A Kirkman® Dad Shares: His “Go-To” Recipes

By Ted Hillison
Father of Tyler (17)
and Tanner (16)
 

My boys are 16 and 17 years old and have distinctive teenager tastes; however, they still love these recipes.  They have multiple food sensitivities so these recipes are great because they are free of dairy, gluten, soy, fish, eggs, refined sugar and nuts! (The top 7 allergens)

YUMMY PASTA BOWL

  • 1 box gluten free pasta
  • ¼ -cup dairy/soy free butter
  • ¼ -cup rice milk
  • 1 tbsp. rice flour or cornstarch
  • ½ -cup Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
  • ¼ -cup goat cheese (if kids can’t eat sheep or goat cheese, you can use 3/4 cup dairy-free cheese)
  • ½ -cup frozen peas
  • ½ -cup chopped ham, sausage, or hamburger (if not already cooked, cook in separate pan)

Directions:

Cook pasta and add peas with pasta for last two minutes while pasta is boiling 

Pour pasta and peas into colander to drain

In one saucepan, add butter, rice milk, goat cheese and Pecorino Romano cheese (burner should still be on) 

Let cook until cheese is 80% melted

Sprinkle in rice flour or cornstarch to thicken

Drop in pasta/peas and mix with cheese sauce.

Stir in sautéed meat

Can serve with apple slices and an allergy-free cookie

An all-time lunch favorite is the classic PB & J sandwich. Here is a recipe to stick to (almost) every kid’s favorite lunch while avoiding allergens. 

SUNFLOWER butter and Jelly Sandwich

  • Gluten free bread (crust optional)
  • Sunflower Seed butter
  • Favorite sugar-free Jam or Honey

Directions:

Take 1-2 pieces of gluten free bread

Spread desired amount of sunflower seed butter and sugar-free jam or honey

Can also add:

Corn chips

2 small oranges

Carrots and hummus

Allergen free cookie

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It’s That Time Again This Spring, Clean Toxic Free with Kirkman Kleen™ Products

By Kulani Mahikoa
Executive Vice President
Kirkman Group, Inc.
 

If the household cleaners you use smell like chemicals or perfume – they also may be toxic. Most common household cleaners contain ingredients that may be dangerous to your health. Read about some of these on our Toxic Room page by clicking the link.  The information may shock you. 

When we started the Kirkman Kleen™ line, there were few, safe household cleaner alternatives offered commercially. Unfortunately, most of us still shop at grocery stores where toxic free products are unavailable.  We developed Kirkman Kleen™ household cleaning products to be safe for families, but especially safe for sensitive individuals, babies, children, the elderly, those with environmental sensitivities and chronic health conditions – oh, and pets too.

Kirkman Kleen™ household cleaning products are free of toxic chemicals, common allergens, dyes, brighteners, perfumes and other potential irritants, which can negatively impact your health.  They are also environmental friendly with no negative effects on the environment including rivers, streams, plants or wildlife.

Try the Kirkman Kleen™ alternatives!

For Your Kitchen

• Free & Clear Dishwashing Liquid (#9908-016)

Our Free & Clear Dishwashing Liquid is a powerful cleaner made without harmful chemicals or fragrances.

• Free & Clear Automatic Dish Powder  (#9909-032)

Our Free & Clear Automatic Dish Powder is fragrance and dye free and allergen free, but gets off all the tough baked on food particles and grease.

• Glass and All Purpose Cleaner and Degreaser (#9915-032)

Kirkman’s Spray & Wipe Glass and All Purpose Cleaner and Degreaser is a versatile, effective yet safe general cleaner, which can be used on a variety of surfaces without the need to rinse. It makes glass sparkle!

For Pet Stains

• Kirkman Kleen™ Stainout (#9911-016)

This is a truly revolutionary product which utilizes enzyme producing cultures to digest and naturally remove unwanted stains and odors. Stain-Out works effectively on pet stains, food and beverage stains and organic waste discolorations. 

