TIP OF THE WEEK

A recent nutritional survey of baby food conducted by the World Health Organization recently found that baby food products on sale in Europe contain higher levels of sugar than the organization recommends for infants and young children. The study found, on average, approximately on their of energy in baby foods surveyed came from total sugar. Currently the WHO recommends that free sugars should contribute less than 10% of total energy intake for children. If you are looking for a healthier alternative to baby food for sale, here are some tips for DIY baby food purees, according to Momables.com

Directions

- In a pot, fill with water about 1/3 of the way up and place steamer basket inside.

- Add your choice of fruit (or steamed vegetables) to pot and bring to a gentle boil.

- Once the water starts to boil, turn down burner to low and let simmer until fork tender.

- Remove pot from heat and place in a glass bowl.

- Once cool, blend contents of pot with an immersion blender to desired consistency. (Add water as needed from smoothness.)

- Spoon mixture into ice cube trays and place in freezer for 24 hours.

- Remove trays and let defrost until cubes are easily removed.

- Place cubes into labeled freezer bags and return to freezer until needed.

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EASY RECIPE

Cast Iron Seared Filet Mingon

Serves: 2

Ingredients

2 (8-ounce) filet mignon steaks

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

5 cloves garlic

4 sprigs fresh thyme

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

Directions

Pull the steaks out of the refrigerator 1 hour prior to cooking. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 400 degrees. About 5 minutes before you’re ready too cook, heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.

Season the steaks on all sides with salt and pepper. When the skillet is lightly smoking, add the oil and steaks to the pan, making sure there is space between each steak. Sear on one side until a browned crust forms, about 5 minutes. Flip the steaks and cook for 2 minutes.

Add the garlic, thyme and 2 tablespoons of the butter. Swirl the butter in the pan, then transfer to the oven. Cook until an instant-read thermometer reads 120 degrees, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove the skillet from the oven and return to a burner over medium heat. Add the remaining butter, let it melt, and then use the butter to baste steaks constantly until the thermometer reads 125 degrees (for medium-rare).

Transfer the steaks to a plate and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Serve.

- SouthernKitchen.com

DRINK

Water best beverage for flying

Although kicking back and enjoying a soda or a mixed drink on a flight might sound relaxing, soda can make your become dehydrated faster, according to nutritionists. Because the cabin air is dry and lacks moisture, which can leave travelers more vulnerable to motion sickness, jet lag and headaches. Nutritionists suggest drinking water while on a flight to combat any dehydration symptoms.

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FUN FACT

Lemons

According to TheFactSite.com A lemon tree can produce up to 600 pounds in a year and can grow up to 20-feet tall.

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