Healthy Snack Bar Recipe

Melissa, May 16, 2014

I love this recipe! The kids devour them and it gives my gluten free life a little excitement 🙂 I make these in Meal Cubes so I can just throw the lid on and put them in the fridge. When I send them in lunches I normally cut into rectangles and put in Wean Tubs so they look more like a store bought granola bar but sometimes the girls request ‘bite size’ pieces in Wean Cubes. Awesome Granola Bars 2 cups gluten free rolled oats 1 cup gluten free rice cereal ¼ cup flax seed ¼ cup chia ½ cup honey ¾ cup organic peanut butter (I’ve used no-nut butter & almond butter-both were great!) ½ tsp vanilla optional additions: chocolate chips, dried berries, coconut, chopped nuts In large bowl mix oats, cereal, flax, & chia together and set aside. Mix honey, peanut butter & vanilla in saucepan over medium heat. Stir until melted and well blended (about 5 minutes). Combine your oat mixture with the peanut butter mixture. Press into 2 Meal Cubes. Let sit in fridge for 1 hour. Cut into rectangles and store in Wean Tubs for lunches! Enjoy. Cheers, Melissa

Spring Cleaning – Get The Kids Involved!

Melissa, May 7, 2014

  The melting of winter into spring is a great time to bring order back into your home after the chaos that hibernation brings. Spring cleaning can be a daunting task, but you can simplify it by enlisting your family to help and make it into a fun activity. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to pull it off. 1. Pick a date when you can dedicate the whole day. Be sure to have the supplies you need, including handy snacks and drinks. Work in teams of two or three and then switch halfway through the day. Don’t forget to choose some up-tempo music to keep the energy levels intact. 2. Tackle closets first. Tell the kids you’re having a fashion show and let them try on all of their clothes. What doesn’t fit gets handed down to a sibling, or packed into a box for donation. 3. Find all the toys. Create a treasure hunt for younger children with an appropriate incentive to find all those extra pieces of Lego and Polly Pocket clothes. When their basket is full, have them pile the toys in the centre of the family room, then sort them into ‘keep’ and ‘part’ piles. For the ‘part’ pile, separate the toys into bins for garbage, donations, and a garage sale. Make sure to deliver these bins to their final destination, so that they do not clutter up your garage, or find their way back into the house! 4. Sort through books. Locate all the books and spread them on the floor (parents’ books, too). Donate as many books as possible to a local daycare or charity and recycle the ripped and damaged ones. 5. Deal with the memorabilia. Keep arts, crafts and papers from school in one large storage bin and then have your kids sort through the bin, keeping only a quarter of the pile. Put a few special items out on display, and store the rest in a folder. Finally, at the end of a productive day, reward your team with dinner out at a favourite restaurant. You won’t feel like cooking—or worse—cleaning up after the dinner mess!

Baby & Beyond Contest

Melissa, May 7, 2014

Earth Day Birthday Finish Line!

Melissa, April 22, 2014

Please list all your answers in the comment box at the bottom of this post for your name to be entered into the draw!  Remember, you will get bonus entries for: Liking all of the sponsors on Facebook Following all of the sponsors on Twitter Sharing the Scavenger Hunt with your friends Earth Day Birthday Scavenger Hunt

Earth Day Birthday CONTEST!

Melissa, April 9, 2014

Join us for Wean Green’s annual Earth Day Birthday Scavenger hunt!  The hunt will begin on Earth Day (April 22nd) at 9:00am MST on Wean Green’s Facebook.  You will find the first clue on our Facebook wall and the clue will lead you to another participating company’s Facebook.  Follow the clues until you reach the finish line! This years prize is the best one we have had yet!  Keep your eyes peeled on our Facebook for hints on who will be playing!  Come back to this post for the link to being playing on April 22nd.    

#litterlesslunch Photo Contest

Melissa, April 7, 2014

#litterlesslunch Contest Are you up for the challenge of making a completely litter free lunch on Wednesday, April 9th? Post your photo of your litterless lunch onto Instagram, Facebook or Twitter (or all 3 for more chances of winning) by Friday April 11th. The winner will be announced Monday April 14th and they will win a limited edition Wean Green Lunch Bag, a set of Wean Green containers as well as a Weelicious Lunch Cookbook!  

