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Smoothies: Quick Way to Eat Well During Treatment Schedule

When you make your Car Donation NY, (or any other state) to American Children’s Cancer Association, you help us assist families with kids with cancer kids with cancer learn about and find the best, most effective alternative treatment options. We also accept your Car Donation NYC.

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By Amanda Stambuldzys

Kids love smoothies and with managing a busy treatment schedule, they provide a fruit and vegetable packed quick meal on the  go with minimum preparation time and easy clean up.  The smoothie “shakes” are also a great way to get some antioxidant rich vegetables and additives into kids with finicky palates.  Flax seed extract and kale, for example, have strong flavors that many kids turn their nose up to.  But, by being a little creative with various frozen fruits and all natural fruit juices – such as apple and pomegranate – you can get past the “yuckies” and pack a balanced, high energy meal into one glass.
There are many smoothie makers on the market available to order from Amazon.com that come with fitted to go cups (Magic Bullet MBR-1701 17-Piece Express Mixing Set  - additional mugs can be ordered), but any high powered blender and washable tumblers available in most supermarkets and department stores are all you need.  For families in lodging, packing a smoothie maker ready to plug into a kitchen outlet, can save precious time for early morning starts as well as be economical.  Many smoothie retail outlets are expensive and actually may contain high fructose corn syrup and other additives that are not recommended for children in treatment.  Alternatively, there are some great bottled products that are both all natural and organic such as www.odwalla.com available at many supermarkets and convenience stores.  Still be sure to check the labels and be mindful that many mass produced products may serve well as a supplements but may not contain proteins and other essential nutrients to contribute to balanced eating.
Freezing your own fruit is also an economical way to preserve and make use of over-ripened fruits.  See ideas and tips on freezing fruit: http://naturesnurtureblog.com/2012/05/24/how-to-freeze-fresh-fruit/

Think about pre-mixing family favorites in freezer storage bags or a vacuum pack sealer as a time saver – bananas, forest fruits and ripened mango make a great combination to freeze together.  Try using your blender unit as the portion measure – so all you have to do is grab a pack and flip a switch.   Many health food supermarkets have pre-packaged, organic frozen mixed fruits already portioned for smoothie making at pretty fair price points.  Trader Joe’s freezer section (check www.traderjoes.com for your local retail outlet) has some great ready packed alternatives.  Also, take advantage of seasonal fruits and farmers markets.  We have a bumper crop of NJ blueberries and peaches this year - they are both very freezer friendly and going at greatly reduced market prices this summer!
Long shelf natural protein additives (both dairy and non-dairy) and avocado are a great way to balance out the meal and give your smoothies the “milk-shake” texture appealing to kids’ palates. Almond milk, soy milk, Greek yogurt and organic milk are all great sources. Greek yogurt and milk products actually can also be frozen for longer life (although you may find a consistency change, the blending process will bring them back to shape). See this guide  for tips on freezing dairy products.  There are many powdered additives on the market but some are not easily digestible and may have some products not recommended for kids.  Be sure to check labels for FDA approvals and consult your doctor or a nutritionist to be sure that you are making positive choices for your child’s diet.
Vegetarian Times is a great resource for recipe ideas. Check out this VT article for this tasty smoothie recipe idea with blueberries, avocado and beets (one of the “yuckies”):
Other websites via StumbleUpon under search Smoothie Recipes can also be sourced. Be sure to follow Give2Kids: (link StumbleUpon site) to continue to spread the word about the Donate Your Car Program. ( Ron- please edit to your standard to increase traffic etc.)
Raw honey, agave nectar (the ‘raw” form only) and other fruit sugars can sweeten up your vegetable packed smoothies as well. Also keep in mind that Stevia is a healthy alternative sweetener. And remember that brown (over-ripened) bananas add extra all natural sweetness!  Look out for the next posting for some other ideas on how to use them and other leftovers in the next posting “When Bananas go Brown: Alternative kid friendly (not so slow) cooking ideas for left overs!”.

