Sweet news! Chocolate may help improve memory

Good news chocolate lovers! New research has found that a compound found in chocolate may help improve memory skills and reduce the memory loss that often accompanies old age. It's all about the flavanols. Researchers have found that these plant compounds - found in chocolate - are the key to the improvements. In a new study, researchers from Columbia University Medical Center tested a … [Read more...]

Wednesday Weigh-In: #Cinchspiration and #GoGreenGetFit

If you checked out last week's post, you know that I crashed and burned big-time and had to crawl my way back on plan before the week was through.  I'm happy to report that other than a few minor slip-ups (like the two bagels that I ate immediately after I dropped my eldest off for her very first week of sleepaway camp) I did pretty darned good this week.  Especially considering the week included … [Read more...]

Wednesday #Cinchspiration, #GoGreenGetFit Weigh In: Week Four

Yeah, um.  Ok.  Let me just go ahead and come clean.  I cheated big time this week.  My excuse: extreme sleep-deprivation. Last week started off so well.  I led 3 days of our local girl scout camp and each day I got up at 5:00am, worked until 6:30, then worked out until 7:30 so that I could spend the rest of the day leading little girls on hikes, playing silly games, and splashing in our local … [Read more...]

8 Shopping Tips for Dining At Home in a Dine-out World

by Andrea Woroch Remember all those tips saying you should cook rather than eat out? Well the USDA says we might just be wrong about that in the near future. A recent study by the government agency estimated the price gap between eating at home and dining out will narrow even further in 2012. Grocery prices are expected to rise 3 percent to 4 percent, while menu prices will likely go up 2 percent … [Read more...]

Home Sweet Homemade Jam

Summer is here and nature's produce is at its finest.  What's not to love about the succulent berries, sweet corn, and flavorful tomatoes of this season?  Whether you grow your own, or hit your local farmers market, why not try your hand at canning some some of that goodness so that you can enjoy it all year long. Never canned before?  Start off simply by canning jam or preserves.  Here's a … [Read more...]

Rant: School lunches stink!

Before I begin, let me just say that I in no way wish to condemn the excellent cafeteria staff at my daughter's school.  Those woman (they are in fact all women) bust their buns every day to make two meals a day for hundreds of kids; put up with a constant din of adolescent noise, clean up disgusting spills, and manage to get it all done each day with a smile on their faces. But it is no secret … [Read more...]

E.A.T. R.I.G.H.T.

Dr. Margaret Lewin Chief Medical Director of Cinergy Health It is no secret that obesity and a lack of good nutrition plagues many Americans. With more than 66% of Americans obese and more than two-thirds of obese children destined to become obese adults - we must break the cycle, but where do we begin? Try these ideas to help you E.A.T. R.I.G.H.T. E at the rainbow! Not only do foods of … [Read more...]

Super Bowl Snacks That Score

Super Bowl is just around the corner, and as excitement builds for the Saints to take on the Colts, many people find themselves focusing on the other most important part of the day: the food. For some, greasy comfort foods, great friends and the biggest sporting event of the year is what makes the day great. For others, Super Bowl Sunday is the quickest route to breaking New Year’s … [Read more...]

Summer Treat: Blackberry Chocolate Frozen Yogurt

The summer berries are out in full force this year...in backyard gardens and at the grocery store.  And they're so darned good and good for you, it makes me want to serve 'em up in one form or another almost every day.  Last nnight I made a Mixed Berry Crumble by baking blueberries and rasperries in a pan with a little flour/brown sugar/butter mixture spinkled on top.  Delish!!  Tonight, I think … [Read more...]

Carting Away the Oceans

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Veggie Burger Smackdown

Summer is here and grilling season is well underway. In an effort to grill green, and satisfy my 6 year-old, self-proclaimed vegetarian daughter, I have been on the lookout for the world's best vegetarian burger. To aide in my search, my family and I took on what we deemed, "The Great Veggie Burger Smackdown-2009." We looked through recipes, scoured store shelves, and came up with our top 3 … [Read more...]

Homemade Baby and Parent Food All In One

by, Lisa Cain, PhD, co-founder of Babyfood101.com Having a new baby can really test the Greenest of parents.  Lack of sleep, combined with lack of time leads many parents to buying packaged baby food.  Jars of baby food can certainly make life easier, and are a great solution for time-stressed parents.  But, they aren't green. game of death download So, what is a new parent to do?  Start cooking … [Read more...]

Green Your Coffee: Better Latte Than Never

watch the proposal downloadable films iron man online Ah coffee. You either love it or you hate it. I'm not a big coffee drinker myself (I get my morning buzz from tea or soda!) But my husband rarely goes an hour with a cup o' brew in his hands. So I'm always buying coffee, and I want to make sure that it's as green as can be. I've written before about making an eco-savvy cup of coffee. But … [Read more...]

March Madness: Scrambling to find kid-friendly vegetarian meals

My girls have entered a picky stage of eating which I'm told may well last the remainder of their childhood years. Truth be told, my eldest daughter has never been very adventurous when it comes to meal time. If the adage, "you are what you eat,"  is true, then she is a buttered noodle with Parmesan cheese. My youngest daughter, on the other hand, used to have an open mind when she sat down to … [Read more...]

Waste-Free Wednesday: Making Sense of Lunch

For today's Waste-Free Wednesday, I'd like to take a look at a tried and true eco-topic, the waste-free lunch.  When it comes to school-aged kids, this is one of the best ways to talk to them about reducing waste and conserving resources. If you're not familiar with the concept, here's a little background info.  According to Wastefreelunches.org, the average school aged child produces roughly 67 … [Read more...]