Gwyneth Paltrow Teaches Us How to Make Kid-Friendly Party Food in Newest Cookbook
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In her third cookbook, the GOOP founder teaches us how to make easy “clean comfort food”
Whether you love or hate GOOP, simple party appetizers are something everyone wants to learn how to make.
Good news, GOOP fans: starlet Gwyneth Paltrow has announced that she’s writing a third cookbook. Whereas the first two books, which focused on family togetherness, and recipes to make you feel and look good, respectively, this cookbook will feature recipes for “Clean comfort food,” concentrating especially on kid-friendly foods and easy party appetizers.
"It's fun — I really love doing it,” said Paltrow on a Friday morning Rachel Ray Show appearance. “It's an awesome side project that I get to do, and I feel really lucky that people bought the first one and the second one.”
No word yet on when the cookbook will be released, but we hope we can expect some fun tongue-in-cheek references to her ongoing feud with Martha Stewart, or perhaps even a recipe for “sex bark.”Sex bark was recently featured in the GOOP newsletter, with ingredients like an “herb tonic used for centuries to enhance youthfulness, reproductive function, and sex drive,” and “Moon Juice’s Sex Dust, an aphrodisiac warming potion promoting enjoyable sex and fertility for both men and women.”
- 2 pounds ground beef chuck
- 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
- 3 (15 ounce) cans chili beans, drained
- 1 (15 ounce) can chili beans in spicy sauce
- 2 (28 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with juice
- 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
- 1 large yellow onion, chopped
- 3 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 2 green chile peppers, seeded and chopped
- 1 tablespoon bacon bits
- 4 cubes beef bouillon
- ½ cup beer
- ¼ cup chili powder
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce (e.g. Tabasco™)
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- 1 (10.5 ounce) bag corn chips such as Fritos®
- 1 (8 ounce) package shredded Cheddar cheese
Heat a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Crumble the ground chuck and sausage into the hot pan, and cook until evenly browned. Drain off excess grease.
Pour in the chili beans, spicy chili beans, diced tomatoes and tomato paste. Add the onion, celery, green and red bell peppers, chile peppers, bacon bits, bouillon, and beer. Season with chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, oregano, cumin, hot pepper sauce, basil, salt, pepper, cayenne, paprika, and sugar. Stir to blend, then cover and simmer over low heat for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
After 2 hours, taste, and adjust salt, pepper, and chili powder if necessary. The longer the chili simmers, the better it will taste. Remove from heat and serve, or refrigerate, and serve the next day.
To serve, ladle into bowls, and top with corn chips and shredded Cheddar cheese.
Kimberly Snyder, C.N. is the nutritionist and multi-time New York Times and #1 Amazon best-selling author of The Beauty Detox Solution, The Beauty Detox Foods and The Beauty Detox Power and Radical Beauty, co-authored with Deepak Chopra.
She is a passionate wellness authority whose philosophy includes her principles around proper food combining, optimizing digestion and eating an all or mostly plant-based diet. Kimberly is a recurring nutrition and wellness expert on The Today Show, The Dr. Oz Show and Access Hollywood and has been featured on many other national shows and publications, such as Good Morning America, The New York Times, Vogue, Elle, InStyle, The Wall Street Journal and Vanity Fair, among many others. She was selected to be a member of the Wellness Council of Well + Good. She was named by Vogue as one of the top “results-oriented nutritionists.”
Kimberly is also a sought-after speaker and has been a keynote speaker on the topics of health, beauty, wellness and personal empowerment for many top companies and conferences across the country. Kimberly is on the Board of Advisors for Visionary Women, a non-profit organization dedicated to the support and empowerment of women. Her popular website and blog at KimberlySnyder.com shares her philosophy, information and products to community members in over 150 countries around the world.
After graduating magna cum laude from Georgetown University, Snyder didn’t choose an ordinary path. Instead, she embarked on a three-year solo journey spanning over 50 countries. This exposed her to a wide range of health and beauty modalities, conventional and unconventional teachers and approaches from different cultures, inspiring her to pursue an extensive career in the field of nutrition and wellness. Kimberly also completed a three-year Ayurvedic Practitioner program at the American University of Complementary Medicine (AUCM).
A passionate practitioner of Kriya and Vinyasa yoga and meditation, world adventurer, and Mama, Kimberly has dedicated her life to inspiring others to discover their own light and true beauty.
Gwyneth Paltrow Teaches Us How to Make Kid-Friendly Party Food in Newest Cookbook - Recipes
Am I alone in not wanting Gwyneth Paltrow’s life whatsoever? Like, Gwyneth thinks that everything about her life is so aspirational to all of the peasants, but in truth, I don’t want to be her at all. It’s too much work to be Gwyneth. All of that patronizing and condescension, the crap that she has to put up with from her husband, the extreme dieting and extreme workouts, the try-hard “singing career”, and on and on. Gwyneth exhausts me and I’m just a casual observer. I imagine her life is terrible (when compared to mine – I get to eat ice cream whenever I want).
Anyway, I was just thinking about how much I didn’t want to be Gwyneth while I was reading this completely asinine story about her latest cook book. Apparently, some early excerpts from the book have come out, and Gwyneth is SO SMUG about being so terribly vitamin deficient and she’s proud of passing on her crazy food issues to her children. She’s an awful human being.
She has tried the macrobiotic diet, the kale and lemon cleanse and only eating salad for days on end. But now Gwyneth Paltrow has admitted that she has begun inflicting her obsessions with food on her own children – by starving them of carbohydrates. Miss Paltrow, 40, said that that she avoids feeding pasta, bread or rice to Apple, eight, and Moses, six, because it is bad for them, even though they are left ‘craving’ the food.