Quick Snack Packs & Meals for Families Managing a Busy Treatment Schedule

You can help us assist families with children with cancer, learn about (and find) the safest, most effective treatments available. Please donate your car, truck or any other vehicle to the American Children’s Cancer Association today. We accept your Car Donation NY and Car Donation NYC (and everywhere else in the U.S.) by phone: 1-800-Give2Kids
(1-800-448-3254) or online.Car Donation NY
There are many pre-packaged kids meals on the market that save time for pressured families on the go or in lodging during treatments with limited cooking facilities. But a closer look at the nutritional labels show that many of the mass market brands are very high in sodium, corn syrup, saturated fats and nitrites/ preservatives which are detrimental to children in treatment. Other obstacles are children with special dietary needs such a gluten sensitivity and food allergies. Having some long shelf and freezer staples can make all of the difference relieving some of the pressure from your schedule as well as provide healthful eating for the whole family.The following are some ready available products  in most supermarket health food and gluten free sections or can be ordered in bulk from some major online retailers such as
Amazon.com
Annie’s Organics offers ready made on the go snack packs, organic kid friendly bagged snacks, long shelf and gluten free products a well as frozen meals that can easily be prepared in efficiency kitchenettes with a microwave or stove top or as a quick meal for busy days.  See www.annies.com for products available, recipes and ideas for meals on the go.
Many vendors at airports, train stations, bus stations, hospital cafeterias and children’s activity centers are carrying healthy alternative snack packs along side of the usual “junk food” offerings. Look for the Snack Smart line by Centerplate which packages balanced,  organic and gluten free alternatives.
Sabra Foods, available in all major supermarkets, makes hummus minis and other dips and spreads that can be paired with organic low sodium corn chips, whole grain breads, organic baby carrots, and other ready cut vegies.
See website for products available and recipe ideas.
Long shelf organic soups such as Imagine Soups can be enjoyed hot or cold (on hot days try the sweet potato soup over ice and others for a pleasant summer alternative!). Paired with whole grain organic bread with organic nut butters (barring nut allergies), Greek yogurt spreads, herbed fresh goat cheese or hummus makes a great lunch or light dinner.
As we all know, fresh fruit on hand is long shelf in its natural packaging but with a busy schedule and limited time for shopping stocking up can lead to over ripened fruits and waste. There are proper ways to store fruits and vegetables to prevent premature spoiling. Wrapping the stem of a bunch of half ripened bananas with plastic wrap for example can double the shelf life.  Check out this article at the Vegetarian Times for compatible fruits and vegetables and storage tips:
Smoothies are also a great alternative meal on the go…look for the next posting about smoothie makers, freezing fruit, organic fruit ready packaged and long shelf and freezing healthy additives to pack a punch!

Help Prevent Cancer in Children: Things to Avoid

Help us educate parents of children with cancer determine the safest, most effective treatments. Your kind car donation helps us with our Mission (in NY, NJ, or any other state) — and if we accept your vehicle for our VISA program, you’ll receive a $200 VISA Gift Card and free Vacation Voucher. Call us today at 1-800-Give2Kids (1-800-448-3254) for more information, or to donate your vehicle!
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Always Buy Organic.

Nine (or more) different cancers are linked to certain pesticides. Look for the USDA-certified organic seal when purchasing.

There are some fruits and vegetables that are especially heavily sprayed with pesticides, while others aren’t, and don’t needto be purchased as organic. See more info about both kinds, in this post.

Serve Children as Many Fruits and Vegetables as Possible

Kids love berries, carrots, and other sweet fruits and veggies. But if they re started eating them early on, they will adapt to the taste of all kinds of vegetables… even broccoli.

Add Fiber to Your Diet

A child’s diet that is full of whole fruits and vegetables will go a long way towards providing good fiber intake.
Here is more information on other ways to add fiber, and how much.

