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

Hot Plate For Your Hot Date CONTEST

Melissa, February 6, 2013

  There’s nothing more romantic than a homemade meal for a date night!  Share your favorite date night feature or recipe and you will be entered for a chance to win! TO ENTER:  Post your favorite recipe on our Facebook Wall or email us at  Share your recipe with a picture of it in a Wean Green container to double your chances of winning!  All entrants will also have their recipes featured on a recipe blog post at the end of the month! ENTER RECIPES BY: February 11th PRIZE: Beauty Gram – Cupid Gram and $50 for a Wean Green purchase of your choice!

Carrot & Cauliflower Coconut Cream Soup

Melissa, February 6, 2013

  Ingredients 1 head Cauliflower 3 cups Carrots, peeled & choppped 1 Onion, chopped 2 Cloves Garlic 3 TBSP Ginger, minced 1 TBSP Coconut Oil 3 Cups Chicken Stock 1 Can  Coconut Milk Salt and Pepper to taste   Directions  1. Preheat oven to 375F 2. Clean and cut cauliflower & onion into small pieces.  Mince ginger & garlic.  Place cauliflower, onion, ginger & garlic on baking sheet and toss with coconut oil.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, tossing occasionally until mixture becomes nicely roasted 3. Meanwhile, peel carrots and cut into small pieces. 4. Add carrots, chicken stock and coconut milk to a saucepan and heat over medium heat.  Cook carrots until soft. 5. Remove cauliflower from oven and add to the saucepan.  With an immersion hand-held blender, mix everything until nice and smooth.  (If you don’t have an immersion blender, put soup into a large food processor and mix until smooth). 6. Season to your liking with a little salt and pepper. 7. ENJOY!! This recipe freezes well! Happy New Year!!! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday full of joy and abundance. For the first recipe of the year I decided to focus on one that is nutrient dense and loaded with immune supporting foods. If you enjoyed the festivities of the season like I did, your immune system could probably use a little boost! I made this soup just before the holidays to make sure it was worthy of a blog post, and the verdict was….YES! This is a great winter soup since carrots are in season and offer many health properties. I buy my carrots from Lund’s Organic Farm at The Kingland Farmer’s Market and they are absolutely delicious! These carrots taste like earth and what carrots were intended to taste like. Not only do I love supporting a local farmers, I love knowing that these carrots are free of yucky herbicides and pesticides and contain more nutrients since they have not had to travel thousands of miles to get to your table. Here is a little blurb to describe the major health benefits of the ingredients found in this recipe: Carrots: Excellent source of vitamin A (a major antioxidant) which helps to support the immune system. Cauliflower: Contains large amounts of health-promoting sulfur compounds. These compounds help to increase the liver’s ability to produce enzymes which help to neutralize potentially toxic substances. Also an excellent source of Vitamin C (another major antioxidant), which is supportive of immune health. Ginger: Anti-inflammatory properties help to decrease the inflammation from all the sweets and rich foods consumed over the holidays. Garlic: Antibacterial and antiviral properties to support the immune system. Onions: Good source of Chromium, a mineral which helps to increase insulin sensitivity. Chromium can help balance blood sugar levels (which is probably needed after consuming excessive treats over the holidays!) Chicken Stock: Full of important minerals to support overall health. Coconut Oil: Medium chain triglyceride which is readily used by the body as energy and not stored for later use. Coconut oil also contains Lauric Acid, which has antibacterial and antiviral properties, further supporting the immune system. […]

10 Super Ingredients Women Should Bring On The Go With Them

Melissa, January 30, 2013

We know that wean green cubes are great for snacks and the like. But What I want to share is some amazing things that can actually be put into these fabulous little cubes for fabulous workingwomen who are on the go and want quick light and easy snacks to keep them fueled. Each of these is either a source of vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein or healthy fats. Here is my top 10 list: Golden berries – sour, tart and tangy loaded with antioxidants, vitamin A & fiber. Pack them up on there own or with some brazil nuts for a great mix! Almonds – crunchy, satisfying loaded with calcium, protein and healthy fat. Perfect bite size snack for midday! Dark Chocolate – Always hits the spot, gives you nice energy and loaded with magnesium and calcium Pumpkin seeds- zinc, iron, crunch and can be topped on salad when dining out. Blueberries – antioxidants, fiber and vitamin C. Pop them in your mouth for a tart and delicious morning snack. Hempseeds – Contain omega 3, protein, fiber and light and easy to add to other meals and salads on the go. Carrots – crunchy and sweet and contain beta-carotene, vitamin A which is great for your eyes, combine with some hummus for a balanced snack. Granola – of course homemade is best. It’s the perfect 3pm snacks that is sweet, full of fiber and flavour. Eat right out of the container with a spoon! Apple slices – vitamin C, fiber. Whether green, red or yellow cut them up into slices and pack them up with some almond butter for a balancing midday snack. Goji berries – vitamin C, antioxidants and protein. These red gems taste delicious in a trail mix with almonds, pumpkin seeds and dark chocolate!

