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The ABC’s of Packing Healthy School Lunches

August 24th, 2015 by

The summer is winding down and school is back in session.   Whether it be packing a lunch, an after school snack, or sending your little one to daycare with a meal in tow; the midday meal should be tasty and pack a nutritional punch to help fuel those developing brains during the day. Lunch is an important meal for kids and the days of plain sandwiches are long gone. Start by using your A, B, C’s as a guideline to help you pack a healthy school lunch:     

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Safe Summertime Tips for Babies and Tots

June 18th, 2015 by

Schools are out and days are longer marking the start of summer.   With barbecues and pool parties in full swing, there is lots of fun to be had but also a whole new set of parental worries.  Here are a few tips to help keep kids safe and healthy throughout the summer:

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5 Free Ways to Spoil Mums

May 9th, 2015 by

Happy Mother’s Day Mums! May is a month for celebrating mothers, although honoring your mum or the mother of your children doesn’t have to stop at mother’s day.  Being a mom is a 24-7 job without vacation time, sick pay, or lunch breaks so every mother appreciates a little appreciation.  You don’t have to spend a lot of money to show gratitude for moms either; in fact there are lots of free ways to show her you care.

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Celebrating Earth Day with Kids

April 22nd, 2015 by

Happy Earth Day! Today is Earth Day, a national day to honor Mother Earth while inspiring appreciation and awareness for the environment. The green movement is founded on utilizing methods and products that help preserve our natural resources for generations to come. Kids are no exception to learning green habits and are more than happy to learn new things. Instilling eco-friendly habits in your little ‘greeners’ now will result in conscientious adults; not to mention helping the planet along the way. Whether it is throughout the community or at home, there is no better day than today to start so here’s how to celebrate Earth Day with kids:

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8 Ways to Teach Kids Green Habits

April 8th, 2015 by

There’s a lot of green sprouting up in April, and perhaps even a little spring cleaning has begun.  If you’ve been working towards ‘greening’ your home and your habits, have you involved your little ones?  We know it’s important to instill healthy eating habits in kids as early as possible, and there’s no reason you shouldn’t also be teaching your children eco-friendly habits as the 2 go hand in hand.  Here are 8 ways to teach kids green habits:

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5 Ways to Beat the Post-Holiday Blues

January 16th, 2015 by

 

If you are wondering how the holidays flew by so fast, you are not alone.  It seems months of anticipation build up only for the few short weeks of the holiday season-only to disappear so quickly.  When it comes to kids whose calendars pass by days until the next holiday, parents quickly begin to hear the phrase “I’m bored” with those remaining days of winter.  Here are some ways to combat the post- holiday blues:

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Creating Healthy Holiday Treats for Kids

December 18th, 2014 by

There is nothing like the smell of goodies baking in the oven during the holidays.  Cooking with your kids can evoke your own childhood memories while in turn passing that memory onto your kids creating lasting traditions.  Some of those recipes, however, may not be as healthy as you eat now or may not be suitable for a child with food allergies. There’s no reason you can’t rework those recipes to keep all the fun and memories, so to get you started here is a guide to healthier holiday treats for kids:

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6 Ways to Get Through the Holidays with Food Allergies

November 21st, 2014 by

The holiday season is officially here, with lots of parties at school, family, friends, and neighbors’ houses. Of course these are joyful times but they can also add extra stress if you or child suffers from food allergies. Even having out of town guests in your home can be tricky because grandma doesn’t always know that her grandchild cannot have that scoop of ice cream or piece of cake.  Here are 6 simple ways to get through the holiday season with food allergies:     

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Having a Green Halloween

October 31st, 2014 by

Thinking about a green Halloween? Green isn’t necessarily the color that comes to mind this time of year, but the thought of all those Halloween party products and excess waste may have you wondering how your family can enjoy the festivities without harming the environment.   Lucky for us, there is a website dedicated to greener days called Green Halloween.  Check out some top tips from Green Halloween for earth-friendly fun:

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Ears to the Ground: Answers About Corn Concerns

September 25th, 2014 by

Just like gluten, corn is in everything and about 99% of our food has some sort of corn derivative in it.  Sadly, about 88% of corn in the United States is genetically modified.  Besides the clearly stated corn ingredients like cornstarch or high fructose corn syrup, you’ll find corn hidden in other ingredients like dextrose (corn sugar), citric acid, sorbitol, maltodextrin, caramel and caramel coloring, “natural” flavorings, vitamins C and E, xylitol, modified food starch,  and vegetable protein. Why is corn everywhere? Because it is inexpensive, highly processed for versatility, and is often used in tandem with other more nutrient dense grains to act as filler.  Corn allergies and sensitivities are on the rise, particularly cooked corn, although corn does not currently fall under Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004.  Corn allergies or intolerance can present the same symptoms as gluten intolerance, and has the potential to result in anaphylaxis just like the other 10 common allergens.  Here’s is a simple illustration discussing some of our consumers’ corn concerns:

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