Grades of Green Student Creates Trash-Free Lunches

Melissa, March 7, 2014

Youth Corps student member Alex N is passionate about local, sustainable food, as well as waste reduction and environmental stewardship.  In 2013, Alex introduced a 100 Mile Meal project at her school where students ate food that came from a 100 mile radius or less.  This year, Alex has brought her passions together the the creation of her Youth Corps Green Project; creating her own blog!  At Hungry Alex Eats, Alex offers fun, tasty recipes crafted from ingredients gathered at her local farmer’s market.  Each week she visits farmer’s markets to meet the farmers and learn where their food comes from.  Alex has taken her project to a whole new level – along with posting on her blog weekly, she also provides locally sourced, healthy meals to peers at hear school each week.  Thanks to a wonderful donation from Wean Green, Alex is able to make each meal trash free, meaning once the students enjoy their meal prepared by Alex they can return the containers to her to be reused.  Alex is inspiring her school community to learn where their food comes from, support local farmers, choose foods that are delicious, healthy and make a low carbon footprint, and pack trash free!  Way to go Alex!  To learn more about Grades of Green’s Trash Free Lunch Activity, go here.

Melissa’s Tempered Words

Melissa, February 25, 2014

Have you read this blog post written by a loving husband who defends his hardworking stay at home wife’s job? Unfortunately the reactions that this blog has received are honestly breaking my heart. The comments from people who are comparing stay at home mothers to working mothers are so sad. ALL mothers deserve respect and acknowledgement for the work they do. All the people that think this is a competition need to realize that every situation is different. I am ALWAYS a mother-whether I am working or staying at home. Support mamas everywhere-leave your positive comments and words of encouragement below. Tell us your experiences or even give a loving shout out to another mama!  xoxox Melissa (stay at home working mom;)

Portion Control – Black Bean Salad

Melissa, February 11, 2014

Black bean salad is one of my favorite go-to recipes for make ahead lunches.  Not only is it made of almost all Weight Watcher power foods, but it is also very filling so I don’t get hungry mid-afternoon.  I pulled this recipe from SkinnyTaste which is a great site that has a variety of recipes as well as the nutritional breakdown and Weight Watchers points per serving.  This delicious recipe is one 2 points per 1/2 cup serving.  I usually put 1 cup in my Wean Green Lunch Cube and take this for a filling lunch.  I am able to label all my Wean Green containers with marker so that I can see the number of points in each container.  

Warm Soups = Warm Hearts CONTEST

Melissa, February 5, 2014

Warm up this February with this fun soup contest!  Marni Wasserman has contributed weekly soup recipes that will be revealed to you as you play.  Keep your eyes peeled on our blog and on our Facebook for weekly winners and be sure to play every week to maximize your chances of winning. Enter the contest now!

Blueberry Yogurt

Melissa, January 30, 2014

Stoneyfield YoBaby Blueberry A few words from Megan My name is Megan and I am a Flight Attendant, married to a Pilot and mom to my adorable 6 month old son. I love to travel and document our life adventures over on my blog We are excited to show our son all about the world we live in and he has already taken 8 flights and has a stamp in his passport. I am so very excited to join the LitterLESS Lunch team! Since becoming a mom, I’ve been a lot more aware of what we put into our bodies, where our foods come from and what we can do to minimize the waste. We’ve joined a CSA from local farmers, have been eating more organic and in season foods and using Wean Green cubes for my sons foods. I hope to teach my son about where our foods come from and what we can do to litter less as he grows!

The Tomato Sauce Experiment…

Melissa, January 27, 2014

Having an impermeable and non-porous container is the shizzle right? If you understand what that really means, than yes, it rocks! I spoke to someone the other day and told them I did this experiment and now I will share the Tomato Sauce Experiment. I used a tempered glass Wean Green Wean Cube and a BPA Free Plastic Container that I purchased just for this experiment. Both had never been used before and both were given the exact same treatment.   So to further explain my opening statements…Impermeable = nothing can get through, it is impassable. Non-porous = air, water, fluids (& tomato sauce) are not able to cross the surface. It does not allow them through. What this means for you = your food stays in the container and the container does not put any parts of the container in your food or take any parts of your food from the container. Conclusion = Wean Green tempered glass food containers do not allow food to pass into the glass nor do they allow for anything inside the glass to pass into your food, keeping your food fresher, healthier and more awesome. As you can tell I am not a photographer. I know it is a little harder to tell that I am not a scientist…;) Cheers, Melissa

Aloo Gobi (Cauliflower and Potatoes)

