Kids Nutrition

There are many health benefits of cranberries. Eat them!  Eat them for Thanksgiving as whole cranberry sauce and in baked goods.  They are tart, but in baked muffins or bread, their tartness is reduced due to the small amount of sugar in the muffin recipe.  Kids usually like muffins with berries in them and young children will more likely eat these than cranberry sauce that is more tart.

health benefits of cranberries

This means that cranberries contain antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties. They reduce free radical activity, which is oxidation, similar to rusting, of the aging body.  They protect the cells and DNA.  These are all good things!  Prevention of disease begins in infancy and childhood.  Infants (<1) and toddlers (1-3) can eat cooked cranberry sauce that is blenderized, because larger chunks of cranberries are a choking hazard.

Health Benefits of Cranberries- more than you think…

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Wishing everyone a Happy 4th of July.

This is a picture of what it looked like when I was mixing up a Berrry Parfait Pie.  It is delicious and reminds me of my childhood, when jello was queen of new foods and the convenience of modern foods was definitely “better nutrition through chemistry”!  Of course, these days we are all about natural and organic foods, more like my grandmother’s generation.  Except today we don’t want to go out to the henhouse and kill and pluck feathers for dinner tonight!  We still want convenience with all natural foods, grown organically on sustainable agricultural farms.

Here is my mom’s recipe:

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Below is a great list of good nutrition for kids.  Their growing bodies need food that give them high nutrition.  They need to run, jump, play, use their brains, and pay attention to their surroundings.

Good nutrition for kids- Fruits & Vegetables:

Fruits and veggies contain high levels of necessary vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, and fiber important to boost the immune system, detoxify the body, and sustain the metabolic needs of the body’s individual cells.

Greens- vitamins, minerals- magnesium, potassium: collards, kale, mustard greens, spinach, turnip greens, radish leaves, beet greens, purslane.

Bananas, oranges, pomegranates, grapes, pears, apples, figs, apricots, plums, grapefruit, lemons, pineapple, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, melons, cantaloupes, coconuts, mangoes.

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Give your child a good “cleanse”/detox for spring! Cleansing children’s bodies is a good idea at least every year and more if your child has a chronic disease.  Your child may feel sluggish after the long winter. This article lists foods for detoxifying the body and offers suggestions to “hide” them. Link (below) to kid activities to learn about good foods to eat. Try the delicious smoothie recipe below…

Kid Quiz: What are all the body systems involved in cleansing the body of toxins?

But my kids don’t like greens! Most don’t, so here are some ways to “hide” them:

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