Archive for June 2008

Go Organic Without Breaking the Bank

Nonna Joann • June 26th, 2008 • Stretch Grocery $$$

What does organic mean? To earn the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s organic certification, the land must be free from prohibited substances such as synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and other toxins for at least three years.
For most, organic means less processed or unprocessed foods. The top reasons for organic usage are the absence of pesticides and growth [...]

Traveling with Kids

Nonna Joann • June 24th, 2008 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

My husband packs everything, but the kitchen sink when we travel. I attempt the sink. If the truth be known, I’ve overdone it when packing food for a road trip.
Because our third daughter adversely reacted to the artificial ingredients in fast foods and other processed foods, I routinely packed too much foodstuff.
I over estimated what I [...]

Super Foods: Fabulous or Fad?

Nonna Joann • June 19th, 2008 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

“Me thinks,” if you’re old enough, you’ll remember watching Saturday morning cartoons with Popeye and Olive Oil. “I’m Popeye the Sailor Man, I’m Popeye the Sailor Man, I’m strong to the finich, ’cause I eats me spinach, I’m Popeye the Sailor Man.”
Popeye gulped down a can of spinach every time he needed super-human strength, usually [...]

Food Has Changed

Nonna Joann • June 17th, 2008 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

You were given an appetite to nourish yourself.
Food is our source of fuel, but it’s dramatically changed in the last 30 years. Things were different when I was growing up, for the most part food was nourishing.
Today, we’re eating more, while receiving less nutrients. Our children are overweight, but malnourished. Although childhood obesity has leveled [...]

What’s Breakfast Without Bacon (Nitrates)?

Nonna Joann • June 12th, 2008 • Horrible Foods

It turns out—more healthy!
All cured meats, including breakfast sausage, bacon, luncheon meats, and hot dogs, contain nitrites and nitrates. They’re added to processed meats to prevent botulism and enhance the taste and color of the meat. Without nitrates processed meats would be brown, just like cooked hamburger.
Once inside the body, they can form nitrosamines, a [...]

Be Squeaky Clean and Green

Nonna Joann • June 10th, 2008 • Stretch Grocery $$$

Household Cleaners are Expensive
I have a lovely silver tea set that was a gift from my daughter Jenny. Even though my silver tea set is beautiful, cleaning it is a hassle. In my house, sliver usually gets cleaned twice a year: once before Thanksgiving and again in the spring. I cleaned it yesterday. I don’t like [...]

Don’t Cook?

Nonna Joann • June 5th, 2008 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

You Can Still Eat Healthy
Writing is a solitary business, but one that pretty much suits me. After my book, “Baby Bites: Transforming a Picky Eater into a Healthy Eater,” came out, I found myself writing a talk. That was the easy part. Speaking to groups was more of a challenge. Just about the time I [...]

Food Inflation to Last

Nonna Joann • June 3rd, 2008 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

When Wheat Goes Up Everything Goes Up 
The Chicago Board of Trade said wheat prices in America are now approximately 150 percent above a year ago, soy is up nearly 100 percent from last year, and the high-protein spring wheat traded at the Minneapolis Grain Exchange-which is in short supply-is up a huge 350 percent from [...]

Sunday Quiche

Nonna Joann • June 1st, 2008 • Breakfast

Sunday Quiche
Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees and then bake a pre-made single crust whole-wheat pie shell for 10 minutes or make your own pie crust. Recipe follows. Remove pie crust and reduce heat to 350 degrees.
While crust is in the oven assemble:
4 beaten eggs
1¼ cups milk
2 sliced green onions
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
¼ teaspoon ground [...]

Best Ever Bran Muffins

Nonna Joann • June 1st, 2008 • Breakfast

It takes only a few of minutes to whip up my “Best ever bran muffins.” These are made with whole-wheat bran and flour, milk, eggs, and honey. They’re melt in your mouth, good!
Have your kids help measure and stir together the ingredients for these easy to make muffins.
After soaking 1 cup wheat bran in 1 [...]