Farm to Table

“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/

Picky Eater Solution – ZOKU Quick Pop Maker

Do your children eat fruit? Do they only like fruit flavored foods rather than the real thing? If this sounds like your child, here is a possible solution. Make real fruit ice pops by blending fresh fruit with a tiny bit a water and agave. Use the ZOKU – QUICK POP MAKER: Pour your real fruit blend into the pop maker and in 9 minutes you have real frozen fruit pops. Children with texture issues and or sensitive palates are likely to enjoy these pops while benefiting from the vitamins, minerals and even some fiber of the real fruit. Your children can help you make these quick, mess free pops. My boys love them!

Possible GI Relief – FODMAP DIET

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.

May Is Celiac Awareness Month

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

How much calcium are you getting?

How do you interpret the % calcium, on the food label?

Everyone has different calcium needs so the % on the food label is not a percent of your individual needs. Instead, identify how many milligrams of calcium you need a day. Toddlers need about 500 mg calcium /day, children need about 800 mg calcium/day, and adolescents need about 1300 mg calcium/day.  Most adults need between 1000 and 1500 mg calcium/day. Ask your RD or MD, how many milligrams you need.

Read the food label to identify the % calcium in that food. If the label reads 20% calcium, simply remove the percent sign and add a zero to get 200 mg calcium. Add up all of the calcium in your intake to see if you are meeting your daily calcium needs. Your body can only absorb about 500 mg calcium at a time. Therefore, if you meal contains 700 mg calcium, only count it as 500 mg. Spread your servings of calcium throughout the day.

Another example: 35% Calcium = 350mg Calcium