Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Gaps in health protections leave children exposed to potentially harmful ingredients when their developing tissues and organs are sensitive to chemical damage. Children's skin is 30% thinner than an adults', on average, and can absorb greater amounts of chemicals from the skin surface. They breathe in more air (and air contaminants) relative to their weight than adults, and the blood-brain barrier that helps block chemicals from penetrating brain tissue is not fully formed until a baby reaches 6 months of age.
Top Four Tips:
1.Use fewer products and use them less frequently.
2. Don’t trust the claims. Check ingredients.
3. Buy fragrance-free products.
4. Visit cosmeticsdatabase.com.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Here is a list of great breakfast ingredients for the entire family:
- Natural fruits: jazz it up by making fruit salads, or cutting slices of apples with peanut butter.
- Granola and milk: great source of iron, fibers, calcium and vitamins. A great option is homemade granola bars.
- Fruit and yogurt smoothies: so delicious!
- Eggs: can be prepared in so many different ways. Organic eggs are a great source of protein.
- Whole grain bread: with cream cheese, or homemade jelly....definitely a family favorite.
- Milk, soymilk, yogurt or fruit juices: make your drinks count as sources of good nutrition!
Enjoy the Holidays, and experience pleasurable breakfast time with the family!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Our New Year's Resolution is Raising Kids with an Eco-friendly Attitude! We invite everyone to be part of it by participating in our last Eco-Giveaway of 2009.
Eco.Logical.Mom and gDiapers are giving away a gDiapers Sweet Bundle, a $99 kit that includes everyday g's 6-pack of little gPants plus your choice of a case of gRefills or 2 packs of gCloth inserts.
gDiapers are breathable and combines the best features of cloth and disposable diapers. Plastic-free biodegradable gRefills keep babies dry and happy, so they’re less likely to get .
Become Fan of Eco.Logical.Mom on Facebook by and be entered to win this fantastic gDiaper set! The winner will be announced
"Sweet Bundle" provided by gDiapers.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
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Monday, December 21, 2009
By the way... Açaí is a Portuguese word, and it uses a letter that we don't have in English. It looks like a c that has a little squiggle underneath, "ç", which indicates that the letter should be pronounced like "s". Açaí also has an accent on the "i", which means that you should emphasize that syllable. The word is actually quite easy to pronounce, “Ah-Sigh-EE”!
Here is a authentic recipe from Latin America!
- 400 grams of açai pulp.
- 1 banana.
- Juice of 1 orange.
- Honey or sugar, if needed. Try it without sugar first!
Mix all the ingradients using a blender, except the granola, until the mixture has a smooth and creamy consistency. Serve immediately in bowls while cold. Add granola as shown in the picture. Yummy!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
PlanToys, the manufacturer, practices the "Three R's" of green living: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.
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Note: Our reader Erin sent us a great suggestion for a non-dairy version. Use Vanilla Basmati Rice milk instead. Great tip Erin!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
The shots were made by Sanofi Pasteur for children ages 6 months to 3 years. Doses were distributed across the country last month and most have already been used. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the recalled doses are safe and effective, but may have reduced potency.
Read more at msnbc.com,
Monday, December 14, 2009
Yes, we are all about starting 2010 in an environmentally conscious way. We have to be ready to teach our kids how to take good care of Mother Earth. Over 18 billion disposable diapers are sold in the US every year, and over 90% of those end up in landfills, where it can take them up to 500 years to decompose!
So there's nothing more appropriate than a biodegradable product like gDiapers to support our New Year's Resolution! Eco.Logical.Mom is giving away a gDiapers Sweet Bundle, a $99 kit that includes everyday g's 6-pack of little gPants plus your choice of a case of gRefills or 2 packs of gCloth inserts.
gDiapers are breathable and combines the best features of cloth and disposable diapers. Plastic-free biodegradable gRefills keep babies dry and happy, so they’re less likely to get diaper rash.
