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jellybeans

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Colored Easter candy is flooding store shelves, ready to fill children’s baskets. Other colored foods are in most every aisle of the store – breakfast cereals with their rainbow of colored pops and grains, yogurts with their multicolor blends, even Fido the dog has colored treats available. And, are there really strawberries in strawberry milk, or is it Red 40 and Blue 1 food dye?

We are seeing an increase in the amount of artificial dyes in our foods. They are used mainly to trigger that part of our brain that says “this is good, buy me”.

Comments (1) Posted by Lee on Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Filed under Health, Healthy food practices, Nutrition tips
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The $4.9 million grant received by the University of Michigan will try to figure out how to eliminate behaviors leading to obesity before a set pattern begins. The funds will be used for research and obesity prevention programs in Head Start. This federally funded program focuses on school readiness for low-income children ages 3 to 6.

This is a huge amount of money to spend on this project. If it, indeed, helps children control their weight, it will be priceless. We know that an obese young person is much more likely to be an obese adult. And people who are overweight are more likely to have more medical problems.

Comments (2) Posted by Lee on Monday, March 21st, 2011

Filed under Food patterns and eating habits, Regional food
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Here is a good read about England and their long apple history. This universal fruit has fans the world over – but some fans are more discriminating than others.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/mar/14/apple-britain-gala-traditional

I enjoyed reading how apples are viewed by others across the ocean. Hope you enjoy it, too!

Best to you,

Lee Jackson
Author: From the Apple Orchard – Recipes for Apple Lovers
Apples, Apples, Everywhere – Favorite Recipes From America’s Orchards

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Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Filed under Books, Cookbooks, Recipes, Recommendations
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Whether you have a bushel or a peck or only a pound, you will find over a hundred ways to use apples in this apple cookbook, From the Apple Orchard – Recipes for Apple Lovers. Others have said: “Good to the Core“. The Mountain Airy News. “I purchased this book while in Georgia as a Thank You gift for a neighbor who took care of our plants while we were away. I should have purchased two, as it was hard for me to give it away after have read it, almost cover to cover. Where can I buy another?”  E.C., California.

Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Monday, March 14th, 2011

Filed under Cooking and kids
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One of the most universally loved fruits is the apple. Apples are packed with fiber, have a low sodium content, and are the truly fat-free product of nature. There are many health attributes of apples such as lowering cholesterol and protecting against heart disease.

Apples may help boost weight loss efforts, as each apple contains only 80 calories. And, they are usually in-stock in grocery stores throughout the country. You can buy them anytime of year, but it is the Fall when they are at their peak of wholesomeness and crunchiness.

Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Friday, March 11th, 2011

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It tastes so good…plus

Diets rich in potassium may help to maintain healthy blood pressure. Fruit sources of potassium include bananas, prunes and prune juice, dried peaches and apricots, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, and orange juice.

Dietary fiber from fruits helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease. Fiber is important for regularity. It helps reduce constipation and diverticulosis. Whole or cut-up fruits are sources of dietary fiber while fruit juices contain little or no fiber.

Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Thursday, March 10th, 2011

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During long sea voyages, it was usual for sailors to develop a disease called scurvy.

In 1747 a physican to the British Navy performed an experiment in which he chose twelve sailors who showed symptoms of the disease.

These men ate the same food as the others, but were given different remedies. Some were given cider to drink, others sulfuric acid, or vinegar, sea water, nutmeg and others were given two oranges and a lemon daily.

The pair of sailors who ate the oranges and lemon daily were the only ones who showed improvement and were able to report for duty in a few days.

Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Filed under Cookbooks, Cooking and kids, Recipes
Romaine lettuce (Lactuca sativa var. longifolia).

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The importance of vegetables in our diets has been spotlighted in my previous post. Today I want to give you a recipe using vegetables in a crisp and delicious way. This salad is a wonderful lunch-time or anytime meal or meal-addition. It is a recipe from Amy Houts’s children’s cookbook, Cooking Around the Calendar With Kids – Holiday and Seasonal Food and Fun, p. 11. You and your children will enjoy making and eating this salad.

Garden Salad

1 head Romaine lettuce, torn in small pieces
1/2 bunch green onions, chopped
1/2 red pepper, cut in strips
1 small bunch broccoli, cut up

Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Monday, March 7th, 2011

Filed under Healthy food practices, Nutrition tips
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Everyone would benefit from growing a vegetable garden. Vegetables, especially those grown above ground, should provide one of the main staples of our daily food pattern.

We are blessed and very fortunate to have such a wide variety of food available to us. Yet many people do not choose foods wisely. Too often the sweets and fats take center stage and too few plant based foods and healthy proteins are included in our diets.

Vegetables are excellent providers of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and flavonoids, as well as the good carbohydrates everyone needs. Flavonoids are a class of antioxidants.

Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

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Help kids connect food to what they value – what is important to them.

For example, if they are athletes concerned about doing well in sports, you can tell them about protein foods needed for  building and repairing tissues, enabling them to become better athletes.

If they are concerned about their hair, skin or general appearance, you can tell them about the fruits and vegetables that contain valuable antioxidants for help  in these area. Antioxidants are chemicals that reduce or prevent oxidation, thus preventing cell and tissue damage from free radicals in the body.

Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

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