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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Guest Blogger: Jenny Flake from the Picky Palate

| January 26th, 2012 |

Orange Flavored Ginger Ale

My family and I have been having so much fun experimenting with our new Soda Stream.  We have tried dozens of different concoctions but one of our favorites is what we call Orange Flavored Ginger Ale. It is sparkly and perfect according to my boys.

My boys love hopping on the counter and helping measure out the soda.  Their favorite part has to be watching the bubbles and hearing the funny noise the Soda Stream makes when the soda is ready.

Here’s a look at our family’s favorite drink.

 

Here is our Ginger Ale and Orange Flavor used to flavor water

Orange Flavored Ginger Ale

1 capful of Ginger Ale

1 teaspoon Orange Flavoring (my water)

Fill  your SodaStream bottle with water up to the line.  Attach bottle to Soda Steam and pull lever to fizz your water. Add a capful of Ginger Ale and …

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9 Ways to Get Healthier in 2012

| January 24th, 2012 |

Every year on January 1st we make resolutions that are usually broken a few weeks later. So in honor of the Chinese New Year (January 23rd!) and to inspire a return to those forgotten promises, here are a few tips from our nutritionist Roni Enten!

1. Get moving: We all know how important exercise and now a lack of time is no excuse not to get yours – even several bursts of 10 minutes of activity can make a huge impact on your health just as one longer session does.

2. Increase your intake of greens and colored fruits and veggies: Leafy green vegetables are a particularly great way to get much needed vitamins, minerals, fiber, and consuming a full rainbow of colors when it comes to your other fruits and vegetables means you’re getting a full array of disease-fighting antioxidants, too.

3. Drink more

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