This is the third week of our Smoothie Kids class and in keeping with the rainbow theme, we are making a yellow smoothie. Most yellow fruits are tropical which is indicative of the sunny climate they grow in. Today we will be learning about various tropical fruits and I have a few on hand to show my little learners. We have Horned Melon, Star Fruit and Pineapple. I brought a lemon too but we will only be using a slice for alkalinity purposes. We will also be learning about vitamin C! I hope they enjoy it!!
Monthly Archives: April 2015
I am excited to be speaking in Bronxville, NY this week on the detriment sugar is having on our children’s health. It is such an interesting topic to research and I look forward to a lively discussion on Thursday. Sugar is an anti-nutrient. It is at the forefront of one of the costliest health crisis in our country. Together we will learn how to live healthier with sugar from sources other than sucrose and how to reduce sugar in our children’s diets while increasing their nutrient intake.
This talk is only open to the parents of the Reformed Church of Bronxville school.
Today I am very excited to be starting my Smoothie Kids class in Rye, NY. I have the honor of teaching ten 7 year olds how to make smoothies! We’re going to have some fun, learn about berries and hopefully foster a taste for something new and exciting. Summer is just around the corner and I hope my little students will enjoy the next 5 weeks of learning! We will have a different color each week and I look forward to sharing our progress!
As the weather is getting warmer, I am starting to focus on detoxing away the Winter blues and focus on my health. This week I will be making more detox smoothies. I’m sharing my first recipe today. I use Hawaiian Spirulina found here. But you can use any brand. I also added Chaga by Vim Energy which is an immune booster but that’s optional. Let me know what you think!
Very Berry Smoothie Detox
1/2 cup organic wild blueberries
1/2 cup organic blackberries
1/2 cup organic cherries
1 1/2 cups coconut water
2 tbsp lemon juice with a little rind
1 tsp of spirulina
1 tsp chaga powder (optional)
1 drop stevia sweetener (optional)
American children consume 32 teaspoons of sugar per day. As a nation we consume 130lbs of sugar on average in one year. How is this even possible? How is it tolerated given the chronic ill health of our population? What can we do about it? What is the one thing that will help? Well, I believe that we can start to reclaim our children’s health by doing one simple thing – stop drinking it.
Childhood obesity rates have tripled from 1980 to 2010. There are over 2 million children in the US in the morbidly obese range. In NY over 40% of children are overweight or obese. This is unsustainable. Even national efforts to reduce childhood obesity have been failing. The First Lady’s Let’s Move campaign has recently admitted that obesity rates in children have only just plateaued and obesity in our youngest children is only beginning to see a slight decrease. The one thing they do not recommend as part of the Let’s Move campaign? Eliminating soda or sugary drinks. For some reason, it is not mentioned even though it is the largest source of sugar calories in our children. And since diabetes and obesity are now the number one health issues of our country, we have a $245 billion reason to tackle the problem in our youngest population.
Drinking sugar is the main problem in my view as it is metabolized in the body differently from fats, carbohydrates and proteins. It is an anti-nutrient source of calories, meaning that not only does it contain ZERO nutrients, it also depletes the body of calcium, vitamin C, potassium, thiamin and chromium.
Sugar is also toxic. Much research has been done on this but the most outspoken proponent of this idea is Dr. Robert Lustig, who’s You Tube lecture has been seen over 5.5m times. Sugar is 50% fructose which is toxic in the pharmacological quantities it is consumed. Fructose can only be processed in the liver where it is quickly turned to fat. It does not stimulate effective insulin production which can lead to insulin resistance and ultimately diabetes. It interferes with our leptin (satiety) and ghrelin (hunger) hormones which are our signals to stop consuming, allowing a vicious cycle of over consumption. There is also the added toxicity of sugar beets being a GMO product which have been engineered to resist the highly toxic herbicide Glyphosate during farming, which is passed to the end product. There is much evidence to support the notion that glyphosate in our food system is leading to many chronic diseases and also childhood developmental issues – see MIT scientist Dr. Seneff’s research here.
So what can we do? I believe we should look to the main culprits and that is soda, fruit juices and sports drinks – and stop giving it to our children. We must also remember that sugar is hidden in many other staple foods for kids such as ketchup, mayonnaise, pickles, sauces, dairy products, soups, bread and cereal bars. It is becoming increasingly difficult for parents to account for the sheer amount of sugar in our family’s diet. Therefore, I believe we should begin with the largest source – the 33% that comes from drinking it. Removing sugary drinks will go a long way to help reduce the largest source of this dangerous food additive (note, it is not food).
Let’s encourage our children to drink water (or infused water!) and eat whole fruit to add that all important fiber!