For Your Laundry

• Chlorine Free Oxygen Bleach (#9910-032)

Kirkman’s Chlorine Free Oxygen Bleach is a natural way to whiten and brighten your clothes.

• Free & Clear Laundry Liquid (#9912-032)

Kirkman’s Free & Clear Laundry Liquid concentrate is fragrance and dye free and rinses clean, leaving no residues on clothes.

For Your Produce

• Kirkman Kleen™ Produce Wash (#9914-016)

Produce has become a serious vehicle for unwanted health hazards in recent years. Kirkman’s Produce Wash is a product which can minimize those hazards by removing chemical sprays, waxes, soil and other unwanted residues which remain on produce when purchased through normal channels.

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Renew Your Resolve It’s Not Too Late to Live Up to Your New Year’s Resolutions

By Sonnie Sei
Staff Writer
Kirkman Group, Inc.
 

February is already coming to an end, which means the excitement and commitment of your New Year’s Resolutions may be distant memories. If this is the case, it’s the perfect time to renew and reevaluate your goals for 2018!  For most of us, getting healthier and staying healthier will top the list. What better way to establish a healthier you than treating yourself to an effective, comprehensive nutritional protocol.

Kirkman® offers a Nutritional Starter Pack that contains products designed to begin the process of correcting a poor nutritional profile.  The Nutritional Starter Pack includes four products, but be aware that every individual’s nutritional profile is unique so adjustments may be necessary.  

The starter pack includes Thera Response (a broad-spectrum multivitamin/mineral), Pro-Bio Gold™ (a probiotic to support the gastrointestinal system), Nordic Naturals® Pro DHA™ (an essential fatty acid that supports a range of critical body functions), and Calcium with Vitamin D Powder (a mineral that is needed daily in the body).

Here is some additional information about the products offered in the Nutritional Starter pack:

Thera Response (#0300-180)

Thera Response is Kirkman’s proprietary blend of vitamins and minerals that has been specifically formulated for the particular profile of Kirkman’s largest customer group. It is less potent in vitamin B-6 than Kirkman’s Super Nu-Thera® products, but still offers good potencies in the other nutrients it contains.

Thera Response includes: vitamin A as acetate and beta carotene, vitamins B-1, B-2, B-6 and methyl B-12, buffered Vitamin C, Vitamin D and Vitamin E; a good range of trace minerals including magnesium, selenium, chromium, molybdenum, iodine, zinc, iron and more; folinic acid, choline, pyridoxal 5-phosphate (P-5-P) and the mineral factor lithium. Thera Response is a hypoallergenic formulation designed for those with special dietary requirements and sensitivities. Its particular combination of ingredients makes it an outstanding product for supporting a good nutritional profile.

Kirkman’s Pro-Bio Gold™ (#0442-060)

Kirkman’s Pro-Bio Gold™ hypoallergenic capsule formulation is our best-selling probiotic blend. This product was particularly designed for individuals with special requirements and sensitivities. It offers broad-spectrum, high-strength coverage.

Our proprietary formulation is a comprehensive probiotic containing six strains of microorganisms that are beneficial and crucial for “total coverage” of the small and large intestinal tracts. These strains work synergistically to support gastrointestinal (GI) and genitourinary health.

Pro-Bio Gold™ is a combination of the most important “resident” and “transient” microorganisms that contribute to maintaining and promoting a healthy GI tract.

Nordic Naturals® ProDHA™ (#8815-120)

Nordic Naturals® ProDHA™ is an advanced essential fatty acid formula that delivers 580 mg of omega-3s, including 450 mg DHA and 90 mg EPA in each 2 soft gels serving*.

Providing 450 mg of DHA makes it the ideal omega-3 supplement for eye development and brain and nervous system support. DHA has been clinically shown to be necessary for proper eye and brain development. Infant formulas are now supplemented with DHA for that reason.

