Three child-friendly recipes with chia

lemon lime chia with spirulina

One reason Chia is enjoying a terrific popularity in our family is probably because it instantly became Zoe’s favorite. And, to be quite honest, that doesn’t happen often with something that’s healthy and nutritious. Flax, another beloved seed with comparable nutritional benefits, has always been greeted with a dose of grumpiness. I think it’s the playful and jelly-like texture that’s really fun and inviting for the kids. Also, chia has no taste that can interfere with other flavors. Today, I {Read More}

Chia Seeds: Ancient Uses and Novel Benefits

chia seeds nutrition and benefits

These days it’s rather impossible to avoid chia in the stores: juices, desserts, cereal items… Chia is widely advertised as a nutritional and heath-promoting “it” food and many close friends became instantly hooked thanks to the bestseller “Born to Run” by Chris McDougall. But is it really all accurate? I was advised to be skeptical of the claims made by big corporations. Today, I share some relevant chia-basics for those with a penchant for novelty (and a healthy dose of {Read More}

Why and How To Introduce Millet to Your Picky Child

kid friendly recipes with millet

How to introduce millet for the first time to your picky child? Well, according to my experience with one picky eater, the best way is to introduce it as a sweet treat. And that’s really easy with millet because it’s so versatile! Why Introduce millet? Millet is a very healthy grain, to start with. It has splendid levels of important nutrients such as manganese, zinc, magnesium, tryptofan and B1 vitamin. It is also a great source of fiber. As you {Read More}

Pomegranate: A delight for the senses delivers outstanding health benefits

health benefits of pomegranate fruit

Visually, pomegranate impresses with its red and glossy seeds that look like rubies. A tasting of this fruit will deepen the visual pleasure, uncovering an abundance of juiciness, sweetness, tartness and chewiness. A tasty and good looking fruit is enough to captivate the senses, but, as it turns out, this delicious, playful and visually stunning winter treat is rich in healthy goodies that we can benefit from even if we consume pomegranate just for the sake of deep sensual delight. {Read More}

Catch of the Day: A Fish Alphabet Soup for Kids (and Tired Parents)

Fish Swimming, Art by Zoe

On my list of kid-friendly foods that are both nutrient-dense and inexpensive, a fish-head broth secures the prominent spot. Fish heads are, too often, abandoned by customers who fancy flawless fish fillets or who disregard heads for various reasons. Unwanted and not attractive to many, they are sold at bargain prices. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, or your fishmonger is in a good mood, they are even free. That’s what happened yesterday when my husband went to a fish market to {Read More}

Using “What Not to Wear” Strategy to Create Healthy Meals for Kids: The Cauliflower Edition

healthy meals for kids meatballs with mashed cauliflower

I am a mother to a kid who once drew a picture of broccoli that looked like a vicious, smiling, green monster. Yes, Zoe drew and taped that picture onto her door in “protest” of the broccoli lasagna which I served that day. You guessed right –I didn’t actually receive a five-star review for that meal. That evening, I consulted (yet again) a book on parenting, that assured me how children normally “outgrow” their limited food preferences. That means I {Read More}

8 Natural Home Remedies for Hangover

champagne

New Year is the time to celebrate, but too much of overindulgence can bring unpleasant side-effects including hangover. Before you make a sensible New Year’s resolution, you may need to clear your head first. There are many simple and natural ways to ease the symptoms of hangover. The best cure is rehydration, so the body can deal with the symptoms. In addition, take a look at the following eight home remedies that all promise to treat naturally many symptoms of {Read More}

Let This Soup Cure Thy Cold and Congestion

healing congestion and cold soup

When Hippocrates came up with “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”, I am sure that it involved a bad case of cold and a soup. Cold? We’ve all been there. But, when it comes to soup, I’d like to suggest one with immediate and apparent healing properties. This truly magical broth is what I rely on when I happen to succumb to cold and flu. Not meant for kids or those that can’t take the heat, {Read More}

Conventional vs. Organic Farming Series, Part I: Environmental Effects of Conventional Farming

organic vs conventional farming

If you were raised on a farm and your parents were organic farmers, you might be naturally equipped with everything you needed to get the best from the soil by using ecological principles. But if you were raised in an urban environment and your parents were, say, a journalist and a lawyer, your learning about the soil and farming methods might not come so easy. You might need to consult literature (and, most likely on your own) about different approaches {Read More}

Why and How Encourage Your Child to Eat Lentils

Unhulled red lentil

Does this scenario sound familiar? You’ve spent several hours consulting web-pages and books in order to advance your knowledge of child nutrition. Then you’ve selected quality ingredients, chopped them, cut your finger in the process, cooked, pulverized and carefully seasoned a meal. You’re feeling as you’ve accomplished a small feat when you finally get to serve it to your little one. And the only thing she says (with a super-sad face) is: “Oh, no…but, something smelled so good from the {Read More}