Guest Blogger: Nutrition Nanny, Christina Marie

Kid Classics Revamped. Are you tired of your kids eating the same unhealthy foods? Here are two classic kid favorites done healthy! Enjoy!

Mini
Meals to the Rescue!
Are you a parent
who is constantly struggling to get your child(ren) to eat balanced meals and
snacks? Do you find yourself giving into your child’s whines and throwing in
the towel? Look no more… Juice smoothies are a fast and effective way to pump
your children up with the nutrients their bodies crave!
Cold
Fighter
Kiwi Honeydew
Makes: 6
servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Ingredients:
4 cups of
honeydew melon (1/2 melon)
3 cups of white
cranberry juice
2 cups of kiwi
(4 peeled and chopped kiwi)
2 cups of ice
Combine all
ingredients in the blender and pulse until smooth.
Health
Benefit Facts:
Kiwi is a great
source of vitamin C and fiber. Additionally, it contains vitamin A and E,
magnesium, potassium, copper, and phosphorus and is full of antioxidants. Also
studies have proven the fruit to help with respiratory health problems.
Honeydew is a
sweet method to get in some key vitamins like vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B
and copper. Additionally, this super fruit helps maintain healthy blood
pressure levels and is awesome for the skin.
Promotes
Eye Health
Carrot-Peach
Makes: 6
servings
Prep: 15 minutes
1 pound of
frozen peach slices (about 2 cups)
1.5 cups of
tangerine orange slices (peeled and pitted)
2 cups of
carrot juice
2 cups of
orange/tangerine juice
2 teaspoons of
grated fresh ginger
Combine all
ingredients until smooth
Health
Benefit Facts:
Carrots are a
great source of beta-carotene and contain a significant amount of silicon.
Additionally, it aids indigestion and reduces excessive stomach acid. Awesome
veggie for the eyes too!
Ginger is a
stimulant to the digestive and circulatory systems. It’s great for nausea,
fevers, muscle aches, gas, indigestion, vomiting and travel sickness.
Additionally, it has anti-inflammatory properties.
Peaches are a
great source of carotenes, potassium, flavonoids and natural sugar.
Oranges and
Tangerines are an excellent source of vitamin C and flavonoids. Additionally,
they are great for the immune system, the adrenal glands, the connective
tissues and your overall health. These juicy fruits will surely chase those
germs away!
Extra Extra: To boost these smoothies to the next
level you can add a protein like plain Greek yogurt or add a protein powder
(plain whey, rice or hemp powder). 1 scoop



Christina Marie, has been a career nanny for the last three years and previously wrote articles for the Arizona Daily Star and the University of Arizona’s student run website Borderbeat.net. She comes from a culinary family of restaurant entrepreneurs and master chefs and cooking has always been an important aspect of her life. During her college years at the University of Arizona, she realized pizza was not going to be her go to meal, considering, her pallet was attuned to fine foods. Keeping in mind that college students are on a budget she got creative in the kitchen and experimented and re-created healthy versions of fare she grew up eating. Since becoming a nanny she realizes the importance of kids eating healthy meals and snacks. She prides herself on balancing nutrient enriched foods that are tasty and healthy for kids and are not time consuming to create. Ms. Marie holds a Bachelors Degree in journalism and is currently working on a children’s book about a sassy little girls adventures and mishaps. Please stay tuned to see her weekly contributions on healthy tot eats on this blog.