Her decision was based on the fact that everyone in her house – including husband Chris Martin – is supposedly intolerant of gluten, dairy and chicken’s eggs. Miss Paltrow’s comments are an admission that her habit of going for the latest fad diet is filtering down to how she behaves as a mother. She has in the past told how she snacks on almonds when she is hungry rather than cave in and have a proper meal. She spent her 20s on the macrobiotic diet during which time she ate mostly vegetables and beans and chewed her food more thoroughly than usual.
In her new cookbook, called ‘It’s All Good,’ which is released next month, Miss Paltrow devotes an entire chapter to grains but is deeply skeptical about them.
She writes: ‘Every single nutritionist, doctor and health-conscious person I have ever come across . . . seems to concur that (gluten) is tough on the system and many of us are at best intolerant of it and at worst allergic to it. Sometimes when my family is not eating pasta, bread or processed grains like white rice, we’re left with that specific hunger that comes with avoiding carbs’.
Miss Paltrow, who won an Oscar in 1999 for Shakespeare in Love, added that Mr Martin, 36, the singer with the band Coldplay, and their children are all intolerant to ‘many other surprising foods’ – but her claim was met with skepticism by experts.
London-based public health nutritionist Yvonne Wake said Miss Paltrow was being ‘foolish’ and that she could be doing her children harm. She said: ‘I think it’s not a good idea, especially because her children are thin – I’ve seen pictures of them.
‘Kids need carbohydrate because it gives them glycogen which keeps your brain going. Without it they won’t be able to think straight as their brain won’t be functioning and their thinking patterns will be slow. It’s like when kids don’t have any breakfast – they will do less well at school and won’t be able to run around with the other children’.
Dr Carina Norris, a registered nutritionist, added: ‘Far too many people self-diagnose themselves with allergies, or cut out wheat to lose weight, or because they think it’s bad for them. Not only are they making their lives difficult, cutting out such an important food group shouldn’t be done without the advice of a medical professional, as it could put them at risk of nutrient deficiencies.’
In the new book Gwyneth describes the moment she thought she had a stroke. The ‘Iron Man’ actress sought medical advice when she suddenly fell ill at her London home in 2011 while serving lunch to friends, and despite her fears, she was found to have been stricken with a migraine and panic attack.
She wrote in her new cook book: ‘One sunny afternoon in London, in the spring of 2011, I thought – without sounding overly dramatic – that I was going to die. I had just served lunch in the garden at home… I had a vague feeling that I was going to faint, and I wasn’t forming thoughts correctly… I got a searing pain in my head, I couldn’t speak, and I felt as if I couldn’t breathe. I thought I was having a stroke.’
The 40-year-old actress – who has children Apple, eight, and Moses, six, with husband Chris Martin – was also found to be severely anaemic and vitamin D deficient, so had to overhaul her diet, cutting out coffee, eggs, sugar, shellfish, potatoes, wheat and meat.
Her health scare prompted herself and her family to undergo food allergy testing. Miss Paltrow’s previous cooking book, ‘My Father’s Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family and Togetherness’ detailed more of her curious food obsessions. For a refreshing drink she turns to a juice made of kale, lemon juice, water, vitamins and natural sweetener agave.
Miss Paltrow, who writes a food and lifestyle blog, claimed that this drink, coupled with five 45-minute workouts each week taught to her by celebrity fitness trainer Tracy Anderson, had left in the best condition of her life.
FOR THE LOVE OF GOOP. Jesus. Seriously, I know I’m not one of Gwyneth’s fancy nutritionists (and seriously, it sounds like she goes nutritionist-shopping the same way a Vicodin addict goes doctor-shopping), but whatever happened to “you can have almost anything in moderation”? You can have a steak, just don’t eat one every day. You can have pasta, just don’t eat a mountain of it. You can have a cup of coffee because you’ll fall asleep if you don’t. And I still don’t understand how Goop gets diagnosed with anemia and vitamin D deficiency and then goes on to cut out eggs, potatoes, wheat AND MEAT. And I don’t understand how Gwyneth has some kind of mind-block on how she got to be so unhealthy (to the point where she felt like she was having a stroke!): decades of starving herself and crash diets and eating in a severely unbalanced way. And now she’s passing all of that on to her children.
Gwyneth Paltrow Teaches Us How to Make Kid-Friendly Party Food in Newest Cookbook - Recipes
I know Gwyneth Paltrow has some defenders, but every time this woman opens her mouth, I just can’t help but find her insufferable. If she’s not deigning to tell the peasants how to live, she’s saying idiotic things like “I’d rather smoke crack than eat cheese from a can” or telling a fatty just how disappointed she is that they don’t met her skinny standards. The kicker, I think, is that Gwyneth seems to think she’s a world-class “foodie” AND that she’s all about health. To which I say: it’s not healthy to detox as much as she does. Gwyneth seems to be “on a detox” every other month, and Gwyneth has admitted that her dieting and detoxing has left her physically weak and vitamin-deficient. What’s my point? Goop is full of it. She’s not the grand lifestyle/food/fashion expert that she thinks she is.
So what’s Goop’s latest BS? She only allows her kids to watch television in French or Spanish. Ugh, Goop. For the love of…
It’s no secret that Gwyneth Paltrow flies the flag for healthy living. But it seems her outlook on life has gone a little far as she projects strict parenting on her children. The Talented Mr Ripley actress has revealed that she only allows eight-year-old daughter Apple, and son Moses, six, to watch television in French or Spanish instead of their native English.
