Cereal Recall

Check your box of Honey Smacks!

Here is the info just posted by the FDA:

Kellogg Company today announced it is voluntarily recalling 15.3 oz. and 23 oz. packages of Kellogg’s ® Honey Smacks ® cereal (with code dates listed below) because these products have the potential presence of Salmonella. No other Kellogg products are impacted by this recall.

Kellogg launched an investigation with the third-party manufacturer who produces Honey Smacks immediately after being contacted by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding reported illnesses.

According to the CDC, use or consumption of products contaminated with Salmonella may result in serious illness. It can also produce serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals infected with Salmonella can experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most persons recover without treatment. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses.

HOW TO IDENTIFY THE RECALLED PRODUCT

The affected product includes the following varieties distributed across the United States as well as limited distribution in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean, Guam, Tahiti and Saipan. The BEST if Used By Date can be found on the top of the cereal box, and the UPC code can be found on the bottom of the box.

Description (Retail) UPC Code Size BEST If Used By Date
Honey Smacks (with limited distribution outside the U.S.) 3800039103 15.3 oz JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019
Honey Smacks 3800014810 23 oz  JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019

Kellogg is asking that people who purchased potentially affected product discard it and contact the company for a full refund. Consumers seeking more information, including images of these products, can visit kelloggs.com/honeysmacksrecall or call 1-800-962-1413 from Monday – Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET as well as Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET.

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Homemade Chocolate “Ice Cream”

Happy Chocolate Ice Cream Day!

If you’re looking for a healthy way to celebrate, try this easy recipe:

*3 Frozen Over ripe bananas

*1/3 c cocoa powder

*2-3 Tablespoons peanut or almond butter

Combine all ingredients in the blender and process until completely smooth.

Either serve as soft serve right away or freezer and scoop in an hour!

Enjoy!

-Peter & Shannyn

(excepted from chocolatecoveredkatie.com)

“1 Thing” Changed Everything!

You hear us talk a lot about the “Power of One Thing” here at Family Life Radio.

One young dad shows what a profound difference changing just one thing can really make!

It was June of 2017 when 26-year-old Chase Copley saw a photo of himself at a family wedding and said “Wow! I’m obese!” He said that as a father of a young daughter, he wanted to be more intentional with his health and chose to make one simple change to his diet: He gave up drinking soda pop.

Chase (who says he drank about 2 liters of soda a day) instead swapped out for flavored water and lost a whopping 20 lbs. in his first MONTH.

Now, almost a year later, he’s lost 103 lbs and even feels good enough to WANT to go get some exercise.

Well done, Chase!

(Want to read more or see photo’s click here)

Germ-mobile! *Gasp*

Where do you think the most germs are hiding in your car?

Steering wheel?

Nope!

On today’s show we shared the results of resent testing which indicates that nastiest, germiest part of your vehicle.

The study took swabs from 20 parts of the inside of a car that you would commonly come into touch with – and the results might be a little surprising. The samples taken showed that the steering wheel – the most touched part of a car – was one of the most germ-free areas swabbed.  The most visible bacteria were the driver footwell, seatbelt button and handbrake. 

Dirty Dozen and Clean 15

 

Dirty Dozen and Clean 15

Once again, strawberries top the list of the 12 “dirtiest” fruits and vegetables, according to the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit, nonpartisan environmental organization — ranked pesticide contamination in 47 popular fruits and vegetables for its Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce.

Spinach is the second dirtiest item on the “Dirty Dozen” list, followed by (in order of contamination) nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery, potatoes and sweet bell peppers.

Each of these foods tested positive for pesticide residues and contained higher concentrations of pesticides than other produce.

On a positive note, the Environmental Working Group also creates a lesser-known companion to the Dirty Dozen:

the “Clean 15” guide to produce containing the least amount of pesticides. Avocados lead 2018’s clean fruits and veggies list, followed by sweet corn, pineapples, cabbage, onions, frozen sweet peas, papayas, asparagus, mangoes, eggplant, honeydew melon, kiwi, cantaloupe, cauliflower and broccoli.