Become Fan of Eco.Logical.Mom on Facebook by January 9, 2010 and be entered to win this fantastic gDiaper set! The winner will be announced on January 10, 2010.
"Sweet Bundle" provided by gDiapers.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
We found this site with nutrition facts and analysis for the top fast-food restaurants, such as Arby's, Burger King, McDonald's and Starbucks. You will be able to find calories, percentages of fat, fiber, protein, etc. Really not as bad as many think.... but still far for ideal. Checkout nutritiondata.com.
Made in the US from 100% recycled milk jugs, your little one will learn recycling basics with this eco truck.
"Recycle Truck" provided by Green Toys.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
It also features windmill and solar panels on roof and recycling bin. It encourages creativity, imagination and respect for Mother Earth.
Made by Wonderworld, sold through Amazon.com
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
After Thanksgiving, and weeks away from Christmas, we usually feel the need of a break from turkey. So, we thought this would be perfect timing for Spanish Paella. A healthy, hearty and delicious meal for the entire family!There are several versions of Paella, we chose one with seafood and chicken.
Serves 4, designed to be made in a 12-inch skillet.
-4 chicken thighs, or breast (about 1 3/4 pounds).
-Coarse salt and freshly ground white pepper.
-2 tablespoons olive oil.
-1 large onion, chopped.
-3 tablespoons chopped garlic.
-1/2 pound shrimp.
-1/2 teaspoon saffron threads.
-1 1/2 cups long-grain rice (use whole rice for a richer nutritional value).
-1 bouillon cube (optional).
-1 ripe tomato, chopped.
-2 cups water.
-12 littleneck clams, scrubbed.
-4 (3-ounce) pieces black sea bass, about 1 inch thick, skin on*.
-1 pound mussels, scrubbed and debearded.
-1 cup frozen peas, rinsed under hot water to defrost.
-1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley.
*You could replace the sea bass with rouget, striped bass, dorade, or even sea scallops.
1. Season the chicken with salt and white pepper.
2. Heat a large (12-inch) skillet over medium-high heat. When the pan’s hot, add the oil and chicken. Brown the chicken well on both sides. Remove the chicken to a plate. If the chicken has released a lot of fat, spoon some out; you want about 3 tablespoons left in the pan.
3. Add the shrimp and sauté, stirring for about 4 minutes. Add the onion and sauté, stirring, until it becomes translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and saffron and sauté, stirring, for about 1 minute, until fragrant. Add the rice and stir. Crumble in the bouillon cube, if using, add the tomato, and pour in the water. Stir, return the chicken to the skillet, and bring to a simmer.
4. Bury the clams in the rice, hinge down. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan, and cook for 10 minutes.
5. Meanwhile, season the fish with salt and pepper. Add the mussels to the pan, pushing them hinge down into the rice, then add the fish, skin side up. Cover the pan and cook for 10 minutes. Scatter the peas over the rice, cover again, and cook for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the paella rest for 5 minutes.
6. Garnish with the parsley and serve right from the skillet.Variation
Lobster rocks in paella. You’ll need 2 lobsters, each about 1 1/2 pounds, prepared for pan-roasting.
Leave all the fat in the skillet after you brown the chicken. Add the lobster pieces and sauté until the shells turn bright red. Set the lobster aside with the chicken and proceed with the recipe. Add the lobster to the rice along with the clams.
Recipe based on the book FISH WITHOUT A DOUBT: The Cook's Essential Companion by Rick Moonen and Roy Finamore. Text copyright (c) 2008 by Rick Moonen and Roy Finamore. Photographs copyright (c) 2008 by Ben Fink.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Made by Blowfish, sold through Amazon.com
Monday, December 7, 2009
On prolonged exposure, antimony — which is used in textiles and plastics to prevent them from catching fire — can cause lung and heart problems, ulcers and diarrhea.
