Archive for August 2008

We Lie About What We Eat

Nonna Joann • August 28th, 2008 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

We regularly lie about three things: sex, money, and what we eat.
We lie most about what we eat. Because we desperately want to believe we eat a healthy diet; we comfort ourselves with lies and food myths. We believe we eat better than most of the world!
Americans are fatter than the rest of the world, [...]

God’s Gift of Family

Nonna Joann • August 26th, 2008 • Nonna's Relations

Today’s blog is devoted to Joy and Guy’s wedding.
Saturday, Joy my youngest daughter, married the love of her life, Guy. Many out-of-town relatives come for our celebrations, so we cram as much as possible into a few days. We began the wedding week with a bridal shower and ended the day after the wedding with a [...]

Food Hype: Natural or Organic

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

Is there really a difference? 

Food manufactures want us to believe we’re purchasing a healthy product, even if we’re not. They do everything they can to convince us that their processed food is in some way nutritious. Today, 90 percent of the foods in our grocery stores are processed with over 3,000 chemicals.
Learning what’s in the food we [...]

Soothe a Cough with Honey

Nonna Joann • August 19th, 2008 • Food as Medicine

It turns out that Nonna knows best!
It’s not surprising that grandmas have recognized all along that honey is an effective treatment for coughs. A study done at Pennsylvania State University confirms this. They found that honey offers parents an effective and safe alternative to over-the-counter children’s cough medicines.
The study found a small dose of honey [...]

Green Food Is Yummy

Nonna Joann • August 14th, 2008 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

…especially spinach!
As good-for-you as spinach is, often kids (especially picky eaters) refuse to eat it. But, Spinach is one of Try Rannosaurus’ favorite foods! Try is one of the two characters I created for my book,
Baby Bites: Transforming a Picky Eater into a Healthy Eater. The two buddies engage young picky eaters in multi-sensory learning. Try is a green [...]

Your Salary Is Related To Tasty Food

Nonna Joann • August 12th, 2008 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

Yes, it’s true your salary has a lot to do with tasty food…The word salary comes from salt! Isn’t that hysterical?
It turns out that salt is not only our oldest preservative but commodity, as well. Salt was extremely rare in the past. So rare, that it was often used as pay. That’s right, salt used [...]

Picky Eating & Autism Spectrum Disorder

Nonna Joann • August 7th, 2008 • Food as Medicine

Three-year-old Danny regularly eats only a few foods. To make matters worse, he has great difficulty even touching most foods, especially food covered with a sauce. His mom began the Baby Bite Steps, outlined in my book, Baby Bites: Transforming a Picky Eater into a Healthy Eater. After only a few weeks with the Baby [...]

Boost Brain Power

Nonna Joann • August 7th, 2008 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

Do you want have to have smart kids?
Then you’ll need brain food. Brain food is REAL food. Good nutrition is critical at all stages of your child’s life. And just as in today’s Yummy News Report, the effects will last a lifetime. Brains need carbohydrates for energy, and proteins, and healthy fats to build connective [...]

Italian White Beans

Nonna Joann • August 6th, 2008 • Soups & Sides

Need a quick side-dish? Italian White Beans are a snap to make.
One-half cup of white beans contain about 96 mg of calcium. Beans also contain zinc and iron.
2 cloves minced garlic
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped basil
Pinch each of salt and pepper
2 15-ounce cans Great Northern Beans, drained
1.) Heat olive oil on medium, add minced garlic, stir for one minute.
2) [...]

Your Baby Is Watching You

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

Scientists have found that three-month-old infants pick up emotional signals from others. It was previously thought infants could only process social signals directed at them.
However, researchers from Hunter College and the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Scientists show that three-month-old infants go beyond face-to-face social interactions. They even use social cues to [...]