Archive for April 2008

Transform Your Picky Eater

Nonna Joann • April 23rd, 2008 • Spoonful of Love

Children are experts at parent manipulation. If you have a picky eater, you know firsthand how frustrating it can be to get her to eat one tidbit of nutritious food.
Picky eaters have built a wall of resistance to avoid eating nutritious foods. They love fast foods and junk foods, while refusing to eat whole foods, [...]

Picky Eaters Can Love Veggies

Nonna Joann • April 21st, 2008 • Spoonful of Love

The only vegetables six-year-old Heather eats are French fries and ketchup-and that’s using the term “vegetable” loosely. What’s alarming is that she’s not alone. Today over 60 percent of children, ages two to nine, don’t consume the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
You might be surprised, but even the most resistant child can [...]

People Actually Read Labels

Nonna Joann • April 21st, 2008 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

A survey of over 1,000 adults found that 80 percent of Americans read food labels at the grocery store—that’s great! But 44 percent will still buy the item, no matter what the label reads—that’s not so great. I always say, “The nutrition label is as useless as a bicycle without wheels, if you don’t read [...]

Reduce Sugars in Your Child’s Diet

Nonna Joann • April 15th, 2008 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

You can be one smart cookie when you eliminate, or at least drastically reduce, sugars from your child’s diet. Especially for the picky eater, who isn’t eating a healthy variety of foods, this one adjustment will open the door to appreciating different tastes.Keep your pantry stocked with nourishing items! If healthful foods are easily accessible, [...]

A ‘S.A.D.’ Diet

Nonna Joann • April 10th, 2008 • Autism Spectrum Disorder

Thirty years ago, I was like most moms, I didn’t have clue as to what was in the food I was purchasing. Our family ate the Standard American Diet, which is S.A.D.
My journey to whole foods began when Jenny, my third daughter, was diagnosed as hyperactive. Her pediatrician wanted to write a prescription at her [...]

Pumpkin Pudding

Nonna Joann • April 1st, 2008 • Sweets

This blender pudding not only contains super-nutritious pumpkin, but it’s sweetened with natural sweeteners–NO white sugars!
2 cups pumpkin puree (one 15 ounce can)
1 teaspoon/two packets stevia (purchase in a whole foods store)
¼ cup pure maple syrup
1 cup whole milk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
Whipped cream (optional topping)
Preheat oven to 425 [...]

Vanilla Pudding

Nonna Joann • April 1st, 2008 • Sweets

Yummy Vanilla Pudding
Puddings are available in a couple of methods. There’s the boxed variety of pudding, which you add few ingredients and actually cook. Then, there’s the product that’s been processed to the max with no cooking required at all. As you would imagine, the more processed the item, the more you can be assured [...]

Peanut Butter Apple Bars

Nonna Joann • April 1st, 2008 • Sweets

These Peanut Butter Apple Bars are as easy as counting “1-2-3″
Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees
(1) In a food processor, blend together ¾ cup peanut butter, ½ cup coconut oil or other cold-pressed oil, ½ cup honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 2 eggs.
(2) Then spoon the processed peanut butter mixture into a bowl with ¾ [...]

Baby Bites Books

Nonna Joann • April 1st, 2008 • Spoonful of Love

Isn’t it time to transform YOUR picky eater into a healthy eater? “Baby Bites: Transforming a Picky Eater into a Healthy Eater” gives you the knowledge, tools, encouragement, help and, more importantly, the hope so desperately needed. Good ol’ fashioned Nonna-sense (Nonna is Italian for grandmother) is at the core of the Baby Bite Steps.
With the [...]

Brownie Surprise

Nonna Joann • April 1st, 2008 • Sweets

Brownie Surprise
Your family will never (never in a million years) guess there are black beans in these brownies!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
1 stick (½ cup) butter
½ cup cocoa (without sugar)
2/3 cup honey or agave nectar
1 (15 ounce) can black beans
1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
or oat flour
2 eggs
½ to 1 cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ [...]