Source: NBC News
|Chemical||Health Effects*||Common Exposure Sources|
|Bisphenol A (BPA)||Birth defects; hormone disruptor||Polycarbonate plastic; canned foods and beverages|
|Lead||Toxic to brain and nervous system; decreased IQ; aggression and hyperactivity disorders||Lead based paint; household dust; outdoor soils; consumer products|
|Mercury||Toxic to brain and nervous system||Consumption of contaminated fish and shellfish|
|Perchlorate||Interferes with iodine uptake of thyroid gland, which regulates hormones necessary for proper development||Drinking water; consumption of irrigated crops; milk|
|Phthalates||Hormone disruptor; birth defects; reproductive disease; reduced sperm counts; heart disease; diabetes||Polyvinyl chloride plastic; household cleaners and other products with synthetic fragrance; cosmetics; food packaging|
|Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)||Interfere with brain development and may be linked to hyperactivity; toxic to reproductive system||Flame retardants used in electronics, polyurethane foam in upholstered furniture and mattresses, black out drapes and textiles that off-gas and can be found in household dust and food|
|Triclosan||Toxic to liver; disrupts thyroid hormone system (necessary for development); may cause cancer||Antibacterial agent used in liquid soap, beauty products and cleaning products|
The following has been excerpted from the book Smart Mama's Green Guide: Simple Steps to Reduce Your Child's Toxic Chemical Exposure by Jennifer Taggart.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Become Fan of Eco.Logical.Mom on Facebook by December 12, 2009 and be entered to win this fantastic Christmas gift!
Made in the US from 100% recycled milk jugs, your little one will learn recycling basics with this eco truck. It has a movable recycling bed and open/shut rear door.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Made by Green Sprouts, sold through Amazon.com
For details on the report, logon to ewg.org.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
What to do?
While many children grow out of food allergies around the age of 3, if a reaction does occur, remove the food from your baby’s meals for a while. You may consider reintroducing the offending food (in very small amounts) at a later point, with special guidance where the reaction was severe.
If you suspect your child has a food allergy or intolerance, the least invasive methods are elimination diets, kinesiology or hair testing. Other methods include blood tests or skin scratching. Consult your preferred health practitioner.
Initially it can be overwhelming for parents to discover a child is intolerant or allergic to certain foods, but children are often quick to adjust.
Tips for introducing a new allergy-free diet:
- Read ingredients on labels carefully and look for allergen statements.
- Take baby steps towards introducing alternatives.
- Mix old with new until you gradually wean your child.
- Have the entire family change over to the new food.
- Use old and familiar packages for the new food.
Logon to www.foodallergy.org for more information and appropriate guidance.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Some physical signs & behaviors that may indicate an allergy or insensitivity to a particular food being ingested by your child are:
- Diarrhea or loose stools (it may be very smelly).
- Flatulence or gastric upset, colic.
- Hives, itching, runny nose.
- Wheezing, coughing, difficulty breathing.
- Blotchy skin, mouth sores, red rash around mouth.
- Black circles under the eyes.
- Moodiness, irritability, excessive crying, lethargy.
anaphylactic shock occurs, that the infant should be taken to the emergency department of the nearest hospital.
Foster Farms, Perdue, Tyson, 30 nonorganic store brands, nine organic store brands, and nine organic name brands have been analyzed. The findings are a bit alarming. Here is a summary:
- Campylobacter was in 62 percent of the chickens, salmonella was in 14 percent, and both bacteria were in 9 percent. Only 34 percent of the birds were clear of both pathogens.
- Store-brand organic chickens had no salmonella at all, but 57 percent of those birds harbored campylobacter.
- The cleanest name-brand chickens were Perdue's: 56 percent were free of both pathogens. Most contaminated were Tyson and Foster Farms chickens. More than 80 percent tested positive for one or both pathogens.
- Among all brands and types of broilers tested, 68 percent of the salmonella and 60 percent of the campylobacter organisms we analyzed showed resistance to one or more antibiotics.
Avoid cross contamination at the kitchen by washing your hands and all material that was in contact with raw chicken. Cooking chicken to at least 165 degree is a must!