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Friday Faves

Some of our favorite comments from this past week! A retired chef who is feeling inspired and a skeptical husband, these are great!!! Enjoy and have a great weekend – Candice

I just received my yonanas this week and tried it out this morning. Absolutely love it, the best product I have ever purchased. I love ice cream and yogurt, but not the calories. I have been raving to all my co-workers this week about the unit before I even tried it out. Everyone will be getting one for Christmas or Birthdays this year. What a truly fun and healthy product. Have to go and buy lots of fruit. Thank you, Yonanas! -Cher_Care

Wonderful product, does exactly as it claims, ‘ice cream’ from frozen fruit. My only regret is that I do not have a photo of the look on my skeptical husband’s face when he tasted the first spoonful. That would have been one to share on Facebook. He is now a devoted Yonanas fan. – Anne

I am a chef who just received a Yonanas as a retirement gift from another chef. This thing is great! It is quick and easy and I’m only limited by my imagination. I will be purchasing several fro my kids. This is a great product. When I figure out new recipes, I’ll send them to you. – With regard, Chef Patricia Charboneau

Friday Faves

Another amazing week of wonderful reviews!  Eva, tells us that yonanas has made a such a difference in her eating habits and Rod loves what a healthy treat it is!  We love your feedback and look forward to posting each and every Friday!  Thank you and enjoy your weekend. – Candice

Hi! I know you receive many letters of rave reviews. And I am not normally one to take the time to write one myself. However, after using your product for a week, I am compelled to write to you to thank you. Yonanas is a superior product. There is NOTHING else out there that even comes close to this. I am so impressed. I ordered it, but in all honesty, did not hold out much hope. Must be too good to be true. When I received my Yonanas, I was amazed at how easy and simple it comes apart and goes back together. Virtually idiot proof. Clean up is a snap. Thanks for that. I partially thawed a couple bananas, some strawberries and some blueberries and made my first batch. Oh My Goodness! I am in heaven. Its fast to make, creamy consistency, and hands down the BEST fruit dessert I have ever tasted. Even the bananas by themselves were a heavenly treat. Like banana ice cream. This might be a rave letter, but I felt it was the nicest thing I could do for a person and company who has revolutionized dessert options while still maintaining healthy eating. Thank you, thank you, thank you. We are very thrilled customers! Everyone on my birthday list is getting one of these this year. – Sherry Ullrich

Ice cream WHO? Yonanas!!!! We tried it for the first tonight, and we’re addicted!!! Already have tomorrow’s fruit in the freezer!  Thanks for making an awesome, HEALTHY treat for our family!!!! – Kelley Kadelbach

I have never heard of Yonanas until I received one for Christmas from friends who knew my wife and I were on a weight loss journey.  Now we enjoy more fruit and feel like we’re having a very special desert.  It’s like cheating!  Thanks, yonanas! – Rod Brooks

Yonanas has made such a difference in my eating habits! What started as a healthy substitute for high calorie deserts has evolved into a brand new outlook toward my meal planning, grocery shopping, and diet control. I can’t thank you enough for this revolutionary product. I wonder if you can track how many Yonanas have been sold in my region. I took my machine to every holiday party, school event, and family gathering…anywhere that I was expected to bring a “dish”. I would show up with gallon sized bags of frozen fruit and garnishes like Oreos, granola, crushed peppermints, and frozen dark chocolate pieces. The ripple effect started and I can’t tell you how many machines were bought after my demonstrations! I will do the biggest demo yet March 18 when I serve Yonanas at the Abita Springs Earth Fest. If you ever need a Yonanas spokesperson in South Louisiana, this school teacher’s at your service!  – Eva Jenkins


Are you D-ficient?

Vitamin D seems to consistently be in the headlines…  Now due to a rising number of both children and adults who are deficient in this very important vitamin and the potential long term consequences that this may have.

Functions? Vitamin D’s main job is to maintain normal levels of calcium and phosphorus in the blood, which are important for bone growth and maintenance.  Vitamin D may also play a role in providing protection from osteoporosis, hypertension (high blood pressure), cancer (breast, pancreatic, and colon),  and several autoimmune diseases (lupus, MS, psoriasis), depression cognitive/memory decline associated with aging and chronic pain..

Requirements: The new RDI’s indicate that adequate levels of intake for infants are 400 IU/day with a maximum of 1,000 IU/day for infants 0-6 months of age and 1,500 IU/day in infants 6-12 months of age.  The new requirement for children and teens 1-20 years of age who are not deficient is 600 IU/day, although many vitamin D advocates believe even this is too low.  Speak with your doctor if your child does not eat any food high in vitamin D (see below).  Check out the newest report from the Institute of Medicine which reflects the new DRI’s at

The Sunshine Vitamin:  Typically referred to as the “sunshine” vitamin, about 90% is made by the body when skin is exposed to UVB rays from sunlight.  Experts believe that as little as 10-15 minutes in the sun three times a week (with most of the skin exposed without sunscreen) is sufficient to meet needs.  Since most of us wear sunscreen the majority of the time (even lotions come with sunscreen in them), often the vitamin D from the sun can not be counted on.  The other 10% comes from food, which is made easier with Vitamin D fortified products.

