Tag: healthy kids

Bite-sized happiness from Ella’s Kitchen

I must admit, once or twice I have bought boxes of lovely, organic snacks only to find they’ve gone stale before we’ve had a chance to get through them. What can I say? My daughter is picky and not every snack is her style. Leave it to Ella’s Kitchen, the creators of the awesome Red, Yellow, and Green smoothies that have saved my neck once or twice, to come up with a great solution. The new line of Nibbly Fingers and Yum Yummy Baby Cookies has been well received by the bottomless (and picky) pit that is my daughter....

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Web Coolness – Childhood photos revisited, Back-to-School picks, and going organic

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Four adult sisters recreate their childhood photos with sweetly poignant results. (via buzzfeed) Didn’t get to all your big plans for this summer? Read The Lament of the Bad Mother and laugh away all that mama guilt.  Start the school year off with all the coolest gear, treats, and fashion with our brand-new 2012 Back to School Shopping Guide. And don’t miss your chance to win more than $700 of back-to-school essentials! New Yorkers, get ready to stock up on Beatrix NY...

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Sports drinks for kids, hold the artificial everything

We’re all a little prone to dehydration in the summer around here, so I’m not above letting my kids grab swigs of my Gatorade on a really hot day. It’s not the worst thing in the world, but it’s not the best. So I’m all for trying out an electrolyte-enhanced drink made just for kids, especially when the ingredients are 100% natural. Grombomb is a very cool little mom/pop devised beverage with flavors definitely made to appeal to kids–sour apple, lemonade, watermelon, fruit punch. Lemonade is the most subtle (says the mom) and the only one I could see...

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Glow-in-the-dark glasses. What a bright idea.

These days, there’s no doubt that prescription glasses are totally cool. Exhibit A: Justin Bieber. (Oh, OK, his aren’t prescription. But the fact that the kid likes geek chic enough to fake it says something, right?) Still, it’s always possible to make something cool even cooler. And that’s exactly what Converse did with its new glow-in-the-dark Flutter frames. Made for kids 5 to 15, these are a sophisticated version of glow-in-the-dark. During the daylight hours–while the frames are soaking in all of the sunlight and getting ready for their big glow–the frames look cool, like pink ice. Then, once they’re...

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Non-toxic paint that is safe for your baby? Yes please.

Creating a cute, stylish nursery is supposed to be fun and invigorating. Then you find out all the places that toxic chemicals have taken over and it changes things a bit. If you’re like me, you want to cut some corners for your budget’s sake. But when it comes to paint, I think it’s totally worth it to spend a little more for something non-toxic. Lullaby Paints has developed a green, organic, baby-safe paint made specifically for expectant and newborn moms. I had high hopes for this product and giving it a try, thankfully, it exceeded my expectations. This paint...

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Lollipop Theater Network – Bringing movies to kids who can’t go themselves

As a music therapist working with kids in the hospital, I saw that one of the biggest challenges parents faced (among the many) was providing their kids with as much of a typical every day experience as they could. From keeping up with school work to listening to music with friends, it’s so important for parents, therapists and staff to work together to help bring normalcy to kids’ lives, not just for their own development but for their morale as well.  So, when we got wind of what the Lollipop Theater Network does for kids, we just had to...

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A cute talking elephant helps the medicine go down

In our household, dealing with kids’ flus and colds is a sticky process. I mean this literally: we are usually well-doused in prescribed medicine before any of it actually ends up inside the child. It’s not necessarily that the kids don’t want the medicine itself–the stuff tastes like Kool Aid these days–it’s more that the actual procedure is kind of scary for them.  To Tiffany Krumins, the solution was perfectly clear: make medicine-giving fun. She even went on ABC’s “Shark Tank” to debut her idea: AVA the Elephant, a cute, talking medicine dispenser. You just remove the dropper from AVA’s trunk...

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Five vegetable chips that make healthy eating easy

Got the winter squash blahs? Now that big mama nature has sprung spring on us, we get to look forward to a wider variety of fresh vegetables at the market. My favorite way to celebrate the bounty of Spring is to make homemade veggie chips. And I’m not just talking about ubiquitous kale chips. You can turn nearly any veggie into a chip with nothing more than a knife, some olive oil and an oven. (Salt helps, too.) Check out these five easy vegetable chip recipes and watch even your veggie refusnik gobble up the natural goodness of spring. These Cinnamon...

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Kid vitamins that in no way resemble candy

I discovered Emergen-C after my first Bikram yoga class, and I remember thinking that it was the most brilliant idea ever. It made water actually taste good, and it was healthy, too. Now they’ve got a special line for kids, and Purple Drink has a whole new meaning. Emergen-C Kidz is exactly what it sounds like: Emergen-C formulated just for kids. With three fun flavors and no artificial colors or flavorings, we’ve been using it as another line of defense against the colds and flu marinating in my kids’ school classrooms. With 250mg of vitamin C and a host...

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How to lick a kid’s cold

We can put a man on a moon, but we can’t beat that obnoxious collection of shifty viruses. So how cool that there’s now an all-natural cough drop for kids, in convenient lollipop form. When we received a bag of LILAPOPS, an all natural cough drop for kids, both of my children instantly began coughing and staggering around in the hopes that I would let them have a taste. I didn’t fall for it. But when the flu struck last week, I’m so glad we were prepared. My sick preschooler now thinks LILAPOPS are the best medicine ever. The...

