Did you know that food intolerances affect approximately 10% of Americans, whereas food allergies are thought to affect 4% of teens and adults and 5% of children?
Archives for August 2012
If “camping” is on your Labor Day agenda and you’d like to do it without straying too far from real food then you are in luck. Car camping is a lot of work (blow up beds, fluffy mattress covers and all!), but at the same time it’s SO much fun. We go once or twice a year ourselves and I just love spending time outside with family and friends and best of all being truly unplugged. It’s also hard to beat the excitement of the kids when taking them on such an adventure! We just went camping with two other families a couple of weekends ago (we scored a great campsite right on the lake) and before we left I made a list and took photos of all the food we brought, which is detailed below. Before I get started with my list though I’d like to introduce one of our newest sponsors, Wise Choice Market. If you love the idea of organic raw cultured vegetables and juices, but don’t have the time (or patience!) to make them yourself then you should definitely check out their site. Wise Choice recently gave away $59 worth of their products to one of our readers…congrats to Nicole Chaput! Okay, so back to camping. I divided up the food into three pictures: pantry goods, perishable items, and non-real food. Yes, even the “100 Days of Real Food” family would never go camping without bringing along some marshmallows to roast! Plus sugary treats are definitely okay on occasion and I think camping is the perfect time to indulge in our weekly treat. :) – The pantry goods we brought camping (from left to right): Homemade whole-wheat banana nut muffins Ak-mak crackers Multi-seed crackers (original)
A lot of these items have been shared at one time or another on the blog, but I thought it would be helpful to have everything together in one post. So below are the supplies I love to use when it comes to packing school lunches. Please feel free to share your favorites in the comments below. Ziploc Divided Lunch Containers. These are my favorite lunch containers because they are inexpensive, leak-proof, and easy-to-use with only one lid to open. For other lunch container options check out our recent lunchbox review post. Thermos Bottles. We love these bottles because they are insulated, leak-proof, durable, and they don’t sweat on the outside.
I am excited to share some great deals with you today that will hopefully make your lunchbox packing a little easier! Special Offer 1: Lunchbox Notes I think sending notes in my kids lunches is a fabulous idea. The only problem is I remembered to do it all of two times last year. That’s why I was super excited to come across these little “Lunchbox Love” notes because they’re exactly what I need…a reminder! Special Deal: 20% off all Lunchbox Love products from Say Please Details: Costs range from $2.99 and up; purchase a whole set of Lunchbox Love cards (with 16 volumes) and have a card for your little one’s lunch every day of the school year! To Order: Visit Say Please and use coupon code “100DAYS”
In case you’ve seen these apple sandwiches around, but have no idea how to make them…this is for you! First, you’ll need… Required Supplies: An apple (of course!) Some nut or seed butter like peanut butter, almond butter, or sunflower seed butter Large knife, small table knife, and cutting board Small round cookie cutter (I got mine in a set from Sur la Table) Optional Supplies: Raisins Lemon – to keep apple from turning brown Toothpicks – helps hold sandwich together in a lunchbox that likely gets tossed all around! Before I dive right into the 8 easy steps for making an apple sandwich I’d like to make sure everyone knows about our sponsor, No More To Go…as in No More “To Go” Meals! They are a meal planning service that will email you 5 complete dinner recipes along with a corresponding grocery list every week. All recipes have modifications for gluten free, vegetarian, and kid friendly meals. They are offering 30% off to our readers so when you check out be sure to use the “100Days” coupon code.
