Tag: natural + organic food

Boost your beginner eater’s diet with these 10 best superfoods for babies and toddlers.

We here on the CMP team have a lot of collective parenting experience under our belts — or, uh, stretchy waist bands — and one thing that we all agree on is that starting solids is one of the most exciting and overwhelming developmental stages. There’s just so much info (that always seems to be changing) and pressure (mostly self imposed). Not to mention the mess (or is that just my issue?). But how cool to help shape baby’s eating habits and get them off on the right foot? Very cool, as long as you have a little practical...

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How good are the $3 beauty products from Brandless? An honest review.

I like to keep things simple when it comes to shopping for beauty products, but I have to admit that it’s far from easy. I want high-quality, conscientious beauty products and I want them inexpensive. (A big ask, right?) That’s why I was intrigued to order a few items from the new online concept store Brandless on my own dime and see if their beauty products are everything I hoped they’d be. This just-launched online grocery store was co-founded by former BabyCenter Chairman, entrepreneur and friend of CMP Tina Sharkey, who seeks to reinvent shopping for household essentials. Related: 3 of...

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Eliminating food dyes from your kids snacks? Start with these 3.

When it comes to treats and candy for our kids, we’ve always take a pretty common sense “everything in moderation” approach around here. Hey, we love candy! What’s a trip to the movie theater, a birthday party, or a special occasion lunchbox treat without some sweet stuff? We’re also fans of the 80/20 rule that a lot of families practice — eat well 80% of the time, and you can enjoy treats without guilt the other 20%. But even when it comes to candy, we still want to make the best choices we can for our families. And ourselves....

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Easter eggs so natural, they come with their own Easter grass

Along with eating an entire bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs (ugh), I’ve kicked off the Easter season by dyeing dozens of Easter eggs with my kids. And since our family consumes a ton of hardboiled eggs, I like to use natural dyes on them whenever possible. I’ve used the eco-kids eco egg coloring kit before and this year it has gone even more green, so to speak, with the inclusion of a grass-growing kit that is way more eco-friendly and educational than packages of neon-colored synthetic grass. Related: How to dye Easter eggs naturally: Step-by-step instructions and inspiration I have to admit I was a bit skeptical that anything more...

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Adult Halloween treats you’ll want to keep out of the kids’ candy bags

So here’s something we’re pretty excited about: Recently, we’ve teamed up with our friends at Mouth.com, to put together a fantastic, carefully curated collection of adult Halloween treats you’ll want to keep all to yourself. Just scroll down. A little more…a little more…stop! There you’ll see a small collection of just a very few of our favorite adult Halloween treats. As in, grownups-only goodies from indie makers who have transformed your childhood favorites into something way more special and fancy. If you need a fun hostess gift for an upcoming Halloween party; a little something for your office coworkers or playgroup parents; a...

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The best of the 2015 Martha Stewart American Made Finalists: An admittedly abbreviated list.

Once again, Martha Stewart has announced her American Made competition finalists and I always love supporting them. It’s such a great platform for smaller, indie makers to get more exposure, especially those producing wonderful products right here in the U.S. There are pages of 2015 finalists you guys!  If you need a little help knowing where to start, here just a few (very few) of the dozens and dozens finalists who stood out to me in the categories of crafts, design, food and style. I’m sure I missed plenty more that I adore. In fact, let me know in comments if you have a favorite...

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Glassful: The artisanal, indie version of a wine of the month club. About time!

Even though I love wine, I find the experience of selecting wine a little overwhelming. I never remember what I love most, can’t seem to buy the same bottle twice (unless, of course, it’s a wine I didn’t enjoy), and always feel like I’m relying on others to figure out what to buy. Glassful, a new monthly subscription box service (or call it a newfangled wine-of-the-month club) from the caring oenophiles at at Glassful HQ in New York City, is meant for people like me. They assess your taste in wine and delivers three bottles that have been curated just for you every month,...

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8 vegetarian recipes for family dinner that pack in the protein.

Reducing meat is one of the hardest shifts I’ve ever made in my family’s eating. Even though I’d been a vegetarian through college, I had no idea at the time how to go meatless healthfully. (My youthful diet of pizza, pasta, and more pizza wouldn’t quite cut it for my family.) After some practice, though, I figured out how to make meals like these eight high-protein, vegetarian recipes  that taste delicious and provide my kids with exactly what they need to stay healthy and energetic. You know, so that they can grow up and subsist on pizza, pasta, and more pizza when...

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5 amazing recipes that use hard boiled eggs so that you’re not eating egg salad for a week

As a symbol of rebirth and new beginnings, the egg plays an important role in both Easter and Passover celebrations. This means that no matter which spring holiday you’re celebrating this week, you’re likely to be eating lots of eggs. You might even have a bunch left over—or unloaded on you by your hosts—which will have you eating eggs well beyond your holiday meal. If that’s the case, fear not: we’ve got you covered, and I’m not talking egg salad sandwiches 15 ways. Instead, these five truly awesome recipes that use hard boiled eggs will help you finish your...

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Blue Apron review: Is it worth the price for families?

I’ve been wanting to check out Blue Apron for awhile now, especially after seeing so many friends, whose foodie sensibilities I trust implicitly, give this subscription food delivery service a thumbs up. If you’re not familiar with Blue Apron, they deliver recipes complete with all the ingredients you need right to your door, so all you do is put them together and cook them. Sounds awesome, right? However as a busy single mom of four kids ranging in age from ten down to four, I was curious to see whether the service is worth the price, which as you might guess is on the higher side; the...

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Ridiculously delicious, all-natural Easter candy options that earns their place in the basket. Bring it on Easter bunny.