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Farm to Baby – A fresh approach to baby food, delivered straight to your door

First baby food moved out of the jar and into the freezer. Then it went organic. (And organic some more.) Then, gourmet. Now, we’ve discovered a new service that puts it all together, offering delicious, fresh foods for baby made with ingredients like hubbard squash and quince straight from the farm–and delivering it right to your door. Farm to Baby NYC is a new subscription-based baby food delivery service in New York City, and we can’t wait for it to expand. They use locally grown produce, picked just days before being gently cooked in their kitchen, to deliver fresh...

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New glass baby food containers make it easy to wean off the plastic

I admit to using plastic food containers for everything from storing leftovers to housing fresh made baby food. Yes, I cringe every time I put them in the dishwasher and I do find it a pain in the rear to take the extra step of pouring the contents in a porcelain bowl to microwave the food. But it’s not easy finding glass containers that snap shut as easily as the plastic ones. Hooray for Wean Green (gotta love the name!), an eco-friendly line of tempered glass food containers with BPA-free, totally secure, and very pretty lids. What I love most about...

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Homemade baby food just got about as easy as it gets

Homemade baby food is one of those things that a lot of parents consider–but the thought can be daunting. Regardless, there comes a time in every baby’s life when it’s clear that it’s time to introduce solids and you’ll have to make the decision. Maybe they’re reaching for everything you eat. Maybe they’ve just cut four teeth all at once. (In which case, our sympathies!) Or maybe you’re simply ready for that classic food-smeared-smile photo to post on Facebook. Whatever the case may be, we’ve got an amazing new baby food system that’s perfect for you. Sage Spoonfuls is...

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New Year’s Resolution Help: Healthier snacks for the whole family

If you’re anything like me, your diet consists of the meal you’ve made for yourself and then all the leftovers you nibble off your kids’ plates while you clean up the dishes. So if your New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier and be a little more mindful of the things that end up in your mouth, chances are starting with your kids’ plates is a good to place to begin. And don’t we all want to see changes not only for ourselves but for our whole family?   Since a handful of almonds and a square of cheddar cheese...

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Editors Best of 2011: The coolest new baby foods, kids snacks, and mealtime helpers

One thing we parents all have in common is the need to feed our kids. Here, our favorite foods, snacks, tableware, cookbooks, all to help make mealtimes a little easier and a little more fun. Green Toys dishes Kristen: I have a huge thing for Green Toys as toys, but wow, their new dishes and tumblers have been a welcome addition to our kitchen. Sturdy, safer than melamine, and eco-friendly too–I’m not quite sure you can get better than that. SIli Squeeze fruit puree dispenser Kristen: For as many squeezy-whatevers we go through a week, I’m soooo thrilled to...

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Yoga for Kids – more plausible than you might think

The thing about kids –and I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume it’s not just my own who are like this– is that they don’t always have the patience to hold yoga postures or meditate. But they certainly like stories. And excitement. And good old-fashioned silliness. Not exactly three things I think of when I think of yoga, but that’s exactly what I love about this new yoga DVD for kids. Ahmed Fahmy, a certified children’s yoga instructor, is a gentle presence who isn’t afraid of being silly. On the StorylandYoga DVD, he teaches yoga...

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No more tears

My first two children were so easy to feed, I assumed it was due to my superior parenting (and cooking) skills that they would gobble down whatever I put in front of them without too much nose wrinkling. And then I had my son who humbled me and turned me into one of those crazy parents who beg their child to eat anything. So when I heard that Elizabeth Pantley, the author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution, was coming out with a book to help us parents with picky eaters, I had only one question: Will this work with...

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The really cool allergy action kit we hope you won’t have to use

Since my son was diagnosed with a peanut allergy two years ago, we’ve made several permanent adjustments to our family’s lifestyle. No more trips to the Chinese buffet down the street, or the ice cream parlour. No more visits to most restaurants, period without calling ahead. No more unidentified cupcakes at classmates’ birthday parties. No more (sigh) trick-or-treating at Halloween.  And most importantly, no going anywhere, ever, without my son’s EpiPen.  Which is why I’ll be buying him an allergy action kit from Medpax. The “why didn’t I think of that?” invention of a mom who also happens to be a doctor,...

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An unsweetened tea for kids? Sweet!

When I was a kid, we drank Purple Drink and Red Drink, and then we licked the walls and hung upside down from the ceiling fan gibbering like monkeys, because that stuff was 100% sugar. Nowadays, I feel like even 100% orange juice has enough natural sugar to keep my kids wired. Imagine my surprise to discover a drink my kids love that’s all natural and contains less sugar than those we-already-added-water-to-your-juice drinks.  It’s called Little Me Tea, and it’s a mixture of caffeine-free tea, herbs, and organic fruit and vegetable juices created by a mom and dad for...

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Okay, so imagine if NERDS were actually healthy

As my dentist will attest, I was a big candy fan as a kid, and I was definitely a nerd for NERDS. (My favorite was the split box with cherry on one side and watermelon on the other.) Cut to 2011, when my children think plain yogurt with honey is a sugary treat. Oh, how the times have changed. And yet, in a way, they haven’t. If you combine that yogurt with the NERDS of yore, you get a brilliant snack that my kids adore. They’re called Yo’Drops. Yo’ Drops are another nutritious hit from our pals at Revolution...

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