Illustrator: Joanna Jarc Robinson Ph. D
Celia is bored. And with everyone in her family busy she doesn’t know what to do...until her dad gives her a task that leads to her best day ever; the day she meets Cedric and their yummy adventures begin!
After a rainy night Celia had a fun idea as usual. Who knew that what started out as mud and grass clippings would turn out to be the most delicious, delectable snack they or anyone else had tasted...yes, even her teenage brother, Jake.
Celia and Cedric meet a new friend! In this new adventure, they meet the little green dragon who becomes a fun playmate and an inspiration for a yummy new recipe. Celia and Cedric enjoy the Little Green Dragon’s smoothie and you can too!
by Erin Kurt
10 “SUPER HERO FOODS” YOU NEED TO GIVE YOUR KIDS
Food is the fuel we run on but food also gives our body important information - did you know that?
Let me explain. We are composed of trillions of cells which contain a blueprint and our cells make us who we are depending on this blueprint.
The great news is that we have been given the power to control our cells and their blueprint because we have been given the free will to make choices which either foster good health or deter it. In other words, we have the ability to operate the ON/OFF control-switch which tells the good genes to turn on and the bad ones to turn off.
Yay! We are not victims of our genes, but masters of our fates, able to create lives overflowing with health and happiness, as Bruce Lipton Ph. D., scientifically explains in his book, The Biology of Belief.
How exciting is that? When we know better, we can do better!
It’s actually quite easy to give our cells spectacular data in order to build a healthy immune system; we can eat, The Super Hero Foods!
Let’s visit 10 of these Super Heroes and see what information they have to “turn on” our good genes.
- Blueberries: are loaded with antioxidants and flavonoids which help prevent cellular damage. Kids love their round shape and yummy sweet taste.
- Nut Butters: not the hydrogenated or sugars added kind. Most nuts are high in vitamin E and magnesium, which helps keep our cardiovascular system working well. Nuts also have healthy fats and antioxidants. Toast with nut butter and sliced bananas, anyone?
- Beans & legumes: have high fiber which helps balance blood sugar by slowly releasing glucose for energy. This makes for better moods too – less mood swings, yeah! Hummus and crackers are loved by kids. Who doesn’t love to dip stuff, right?
- Quinoa: is high in all 9 essential amino acids, which makes it a whole protein. Quinoa also has a lot of calcium. These little balls of energy are fun to chew. Use them in place of rice cereal, pudding, a stir fry and soups.
- Sweet Potato: their pretty color gives us tons of phyto-chemicals responsible for fighting disease. Sweet potato fries? Yes, please!
- Leafy Greens: are usually the hardest food to get kids to eat. It’s hard to find a child who loves spinach, for example. Yet, it’s an excellent source of iron, calcium, vitamins A and C and folic acid, which are all great for bones and brains. Solution? Check out the recipe for the “Little Green Dragon Drink” in the book “The Yummy Adventures of Celia and Cedric: Little Green Dragon” to easily get your kids going green!
- Yogurt: is a source of protein and calcium. It also has good bacteria to promote Immune System Function and healthy digestion. Get plain yogurt and add your own fruit and sweetener. Try blending yogurt and frozen fruit for a treat!
- Avocado: contain good fats for proper growth, fiber to help prevent constipation and 60% more potassium than bananas. Try guacamole with veggie and cracker dippers, as well as Avocado Chocolate Pudding: Simply blend soft avocado with some milk of your choice and add a bit of sweetener. Voila! Instant, nutritious Chocolate Pudding! Even picky eaters will gobble this!
- Chia: a little ball of energy packed with complete protein, loads of fiber, calcium, potassium, magnesium and good fats, particularly, omega 3. Just 1 Tbsp. (15ml) has more calcium than a glass of milk! It also contains boron for strong bones and helps balance blood sugar for good moods. Now what parent doesn’t want that?
- Strawberries: Buy organic because they are high on the list for pesticide use. Strawberries are one of the top antioxidant berries and are high in iron. Kids love them because they are sweet and easy to eat. For a fun family treat, melt a 70 – 85% dark chocolate bar and then dip your berries into it, fondue style. Mmmm....good!
Look for these Super Hero Foods in the NEWLY RELEASED book series: The Yummy Adventures of Celia and Cedric: A Read & Bake Series. You and your kids will enjoy reading unique, adventurous stories and making Nutrilicious™ snacks! Go to www.celiaandcedric.com to buy now!
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Mother and daughter team Erin Kurt, B.Ed. and mom, Laara Exsnar, B.Ed, RHN, have joined forces to write fun, adventurous stories with their little characters Celia and Cedric. Erin, a former school teacher and mother of two young kiddies, and Laara, a retired school teacher and now nutritionist, have a passion for families, health and yummy food. Bringing their combined experitise together they’ve created a Read and Bake Series they hope will bring families continuous hours of fun and enjoyment.