This Nordic Naturals® product is made from only the purest and highest quality fish oil in the world. Essential fatty acids can not be produced by the body and must be obtained in the diet, therefore, individuals on special diets are often deficient in essential fatty acids which are important for many bodily functions including nerve transmission; pressure regulation in the eyes, joints and blood vessels; division of cells (growth and healing processes); response to pain and swelling; muscle reflexes; oxygen transport from cells to tissues; maintaining health of cell membranes, supporting immune response; and providing energy to the heart muscle.

Calcium with Vitamin D Powder – Unflavored – Hypoallergenic (#0036-016)

Calcium is important in infant and child development. It plays many important roles in the body so that inadequate amounts of calcium in the body can cause numerous adverse health issues. It is difficult to get enough calcium through the normal diet and those on a dairy-free diet find it nearly impossible to get the recommended 800-1000 mg per day without supplementation.

This mineral is the major constituent of bones and teeth. More than 98% of the body’s calcium is found in those structures. In the rest of the body, calcium supports heart function, circulation, nerve function and muscle tone.

We recommend Kirkman’s Calcium with Vitamin D Powder for calcium supplementation in the starter pack because it is essentially tasteless and contains vitamin D, which increases the absorption of calcium. Kirkman’s Calcium with Vitamin D Powder is hypoallergenic and specifically formulated for individuals with special requirements and sensitivities. It mixes easily in food or beverages and can be used in baking at moderate temperatures. It has been successfully incorporated into cookies, pancakes, muffins and other baked goods; however, some of the vitamin D content may be lost if used in baking.

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An Antioxidant Primer What You Should Know About Antioxidants

By Kulani Mahikoa
Executive Vice President
Kirkman Group, Inc.
 

What Are Antioxidants?
Antioxidants do just what their name suggests.  They are anti (opposed to) the oxidation process whereby oxygen produces free radicals or unstable molecules.

Why Are Antioxidants Important?
Antioxidants are the superheroes that can keep free radicals in check and this is important because of the widespread damage free radicals can cause to health.  Free radicals attack cells, mitochondria and even our genes. When this happens very serious health problems can occur. 

More About Free Radicals
Free radicals are formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules to create highly reactive molecules or groups of molecules that can cause chain reactions. Free radicals are not only made in the body but they exist in the air you breathe and the water you drink.

Molecules that lose an electron when it isn’t supposed to can turn into a free radical. An antioxidant molecule can step in to give the free radical an electron, effectively neutralizing it. 

Not all free radicals are bad. For example, free radicals protect our immune cells by killing off bacteria that try to infect it. It’s when free radicals outnumber antioxidants that damages can occur.  Examples in the environment are rusted metals or apples that turn brown.  In the body, excessive free radicals can lead to a state called oxidative stress during which important molecules in the body can become severely damaged and lead to chronic and severe health conditions. Research has also shown that certain antagonists such as cigarette smoke, stress, alcohol and environmental toxins can accelerate the damage. 

The Delicate Balance of Antioxidants and Free Radicals

There are several antioxidant systems in the body that help cope with the effectives of oxidative stress that results from regular metabolic processes. 

Sources of antioxidants that are not endogenous, or made by the body, are food and dietary supplements. Making sure that you supplement your diet with antioxidant rich foods or antioxidants in supplements is important because your body’s production of antioxidants is limited.

Types of Dietary Antioxidants

You can obtain antioxidant nutrients from vitamins and minerals in food and dietary supplements.

These sources can also be broadly categorized into two groups, water soluble and fat soluble.  Water soluble antioxidants perform their actions in the fluid inside and outside cells, whereas fat soluble antioxidants act primarily in cell membranes. The antioxidant vitamins A and E are fat soluble; vitamin C is water soluble. 

The following table is a summary of common antioxidant activity sources:

*Carotenoids are a class of plant chemicals often found in red, yellow or orange fruits and vegetables.

