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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Try It. You’ll Like It!

What do your kids say to you when you serve them a rice dish with something green in it, or, hand them a plate with a new vegetable, such as cauliflower? I can hear it now, “I don’t like it.” Then what do you say? “Try it, you’ll like it!” Instantly, they look at you with distain, “Are you kidding? No!” Wouldn’t you like to know why and how to open their eyes and minds so they’ll say, “Sure! Yum, this is good. Thanks mom!” We have the perfect guest to guide you to this end game, Valerie Berkowitz, RD, co-author of The Stubborn Fat Fix. She is the mother of four who range from her 3 year old to her middle school twins. Together with our co-host, Carolina Jantac, RD (Kid Kritics Approved) who is also a mother of 2 young ones, we will walk you through how to turn your kids on to trying foods and liking them. Yes, it has to taste good. Thus, winning healthier recipes will be shared!

Join Carolina, Valerie and me as we make your life easier in the kitchen with Better Food Choices. Wednesday, 1pm ET on Health Café Live (

… for the health of your family,



Delicious Guilt-Free Entertaining! RECIPES. SUNDAY. 1pm ET


Oh Boy.  This is the time of year when we say, “I deserve it.”  This is when we decide to entertain our family and friends with all kinds of sweets and treats, ones not found in our house the rest of the year.  But it is not just the sweets.  Do you find yourself cooking with more butter than usual for extra rich results, or, baking holiday breads you eat once a year?  How about appetizers – bring on the brie, cheese balls, buttery crackers and onions dips with chips!  After a couple of weeks of feeding and eating with guilt, most of us regret it and pay the price – fatigue and fat.

This year can be different. You, your family and friends do deserve to enjoy delicious flavors when it’s time to entertain. Our guest, Michelle Dudash, RD, Cordon Bleu Chef, Cookbook Author(Clean Eating for Busy Families), Newpaper Columnist, Food & Nutrition Writer, TV Personality, knows how to put healthy food together to have you drooling with desire. Joining us in our Family Food Experts Kitchen is co-host, Stacey Antine, RD (HealthBarn USA), author of Appetite for Life. Between these two food experts, we have your guilt-free entertaining menus and recipes covered.

Come into our Family Food Experts Kitchen to meet Michelle, Stacey and me as we give you an entertaining without guilt guide! Sunday, 1pm ET, on

… for the health of your family,

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Grilling Marinades. Salsa, Too! RECIPES. Sunday, 1pm ET. Save the Date

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Men love to grill and we love it when they do – keeps the cooking out of the kitchen!  Word on the street is that men love to use marinades on their favorite meat and fish – even vegetables.  It makes them look like real chefs!  They also like to bring on the Salsa! Our Real Foods Moms chef, Tracee, RD has a brilliant collection of marinade and salsa recipes that are easy to prepare for a manly grill fest. Plus, she has tips on how to use them for minimum mess and maximum results – to die for dinners!  She is here to make your man look and feel great about his summer cooking “job” while freeing you up to sit and relax with a glass of wine.

Come into our Family Food Experts Kitchen for go to marinade meals to be enjoyed by your family and friends.  Sunday, June 23rd, 1pm ET,  See you then!

… for the health of your family,
ellen (host)
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Best Things Dad Can Eat! Recipes! REPLAY, SUNDAY 1pm, ET


Father’s Day is around the corner. T’is the time to focus on them.  And, why not give dads the best, the best they can eat?  Our guest is a Dad and he knows what foods are best for dads – their moods, stress, mid-life crisis, fatigue, cholesterol levels and more.  He is David Grotto, RD, The Guyation, founder and president of Nutrition Housecall and author 3 great selling books: 101 Foods That Could Save Your Life, 101 Optimal Life Foods, and his latest, The Best Things You Can Eat. Oh, and David is also a Certified Laughter Leader!   Join our Family Food Experts, The Nutrition Babes, Kathy Siegel RD and Lauren Harris-Pincus RD in having fun with David while making lists of the best things we can serve dads on Father’s Day and all year round. Recipes, too!

Come into our Family Food Experts Kitchen for a best for dads nutrition housecall, Sunday, June 16th, 1pm ET, See you then!

