My poor daughter recently said to me, “Mom I keep reading all these books that talk about Sloppy Joes, and I’ve never had one before. Can you please make some so I can finally try it like everyone else??” Gosh, she is so deprived! Seriously though, if that’s her biggest problem this week I will gladly take it. Not to mention it was a “problem” easily solved with this recipe below. And just for the record both kids went back for seconds. I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine did!
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Staff Contributor Kiran Dodeja Smith
Eating real food is important to me and just as important for my family. I know firsthand that this is not always easy, and it doesn’t happen overnight. But as parents, I feel that it’s our job to give our kids the knowledge of what healthy actually means—both in and outside the house.
Our First Soccer Experience
Last fall, my 7 year old joined the local soccer league – a very organized one at that. We’re still in the stage of figuring out where our kids’ talents lie, and for this season, it was soccer. One practice a week and one game on weekends…that I could handle. But the snack situation I could not.
The first game rolled around, and each girl was instructed to bring a water bottle. Super, I thought. They absolutely need hydration. The coach had brought a big bag of oranges, cut and ready to be consumed, which the kids ate during the 45 minute game. Awesome! I loved that they had a sweet, nourishing whole food snack and water to nosh on while taking a breather.
But then when they finished the game and were given a bag of Cheez-It’s and a Capri Sun, I was baffled. Um, really? But what was I going to do, be the mean mom who wouldn’t let my daughter take the snack? (I was not the mean mom this time.) Continue Reading »
With the recent announcement about nutrition facts labels possibly getting their first major facelift in 20 years, I thought I’d take this opportunity to share my thoughts on nutrition labels in general. First of all, I almost never read them. I used to read them though. In fact, it used to be the only thing I looked at on the back of the package, but these days I find MUCH more value in reading the ingredient label instead.
Reading the ingredient label is the number one way to know what’s in your packaged food and how processed it is.
I have never been one to count calories, fat grams and the like, and one of the reasons for that is – and hopefully we can all agree – not all calories or fat grams are created equal! Please don’t let anyone try to tell you an avocado is just as “bad for you” as a donut just because they both have 21 grams of fat.
Same goes for calories – a pack of Skittles has about the same number of calories as 2 cups of organic grapes. Clearly those two are not even close to being equivalent when it comes to eating whole foods for good health. I would also say that considering grams of naturally occurring sugars vs. added sugars falls into the same category as well. And these are all the “facts” pointed out to us on the Nutrition Facts Label!
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This contest is now closed. In a few days the winners will be emailed directly. Plant Therapy is offering all readers a discount of $10 off of a purchase of $25 or more with code 100days. This offer is not good in combination with andy other discount or coupon and can be used once per customer. It expires on March 20, 2014.
Before starting this blog, I had never heard of essential oils. (Have you?) And what I’ve learned is that they are completely natural and have more uses than I can even count. I love the way they smell, and I love knowing I can try them first for any ailments we may be experiencing before having to resort to pharmaceuticals. They serve many household purposes as well and can be used in homemade cleaning products (see below for more examples!).
So that’s why I am thrilled to be offering this giveaway today! Our sponsor Plant Therapy is generously giving away their Top 32 Essential Oil Set and Classic Diffuser to some lucky winners. Their essential oils are 100% pure, undiluted, and of the highest quality. Each batch is tested by a third party using GC/MS testing, plus they are so proud of what they do that they will soon be adding these test results to their website. Plant Therapy is a company that is committed to making sure their customers are educated on the best and safest ways to use essential oils.
And whether you are one of those lucky winners, or this post just opens your eyes to the idea of using essential oils, I want to share some of the top uses for essential oils with you.
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This Braised Cabbage with Potatoes and Bratwurst recipe brings together an unlikely combination of ingredients that creates one tasty, satisfying meal, which can be served for dinner or breakfast (or lunch!). I especially love the variety of flavors and colors and the fact that I never cooked with or even thought I liked red cabbage before experimenting with it for this meal.
It just goes to show that you are never too old to try something new. And I will add that it wasn’t until the 3rd time I served this dish that my girls really started to appreciate it and say, “Wow, mom this is so good!” (which is music to any mother’s ears!). I do think it was the egg on top that won them over. Fried eggs are quite the delicacy at my house for some reason. Anyway, enjoy!
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