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Friday, March 16, 2018

Safe Fruit And Vegetable Wash

Do you worry about what could be on the fruits and veggies?

          I received a sample of Eat Cleaner to facilitate this post.
   Most people don't realize the hidden danger of bacteria that could be on their produce that they buy.
 Did you know that bacteria like Salmonella, E. Coli, and Listeria lurking invisibly on fresh fruits and vegetables, which are considered one of the leading causes of foodborne illness? Sad that we have to worry about these bacterias and the safety of our food. These bacterias could be on your produce for many reasons from the produce person not washing his hands to the store storing fresh vegetables near raw meat and so on. Yes, it happens. My local store was storing fresh veggies in the same bins that had raw chicken in it,eww! I will not buy my produce from that store as they are more concerned about sales than food safety. My husband who is a health inspector is working on that store violation.

 So now that you know that bacteria could be on your fresh veggies, I want to tell you about a food grade wash that I discovered that removes up to 99.99% of harmful residue like pesticides, wax, dirt, and bacteria. It also extends the shelf life up to 5x longer that plain water!

So simple to use!
 Just dispense one packet of eatCleaner® food grade wash powder into a gallon of cold water, mix, and soak produce for 30 seconds. Rinse and store.

Leaves behind no taste!
 I washed some grapes in the food grade cleaner and my kids did not taste anything but the fruit. This safe & effective cleaner can also be used on things like toys, binkies, cutting boards, and utensils! I love that the cleaner is vegan, glute-free, and has no GMO's! 

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Wonderful Halos Are A Kid Favorite Snack

I am the mom who sends the healthy snacks to school!

                 I received samples of Wonderful Halos to facilitate this post.

  I always try to send a healthy treat to school when my kids are having class parties. I have nothing against the cookies and cupcakes that are served in abundance at the party. I just want there to be a healthy option for kids to select. I know what you are thinking, it is a party so let the kids have some treats. I do let my kids eat treats but if they want to have something healthy then they should be able to. You might just be surprised to see kids choose fruit, when it is offered, over junk. If they are like my boys, they will eat the fruit with the cookie.  My boys may also eat that delicious fruit later in the day. So this mom sends easy to eat delicious Wonderful Halos to the school parties. The wonderful thing about these cute orange bundle of sweet fruit is, the child can grab one and take it home with them for a later snack. It will be that later snack that the kid will realize how awesome Halos taste and then request them next time when their parent goes to the store.

With about 28 Wonderful Halos in every 5lb. box, there are enough snacks for an entire classroom or sports team, and each piece of fruit is already individually wrapped.

 You might be surprised at the number of kids who do not eat the recommended 5 a day servings of fruit, some sadly don't have any fruit in their diet, simply because it was not offered. So I want to be that mom that offers fruit so kids will see how delicious it is. Halos are my boy's favorite fruit! My boys just love how easy they are to peel and their small sections are easy to pop into their mouth. They also have no added sugar! The teen usually eats three at a time! This cute orange fruit is perfect to toss into a backpack for a later snack. I always keep several pounds of Halos in my fridge for my boys to snack on, even my husband enjoys them in his lunch.

 These delicious fruits are also so easy for my boys to take to school as Halos don't break like cookies or get smooshed like cake. I love that they don't need to be refrigerated. Did you know that Halos are seedless and contain no GMOs? These orange gems are grown in California and contain lots of vitamin C too, making it a perfect snack for cold/flu season. They are simply the cool snack!

How are Halos seedless?
The reason most citrus fruits contain seeds is because the flowers on the trees are pollinated by bees. However, we’re able to make Halos seedless by keeping bees away, either by protecting the trees with nets or by situating our groves far from where the bees live. We also use traditional plant breeding techniques to minimize the number of seeds in our mandarins. We regularly test our fruit for seeds, but occasionally a seed or two will slip by.

Are Halos genetically modified?
 Halos are completely natural and non-GMO (non-genetically modified organisms). In fact, Halos were the first mandarin to be verified by the Non-GMO Project, North America’s only third-party verification organization.

I am glad that these super sweet Halos are always available in my favorite store. They are always on my shopping list as I know my boys love them. What mom is going to say no to fruit?

So be sure to enjoy Halos® when they’re in season, from November through May.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

National Nutrition Month

                      What a great month to learn about nutrition!

  The whole month of March is all about nutrition as it is National Nutrition Month. This is a great month to focus on eating healthy. This healthy month is held annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is a reminder of the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has an awesome website to get lots of info and great resources to learn more about nutrition. There are even great recipes, games and printouts so you can teach others about nutrition. This information is about nutrition for kids, seniors, men, ladies, and parents. I love that the site also talks about health and fitness as these go hand in hand with nutrition.

Eat Right for Your Lifestyle
There's no one diet that is right for everyone, so it's important to follow a healthful eating plan that's packed with tasty foods and that keeps your unique lifestyle in mind.

  I love the above saying as there is no one way of eating healthy. Choosing healthy food is the main thing. One of the healthy foods that my teen is eating this month is eggs. He eats four eggs and three slices of whole grain bread for dinner, several times a week. My teen is trying to gain weight and get some muscles in the process so he is eating eggs as they are packed with protein. I love that my teen knows about good nutrition, now to just get him to eat some veggies with his egg dinner. Why did he choose eggs? He chose eggs as they are an easy option for him to cook and they can be cooked in so many different ways. He also loves the way they taste. Some days he eats scrambled and other days he eats them fried.

                           I received coupons from Nestfresh to facilitate this post.

  My favorite eggs to buy come from family farms that give their birds room to roam. These birds are not kept in cages and are fed a healthy diet free of antibiotics, hormones, and harmful chemicals. I don't want those nasty things in my body so I don't want them in the eggs that my family eats.

      I also enjoy eating eggs like my teen and my favorite way to enjoy eggs is a poached egg on top of an avocado and toast. NestFresh sells many kinds of 100% cage-free eggs from Non-GMO Free Range to Pasture-Raised eggs. I love that you can choose from brown or white eggs. Did you know that the color of the egg comes from the type of bird? NestFresh Cage Free Brown Eggs are all-natural, farm fresh eggs from our happy, healthy, brown-eared hens. Cage Free White Eggs are classic NestFreshand have white shells because they come from our white-eared hens.

Eggs are so useful for baking. I do a lot of baking and I want 100% cage-free eggs in my baked goods. How do you like to use eggs?

Check out this delicious recipe for Peachy Keen Cinnamon Pancakes that I found on the NestFesh website. My teen loves making pancakes so I need to show him this recipe. Maybe he might make it for breakfast this weekend.

So celebrate National Nutrition Month and check out this awesome website that is loaded with great information to help you learn more about a healthful eating plan that is right for you.
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