… for the health of your family,
ellen (host)
Family Food

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Calling all Moms of PICKY EATERS! TODAY. 1pm ET


It seems there is a Picky Eater in every family.  I had one, an award winning one.  I know the challenges of hearing kids say, “I don’t like it; I don’t want it; I won’t try it, NO.” Their lips tighten shut. They also  gag and make “yucky, no way Hosea” faces.  It may be because it is green, has a “funny” texture, the food is mixed (casserole), it’s not sweet – their reasons of refusal are endless and often creative.

Is this phrase, “Thumbs Up, No Yucks” music to your ears?  If so, then this is the show for you.  Stacey Antine, RD, founder of HealthBarn USA, wrote the Guide to Getting Your Kid to be a Great Eater.  Her book is called Appetite for Life. Her goal is to have your kids eating fresh healthy foods while giving you a thumbs up with a smile.  She is our Co-Host this week.

Our guests will be you, moms and dads of picky eaters!  We are inviting you to call in with your questions and concerns.  With Stacey’s exceptional success in turning Picky Eaters into willing ones, and mine with the Kid Kritics blind taste tests and moms who use our Kid Kritics Approved products and recipes, we have are steeped in resources to help you.

And, you can expect to hear some great recipe ideas your family will love including easy ones you can fix in a jiff, plus ones you can eat on the run!

Come into our Family Food Experts Kitchen on Thursday. May 2nd, 1pm ET, Listen in while you are busy preparing or already enjoying your dinner. See you then!

… for the health of your family,
ellen (host)
Family Food

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Prevent Heart Attacks, #1 Killer of Women. Listen TONIGHT! 6pm ET

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Heart attacks are the number one killer of women.  Moms, even if you are in your thirties, you are at risk. Don’t become a heart disease statistic. Instead, “Go Red!”  Start by learning the symptoms.  Then know what foods are your heart’s best friends, and those which are its enemy. Lauren Harris-Pincus, RD, (Nutrition Babes) and our guest, Registered Dietitian Sharon Palmer have a passion for spreading the word about healthy delicious eating. Together they will give you an “Eat This, not That” food list with recipes so you can eat your way to good heart health.  They’ll probably throw in a few stress reductions tips as well!     

Come into our Heart Healthy Family Food Experts Kitchen, Wed. Feb. 13th, 6pm ET, W4WN. Listen in while you are busy preparing or already enjoying your dinner. See you then!

… for the health of your family,
ellen (host)

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SUPER Super Bowl PARTY – Coming Soon!


What makes a party SUPER?  What do you remember the most afterwards? The food of course!  Oh, and the table decorations.  Okay, we know, who won and who lost matters to most. Whether you are a Ravens or Forty-Niner fan, you are there to have fun. Food is fun, especially at a Super Bowl Party.  The ticket to not regretting what you ate the next day is the quality of the food offered.  Our co-hosts, Kathy Siegel, RD and Lauren Harris-Pincus, RD (Nutrition Babes) have a mouth-watering, fun-crunching array of healthier party culinary brainstorms for you.  And, they have easy clever table set-up ideas so what you serve will look irresistible.  Our guest, Deanna Segrave-Daly, RD (Recipe Redux, Teaspoon of Spice) will be spiraling in her party recipe expertise.  If you are tired of the same ole chips and dips, or, chili, Kathy, Lauren and Deanna are about to become your new best friends.  If you are hosting a Super Bowl party, or are bringing a dish to someone else’s, this is a must listen to show.

Please, join us in our Family Food Experts Kitchen. Tune in, Wed. Jan. 30th, 6pm ET, Listen in while you are busy preparing or already enjoying your dinner.  See you then!

… for the health of your family,
ellen (host)

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Fall Root Vegetables make Great Meals!

Family Food Experts talk about Cooking with Fall Root Vegetables

This week the Family Food Experts discussed cooking with Fall Root Vegetables.  We mentioned how root vegetables make great soups kids are sure to love!  Both of theses recipes are perfect to make ahead on the weekend and serve throughout the week when time is tight.  Did you miss our show?  Listen to our replay on Tuesday, October 9 at 9am EST.  Family Food Experts…inspiring families to be healthy with every bite!

