Archive for January 2009


Nonna Joann • January 30th, 2009 • Soups & Sides

Watching the big game?
Humus is a great dip for rice crackers and veggie strips.
It’s not expensive to make and when you make it yourself, you can control how spicy it is. 
2  15 ounce cans of garbonzo beans (chick peas)
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 cloves of garlic
1/2 chopped red pepper
1 Teaspoon cumin
1 Teaspoon tahini
Salt [...]

Climb out of the Breakfast Rut

Nonna Joann • January 29th, 2009 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

When kids can finally make their own breakfast, it helps with the morning rush. Unfortunately, it’s about that time a breakfast rut usually begins.
The breakfast rut is made with simple carbohydrates: white flour pancakes and waffles topped with sugary syrup, most processed cereals, coffee cakes, donuts, bagels, and white bread toast.
When breaking fast, the morning meal [...]

Most Important Meal

Nonna Joann • January 27th, 2009 • Mealtimes with Kids

Don’t Skip Breakfast
After a long night of sleep, your child’s engine is on empty. A healthy breakfast, containing protein and fiber, will get his engine going. Protein and fiber will satisfy your child’s hunger and keep him feeling full until lunchtime. In fact, studies show children who eat breakfast do better in school.
Mornings are when even [...]

3 Easy Meal Tips

Nonna Joann • January 23rd, 2009 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

Do you have a lot on your plate?
I do, and I’ve found that if I have three pre-made items at hand and a few basics in my pantry, I can whip up a nutritious meal in minutes. Also, it’s easier to have your kids pull together the evening meal when all they’re doing is combining [...]

Time-Savers in the Kitchen

Nonna Joann • January 20th, 2009 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

Get Organized
Let’s face it, cooking meals can be time-consuming. Even if you love to cook like me, it takes planning and time to prepare wholesome meals. You will be more efficient in the kitchen, when your kitchen is well organized.
Make sure every item in your kitchen has earned its right to take up your valuable [...]

Multi-Sensory Learning Is Natural

Nonna Joann • January 16th, 2009 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

There was a time when children helped plant, water, and weed the summer garden. They watched vegetables sprout and grow. Multi-sensory learning was natural. Toddlers helped pull up and then taste each yummy veggie as it ripened. At harvest, moms and their daughters canned and preserved everything the family grew.
Society has moved from an agricultural [...]

Avoid Picky Eating with Multi-Sensory Learning

Nonna Joann • January 13th, 2009 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

You can teach your picky eater to love whole foods!

An infant’s first food is milk. Between six and twelve months, solid food is introduced. Of course, this food has been mashed, strained, and pulverized in order to make it easier for baby to eat. Around the time baby is turning two, she should be enjoying most [...]

Altered Fats Hiding in Your Food

Nonna Joann • January 9th, 2009 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

I’m fried! That’s right, absolutely fried. Altered fats make me crazy. Today, food is genetically modified and irradiated. There are over 3,000 additives found in food! Yet, people are genetically designed to thrive on a naturally derived diet.
Fake foods are loaded with sugar, white flour, and altered fats. Today, we’ll focus on fats which have [...]

Stealth Health

Nonna Joann • January 7th, 2009 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

Sneaking healthful ingredients into food has been a tactic used by moms since the first mom disguised vegetables from her picky eater by mashing them to make soup. Books like Deceptively Delicious, Stealth Health, and The Sneaky Chef offer ways to sneak nutrition into meals.
Hiding nutrition is helpful in the short-run, but I believe the goal should be for children [...]

2009 from Resolution to Reality

Nonna Joann • January 2nd, 2009 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

Do you want to improve your family’s diet? Have you decided that it’s time to
transform your picky eater to a healthy eater? Are you ready to make the changes which are necessary to carry out your New Year’s Resolutions?
Resolutions are great. We promise our selves to make changes that will benefit us (and our families) [...]