Speaking to InStyle magazine, the mother-of-two said Apple was ‘cross’ as ‘I only let them watch TV in French or Spanish’.
She added: ‘When I’m in France, I go to [Boulevard] Beaumarchais and buy all their cartoons.’
The 39-year-old also spoke about her own draconian diet, and while she has eased the macrobiotic lifestyle, she still considers a cheese-topped French stick and glass of wine to be ‘indulging’.
Gwyneth said: ‘I was very strict for a while, I was macrobiotic for a couple of years, then I got pregnant and just ate ice cream. What I’ve learned is that I want to enjoy my life, and food is a big part of it. I love to cook and feed people. I cook every day. My indulging is a fresh baguette with cheese and a glass of red wine or french fries and fried zucchini. Or a turkey burger.’
During the interview, which was conducted by designer Diane von Furstenberg, the Oscar-winner also touched on her marriage to Chris Martin and hinted why it is still going strong after nine years. She credited their friendship as the ‘easiest’ thing between them, saying they laugh a lot and share the same taste in music, before bravely discussing the hardships too.
Highlighting their differences, Gwyneth said: ‘Probably our artistic temperaments. Artists are sensitive there are ups and downs mood-wise. Musicians need a certain gravitas and focus in order to write. The temperament that goes with someone who is creative can be challenging.’
She added: ‘I focus more on understanding than being understood.’
And it seems Gwyneth may even let off a little steam in the therapist’s office, as when the blonde was asked why she continues to work so hard having already achieved such a high level of success, it was unclear if she was joking when she quipped: ‘You can call my shrink on that one.’
She continued: ‘The positive thing… is curiosity and momentum. The negative is a need to validate myself or feel special.’
For the TV-only-in-French or Spanish thing… I mean, I understand what she’s trying to do. I’ve read those studies too – kids’ brains are like sponges, and it’s much easier for a child to pick up another language than it would be for the average adult. But instead of sounding like a pro-education advocate, Goop just sounds holier-than-thou, like she despises your peasant children who watch TV in (gasp!) English. I would love to force Goop to watch a few hours of Honey Boo Boo. I think her body would simply reject the experience.
As for the quotes about her marriage… weird. “Musicians need a certain gravitas and focus in order to write. The temperament that goes with someone who is creative can be challenging.” It feels like she’s misusing the word “gravitas” but maybe that’s just me. I also think this quote is particularly interesting: “I focus more on understanding than being understood.” It makes me think the marriage is all about HIM. His moods, his temperament, understanding HIM, his gravitas (?).
In other Goop news, she was named by People Magazine as their “Best Dressed Woman” of 2012. Goop deigned to allow her stylist (!) to speak to People about what amazing style Goop has. While I like some of Goop’s styles, I do think her consistently bad makeup-application and her constant insistence on flat-ironing her too-blonde hair should be reason enough to exclude her from any fashion lists. You can read the People interview with Goop’s stylist here.
Last thing – Goop was just named the newest face of Max Factor. Kind of downmarket and peasanty for Goop, right? She used to represent Estee Lauder several years ago. Interesting that she got another beauty contract.
Waffles + Mochi
One of the latest Netflix offerings from Barack and Michelle Obama's production company, Waffles + Mochi is a delightful kids' show that celebrates fresh ingredients. and puppets. In Waffles + Mochi, the show's titular puppets meet with some of the world's most famous chefs, like Samin Nosrat and Jose Andres, to learn about food from around the world. Michelle Obama encourages Waffles and Mochi on their journey away from the "land of frozen foods" and toward fruits and vegetables. Mrs. Obama called Waffles + Mochi a "continuation" of the work she started at the White House to encourage healthy eating.
Can’t be bothered to cook? No problem. 3 “assembly-only” recipes to the rescue.
Where did the summer go? Is it just me or does summer fly by more quickly with each year that passes in this precious life? It’s a bit startling sometimes, to say the least.
I hope you made some unforgettable summer memories the last few months. Highlights for me included working in my native gardens (no surprise there for those of you who know me), some travels with family to Europe where I fed my loves of adventure and history, daily walks with my hubby that always evolve into spontaneous social hours with neighbors, promoting local foods through a big local foods celebration called Minnesota Cooks, and simple gatherings with family and friends on restaurant patios or in backyards that often make up the most nurturing and satisfying moments of life.
And I have a confession – this summer I basically couldn’t be bothered to cook much, which is pretty unusual for me. Typically I enjoy the planning, chopping, and creativity of cooking, but the last couple of months I just honestly wanted to spend my time on other things and felt satisfied with simple food. Turning on my stove felt utterly unappealing. So I “assembled” meals instead. Summer is a great season for “assembling” and throwing stuff together since in-season produce is so fresh and perfect and delicious as-is.
It’s been a cool summer here in Minnesota where I live. We’re still waiting for many of the tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants – summer’s heat lovers – to make their big appearance therefore, I figured it wasn’t too late to share a couple winner recipes that have been satisfying the palate while requiring little work. Enjoy!
Melon and Cucumber Salad Yield: 4-6 servings
A friend reminded me of this recipe a few weeks ago, and I’m so glad she did. Isn’t it funny how we can space out some of our favorites? This classic trio of herbs (relied upon by South American and Asian cooks) brightens salads and sautés. Here it cools the heat of the jalapeño. Serve this on dark greens or as a side to grilled chicken or pork, if you do feel like you have some bandwidth for cooking. :)
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 large shallot, finely diced
1 cup cilantro leaves
1/2 cup basil leaves, cut into 1/8-inch strips
1/3 cup mint leaves, cut into 1/8-inch strips
1 jalapeno, seeded, deveined, and diced
1 pound melon, peeled, seeded, and cut into 2-inch chunks (cantaloupe or honey dew)
1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded, and cut into 2-inch chunks
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Grate the zest (the green rind, not the white pith) and juice the limes into a large bowl and whisk in the olive oil. Toss in shallot, cilantro, basil, mint and jalapeño. Allow to sit a few minutes, then toss in the melon and cucumber. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper. Refrigerate until cold before serving.
