“The greatest thing you can do for your children is to cook and share food
with them. The precious moments you spend together around the family table
go way beyond the food itself; they lead to an understanding of the benefits
of healthy eating and are the basis for good family relationships.”– Jacques Pépin, national spokesperson of Spoons Across America
Jacques Pepin said it well. Fortunately, it is summer so sharing the education of where food comes from is easy. Grab your cotton, reusable tote and head to the Farmers Market. This is a great experience for you and your children to find new foods to enjoy. My favorite find at the Union Square Greenmarket – fiddleheads!
New York and LA Markets:
http://www.grownyc.org/ourmarkets and http://www.farmersmarketla.com/
Popcorn is a great snack. It is naturally high in fiber and free of trans and or saturated fats. The key is to find popcorn that hasn’t been dressed, salted and buttered by food companies. Your best option is to pop your own corn kernels in an air popper. If time and space are an issue, find a no or low salt, saturated fat free popcorn. Two wholesome options include BEARITOS Organic Microwave Popcorn, No Salt or Oil and Good Health’s Half Naked Popcorn. Remember, always double check the food labels to ensure food products have not changed their ingredients and consequently their nutrition facts.
We are always learning. Today, my client’s GI doctor called me and told me about a special diet for people with food intolerances and or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The diet is called the FODMAP diet. It is a diet for people with gluten intolerance, fructose malabsorption, and lactose intolerance. This diet is very specific and should be trialed under the supervision of your gastrointestinal doctor and your registered dietitian. For more information please visit Dr. Sue Shepard’s web site at shepherdworks.com. Dr. Shepard developed this diet and presents research abstracts supporting this very specific diet to eliminate the symptoms of certain food intolerances and irritable bowel syndrome on her web site.
Catwalk for Celiac is a fashion show organized by Kayla Lafi to raise awareness and funds for the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. Please show your support by attending this fashion show and gluten free dinner. If you are unable to attend, donations can be made to the Foundation for Celiac Awareness.
Catwalk for Celiac is May 19, 2011 6-9:30pm Fiesta Banquet Hall Wood-Ridge NJ. For more information please contact Kayla directly at Kaylalafi@yahoo.com
Some snacks are obviously gluten free such as a piece of fruit with cheese. Here are a few more snack ideas that may have been less obvious. Go ahead, explore and be satisfied with these convenient snacks.
Gluten Free Snacks:
Pirate’s Booty – Veggie
Lara Bars – all natural raw fruit and nut bar
Palap Azul Fruit Bars – frozen fruit bars made with real fruit
Glutenfreeda Instant Oatmeal – made with Certfified Gluten Free Oats
Four Tines Brazillian Stuffed Bell Pepper – Great as a side dish or snack; found in the frozen section
Kettle Cuisine – Gluten Free Soups such as Three Bean Chili
If you or your child has food allergies and you want a yummy snack, check out Enjoy Life’s cookies. My favorite is the Snickerdoodle cookie.