Eat More Fish

Most parents have a concern about mercury content, and radioactivity in fish (and rightfully so). However, there are still safe and healthy fish to feed your children. They include:

Anchovies
Catfish
Clams
Flounder
Haddock (Atlantic)
Hake
Herring
Mackerel (N. Atlantic, Chub)
Mullet
Oysters
Perch (Ocean)
Plaice
Pollock
Salmon (Canned)
Salmon (Fresh)
Please note: Buy salmon “wild caught”, if at all possible. “Farm raised” salmon is far less desirable (although it is getting better than it used to be — please see this article).
Sardines
Scallops
Shrimp
Sole (Pacific)
Squid (Calamari)
Tilapia
Trout (Freshwater)
Whitefish
For more safe fish, please see this website.

Drink Green Tea

Your kids might love this healthy beverage with a little raw honey added to it, either cold or hot).

Green tea contains antioxidants (polyphenols), which:

- helps strengthen the immune system,
- may protect cells from DNA damage,
- and activate enzymes that slow down or curb tumors

Get Sufficient Vitamin D

Higher blood levels of Vitamin D have been shown to be associated with lower rates of a number of cancers. Make sure your children receive plenty of healthy sunshine.
If you live in colder climate with less sunshine in winter,
supplement with Vitamin D.
Ask your naturopathic doctor about the best dosage for your child. Regular medical doctors may not be able to correctly advise you on this, as they tend not to be well informed in nutritional therapies.

Kids (or Adults) Should Never Eat Trans Fats

Trans fatty acids is a manufactured oil that is used in many commercially baked and fried foods.

They increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. Look on the ingredient label, and don’t buy anything containing “partially hydrogenated oil”, which is another name for trans fats.

Help Your Child Keep Toxin-Free

1. Use cleaning products that only contain organic ingredients;
2. Filter tap water (Berkey Filters are among the best –and have an option to filter out fluoride)
3. Avoid BPA and BPS (in most plastic packaging AND inside of cans).Look for plastic containers with the recycling numbers 1, 2, or 4, and cans labeled BPA-free.

Be Wary of Ionizing Radiation and Electromagnetic Fields 

In an early draft of a report issued in the spring of 1990, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the United States recommended that electromagnetic fields (EMFs) be classified as a class B carcinogen. The report concluded:

“In conclusion, several studies showing leukemia, lymphoma and cancer of the nervous system in children exposed to EMF’s, supported by similar findings in adults in several occupational studies also involving electrical power frequency exposures, show a consistent pattern of response that suggest a causal link.”

There is plenty of evidence in the scientific literature that electromagnetic fields (from cell towers, electroninc devices, etc.) can be a worrisome and possibly, major cause of cancer.

Avoid x-rays (ionizing radiation) for your children if at all possible. Here is why.

Cellphones and Kids May Not Mix

Mobile phones have been classified as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” At the time of this writing, the final word is not out yet on the safety of childhood cellphone use.
However, it would be prudent to minimize your child’s use of cellphones, based on preliminary findings. Also, as an alternative, regular (corded) land lines are absolutely safe (but NOT cordless phones, which are even worse than cellphones).

9 “Foods” to NEVER Feed Your Kids

When you make your Car Donation NYC, Donate Your Car NY, or in any
other state, to Give2Kids, you help us help kids with cancer find and
receive the safest, most effective treatments! Please donate today.

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Give2Kids (American Children’s Cancer Association) is doing our best to get the word out about how the food and drink our children consume, the air they breath, the skin products they use (shampoos, soap, etc.) and everything else that goes in, or on them, strongly determines their overall health, and protection against, or vulnerability to,
environmentally influenced disease conditions such as cancer and
other serious disorders.

Here are the top nine foods your children (or you) should never eat:

1. Microwave Popcorn

I’ve placed this at the top of the list, as microwave popcorn is one of the worst health offenders (with the exception of this this one).

Microwave popcorn bags are lined with PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid), which leaches into the popcorn when heated. Blood tests have shown that PFOA contaminate the blood; they can disrupt the endocrine system, which negatively affect sex hormones. The EPA has ruled PFCs as “likely carcinogens,” and has stated that PFOA “poses developmental and reproductive risks to humans.” More info.

