Probiotics for Healthy Kids

Nonna Joann • February 24th, 2009 • Food as Medicine

Probiotics means ‘for life’
You have hundreds of trillions of bacteria in your digestive tract. They are a major part of your immune system. A healthy lower intestine should have about 85 percent of “good or friendly bacteria” or flora to prevent the over colonization of disease causing micro-organisms like E. coli and salmonella. Today, most [...]

Do Your Veggies and Fruit Fight?

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

Did you hear that? Bang, Kaboom, Pow!
It’s my fruit and veggies fighting again! You may think your kids fight a lot, but fruit and vegetables don’t like each other at all. They’re probably fighting right now in your refrigerator, too!
The solution for happy produce is to keep fruit and veggies apart from one another. Manufacturers [...]

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 [...]

Oven-Fried Potatoes

Nonna Joann • August 1st, 2008 • Soups & Sides

Cooking is fun and the way to ensure your kids will be healthy eaters is to involve them in the process of cooking whole foods. Peeling potatoes is a basic skill kids can learn and they’ll feel that they’ve helped prepare the meal. Be sure your child washes his hands before beginning.Preheat your oven to [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Baby Bites™ Tackles the Sugar Monster

Nonna Joann • March 27th, 2008 • Horrible Foods

The sugar monster lives in your house, because you let him! In fact, you regularly invite him in. Unless your children are driving and have an income, they’re eating the foods you purchase.I would love to slay that lying sugar monster, who’s convinced your kids that sugar is the only yummy flavor. I’d give him [...]

Think Outside the Lunch Box

Nonna Joann • March 20th, 2008 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

Ten-year-old Annie is extremely social. Even though she’s not a picky eater, she rarely finishes her school lunch, because she’s chatting with her friends After her mom noticed food returning in her lunchbox, she warned Annie to stop talking so much during the lunch break and “to eat her lunch!” Food did stop coming home.Regrettably, after [...]

A Guide for Parents of Picky Eaters that Actually Works!

Nonna Joann • February 5th, 2008 • Guide for Parents of Picky Eaters

> Does your picky eater prefer fast food and sugar?
> Does your preschooler refuse to touch vegetables?
> Does your toddler throw food on the floor in defiance?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re not alone! Forty-nine percent of moms say they have a picky eater. With “Baby Bites,” in only 7 days, [...]

Hot Cocoa

Nonna Joann • February 1st, 2008 • Sweets

Hot Cocoa…
without sugar
When you need warming from a spring shower, an autumn storm, or a winter blizzard, you can enjoy an occasional hot cocoa without the worries of added processed white sugar.
My recipe uses Stevia as a sweetener. Stevia is a naturally sweet herbal plant from the Chrysanthemum family and it pairs nicely with chocolate. [...]