Golden Tomato Avocado Salad
2 cups chopped yellow and/or orange tomatoes
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped into bite-sized pieces
1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 large avocado, diced into ½ inch cubes
½ cup finely sliced scallions
1/3 to ½ cup fresh lime juice
¼ cup orange juice
2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons minced fresh basil
1 large garlic clove, minced or pressed
1 teaspoon minced fresh cilantro (optional)
Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
Combine all of the ingredients in a serving bowl, toss well, and serve or refrigerate.
**While the first 2 recipes focus more on ingredients local to the Midwest, this next recipe is much more Caribbean-inspired.**
Ginger Chia Pudding
Yield: 1 serving
This recipe comes directly from Gwyneth Paltrow’s newest cookbook “It’s All Easy,” which a client told me to get. She was right. Good ole Gwyneth’s done it again – there are some really excellent recipes in that book. I love chia puddings for breakfast, but some people eat them as a snack or dessert.
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon very finely grated or minced fresh ginger
3/4 cup coconut water
6 Tablespoons canned coconut milk
2 teaspoons honey or coconut sugar
1/4 cup diced fresh peach or other favorite fruit
Combine the chia seeds, ginger, coconut water, coconut milk, and honey/coconut sugar in a bowl or mason jar. Stir well allow to sit in the fridge for at least 10 minutes or up to 2 days. Serve topped with diced fresh peach or other fresh fruit (I’ve been using fresh raspberries).
There are many reasons why we might find ourselves resisting the task of cooking from time to time. If you’ve also found yourself in a standoff with your stove recently, I hope you found this newsletter helpful. For the record, I do feel home-cooking is immeasurably important to creating health, but I also know there are plenty of ways to skirt around it occasionally and still make healthful choices, especially in summer. Cheers to assembling!
Kids health diet
How schools are getting kids to eat healthier foods
In an effort to encourage kids to eat more of nature's cleansing and nourishing foods, fruits and vegetables, schools are participating in growing programs, and finding that kids are more apt to try foods that they grow and prepare themselves.
"In a new study released in the March/April 2013 issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, researchers found that growing and then cooking the foods that kids grew increased their willingness to try new foods."
The result of this study is worth considering making some food changes at home.
Of course, if you, as a parent do not eat right, don't expect that your children will, but if you do, what a great project to try at home.
With continued uncertainty in what is really in our foods, and with companies exploiting the "organic" loophole by allowing heavy metals, now more than ever people should consider growing foods at home.
And if this is what it would take to get children to eat more healthy foods, which can very well prevent the very diseases that unhealthy foods are creating, i.e. diabetes, cancers, etc., then turn off Blues Clues and gets some soil and some seeds and start a "growing" project at home.
Naturally, there is a learning curve for many people to achieve this. However, books can be purchased, or specialists can be brought in for hands-on demonstrations.
The schools brought in a garden specialist for 45 minutes of garden class. Cooking specialists were brought in for 90 minutes per week.
Running a free Kijiji ad can likely find someone locally to hire. Not worth it? What is the value of a child's health? A lot more than the weekly costs to hire experts I'm sure. Most people would be happy to work for $20-$40 per hour in this economy, some for even less.
Granted, in addition to salads, the study had the children preparing pastries, bread, pasta, and desserts, because everyone has a different opinion of what "healthy" food is. Perhaps green smoothies, green juices, and inventive salads can be the focus in the home.
A Healthy Balanced Diet For Kids
Bad Diets for Kids--and the Drugs That Enable Them
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban on large-size soft drinks has focused much needed attention on childhood obesity and related health problems. Over one-third of US kids are overweight, and 17 percent are obese--which, for a four-foot-ten-inch child would be a weight of 143 pounds. Obesity predisposes people to diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, sleep apnea and respiratory problems, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis and musculoskeletal disorders. It prevents children from playing and group recreation with their peers and sets them up for a lifetime of bullying and low self-esteem. Obesity is also linked to a shorter life and to cancer. Clearly, Mayor Bloomberg has the right idea.
We are giving our kids WHAT? by Martha Rosenberg
Like adults, children are suffering from "middle-age spread"--too many calories and not enough exercise. And like adults, they are taking pills to accommodate the conditions instead of making lifestyle changes. For example, five million children under the age of 19 are estimated to be on antihypertensive drugs (used to treat high blood pressure) according to the Wall Street Journal and the statin Lipitor (the top selling drug in the world) was approved for US children in 2008. Statins are even approved in a chewable form in Europe!
Statins are a popular drug that lowers cholesterol levels by inhibiting a liver enzyme involved in the production of cholesterol. They can reduce cardiovascular risks in those who need them, but are overprescribed, expensive, and less desirable, according to clinicians, than lifestyle changes to lower cholesterol. Adults on statins are six times more likely to develop liver dysfunction, acute kidney failure, cataracts and muscle damage than those not taking the drugs says a 2010 article in the British Medical Journal.
Still, the temptation to pop a pill rather than unplug the TV and put down the sugary and fattening snacks is always there, especially when so many TV and drug ads tell you to do exactly that. It's also easier to give a pill to a child than deny him or her a favorite food.
