Posted by: suzan | November 22, 2016

10 WAYS KIDS CAN ROCK IT HEALTHY – WEEK 10

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Finishing up the last week of our “10 Ways Kids Can Rock It Healthy” journal, let’s talk about gratitude and giving thanks. As Thanksgiving Day is coming up this week, let’s go beyond how this day began over 400 years ago and teach our children the true meaning of “giving thanks”.

Every day we hear about some kind of injustice in the world and yet we very rarely hear about kindness, gratitude, or generosity. As we approach Thanksgiving Day, it’s easy to just host a big dinner, eat our favorite foods and then end the day stuffed and happy. We go through days of stress preparing for the celebration, but do we really appreciate and understand why we “celebrate” Thanksgiving? While years ago it was meant to give thanks and to join a union between two groups, now, is it really just a grand excuse to indulge on rich foods and watch the parade on TV?

This Thanksgiving, let’s teach our kids to be just a bit more thankful, a bit more appreciative, and a whole lot more giving. With Christmas fast approaching it’s even more crucial for our kids to learn about giving rather than taking. Below I’ve listed 10 ways our kids can show appreciation during Thanksgiving and the upcoming holidays. These are fun and easy ideas kids of any age and gender can try. And for some fun and natural crafting ideas for your kids, check out Green Craft Kids (http://www.greenkidcrafts.com/3-upcycled-thanksgiving-crafts/).

10 Ways Kids Can Give Thanks:

– Find a charity that you like and donate what you can this holiday season. If you can volunteer your time, all the better. For more info about charity donations visit: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0074-giving-charity

– For school aged children, show thanks to your teachers by making them handmade cards or gifts they can use and display. While you’re at it, make handmade cards to give to other school staff that you interact with on a regular basis.

– Help clean up around the house without being asked by your parents.

– Help clean up your neighbors front yards. Pick up any leaves or debris that may be on their lawn or front yard.

– Make little “thank you” packs to hand out to the local police station/fire station/military base. You can include items such as healthy candy, a gift card to a coffee shop or restaurant, and other healthy snacks.

– If there are siblings, be extra kind to them. Show them that you appreciate them as much as possible.

– Be kind to nature and the environment. Plant extra flowers and trees to help create cleaner air.

– Make a Gratitude Box. Write down what you are grateful for (could be anything small or big) and put it in the box. Encourage your parents and sibling to do the same. Then, at the end of the week take out all the grateful notes from the box and talk about it as a family.

– Make a Kindness Box. Write down a kindness act you want to do and put it in the box. At the end of the week pull out a kindness note from the box and perform that act the next day or following week, and so forth.

– Be thankful to yourself. Appreciate who you are and what you’ve accomplished in life. Know that you can do great things as you get older.

Being kind, grateful, and compassionate shouldn’t be a hardship nor should it seem like a chore. Children are inherently accepting and kind and we should encourage them.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Posted by: suzan | November 16, 2016

10 WAYS KIDS CAN ROCK IT HEALTHY – WEEK 9

 

 

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I’ve always been an advocate for teaching kids to eat healthier and I wholeheartedly support parents who try every technique available to get their kids to eat better. And while there may be many ways to get your own kids to eat more vegetables or fruits, I’m not as favorable for having to “hide” vegetables and fruits into food. The reason for that is simple – teach kids to eat food in their natural state so they know where it comes from.

Eating food in its natural state is much like the Farm to Table method where what you grow is what you eat. When you take a child to a local farm or even to the grocery store, they’re bound to see fruits and vegetables in their natural forms.  Even better when you have your own garden where you can grow lots of delicious and healthy fruits and vegetables. Imagine your child going to the yard and plucking a fresh and juicy apple and then biting into that delicious sweetness. Do you see the delight in their eyes? Do they not immediately go “Mmmmm” as the sweet juice drips down their adorable little chin? No doubt that kids would much rather eat a fresh and sweet apple than find them hidden and overly sweetened in a pie or cake. When you teach your children to enjoy food in its original state, you’re bringing them back to nature, back to when things are simpler and easier to manage. Children don’t have to worry how many calories are in an apple or strawberry or whether there’s too much sugar or sodium in their fruits and vegetables. If you let your children enjoy food in its natural state, the way the food is grown, you’ll get a healthy eater in lesser time than if you had to trick them into something healthier.

