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Teach Your Kids the Importance of Eating Fruit!

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Jonathan Margolis and his daughter picking Apples.

Eating fruit is one of the most important parts of your child’s diet.  Fruit is full of fiber, low in fat and calories and it’s full of healthy nutrients to help your child grow!  Eating fruit protects your child from some diseases and illnesses.  Unfortunately, more than 60% of all children in the U.S.  do not eat enough fruit.  In fact, 1 out of 3 children is obese or overweight due to bad diets.  

Fruit is a great way to lower your child’s caloric intake which can help prevent obesity.  It’s easy to replace a processed snack with a fresh piece of fruit each day in your child’s lunchbox.   Fresh fruit also provides natural energy from the healthy sugar found in fruit.  Active children are less likely to have problems with their weight!

Kids need fiber to help keep their digestive systems working normally.  Fiber reduces constipation, helps lower the risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

Fruit is also packed with vitamins and minerals that keep the body healthy.  Fruit like bananas is packed with potassium which helps keep blood pressure normal.  The vitamin C found in citrus also helps boost the immune system and fights infection.  Vitamin A which is found in watermelon and mango also promotes eye health.

There are so many reasons your children need to eat fruit for good health.  Eating enough fruit helps build strong bones and reduces the risk of some cancers such as lung, throat, and stomach.  Eating enough fruit supports brain health which helps your child learn. Eating fruit can also help your child focus and retain information better in school.  

Fruit is healthy, it’s full of health benefits and it tastes delicious.  Take the time to teach your child the importance of eating fruit and make it fun!  Try taking your child apple picking or pick your own strawberries!  This is super fun and you will get exercise at the same time!

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Foods NOT to FEED your DOG

Foods That Can Sicken or Kill Your Dog!

Often I share my food with my two dogs.  I go by the rule, if it’s good and healthy for me, it must be good for my dog.  Little did I know that some of the healthy food for us humans is toxic to our dogs.  I want to share a list of these dangerous foods with all you dog lovers who might be making the same mistake as I was!  

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Foods not Good for Dogs

1.  Chocolate is on the top of the list of No-No’s!  The darker the chocolate the worse it is due to the caffeine and theobromine in it.  It can cause dehydration, stomach upset and pain and muscle tremors.  Chocolate can also cause irregular heart beats, seizure and death.

2.  Milk contains sugar which cannot be broken down by a dog’s enzymes.  It can lead to gastrointestinal problems, diarrhea and vomiting.

3.  Onions can damage your dog’s red blood cells causing them to become weak.  If your dog eats too much onion, it might need a blood transfusion.

4.  Garlic is another bad thing!  Very toxic and can lead to the need for a blood transfusion.  (which by the way my Dog LOVES garlic)

5.  Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure.  Symptoms are lethargy, vomiting and diarrhea.  Death can occur within a couple days.

6.  Avocados can cause stomach upset, breathing problems and can lead to fluid build up in the chest.  The avocado pit is the most lethal.  No guacamole for your dog!!

7.  Apple, Plum, Peach and Pear Cores contain cyanide!  Eating the cores of these pitted fruits can cause dizziness, inability to breath and seizures.  Your dog can go into shock or into a coma.

8.  Caffeine can cause heart palpitations, restlessness, vomiting and can lead to death.

9.  Hold the Bacon!!  The high fat content in bacon can lead to pancreatitis in dogs.

10.  The stems and leaves of tomatoes are toxic and green tomatoes are higher in tomatine which is poisonous.  Red tomatoes are safer but better to avoid.

Please keep your dog healthy and learn that not all healthy foods for us are healthy for our dogs!