Archive for April 2009

Treating Tiny Tummies

Nonna Joann • April 29th, 2009 • Food as Medicine

Tiny Tummies Can Have Big Aches
Kids are experiencing stomach issues more often. In fact, the occurrence of children developing adult-type illnesses and diseases is growing at an alarming rate.
A mom from San Francisco asks for advice on for her 5-year-old daughter, who often complains of a tummy ache. The doctor doesn’t find anything wrong [...]

Childhood Constipation Cure

Nonna Joann • April 27th, 2009 • Food as Medicine

The Scoop on Poop
Ouch! Constipation hurts. Constipation is a common and frustrating problem in children. Constipation is defined as hard and painful stools or going several days without a bowel movement. People (kids, too) should have at least one soft bowel movement a day.
A mom on asks for advice about her toddler’s pooping. “My 23 [...]

Hidden Toxin in Food

Nonna Joann • April 23rd, 2009 • Horrible Foods

Not the First to Deceive
Initially, trans fat was touted as a healthy alternative to other fats! For years, products with trans fat, like margarine, were thought to be a healthy choice. After 30 years of pressure, the FDA finally admitted that trans fat is harmful to health. Trans fat wasn’t always identified, but lumped together [...]

Eat Your Colors

Nonna Joann • April 21st, 2009 • Mealtimes with Kids

It’s not uncommon for picky eaters refuse to eat most vegetables. Often when parents claim they have a picky eater, what they are saying is that their child won’t eat vegetables. Teaching children how to enjoy veggies is vital for good health.
Baby Bites: Transforming a Picky Eater into a Healthy Eater is about transformation. [...]

Kids Getting Older Younger

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

A mom recently asked for advice about her 11-year-old son, who likes to play with toys. Seems the other kids his age, aren’t much into action figures, like her son. She wonders if her son is abnormal and asks for suggestions on how he can make friends.
Sounds like she’s got a great kid. And I say [...]

Affordable Healthy Baby Food

Nonna Joann • April 14th, 2009 • Stretch Grocery $$$

It’s never too early to begin a baby’s journey to healthy eating. By introducing and then continually offering your baby whole foods, you’ll steer clear of many of the common pitfalls often made by parents. In addition, when the Baby Bite steps with multi-sensory learning are incorporated from the beginning of your baby’s eating experience, picky eating will never become a problem.
It all [...]

Save Grocery Dollars

Nonna Joann • April 9th, 2009 • Stretch Grocery $$$

…Buy Whole Foods
Stretching your food budget is BIG news today. I’ve been a guest on several TV and radio programs as of late: offering tips on how to save at the grocery store. There’s a heightened interest with concerns about the economy. So much so, it’s common for regular TV news features to focus on [...]

Scalloped Corn for a Crowd

Nonna Joann • April 8th, 2009 • Soups & Sides

Scalloped Corn for a Crowd

1 red or green bell pepper
1 medium chopped onion
2 shredded carrots
¼ cup olive oil
6 cups corn (I use frozen organic corn)
1½ cups milk
1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
3 tablespoons flour (or corn starch or arrowroot powder)
2 slightly beaten eggs
½ teaspoon salt
1. Grease a baking dish and set aside.
2. In a medium pan [...]

A Day Without Processed Food

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

Eat Whole Foods
A typical grocery store stocks 40,000 items. Ninety percent of food dollars is spent on processed food. We are used to opening a can or a box or a bag for most of our meals. When I mention the idea of eating only real food (food that has been minimally processed), many can’t imagine [...]

Kid Food

Nonna Joann • April 2nd, 2009 • Mealtimes with Kids

Kid Foods Are Fake Foods
Kid food looks and tastes like food; offering little or absolutely no nutrition whatsoever. Real food is a substance eaten for nourishment. You can be assured of a picky eater, by regularly purchasing kid foods, training little taste buds to prefer fake foods.
If you want to know what kid food is, just [...]