Some PFCs have also been associated with other health dangers, such as:

- Infertility
- Thyroid disease
- Cancer
- Immune system problems
- Increased LDL cholesterol levels

2. Processed Meats (Hot Dogs, Bologna, etc.)

Meats you’ll find in your local deli typically are made from animals injected with antibiotics, growth hormones, and other drugs to artificially
fatten them up, keep them disease free and more profitable. These same meats usually also contain other chemicals (such as sodium nitrite) and artificial flavorings and dyes. All processed meats should be completely avoided because they raise your child’s risk of cancer. There is NO safe amount of processed meat. Please look instead for local providers of fresh organic, grass-fed or pastured beef, chicken, etc, and/or salmon,
which are all much healthier options. Please note: if your budget allows, it is best to buy wild caught salmon (as opposed to farm raised). Here is more information to help you make a determination.

3. Margarine

Margarine and other fake butters are unhealthy for children in many ways. They contain trans fats (which is very bad for the heart), free radicals (which can be toxic to cells), emulsifiers and artificial preservatives, and toxic solvents such as hexane. Raw milk butter, when made from grass-fed cows, is rich in beneficial conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which is known to help fight cancer and diabetes.

4. Vegetable Oils

Many parents are not aware that vegetables oils (such as soy, corn, canola) create oxidized cholesterol in children’s arteries, which increases their risk for coronary artery disease as they grow older.

The healthiest oil to cook with is organic coconut oil, because it’s a healthy saturated fat which withstands the heat of cooking, without becoming chemically altered. For more information, please click here.

5. Tomato Sauce in the Can.

BPA is a toxic chemical linked to reproductive abnormalities, neurological effects, heightened risk of breast and prostate cancers, diabetes,
heart disease and more. To avoid this hazardous chemical, avoid canned foods entirely and stick to fresh fruits and vegetables, or switch over to brands that use glass containers instead—especially for acidic foods like tomatoes.

The plastic lining of cans contain BPA, which is a toxic chemical linked to brain disorders, higher risk of breast and prostate cancers, reproductive aberrations, heart disorders, diabetes and more. Acidic foods, such as tomatoes, are more likely to leach the BPA into the
food. Make sure, instead, to always use fresh fruit and vegetables, and/or only buy food in glass containers.

6. The Following Non-Organic Fruits and Vegetables…

It is especially important that the following fruits and vegetables only be consumed when organic, as have been found to be the most heavily sprayed with pesticides (these are the “top” 15 most sprayed. The see the rest of the list, please click here):

http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/list.php

Apples
Celery
Cherry tomatoes
Cucumbers
Grapes
Hot peppers
Nectarines (imported)
Peaches
Potatoes
Spinach
Strawberries
Sweet bell peppers
Kale
Collard greens
Summer squash

7. Regular Table Salt

As most of us know, we must consume salt — it is essential for life. But what is not generally known is that table sale (and the salt found in processed foods) is not healthy.

Processed salt is mostly (98%) sodium chloride, the rest being made up of man-made chemicals. These include ferrocyanide and aluminosilicate,  neither of which are good for you or your children.

Far superior is unrefined salt, the best being Himalayan salt. It is pure, and not polluted with industrial toxins and heavy metals.

8. Unfermented Soy Products (Soy Protein Isolate)

Parents have been mislead for years about the “benefits” of soy. Unfortunately, soy as it is consumed in processed foods is far from healthy.

95% of American grown soybeans are genetically modified, and sprayed with the toxic pesticide glyphosate, exposure to which can lead to miscarriage and birth defects.

Fermented soy (tofu, tempeh, etc.) can be far healthier — but read the label to make sure it is not processed.

Here is just one of thousands of studies, which, combined, show consuming unfermented soy can lead to to digestive distress, malnutrition,
thyroid illness, immune-system disruption, reproductive/sex hormone disorders , cognitive decline, and infertility — as well as cancer and heart
disease.

9. Artificial Sweeteners

Regular refined sugar is bad enough for kids. but artificial sweeteners, such as Aspartame, can be as bad, or worse.

Studies have demonstrated how aspartame and saccharin cause higher weight gain than table sugar.