I work at an elementary school and I see students eating a packed lunch of Cheetos and cupcakes. Maybe the “cheese” in Cheetos signify getting some kind of protein? Or the cupcakes contain some eggs so it’s gotta be healthy right? Well, getting your kids to eat healthier and to choose a healthy lifestyle starts as soon as they can eat. When they’re infants, you wouldn’t dream of feeding them soda or chips so the foundation for good health should already continue well into their early childhood and into adulthood. Raise a healthy eater and I’m pretty sure your child will grow up with a healthier outlook on life.

Below I’ve listed a few steps you can take to offer food in its natural state to your children. There’s also a great website on choosing to eat healthier with some great tips: http://www.rodalewellness.com/food/learn-how-to-love-healthy-foods

Tips on appreciating food in their natural form:

– Take your kids to the grocery store (preferably a natural grocery store) and show them all the different kinds of food in their original state. If you have a grocery list, have your kids write the list of vegetables and fruits they want to see at the store.

– Have your kids pick out some of their favorite fruits and vegetables and also pick out something they haven’t tried before. You’ll most likely find some oddly shaped fruits and vegetables at natural grocery stores and that’s okay – these produce were not genetically grown so they’re as natural as your kids are!

– Have your kids try out some of  the samples at the produce section. Most natural grocery stores will have cut up fruits for customers to sample (and they’re usually deliciously sweet!)

– Try some homemade dressings or dips or purchase all-natural ones at the store for kids to dip their vegetables in.

– Depending on the age, have your kids help you cut up their freshly bought vegetable and fruits to make into salads or as crudites.

– For school lunches, cut up thin slices of sweet and juicy apples or easy to eat vegetables and provide them along with their meals. When the fruits and vegetables are easy to hold and chew, your kids will most likely eat them.

– Keep a good amount of fresh produce in your fridge at all times. When possible, try to buy organic to avoid toxic chemicals and treatments. For a current list of clean produce to buy, check out this website: https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/dirty_dozen_list.php.

– Resist the urge to bury their vegetables in heavy sauces or oils. Raw vegetables and fruits have the most nutrition and health benefits. Once food is cooked down, you loose most of the nutrients.

– Explain to your kids that fresh fruit and vegetables, natural milk, and whole grains are the foundation to healthy brains and bodies. These types of foods will help them think clearer and play harder.

– Planting a garden. When kids have the opportunity to see how certain plants are grown they’re more apt to eating the fresh harvest. Give your kids their own planting spot and plant easy to grow herbs, fruits, and vegetables. If you have limited space, planters work really well and grow plants just as beautifully.

So take a few moments to teach your kids about eating food as they’re grown. Children are naturally fascinated at nature and if you allow them to enjoy fruits and vegetables in as much raw form as possible, they’ll learn valuable lessons about nature and healthy habits.

 

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Posted by: suzan | November 9, 2016

10 WAYS KIDS CAN ROCK IT HEALTHY – WEEK 8

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“NO ACT OF KINDNESS, NO MATTER HOW SMALL, IS EVER WASTED.”

—Aesop

This week and particularly on Sunday, November 13 is World Kindness Day (WKD). It’s the day we celebrate kindness, acceptance, and respect for all things around the world. It’s certainly not a new event but for many who have never heard of World Kindness Day, now is the time to start planning on what you can do to show more kindness. While we may think of being kind to those we care about, this day goes beyond that into showing kindness and care to strangers who most need it. It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture or even cost any money. It can be something as simple as helping an elder lady with her grocery bags or giving your seat to someone else on the bus or train. Or, it could be something magnanimous as handing out food bags to the homeless.

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/) started with a single idea to spread kindness in schools, communities and homes. With that mission in mind, RAK has grown around the world, spreading the word of kindness and acceptance to as many places as possible. The act of kindness is like a single seed. It may start off small but it blossoms into something beautiful and great and it spreads through the winds of change. We can all strive to be kinder, to be more accepting of others and of ourselves, and to spread the joy of the simple act of being kind.