Expert Spring Cleaning Tips

The American Cleaning Institute released its 2018 National Cleaning Survey and spring cleaning season is in full swing in America.  Seventy-six percent of households will take part in the ritual of spring cleaning their homes this year.

Spring Cleaning Tips:

  1. Make a schedule
  2. Prepare
  3. Declutter first
  4. Recruit some help
  5. Clean one room at a time
  6. Always work top to bottom
  7. Don’t forget walls and windows
  8. Dispose of all items that have expired in the kitchen and bathroom

Spring Cleaning Your Skin!

The struggle is REAL.

You look in the mirror and think, oh dear, it’s my MOM (or Grandma *gasp*)

Then you think, beauty is fleeting INDEED, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised, right?

Right!
But that doesn’t mean you don’t want to show your best face, right?

Right!

Your skin is the body’s largest organ and it deserves care!

I remember standing in the skin care isle at the drug store, looking at Deep Crease Serum.

The woman next to me was about 75-80 and had GREAT skin!

I asked her what her secret was and she said, “I never God married or have kids, so I don’t have worry lines.” I think she was being serious.

Well, THAT is not an approach to skin care that is gonna work for this mamma, and incidentally, neither did the cream I chose. Recently though, I’ve been on a skincare “full court press” and I’ve found a few things that seem to be working.

We all want something that works, right?

Right!

So….here’s the scoop!

My daughter turned me onto the skin care routine that she witnessed as an exchange student in Japan.

Here in the U.S. A. it’s gathered the common name The Korean 10-Step- Facial.

Now, note this. There is something profoundly different about the ways Korean makers are crafting their skin care and it just….works. So, when I’m at a discount store with good skin-care, I always check and see it there is anything with a basically “clean” label that was made in Korea. My rule is, if it’s clean and under $5, GRAB IT. I don’t have an entire line of Korean products for my routine. In fact, several of my 10 steps are being done with homemade products, but friends. I swear it’s working. I don’t know if it’s the products themselves, the way they are layered or maybe I skin is just glowing because I’m finally practicing the kind of self-care it’s been wanting my whole life! Either way…the change is dramatic enough that my husband, friends and co-workers can see the difference and ask, WHAT are you DOING?

So, win!

The product brands I’ve tried so far are called Tony Moly, The Crème Shop (they have a mask with snail slime in it!) and I’m Real! They are not fancy or special as much as they were…on SUPER SALE!

The Ten Step Facial takes about ten minutes twice a day and the system is basically as follows:

 

1-Oil Cleans. I made an oil cleaners with olive oil, castor oil and geranium

2-Foam or Gel cleans (I’m using a $4 Korean brand I got at Marshalls)

3-Exfolliate (Use whatever you have. I am using homemade product made of coconut oil with oats and honey)

4-Toner (again…whatever you have. I’m using witch hazel)

5-Treat problem areas (for example deep wrinkle cream or acne-tea tree oil is great for this)

6-Essence (this is a very light moisturizer. Mine was $3 on the Body Shop sale rack)

7- Serum! (I’m using Roc right now. It was $10 at Kroger)

8-Mask (I think this may be the secret sauce of the 10-step facial) A couple times a week, choose a nice and nourishing sheet mask. If you can find one that has a good clean label of ingredients, grab it. The one’s I’m using are from Tony Moly and The Crème Shop (both Korean makers) and were about $1 each at Marshalls. But look and see what they have. Choose a few that fit your needs.

9-Moisturize. (Just use what you have. Day cream by day and night cream by night)

10-Sunscreen (by day) and either a “Sleeping Mask” by night (I am waiting to find a cheap one of these) but for now:  a nice layer of Castor Oil!

 

YES! It’s extensive.

No! It’s not vanity.

It’s creation care.

You are His marvelous creation.

I hope you find time to care for your sweet self today!

If you try this, let me know how it works for you.

Faith the size of a CHIA SEED?

Friday was National Chia Day!