Hot Plate For Your Hot Date Recipes

Melissa, January 28, 2013

Try out these fantastic recipes submitted by our lovely followers:   Creamy Garlic & Herb Shrimp Linguine Recipe By:  Tara Elias 220 g linguine, uncooked 2 cups frozen peas, defrosted 3 Tbsp. Italian Dressing 1 lb. (450 g) frozen uncooked deveined peeled large shrimp, thawed 1/2 cup (1/2 of 250-g tub) Herb & Garlic Cream Cheese Spread 2/3 cup chicken broth 2 Tbsp. Parmesan grated cheese 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley Cook pasta in large saucepan as directed on package. Meanwhile, heat dressing in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add shrimp; cook 3 to 4 min. or until shrimp turn pink, stirring frequently. Transfer to bowl; cover to keep warm. Add peas, cream cheese spread and broth to skillet; cook and stir on medium heat 4 min. or until cream cheese is melted and sauce is thickened. (Do not let sauce come to boil.) Drain pasta mixture. Add to sauce with shrimp mixture; mix well. Top with Parmesan and parsley. —————— Tastes great with white wine and a salad.   No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake Squares Recipe By:  Tara Elias 1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs 1/2 cup granulated sugar – divided use 1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted 1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed 1 (21-ounce) can cherry filling and topping 1/2 teaspoon almond extract Combine graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup of the sugar and melted butter in a mixing bowl; mix well. Press crumb mixture firmly into the bottom of a 9 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan. Let crust chill while preparing the rest of the ingredients. Put cream cheese, remaining 1/4 cup sugar, lemon peel and vanilla in a medium mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed 2 to 3 minutes, or until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Pour into prepared crust. Combine cherry filling and almond extract. Pour over cheese filling. Refrigerate, covered, ready to serve. Makes 9 servings.     Carrot Soufflé Recipe By: Marlissa Tutaj Ingredients: 2 pounds baby carrots 1 quart of Trader Joe’s Free Range Chicken Broth, or Imagine Free Range Chicken Broth 3 omega 3 eggs 2 tablespoon minced onion 1/2 cup coconut oil 1 tablespoon coconut flour 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 cup pure maple syrup Process: Cook carrots until soft in free range chicken broth. Preheat oven to 350. In large bowl, combine pureed carrots, onion, lemon juice, melted coconut oil, coconut flour, salt, cinnamon, pure maple syrup, and eggs. Beat all ingredients until smooth. Pour into a 2 quart souffle dish, lightly greased with coconut oil. Bake uncovered for 45-60 minutes, center should be firm to the touch before eating. Sprinkle with cinnamon if desired, and serve. *Carrots may be cooked and pureed hours ahead adding lemon juice and covering tightly until ready to mix other ingredients. You also may bake the souffle, freeze it, and reheat it.     Alfredo Penne Recipe By: […]

F is for Fragrance

Melissa, January 23, 2013

If it stinks, it stinks. Perfumes and anything with the ingredient “fragrance” that we use everyday can contain a dozen or more secret chemicals not listed on labels, such  parabens, phthalates and other synthetic compounds that experts label as harmful to our bodies (and our water when washed away). These chemicals can trigger allergic reactions or disrupt hormones. This includes body lotions, laundry products, and even some kids toys. As for air fresheners, don’t mask odours with toxins – open the windows, that’s as fresh as it gets!  Read the Fragrance Report listed on the Environmental Defence website and find out the health risks of the secret chemicals hidden in your fragrance. TAKE ACTION mist yourself, your stuff, and the air with clean products like Graydon’s Multi Mist This blog series is created from “The Alphabet of Avoidance” by Lisa BordenLisa Borden, champion for change, mom of 3, and owner of Borden Communications 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.

Recycling Competition: Glass vs. Plastic

Melissa, January 20, 2013

Let the ultimate recycling challenge begin!  When we discuss environmental benefits of materials we must also consider the recycling capabilities.  Here are some things that I have discovered. When glass is recycled it uses less energy than manufacturing glass from sand, lime and soda.  With this said every tonne of waste glass that is recycled into new items saves us 315 kg of carbon dioxide! Glass 1 Plastic 0 When glass is recycled it has nearly infinite possibilities for secondary uses.  Plastics have a high molecular weight. Bottom line- heating plastic alone is not enough to dissolve a large molecule so plastics must be with as close to the same plastic as possible in order to mix efficiently.  If you think of how many plastic items you have in your home and categorize them into the 7 Plastic Identification Codes (normally found at the bottom of product) and then categorize them by color you will see how difficult it can be to match plastics up for recycling. Glass 2 vs. Plastic 0 Due to the recycling capabilities of glass it reduces the volumes of waste sent to landfills (when everyone ensures they actually recycle instead of tossing it in the garbage). While the different types of plastic can sometimes be separated it often weakens the plastic too much to be used for all applications. Glass 3 Plastic 0   When a recycling program says that they will accept glass into their program they do not have a large list of exceptions. When a recycling program accepts plastics they often have a large list of plastic products that cannot be accepted.  Please contact your local recycling program for more information on what they will take! Glass 4 Plastic 0 I am starting to feel like I need to give plastic a point!  I really did research this using my best unbiased frame of mind.  I did find that some manufacturers are starting to use biodegradable plastics.  Unfortunately only a small amount of biodegradable plastics are able to degrade without emitting harmful chemicals into the environment.  Another problem with biodegradable plastic is that it becomes somewhat mummified in landfills and can take decades to degrade.  Hmmm. Judges? Glass 4 Plastic 0 You know what; I think we are going to call this one a shutout.  Stay tuned for the next recycling competitions between team Glass and team Plastic. Final score: Glass 4 Plastic 0

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