Among the plethora of concerns that arise for the children in our lives at one time or another, the questions of whether they will be allergic to a food are shared by many: will they be allergic to this? Is this stomach-ache/rash/headache from what they ate for dinner?
The mealtime landscape can be a perilous one when sidestepping the landmines of food allergies and intolerances. But what is the difference between the two? Should we be concerned about one over the other?
Happy Wednesday, and Happy Thanksgiving Eve!
The Red Rabbit Team wishes you safe travels if you are on the road/in the air/on the rail today, and a very happy Thanksgiving tomorrow!
Thanksgiving is not only a classic time of year to spend time with our families, but it is also an ideal opportunity to learn about the food we eat. While turkey tends to be the centerpiece of the feast, side dishes are the perfect way to bring a palate of colors and flavors to the table to complement whichever protein you feature. Luckily, the fall harvest is a bountiful one, so you have some terrific, tasty options for vegetables to bring life to the dinner table!
The Red Rabbit Team has put together some recipes to make your side dishes this year healthy, fresh and full of flavor. Below you'll find simple, healthful recipes spotlighting vegetables. Remember, you can always substitute dairy items for their non-dairy counter parts and exchange nuts or other ingredients as you see fit--you're the chef!
One of my favorite things to do as a little girl was going out to lunch with my dad and three sisters every Saturday. Because we were a large family operating on a country lawyer’s budget (Mom was our “domestic engineer”), the restaurant was usually not a fancy one (there weren’t - aren’t - any Zagat-rated places in my small Illinois hometown). In fact, most of the time our destination was McDonald’s.
This beautiful vegetable is romanesco. Admired by architects, mathematicians, and foodies alike, this complex veggie is most closely related to cauliflower. Originally from Italy, many botanists believe this veggie first appeared during the days of Julius Caesar as the result of selective breeding by Italian farmers. Romanesco became prominent in the international market around the 1990s, and has since been enjoyed by those looking for a fun, healthy alternative to typical veggies.
Off of the heels of popular diets such as Atkins and South Beach, Americans are as enamored with the little groups of nitrogen containing building blocks as they have ever been. And why not? Protein is used for creation and structure of every cell in our bodies and its enzymatic reaction allows for many essential chemical processes to occur. Protein antibodies are also one defense that keeps us free from illness. Even the word itself derives from the Greek word protos, meaning first, or of primary importance. In a recent International Food Information Council (IFIC) survey, 48% of respondents stated that they are currently trying to eat more protein. Reasons given vary from perceived increased satiety to beliefs that it will aid in weight loss.
There is no doubt that eating enough protein is paramount to good health. But what is enough protein? What do you hear people saying about protein? With so many voices chiming in on the great protein debate, let’s take a closer look at some myths and misconceptions!
Halloween is nearly upon us and the shelves are stocked with tricks and treats everywhere we turn. No need to shriek in fear of sugary treats or screech in terror at long lists of ingredients! There are plenty of ways to enjoy treats in healthy ways and create festive goodies at home. However, with the plethora of candy many trick-or-treaters receive, it can be difficult to monitor how much and what your child may be eating.
According to a survey conducted by the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend close to $2.08 billion on Halloween candy this year. The average trick or treater could receive hundreds of pieces of candy containing thousands of calories, as well as sugar, additives, dyes and other mystery ingredients.
Reality television is big business these days. Shows about weight loss are particularly popular, with “The Biggest Loser” leading the pack. Every week, millions of people tune in to watch contestants who are severely, dangerously overweight struggle to overcome not only size-related physical limitations, but also deconstruct the emotional and mental obstacles that contributed to their weight gains in the first place.
This season’s cast was introduced to us in Tuesday’s premiere episode, and we got a sneak peek into what is in store for the coming weeks. A couple of the contestants cited concern for their children’s well-being as being a primary motivational factor in restoring their health. Seeing their own children struggle with being overweight made them realize that their own eating patterns and behaviors were being passed on to their little ones.
These curious fruits are lychees. Native to southern China, Taiwan, Bangladesh, and Southeast Asia, these tropical fruits grow on evergreen trees and have rough reddish pink skins. Fresh lychees are fragrant and sweet, and they have been cultivated for over 4,000 years. The first records of lychees appear from China in 2000 BC; around 1600 AD, the first lychees were traded to Europe and the Americas. China produces the most lychees, followed by India, and they are also grown in Hawaii and Australia.
Fun Fact: In Chinese, “lychee” means “gift for a joyful life!”
How can we use them? Known as a “super fruit,” lychees have inedible rinds and sweet, white insides that are enjoyed throughout the world. Lychees are most popularly eaten fresh and by hand. They are also commonly added to fruit salads, grilled on top of meats, incorporated in desserts and blended into drinks.
Autumn has arrived!
This is a wonderful time of year to explore the great outdoors, take a family trip or try a new recipe. Whether you’re cheering on your favorite team, jumping in a pile of leaves or working on a craft project, the season is upon us and we are ready with lots of ideas for fall fun!