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  1. Family Life
    Sharing the Love, Sharing the Food - when you bless a new mom with meals and snacks, you're showing her what true community and true thoughtfulness really looks like. When I was pregnant with AnaBella, my first child, I had just begun attending a church of a few hundred people. There were many...
  2. Green Goods
          Nutrition Guide (brought to you by Carlson Labs) Eating Naturally on an Unnatural Budget Five simple solutions for providing healthy foods without breaking the bank Learning While We Cook: How Preparing Meals Educates Children As they snip, read and converse with us, our kids are...
  3. Family Life
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  4. Family Life
    You've got to love Mayim Bialik's passion for speaking up about what she believes in.   Whether she's setting the record straight regarding attachment parenting or responding to one of the largest beef recalls in history, she does it in style.   Check out her recent campaign for PETA in...
  5. Family Life
    Do any of you have children that play on sports teams? Do you want to provide good nutrition to help them play well?   My daughter played soccer from age 6 to 21. I was often disheartened by the snacks that I saw parents bring to games and give to young, tired players. Often what I saw were...
  6. Family Life
    An outbreak of salmonella in 18 states has prompted a recall of peanut butter and other products from a number of popular natural brands. Find the full list of potentially contaminated foods here.   <!-- WP Biographia v3.2.1 --> About Melanie Mayo-Laakso is the Content Manager for...
  7. Family Life
    One of our Cookus Interruptus viewers wrote us a note and asked "why someone would eat gluten free other than to relieve celiac sprue?" She asked if I might address this on our blog. For me, this could be a trick question, with a tricky answer. There seems to be some benefit to eating less...
  8. Family Life
    I admit that I am very lucky. My toddler will eat pretty much anything that we are eating. Don't hate me. It's just luck. And it might not last. Here are a few of our favorite meals for now. They are all vegetarian, since eating low on the food pyramid is good for your carbon footprint...
  9. Family Life
    By Peggy O'Mara Salad dressings are expensive to buy and easy to make. 1-cup mayonnaise or vegenaise ½ cup ketchup or chili sauce (thicker, flavored ketchup) ¼ cup sweet relish or India relish 1 chopped hard-boiled egg (optional) 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar Salt and pepper to taste...
  10. Family Life
    Lighten up the stuffing of the belly by including a dish made from green leafy vegetables on your Thanksgiving table! TOP FIVE GREENS DISHES FOR THANKSGIVING ONE  Massaged Kale Salad with Apples and Gorgonzola This is a BIG cookus favorite (or so google analytics tells us).  If you haven't...
  11. Family Life
    Thank you to Gina Norman from the Kaia Yoga Complete Wellness Centers for this guest post. "Mommy I love you" are definitely words that will tug at any mom's heart, but, every time my 3 and 1/2 year-old daughter Kaia utters, "Mom, can I have a green juice?" I am the proudest mom around...
  12. Family Life
    Thank you to Be Food Smart for sharing this fun chart with us. [Source: Be Food Smart] <!-- WP Biographia v3.2.1 --> About Melanie Mayo-Laakso is the Content Manager for Mothering.com. Mothering is the birthplace of natural family living and attachment parenting. We...
  13. Family Life
    Thank you to The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine and Lisa Barthuly for this guest post. What preschooler doesn't love to get "hands-on"? Enjoy these fun and frugal recipes together for some old-fashioned learning! Homemade Play Doh 1/2 cup flour 1/4 cup salt 1/2 cup water 1/2...
  14. Family Life
    Sponsored Content As parents, we know that providing a healthy lunch is a vital part of a positive school experience. Here are ten simple solutions for packing a lunch you'll feel great about. 1. Include Lean Protein: Lean protein is the perfect start to a healthy lunch. Protein provides...
  15. Family Life
    Thank you to James Kim from Food on the Table for this guest post. Eating local aids the environment by preserving farmland and minimizing air pollution while also providing you with more nutritious and fresher eats. So how can you go local in your meal planning? Here are some ways to get...
  16. Family Life
    From "EWG'S 2011 Shopper's Guide Helps Cut Consumer Pesticide Exposure," released June 13, 2011. Environmental Working Group has released the seventh edition of its Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce with updated information on 53 fruits and vegetables and their total pesticide loads...
  17. Family Life
    On Sat, May 7th, Mothering Publisher and Editor Peggy O'Mara will be a guest on An Organic Conversation, a radio show airing online and on Green 960am Progressive Talk Radio. The topic is Baby Food: Making Every Bite Count. Listen at 10am PT. <!-- WP Biographia v3.2.1 --> About...
  18. Family Life
    Whenever I visit Los Angeles, I eat at Plate. Love the place. A few weeks ago, the waiter recommended their special: a raw kale salad. "Um, oookay," I said. I wasn't too sure I'd like it. But as with everything on their menu I've tried, it was delicious. In fact, I loved it so much that I...
  19. Family Life
    I began adding more raw meals to my daily eating practices in January, and I feel so much better as a result. It's so much fun to experiment with familiar flavors, like pesto, in the context of a raw entree or snack. The Raw Truth: Recipes and Resources for the Living Foods Lifestyle, 2nd ed...
  20. Family Life
    What are your top go-to pantry meals? (A pantry meal is something you make up out of what's sitting around in your pantry, freezer, fridge-when you are about due to go food shopping but want to put it off for one more day-or you're broke (me, today, actually)-or you just want to USE the food...
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