Healthy Bites Lesson Plans

Nonna Joann • October 25th, 2009 • 'The Forest Feast' Teaching Helps

Are you a preschool teacher?
Early elementary school teacher?
Do you home-school?
Are you a children’s librarian?
You’ll want to check back for Healthy Bites Lesson Plans and Activities for The Forest Feast storybook.
1. Read Aloud Story Helps and Questions
2. Teacher 3-day Plan (Focusing on the Food Pyramid
3. Food on a Plate
4. Healthy Food or Junk Food?
5. A [...]

Pets Eat Better Than Most Kids

Nonna Joann • May 28th, 2009 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

I’ve been making my own dog food for over a year. It all began when my two little pooches got sick. The vet recommended I purchase expensive canned food for them. He didn’t encourage me when I said
I would make their food instead. It turns out that vets don’t like the idea of people [...]

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 [...]

Should Children Take Multivitamins

Nonna Joann • March 19th, 2009 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

Moms frequently ask if their children should take a multivitamin
Whole foods should be your first resource for your family’s health. A diet with lots of fresh vegetables and fruit is optimal. A picky eater’s diet is limited and because we rely on processed foods, which are not as healthful as fresh foods, it’s a good [...]

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 [...]

What Are You Eating?

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

Americans spend over 100 billion dollars on fast food each year! In a recent study by Dr. Hope Jahren, published in the November 2008 issue of “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences”, researches sampled foods from
McDonalds, Burger King, and Wendy’s. Using carbon isotopes the researches traced what the animals consumed. They based this [...]

American Nutrition Sadly Lacking

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

I read an eye-popping article in the Sunday Denver Post. It looks at data about the American lifestyle complied from John de Graaf. The data compares the U.S. with 14 European Union countries in quality-of-life indicators. He says that it’s clear the health care, safety, and education are faltering in America.
“For example, he says, even [...]

Organic is Better

Nonna Joann • September 4th, 2008 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

It’s official organic is really better! The article says, the largest study into organic food has found that it’s more nutritious than ordinary produce. The evidence from a four-year project from Britain should end years of debate, that eating organic food is no more than a lifestyle choice. The study found organic fruit and vegetables [...]

Bread Should Be ‘The Staff of Life’

Nonna Joann • May 1st, 2008 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

Bread is the foundation of good nutrition. That’s real bread. Whole grains include all three parts of the grain kernel: the bran, the outer layer or the fiber; the endosperm containing the complex carbohydrates; and the germ containing B and E vitamins, phytochemicals, and antioxidants.White or refined flours remove the bran and germ to provide [...]

About Nonna Joann

Nonna Joann • January 24th, 2008 • Baby Bites in the News

About the Baby BitesTM Author

Nonna* Joann Bruso began her writing career over thirty years ago with a monthly nutrition column. After the demands of raising children lessened, she worked full-time editing the Colorado Christian News. It seems fitting that Nonna Joann has returned to the topic of healthy eating. Nonna Joann’s passion for nutrition and whole foods [...]