A Dietitian’s Halloween Candy Recommendation for Kids with Food Allergies

Consider purchasing YumEarth Organic Snack Pack Candies for handing out on Halloween.

Some of your little trick-or-treaters will have dangerous food allergies and a treat they can eat will be appreciated. YumEarth products are completely, allergen-free.

Another good reason to choose YumEarth is that they color their products with fruit and vegetable juices as well as other naturally occurring colors derived from roots – there is no artificial dye in our products. See this post for the dangers of artificial food color.

These are the candies that YumEarth has on Amazon that come in snack pack sizes. The last product is also gluten free.

This choice is gluten-free

 

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Easy Microwave Omelet

egg maker omelet

A easy, delicious nutritious omelet can be made with one of my favorite kitchen gadgets the Nordic Microwave Egg Maker. Click on the link and it is on page 3 of the Amazon Recommended Products.

Look how much food you get for only 270 calories! The omelet with the greens and sauteed mushrooms provides 200 calories, 12 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber. Serve with half a sweet honey crisp apple which adds another 70 calories and 4 grams of fiber.

omelet and apple

To make the microwave omelet, beat two eggs in a small bowl; divide the mixed eggs equally into the two sides. Place in the microwave for one minute and then check doneness. Continue with another 30 seconds until almost set.

If you want to add greens, place some on top and continue another 30 seconds until egg is done to your liking.

I like to use Costco’s Organic Triple Washed Power Greens (Baby kale, chard and spinach). I always buy organic greens since they can be contaminated with pesticides and/or herbicides. For the other produce that is critical to buy organic see my article on the Dirty Dozen).

Power Greens Costco1

Flip one side of the omelet maker onto the other and slide the omelet onto a plate. I like to top with sautéed sliced crimini mushrooms.

 

 

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Worst and Best Pesticide Laden Fruits and Vegetables

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released its list of the most pesticide-contaminated produce called the Dirty Dozen.

Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce.

Pesticides have been associated with developmental problems in kids, and cause cancer or disrupt the endocrine system, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Consider purchasing organic varieties of these fruits and veggies, and be sure to pick plenty of produce from the Clean 15 list .

Dirty Dozen

  1. Apple
  2. Strawberry
  3. Grapes
  4. Celery
  5. Peaches
  6. Spinach
  7. Bell Pepper
  8. Nectarine (imported)
  9. Cucumber
  10. Cherry Tomato
  11. Snap Peas (imported)
  12. Potatoes

Clean 15

  1. Avocado
  2. Corn
  3. Pineapple
  4. Cabbage
  5. Sweet pea (frozen)
  6. Onion
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mango
  9. Papaya
  10. Kiwi
  11. Eggplant
  12. Grapefruit
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Sweet potato

 

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