Clever Ways to Scale Back on Sugar

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Do you ever track your daily sugar consumption? The majority of us probably don’t. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), Americans ingest an astounding 22 teaspoons of sugar per day! This alone may play a significant role in the rapidly escalating rates of obesity in the U.S., not to mention diabetes and other health problems.

Avoiding sugar takes a concerted effort since it’s added to so many foods and beverages. In fact, many products contain multiple sweeteners. While you may not want to delete sugar entirely, scaling back has many wellness benefits. These tips can help: Read the rest of this entry »

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Kid’s Breakfast Essentials

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For those with children, you probably know how hectic school mornings can be. You want kids to get as much sleep as possible, while still avoiding that seemingly inevitable last-minute scramble for pony-tail holders, gym shoes, or worse─homework. If all that isn’t enough, you have something even more important to incorporate: a healthy breakfast!

A challenge we parents face is that children sometimes want to simply “skip the hassle” of eating a healthy breakfast without realizing how hungry they’ll be later in the morning. Nor do many kids factor in the effect that low blood sugar can have on their ability to concentrate and perform at peak capacity throughout the day. What to do?

We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and with good reason. Nourishing morning fare fuels children’s bodies and brains, boosts energy and metabolism, and anchors blood-sugar levels so that kids can function well mentally, physically, and emotionally─all of which helps to maximize their daily academic experience. If a healthy, daily breakfast poses a challenge in your home, consider these suggestions: Read the rest of this entry »

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Best Beverages for Kids

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While many wellness-conscious parents focus on promoting healthy foods to kids, how about drinks? Some experts feel that American kids have a “drinking problem” when it comes to sweetened beverages, which may factor into growing rates of childhood obesity.

Many children over consume sugary drinks, from sweetened “fruit” beverages and teas, to “energy drinks,” and even coffee drinks─despite the fact that according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, artificially stimulating beverages are never appropriate for children or adolescents. Here are a few easy ways to help reverse this trend: Read the rest of this entry »

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How to Reconnect Kids with Nature

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Does your family spend much time outdoors? Sadly, it’s nearly a lost art for many of us, with parents and kids indoors all day for work and school. Once home, we may simply trade computers for TV─between managing phones, iPods, and iPads, of course. According to a Kaiser Family Foundation study, some kids spend as much as 60 hours a week involved in electronic media! Read the rest of this entry »

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Outdoor Health & Beauty Essentials

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Do you love the great outdoors? If so, summer is probably among your favorite seasons. In fact, many families practically live outside in the sunny months, between the beach, hiking, camping, swimming, tennis, golf, BBQs and picnics, or just lounging on the deck, enjoying iced tea or wine with friends.
As enjoyable as open air pursuits are, we also need to take care of ourselves and our children along the way, which requires some planning. These “essentials” can help you enjoy your time outside─beautifully and safely: Read the rest of this entry »

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Fun, Low-Cost Outdoor Pursuits

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It’s summer time, and the living is easy. While a European vacation might be nice, this is the best time of the year to play close to home without breaking the bank. These ideas for cheap, outdoor fun for kids of all ages may inspire you: Read the rest of this entry »

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Navigating Milk Alternatives

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If you decide to give up dairy milk, what will you pour over cereal, pair with a freshly baked cookie, or put in your morning coffee? Milk serves many purposes for the average American, so if dairy is out, we need alternatives. Fortunately, your problem isn’t finding an alternative to cow’s milk; rather it’s navigating through the sea of options! Read the rest of this entry »

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The Health Benefits of “Greening Your Life”

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Earth-friendly living is increasingly popular and many people are doing what they can to “green” their lives. And certainly, daily actions like recycling everything we can, composting kitchen scraps, and bringing our own cloth bags when shopping make a huge difference, especially when each of us do our part. Read the rest of this entry »

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7 Reasons to Buy Fair Trade Chocolate

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Mmmm, chocolate. The very word can lift our spirits. Not only is chocolate one of the richest and most distinctive flavors in the world, it offers up some impressive health benefits as well. In fact, many Americans indulge in this beloved confection every day─which is why we should be aware of the dark side of chocolate production. Here are 7 very compelling reasons to buy fair trade chocolate:
7 Reasons to Buy Fair Trade Chocolate
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5 Common Questions About Fair Trade

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If you’ve followed our fair trade series this month, you should be rather familiar with the subject by now. If you’re just tuning in, however, the following information can provide a quick, handy foundation to build upon.

5 Common Questions About Fair Trade
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