“WHEN WE FEEL LOVE AND KINDNESS TOWARD OTHERS, IT NOT ONLY MAKES OTHERS FEEL LOVED AND CARED FOR, BUT IT HELPS US ALSO TO DEVELOP INNER HAPPINESS AND PEACE.”

—DALAI LAMA

Children are perfect examples of teaching them to be kinder to others. Like little sponges they soak up everything around them and without prejudices at most times. Children learn from watching others – mostly their family – and mirroring what they see. So let’s teach our children the simple act of being nice and to not judge.

Below I’ve listed a few ideas that children can do to show more kindness. To understand that kindness begins with one person. To believe that even one person can start the change for good.

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10 Things Kids Can Show Kindness:

1- Smile every day. Even on sad or troublesome days, think of something that makes you happy and smile. It will dramatically change your mood and outlook.

2- Let the person behind you go in front of you in the lunch line.

3- Bring your teacher a hand drawn card or note telling her/him how much you appreciate the hard work.

4- Help teachers and staff pick up trash in school.

5- Smile kindly at a stranger in the grocery store.

6- Depending on the age, offer to pick up mail and newspapers for the neighbors while they’re away. Or water the lawn/garden for them.

7- Leave little notes of encouragement throughout the school while no one is watching.

8- Open the door for someone at school.

9- Befriend a new student in school.

10- Gather items to donate to donation centers and encourage your friends to do so.

Being kind to someone shouldn’t be a hardship on anyone. Children are inherently kind unless taught otherwise. So even if it’s as simple a gesture as smiling at a teacher or giving her a hug, or helping the teacher clean up in class, any small movement of thoughtfulness and kindness will be appreciated and rewarded.

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For more info about the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation and about World Kindness Day, please visit their website:

https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/

 

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Posted by: suzan | November 4, 2016

10 WAYS KIDS CAN ROCK IT HEALTHY – WEEK 7

 

 

 

 

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Every time we purchase food for our kids or buy them a piece of clothing, do we ever wonder where it comes from? Well we should because what we buy significantly impacts the environment and our health.

In week 7 of our journal for teaching kids to live a healthier life, let’s talk about the 3 major types of products we buy – Organic, natural, and conventional. If you don’t know the differences between the three already then now is a good time to teach your kids about them. With the convenience of store-bought food in the US, companies cater to almost every consumers whim, some not caring whether they are made with high quality ingredients or some just getting by with the bare certifications. It’s crucial that as consumers and parents to choose and buy responsibly. Of course we may not always have the proper means, but we can definitely be more diligent in what we buy and consume.

Organic – organic produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. Strict guidelines and rules are put into place to ensure that consumer goods have met the USDA organic certification. Organic certification is a lengthy and expensive process and many companies do not want to go to the trouble of becoming certified. But organic certification ensures safer and better quality products for the consumer, the farmers and companies, and for the environment. Whether or not organic food tastes better is really up to the individual. But because organic farming relies on a cleaner and more safer approach we don’t have to worry about chemicals leaking into our food, thereby contaminating the flavor and taste. For more info please visit: www.usda.gov/organic.

When taking your children to the grocery stores, lead them to the organic section in the produce department. Have them compare the produce to a conventionally-grown one and ask if they see a difference. You will immediately notice the different shape and colors and scent. Organically grown produce yield a much fresher scent than conventionally grown.  Then take them to a natural grocery store where only organic produce are sold. Let your kids explore all the unusual and beautiful fruits and vegetables and have them acclimated to how organic produce taste. With time, they will definitely taste the differences!

ORGANIC LABELS

To be sure you are buying certified organic products, look for the Organic seal. They can be either green or black depending on the product type. Only companies who have passed on a yearly basis and are certified through the USDA as well as third party verification can have the Organic seal on their packaging. These companies must have products containing at least 95% of organic ingredients/raw materials.

Natural – The term natural should mean exactly that – something that comes from nature. But in recent years, companies are loosely using the term to try and trick customers into buying products that aren’t really “natural”. Some companies even go to extremes in trying to make consumers believe that all natural products are also organic. Well, I know my readers are wised up to that considering natural does not necessarily mean the products are produced with organic ingredients.

