Feel your Food

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Feel your Food

Create a new relationship with your food…next time you eat, try closing your eyes, feeling, smelling and tasting your food first…I promise you will start to look at food in a new way. I taught this lesson at a local library, and the kids had a blast!
Mr. Turner
Chef Mix-A-Lot says, “we only used local, fresh organic fruits and vegetables in this lesson!”

Earth Day: Eat, Play and Learn

Every human being is important and all human beings owe something to their fellow inhabitants of this planet.”  ~ Wallace Campbell

Today is Earth Day and it is also Volunteer Week! Eat, Play, Learn Books are being developed for the newest generation of readers with an eye on sustainability. Electronic publishing is the most earth-friendly method of producing media content.

E-books (also called electronic or digital publishing) save trees and  waste that comes with manufacturing paper. A reduction in pollutants that come with ink, used in printing, is an important benefit, also.

every day is earth dayjpgChildren are being taught in school to be good stewards of the earth. More classroom teachers are beginning to using e-books to share lessons in every subject.

Parents, reinforce values at home, by taking good care of the environment by recycling and upcycling waste. Teach your children to turn off lights, reduce water usage and to consume only what is really needed and perhaps, grow a small garden. Here are other ideas for a zero waste home. http://zerowastehome.blogspot.com/p/tips.html

Earth Day is a perfect time to take your children outdoors to play. Take along a bag to pick up trash in your immediate neighborhood or your favorite park. Reward your little volunteers with a healthy, wholesome snack so they don’t run out of energy.

Get outdoors today and enjoy the fresh air! Happy Earth Day, everybody!

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Grown in America

Buying local is important to our economy. The scales have been tipping further and further towards more imported foods on grocery store shelves, and local farmers are loosing out. It is even difficult to find something as simple as apple juice, Made in America.  

There is good news in rice, however. According to www.usarice.com, eighty-five percent of that grain, consumed by people in the United States, is made in America. Surprised? So was I. Read this article, you will see the truth of the matter. http://bit.ly/YqhkLB.

Rice is a grain that it is good for us, and it is fortified with vitamins and minerals. Brown rice is a whole grain and even more nutritious – it is less processed. Some researchers say it may protect against type 2 diabetes. http://bit.ly/15aYLCg.

rice cakesA good way to incorporate more rice in your children’s diet is at snack time. Kids like rice cakes, they have good crunch. For an even more filling and satisfying snack, add a smear of peanut butter or top it with fruit.

Happy, healthy munching everyone!

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Nourishing Sugar

fruit trayHow could students resist this visually enticing snack? Rather than cookies, candy and soda, cravings for sugar are best satisfied with fruit – organic if possible. Sugar that is not plant-based has little in the way of beneficial effects on the body. Minerals, fiber, water, vitamins and phytonutrients (nutrients from plant compounds) are all contained in fruit of the vine (fruit and vegetables).

Some people say fruit has too many carbohydrates. But, here is an interesting article that dispels some of the misunderstood qualities about fruit sugars, http://bit.ly/118fItM.

Next time your kids want something sweet to eat, use just a little imagination. Give them a better food alternative and  a colorful arrangement of fruit and watch them dig in.

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Container Gardens

It’s time to plant a garden in many places of the country. A large tract of land is not necessary for growing fresh produce and even those who live in small spaces, such as in a condominiums or apartments, can grow window boxes or pots of vegetables or herbs.

A great way to get children interested in eating “veggies” is to get them involved in growing them. Its fun for children to watch produce grow from seed to table and then taste the fruit of their labors. Child-sized garden tools and a watering can, that they can tote themselves, is helpful when trying to get children involved in caretaking of plants.

tomatoes in windowboxHere is an article about small space and patio gardening. http://bit.ly/Z5O9MX. Other useful articles about what type of vegetables are suitable for container gardening are readily available over the internet.

Happy Planting! Come on back to this blog for Eat Play Learn Books, LLC, next week. We sprout ideas for parents and their children who want to eat better for improved health and brain-power.