whole foods

5 Label Traps & How to Avoid Them

Nonna Joann • February 25th, 2010 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

We’d like to believe that food manufactures, or at the very least the Food and Drug Administration, are looking out for our health.
No, the only way you can be sure you are eating nutritious foods is to read and understand food labeling. The food manufacturer will do just about anything to convince you that their [...]



What’s a Natural Flavor, Anyway?

Nonna Joann • February 18th, 2010 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

What is this?
Amyl acetate, amyl butyrate, amyl valerate, anethol, anisyl formate, benzyl acetate, benzyl isobutyrate, butyric acid, cinnamyl isobutyrate, cinnamyl valerate, cognac essential oil, diacetyl, dipropyl ketone, ethyl acetate, ethyl amyl ketone, ethyl butyrate, ethyl cinnamate, ethyl heptanoate, ethyl heptylate, ethyl lactate, ethyl methylphenylglycidate, ethyl nitrate, ethyl propionate, ethyl valerate, heliotropin, hydroxyphenyl-2-butanone (10 percent solution [...]



Do You Lose Track of Cash?

Nonna Joann • January 26th, 2010 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

The question of how people lose track of their cash was polled by USA Today.
The USA Today results didn’t surprise me at all. Grocery shopping came in on top at 34 percent. Next leisure shopping came in at 32 percent, enjoying a night out at 31 percent, dining out at 26 percent, buying snacks at [...]



Dieting for Kids

Nonna Joann • January 21st, 2010 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

I Don’t Believe in Diets
Nope. I don’t believe in diets for anyone, much less children.
WOW, how can I say that? I have never known a diet to work long-term. Now, they may work in the short-term. Weight is lost, but usually the weight comes back on, sooner or later. Because eating habits were not changed, [...]



We Believe This Is A Veggie…But It’s Not

Nonna Joann • January 14th, 2010 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

Have you ever told your kids to “finish your peas…eat your vegetables”? Peas are green and veggies are green, right? Peas, alfalfa, lentils, soy, peanuts, and beans are not vegetables, but legumes. Although legumes are often mentioned as vegetables, they are not veggies.
A vegetable usually refers to an edible plant or part of a plant [...]



‘Forest Feast’ Pizza Box Flannel Board

Nonna Joann • January 12th, 2010 • 'The Forest Feast' Teaching Helps

Pizza Box Flannel Board

The Pizza Box Flannel Board idea came from my sister, Linda. She has been teaching preschool for over 20 years. Linda uses the Pizza Box Flannel Board for center time. Center time is when the children choose an activity do to alone at a table. In addition, The Forest Feast flannel pieces may also be [...]



Healthy Resolutions for Kids

Nonna Joann • December 31st, 2009 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

It’s not too late, you can make one more resolution. If you want your kids to resolve to eat healthy foods, you need to make changes yourself. It’s up to you to resolve that your family will be healthy in 2010. (Okay, I misdirected you in my blog title…told a little white lie.) Your kids [...]



7 Winter Snacks

Nonna Joann • December 17th, 2009 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

Cold outside? Warm up with these winter treats. Who says snacking has to be junky? Snacking is winter comfort when the food is warm and it can be good for you, too. Try these seven healthy warm treats.
1. Hot Cocoa
There’s nothing like a hot cocoa on a cold day. The instant variety is usually loaded [...]



Three ‘B’s to Healthy Eating

Nonna Joann • December 8th, 2009 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

Fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, dairy, and protein-rich foods compromise a healthy diet. Of course, you have to persuade your kids to eat them. Fast foods, highly sugared foods, snacks loaded with altered fats only make your job harder.
Engineered foods are leaving dietary gaps replacing whole foods. Ironically, experts say, our kids are actually missing out [...]



Broccoli Cheese Soup

Nonna Joann • December 3rd, 2009 • Soups & Sides

Broccoli (or Cauliflower) Cheese Soup
8 ounces or about 3 cups stemmed broccoli or cauliflower pieces
1 cup milk
½ cup grated cheddar cheese
¼ cup chopped onion
1 chopped clove of garlic
1 cup chicken or vegetable broth (add more broth for thinner soup)
Dash salt and pepper
Method:
1) Place all ingredients in a blender.
2) Process until the consistency is smooth.
3) Pour into a [...]