…or 25% off your entire order, use the code MyMunchBug at checkout.) Pack a power packed drink.  Include a frozen smoothie that you made the night before.  Freeze it directly in the cup (with a lid, of course) and be sure to include a wide straw.  By the time your child opens her lunch, the smoothie will be the perfect consistency, plus it helped to keep the lunch cold. One elementary school that I visited was graciously flexible to help one litt…

…e of those heart-healthy foods. Breakfast Who says vegetables aren’t for breakfast? You can try a blueberry-beet smoothie, or a kale, apple and avocado version to get out the door with a few servings of veggie before the day gets going full force. Super Green Smoothie: Blend one peeled, seeded avocado with one cup no sugar added apple juice, one cup of ice, a handful of baby kale (cleaned), squeeze of lemon juice, and one Tbs. of agave juice. A f…

Having a varied list of things in which you were involved will allow you at a later date to use this activity bank you’ve created to determine and explain a situation in which you were a leader, you problem solved, you interacted with diverse people, you were humbled, you struggled with a moral issues, and a variety of other questions thrown at you on secondary applications. Giving football recruits tours taught you leadership, public speaking,…

How does what you eat affect your odds of getting a urinary tract infection? Researchers in Finland reasoned that because most UTIs are caused by bacteria from the intestines, diet might have a large direct impact on these infections. Many people have heard about the cranberry juice connection. What about other juices? Other foods? According to their study published in the March 2003 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, women w…

As parents, we’re all familiar with the struggles of getting our children to eat green veggies instead of purple, pink, and blue sugary cereals. We may also be familiar with the worry over making sure a teen eats at all. For information on proper nutrition for kids of all ages, strategies for getting kids to eat their veggies, and eating disorders in teens, Dr. Greene’s Family Nutrition Health Center is just what the doctor ordered. Family N…

In the scheme of things, making homemade baby food is simple business (and totally worth it!). Roast or steam, puree and freeze. No big deal, right? Well, as any busy parent knows, even the simplest tasks become arduous when you’re under slept and have few precious personal moments. Sometimes even just three easy steps feels like too much to bear. The best motivation to get back on track? Make purees that you—and the rest of the family—love, too…

I live in organic kale smoothie, non-BPA, gluten-free, cloth diaperin’, homebirthin’, breastfeed them till they go to college, crunchity green land. That is, we live in the mountains outside of Boulder, which is like Boulder, but one step closer to your friends living in an Ashram and serving up their placenta for Thanksgiving dinner. And I am an active participator in this culture. Well, not the whole placenta-eating-part. But I do…

There have been plenty of debates over the years as to whether eating organic is “really” better for you. In my own personal research and experience, the least amount of human interference the better it is – but lets face it, we are not all going out back and picking money off of trees. We have a budget that sometimes can be quite tight – and one of the biggest draw backs of buying organic is often the cost. Most non-orga…

Busy moms need to start their days on the right foot, loaded up with all the right types of foods!  Here are a few grab-and-go ideas to get you running with a full tank! Fruit and Cheese Combo This is perfect any time of day but an apple and a few slices of a sharp cheese (like cheddar) makes a great and quick morning meal. The combination of fiber and protein will jump start your metabolism and ward off hunger. Almond Butter WafflesFrozen, hig…

We just spent our first night in Ecuador,  where they say you find “La vida estada pura,” or “Life at its purest.” We were welcomed with a glass of fresh tree tomato juice. Tree tomatos are a local fruit with a thin rind of mottled green-red. When you slice one in half with a knife, it looks like the inside of a firm, bright yellow tomato. But the taste is nothing at all like a tomato. It’s a fresh citrus flavor, s…

Why should your kids be eating a rainbow every day? Each color group provides a unique set of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. When kids eat from the 5 color groups it becomes an easy and fun way to ensure that they are benefitting from this wide spectrum of nutrients. By breaking produce down into groups of fire-engine red, bright orange, sunshine yellow, emerald green and rich blue/purples you can make eating fruits and vegetables fun…

Photo by David Goehring.   The toddler years are a time of huge transition – and one of the biggest changes is in how they receive the majority of their nourishment. Not so long ago, their diet consisted of milk or formula, but now they are (hopefully!) enjoying a balanced diet, including lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, adequate protein and whole unprocessed foods. As a naturopath, I am often asked if children need vitamins and supple…

Here is a list of foods in order of introduction for my second son.  This is not an all-inclusive list.  There are only so many foods you can introduce during this short time span.  Make the most of it! First week (5 months): Avocado, scooped out and mashed Butternut quash, roasted and mashed Banana, raw, mashed Grass-fed ground organic beef (stir fried, and processed with breast milk in mini processor) Foods added in the second week All food…

When MsGreene was pregnant with my youngest in 1995, she craved tuna sandwiches. She could tell you where there was a good one within a mile of just about anywhere we normally visited. Later studies were release showing tuna, and many other ocean fish, may contain mercury and PCBs. She was horrified at what she might have done to our son. For years she lamented, “I was just responding to what my body craved because my body knew it needed…

We all know they say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Then why are approximately 8-12 percent of school age children skipping breakfast? By the time kids hit their teens, as many as 20-30 percent are skipping breakfast. Why exactly is it so important that kids (and adults as well) eat a good breakfast before school? Well, for starters, how about these reasons?   Eating breakfast can help improve math, rea…