We just went to the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo. As always, it’s a great time to discover new food products that are coming to stores. We have a number of fun and exciting food trends to report on later this month, so keep and eye out for our post and webinar on food trends for the year ahead! For now, we’ve got a couple of quick reviews for two of the products we tried, Snow Monkey Frozen Superfood Blend (Acai), which earns 2 Guiding Stars and Mooala Bananamilk. The banana milk does not currently earn stars, but they’re working on adding more calcium to the product, so check back in on the rating in January or February.
Nutrition and Halloween may seem like old enemies, but with a little imagination, your kids and their friends will think they’ve always gone hand in hand. There’s not a better time of year to encourage kids to play with their food.
Keep in mind, the sugar that is added to foods provides energy (calories), but nothing else in the way of nutrients. On the other hand, the sugars found naturally in foods such as fruits, vegetables, and dairy products comes packaged with plenty of nutrients like vitamins and minerals. Therefore, the sugar we’re interested in limiting is added sugar—sweeteners added by food manufacturers and consumers themselves. If you need a quick primer on sugar basics, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few tips that will help you rein in your added sugar intake.
Whip some frozen fruit into a ghastly shake, pop in some fruity eyes, and hand kids a straw so they can suck out the ghost’s brains…they’ll be delighted with the adorable gore, and you’ll be please they’re so excited to eat fruit and yogurt.
My daughter loves to be in the kitchen, experimenting with new recipes and practicing fun cake decorations. She looks forward to the arrival of her food magazine, endlessly searches Pinterest, then supplies me with shopping lists to replicate the perfect pictures she sees. Of course, this leads to the next thing she is also all about, which is parties and using them as an opportunity to showcase her latest kitchen adventures. Over the past few years, this has meant an annual Halloween party.
One of the most fun things about Halloween for lots of kids (and adults!) is the gross-out factor. The season can be full of delight without letting candy steal the spotlight when you give kids plenty of room to play with their food.
No one wants to cook when they have weak muscles, a headache, a stuffy nose or feel sick to their stomach. Complicated recipes with too many steps can ratchet up the misery for parents and caregivers. I’ve pulled together some simple and nutritious dinner options for when you’re feeling ill, but still need to prepare a meal. Avoid overspending on less nutritious options and nourish yourself and your family with these manageable meals.
Despite your best efforts, cold and flu symptoms sometimes may get the best of you. When they do, we have a few options to naturally and healthfully treat symptoms, as well as comforting recipes that are just what you’re looking for. So, push those sugary lozenges aside, pass on the salty soup, and try some of these options instead.