K is for Kitchen Crap

Melissa, April 3, 2013

You know the drawer in your kitchen filled with utensils that serve one single purpose and typically aggravate you more than serve you? If you want to cut the crusts off a sandwich, use a knife – you don’t need a separate gadget to accomplish it, right?! If you simplify, it’ll be easier to find everything you are looking for when you need it. Having the right tools means you won’t need lots of little gimmicks.   TAKE ACTION Read more about why I think single-use and single-purpose stuff sucks   This blog series is created from The Alphabet of Avoidance by Lisa Borden. Lisa is a champion for change, mom of 3, and owner of Borden Communications, and she believes, “If you aren’t outraged, then you just aren’t paying attention.” You can follow her on twitter @LisaBorden for rants, raves, inspiration and information.

Help…My Baby Is Not Eating Enough!!

Melissa, March 27, 2013

Is your child “small”? Do they eat much less than your friend’s kid? Did the health nurse tell you feed them more food?! I see so many parents stressed out and worried their baby or child is not eating enough food, or is too thin. Yes, you are the parent, and it’s your job to be worried about your baby…..but it’s not your job to force them to eat a certain amount, no matter their age. For babies less than one year, breastmilk is their main source of nutrition anyways. Try to relax, and know there is not a certain amount of food your baby “should” eat in a day. Other than the amount he/she chooses to eat that day…..a little, a lot or nothing at all! For toddlers and children, wanting to control the amount of food their child eats is the biggest hurdle that I see for parents to get over. And often the cause of picky eaters. We just want to control our kids. Including how much they eat. WHY can’t we control our kids?! And what happens when we try our darndest to get this control? Power struggles & fight back. How do you feel when someone tells you that you need to do something? It probably gives you even less motivation do that that exact thing. Take a leap of faith, but trust that your child will eat the amount he/she needs, without your pressure. The vast majority of children are good at this – if you are concerned or your child is not growing well, check with your doctor. So offer a variety of healthy foods, at the family table, during regular snack and meal times. If your child doesn’t want to eat, fine. If they want more, fine too! Having this relaxed attitude will decrease the stress of everyone around the table. It also allows your child to grow up having a healthy relationship with food and to listen to their appetite Continue to offer them (no pressure!) again and again, and be a good role model by eating a balanced diet yourself.

J is for Junkmail

Melissa, March 20, 2013

The name says it all…“junk”mail! Of course you need to get rid of it. The industry standard for a successful unaddressed advertising campaign is a 2% response rate, which means 98% of the resources making junk mail are wasted! You can put a stop to it right now – no cost to you, big savings for everyone.   TAKE ACTION For the best kept secrets on how to stop catalogues and all your junk   This blog series is created from The Alphabet of Avoidance by Lisa Borden. Lisa is a champion for change, mom of 3, and owner of Borden Communications, and she believes, “If you aren’t outraged, then you just aren’t paying attention.” You can follow her on twitter @LisaBorden for rants, raves, inspiration and information.

The End of the Rainbow Contest…and New Product

Melissa, March 13, 2013

Wean Green has been hiding our newest product underneath a pot of gold. Can you guess what it is before the leprechauns come to take it on the 17th? We will be giving 3 clues to unwrap our newest addition to our product line! Check out our Blog, Facebook and Twitter accounts between March 5th to 15th to see if we can revealed the next clue!  You can either comment on the clue or email info@weangreen.com with your answers! People that correctly answer the clues will be submitted into our draw for a chance to win a sample of our new product as well as a Wean Green Baby Kit (consisting of a pack of Wean Cubes and Wean Bowls)!  

Banana Coconut Flour Muffins

Melissa, March 13, 2013

The other week during our cold snap, I was dreaming of the tropics!!!  I was thinking about how lovely it would be if I could escape our cold winter days and lie on a white sandy beach, soak in the rays and drink some fresh coconut water (or mohitos).  Well, that was not an option… so I decided to bring the tropics to us by making some Banana Coconut Flour Muffins.  These muffins are delicious and taste just like the tropics (or how I how envision them tasting)! They are gluten free for those who have sensitivities or who are intolerant since they are made with coconut flour.  Coconut flour is also a great source of fibre, healthy fat and it is easily digestible. Coconut products have many health benefits aside from tasting delicious.  Although known as a saturated fat, it is a MCT (medium chain triglyceride) which is easy for the body to utilize and is considered a high quality fat.  Coconut oil has thermogenic (heat generation) properties, which means it can help to stimulate your metabolism.  Due to the Caprylic Acid, Capric Acid and Lauric Acid content, it has antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties. Palm sugar has a much lower GI (Glycemic Index) score compared to sucrose (white sugar).  Palm sugar has a GI of 35 compared to sucrose which ranks around 68.  The Glycemic Index uses a scale of 0 to 100, with higher values given to foods that cause the most rapid rise in blood sugar. Pure glucose serves as a reference point, and is given a Glycemic Index (GI) of 100.  Therefore, palm sugar is a better option for individuals who have blood sugar sensitivities.  Palm sugar also gives foods a nice caramelized flavor in baking. So there you have it… way more information you ever hoped of reading about coconuts! Banana Coconut Flour Muffins Serves: 12 muffins Preparation Time: 10 minutes 1 cup organic coconut flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon aluminum free baking powder 1/8 teaspoon sea salt 6 eggs ¼ cup virgin coconut oil 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 ripe bananas (mashed) ½ cup pureed pineapple or canned crushed pineapple 2 TBSP palm sugar ½ cup chopped pecans ½ cup full fat coconut milk ¼ cup water ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut (for topping) Directions: Preheat oven at 350 F degrees. Sift the coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together into a small bowl. Set aside. In a medium sized bowl beat eggs together. Add coconut oil, coconut milk, pineapple, palm sugar and vanilla. Whisk together until blended.  Add mashed bananas. Whisk in coconut flour mixture until well blended. Batter will be thick. Divide batter among the muffin tins lined with paper liners or greased with coconut oil. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Note: I store these in the fridge due to their high moisture and egg content!

