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November 20, 2012
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Thanksgiving is possibly my all time favorite holiday and this one is lasting for 10 days as family gathers to help my daughter fix up their new fixer upper in Nashville. It's a charming 1930's house with beautiful wood trim that required the removal of many layers of paint, long hours of scraping wood floor cracks and on and on. We each bring different talents to the project, but the most fun of all is the bluegrass playing and singing.

Thank you to all our organizations who post fun events for families and local experts who contribute informative articles and opinion pieces. And most of all thank you to our many readers who share out newsletters with friends.

Have a warm thanksgiving with your families and friends, Parmalee

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  Five Flu Fighting Foods Your Kids Will Love

by Jill Troderman                    

Flu season is best navigated by a good dose of common sense and a good helping of nutritive foods to keep you and your family healthy. As a family holistic nutritionist, I love Hippocrates' message, "Food is thy medicine, and medicine is thy food."  This flu season I recommend stocking up on these 5 immune boosting plant based power foods for your families flu prevention.  

(Photos General) Food_MisoSoup.jpgMiso Soup

We often enjoy a bowl of miso soup when we go out for sushi but how about offering this warming wonder food to your kids for breakfast before they head out to school?

Miso soup is a popular Japanese food made from fermented soybeans and is hailed for its health benefits.

Miso helps keep the intestinal tract in tip-top shape. The gut is home to the immune system. In fact 90% of a persons immune complexes are found in the intestinal lining. Keeping the digestive tract populated with beneficial bacteria, like those found in miso soup will strengthen immune fighting capabilities, so your kids will be ready to fend off any pesky bug.

Making miso soup is quick and easy. Just make sure not to boil the soup after you add the miso paste, because the heat will destroy the beneficial cultures. Add diced tofu, scallion, and carrot and warm gently. When the carrots are soft add cooked brown rice, rice noodles or egg.

Avocado

(Photos General) Food_AvocadoSalad.jpgWhether smashed into guacamole, sliced on top of a salad or tucked away into a sandwich, kids who enjoy eating avocado will feel satiated throughout the school day. This healthy fat is filled with beneficial nutrients that are essential for maintaining optimal health.

Avocado is really a fruit originally named the alligator pear by the Spanish in the 1600's and is best known as a rich source of monounsaturated fats. Avocado is also abundant in essential immune boosting, infection fighting B vitamins, as well as the antioxidants vitamin E, and our most abundant universal antioxidant, glutathione. Encouraging your kids to eat this yummy food will have them thanking you for it later.

(Photos General) Food_Oatmeal.jpgOats

Oats may be perceived as a more folksy food than the exotic miso or the glamorous avocado, but this hearty fiber rich grain is a sure flu fighter and a kid pleaser.

Skip buying the "just add hot water, sweetened, overly processed, packaged variety" and spend the extra few minutes to make oatmeal from "scratch".  Use rolled oats that cook up in 15 minutes or for the more adventurous morning cook use the least unprocessed oat variety, the steel cut oat, which takes about 40 minutes to cook. Toss in a banana while cooking to add a natural sweetness. With either variety, the taste will please the whole family and nutritionally it is worth the effort to use an unprocessed whole grain.

Create an oatmeal bar by offering a colorful mixture of toppings including butter, milk, yogurt, nuts, seeds, berries, bananas, raisins and other fruit.  Whatever lovely creation you child takes for himself, oatmeal and the fixings will provide stable energy and immune boosting nutrients.

Oats are loaded with B-vitamins, folate, vitamin E, and flavonoids that are beneficial for the digestive tract. Oats are also rich in the minerals, iron, magnesium, selenium and zinc. Selenium in particular is known for its ability to resist disease, aid in detoxification, and fight cancer.

(Photos General) Food_BlueberryBush.jpgBlueberries

We have heard berries are great for the immune system and I am hear to say it is no urban myth, blueberries really are an amazing food to help fight illness. The deep blue colored berry might be small in stature yet it is a top rated food on the ORAC scale (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity), a tool for measuring antioxidant capacity. Blueberries even out-rank broccoli, apples and carrots in antioxidants per serving.