"Plenty of adults down statins regularly and shine off healthy eating because they know a cheeseburger and steak can't fool a statin," writes Michael J. Breus, PhD, on the Hufï¬ngton Post. "Imagine a 10-year-old who loves his fast food and who knows he can get away with it if he pops his pills."
The use of prescription drugs is rising four times faster among children than in the overall population and they are often prescribed for "adult diseases" not previously seen in children. Twenty-five percent of children and 30 percent of adolescents now take at least one prescription for a chronic condition, says Medco, the nation's largest pharmacy beneï¬t manager. Medications for treating high blood pressure have risen by 17 percent among kids, respiratory medications have risen 42 percent, heartburn and gastroesophageal reï¬ux disease (GERD) medications have risen 147 percent and diabetes medications have risen an astounding150 percent, according to Medco. Fifty percent of pediatricians also say they prescribe insomnia drugs to kids. And of course five million kids take stimulants in accordance with the very controversial diagnosis of ADHD.
Children, of course, are easier pill "customers" than adults because they are given the drugs by parents, teachers and doctors and can't really refuse. But both adults and children need to tune out the ubiquitous ads for unhealthful food and drugs they see on TV. These ads do more for the health of Big Food and Big Pharma than for the health of the nation.
Does your child always throw tantrums at the dinning table?
Does your child always throw tantrums at the dinning table?
Does he always demand unhealthy foods? As a parent it must be tempting to give in to these tantrums once in a while, but what do you do if your child's fixation with junk food begins to take a toll on his health? With childhood obesity on the rise in India, it is cause for concern. Today. Dr. Shilpa Mittal - Nutritionist, Diet Consultant and Founder of Nutrilife Health Management, comes to your rescue and shares some healthy nutritious tips to keep your child healthy and fit…
Getting your child to eat healthy also depends on what you are offering your kids. If you expose them to junk foods often, they will want to eat those foods more, so be very careful about convenient unhealthy fall-back foods like cookies, chips or instant noodles.
The Importance Of Iron In Your Child’s Diet & How To Make Sure They’re Getting Enough
The Importance Of Iron In Your Child’s Diet & How To Make Sure They’re Getting Enough
Don’t you just hate it when you take your kid to a well-child checkup at the doctor’s office and something is off… like their iron level?
I do. It makes me think that the doctor thinks I feed my kid junk all the time or that I don’t give him his gummy vitamins, when in reality… he’s just dang picky, and all he wants to eat is PB&J sandwiches… cut like a puzzle piece of course!
So if you, like me, want to know more about iron and how to boost your toddlers iron level, then stick around because I’ll be talking about today.
Here are some things I’ll be covering in this post:
What iron is
Why it’s an important mineral your child’s body needs
What happens when your child doesn’t get enough iron
Complications of too much iron
Dietary sources of iron
Are you ready?
Iron is a mineral found in the earth. It’s the 26th element on the periodic table, and it’s symbol is Fe. It’s the most common element that makes up the planet Earth, and is fourth most common element in the Earth’s crust.
Oh yeah… and we need it in our bodies to be healthy.
Iron Is Important… Here’s Why
Iron is found in the body’s red blood cells… in the hemoglobin to be exact, and it’s what makes the blood red. It helps the red blood cells to carry oxygen molecules around the body. Essentially… it keeps you and your little one alive. It’s very important to our health, and that’s why it’s called an essential element or mineral. , It’s also needed to produce myoglobin, which carries oxygen to our muscles, and it affects energy levels, protects against illness and disease, and promotes healthy skin.
When babies are born, they have 4-6 months worth of iron stores that they received from mama during pregnancy.  You see, during pregnancy, mama and baby share blood. When baby is born and the placenta detaches from mama, baby still has mama’s blood – although now it’s technically baby’s blood – as well as mama’s vitamins, minerals, and immunity from her blood. After a while, the iron stores in baby’s blood are depleted and baby then needs to get it from food sources or supplements. An infant is estimated to recycle 70% of the iron found in her red blood cells when old cells are broke down, but she needs to get the remaining 30% from other sources. This percentage is less for adults. It’s about 95%/5%. 
So what happens if your little one doesn’t have enough iron? They’re then coined as “iron deficient” or “anemic”.
Anemia is the most common nutritional deficiency in the US among children, but it’s numbers are slowly declining thanks to iron fortified foods.
It’s diagnosed a couple different ways. It can be when your child has fewer red blood cells than he should which is determined by testing the hematocrit or volume of red blood cells in the blood, or it could be when your child’s hemoglobin levels are low and therefore his red blood cells can’t carry enough oxygen. 
Normal hemoglobin levels for 1-10 year old’s should be in the 10-11 range, and normal hematocrit levels for 1-10 year old’s should be in the 33-35% range.  Iron deficiency is a slow process. If your child’s levels fall below the recommended ranges for their age, they may be “depleted”, but if it’s not corrected, they will start showing signs of anemia which include:
cold hands or feet
rapid heart beat
newly developed heart murmur
pica – cravings to eat substances such as chalk, paint chips or dirt (rare) 
The most common cause of anemia is related to diet. You need to make sure your kid is eating foods that contain iron. If they’re picky or they’re a baby and not eating a lot of iron containing foods, you may want to supplement in some way.
Some other lesser known causes of anemia can be a lack of Vitamin C and increased levels of lead. Vitamin C is needed to absorb iron. If your little one is low on it, she may be low on iron as well.  Studies have also shown links to increased levels of lead in the blood correlating to decreased levels of iron. Most kids these days aren’t at risk for lead exposure, but it is something that can cause serious health problems so keep an eye on it moms! 