Melissa, January 23, 2014

Serves 6 to 8 Ingredients – 1/2 a medium head of cauliflower, cut into bite-size florets – 6 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cubed – 1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro – 2 medium jalapenos, deseeded and minced – 1 inch or so of fresh ginger, grated small – 1 tsp cumin seeds – 1 tsp mustard seeds – 6 teaspoons coriander powder – 1 tsp turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (or half if you don’t like food on the spicier side) – 1/2 tsp asafoetida (also called hing) – 2 tsp mango powder – 1 1/2 tsp salt (or more to taste) – 6 tbsp coconut oil (or oil of choice) – 1/2 cup + 6 tbsp water – 6 dried bay leaves – oil for frying Directions Mix the ginger, jalapenos, coriander powder, turmeric, bay leaves, and cayenne pepper with 6 tablespoons of water. Set aside. Heat oil (about 5 cups) in a pot on medium heat. It’s best to take the potatoes and put them on a clean towel, or a handful at a time on a paper towel, and pat them down to get rid of the excess moisture. This is so that the oil does not spit once you add the potatoes. Even small amounts of water can make oil spit! Test to make sure the oil is ready by putting in one potato piece. If it spits, you need to dry them more. Oil should be very bubbly once the potato is added, if it is not, remove the potato piece and wait until the oil has heated more thoroughly. Leaving food in underheated oil will saturate it through with too much oil, making it unnecessarily greasy. Once oil is hot, put in potato pieces a few handfuls at a time. Make sure the potato pieces are not touching at first, or else they will stick together. You do not want the oil to be too hot, or the outside will become overcooked while the inside of the potatoes is still raw. It should take 5 – 10 minutes for each batch of potatoes. Cook until potatoes have become golden brown outside. Remove into a colander or a bowl with several paper towels in it (to drip off excess oil). Repeat process until all potatoes are cooked. Heat the 6 tablespoons of coconut oil in a large pot on medium heat. Once the oil is very hot, add the cumin and mustard seeds. The seeds should begin to pop and crack after a moment, now add the bowl of spice mixture. Stir constantly. Within a minute or so, the spices will start to separate from the oil. Now toss in cauliflower, potatoes, remaining water, and salt. Mix to coat potatoes and cauliflower in spices. Make sure nothing is sticking to the bottom. Then place a lid on it and let it continue to cook on medium heat for about 15 minutes, until the cauliflower has become soft (but not mushy!). Do not forget […]

Pearl Barley & Forbidden Rice

Melissa, January 16, 2014

1/3 cup Forbidden rice 2/3 cup pearled barley 4 cups water 1 can light coconut milk 2 tbs brown sugar (more if you like it sweeter) 10 oz mangoes (optional) In a medium size pot, bring the water, forbidden rice, and pearled barley to a boil over high heat. Cover and lower the heat to a simmer. Continue simmering for 50 minutes. Add coconut milk and mangoes (or other fruits as desired) and continue simmering for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and serve warm or at room temperature. Can be kept in the refrigerator in a covered container up to 3 days. Can be stored in the freezer for about a month. A Few Words From Rosella: I live in San Francisco.  I’m married and mother to a beautiful 2 year old boy.  I have a wonderful job working full-time for a software company.  I am passionate about photography, food, and travel.  I love to cook when I can and I enjoy trying new recipes.  My current obsession is dark chocolate, sea salt chocolate chip cookies. I am thrilled to be a part of the LitterLESS Lunch Team because I like knowing what ingredients make up the food that my family eats.  I’m fortunate to live in an area that has an abundance of organic foods readily available but sometimes it’s still difficult to find healthy options when we go out, so packing along a lunch saves money and provides my family with a healthier meal or snack when we go out.  Wean Green glass containers come in so many different sizes, it’s easy to pack something simple as crackers for the little one, to full meals for the adults.

Fresh Foods Pinning Contest!

Melissa, January 15, 2014

The Prize: $100 worth of Wean Green How To Play: 1) Click on the enter to win button below.  2) Join and follow Wean Green.  3) Create a new Pinterest Board and name it “Fresh Food For Wean Green”.  4)  Pin your picture(s) of your meals made from fresh foods.  Tag these Pins with #freshfood and #weangreen.  5) Email the link of your board.  6) 1 pin = 1 entry, 1 share of your pin = 2 entries. When To Play: This contest will run January 15th – 22nd 2014.  The winner will be announced January 23rd. Click Here To Enter

Portion Control

Melissa, January 14, 2014

I have been on Weight Watchers for several months  now and I have been using Wean Green to help me keep my portions on track.  Wean Green containers are great because they have a variety of sizes that can fit all of my meals and keep them fresh.  Since they are made from tempered glass I can write in marker the points per container and easily wash the marker off when I am done with the serving.  Another cool trick I learned is to color code the lids depending on the amount of Weight Watcher points per container.  This makes it super easy to pre portion a bunch of snacks and meals and then be able to pull them by color instead of having to look the points up each time.   I will be posting my favorite portion control meals every second tuesday with points and description, so keep your eyes peeled if you want to portion control with Wean Green!

Q & A With Melissa

Melissa, January 13, 2014

Wean Green’s founder & CEO, Melissa Gunning, has been known for her extended work hours, long dance mom hours and master carpooling skills. As a former elementary school teacher she is often drawing us pictures and colour coding our file folders.  With 2 kids in tow she has been trying to take over the world 1 Wean Cube at a time for nearly 5 years! Self proclaimed as the ‘funniest girl in the office’ things can get a little out of hand at WG Headquarters. We are going to be having a live stream on Friday with Melissa and she will be open to answering any questions (yes, ANY) that you have for her.  Post your questions (embarrassing ones encouraged) in the comments section of this blog post and stay tuned on Friday at 11am PST to hear the answers!