While the FDA has yet to put a label on “natural” products, consumers and companies are pushing to have more transparency in the labeling of products. Transparency helps manufacturers take responsibility in what they produce and sell and in turn helps consumers make more well informed choices. According to the FDA, natural is considered as nothing artificial or synthetic  (including all color additives regardless of source) has been included in, or has been added to, a food that would not normally be expected to be in that food.  It doesn’t however, address food production methods, such as the use of pesticides, nor explicitly address food processing or manufacturing methods, such as thermal technologies, pasteurization, or irradiation. Natural doesn’t necessarily mean a food product is any healthier, so be extra careful when you look at labels on packaging.

Conventional – Now conventional is pretty easy to guess what it means. It’s basically a generalized way of farming and manufacturing goods that are not organically grown and produced. Conventional foods might be sprayed with synthetic chemical fertilizers to promote plant growth and use insecticides for pest control. The conventional farmer might use herbicides for weed control and give animals hormones to spur growth and antibiotics to prevent disease. All of this doesn’t sound very healthy or appetizing and in turn causes even more damage to our natural environment including soil, plants, and water supply.

The health risks associated with exposure to pesticides is one of the main considerations when looking at the differences between organic and conventional food. Many EPA-approved pesticides were registered before research linked them to cancer and other diseases. Now, the EPA considers over half of all herbicides and fungicides as potentially cancer causing. (*It should be noted that pesticide residue is reduced substantially by routine food handling practices such as washing, peeling and cooking.)

Whether organically grown food are considered more nutritional than conventionally grown food is still in a long-standing research. While organic farming does allow the natural and rich nutrients found in organic soil to produce more antioxidants, conventional farming uses toxic pesticides and farming methods simply to grow cheaper and faster crops. Consider this – the toxic chemicals sprayed on plants kill insects and some small animals. When you buy conventionally grown food, those toxic chemicals are still part of the product and can oftentimes seep in depending on the plant.

Now the biggest challenge for consumers in choosing between organic and conventional food is the price tag. Conventional food may be cheaper in price, but also cheaper in quality. And consider these three facts as well in buying conventional products:

  • The amount we pay on our water bills to cover the cost of getting agricultural chemical residues out of the drinking water;
  • The cost of health care associated with an increasing number of food-related illnesses, and;
  • The amount we pay in taxes to subsidize large farming operations (the vast majority of which are “conventional” farms), and to fund governmental agencies that work to protect wildlife and repair their habitats.

So when you choose to buy responsibly, always read labels and know who you’re buying from. Of course not everyone has the means to buy organic all the time or on every product available, but organic goods are becoming more available across the world and helps organic farms and farmers expand their farms to feed us better.

 

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Posted by: suzan | October 31, 2016

ECOS (Earth Friendly Products)Hand Soaps

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A few months ago when I visited the new facility for Earth Friendly Products (ECOS), I was given a special tour of their manufacturing building as well as their corporate offices. I was introduced to their newest line of products redesigned with their new logo. As a long time user of Earth Friendly Products, the VIP event was a dream come true for me. When I heard about the new release of their redesigned and re-engineered hand soaps, I was ecstatic because I love the scents that are used in Earth Friendly Products. At Earth Friendly Products, they use only essential oils and the highest quality of ingredients found only in nature. Even their lead scientist stated, “there isn’t anything in our products that wouldn’t be ingestible” and although I wouldn’t condone eating their products, EFP uses only non-toxic ingredients so their products are safe for children, adults, and pets.

Newly introduced to the public, their ECOS Hypoallergenic Hand Soaps are made with a hypoallergenic blend of vitamin E, antioxidants, and plant-derived ingredients. As with hypoallergenic soaps, there is very little to no allergic reaction to the ingredients found inside these hand soaps. And what I truly loved about these hand soaps was that they did not leave my hands feeling dry or cracked from extra washes. I tend to wash my hands a lot so I appreciate when hand soaps cleanse and moisturize my hands at the same time. I did have to pump a couple times however to get it extra sudsy but once the soap foamed up, I was able to wash it off just as easily with no soapy residue.