If your child does end up being diagnosed as anemic, the doctor will most likely suggest a supplement of iron for one month. Then your child’s blood will be retested. If the levels are rising, that’s a good sign that your child is responding to the supplement. You may need to continue on with it until your child’s blood levels are in the normal range, but once you reach that point you should be able to nix the supplement and instead stay on top of their iron issue through their diet.
Iron is an essential mineral. You need it to live, but too much of it can also kill you… and your kid.
Iron overdose is the leading cause of death by poisoning in children under 6 years old, and the most common cause is from children getting into chewable vitamins and eating them like candy. Children have been know to die after ingesting as little as 200mg of iron – that’s equal to 11 Flintstones vitamins… although I know you’re not giving your precious child those! P 
Symptoms of iron overdoes include:
Dehydration and lethargy if not treated adequately
Iron toxicity will depending upon the age and size of the child, but overdose symptoms will start showing when a child has more than 10mg/kg of body weight per day in him. The therapeutic dose for iron deficiency anemia is 3-6 mg/kg/day. Toxic effects begin to occur at doses above 10-20 mg/kg of elemental iron. Ingestions of more than 50 mg/kg of elemental iron are associated with severe toxicity. 
If you ever find that your child has eaten vitamins or pills with iron, if there is time, do whatever you need to in order to get some activated charcoal AND bentonite clay in their mouths and down their throat and head for the emergency room immediately… even if they’re not showing symptoms. The charcoal will act as an absorbent sponge and help to absorb any excess toxins in the stomach. It doesn’t absorb metals so it won’t help the iron issue, but it can help with other things found in the pills.  Bentonite clay has been shown to absorb heavy metals although iron isn’t one of them.  Either way… it doesn’t hurt and it’s better than nothing in my opinion. Also, be sure to bring the bottle of pills with you because the doctor will want to see the iron amounts in the pills.
As far as treatment goes, if your child starts showing symptoms and is thought to have a toxic level of iron in their body, is as follows. 
gastric lavage – stomach pumped – only if it’s been less than 1 hour since eating the pills
colon cleanse via strong laxatives
24 hours of IV chelation - a series of IVs containing deferoxamine mesylate (Desferal), a chemical that binds to iron in a cell and is then excreted in urine.
As you can see… none of this looks appealing, so how about just keeping those kiddie vitamins up and out of their reach… yours too.
For me and my little’s, I like to start out finding good solutions to our health issues in the form of nutrition. It’s so easy to take a pill or drink some liquid when we need a boost, and I’m all for that… but only if I’m doing my part nutrition-wise and that’s not cutting it. Below are some examples of iron containing foods that you can give your kid to make sure they’re getting enough iron in their diets. 
kidney, navy, pinto beans
baked potato with skin
pork, beef, ham, chicken, turkey, lamb
crab, salmon, tuna
dried fruit - raisins, figs, dates
almonds, cashews, mixed nuts
Iron Supplements For Kids
The supplemented amount of iron for your child should be based on body weight. 2 mg/kg of body weight per day is what’s recommended. Do the math and see how much your little one needs.  Iron is best if taken with some form of Vitamin C to help with it’s absorption, and it’s also recommended to take it on an empty stomach since it can sometimes lead to nausea and vomiting. You also may want to limit dairy if your child has problems with low iron levels… specifically cow’s milk. It can interfere with absorption.
If it were me, I’d buy Herbal Iron from Mountain Meadow Herbs (LOVE this company – especially Gentle Birth for all natural labor!!) and figure out how much I needed to give my kid. I’d do that for a month along with diet changes and then see if it was working to raise my kid’s iron levels. If not, I’d try something else, but my guess is that this would work.
This worked for me when I was pregnant with my first except I took Herb Pharm’s Yellowdock tincture everyday since it’s high in iron too. NASTAAAAYY! Not Herb Pharm because they’re a great company, but yellowdock is rough. BITTER! WHEW! I can still taste that stuff, but you know what? It worked! For every pregnancy after that, I’ve went with a natural form of iron from a natural food store (not the kind from a pharmacy). It’s easier on my stomach and doesn’t lead to constipation which can also happen from iron. Maybe next time I’ll try MMH’s Herbal Iron!
So to sum all this up. Iron is essential for your child’s health. They need to get the required amount, but please be cautious and keep all pills and medications out of reach. If your child’s iron level is low, look at their diet first, and then move on to natural iron supplements before opting for the harsher ones.
Have you experienced low iron with your child? What did you do to help? Share your stories, questions, and comments below! I love hearing from you!
Teach kids to choose from variety of healthy foods for a balanced diet
Teach kids to choose from variety of healthy foods for a balanced diet
Cara Rosenbloom, who advises on healthy eating with her nutrition communications company Words to Eat By, has two young children, so she knows firsthand what parents and caregivers have to deal with on a daily basis.
She has come to value, in her work life and at home, information from Ellyn Satter, a dietitian, social worker and psychotherapist in Madison, Wis.
"Her advice is so straightforward and it works really well: As the parent you're responsible for providing a variety of healthy food choices and the child's responsibility is deciding which foods they want to eat from among those healthy choices and how much they want to eat," Rosenbloom explains.
"And if parents can remember that really simple division of responsibility it makes mealtime a lot more calm and easy and relaxed and it helps children not develop really picky or finicky eating habits."
Rosenbloom, 39, finds many parents initially pooh-pooh the idea, saying their children will eat just one thing or will eat too much but counters by saying "children have an amazing innate ability to know when they're hungry or when they're full."