#FF – #honorcurves

Melissa, January 10, 2014

We are so excited about our first Follow Friday!  Meet Honorine, the founder of #HonorMyCurves.  Hono refers to herself as a Self Love Advocate, meaning she promotes being comfortable in your own skin and loving yourself just the way you are.  Hono started her Instagram account in hopes to inspire a handful of people to love themselves and bring confidence into every aspect of their lives.  People started to catch on to the amazing work that Hono was sharing and she is now at nearly 55,000 followers on Instagram.  This curvy role model gives words of encouragement multiple times a day and has touched and changed countless lives.  Her lovely followers send in pictures and captions about how she has changed their lives and boosted their confidence levels.  Each day, one of the followers are featured on the Instagram page.  The message that Hono promotes is so simple – love yourself, own your body, and never apologize for your beauty.  Check out her page now and see all of the amazing things she has done!

#Throwbackthursday Wean Green Mama-Melissa Gunning

Melissa, January 9, 2014

A little bit about me, the Wean Green Mama. I compost in high heels. I sort my recycling in designer jeans.  I shop at the organic grocer with a beautiful shade of pink lipstick and I lead an eco-chic sorta life! I grew up on cheezies, chicken fingers and those wonderful mini pizzas that McDonald’s has since removed from their menus.  My mom scrubbed the toilets with bleach every weekend and I loved the smell! I thought recycling was for hippies(don’t worry I love hippies) and that composting had to involve lots of worms. When I run into people from my past life they always wonder what happened to me.  It’s simple. I married for looks and ended up falling madly, deeply in love with a dirt loving, earth hugger.  I didn’t fall into this earth lovin’ life easily.  It took the hubby a little while to convince me not to throw absolutely everything into the garbage and that riding my bike to work would actually help save the planet. Ever since I started over populating the Earth over 8 years ago I have been very conscious of living environmentally friendly. I purchase less, reuse more and recycle everything! As I venture into the big scary world of starting a business I have re-examined all my eco ways and I am excited to start a journey to ‘green’ my home, business and family.  Follow my journey and discoveries as I throw out (recycle) the plastics and bring in the organics. Follow my new blog series, Wean Green Mama’s World!

Snacking on Somersaults

Melissa, January 9, 2014

I spontaneously took up running about eight months ago. After having never run so much as a mile in my entire life, I decided I should run a half marathon. And while I didn’t actually run the whole thing, I did complete a half marathon in April. Part of the fun of running is the community, which is so supportive, even of new slow runners. As a matter of fact, the sales person from whom I bought my race day shoes from was the person who ended up winning the half marathon! Another part of the community is the pre-race stuff: the expo in which runners get treated to free goodies and motivational workouts and treats. While I was at the expo for my race, I came across Somersault Snacks. They’re crunchy little nuggets made out of sunflower seeds. Which, honestly, sounded kind of gross. But they’re lower in fat than nuts, while still having protein in them. Confession: I’m a carboholic who needs more protein in her diet. So I tried the sample they were offering. The Kid was with me and saw me eating, so of course, she demanded some, too. Really not thinking an 18-month-old would enjoy these, I gave her one. To my surprise she loved them as much as I did! While we all know it’s healthier—mentally and physically—to sit around the table and eat together, the reality is sometimes we have to eat, or at least snack, on the run. The easiest things to grab are usually carby: snack bars, crackers, cereal… Since discovering the Somersaults, though, I always keep a couple flavors around for quick and non-messy snacks to fill our Wean Green Snack cubes when we’re headed out to run errands or to the park. Whee! A Word From Christina: Hi, I’m Christina Marie! I’m the at-home-mom to a daughter born in September of 2011. My family (including my husband and our two English Springer Spaniels) lives just outside of Arlington, VA. I’m so excited to be part of the LitterLESS Lunch Team! While I’ll admit that I’ve got some less-than-environmentally friendly habits (paper towels, anyone?), my family and I try to be conscious of the easy ways we can help keep our planet healthy. One of those easy ways is avoiding disposable dishes and tableware—even with babies, toddlers, and children. My daughter has always used glass dishes and even as a toddler, she knows to be careful with them. (When she gets feisty at the table, she drops her cup and her silverware, but never her dishes.) LitterLESS Lunch helps show the multitude of glassware options available, the Team members will demonstrate the different types of people who use them and ways in which they’re used, and—even better—the LitterLESS Lunch Team helps provide tasty and healthy ideas about what to put in them.

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