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Who says treats for kids can’t be healthy!

It is summer time and the kids are out all day from skateboarding, swimming, trying to garden, basketball, soccer and everything in-between, it is also the period of endless parties. We end up making most of our treats at home to avoid unnecessary added sugars and fillers.  Here is an easy frozen dessert that your kids will love, my almost 15 yrs old son ‘mom it taste like ice-cream’, you can make this if you have a blender.. you get the best result with a vitamix but any food processor would work..

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1/2 banana,
5 strawberries,
5 cherries,
1 cup fresh apple juice
1 1/2 cup ice..The banana makes this delightfully creamy

Add to blender in the order listed and crush away, it will get running if you blend too much.. (this was made with all organic ingredients)

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What is in season in July..Eating healthy on a budget..

Here is what is in season in JULY, the abundance of the crop usually makes it less expensive and oh boy it also taste a lot better. If you have never been to a local farmers market  you should try and make a trip, nothing taste better than freshly harvested  produce from a local farm.  Want to save money and eat more healthy organic foods on a budget then become a seasonally eater.. I try and avoid buying out of season produce, only exception would be frozen items.. The reason being that out of season produce are either imported or grown in a hot-house and in both instances they don’t taste as good as my locally grown..

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Vegetables

  • Arugula
  • Beet
  • Bell peppers
  • Corn
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Kohlrabi
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Rhubarb
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini

Fruits:

  • Apricots
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Melon
  • Mulberries
  • Nectarines
  • Passion fruit
  • Peaches
  • Pineapple
  • Plums
  • Strawberries

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Do you know what vegetable flavors your kids likes/dislike?

Knowing your vegetable flavor families might help in getting your kid(s) eat their veggies.. They might not like grassy, sweet or spicy tasting but love buttery, tart and pungent vegetables. There are so many varieties out there to please even the most finicky eater.. keep looking and don’t give up.. See helpful  chart below 

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11 vegetables for kids, our boys favorites.

Nutrition research shows that eating a diet rich in fresh vegetables reduces the risk of many chronic diseases.  Vegetables provide a wealth of nutrients that are very critical for optimal health. They contain the necessary essential fatty acids, minerals, vitamins and trace minerals our kids needs to build a strong immunity, which is the best defense against diseases.                                                bountiful-harvest

The way vegetables are prepared has everything to do with the nutrients your kids are getting; they should be very minimally processed. Try avoiding canned/jars/pouch if possible since the heating that is part of the canning process destroys many vital nutrients, frozen are a good option is fresh is not available. Do not overcook your veggies when you steam (never boil) it at home. When it comes to vegetable my philosophy is that if it grows in a clean soil we can eat it but below are our kids all time favorites..

Here are 11 top nutritious vegetables that our boys LOVE.

  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Carrots
  • Collards
  • Broccoli
  • Peas
  • Chard
  • Winter squash
  • Brussels sprout
  • Dandelion greens
  • Sweet potato

All dark green leafy greens you can lay your hands on at your farmers market are also great. When we use lettuce at home I make sure it is romaine since they turn to be more nutritional then any other variety.

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A well stocked pantry is the best form of preventive medicine!!

“A well stocked pantry is the best form of preventive medicine known to man” With the kids at home for summer break having healthy wholesome foods, snacks and treats readily available is a sure way to getting them eat healthy.

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A well-stocked pantry is invaluable especially during the summer break with a house full of kids. It is very easy to get the kids to eat healthy if healthy is the only choice they have at home. My husband and I keep a ‘junk’ free house and our boys are used to eating what we have at home since we don’t stock conflicting options…

From raw nuts, popcorn kennels, homemade dried fruits and vegetables (we use a small food dehydrator), whole fruits like apples, banana, oranges, kiwi, peaches, homemade muffins sweeten with maple syrup or applesauce just to name a few we have them handy at home.

Hope you take the time to prepare a healthy summer for you and your family and that starts with a well-stocked pantry..

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Is your baby’s yogurt a healthy option or candy bar?