 

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Now the most interesting aspect of the new ECOS Hand Soaps is the design of the bottle. It’s shaped like a multi-faceted ball with flat panels so the bottles can lean on the counter to prevent soap waste and spillage. And it’s much easier to hold onto if you’re trying to shift your hand soap bottles around when you’re cleaning your counter space. The bottles are also made from recyclable PETE #1 plastic and can be recycled again depending on your location. For me, the bottles are so gorgeous and unusual that I might end up using them as flower vases or just refill them with more hand soap later on. The bottles have an easy-to-dispense pump and currently comes in a 12.5 ounce size.

The three scents that I tried were: Lavender, Lemongrass, and Orange Blossom. I’m fickle when it comes to scents and I usually prefer Lavender scents, but the Lemongrass smells very “citrusy” and the Orange Blossom has a crisp orange scent to it. Each of them has their own unique scents so you really can’t go wrong with any of the scents. Buy all three of them just to change up the colors and the fragrances. And since the natural fragrances are extracts of the plants you won’t have to worry about any lingering pungent scents either.

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ECOS Hypoallergenic Hand Soaps are sold in select markets in October and you can find them at most natural grocery stores and online at http://ecos.com. You can also order directly though this link on the ECOS website. And for more information about the entire Earth Friendly Products (ECOS) line please visit their website.

So this Halloween holiday, don’t let scary ingredients and dirty hands ruin your celebration. Always choose to buy products made with organic and naturally derived ingredients whenever possible especially when it comes to your children’s well being.

Happy Halloween!

 

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Posted by: suzan | October 31, 2016

Scary Ingredients, Healthy Alternatives

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There’s something magical about Halloween and the fun and mystery that goes along with the holiday. What’s not fun however are the scary ingredients you’d find in many of the Halloween candies and treats. What ends up in your children’s trick-or-treating bags could frighten even the scariest monsters out there.

It’s inevitable that our kids will end up with lots of candies this Halloween. Sweets were traditionally handed out when the holiday first originated over 2000 years ago. Of course modern day times has made the holiday into more of a celebration rather than a tradition to ward off evil spirits, but sweets and treats were very much prominent back in history. Perhaps back in the olden days the treats were a bit healthier and were mostly homemade of some kind. Now, sweets and treats can come in all forms and most of them are not quite healthy for our children. It’s not easy to tell our kids “no” to their Halloween treats, but it is our responsibility to reduce or control what we buy on Halloween and what we allow our kids to indulge on.

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In my recent post 10 WAYS KIDS CAN ROCK IT HEALTHY, I listed some of the scariest ingredients found in most of the conventional sweets and treats. These ingredients are pretty common in practically all of the food you’d find with conventional companies and are used in the store-bought sweets. If you want to be safe with your sweets and treats this Halloween, look for candies made without genetically modified ingredients and have at least 70% organic ingredients. There are companies who have been Non-GMO Project Verified, meaning their ingredients are tested and ensured to not contain anything that’s been genetically enhanced or engineered. When shopping for treats look for companies using only natural and organic ingredients. These companies include:

Surf Sweets/TruJoy Sweets – gummy worms, jelly beans, gummy spiders

Amy’s Kitchen – chocolate snack bars

Torie&Howard – fruit candy chews and hard candy

EnviroKidz – kids tested snack bars

Nature’s Path – snack bars

Chocxo – organic chocolate

Endangered Species Chocolates – organic chocolates

Annies Homegrown- bunny snacks, gummy candy

YumEarth – organic lollipops, hard candy

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So the question comes to what happens when our kids end up with not so healthy treats this Halloween? If you’re inclined to just let them eat some, pick out only a few that have better ingredients if not at least non-GMO or organic. Keep in mind that certain sweets are sticky to your children’s teeth so not only are they less healthy, but they can cause damage to their teeth and gums. I like to buy sweets such as Surf Sweets Halloween edition packs,  Zollipops which are made with Xylitol (a natural sugar-free sugar alternative), and Spry gum and mints. And when I don’t buy candies for my son or  the trick-or-treaters, I like to hand out non-sweet items such as Halloween themed pencils, erasers, and notepads. These are also useful and probably won’t end up in the trash.