The deep blue purple color provides the phyto-nutrient anthocyanins that improve circulation, reduce inflammation and do a great job destroying bacterial infections. This berry is also loaded in vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B-2, beta-carotene, fiber, and ellagic acid.

Kids enjoy blueberries raw right off the bush, but they will love them topped upon a steamy bowl of oatmeal, in smoothies, in pancakes, mixed with yogurt and nuts, or eaten frozen like mini popsicles.

(Photos General) Food_Kale.jpgKale

Kale is a flu fighting all-star absolutely bursting with immune boosting vitamins and phytonutrients. It is a member of the cruciferous family (broccoli, collards, and cabbage are too) known for their liver detoxifying capacities. Kale is rich in the plant chemical, glucosinolate that does the job of disabling cancer cell division. This delicious vegetable is also brimming with other immune enhancing elements like flavonoids, plant sterols, vitamin C, energy boosting B vitamins , and the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc.

Kale is quick and easy to steam up and is sure to become a staple in your home. You can stir fry/steam the leaves until bright green. Just add bit of water in a pan and toss until done. Sprinkle with sea salt and lightly fried garlic bits. Love to eat kale and your kids will grow up loving it too.

These are my Five Flu Fighting Foods that are staples in our family and I believe eating them often helps keep my kids flu free throughout the winter season, leaving fever and chills in the snow tracks.

This is just a handful of foods that can be built into an even more delicious nutrient dense immune boosting diet your whole family will love. And remember, "Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food."

(Photos General) JillTroderman.jpgJill Troderman, NC, Holistic Family Nutrition, 831-476-2303, 831-239-1021 ~ Listen to Jill discuss school lunches on Food Chain Radio, Show #796: WHAT'S NOT FOR SCHOOL LUNCH? - 03-11-2012 (8.68 MB)  DownloadListen Now   Guests: Chef Jamie Smith & Nutritionist Jill Troderman


Subject: Government's No Hungry Kids Act is forcing schools to feed children healthy lunches, which children throw into the garbage. This leads us to ask... Who can feed children healthy food?  Topics include why the No Hungry Kids Act is changing the school lunch; how children react to government's healthy lunches; and who can best feed children- government or parents?

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  Helping Children Become Giving and Generous

It's a natural time to focus on the benefits of giving!

  • Start a giving tradition as soon as your child begins receiving. Learning about giving should come first then incorporate it into your family's everyday life.
  • Make philanthropy a family affair. Discuss your hopes for your children's involvement in your philanthropy and listen to your children's philanthropic aspirations, but avoid onerous expectations.
  • Support your community's philanthropic education initiatives. If your child's school does not already have have a volunteering program, suggest such a program to your local school as a means of rounding out its students' education.
  • Find a cause your child is passionate about. Encourage your child to find a volunteer opportunity that suits his or her interests and talents. One child may be comfortable feeding the homeless and another may prefer to volunteer building trails in a park. It's really important to applaud any initiative.
  • Be your child's example. The greatest way to ensure that charitable giving is a significant and valued part of your children's lives is to ensure that it plays a large role and brings joy to your life.
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I am at the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) convention in Denver, CO, and it is NOT the evening of the first day of the convention.

Yesterday evening I came back to my hotel room to write and I sat in panic in front of my smartphone: "I have way too much STUFF in my head to write!"

Instead, I went through the program and planned the rest of my days here, ate chocolate, and went to bed early.

So here I am at Day 2, ready to write about yesterday.

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Camels have been used as beasts of burden for thousands of years. They are ubiquitious in Northern Africa, Arabia, and parts of Asia. There are even a few running around in the deserts of Australia. Those aren't native. There are very good reasons people love them. Camels are specially adapted for hot and dry places. There are two types of camels. The Dromedary has one hump and the Bactrian has two humps. Baby camels are born without humps and grow them. They can live up to 50 years. They can run up to 40 mph.

The camel can drink up to 40 gallons of water at a time, and this... Read more>>>

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Ride vintage excursion cars adorned with thousands of colorful lights through the streets of Santa Cruz. Sing along to seasonal carols while sipping hot-spiced cider, listen to musical entertainment, and enjoy a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Continue the merriment in Santa's Kingdom at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

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