** Flavanoids are a large family of plant compounds with six major subclasses (noted above). 

Kirkman’s Antixoidants

Kirkman® offers a full range of antioxidants and special antioxidant blends. See our complete line of antioxidants at our website, www.kirkmangroup.com, under Antioxidant Activity SupportMinerals and Vitamins

Our best sellers include:

Antioxidant Cell Protect – Hypoallergenic (#4510-060) 

Kirkman’s Antioxidant/Cell Protect is a comprehensive blend of nutrients with powerful antioxidant activity. This blend includes vitamin A from mixed carotenoids, vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium, in a matrix with four ingredients with powerful antioxidant activity: coenzyme Q-10, lycopene, pycnogenol, and resveratrol. Supplementing with this product along with your normal supplement regimen will provide excellent antioxidant activity and cell protection from free radicals.

Detox –Aid Advanced Formula (#0475-100) 

Kirkman’s Detox-Aid Advanced Formula offers nutrients that provide exceptional antioxidant activity as well as provide that “boost” to help the body detoxify properly.

Kirkman’s “advanced” formulation is a proprietary blend of ingredients that aid the body’s natural detoxification process. This updated version contains alpha-ketoglutaric acid as a replacement for n-acetyl cysteine (NAC), which may have side effects in a subset of individuals.

Reduced L-Glutathione, 100 mg –Hypoallergenic (#0076-100) and Reduced L-Glutathione Lotion (#0226-002)

Glutathione offers powerful antioxidant activity that works against the formation of free radicals.  Kirkman’s Reduced L-Glutathione features the reduced “L” form of glutathione, the most active form in the body.

Glutathione is a biologically active sulfur tripeptide that contains three amino acids: cysteine, glutamic acid and glycine. 

Microbiome Toxicity Control (#4538-120)

This product is a hypoallergenic blend of natural ingredients known to support the body’s detoxification pathways. These natural pathways are mechanisms for removing environmental contaminants, which can invade the body from toxins in the air, water, food or other environmental sources.

Microbiome Toxicity Control is hypoallergenic, free of casein, gluten and common allergens and contains the following:

  • vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium which enhance the body’s detoxification pathways;
  • taurine, a sulfur based amino acid with detoxifying properties;
  • curcumin (turmeric), a spice with clinical detoxification studies;
  • milk thistle, a flowering plant which detoxifies the body’s organs;
  • glutathione, the body’s most powerful immune system supporter;
  • N-acetyl cysteine, an ingredient known for strong antioxidant activity;
  • calcium D-glucarate, which acts in a similar manner as natural fruits and vegetables, also known to support detoxification.

References:

1.      MedlinePlus Trusted Health Information for Youhttps://medlineplus.gov/antioxidants.html

2.     Healthline, https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/antioxidants-explained

3.     Science 2.0, http://www.science20.com/news_articles/cellular_hydrogen_peroxide_a_new_twist_on_the_free_radical_antioxidant_relationship-151548

4.     Antioxidants Explained in Human Terms, http://www.activebeat.co/diet-nutrition/9-impressive-facts-about-antioxidants/?streamview=all

5.     Benefits of Antioxidants, http://www.nutrex-hawaii.com/benefits-of-antioxidants

6.     Antioxidants Explained, Why These Compounds Are So Important, https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2011/10/antioxidants-explained-why-these-compounds-are-so-important/247311/

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Recipe for A New Year: Try New GF/CF Recipes

By Sonnie Sei
Staff Writer
Kirkman Group, Inc.
 

It is the end of January already! We all (somehow) survived the holiday season and the stress that goes along with planning, preparing and shopping all throughout December.  While the overwhelming tasks of the holidays have passed, it is time to get back to a daily or weekly routine, and back to preparing and getting a jump-start to those New Year Resolutions of a healthier lifestyle.

It is easy to get stuck in the same routine and meal planning system, especially if you have a picky eater or you or your child have sensitivities.  Use the recipes below to make your family’s food wellness goals a reality and mix up the usual routine.  The recipes are free of common allergens, and are recipes the whole family will enjoy!

Try out these chickpea bites for a twist on the forever-popular chicken nugget.  They are quick and easy to make, and you can also freeze a batch for later! 