You can find all of these healthier sweets at most natural and organic stores as well as online at their websites: Surf sweets (http://www.surfsweets.com/),  Zollipops (http://zollipops.com/),  Spry (http://www.xlear.com/).

Have a happy and safe Halloween!

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Posted by: suzan | October 24, 2016

10 WAYS KIDS CAN ROCK IT HEALTHY – WEEK 6

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Children can get stressed and aggravated quite easily and it’s mostly not because of anything they did wrong, but more of how they get to that point of stress. Unlike most adults we can handle day to day common stress and we learned to shoulder them because it’s the easiest way. Children however, receive stress as another emotion that they learned and accepted into their lives. They don’t necessarily understand it or know that the turmoil they’re feeling can be categorized as stress; they just feel it and usually don’t know how to manage it.

Like adults, we learn to adjust to stress which isn’t all that healthy. Healthy management of stress can prevent illnesses and stop negative thinking and behavior. As a parent, it’s inevitable that you’ll feel stress throughout the day. Add in work, home life, and any other outside factors, it’s no wonder that the world has become so uptight. While we may not be able to manage stress 100%, we can teach our children to make positive changes when they feel an upset coming on. Below are some easy steps that anyone of any age can follow and do.

1. Breathe

It sounds simple, but a deep breath can be enough to get you out of your head and help you refocus. Pause for a few moments and focus on your breathing. Depending on the age of your child, teach them to take deep and long breaths when they feel upset or agitated.

2. Go outside

Research shows that spending a short time in a “green” environment can lower your stress and elevate your mood. Take your child to the park or let him run around in the garden or yard to let out the stressful hormones.

3. Laugh

Laughter does more than boost your positive emotions. It also lowers your blood pressure, decrease inflammation in your heart, and improve your memory. Children naturally find things funny so encourage them with something that will get the bubbly laughter going.

4. Listen to music

Music has a very powerful effect on all of us. It can instantly change your mood, soothe away your cares, or get you excited. Find music suitable for children so the words in the song are uplifting and calming.

5. Exercise

Exercise is great for any age and can be modified to fit any lifestyle or body. When children exercise, their heart pumps faster thus releasing endorphins that create a sense of happiness and peace. Exercise for kids can include simple jumping jacks, running, or any sport suitable for kids such as basketball, swimming, and martial arts. If you’re interested in something new and different for your children, have them try Yoga. Yoga is great for kids and adults and there are easy poses to begin with. Click here for some basic Yoga poses to help relieve stress.

For more information on ways of managing stress, check out Rodale Wellness (http://www.rodalewellness.com/).

Editor’s note: Parts of this post were taken with permission from New Hope Network/Delicious Living Magazine.

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Posted by: suzan | October 20, 2016

10 Ways Kids Can Rock It Healthy – Week 5

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In week 5 of our Kids Can Rock It Healthy journal, I’d like to talk about Halloween. If you’ve read any of my articles throughout the years you’d probably guess that Halloween is my favorite holiday or occasion. I’ve loved it since I was a child and that love transferred to my son. Halloween can be a crazy time of year, from decorations to costumes to parties, but if we keep in mind that it also greatly affects our health and the environment, then we can make changes for the better.

There are many wonderful things about celebrating Halloween but also a lot of scary things. Amidst the fun and delightful costumes and the spooky decorations, one of the biggest drawback is of course, the candy. Kids can’t resist them, heck adults can’t either but as parents, we have to be extra diligent during Halloween. Sweets during Halloween come in many different forms but a big concern is GMO ingredients found in these sweets. When buying conventional candy, they’re likely to contain genetically modified ingredients only because they’re usually mass produced from big companies. There are of course health conscious candy companies who realize this concern and make their sweets without genetically modified ingredients. Below, I’ve outlined the top common GMO ingredients found in candy. Always read the labels of food you buy and be diligent about what we put into our children’s bodies.

Happy Halloween!

