Making Real Food Cool

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    This is the first of four videos from our annual Talk Savvy To Me event where we celebrated our volunteers and shared hot topics from powerful speakers.  We hope you can attend our next Talk Savvy To Me in late 2018.  

    Making Real Healthy Food Cool For Kids:

    Donna Morin, M.Ed, is a nutrition and lifestyle coach trained in mindfulness-based stress reduction. She began her practice after diet and lifestyle changes resolved her own health troubles, but her biggest lesson so far has been recognizing that good, lasting health is about so much more than food.  

    Get ready to go on an amazing learning adventure as Donna makes food cool for kids and us as well.  Watch for the brilliant way Donna uses analogies with a  garden hose, a zoo and a circle of Barbies to bring microbiomes to light.   



    How to make a microbiome discussion a Savvy Gathering ? 

    Send chapter members this video and then host a smoothie party. 

    Smoothies are one of the easiest ways to get lots of high-fiber vegetables into your diet, especially for plant-phobic children.  We don't yet know what makes up a "perfect" microbiome, but scientists do know that diversity is key, Haveing many different strains of bacteria is important. Eating a diet that includes a variety of plant foods is important for reducing inflammation, avoiding illness, and getting the most from this one precious life. 
    • Savvvy Women's Alliance Chapter Ambasasdors: More discussion on this idea in the Savvy Cafe under Gathering Ideas. 
    • Not a member? Explore topics like these with other like-minded women in your community and join one of our Savvy Women's Alliance chapters. 

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    Here are a few recipes to help you get started:

    Pain-Away Smoothie
    2 cups water
    1 heaping cup frozen pitted dark cherries 
    1 and 1/2 cup frozen greens
    1 heaping Tbsp dark cocoa powder
    1 tsp sunflower seeds
    3 dates, soaked 
    1 banana 
    Blend and enjoy! This smoothie is not as sweet, but a real treat for a body in need of healing!

    Folate Power Smoothie 
    2 cups water
    1/3 cup cucumber
    1 and 1/2 cup frozen kale
    1/4 cup sunflower seeds
    1 cup low-sugar vanilla yogurt
    1 ripe banana
    This smoothie is bulky and can serve as an afternoon snack or a breakfast replacement.
    Picky Eater Smoothie
    1/2 cooked sweet potato
    1/2 avocado
    2 cups frozen strawberries
    1 Tbsp flax seed
    1 3/4 c water, more if needed
    This one can serve as a hearty snack or meal replacement. 

    Pick Me Up Smoothie
    1 cup apple cider
    1/4 cup cooked quinoa
    1 tbsp flax seed
    1/2 cup peanut butter
    1 banana
    1/3 cup ice 

    Find more tips, recipes, and insights from Donna at

    Other book recommendations from Donna to explore. 
    Missing Microbes, by Dr. Martin Blaser
    Eat Dirt, by Josh Axe
    Let Them Eat Dirt, by Brett Finlay and Marie-Claire Arrieta

    Here are some ideas shared in the Village of Barbies from Donna's video:

    • Wellness Wizards  Start an after-school program that makes learning about healthy foods fun! Tracy Dorcil and Amanda Ghostlaw did this.
    • GetREAL Food Campaign  Follow this brand new non-profit established with a mission of making real, whole foods cool with our kids.
    • Salad Bars to Schools  Kids will eat what they are consistently exposed to. Let's bring salad bars to more schools
    • MindUP Stress affects the microbiome, too. Get your schools to introduce a few minutes of meditation every day to improve classroom behavior and performance. 
    • BOKS This before-school activity is free and gets kids moving early, which studies have found improve school performance.


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