Name: Renata L. Lerch
Kids: Son, age 19 months
Works: at limalerchconsulting.com, and Editor-in-Chief of EcoLogicalMom.com
Favorite part about being a mom: Experiencing for my child
Least favorite part about being a mom: Lack of "me" time and constant worrying
Famous for: Trying hard to be fit and healthy. And for being a fanatic about cheese!
It is almost impossible to find beauty products from top brands without chemical ingredients harmful to the skin and/or environment. It is important to always read the ingredients of what you buy. Check out these beauty (and baby) product ingredients to avoid:
The ingredients below are often found in baby products:
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The American Academy of Pediatrics just released a revised report on "Media Use by Children Younger than 2 Years". It is a must read for parents!
Click here to access the complete report
Multigrain, wholegrain, fiber, wheat....very deceptive wording. Pay attention to what you are buying at the grocery store! Here is a great guide from Fitness Magazine:
"Research shows that filling up on foods with fiber can boost your health, keep you from overeating, and help you lose weight. The average American woman consumes about 10 to 15 grams of fiber a day, about half of what's needed to meet the basic recommendation of 25 grams. And experts say that more is even better -- about 30 to 40 grams a day, according to David L. Katz, MD, MPH, an associate professor adjunct of public health and director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University School of Medicine.
But before you put that healthy-looking loaf of bread in your shopping cart, be sure you know what you're getting, advises FITNESS advisory board member Kathy McManus, RD, director of nutrition at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Read the label carefully -- and check the fiber content. In bread, for instance, look for at least 3 grams of fiber per serving (one brand we like: Nature's Own 12 Grain). Choose cereal with a minimum of 2 grams per 100 calories. Other label buzzwords to watch for:
"Whole," as in "100 percent whole wheat" or "whole-grain oats" Ideally, the first ingredient listed should be a whole grain.
"Excellent source of fiber" This means you're getting at least 5 grams of fiber in every serving, while "good source" means that one serving contains at least 2.5 grams of fiber.
"Graham flour" A type of whole wheat flour. So, yes, it's whole grain. But check the fiber content.
"Whole-grain food" Each serving must contain at least 51 percent whole grains. But, depending on the product, the amount of fiber may still be low. For instance, breads contain more water than cereals do, so even when they're whole-grain, they won't necessarily contain much fiber. Always check the label.
"Made with whole grains" If the grains in question appear far down on the ingredients list, put the product back on the shelf.
"Multigrain" The food is made with more than one type of grain, but not necessarily whole grains. Check the ingredients list and the fiber content.
"100 percent wheat" If it doesn't say "whole," it's refined flour, which means all the fiber and nutrients were stripped away in processing.
"Enriched" This term indicates that some of the vitamins have been added back after processing -- but the fiber hasn't. Skip it."
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Gotta love this Fall recipe!!! Apple based, easy to make and delicious!
Apple Cranberry Crumble
Servings: 8 portions
For the Topping:
Set the oven to 375. In a large bowl, add the apples, maple syrup, cranberries, corn starch, lemon zest, and cinnamon and toss well. Transfer to 1 or 2 pie dishes.
To make the topping: Combine the flour, almonds, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt and mix well with a whisk. Add the butter and toss with your fingertips to form a crumbly topping. Spread over the apples and cover with foil.
Bake for 30 minutes then remove the foil and bake at 350 for another 20-30 minutes until the apples are bubbling and the topping is nicely browned. Remove the crumble from the oven and allow it to cool for 20 minutes before slicing.
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Creamy pumpkin soup is so delicious and feels right in the Fall. Check out this healthy recipe, also great for Halloween and Thanksgiving parties.
Pumpkin and Yellow Pepper Soup with Smoked Paprika
Servings: 7 portions
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 1/2 cups chopped yellow bell pepper (about 2 large)
1 1/2 cups chopped carrot (about 2 medium)
1 cup chopped onion (about 1 medium)
1/2 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika
2 garlic cloves, chopped
5 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
15 oz pumpkin puree (roast and puree it, or opt for a 15-ounce can of salt-free pumpkin puree)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons unsalted pumpkin-seed kernels, toasted
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
Heat oil over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper, carrot, and onion; cook 10 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add paprika and garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add 3 cups broth and black pepper; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
Place one-third of vegetable mixture in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid spills). Blend until smooth. Pour into a large bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining vegetable mixture.
Return pureed vegetable mixture to the heat; stir in remaining 2 cups broth and pumpkin. Cook over low heat for 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in juice. Ladle 1 cup soup into each of 7 bowls; top each serving with about 1 teaspoon pumpkin seeds and about 1/2 teaspoon parsley. Serve immediately.
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It is lunchbox planning time! We know it is a tough and important task, so here are a few ideas to help you out! All healthy, from experienced moms. You can combine items for complete meals.
Variety is always important, so kids don't get bored!
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