has a former Vice President of GMO producing leader Monsanto as their Deputy Commissioner for Food, must respond to the Petition for require GMO labeling.  To sign this petition, please CLICK HERE. Thank you.

… for the health of your family,
ellen

Don't forget to enter to win a case of Creamy Almond Butter with Omega 3s by Once Again Nut Butter. www.KidKritics.com/sweepstakes.

*"GMO", Prevention Magazine, April 2012, p. 89.

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Grocery List: Puffin Puffs Fruit Medley Cereal

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Crunchy wheat-free 100% Natural Cereal: a good fun snack for kids.  This cereal is made with yellow and blue corn giving it's real food colors.  Oat Hull Fiber is a big nutrient plus, as is the Expeller Pressed High Oleic Acid.  There are zero saturated and zero trans fats.  It is free of dairy, eggs, peanuts, trees nuts and wheat.  Plus a serving gives your kids about 20% of their needed Vitamins A and C.  Relative to other cereals, it is not only lower in sugar, the source is evaporated cane juice – nothing fake or highly processes.  We are fans of Barbara's Bakery products because they care about the health of your family. 

Check out the Fruit Medley Yogurt Pudding recipe made with Puffin Puffs Fruit Medley Cereal.(Click Here)  It is an easy and nutrient filled breakfast, lunch, or snack one the Kid Kritics highly recommend, "Seconds, please can I have seconds?"  All but those who are not banana fans want it served at home. Try it!

… for the health of your family,
ellen

How would like to have a case of Creamy Almond Butter with Omega 3s by Once Again Nut Butter delivered to your home?  Enter to win: www.KidKritics.com/sweepstakes.

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Recipe: Fruit Medley Yogurt Pudding

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This recipe is a treat made with real food containing important nutrients such as protein and complex carbohydrates. It is so easy to throw together and will impress your friends and family with how it looks and tastes. In fact, when you use plain yogurt, this becomes a healthier breakfast!

Performance Rating: 4 naturally sourced colors, 4 food groups

For a snack or dessert, a Performance 4/4 rating is really good. If you add the nut or seed option, you not only increase your number of food groups, you also add protein to help balance the natural sugars of this recipe.Your kids could… and should… make this themselves. Save a little for their next day’s lunch box. Enjoy this fruity recipe!  For details, please  Click Here.

… for the health of your family,
ellen

New sweepstakes prize this week: a case of Almond Butter, smooth, with Omega 3s by Once Again Nut Butter.  Enter to win: www.KidKritics.com/sweepstakes


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15 Minute Healthy Recipes for Kids

Book,150 Healthiest 15 Minute Recipes on Earth

When talking with whole food chef and author, Jeannette Bessenger, we picked 5 healthy recipes for kids from her book 150 Healthiest 15 Minute Recipes on Earth. One is the "Cheater Fajiter."  Fajitas have to be altered to meet the 15 minute deadline.  Another is the "Cocoa Oat Dreams" Hmmm good.  Find out more by listening to her interview on www.Better Food Choices Radio.  Click Here.

… for the health of your family,
ellen

Win a whole case of Turkey Meat Balls by Shelton's Premium Poultry.  Enter: www. KidKritics.com/sweepstakes today.  Prize switches out on Sunday night.

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