…r 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 littl…

…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 fe…

…y imagination at all in explaining my deeper understanding of global issues upon return. I had one less avocado smoothie while in Vietnam and was able to tour a local emergency room and speak with one of the nurses about how trauma patients are triaged. Think of doing stuff not only as an investment in your medical school application but also as a deposit to your overall life experience bank. Stuff will lead you to finding out what it is that imp…

…sh fruit juice were 34 percent less likely to get urinary tract infections. Not bad. Those who drank berry juices of any type were significantly more protected. Better. But the most dramatic result came with women who ate yogurt containing active cultures of beneficial bacteria. Probiotics can be powerful. Eating only 3 servings a week made the women in the study almost 80 percent less likely to get an infection! Now, how about a berry smoothie?…

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…puree is great to have on hand for eaters of all ages. They make a prefect snack, mix-in for yogurt or oatmeal, smoothie base or even ice cream topping. To make purees that everyone will love, start by thinking outside the produce. You don’t have to stick with just plain fruits and vegetables. * Add grains and nuts (for children already safely eating tree nuts; read more on safely introducing high allergen foods to beginner eaters). Whiz nuts lik…

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…

…and also what you might have coupons for. 8.  Make your own. Rather than buying the $5.00 box of granola bars, smoothie mixes, and kale chips – do it yourself! We like to freeze our fruit (strawberries, raspberries, etc.) this way throughout the year all I need to do is walk down stairs, grab a bag of prepared fruit (that has already been washed, frozen and stored in zip-lock bags). I now have “ready-made” berries for everything from homem…

…en both the egg and muffin are cooked, add a slice of organic cheese and you have the perfect egg muffin! Fruit Smoothie Blend together protein powder (I like a rice protein), spirulina (a blue green algae very high in iron and antioxidants), some organic yogurt and any combination of fruit.  You can even throw your ingredients in the blender before bed, store it in the fridge overnight, and then all you have to do is push start in the morning! F…

…juice looks like a glass of orange juice, but it’s a little thicker — somewhere between a juice and smoothie. If orange juice is a glass of sunshine, then this tastes like orange juice on a vacation, gliding down a river under the rainforest canopy on a hot, lazy day — ready for a nap. Sultry. Delicious. In fact the entire night was delicious, including a local Ecuadoran dessert, a form of arroz con leche. It was a classic Spani…

…apple chunks. Or I’ll add a handful of Raisins to a bowl of oatmeal. Other mornings we’ll make a colorful fruit smoothie! If your family eats eggs you can easily add some baby spinach or other veggies such as chopped up peppers or green onions to accentuate this meal. Snack: Veggie Time! Try offering veggies in different ways such as sliced, cubed, grated, changing the appearance and texture of veggies can work magic for picky eaters. We also lik…

…ega Swirl. Just a teaspoon and a half delivers the perfect amount. My kids take it right from the spoon or in a smoothie. Just make sure you keep the liquid in the fridge. A balanced diet is the best way to ensure optimal development during childhood, and toddler formula or supplements, especially those above, can round out any potential deficiencies. We’d love to hear your ideas for ensuring your little one gets the nutrition they need! Please s…

…electric processor with some brown rice, carrots, and celery Indian chili (chopped meat, onions, tomatoes, dill, cumin, lots of garlic) Whole wheat noodles and spinach Wheat germ (in yogurt) Foods added after eight months All foods listed above, plus: Cheese Cottage cheese Cucumber Kale chips Flax seeds Pumpkin seeds Sunflower seeds Hemp milk smoothie Whole wheat pancakes made with molasses EVERYTHING ELSE WE USUALLY EAT, TOO MANY TO LIST!…

…forted by two things — A few years ago she found out that the fish she was eating during pregnancy was likely very low or possibly even mercury and PCB-free because of where and when it was caught. Our son is now in college and is happily engaged in rigorous study. Seems his brain is just fine. Healthy Omega-3 Recipes Kids Will Love: Pumpkin Chia Seed Muffins Brainy Breakfast Recipe Green Smoothie Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Busy Moms…

…Oatmeal Cups to Go- Make them ahead of time and you’ve got breakfast ready in the morning. Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie- Throw it all in the blender and you’ve got a healthy breakfast. Greek yogurt topped with fruit- No cooking required here at all. Hardboiled egg and yogurt-You can even boil the eggs the night before. Homemade Trail Mix-Make some up over the weekend and you’ll have it ready during the week. What breakfast do you and your ki…