There has been a whole lot in the news lately about Kraft Foods and their boxed macaroni and cheese. And with good reason. Ever wonder what gives the product its golden, “cheesy” color? Artificial dyes my friend. I mean, come on. The “cheese” is a yellow powder that you mix with milk and butter.
But here’s the kicker. Several other countries have banned these artificial dyes and refused to sell any products containing them. So did that mean that these European boys and girls…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on March 25, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
Welcome once again to my weekly feature of Friday Favorites. My journey as a green mom is only a few years old, and each week I highlight a few of the products that I have come to love as I travel down this eco-friendly road. The products I’ll highlight could range from nutrition to cleaning to fitness to things that just make my life easier. So, without further ado, here are the items that made the cut this week!
Kickin’ Dairy to the Curb
While it may not be…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on March 22, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
If I were to ask the majority of people in my little community what they know about GMO, most of them would probably say “not much”. A few (sadly) would likely say “you mean the car company?” Sure, you chuckle but it’s true. Most people have no clue what a GMO is or why it would be important to them.
So, I decided to put something together for the average Joe that explains what a GMO is and why there’s so much in the news on this subject right now. They say “knowledge is power”,…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on March 21, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
It’s no secret that obesity is a problem in the United States. And in spite of the fact that a hunger problem exists as well, our population as a whole eats more and moves less than the citizens of other countries. Sadly, it’s no longer just affecting adults, but children as well. Even though medicine has made huge strides and people, on average, are living longer, it has been said that today’s generation of children and teenagers may not live as long as their parents will. So,…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on March 19, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
If you read my post last Monday, which you can access here, you know that cooking was never my favorite household chore. It always ranked right up there with ironing and scrubbing the toilet bowl. But the family has to eat, am I right?
Actually, it wasn’t the cooking part that I had an aversion to, nor was it wondering what to make. I have tons of great cookbooks and recipes that have been handed down over the years so culinary ideas are not the issue. It wasn’t even the cleanup…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on March 18, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
The dilemma is probably as old as motherhood itself. How DO you get your kids to eat their vegetables? When I was a kid, I remember hating a LOT of things my mom put on my plate: beets, apple sauce, mustard, spinach, radishes (still not a fan – sorry Mom) and a bunch of other things. I always felt like they were on my plate to punish me for something I had done wrong.
As years went by, my taste buds matured and I developed a liking for everything on this list – except for…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on March 13, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments
One of the challenges I have faced in my journey to be green, healthy and fit is in the area of cooking. If you have read my posts before, you know about my aversion to cooking. It’s one of those necessary evils I suppose, even though I am what you might call “kitchen challenged”. Don’t like cooking or baking, but I can clean like a champ!
My husband is, quite fortunately for me, the kind of guy who will eat pretty much whatever I put in front of him. Even if he doesn’t like it so…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on March 11, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments
I have a confession to make. Cooking is not one of my favorite things to do. In fact, I really kind of hate it. OK, maybe hate is a bit strong. I mean, it’s not as bad as scrubbing the shower floor or putting clean sheets back on the beds (raise your hand if you hate dealing with fitted sheets). But those…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on February 21, 2013 at 1:51pm — No Comments
a. had a lunch
b. ate that lunch
c. kept their “inside voices”
d. kept their hands to themselves; and
e. (my least…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on February 11, 2013 at 8:19am — No Comments
I absolutely LOVE my local Whole Foods Store (if you can call an hour’s drive one way local). When you walk in the door, you are met with a HUGE produce section that looks alive. It’s almost like a giant piece of artwork. So many different colors, different textures, and different smells are just waiting for me…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on January 30, 2013 at 10:36am — No Comments
Mealtimes are as different across the country as, well, families. Each family approaches mealtime in a way that works for their particular situation. Some choose a buffet style option where family members fill their plates at the stovetop or counter and then sit down at the table. Others choose a family style option where serving bowls or plates are passed around the table, each family member taking a portion of his or her choosing. And then there are other families, typically with…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on January 24, 2013 at 11:40am — No Comments
I am a huge fan of The Biggest Loser TV show. To me, it’s not just about a group of people losing a large amount of weight and competing for a prize. It’s about so much more than that.
I am overjoyed that the group behind this show has finally decided to take on the matter of child obesity. It’s a sensitive subject and, so far, they have handled it beautifully.
Our children watch our every move. We are responsible for the food we bring into the home, how many times we allow…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on January 15, 2013 at 1:53pm — No Comments
Added by Penny Roach on December 11, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments
To all of you nostalgic saps who are mourning the potential death of the Twinkie, I offer the following quiz:
How many Twinkies have you actually consumed in the past month? (NOTE: You should not count this week when the world decided that Twinkies were edible again.)
Added by Momniscient on November 18, 2012 at 3:13pm — No Comments
My daughter had a friend sleep over the other night. I'm not a big fan of sleepovers, so we don't do them very often. But this girl is one of my favorites of S's friends. We'll call her Peggy. She's a nice girl, low maintenance, no drama. It's hard to find those qualities in a 10-year-old girl nowadays.
Peggy brought a large bag of leftover Halloween candy with her. We were going to the movies, so her mom let her bring the candy to take with us. She also proceeded to eat a…Continue
Added by Momniscient on November 13, 2012 at 9:54pm — No Comments
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Added by Tawna Richard on January 3, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments
I stumbled across this recipe months ago. But it wasn't until a month ago that I finally made it. You see, when I come across a delicious looking recipe involving chocolate I can't help but read on. 'Tis my lot in life to be a *sigh* chocolate lover.
And this recipe is awesome. And I mean that in more than one way.
1. No sugar in it.
2. No dairy in it.
3. No wheat in it.
4. No cooking.
5. Absolutely awesome flavor, texture and it even presents…
Added by Jeanine Ertl on January 1, 2012 at 12:56am — No Comments
Evidence indicates that foods high in protein and antioxidants (fruits and vegetables in particular) can have anti-aging effects. Eat lots of fresh vegetables and fruits, especially berries. Drink green tea. Begin juicing!
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Added by Lisa Benest MD on December 29, 2011 at 1:07am — No Comments
So my son has been a really picky eater lately. Well he was born picky. It is hard not to compare him to my daughter because she came out a great eater. She loves healthy food and even asks for cold water over…Continue
Added by Tawna Richard on November 5, 2011 at 12:13pm — No Comments