The body converts aspartame into formaldehyde, which is toxic to DNA and sensitive proteins.

 

 

 Much of this article used information found here.

Car Donation NY: Top 5 Things You Need to Know

by Ron Streeter

Click Here to Make Your Car Donation NY Today!

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American Children’s Cancer Association (ACCA) recently began accepting car donations
in New York City and New York state (as well as New jersey, and all other states).

If you live in NY, and would like to donate your car NY, truck, plane or any other vehicle (or real estate or cash) we suggest you take advantage of this opportunity!

Here’s why you’ll want to donate your car NY (or any other state) to ACCA:

1. Proceeds from your car donation NY will go towards helping families with
children with cancer, in the following ways:

a. We help these families find the safest, most effective alternative
cancer treatments for their child.

b. Once the best treatment options are found, we help the families pay for them.

2. Besides feeling great that you’ve helped kids with cancer,
you’ll also receive a $200 VISA Gift Card* for your donation
(we offer the most generous thank you gifts among car donation charities).

3. For a limited time, besides the above gift card, you’ll also receive
a voucher for a free 3 day, 2 night vacation (multiple locations to choose from).

4. You’ll receive fast, free towing for your donated vehicle!

5.When you make your car donation NY, you’ll receive tax benefits.

Yes, there are other car donation charities in NY and NYC, but none that offer
the combination of helpful services to children with cancer, and the generous
thank you gifts and other benefits (listed above) that ACCA offers.

So if you’d like to Donate Your Car NY or Donate Your Car NYC to ACCA,
please do so today! Or call one of friendly customer service representatives at
1-800-Give2Kids (1-800-448-3254), and they will be happy to take your car donation NY
information.

American Children’s Cancer Association (Give2Kids) has been accepting car donations for
over 15 years, and is an approved, 501(c)(3) charity.

See our new video, Donate Your Car NYC | Car Donation NYC , below!:

See our latest press release,
“American Children’s Cancer Association Now Accepting Your Car Donation in New York”

*Please see these requirements to receive the $200 VISA Gift Card.

Make Sure of Who You’re Donating Your Car NJ To!

by Ron Streeter

Click Here to Donate Your Car NJ Today! Or if you’re in NY (or any other state) please click here to donate your vehicle.

If you are considering donating your car in New Jersey (or other states) you may be confused by all the organizations offering to accept your car (or any other vehicle) donation online.

When making your Car Donation NJ (or Car Donation NY, or any other state) decision, please ask yourself the following:

1. Is the organization a valid, non-profit organization?
American Children’s Cancer Association (ACCA) is an
approved, 501(c)(3) charity.

Check here to find ACCA listed among the approved charities.

2.Does the non-profit offer help to everyone, or only a subset of people?
ACCA offers to help all financially challenged families with children with cancer find the safest, most effective alternative treatments.
However, some organizations (such as the most well known car donation charity)
only help children who are part of a particular group. So we suggest you make sure of what (and who) you are donating to, before making your decision.

3. Do they offer free, fast towing? ACCA does.

4. Do they offer generous thank you gifts?
ACCA offers the most generous incentives among all the car donation services:
a $200 VISA Gift Card (good anywhere VISA is accepted) and a free, 3 day, 2 night
vacation voucher (good for multiple locations).

5. Does the organization have an established history?
ACCA has been accepting car donations for over 15 years.

6 . Is the organization available around the U.S.?
ACCA will accept your car donation in all fifty states.

As you can see, there are a number of considerations to make before you
Donate Your Car NJ, (or Donate Your Car NY, or in any other state in the U.S.)  truck, SUV, plane, real estate or cash to an organization. Please make sure to investigate each organization  you are donating to, thoroughly.

If you have any questions about ACCA and how you can donate a vehicle, or anything else to help us help kids with cancer (and their families) find and afford the safest, most effective alternative treatments, please call 800-Give2Kids today!

Please keep in mind we are now accepting your Car Donation NYC.  So if your live in the city, please Donate Your Car NYC to ACCA. Thank you!

