Nutritional ‘Farm’acy

 

 THE NUTRITIONAL “FARM”ACY

Our kitchen is spotlighting healthy foods in an effort to make a Nutritional “FARM”acy we can use when meal planning.  Good things are in the foods we eat, and we want to know what they are. We want to know how to cook them up tasty, and as an added bonus were asking kids why they love them! So get your cutting board ready, whether you have a picky eater or athlete to feed; this week we are focusing on….

(Check out the Swami Mommi Pinterest page for great  Nutritional Farmacy recipes, ideas for picky eaters and side dishes!)

BEAUTIFUL BANANAS

 

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What’s in Bananas?:  This fruit has B3 (Niacin) for good overall health; B6 which is good for clearing away waste; Vitamin C for immunity enhancement; and manganese which works with the vitamin C to create virus fighting substances.  This fruit can give the whole body a boost! Bananas have fiber and potassium which regulate body fluids. They also contain magnesium, which is good for relaxing muscles and plays a huge role in the metabolism of food!

How To Eat Bananas: You can sautée a banana in a bit of butter with brown sugar, make frozen banana chocolate covered popsicles, and make smoothies. You can also cover them in peanut butter and roll them in chocolate for a sweet treat or roll them in Rice Krispies for breakfast sushi! Lastly, you can dip bananas in chocolate fondue.

Why Do Kids Like Bananas? “Bananas are sweet and they look delicious!”  “You can make “Banana Splits!” and “You can make fruit salads with them!” Did we mention they are really easy to carry and work great for toddlers on the go?

CARROTS

Carrots: A healthy snack for kids!

Carrots: A healthy snack for kids!

Our kitchen is spotlighting healthy foods in effort to make a Nutritional “FARM”acy we can use when meal planning.  Good things are in the foods we eat, and we want to know what they are. We want to know how to cook them up tasty, and as an added bonus were asking kids why they love them! So get your cutting board ready, this week we are focusing on Carrots!

What is in Carrots?  Beta Caroten is converted into Vitamin A that is beneficial for vision and heart health. Cells are also protected. We use Vitamin K for blood clotting and the healing of wounds and to help with digestion. Chromium found in carrots helps control blood sugar levels too! It also has zinc, folate, calcium, iron and fiber.

How To Eat Carrots: One easy way is to eat carrots raw with hummus. Remember that whole carrots are difficult to digest so grate or chop them finely before eating. Carrot juice is also a great thirst quencher plus an added blood sugar stabilizer.

Why Do Kids Like Carrots? Because we can go “num num num” like Peter Rabbit, eat them with hummos, and grate them to eat  in salads. Juicing carrots is a fun thing to do too!

 

CORN

Our kitchen is spotlighting healthy foods in an effort to make a Nutritional “FARM”acy we can use when meal planning.  A CORNY undertaking no doubt which makes this weeks focus of corn all the more relevant. Good things are in the foods we eat, and we want to know what they are. We want to know how to cook them up tasty, and as an added bonus were asking kids why they love them! So get your cutting board ready, whether you have a picky eater or athlete to feed; this week we are focusing on CORN! (We prefer Non-Gmo Corn.)

What’s In Corn? : For good energy, corn provides the B vitamins: B3 an B5. There is vitamin C and zinc for healthy immune function. Folate is present for reproductive health along with fiber for good heart health and good cholesterol levels. Corn also contains beta-carotene and magnesium.

How To Eat Corn:  Corn can be ground into meal and used as a flour, but the most nutritious form is the corn grown fresh on the cob. With Non-Gmo fresh corn cobs hard to find these days, it’s good to know that canned and frozen sweet corn retains most of nutrients found in the fresh cobs.

Why Do Kids Love To Eat Corn?: Kids are saying that they “love corn on the cob”, “love to eat frozen corn kernels for a fresh summer snack”, and “love corn on the top of a salad to make it look colorful!”

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KRAZY KALE

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KALE has: many vitamins and phytochemicals.  Kale is an important immunity booster. It has lots of Vitamin A, B vitamins, iron, zinc and K1, is good for your eyes, and it helps to make smooth skin. It is big on repair and detoxification, as well as a help keeping cholesterol level healthy. Improves energy levels too and keeps cell membranes healthy.

How to eat KALE: Kale can be eaten raw, steamed, or lightly sauteed or stir fried. We add broth, a little butter and salt in a saute and it’s great!

Why do kids like KALE?: Because you can eat it with cheese, it might have lemon squeezed onto it (YUM!) or if mom or dad cooked it it might have “extra love” in it!

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