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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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Top 10 Food Allergens and Food Sensitivities

September 18th, 2014 by

 Conflicting information currently exists regarding the avoidance of the top 10 food allergens during the first year of life, although it is unanimously recommended for a baby to avoid common allergens if there is a first degree relative (parent or sibling) with a history of food allergies.  With so many well documented potential reactions to food allergen exposure, we ask:  Why take the risk? Babies should be exclusively breastfeed for the first 6 months or more, and breast milk or infant formula provides all the nutrients a baby needs for the first year of life.  Solid food is introduced as a means to ease teething symptoms with biscuits, along with nutrient dense finger foods to help learn motor skills. To help you navigate baby’s first solid food selection, we’ve created a handy infograph to illustrate the top 10 food allergens and food sensitivities which are: egg, milk, peanuts, soy, wheat, tree nuts, shellfish, fish, corn, and sesame seeds.

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Understanding Food Labels: Part 3

September 4th, 2014 by

As part of our Understanding Food Labels series, we’ve delved into the significance of the listed ingredients, calories, and % Daily Values on a food label. This third installment digs into some less obvious components of a food label, particularly front of label claims.

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Understanding Food Labels: Part 2

August 13th, 2014 by

In our first installment of Understanding Food Labels we started at the top, and will work our way through the rest of the label in part 2.

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