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Food Group Bingo – Nutrition Activity for Kids

Food Group Bingo – Nutrition Activity for Kids
It's easy to be daunted by trying to decide what to eat, and even more so when it comes to how to feed your family.  I have always loved visuals - they help me to understand new concepts and think about how to apply them to my own life.  The USDA has been helping people to understand what makes up a healthy diet for as long as I could remember - but for years, their diagrams were complicated and often confusing.  This "plate" is their most recent version - and makes the most sense to me.  It's...

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The Science of Fats In Our Diet – Sci Show

The Science of Fats In Our Diet – Sci Show
I'm the first person to admit that there are loads of other people who can explain things better than I can.  So, when I was teaching high school biology, I often showed clips from one of my favorite virtual science teachers, Hank Green on SciShow. His shows are good.  Really good.  But they are FAST and packed with information - so probably not the best way to be introduced to a topic you have never heard of before...but pretty darned good if you have studied something and want an excellent...

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Valley Verde - Cultivating Organic Home Gardens ...

Valley Verde – Cultivating Organic Home Gardens with Low-Income Families
Many thanks to Raffaella for today's guest post about Valley Verde, a non-profit in San Jose dedicated to helping low-income families grow organic gardens. [caption id="attachment_5479" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Growing food and eating well"][/caption] When I moved to California four years ago from Italy, I was excited to move to the birthplace of the organic food movement, and to raise my child in a place that is considered the fruit basket of the world. I was not expecting...

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Are you drinking sugar?

Are you drinking sugar?
In my recent post, people were very surprised to see how much sugar is in their favorite yogurt.  But the good news is that there are some awesome alternatives that put you in control of your sweeteners. What about your favorite drinks, though?  I measured out the sugar contained within each of these bottles, just to give you a visual of what you might be consuming...without even realizing it. [caption id="attachment_4564" align="aligncenter" width="299" caption="Contains the equivalent of 8...

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Blogging Integrity and my Upcoming Tropicana Wee...

Ever since Tropicana invited me to a weekend in Chicago, I have been giving a lot of thought to my integrity as a blogger.  So far, I think I have done pretty well.  I talk openly and honestly about the issues I care about, and only review products or services that reflect "my brand."   But like a teenager being taken on a nice date, I started worrying that I might be expected to put out... What if I had constructive feedback for Tropicana or questions about their environmental practices? ...

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Kids arguing over their favorite…squash?

I had to laugh at the dinner table tonight when my 5 and 7 year old children engaged in verbal battle over which type of squash was better: Acorn or Delicata. As my daughter groaned about her Acorn squash, I thought about my friend Charlotte and the experiment that she started doing with her son about a year ago. They decided to eat their way through the alphabet - one vegetable at a time. She called this journey The Great Big Vegetable Challenge, and regularly documents their trials, tribulations,...

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