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Posted by: suzan | October 14, 2016

10 WAys Kids Can Rock It Healthy – Week 4

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This week let’s talk about recycling. With America Recycles Day coming up in November, now is the perfect time to get a jump start on what we want to recycle and how we can help our planet. But today we won’t be discussing just basic recycling because most of us already know the fundamentals of recycling. Today we will talk about recycling and re-purposing glass containers and how to make it fun for kids any time of the year.

Recycling, reusing, and repurposing. All of them are similar in their definitions but can individually be taken more in depth. When recycling glass, you are basically taking that glass bottle to a recycling center and having the glass broken down to be made into something else. Reusing is when you generally use the same product several times until it has worn out or no longer functional. Repurposing is taking an object and finding a new use for it. In the case of glass bottles, let’s learn how to repurpose them which helps the environment as well as saves money and brings out the creativity in all of us.

Repurposing glass bottles is actually pretty easy and something kids can do any time with any size bottle. When my son was in Kindergarten, his teacher had requested used glass bottles for a class project. Of course I was intrigued, so I sent my son into his class with a few glass bottles. A few weeks later my son came home with a very special surprise on Mother’s Day. His class had taken the glass bottles (after they were cleaned out by the teacher) and made adorable and ultra creative glass jars of virtual nature. My son’s bottles were filled with a hand-drawn card, some colorful rocks, feathers, and something that glittered (probably for effect). I thought it was rather creative and different and went a few steps beyond the usual glass vase or glass pencil holder. Not that those aren’t unique ways of repurposing glass bottles, but finding different and unusual ways often sparks something even more creative in a child and helps expand his horizons.

So on that note, let’s take a look at 7 ways we can repurpose a glass bottle (or jar).

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Edible Gifts:

-We all have a few pasta sauce jars living in our fridge. They are the ideal size for reusing and repurposing and absolutely no need to recycle them. Since they are already filled with edible food, they can be easily washed out, dried, and ready for your project. This is fun and easy for kids of any age and you can make a few as gifts or for yourself. Edible gifts can include anything that’s easy for you and for your recipient. Try ideas such as homemade granola, spice rubs, ready-to-make hot cocoa (a favorite for kids), and pretty much anything you can fit into a jar that’s easily reusable and stored. For great recipes, check out Martha Stewart’s site: http://www.marthastewart.com/269264/edible-gift-ideas

Sewing Kits:

-This is perfect for college students who don’t have much space in their dorm rooms or apartments. Take a few glass jars and fill each one with needles, thread of various colors (be sure to include lots of black, white, and beige), thimble, chalk, and buttons. You can also add in any other items that you think your recipient might need. Label each jar with the items inside so it’s easy to grab when necessary.

Art Decoration:

-Give your children some art supplies and let them have fun! Have them gather items from nature such as small rocks, leaves, and flowers and decorate the glass jars however they want. Let them create masterpieces for you to show off in your living room or present them as gifts on special occasions. Put some items inside the container as well as on the outside to make it more personal.

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Natural Glass Vases:

-Glass is quite beautiful on any surface and for almost any occasion. Reuse glass jars or bottles as vases to set on dining tables or mantles. Fill the vases with fresh soil and add in some unique flowers such as orchids and violets. Herbs also do well in glass jars as decoration or cooking uses.

Small Toy Holders:

-My son has tons of Lego pieces. If we collected all of the pieces, we could probably open our own Lego store. Yes, he has that many! So, when I had some larger glass jars that I cleaned out, I put all of his Lego tires in them. Tires are a hot commodity for Lego car builders and he was constantly losing them or I’d find them underneath the couch or underneath the rug. Smaller and harder to find pieces such as accessories for your Lego figures can also fit into glass jars. They are easier for builders to see what’s inside the jars so they can (hopefully) put them back in quicker.

Food Jars:

-Instead of buying brand new glass jars to put your flour, sugar, or dried herbs in, try reusing glass jars from your used sauces and such. Sure, the newer jars may be prettier and fancier, but you’ve got perfect jars in your fridge or pantry already that just needs to be given new purposes. The used jars work just as well if not better than the newly store-bought ones. Just make sure to clean them out really well if you’re storing food that can pick up other scents such as sugar and flour.

