Recently, I did a post that included a recipe for homemade Macaroni & Cheese. In that post, I was discussing the backlash that Kraft is receiving because of its refusal to eliminate artificial dyes in their American version of Macaroni & Cheese. The reason I say “American version” is because they have…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on April 9, 2013 at 7:01pm — No Comments
As my beloved Chicago Cubs celebrate their Opening Day, I thought I’d talk today about making healthier choices at the ballpark. As a baseball fan and someone who used to work in professional baseball, I can tell you that part of the overall experience is the food and drink. It just isn’t realistic to expect anyone…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on April 9, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments
When I worked in our elementary school district, one of the most heartbreaking things I dealt with were the kids who came to school hungry. Our school didn’t offer a lunch program, but it wouldn’t have mattered anyway. Our school didn’t have “cooking” equipment. We basically only had ovens to heat up processed…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on April 1, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
Last week, I did a post about the child obesity epidemic in the United States. In that post, the first point I wanted to make is that food is fuel. When you realize that very fact, it becomes easier to make better choices. It’s all about how you view yourself.
If you could buy yourself a brand new car and money was not an option, what kind of car would it be? Visualize that car. Imagine yourself in the driver’s seat. Take in that “new car” smell – actually don’t…Continue
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
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