Chickpea Bites

INGREDIENTS

· 4-Cups of Chickpeas

· 2-Cups Chopped Broccoli (steamed)

· 1-Tsp Dijon Mustard

· ½-Tsp Onion Powder

· ½-Tsp Garlic Powder

· ½-Tsp Paprika

· ¼-Tsp Black Pepper

· 1½-Cups Chickpea “Panko” Crumbs*

DIRECTIONS

1. Before you begin, roast the chickpeas (without spices) and crush in a plastic bag. Spread them on a plate and set aside.

2. Preheat the oven to 425°F.

3. In a large food processor, process all ingredients (except the chickpea crumbs), until you get a “chunky” hummus-like texture.

4. Form about 18 nuggets (1-2 tablespoons each) with the batter and roll them in the chickpea crumbs.

5. Place the breaded nuggets on a parchment lined baking sheet and place in the oven to bake for 20 minutes. Flip and bake another 5 minutes.

6. Serve right away or freeze for later.

NOTES

*You can use premade chickpea crumbs or gluten-free panko.

Who doesn’t love pizza night?  

Not only will you gain bonus points for making pizza for dinner, you can also sneak some extra veggies into your and your child’s diet by making these cauliflower crust pizza bites.  Want to add a little extra? Try adding the recommended dosage of our Calcium with Vitamin D Powder – Unflavored – Hypoallergenic (0036-008).  It is essentially tasteless and can be easily incorporated into food or beverages.

Cauliflower Crust Pizza Bites

INGREDIENTS

· 1 large head cauliflower

· 2 large eggs

· 1-Cup shredded mozzarella, divided

· ¼-Cup freshly grated Parmesan

· 3-Tbsp. finely chopped fresh basil, divided

· 1-tbsp. garlic powder

· Kosher salt

· Freshly ground black pepper

· ½-Cup marinara

· ¼-Cup mini pepperoni, or your favorite pizza topping

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 400°F.  Grate cauliflower on the small side of a box grater to form fine crumbs. Transfer to a large bowl.

2. Add eggs, 1/3-cup mozzarella, Parmesan, 2-tablespoons basil, and garlic powder to bowl and season with salt and pepper. Form into small patties (they will be wet) and place on a greased baking sheet. Bake until golden, 20 minutes.

3. Top each patty with a thin layer of marinara, a sprinkle of the remaining mozzarella cheese, and mini pepperoni or topping of choice and bake until cheese melts and pepperoni crisps, 5 to 7 minutes more.

4. Garnish with remaining basil and serve.

A Comfort Food Basic with Noodles
This winter, keep warm with tasty, toasty Chicken Zoodle Soup. The following recipe is a balanced, broth-based soup full of vegetables and includes options to add in supplements your family may be lacking. 

Savory Chicken ZOODLE Soup

INGREDIENTS

· 1-tablespoon olive oil 

· 1 large onion, chopped (2 cups)

· 2 medium carrots, sliced (1 cup)

· 3 medium celery stalks, sliced (1 cup)

· 1-teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves

· ½-teaspoon salt

· ¼-teaspoon ground black pepper

· 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

· 64-oz chicken broth

An appropriate dose, as determined by your doctor, of B-Complex with CoEnzymes Pro-Support Powder

· 2-cups shredded chicken

· 2 medium zucchini, julienne peeled or spiralized, cut in 1-inch pieces (2 cups)

·  2-tablespoons chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley

DIRECTIONS

1. In 5-quart Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrots, celery, thyme, salt and pepper; cook 5 to 7 minutes or until vegetables soften. Stir in garlic; cook 1 minute longer.

2. Stir in broth. Heat to boiling over high heat. Stir in chicken and zucchini noodles; return to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered 10 to 12 minutes or until vegetables are tender. 

3. Top with parsley (optional) and enjoy!

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5 THINGS You Didn’t Know About Coenzyme Q10 120mg (#0492-090)

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