Who doesn’t love a good cookie; especially when it’s made with great ingredients, easy to throw together and something that the  kids will love? Win win.

I tried out a few recipes for the Mighty Meteor 4 year old class who are learning about health and nutrition this month and I wanted to share their top two with you. They tasted and voted on all four.

I was in search for a cookie that is nut free (due to kids’ allergies) and healthy-ish without processed sugar, white flour or hydrogenated oils!

Voted #1 by the MM kiddos!

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How much do you know about your food?

img3Let’s see…

  • Is natural flavor natural?
  • Does fat make you fat?
  • Cage free or pasture raised?
  • How many names of sugar are there?
  • Can you trust the front of a food label?
  • What’s in many brands of pickles and salmon?

Did I spark your curiosity;)? When I give a health lecture, one of my favorite things to do is
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What treats do you give your kids?

One of the reasons children crave sugar so much is because they are surrounded by it all the time at parties and special events and the way many food companies create food and treats these days (even cereal, pasta sauces and yogurt) is to make them addictive, so the more you taste, the more you want; and…the more money they make. They even hire food addiction specialists to do that; it’s so sad! Plus,
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Delicious Baked Apple Slices!

Sharing a healthy and quick ‘n easy Passover snack recipe that the kids will love. This can also be made year-round or in different variations; ie: cooked, baked or with any additional flavorings or toppings you like.

baked-apple-slicesBaked Apple Slices

Yields: 2 servings


  • 2 large Fuji apples, unpeeled
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Nonstick cooking spray (coconut oil is a good choice)

Do you warm your food in plastic?

BPA-in-plastics-4One of the most harmful things today, known by many as the “cigarettes of our generation” is Plastic. Plastic from food packaging can leach into food and enter the body. The CDC reports that over 92% of people who were tested had detectable levels of BPA and other plastic chemicals in their bodies (including newborn babies).

Unfortunately, almost everything is packed in plastic today, so it’s hard to completely avoid it; but we can do small things to cut it down such as
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Dangers of distracted eating…

Many people suffer from stomach and digestive issues and often it can come from simply eating while distracted, stressed or on the run. Scarfing down food while at the desk, eating while driving (on traffic filled roads) or answering emails and texts during meals.
9017745_origWhat happens in your body when eating while taking care of many tasks is
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Is junk food bad?

A little junk once in a while is not gonna make anyone sick.  Today is Purim, a day of joyous celebration, eating, drinking and being merry (at least that’s how I grew up celebrating…with endless mishloach manot baskets and treats coming through our door).

I believe that everything in life should be done with balance; not too extreme. It goes without saying that we function better with cleaner foods; but a “little” sugar sometimes,  per many nutritionists and dietitians, can even help brain growth in children. No, they don’t need to have it all the time, but if they ask for it,  give them times when they can have it.


When I look for treats for children, the main things I avoid is
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Do you trust your child when they say they are full?

Our relationship with food and our body begins at a young age. Even a young child knows when he or she has eaten enough. However, many adults, with good intention, encourage children to finish their plate or to eat more.


What this does is send a message to the child that
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Growing Foods

Thank you to the Shooting Stars class for inviting me to talk with them about growing foods like fruit, vegetables and water. We also shared that when we smile and we’re happy we feel much stronger (than when we’re sad); and that when we are kind to our friends, it makes their heart stronger. We love being strong!

The children got stickers for all their brilliant answers, what a smart class! They knew exactly which foods to put in the growing foods basket and which ones to color on their growing foods paper. I was so impressed when I visited them at lunch time and they each proudly showed me how many growing foods they had in their lunches; moms and dads – good job!!

Tip for the week: Kids are impressionable and the most enthusiastic about trying new things; so be a good example and make it fun for them; and they’ll be on board.