Sweets for your Sweetie

| February 14th, 2012 |

Whether you are baking up some treats for your Valentine or looking to ease your loneliness with some chocolate, Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to get creative in the kitchen and whip something up that is extra sweet! Below are a few of our favorite Valentine’s Day recipes. You might recognize some past guest bloggers – and a preview of guest bloggers to come!

Is there anything in this world as good as Nutella? How about Nutella Soufflé? Our friends at Big Girls Small Kitchen share their recipe for Nutella Soufflé – a perfect treat for you and your Valentine.

Looking for something a little simpler? How about a simple sugar cookie recipe – perfect for decorating with the kids. Two Peas & their Pod share their Lofthouse Style Soft Sugar Cookies! Delicious and soft these cookies are perfect for all crowds and incredibly simple!

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Kermit was wrong: It’s EASY being green!

| February 9th, 2012 |

What’s that? You hadn’t heard? It’s National Green Week!!

This week in schools across America students are learning about reducing waste and working together to save our environment. Little steps like carrying a reusable water bottle or choosing waste-free snacks can really have a big impact!  National Green Week focuses on raising a new generation of children who are sensitive to the damage we are doing to our planet and want to make a change.

For some more grown-up tips on how to stay green here is our nutritionist Roni!

The health of our environment has a tremendous impact on our own health so for many, a healthier New Year includes a resolution to live a more eco-friendly  life. Though it can seem an overwhelming task at first, even the simplest steps towards reducing your carbon footprint can impact the health of the planet in very big ways. …

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Alakazam the SodaStream Man

| February 7th, 2012 |

This week we take a short break from our health posts from nutritionist Roni to talk about a time honored tradition… THE SUPER BOWL (commercials).

Now whether you’re a Giants or Patriots fan we can agree that we all tune in to see what new over-the-top commercials advertisers will come up with this year.  For 2012 the 58 spots aired during the Super Bowl generated $75 million for NBC. The most expensive commercial sold for $5.84 million, yikes!

Now these SodaStream commercials aren’t quite up to the same caliber of the ones we all saw on Sunday. There are no dancing candies, racing puppies or 80’s movie icons. But… can we tempt you with Alakazam the SodaStream man? How about some original music all about your favorite brand SodaStream?

Check out these vintage SodaStream commercials:

Alakazam the SodaStream Man

Get Busy with the Fizzy

SodaStream Rap

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Healthy Family Meals

| February 2nd, 2012 |

Balanced nutrition is the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle for kids and their parents. Unfortunately, TV and other kid-focused mass media are filled with mixed messages about good nutrition that can oppose what parents often try to instill at home. Nevertheless, taking simple steps towards preparing healthy meals for your children can go a long way for their health in the future.

For starters, balanced meals should be based upon whole, unprocessed foods. This means that the foods you buy and prepare should resemble the way in which they were grown and harvested as much as possible. Well-balanced, whole food based meals include whole grains, good sources of proteins such as those from legumes, fish, meat and dairy, and a “rainbow” of colorful vegetables and fruits, which are packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber, as well as adequate fluids, such as still or sparkling water or flavored sparkling drinks to …

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The Role of Carbonated drinks in Childhood Obesity

| January 31st, 2012 |

The increasing problem of overweight and obesity in children has caused an increasing number of researchers to question the role of soft drinks in this major public health issue. While soft drinks are a significant calorie source in the average western diet, neither carbonated drinks nor any other single food or drink is solely responsible for the problem of overweight or obesity. Many complex factors contribute to obesity and overweight in children and adults, however the main factor is usually the over-consumption of calories combined with a lack of physical activity.

Parents concerned about overweight should encourage children to stay physically active, and ensure they eat a sensible and varied balanced diet. While the majority of children’s hydration should come from still and sparkling water, carbonated drinks can be enjoyed in moderation as they also provide the body with fluids. For children at higher risk for obesity, reducing excess, empty …

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