Junk Food Swap Outs

Junk Food Swap Outs

Many snack  favorites can be less than ideal on the healthy rating scale. Luckily there are replacement ingredients for the not so good ones that let you still have the food without all of the worry. The following are a few swap out suggestions for some popular snack originals that are known to be suspect for their low nutritional value or chemical production processes. Microwave popcorn is a convenient snack staple; however that bag contains a lengthy list of items that aren’t just popcorn kernels. In addition to some brands being made with partially hydrogenated oil this fast food has… read more

Effects of a Prepackaged Society

Effects of a Prepackaged Society

Children need regular, healthy foods to develop properly. However, when snack time comes around and good choices are not available they will normally choose the most easily accessed items, which can sometimes include prepackaged foods. Children can also adopt the “there’s nothing to eat” syndrome when looking for something to snack on and there aren’t easy to grab, kid centered options. The U.S. in particular has been scrutinized for offering foods to children that are mostly nutritionally deficient even in places where they need a health boost the most, like at school. School lunches in general have been under a… read more

Top 5 Natural History Museums

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Museums are just one of those things we love visiting as kids. The fun activities, the interactive experience, and the educational atmosphere trumps almost all field trips we’ve attended throughout our schooling years. Even as adults, the learning never ends, nor does the curiosity. If you’re interested in visiting some of the top-quality natural history museums in the world, we’ve created a short list for you. 1. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Fun fact: It’s the size of 18 football fields (325,000 sq. feet!). Cool Exhibits: The Discovery Room, Sant Ocean Hall, 45-foot-long model of a Blue Whale 2…. read more

Author Spotlight and Nature Activities For Kids

Author Spotlight and Nature Activities For Kids

If you know kids who love reading, animals and being outdoors, then combine their interests with ecologically focused material. Perfect for warmer months that navigate children toward outdoor adventures, literature that ingrains a natural sense of wonder will stay with them much longer than just hearing a story. Jean Craighead George is an award winning American author that has contributed widely to the world of environmentally focused children’s literature. She was a profound naturalist who seemed to live a life that often lent to the subject matter for her books. Born to resourceful parents who modeled self-sufficiency, including an entomologist… read more

Eco-Luxe Nursery Necessities – Fit for Royalty

Eco-Luxe Nursery Necessities

When the birth of a little one is near, royal excitement starts to go around. When buying for the much anticipated guest forget baby bling, but opt for practical pieces that mom and baby will really use. And so, with the impending birth of the newest royal just around the corner, it started us thinking about the perfect baby items that Prince William and Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge, might find both useful and necessary. Here are a few suggestions we have come up with. Linens A definite need for babies who are amiably renowned for requiring numerous daily wardrobe changes, linens… read more

Solar Showcases Its Fun Side With 3 Neat Toys

Solar Showcases Its Fun Side With 3 Neat Toys

The field of solar gear has manufactured some clever products. Toy merchandise that has dipped both its feet in the solar pond has created some entertaining items. Below are a few interesting models that show what can happen when solar turns up the amusement meter. Though there are many remote control and toy cars that are powered by the sun, this solar powered racing car requires construction and attaching the solar panel before you can juice it up. The build it yourself car features an adjustable panel and a battery backup. It is fairly powerful, and can race along and… read more

Education Outside

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Imagine a gray schoolyard paved with asphalt being transformed into a flourishing ecosystem; with footpaths meandering from bursts of native flora to vegetable patches teeming with in-season crops. Education Outside is an organization that strives to incorporate environmental enlightenment into school curricula; doing so by transforming traditional schoolyards into green havens where kids can help build a sustainable ecosystem. Based in San Francisco, Education Outside has sprouted green classrooms in the schoolyards of dozens of schools in the San Francisco area. In addition, they provide environmentally concerned curricula and training for teachers. In these natural sanctuaries, students not only learn… read more

Go Ahead, Get Your (Healthier) Popsicle On

Go Ahead, Get Your (Healthier) Popsicle On

Not a fan of high-fructose corn syrup or artificial ingredients? Then you probably know it can sometimes be a challenge to find frozen treats that aren’t full of them. For homemade popsicles with ultimate ingredient control, indulge your need for gourmet frozen novelties with these unique and nutritious spins on an old favorite. Let antioxidant packed fresh summer fruits have some fun. Making homemade popsicles can be as simple as pureeing some fresh finds and freezing them, like this watermelon and whole fruit pop. Martha Stewart has several good for you versions of popsicle recipes. Simple yet delicious, the fruit salad ice… read more

Eating Well At School (in Los Angeles At Least)

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For students, the promotion of optimal eating habits dictated in health class are often undermined in the school cafeteria. Here, plastic tray compartments are filled with formless food that serves as the object of disconcerting contemplation. Home life clearly plays an influential  role in the development of healthy eating habits, however, from an early age children spend a majority of their day in the school environment. It is here that their choices are defined, with most kids eating lunch and even breakfast at school. While this can be seen as an opportunity for schools to promote nutritious decisions, most lunch programs are… read more

Concerns Over Environmental Links to Autism

Concerns Over Environmental Links to Autism

Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health have recently released a report regarding one of their studies involving autism and expectant U. S. Women. Their findings indicate that those who were prenatally exposed to increased air pollutant levels are twice as likely to be diagnosed with autism. Researchers looked at various locations that had been outlined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency exposure database for areas deemed as being contaminated with high concentrations of air pollutants. Correlating this geographical information with the numbers of women in these highly air polluted areas showed that those in more contaminated regions were… read more