If you deal with picky kids (or even spouses) I highly recommend reading the book French Kids Eat Everything by Karen Le Billon. Several readers recommended it to me, and I am so glad they did. First of all, this book is very inspiring. Whether you are able to apply every single tactic to your life or not it gives you the confidence that kids do not have to be so limited when it comes to food. I know I am not the only one who often wonders why so many think that kids will only eat and enjoy “kid food” like pizza, chicken fingers, plain pasta, hot dogs, and macaroni & cheese. Now I will say, as motivated as I felt after reading the book, there’s one huge component we’re lacking here in America. Apparently, in France, their schools, governments, and communities all work “together to create food and education systems that support parents in feeding their children well.” I don’t know about you, but I oftentimes feel like others are working against me (not with me) when it comes to feeding our next generation well. My daughters eat more junk food at school than I would ever dream of giving them at home. I can’t imagine how much easier things would be if everyone in our society was on the same page like they appear to be in France. But rather than waiting around for that to happen we must just take matters into our own hands. And what I have learned from my own children is that converting a picky eater requires a gentle, yet persistent approach and LOTS of patience! Winning over a picky eater is not something that will happen overnight, but if you really make it a priority in weeks, months, or even a […]
This is a guest post by Vani Hari (a.k.a. The Food Babe). Before I get into the meat of this next investigation (no pun intended), I’d like to express my disappointment with Chipotle and Moe’s. Both of them made it extremely difficult (just like Yoforia) to get the exact ingredients in their product offerings. With marketing phrases like “Food with Integrity” and “Feed the Moement” – you’d think their messages would easily be backed by ingredients they would be willing to share. Unfortunately, this is not the case at all and it took extreme perseverance to get quality information about their ingredients. Perseverance the average consumer would likely never have. It’s saddening to watch two competitors leading the way in organic/local/healthy fast food offerings being so secretive. If they were true leaders, they would have nothing to hide, right? I’m not saying Subway, Panera Bread and McDonalds are better than Chipotle or Moe’s – but you do have to hand it to them for willingly posting their ingredients for everyone to see. When I emailed Chipotle asking for the ingredients in certain products they downright refused. They in turn asked if I was concerned about a specific ingredient or had an allergy. Really? Why do I have to be concerned about a specific ingredient or have an allergy to want to know what I am eating and what’s in my food? When I tried to call them, there was no way for me to leave a message or get a person on the phone to answer my questions. Email responses were S-L-O-W. I had to ask very specific questions to get the data I needed to write this – specific questions that most consumers would likely not ask. Thank goodness for the genuinely accommodating employee who shared some of the ingredients with […]
This lunchbox product review is a guest post from Kiran…to learn more about Kiran check out our team page! ……………………….. I’ve had a pit in my stomach for the past few days. I know that for many moms, back to school is a time to celebrate … but for me, I love the ease of the days, the lack of schedules, and the absence of homework. Can’t summer stay just a bit longer? Alas, before we know it, school will be back in session. It’s high time to pick out backpacks, to select school supplies and to shop for sneakers or other suitable shoes. But let’s not forget the packing of lunches. Since we’ll want to provide our kids with the tools they need to succeed, ensuring that they are equipped with real, nutritious foods tops most of our lists. To make your job (and mine, as well!) a little bit easier, I’ve scoured the shelves to find lunchboxes … containers that will be crucial in packing for your little ones. I’ve found four that I’m fond of. All have great pluses as well as a few minuses. So without further adieu, here is my review of the latest and greatest when it comes to lunchboxes:
This contest is now closed. Here are the 2 Redmond winners…if you are one of the lucky winners check your email for details! Winner 1: Pam J “Would love to try the Redmond Clay.” Winner 2: Hannah “like salt” ……………………… We have another giveaway today and this time it’s for Redmond Trading products! Redmond offers a variety of products including Real Salt, Redmond Clay, and Earthpaste (Natural Toothpaste). Here are the details… Giveaway Details Redmond Trading Products Include: Real Salt – A completely natural, unrefined salt that’s full of natural minerals and flavor. Redmond Clay – A natural remedy used internally and externally for various ailments including diarrhea, constipation, heartburn, stomachaches, acid indigestion, cuts, bruises, insect bites, bee stings, rashes, acne, burns, severe dry skin and achy joints. Earthpaste – A natural toothpaste from the Earth that’s safe to eat and does not contain glycerin, fluoride, artificial coloring or foaming agents.
When shopping for food there are quite a few confusing buzz words out there that can easily be misleading. Just because a product says it’s multi-grain, 7-grain, gluten-free, or organic does not mean it isn’t highly processed. First and foremost, always read the ingredient label (as opposed to relying on the health claims on the front of the package). That is the only way to know what’s really in your food, and what you find may be surprising. Multi-Grain / 7-Grain: This claim simply means the product contains more than one type of grain (or in some cases as many as 7 grains). Some examples of different grains are wheat, barley, rye, spelt, rice, oats, and corn. Just because a food product is made with more than one of these grains does not automatically mean any of them are whole grain…and nutritionally speaking there is a big difference between refined and whole grains. For more on this topic check out: Understanding Grains and Nutrients in Refined vs. Whole Grains. Product Example: Snyder’s Multi-Grain Pretzel SticksThese pretzels contain more refined white flour (labeled as enriched wheat flour) and sweetener (labeled as molasses) than whole-grain flours.