Carrot-Ginger Soup with Greek Yogurt

2 pounds carrots, peeled & cut into 2 inch pieces
1 T olive oil, separated
½ tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. fresh grated ginger
1 shallot, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
6 cups low sodium chicken stock
olive oil non-stick spray
¾ cup non-fat Greek Yogurt
scallions to garnish

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Spray sheet pan with nonstick spray.  Place carrots on sheet pan and toss in ½ T olive oil and kosher salt.  Roast and turn carrots half way through for approximately 35 – 40 minutes allowing carrots to become tender and caramelize.  Remove from oven and set aside.  In a medium stockpot over medium-high heat, add ½ T olive oil, fresh ginger, shallots and garlic and sauté until shallots are translucent.  Add carrots and heat another 1 minute.  Puree carrots with chicken broth in a food processor or small blender in small batches.  An immersion blender is another option as well.  Once pureed, pour soup back into stockpot and simmer until heated through.  Pour soup into bowls and top with Greek Yogurt.  Swirl 2 T of Greek yogurt into each bowl or leave dollop in the middle.  Garnish with scallions.  Makes 6 servings

Makes 6 (1 ¾ cups) servings
99 Cal, 2.5g fat, 350mg Sodium, 0mg chol, 4.5g fiber, 3.5g Protein

Roasted Root Vegetables Soup

1 pound carrots, peeled
1 small butternut squash, peeled and seeded
2 small white turnips, peeled
1 large sweet potato, peeled
2T olive oil
½ tsp kosher salt
6 cups less sodium chicken stock, such as Kitchen Basics Chicken Broth (gluten-free)
Olive oil nonstick spray

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cut all carrots, butternut squash, turnips and sweet potato into 1-inch cubes.  Spray sheet pan with nonstick spray.  Place all vegetables on sheet pan and toss in olive oil and kosher salt.  Bake for approximately 35 – 40 minutes until tender, turning vegetables half way through.  After vegetables are cooked, puree with chicken stock in food processor or blender in small batches.   Once pureed, pour soup into medium size pot and simmer for about 20 minutes and heated through.

Garnish with fresh flat leaf parsley or whole-wheat croutons!

Makes 6 (2 cups) servings
Calories 158, Total Fat 4.5 g, Sat Fat, Mono Fat 3.5g, Protein 4.5g, Carb 26g, Fiber 5.5g, Chol 0mg, Sodium 357mg

Tips and Twists:
Many grocery stores sell cut-up butternut squash.  It’s a bit more expensive, but great when time is an issue.  Add more chicken broth if you desire a thinner consistency.  Double or triple the recipe and freeze the leftovers in small single serving containers. Thaw the soup in the refrigerator for future quick, easy meals.

Recipes by Family Food Experts: Kathy Siegel, RD, CDN & Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RD find more recipes at





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Do you know GMO’s?

Do you know GMO’s?

GMO’s are a huge topic in the media today.  The abbreviation stands for genetically modified organism, which simply means it has been genetically engineered.  For crops, that means that the seed’s DNA has been genetically altered in a lab before planting.  If you want to learn more about GMO’s and what they may mean for the health of your family, you can download “GMO Myths and Truths” from the Non-GMO project website.  This site provides the Non-GMO Project Verified seal to products that meet very strict standards.  It is the only official way to know that what you are consuming is actually free of genetically modified organisms.

California’s Prop 37, a mandatory labeling of genetically engineered food initiative is on the California election ballot for November 6th 2012.  If voters approve Proposition 37, it will:

-Require labeling on raw or processed food offered for sale to consumers if the food is made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways.
-Prohibit labeling or advertising such food as “natural.”
-Exempt from this requirement foods that are “certified organic; unintentionally produced with genetically engineered material; made from animals fed or injected with genetically engineered material but not genetically engineered themselves; processed with or containing only small amounts of genetically engineered ingredients; administered for treatment of medical conditions; sold for immediate consumption such as in a restaurant; or alcoholic beverages.”

If you want to learn more about GMO’s, tune into our Family Food Experts talk radio show on Wednesday, September 26th at 6pm on . This week’s co-host, Dr. Heather Manley, fill you in on what you need to know to make informed food buying decisions for your family.

Looking for some non-GMO snacks?  We have a delicious giveaway of Crunchmaster gluten free, whole grain snacks from   Join our twitter party on Tuesday, September 25th at 2pm to chat about GMO’s and enter to win our Crunchmaster giveaway.  Enter hashtag  #famfoodexperts to party!