Let’s be honest: Easter candy is pretty much sugar and more sugar mixed with high fructose corn syrup with a dash of artificial food coloring. And we love every bite. I’m a believer in everything in moderation and am all for Easter being one of two days a year when we throw moderation for candy out the window. That said, if we can add a few all-natural options to the basket, I’m all for that, too. When all-natural Easter candy is as good as these 7 finds, why not. Related: Outrageously gourmet Easter treats that are not for sharing with the kids Little...

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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream: Possibly the best ice cream in the country

  I’ve been fortunate to travel to many states and try the so-called best ice cream in each–Mt. Desert Island Ice Cream in Bar Harbor, Maine; Capo Gelateria in Salt Lake City; Richardson’s Ice Cream (correction) in Middletown, MA; and in my own neighborhood, Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory overlooking the Manhattan Skyline from DUMBO. So when I received a package this Christmas from my brother and sister-in-law, who called it “the best ice cream in the country,” I was skeptical, but very (very) open to giving it a fair assessment. Um. Whoa. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream started with a single shop founded by Jenni Britton Bauer in Columbus, Ohio,...

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Sponsored Message: Healthy school lunch inspiration that’s easy, too.

This is a sponsored message on behalf of Rock the Lunchbox It’s halfway through the school year and plenty of parents are finding themselves in a school-lunch rut. If you’re nodding your head, or just want to make your kids’ lunchbox a little healthier, you’ll want to check out Rock the Lunchbox, a new resource for parents that provides lots of healthy school lunch inspiration you can put into action right now. Brought to you by four brands beloved by parents–Annie’s, Applegate, Honest Kids, and Rudi’s Organic Bakery–Rock the Lunchbox features more than 300 simple ideas, including gluten-free and vegetarian options. There are also video tips,...

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6 chicken soup recipe variations to warm your bones and excite your palate

’Tis the season for chicken soup, a magical elixir said to be good for the soul and known to boost your immune system. You can never go wrong with a classic chicken soup recipe, especially when you’re feeling under the weather (the chicken noodle soup we spied on Smitten Kitchen is my idea of a perfect cold and flu remedy), but it can get boring over the course of a long winter. When you need a big bowl of soup to warm your bones and excite your palate, go for one of these fresh and flavorful chicken soup recipe...

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How to make a smoothie deliciously sweet without tons of added sugar: 5 smart tricks.

Smoothies can be a tasty way to take in—or feed your kids—a hefty dose of fruits and veggies. They can also be packed with sugar. The natural sugar that comes from whole fruit is definitely preferable to added sugar from juice, sweetened nut and seed butters, sweetened milks, flavored yogurts (which tend to have loads of refined sugars), honey, and other sweeteners that are called for in many smoothie recipes. So here are my 5 tips for how to make a smoothie that tastes great without tons of added sugar. 1. Swap in coconut water for juice. Coconut water contains...

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Detox recipes for every meal that aren’t extreme, make you full, and taste really, really good.

I’ve always been wary of detox diets. I’m an everything in moderation kind of eater, so the idea of fasting, juicing, and otherwise keeping my caloric intake to a minimum in hopes of flushing my body of toxins strikes me as extreme. My idea of detox is nothing more than “clean eating” with a focus on whole foods without a lot of processing. These detox recipes are all about fruits and veggies, grains and lean proteins that can help kickstart deliciously healthy eating, three meals a day.   Breakfast Detox Recipes Last year I stumbled upon a juice joint...

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4 easy, semi-homemade pasta dinners that taste great, save time, and don’t have a single artificial ingredient.

As someone who develops recipes professionally, you’d think that I’d always have a plan for feeding my family dinner. Just like everybody else, though, the busier I get, the harder it is to get dinner on the table. Thanks to natural brands like Three Bridges (who is our newest, awesome sponsor — yay, welcome Three Bridges!) being time crunched doesn’t have to mean relying on take-out or heavily processed foods loaded up with preservatives. Their natural and organic pastas (including gluten-free raviolis!) plus ready-made pasta sauces make it possible to throw together fresh, simple meals like these easy pasta dinners. These four meals...

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10 simple, time and money-saving grocery shopping tips, just in time for the holidays

We’re always looking for ways to save time and money grocery shopping, especially during the holiday season when we’re all feeling stretched thinner than usual in every way. We’re spending more on holiday gifts and family travel, and even on household groceries for all those relatives coming to visit. Some longer than others. (Just kidding, we love you relatives! All of you.) Because every minute and every penny counts for us these days, we’re really happy to be working with our newest sponsor hiku, a very cool new gadget and app combo designed to streamline your grocery shopping list and save you tons of time. Let’s just...

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Our favorite cocktail party foods to have on hand for easy entertaining.

Holiday entertaining doesn’t have to be a blockbuster affair. In fact, some of the best holiday gatherings are small, impromptu get togethers and relaxed gatherings with easy cocktail party foods, festive snacks and, of course, seasonal drinks. During the holidays especially, I stock my pantry with these snack foods so that I can invite people over whenever the whim strikes. With these goodies on hand, I know my guests will be well fed—without any hard work.   Lesley Stowe Crisps Crackers are a must at any gathering, and I’m not talking about everyday butter crackers. Don’t get me wrong, those...

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Easy Christmas cookie shortcut: Walkers shortbread. Really!

If you would love to decorate cookies with the kids but have a to-do list as long as mine, my new favorite, and delicious, shortcut to easy Christmas cookies may work for you. It’s those amazing, pure butter shortbread cookies from Walkers, the Scottish company that you can find all over the place. Unlike some other store-bought cookies, Walkers’ aren’t made with a bunch of preservatives or ingredients like hydrogenated-or-high-fructose anything. If you’ve never looked at the label, there are only four ingredients: wheat flour, butter, sugar, and salt. Just like I’d make, if I didn’t have that pesky to-do list. So for easy cookie decorating, I...

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