I is for Idling

Melissa, March 6, 2013

We’re busy people, and always in a rush, I am too, so I get it. But how much time does it really take to turn off the engine, and turn it back on? Idling for more than 10 seconds burns gas TWICE as fast as driving for that same amount of time! It also produces a great amount of toxic emissions into the air we all breathe. So when you’re stopped (think carpool, date drop-offs, take-out, pick-ups) it’s usually worth turning off your engine. Idling gets us nowhere. Quickly.   TAKE ACTION Support and protect your right to breathe clean air Develop an anti-idling campaign at your school   This blog series is created from The Alphabet of Avoidance by Lisa Borden. Lisa is a champion for change, mom of 3, and owner of Borden Communications, and she believes, “If you aren’t outraged, then you just aren’t paying attention.” You can follow her on twitter @LisaBorden for rants, raves, inspiration and information.

Fun Snacks For Kids

Melissa, February 27, 2013

“Mom, I’m hungry!” Is this a common refrain in your household? It is true that young children have small tummies, and need to eat snacks every few hours during the day. A healthy snack consists of a grain, fruit or vegetable, along with a protein source: apple with cheese, a boiled egg with raisins, carrots with hummus or toast with peanut butter. And kids love it when their food is fun! It encourages them to try new foods, and makes great memories. Here are a few ideas. Banana Split: Spoon yogurt in the centre of a cereal bowl, and place banana halves on either side. Sprinkle with strawberries, pineapple (or any other fruit you have on hand), and granola. Potato Nachos: Microwave thin slices of sweet potatoes until tender. Top with tomatoes, green peppers, grated cheese and mild salsa. Microwave until cheese melts. Nutbutter Dip: Puree ½ cup nut butter (peanut butter, almond butter, etc.) with 1 cup plain yogurt. Yummy as a dip for fruit. Mini Pizzas: Toast whole wheat English muffin halves. Top with shredded mozza, tomato sauce and veggies or other favorite pizza toppings (ham, pineapple, mushroom, peppers). Microwave until cheese melts. Aunts on a Log: Fill celery slices with nut butter, and top with raisins. Bunny Snack: Use canned pear halves, or cut a fresh pear in half and take out the core. Fill the pear centre with cottage cheese. Add raisins for eyes and a belly button!

H is for Hoarding

Melissa, February 20, 2013

We all have WAY too much stuff. Where do we put it? When are we going to use it again? Where does it go when we no longer need it? Take a look to your left, and another to your right and check out how much stuff surrounds us, most of which we probably could do without. If you have it and don’t use it, donate it, swap it or sell it. If you don’t have it and don’t need it, don’t buy it. Less stuff is good, good stuff is better, better stuff is enjoyable. Buying less stuff means less clutter in your life and in the landfills, using fewer resources, and more money in your pocket; and who doesn’t want that? Don’t hoard…share or savour! And remember, the best things in life really are free.   TAKE ACTION Find out where all your “stuff” comes from, and where it goes afterwards Watch how much you buy or you may end up like these people   This blog series is created from The Alphabet of Avoidance by Lisa Borden. Lisa is a champion for change, mom of 3, and owner of Borden Communications, and she believes, “If you aren’t outraged, then you just aren’t paying attention.” You can follow her on twitter @LisaBorden for rants, raves, inspiration and information.

Wean Idea-Engagement Ring Hideout

Melissa, February 14, 2013

Is there anything more romantic than a Wean Cube full of sugar with a little surprise in the middle. At least this way she won’t drink the ring out of her champagne glass!

Valentine’s Day Treats

Melissa, February 12, 2013

This Valentine’s Day give out some sweet treats without all the added sugar! Try this yummy Apple Strawberry Sauce recipe or come up with one of your own and use the downloadable cards for the perfect Valentine –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Downloadable Cards: sweet treat recipe card-back of card bee mine-front of card blank-back of card Happy Valentine’s Day-front of card

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