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Chocolate Beet Cake and Frosting

  Chocolate Beet Cake This cake is great for birthdays and parties.   My kids beg for this decadent but nutritious dessert.   I also have other fabulous uses for beets in the Jump-Start recipe collection and 12 Steps to Whole Foods chapters. 3 eggs (organic, range fed) 1 ½ cups Sucanat (unrefined cane sugar) […]

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flax seed uses

Flax seed uses are featured prominently in my recipe collections, especially the dehydrated/crunchy snacks and breakfasts–as well as the good fats and whole-grain  chapters of 12 Steps.   Here’s a recipe my family likes that also features another food you know to be antioxidant-rich, blueberries. And coconut oil increases the absorption of EFAs in the […]

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fish oil vs flax oil

Fish oil vs flax oil: which is better?   Fish oils are rich in Essential Fatty Acids, and most people  have thought for the past 10+ years that they are the best source.   This is because  research on EFAs focused on the fish oils for many years.   A very recent study said those […]

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benifits of flax seed

Yesterday I wrote about the benifits of flax seed.   (I misspelled that word on purpose—long story.)   Possibly the very best way to get Essential Fatty Acids is in the form of flax and/or its oil.   However, two cautions are in order.   First, smell the seeds when you purchase them (and look […]

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health benefits of flax

Today I start blogging, in several parts, on good fats.   Hopefully Myth #3 of my Nutrition Manifesto has convinced you to get plenty of good fats in your diet every day?   This week, I’ll post a new YouTube vid showing how to make Flax-Veggie crackers to address ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS, today’s and tomorrow’s […]

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a day in the life . . .

Q:   Dear GreenSmoothieGirl, I’m trying to figure out what to feed my family, now that we’re committed to eating right, so I’m wondering what your family eats every day.   Could you just give me like  a “day in the life . . .”? A: Sure.   It’s not that this is the ultimate […]

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Eliminate junk food

On this next suggestion for helping kids to eat right, I’m going to mince no words: eliminate junk food. Get rid of the worst choices from your fridge and pantry. Just quit buying them, cold turkey. Especially soft drinks, processed meat (like hot dogs, bacon, and sausage), potato chips, and sugar. Life isn’t over or […]

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Teach children at home

Teach children at home, in age-appropriate ways, about nutrition, since that’s where most food prep and eating takes place anyway.I once taught my children about the three parts of a grain–the bran (fiber), the germ (vitamins), and the endosperm (the glue).I’ve told them that white bread throws away the two good parts and keeps only […]

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Parental responsibilities and rights

You might consider that part of parental responsibilities and rights includes keeping your talk about nutritious food positive, while expecting some reaction to your changes toward good nutrition.Avoid adopting the attitude, as you speak to your kids, that eating good food is a chore to be endured on our way to dessert. With a little […]

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Parenting Skills for Young Children

My next week of blogging will be about one of my favorite topics, possibly the #1 question I am asked—and the one I care about most.   How do I get my kids to eat right?   That is, parenting skills for young children when it comes to food and nutrition.   These blogs are […]

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