And don't make children clear their plates. "If you force-feed kids, make them eat certain foods or make them eat a certain amount of food, that will override their natural ability to know when they're hungry and full, and when they lose that ability, that's when they overeat and that's when they gain weight. So it's really important to trust a child's appetite."
Provide items from Canada's Food Guide — grains (especially whole grains), vegetables and fruit, milk and alternatives like cheese or yogurt, and lean meat, beans or fish — at mealtime and your kids will choose a balanced meal.
Rosenbloom lets her children — Kasey, 5, and Aubrey, 1 — see what's on the table and choose what they want to eat.
"They're encouraged to try everything. If they don't like something they don't have to finish it, and if they do like it, that's fantastic and they can have more and I don't limit how much they're allowed to have of healthy foods," she says. "If they're hungry they eat more, and if they're full they stop eating."
It's OK for kids to have additional helpings if they want it.
"Kids grow at very different rates. One day they can have a big appetite because they're having a growth spurt and eat three or four helpings and the next day they might not be that hungry at all. That's totally normal," Rosenbloom says.
"Listen to your child's appetite. Of course not with things like chocolate cookies and chips. But if they want some more broccoli and some more pasta and another piece of chicken, then let them eat."
It may take a few weeks for the kids to get used to eating this way.
"But when you stop bothering your kids about making sure that they eat certain portion sizes of different foods, the kids are relieved and when that stress is gone, that control is gone and they just enjoy eating as a family."
For children who don't have big appetites or eat a small variety of foods, it's important that what they do consume packs a nutritional punch in every bite.
Whole-grain bread has more fibre than white or whole-wheat bread.
If kids have a sweet tooth, supply foods that are naturally sweet but also have nutritional value, such as fruit.
Chocolate milk has some added sugar but still has the 16 nutrients found in plain milk, such as calcium, vitamin D and riboflavin.
"Sure, they're getting a couple of teaspoons of sugar, but look what else they're getting," Rosenbloom points out.
Yogurt with fruit has calcium and other vitamins and nutrients.
Dietitians find that children's diets are often deficient in DHA, a type of omega-3 fatty acid vital for normal development of the brain, eyes and nerves. It's important for children, especially those under age two, as well as for pregnant women.
One reason is the No. 1 source of DHA is fish, and a lot of kids don't love fish. Make it more kid-friendly — try salmon cakes, incorporate cooked fish in sushi rolls and make salmon sandwiches.
Other sources are eggs enriched with omega-3, and milk and yogurt that have been enriched with naturally occurring DHA. The hens and cows have been given feeds that are richer in omega-3 fats, resulting in eggs and milk that are naturally richer in DHA. Not all brands contain it — check labels. Two to try are Dairy Oh! milk and L'Il Ones yogurt.
Teach children the difference between a snack and a treat.
A snack is a mini meal — cheese and crackers, cereal and milk, yogurt, fresh fruit, vegetables and dip. Kids need snacks for energy to carry them through the day.
"A treat for us is something that has lots of added sugar, lots of fat, things like cookies, chips, candy and ice cream," she adds.
"And those we don't have every day. Those are not things we bring to school to give you energy. Those are things we have at birthday parties, on the weekend, after dinner as dessert once in a while."
Elisabeth Hasselbeck defends Goop depriving her kids of carbs: ‘do what you want’
Elisabeth Hasselbeck defends Goop depriving her kids of carbs: ‘do what you want’
On Wednesday Kaiser covered the story that Gwyneth Paltrow wasn’t letting her kids eat carbohydrates like bread, pasta or rice. It wasn’t just an issue of putting her kids on a gluten free diet, Goop doesn’t give them gluten-free alternatives like other flour-based products. Gwyneth writes in her upcoming cookbook that “Sometimes when my family is not eating pasta, bread or processed grains like white rice, we’re left with that specific hunger that comes with avoiding carbs.” It’s possible Gwyneth lets her family eat things like brown rice, but the way she phrases it suggests an avoidance of all carbs other than fruit possibly, although I would bet she limits that too. She also writes about that they’re all sensitive to gluten, dairy and eggs so that rules out whole wheat and a couple of other food groups. It doesn’t sound like some kind of elimination diet, it sounds like she’s forcing her food issues on them, it’s making them hungry, she knows about it and considers it a character-building experience.
Well Elisabeth Hasselbeck had some words of support for Goop – sort of. Hasselbeck has celiac disease, she’s written a book on it, and she said that many people are sensitive to gluten. Then she explains that there are plenty of gluten-free alternatives like rice, quinoa and barley that people can try. In that respect she’s much more practical than Goop and she’s not deliberately depriving her kids:
Gwyneth Paltrow’s low-carb, gluten-free family diet made headlines on March 13, making it perfect fodder for the women of The View. As co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar and Sherri Shepherd weighed in that same day, the recently ousted Elisabeth Hasselbeck came out in defense of the 40-year-old Oscar winner.
“I do believe that there is a growing number of people with gluten intolerance, not just celiac disease, like myself,” said Hasslebeck, who’s authored two bestselling gluten-free cookbooks. “I do think it causes inflammation in the body, whether you are celiac or gluten intolerant or not.” (People with celiac disease cannot tolerate gluten, a protein found most often in wheat, rye and barley.)
The mother of three, 35, didn’t want to debate Paltrow’s dietary decisions, as she wanted to focus on the real issue at hand. “She could do whatever the heck she wants,” Hasselbeck said of Apple and Moses’ mom, who is married to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin. “She’s a mom, those are her kids, do what you want.” (In Paltrow’s new cookbook, It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great, the star writes, “Sometimes when my family is not eating pasta, bread or processed grains like white rice, we’re left with that specific hunger that comes with avoiding carbs.”)