Aside from being the foundation of gag-gift giving of the Chia-Pet for a generation, it turns out those little chia seeds are just plain great for your health!

They are protein packed boasting 5g of protein and 10g of fiber in each 1 oz serving. Plus it is full of brain healthy omega 3’s!

Incorporating chia into your life can be as simple as sprinkling them onto a salad for a nice crunch.

But if you’re looking for a sweet treat, look no further than a chia pudding!

Basic Chia Pudding is the healthy answer to tapioca pudding. It’s quick, easy and packed with nutrition!

 

Chia Pudding

 Servings 3
 Calories 360/each (approx)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups coconut (or almond)
  • 1 tbs pure maple syrup or honey 
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup mixed berries, favorite fruit or dab of jam (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together milk, sweetener, and vanilla extract. Slowly whisk in the chia seeds to avoid clumps.
  2. Stir every few minutes for the first ten minutes, then refrigerate the mixture. Let it thicken for at least 3 hours, or as long as a few days.
  3. When ready to serve, divide pudding into 3 bowls or jars, and top with your choice of topping.

(Excerpted) Shannyn Caldwell is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and Student of Natruropathic Medicine

Sweet Ways to Lower Blood-Sugar

 

It’s National Diabetes Awareness and Prevention Day!

Shannyn’s family tree has an over abundance of Diabetes- her mom, aunty, grandma and even great grandma were (are) all Diabetic.

The following info is shared from Shannyn to you with hope for a healthy family tree to grow for you and yours!

(Excerpted)

It was years ago that I was blessed to have a massage (I know, swoon) and at the end of the massage, I asked the therapist if he noticed anything that was out of line.
“Nope” he said, “All the bones and muscles are in right order, but you eat too much sugar, that’s why your back hurts RIGHT THERE” as he pressed into the spot on the right side of my middle back that ALWAYS hurt.

“What? What do you mean?” with a shrug of his shoulder he gave me insight that would change everything for me.  “That’s not a muscle hurting” he explained “That’s where your pancreas is. It’s inflamed. Don’t believe me? Cut out refined sugar for a week and see if you notice a difference.” He further explained that I didn’t even have to cut out all sugar, just the white stuff. Switch to raw sugar or honey, he said.

I did. And guess what! No. More. Back pain!

So let’s start there. If you have a pain in the right side of your middle back, cut out white sugar for a week and see if anything changes.

Beyond that, there is so much you can to to keep your body humming along, healthy and even with the worst genetic pool, be encouraged. You don’t need to receive the diagnosis plaguing so many in our Nation today.

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Here are a few simple things that you can do today to help your body stay healthy or even return to the health it was created for.

1-SAY NO to fake food! GMO foods are not real food. Even if your tongue thinks they are, your cells not better. Don’t eat them. Kick them to the curb! Corn, Soy, Canola oil are the most common offenders with any hydrogenated oil fast behind. Skip the fake stuff, including dyes and bleaching agents.

2-FEED Your Body the good stuff! Macro’s are key. Good fiber helps your body do the happy dance. They slow down the rate at which your body absorbs glucose and help detoxify your system. Some great fiber choices that are nutrient rich are Artichokes, Avocado, Nuts and Seeds (especially Chia and Flax) Healthy fats (like coconut oil) can help level out your blood sugar therefore helping out your pancreas. Good clean protein is also key. They work to slow the absorption of sugar. So, if you eat meat, get good grass-fed organics, wild-caught fish (which are packed with Omega-3’s to reduce inflammation) or reach for lentils or eggs!

3-MOVE Your Body! Studies show that as little as 20 minute of light exercise 5 times a week can help prevent and even reverse type 2 diabetes.

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About 10% of the American Population has diabetes, including our kiddos.

How about we move that number down by moving our bodies UP and out for a nice walk and then a healthy plate of real, nutritious food. We can reclaim the health God gave us, one step, bite, choice at a time.

 

Shannyn Caldwell is a certified holistic nutritionist a student of Naturopathic Medicine