Hank D and the Bee: Backyard Chicken

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Hank D and the Bee: Fun in the Snow


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Go with the Grain – Sandwiches: It’s What’s For Dinner

GFF-CrnchSprKidSand_300I am not exaggerating when I say that I am a terrible cook and the only part of meal preparation that I enjoy is when I get to eat. Fortunately for me and my children, not only does my husband excel at it, he enjoys it and so much so that he has a food blog. But even then, sometimes he doesn’t feel like cooking and we don’t have enough leftovers for a second night but, food genius that he is, he cobbles together something like tacos, omelettes, quesadillas or sandwiches. And even though it’s leftovers, it’s fun because it’s a different dish and usually requires much less clean-up which, as the family dishwasher, I appreciate.

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5 Green Products: Nature Baby Organic Wool and Cotton Clothes to Marie Veronique Organics Kid Safe Screen

lg_lambskinbooties1.  Nature Baby Organic Wool and Cotton Clothes From New Zealand

As you can imagine, we get sent a lot of baby clothes to review.  I usually don’t get too excited about the clothes we are sent, but as soon as I opened the package from Nature Baby, I was in love.

Nature Baby is a family business specialising in products which nurture both you, your baby and nature. Established in 1998 in New Zealand it began as quest for innovative products for our own family, we then found, that like us – many other parents wanted their children to grow up in a beautiful, non-toxic world.

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Are You Concerned About School Food? Help Propel the Revolution!

JamieOliver_Headshot_300More and more parents are expressing deep concerns about the quality of food being served in schools. And, many are still unaware that there might be anything to worry about.

Healthy Child is taking our Eat Healthy program to the next level by joining forces with Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and MomsRising to help propel national efforts to improve school food. Are you interested in helping?

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Stuffed French Toast

]Photo by Kim ScarboroughKids love stuffed french toast!

Kids love stuffed french toast!

Sunday brunch is always good family-fun. This Stuffed French toast is a treat the whole family will enjoy and they can all help make it too. Younger children can use their little fingers to pinch the edges around the bread, and older kids can mix and spread the filling.

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices of whole wheat bread
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. vanilla
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • Maple syrup for serving

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Awesome Avocado

Photo by j_sillaAvocados are perfect for little eaters!

Avocados are perfect for little eaters!

Avocados are the most practical “go anywhere, eat anywhere” food. They do not need to be cooked, require no refrigeration, they come with their own carrying case and even have a built-in serving bowl! So next time you and your baby are on the go, drop an avocado and a spoon in your diaper bag and you are all set!

Directions:

The handiest method for preparing an avocado is to cut the pear-shaped fruit in half length-wise with a sharp knife so that you cut in to and all around the pit; then rotate and pull the two halves apart. Remove the pit. With the knife, gently make a cross-hatch pattern throughout the halved fruit while the skin is attached, then use a spoon to separate the flesh from the shell by scooping the soft, ripe fruit gently. The skin becomes the serving bowl.

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Cleaning Out Your Pantry: Food Additives

Cupcakes_RedVelvet_300I thought I’d seen it all when I was cruising the yogurt section of my supermarket and spotted blue, cotton-candy flavored yogurt for kids. Manufacturers are all too aware that children are compulsively drawn to Technicolor food and those that are sweet or salty. Since getting kids to eat well is an exercise in triage as you figure the pros and cons of cost, time, and availability you might be tempted to take the path of least resistance: chicken nuggets, flame colored mac ‘n’ cheese, blue yogurt. That’s fine sometimes. But the chemical additives—preservatives, flavors, and colors—found in these types of food have a disproportionately greater health impact on children than on adults.

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5 Green Products: Seaweed Snacks to Organic Literate Jammies

seaweedsnacks1. Yamamotoyama Seaweed Snack Chips Teriyaki

We discovered these seaweed snacks at a health food store in Mt. Shasta, CA. My kids love to just snack on full sheets of nori, but these small snack size bites are perfect for munching in the car and packing in school lunches.

Nori has traditionally been eaten in Asian cultures.  It can be used for Sushi, rice balls, topping on noodles, salads, pasta, and rice dishes.  Nori is a valuable nutrition source filled with proteins, vitamins and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, iron, sodium, potassium, and zinc which are necessary components for maintaining good health.

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Our Favorite: Soaked Blender Pancakes!

phpcdhIxTAM-1Breakfast time is usually a big deal at our house. I try to make sure the little guy gets a healthy nutritious meal to start the day.  I also try to stay away from cereals due to their high sugar content but occassionally a bowl of cereal makes it’s way onto the table.

Since having a child I’ve made breakfast important. I mostly make meals from scratch and make the best attempt to stay away from anything packaged. The chickens have been such a blessing. We’re able to cook eggs most days any which way you can think of and have them for breakfast or “breakie” (what we call it here).

Pancakes are the biggest hit for breakie…just ask my son, he’ll tell you he wants *pancakes*! Before I knew about this recipe I’m going to share; I’d always thought I was making pancakes from scratch.

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Cooking Techniques

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You can simply and easily reduce your carbon footprint, save money on your power bill and teach your kids through example how to help the earth just by tweaking your cooking techniques a bit!

Did you know:

  • Choose the right size pan for cooking and keep the lid on for most of the cooking process to reduce energy use by up to 90%.

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5 Last Minute Mother’s Day Ideas

Last minute green gifts for mom

Editor’s note: The following post was originally published on Green and Clean Mom. “Green & Clean Mom can inspire you to try a little harder, be a catalyst for change and to offer you some new tips and news on how to be the green, sexy and sassy mom…I know you are!”

Mother’s Day is only a few days from now and if you’re anything like me – you don’t have a gift for that beloved mom or mother-law. No need to panic. There are some “kinda green” last minute gift ideas to save you from looking foolish.

  1. Tech Savvy Moms and for big spenders you might want to pay extra for two day shipping or overnight shipping (not so green though) and get the new Amazon Kindle. Help mom save some trees if she reads a lot of papers or books. She’ll love this gift and maybe you can even borrow it? Keep in mind the pros and cons to this great gift last minute is the shipping and there is some debate on whether this device or others like it are all that green. Another option is a e-certificate for mom to pick out her own Kindle or maybe she likes Ebooks on her laptop or computer and would enjoy a e-certificate from Ecobrain.
  2. Plant a Fruit Tree. If mom has everything she needs and doesn’t need more junk try giving her something that will help other people. In her honor, plant a fruit tree and support a non-profit organization that gives the gift of fresh fruit and sustainability. Mom is sure to appreciate this! [Read more...]

Healthy & Eco-Friendly Bake Off

For a treat tonight we made berry-licious smoothies with the girls. While making them I told them a “story” (they listen better to what I have to say when it starts with “once upon a time” and includes a few princess references) to go along with what we were doing. I told them how what we were making was really food for our bodies and would give us tons of energy. I also let them know the berries came from the local farmers market last year (I bought and froze TONS of berries) and why it is so important to buy from local farmers.

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Mother’s Personality Affects Eating Habits of Children

Negative thoughts cause moms to feed their kids junk foodEditor’s note: The following post was originally published on Green and Clean Mom. “Green & Clean Mom can inspire you to try a little harder, be a catalyst for change and to offer you some new tips and news on how to be the green, sexy and sassy mom…I know you are!”

A study by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) and University of Oslo found that mothers with negative thoughts and feelings are more likely to give their children unhealthy food to eat. Sounds obvious, but this was the first study to compare a child’s diet with psychological and sociodemographic factors in the mother, and could lead to better counseling by health professionals and nutritionists. [Read more...]