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|June 23rd, 2011 Volume 1, Issue 1|
As I finish writing my newsletter this week, the first edition, I see a sight any health minded mama would love. My 17 year old son is walking around eating from a jar of sauerkraut, raw, filled with enzymes and probiotics and brimming with nutrients. While other kids are walking around with candy and popsicles in an eerie neon blue that resembles no real food known to mankind, my boy is eating sauerkraut. That's his dessert. He had black bean tacos when he went out to dinner with his friends. He came home hungry and reached for the sauerkraut.
He's finished the kraut now…downed the entire jar, and he's on to munching on organic dried mango. On a whole foods green vegan diet since birth, he's a model kid when it comes to food. I attribute it in part to the education about nutrition I started when he was not quite two and to his own inborn desire to do things “right”. He still won't eat anything with white rice in it and shuns anything containing sugar. Yippee!!
You may wonder…“how do I get my kids to be like yours?”
I plan to share in today's class “Kids in the Kitchen“. We have wonderful activities and materials for the kids, to teach them all about how foods affect their moods, strength, energy and ability to excel at sports.
We'll show them how to make delicious meals for you and then let them do it themselves, so once you go home they'll be able to do it again.
If you're not in Austin, you'll be able to participate via the web. There's a shopping list we send out as soon as you register, so you can stock up on supplies and make the foods along with us.
If you can't make either the live class or the webcast, you'll get access to the videos and be able to take your kids through the class one lesson at a time. Since it's summer, you can take them through the lessons every day or two and get them to make some of your meals!
Every time we do the Kids in the Kitchen class the results are amazing…even life changing.
My feature article this week is all about snack foods for kids. Read on to learn about a so called “healthy snack for kids” that's loaded with junk and advertised with blatant lies.
I'll even share a link to a comment I posted about it …assuming they haven't taken it down.
Your kids are the most important gift you have. Feed them right and you'll see miraculous health recoveries and increase their likelihood of a long, happy and healthy life.
Much love and appreciation,
Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo
P.S. My radio show this week is all about a very common kids learning
Knowing what to feed hungry kids that's satisfying and nutritious is a dilemma faced by many parents.
While there's lots of really good information on the web and in the bookstores, there's also lots of misinformation that's confusing and downright dangerous. And just because someone has initials after their name, like MD or RD or CCN or PhD I does not mean you can blindly trust their information.
In preparing for my next blog post “Healthy Snacks for Hungry Kids” I decided to see who else is writing about the topic and how what they are saying fits into my world view.
I was shocked by what I found. One nutritionist (who shall remain nameless to protect her reputation) is promoting a product called Bagel Bites®. There were many links throughout her site for these, and everything I could find (advertising) touted them as healthy wholesome whole grain pizza snacks for kids.
This particular nutritionist referenced Bagel Bites® in one of her tips for healthy snacking called “Don't Forget the Whole Grains.” In essence she said that kids don't eat enough whole grains and we should look for ways to incorporate whole grain with each snack so they reach the target of 3 whole grain servings per day. She goes on to say that one serving of Bagel Bites® provides 1/2 serving of whole grains. To reach the target she suggests of 3 servings of whole grains, you'd need to eat 6 of these.
It took a lot of digging and I was finally able to locate the ingredients.
Turns out that each serving contains 190 Calories, 45 % of the recommended Daily Value for Fat, 2.5g of saturated fat and 370mg Sodium.
So let's take a look at what's inside these “so-called” healthy snacks, Bagel Bites®.
Am I missing something? I don't even see the whole grain at all! Bleached wheat flour is NOT a whole grain.
Even if Bagel Bites® do contain ½ serving of whole grain, as our nutritionist suggests, they are still a poor way to get whole grain servings, in contrast to ½ grain serving of quinoa or brown rice which is about ¼ cup cooked and contains about 55 calories, no fat and only 3 grams of sodium.
Bagel Bites® are a prescription for disaster for anyone who's gluten or dairy intolerant and contains pepperoni, a processed meat from factory farmed animals.