Here is our latest Car Donation NYC video!:

For Your Car Donation NJ (or ANY state): Get a Tax Credit, and Great Thank You Gifts!

If you’re considering a car donation NJ to a charity, here are some of the things you should be aware of. You can receive a decent tax deduction for your vehicle and assist kids with cancer, too.

It’s referred to as a charitable vehicle donation when you donate your a charity organization your car, truck, RV, airplane, ATV, whether they are in usable condition or not.

First, find out the mission of the charitable organization you’re looking at. For example, American Children’s Cancer Association (Give2Kids.com) helps families of kids with cancer find, and afford, the safest, most effective cancer treatments.

At times the charities may use the donated cars for themselves, for their on-going charity work – such as to drive the people in need to various locations (doctors offices, hospitals, etc.). It is more common though for these charities to auction the cars, in order to fund their charitable activities.

Many people do choose to donate their used and unwanted cars in order to help others. If you have purchased a new car or own a non-working car, you might consider donating that car, truck, or other vehicle. You can also donate boats, RVs, ATVs, airplanes and other vehicles and, as in the case of ACCA, real estate.

Every day, ACCA (and other charities) look for and gratefully accept, any donations that
kind, considerate people offer. Government grants are not enough to continue day to day operations — and car donations go a long way to help fund their missions.

In the case of ACCA, we offer very generous thank you gifts: a $200 VISA Gift Card, and a 2 Day, 3 Night Vacation Voucher!

You will also be given a charitable gift Tax Receipt for the IRS, when you donate your car NJ to ACCA.

ACCA accepts your car donation NJ, car donation NY, car donation ct, and in every other state.

In the case of donating your car NJ to ACCA, you will not only feel good helping kids with cancer find the best treatments, but also receive our great thank you gifts!

Donate Your Car NY (or ANY State); Help Kids, and Help Yourself in the Process!

Donate-Car-Ny-BannerYou may qualify for a $200 VISA thank you gift card! Use the Easy Form Below to Donate Car NY (or any other U.S. state). And every donator receives a Free Vacation Voucher!
Find out more about us at our main website, American Children’s Cancer Association.
Or call us today at 1-800-Give2Kids (1-800-448-3254) for more information, or to donate your vehicle!

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Donations assist those in need and help them to improve their life quality. So, organizations (non-profits) around the planet ask people to give their unwanted stuff, like books, clothing, and even cars and trucks. Often, people aren’t prepared to let go of their hard-earned cash or don’t have the extra time to devote to volunteer work. This is why charities have begun accepting used articles which they’re able to make good use of. For example, they donate the used items like blankets and clothing to people in need or hand out previously-owned toys to needy children. And these days, donating cars is very popular. And one of the very best ways to Donate Car NY (or anywhere else in America — we’re a national organization), that will both benefit you, and help others, is through American Children’s Cancer Association (ACCA).

Old cars, trucks, etc. that demand money and time to maintain, eventually become of little use to the owner. It is when faced with this situation that a person may consider a
Car Donation NY a good idea. And if you Donate Your Car NY (or any other state) to ACCA, you’ll actually make some money! Because we not only offer you a 3 day, 2 night vacation voucher, but also a $200 VISA Gift Card (see offer details)!

When people purchase new cars, they are often left with the problem of what to do with the old one. Storing the vehicle can, at best, just get in the way, and worse, could get costly (if you are paying for storage) In this situation, people are left with three choices: sell the car, junk it, or donate it.

If a person can, out of the goodness of their heart, donate a still-working (or at least, repairable) vehicle to ACCA, not only will they receive the above noted incentives; they’ll also
have the satisfaction of knowing they are contributing to providing safe, effective alternative treatments for children with cancer (whose families would not have otherwise been able to afford them)!

ACCA have accepted vehicle donations in NY (and around the U.S.) for over 15 years.
They are an approved 501(c)(3) charity. To help kids with cancer, receive great thank you gifts, tax credit for your donation, and free towing for your vehicle, see our Give2Kids website.

References:

http://www.personalfinance.duke.edu/glossary-term/tax-deduction

http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=158#.VBOpO5RdWSp