Hasselbeck continued, “I do believe that there are quality carbs that can replace gluten, like a quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, rice, corn, all those things . . . They’re alternative grains that provide a great amount of nutrition. You need quality carbs. Kids need quality carbohydrates to run.”
Since being forced to modify her diet, Hasselbeck said she’s noticed a significant improvement in her overall health. “I’ve been on the diet for 10 years,” she explained. “I’ve never felt better.”
[From US Weekly]
My son is very sensitive to what he eats, and we put him on an elimination diet a while ago. It was temporary and in no way did I not let him eat carbs. I try to feed him healthy, whole foods overall, and he ate carbs like rice and oatmeal until we figured out that high fructose corn syrup and corn products did not sit right with him. Now he eats gluten again. I also understand going gluten free when you’re just sensitive to it or suspect you are. My mom went gluten free and she ended up losing weight without even trying. Her doctor suggested it, she did it and feels great now.
All of that, and what Elisabeth suggests – using gluten-free substitutes, is much different than what Goop is doing to her kids. She eliminated entire food groups, not just gluten. I mean they can’t go out for an occasional ice cream treat, (just give them Lactaid if you’re worried about it for God’s sake) and they can’t eat the cake at a friend’s birthday party. This goes beyond feeding your children in a healthy balanced way and trying to help them avoid junk, which is perfectly understandable. This is a woman who values thinness above all else pushing her extreme issues around food and eating onto her children. As Kaiser wrote, it’s not fair. It’s one thing for Paltrow to try and market her restrictive diet to grown adults with free will, it’s another for her to make her growing kids eat like that until they’re “left with that specific hunger.” She doesn’t care if they’re hungry, you know? I couldn’t do that to my kid. Then again this woman named her kid “Apple.”
Plus, stuffed mushrooms, cheese ball bites, sausage balls, and more.
Cranberry brie bites are a GAME. CHANGER.
Halloween isn't just for the kiddos.
Dips, bites, and everything in between.
What's a party without guacamole? One we aren't going to.
The key to any delicious party? Crostini—lots.
Apparently it's not an awards party without food on sticks.
Eggy and cheesy, this decadent crostini spread is ready in just 15 minutes.
Explore the Culinary World And Beyond With the Best Cooking Shows on Netflix
From charming competition shows, hilarious and weird originals, and some mind-expanding docu-series.
Has your quarantine cooking routine devolved into fried rice, buttered noodles, scrambled eggs, or other go-to lazy dishes? If you&rsquore short on home cooking ambition these days, you&rsquore far from alone. But, friend, it doesn&rsquot have to be this way. Netflix has a sprawling back catalogue of cooking shows to get you out of any culinary jam, from the streamer&rsquos many meditative series about gourmet chefs to its high-octane creative speed-cooking competitions. Whether you like your cooking content competitive, educational, or travel-inflected, Netflix has a show for everyone.
With these programs on your side, you can put your cookbooks, recipe cards, and Pinterest boards to rest. Give yourself permission to try something new. From charming competition shows to hilarious originals and mind-expanding docuseries, here are the best cooking shows on Netflix to stream right now.
Michelle Obama&rsquos crusade to provide better nutrition for children lives on in Waffles + Mochi, her family-friendly Netflix series about two puppet pals who travel the world learning about the provenance of foods, the intersections of food and culture, and how to cook with fresh ingredients. Watch the show with your kids, and they just might be inspired to get in the kitchen with you.
Nadiya Hussain, the multihyphenate television host, celebrity chef, novelist, and fan-favorite winner of The Great British Baking Show, has developed her fifth cookbook, Nadiya Bakes, into a same-titled Netflix show, which beams into televisions like a flare of pure sunshine. The show is textbook Hussain, featuring unpretentious, budget-friendly, showstopping bakes to wow your loved ones, from pull-apart pizza bread to vegan banana ice cream cheesecake. It's also Hussain's first strictly baking endeavor since The Great British Baking Show.
In this unconventional cooking competition, home cooks compete to transform leftovers into brand new creations. As you watch cold fast food French fries become luxurious potato croquettes, perhaps you&rsquoll be inspired to give your own unloved leftovers a second life.
Remember the movie Chef with Jon Favreau? Well, this is basically that movie in the form of a reality cooking show. Apparently the film inspired Favreau to take a real interest in the world of cooking, and he decided to learn under the guidance of renowned chef Roy Choi. With celebrity guests like Gwyneth Paltrow and Seth Rogan, Favreau and Choi cook a variety of dishes, including some you may remember from the 2014 film.
If you have a sweet tooth when it comes to your food-related television, Sugar Rush may be worth exploring. This timed competition baking show has four teams go head-to-head to create the best-tasting desserts, and the winners take home a hefty cash prize. Sort of a Cupcake Wars meets The Great British Bake Off situation.
In another star-studded show, Chef David Chang embarks on his second filmed food adventure after Ugly Delicious with the help of celebs like Chrissy Teigen and Kate McKinnon. They join him to explore the cuisine and cultures in different cities around the world and discuss what authenticity means to them.
Twelve pairs of chefs from around the world compete to prepare signature dishes from various countries for celebrity ambassadors, food critics and the country's greatest chefs to judge. The least successful team is eliminated in each episode, and the ultimate winner earns a coveted spot at the table with the nine culinary legends who participated in the season.
When you&rsquove binged all of The Great British Bake Off and are experiencing withdrawal from English accents and strangely wholesome competition shows where people are actually nice to each other, The Big Family Cooking Showdown should help ease the pain. It may somehow be even more earnest, because families are working together to impress the judges and progress to claim the final crown.