The concept is great. Kids love pizza so why not give them a snack of pizza bites. And in all honesty, these are much better than many other commercially available snacks for kids, but I believe you can do much better.
In our class Kids in the Kitchen, we teach how to make similar snacks in a jiffy, from whole organic fresh foods. There are several possibilities for a quick wholesome crust, including, in order of “wholeness”, jicama slices, polenta slices, flax crackers, rice cakes, brown rice crackers, and gluten free whole grain English muffins. There are even commercially available gluten free pizza crusts. Our family favorite is one we get at whole foods that contains nothing but whole brown rice and potatoes.
For cheese the best choice is a homemade dairy free nut or seed cheese. We offer several quick and easy recipes in the Kids in the Kitchen class and more sophisticated fermented versions in our Dairy Free Raw Cheese Class. For sauce, the quickest is a jar of organic tomato sauce and the most wholesome is a raw marinara, made in minutes in your food processor.
Here's a review I wrote on the site that had the ingredients:
It's below, in case they took it down!
“This is a prime example of a product that claims to be a healthy snack and is NOT.
The first ingredient is bleached wheat flour. This is white flour in disguise. Not good for anyone even if they are not gluten sensitive. They claim to contain whole grains. I don't see any listed.
This product is just another attempt at clever marketing designed to steer unsuspecting and trusting parents to continue the devastation of feeding junk to kids and expecting them to be healthy.
There is nothing healthy about pasteurized hormone laden cheese, pepperoni, white flour, soybean oil, BHA and BHT, and high fructose corn syrup.
As a doctor who sees the effects of nutrition, good and bad, on kid's health, I am appalled that such a product can be called a healthy snack for kids.
I teach my parents and children to make pizza using a base like jicama, rice cake or flax cracker topped with organic jarred tomato sauce or fresh from whole ripe tomatoes. The “cheese” we top it off with is made from organic raw nuts, bursting with high quality fats, protein and minerals. We teach them to discriminate truly health enhancing food from deceptive advertising.
At www.drritamarie.com/go/kids we teach kids to make their own healthy choices and give them the tools and recipes to make delicious nutritious easy to make foods.”
If you're disgusted with all the misinformation and would like to teach your kids to make healthy choices, join us for the Kids in the Kitchen class.
We've set it up so if you join us in person, your kids will get to make their own food, with your assistance if need be.
Online, we set it up so that you can purchase the ingredients in advance (you'll get a shopping list as soon as you register) so your kids can make the food during the class or afterward.
This is the 4th time I've done a class like this over the past 5 years and it's always been a big hit.
So whether you have kids or grandkids, nieces and nephews or family friends, it pays to learn to feed them right and to empower them to make the best possible choices.
If you can't make the class live, if you sign-up now you'll get the videos at the pre-event investment of just $19.95 and can watch at your own pace. In fact, you can create some summer activities days by planning a recipe making session. Make a full learning experience out of it, and even ask your child to invite a friend. You can take them shopping, then watch the lesson together and then head to the kitchen to make food. You can replay as often as needed for them to get what to do!
Read the full article “Healthy Snacks for Hungry Kids” on my blog. I will be up at this location within a day or two.
Kids Health Month Radio Show Archives
Creating Healthy Children with author Karen Ranzi
Put Your Kids In Charge of Their Meals
How Gluten Effects Kids Behavior, Focus and Concentration
|Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo has been an integrative health care practitioner for over two decades, empowering her patients and students to overcome health challenges and lead a joyful and healthy life. She's a Doctor of Chiropractic with Certifications in Acupuncture, Clinical Nutrition, HeartMath® and Herbal Medicine as well as a certified raw and living foods instructor, chef and coach. She's the author and co-author of several gluten-free vegan and raw foods recipe books, including Power Breakfast Ideas, Deliciously Quick Lunch and Dinner, Healthy Halloween Treats, Dessert: Making it Rich Without Oil and Dried and Gone to Heaven. She's also the creator of several online courses on a variety of health issues.|
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