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? http://themattwalshblog.com/2013/10/09/youre-a-stay-at-home-mom-what-do-you-do-all-day/ 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!

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