Deficiency? Rickets occurs with vitamin D deficiency in children, causing bone malformations and bowed legs. A host of other problems have been linked to Vitamin D deficiency in children, as well.  If you are exclusively breastfeeding your infant, supplementation of Vitamin D is needed due to low levels in breast milk.  A blood test can easily identify vitamin D deficiency.  Infants and children should be screened for deficiency if they have: poor growth, gross motor delays, exclusively breastfed, unusual irritability, dark pigmented skin, presence of Vitamin D lowering medications , malabsorption syndromes or inflammatory bowel diseases, frequent fractures, low bone mineral density, obesity, low intake of vitamin D-rich foods, limited sun exposure.

Toxicity? Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin and therefore stored in the body.  Toxicity is possible, and can lead to serious problems such as hypercalcemia, lung, heart, and kidney problems.  Recent research has shown that intakes need to be much higher than once thought to induce toxicity.

Dietary Sources: Oily fish (such as tuna, mackerel, sardines, salmon) and cod liver oil are great naturally rich sources of Vitamin D.  Enhanced and fortified foods include eggs, milk, orange juice, and cereal.  Just be sure that the packaging indicates that vitamin D has been added. Fortified milk is the main source of vitamin D for Americans.

Vitamin D is crucial for any growing child.  Whether it’s the sunshine of your active life, or your family table, the benefits are the same.  Getting a mix of both is the best way to ensure your kids are covered.  Yet another reason to eat a good breakfast and spend more time playing outdoors!

Recipe:  Honey Glazed Salmon

-Salmon is a great source of Vitamin D (and Omega 3 fatty acids as well!)


2 tbsp olive oil

1/4 cup honey

1 1/2 to 2 pounds salmon, cut into 4 fillets


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.  Mix the olive oil and honey and brush on salmon.

Bake the salmon in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes (depending on the thickness of your fillets) or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

Serve with quinoa and brocolli for a quick delish meal!

Author:  Nicole Meadow, MPN, RD

Registered Dietitian


twitter: @NutritionWise


About Nicole:

Nicole Meadow, MPN, RD, is a Registered Dietitian with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Masters degree in Preventive Nutrition from the University of Southern California.  She specializes in working with infants, children and young adults who have a variety of nutritional concerns such as overweight/obesity, failure to thrive, food allergies, eating disorders, Celiac Disease, selective eating, and many others.  She works with clients and their families privately in her office in Encino or in their homes and teaches classes in the community.  In addition to seeing clients in her private practice, NutritionWise (, she also works part time as a clinical dietitian at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  Visit her blog for more information or follow her on twitter @nutritionwise. Nicole’s most meaningful job is being a mom and a wife.  She has a 6  1/2 year old son, Andrew, and an 18 month old daughter, Emily, (and 3 dogs)!  Family is the fuel behind Nicole’s fire.


Friday Faves

Here are a few of our favorite messages from this week!  Debra, who has lost 125 pounds and kept it off since 2003 has been incorporating yonanas into her daily routine! Thank you for all of the inspiring messages.  Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy! -Candice

Hi, I am a weight watcher leader who has lost 125 lbs and kept it off since 2003. I am always looking for great healthy products to share with my members. I LOVE the YONANA. I talk about it in all of my weight watcher meetings. If you see sales going up in Indianapolis, Indiana I know why. I am kind of like the Oprah of weight watchers here in Indy. If I say I love something many of my members run out to get it. Well, just wanted you to know that your product is great and I am trying new things all the time. – Debbie Rickelman

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! I’ve been a diabetic for almost 20 years and finally have something that I can enjoy and that is okay for me to include on my food plan. Last night, I made mango, peach, banana soft-serve. It was the best combo I’ve ever used. I use yonanas every single day. It’s so easy and the cleanup is a breeze. I put the machine on a thick towel to absorb some of the noise. I love you for inventing this! – DeEtte Starr

I love your product. Before I bought it, I used to eat ice cream, cookies and all manner of sweets every day. Your machine enables me to satisfy my cravings in a healthy way. I don’t eat any more junk sweets. My cholesterol has dropped 27% in two months. I believe that Yonanas is a major reason. Everyone should have one and use it daily. If they did, the maker of Lipitor would go out of business. Thank you. – Richard Leeb