Glass Beverages:

-If you go to certain restaurants that like to serve beverages in oversized glass jars then take those examples to try them at home. Glass jars are easier to wash and rarely leave any residue. Plus, if you add in a cool straw the beverages are more fun to drink.

So have fun with these ideas or creating ones on your own. We’re already filling up our landfills with so much trash that whenever possible, reuse and repurpose what you already have.

*Please note that with any glass container, there is a slight possibility of lead remnants. Lead is found in the earth so they are naturally residual in glass or any natural compound found in soil. However, most consumable glass containers are safe to use and are usually vigorously tested for lead.

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Posted by: suzan | October 9, 2016

Mega Food Kids Nutrient Supplements

 

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I wasn’t always a big supplements person but when I became a vegetarian, I realized that I couldn’t possibly eat all the right foods on a daily basis to keep myself healthy. Most people can’t and that’s okay, and as long as vegetarians and vegans don’t become “junk food” vegetarians, then supplementing with the right vitamins and supplements is crucial.

Now the debate on whether children should have daily supplements really depends on the individual child. Does your child eat enough vegetables and fruits? Does your child have the proper amounts of minerals that are necessary for a growing body? Most likely not and that’s because kids can be so picky when it comes to food. That’s why I started giving my son vitamins when he was around 4 years old. I even asked his pediatrician and he was open to giving children as young as 4 years old some kind of vitamins or supplements.

As my son got older and started school, I felt that vitamins and supplements were absolutely necessary. Germs are germs but a child’s immune system is still growing and can be accessible to lots of bad germs. We don’t want our kids to get sick and miss out on school and without the right balance of foods on a daily basis, kids can get cranky and irritable on top of not getting enough nutrition. And children certainly have a harder time incorporating all the necessary nutrients on a regular basis.

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As a Moms Meet Ambassador, I was given the unique opportunity to try MegaFood’s Kids supplements. As a long time user of MegaFood’s supplements for adults, I was eager to have my son try some of their products. Since he was already taking a daily multi vitamin, I thought it was rather nice to have specific supplements tailored to the desired needs of the child. I was given the Kids Daily Immune, Kids Daily B-Centered, and Kids Daily Multi. The only difference between MegaFoods Kids supplements and others is that they are in powdered form. While my son is more accustomed to the gummy and liquid versions, I was hoping he would like the powdered variety.

At first I gave him the supplements mixed into plain water and that didn’t work out too well. I think it was mostly because the supplements weren’t as sweet as the gummy versions he was used to and he doesn’t usually drink powdered beverages. You can definitely taste the powder form when mixed with water. So I tried mixing the supplements into orange juice or any kind of juice. While that masked the powdering form a bit, he was still able to taste the texture. Powdered supplements probably works well for some children but my son knew right away that there were powdered vitamins in his drink. I tried to come up with some other ideas and finally found that putting the supplements into his Kombucha beverages worked out pretty well. With the strong taste of Kombucha, the added supplements weren’t really prominent in taste and texture.

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MegaFood recommends putting their powder supplements into juice, smoothies, or baked into food for kids, but I think it’s best that you find the right technique for your own children. I liked that the supplements had the right balance of ingredients and had no added sugar and sweetened  with only fruit. Because it’s not as sweet as the usual vitamins and supplements found in other children’s vitamins, you’d have to get really creative on how you introduce this to your kids. But no matter how you give these supplements to them, know that they are getting the proper balance of nutrients that they can’t normally get on a daily basis.

MegaFood uses only whole foods in their supplements so consumers get all the benefits of a particular ingredient. Many fruits and vegetables contain powerful health properties in their leaves or seeds and while we can’t eat them all of the time, it’s nice to have these components included in our supplements.

MegaFood also incorporates organic ingredients from other high quality brands into their supplements. Companies such as Lundberg Farms, Uncle Matt’s Organic, and Kauai Organic Farms support MegaFood’s supplements with whole grains, vegetables, and power foods such as Turmeric and Cranberries. All of MegaFood supplements go through vigorous testing and specific certification to ensure their products are safe and meet the highest vitamin standards.

MegaFood can be found in most natural grocery stores as well certain online shopping sites. For more information about MegaFood supplements, please visit their website: https://megafood.com/.

 

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