Yogurt can be a very healthy food or candy bar depending on which you are feeding your baby. It’s packed with potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, vitamins B2 and B12, protein and vitamin D as well as probiotics, the healthy bacteria is beneficial to the digestive system of both adults and babies alike.
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One cup of yogurt contains 400 milligrams of calcium, more than milk, and will provide more potassium than a banana, however because off all the added stuff this ends up not being so healthy after all.
Sugar should NEVER be the 2nd ingredient in any food you are feeding your baby..

Yogurt is another example where manufacturers have taken a healthy food and made it into an unhealthy treat, by adding a ton of sugar, artificial flavors and colors, extenders and fillers and preservatives that it almost could double as a candy bar.

Yogurt can be a wonderful additional to your kids diet but it will depend on the type you provide.

My suggestion is that if you have the time try making yours at home using a starter kit from your local farmers market or co-op.  If that is not an option, here is what is important when buying mainstream commercial yogurt.  Go with plain organic yogurt with nothing else added to it, for example no sugar, fillers, preservatives, color etc

At our home we buy plain organic yogurt  (grass fed if animal base and non-GMO for plant base) and sweeten it with raw honey or 100% maple syrup, we add fresh or frozen fruits (for your baby you can add puree fruits (Yummy Spoonfuls)

Again just to reiterate my point, yogurt can be either a healthy addition to your kids everyday diet or a once in a while indulgence depending on your choices..

Here is what is on my label.. Organic pasteurized whole milk, live yogurt cultures, only TWO ingredients

Obesity and poor nutrition the new global threat????

I am not sure why obesity and poor nutrition  is just now being considered a new threat, this issue has been impacting our immediate communities and the world at large for decades. The frustrating part about the ‘NEW’ epidemic is that these are both very preventable issues that can so easily be corrected with a change of our  food supply and a little education..

For a nation with as many diet related diseases it makes you wonder if this is economics driven.. The good news is that parents are slowly becoming AWAKEN and taking nutrition more seriously, it is becoming more apparent that the CURE is not in the bottom of any pills bottle but in the food we eat.

It is nice to see that the United Nations is taking a step to address this issue:

The UN’s food agency on Tuesday said obesity and poor nutrition weigh heavily on the global economy and told governments that investing in food health would bring big economic as well as social returns.

Lost productivity and spiralling health care bills linked to obesity cost the world economy around $1.4 trillion a year (1.1 trillion euros), the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said.

Improving nutrition would boost earnings, “with a benefit-to-cost ratio of almost 13 to 1,” it said, adding that some 1.4 billion people in the world are now overweight and a third of them are obese. Read the full article here

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The illusion of what is ‘junk’ food

The diet of the average American child consists of overly processed foods that typically has been ‘manufactured’ and sitting in a warehouse for years

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Countless scientific studies have concluded that many of the disorders that commonly affect children of the new millennium have a dietary component due to a deficiency of important nutrients they need to grow into healthy adults.  Parents usually believe that poor diet is typically associated with only ‘cheap’ ‘junk’ food but that is so far from the truth.

As parents we have to be more mindful of the ‘dead food’ diet, the illusion of  ‘health’ these ‘foods’ that has been sitting on the shelves indefinitely provides is a threat to our kids health.  Keep in mind that most processing of food is needed for economic and  not nutritive  reasons, foods that were once healthy when freshly harvested usually ends up  with little or no  nutrients left after excessive processing.

Feed your babies foods that are very minimally processed and free of harmful toxins, their health depends on it

Cheers
Chief Yummy Officer

Did you know fresh healthy food actually cost less than unhealthy food?

As a society we have been made to believe that healthy foods cost more, and that junk food AKA fast food though unhealthy cost a lot less, convenience and cost has been the two greatest allure to the masses.

Well think again, get ready to be either furious for finding out you have been paying too much money for very little or pleasantly surprise about finding out the truth and not fall prey to big company deception.

Making your own food at home is always the cheapest route and depending on what you are making the healthiest. If you must buy food make sure you are getting your monies worth, there are better options out there, do due diligence to the food you eat and feed your family like your lives depends on it because it does.
Thanks to the New York Times for this detail price comparison between McDonald’s and home cooked meal.  click  here for details

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Ways to cook vegetables

Wanting to try some new veggies like bok choy, asparagus etc for the baby but no clue on how to cook it?  Here is a handy veggie cheat sheet with recommendations on how to cook 20 different varieties.. *Share* with those you love.

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