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02.09.14 Feed Your Heart with Healthy Beans

Beans, beans they're good for your heart....

The more you eat, the more you can reap the health benefits of this power legume. Although it appears that Americans don't eat nearly enough beans, eating only 6.5 pounds a year, on average. How much should we be eating? Studies have shown that adding beans into your diet four or more times per week greatly help to reduce the risk of heart disease.  Read more...

01.13.14 Mightier Ways to Pop Your Corn

Find out how you can make this wonderfully nutritious snack even healthier, then take the pledge to try a mightier way of popping corn!

Every year, Americans eat 16 billion quarts of popcorn. Or, 51 quarts for each of us. Or, let's just say, we snack on a quart of this tasty (and potentially nutritional) treat every week. With all of this popcorn eating, it only makes sense to make the tastiest and healthiest popcorn we can.  Read more...

12.12.13 DIY Kits for Kids

DIY isn't just for urban hipsters. Kids especially like to experience process and learning to follow steps towards making something entirely on their own. And what's one of the best reasons to make something yourself? The chance to mess up. Really. This is great for kids to experience, particularly when they're trained to do everything right in school. Instead of shying away from challenges that might end in "failure," why not allow our kids the opportunity to learn through a potential fail, to accept the inevitability of mistakes. As parents we know that mistakes can be a source of inspiration and also the most effective way to learn.

It's no wonder that kids ask, "can I try?" when watching their parents working with an interesting looking tool. Our bodies actually feel better with tools in our hands, our heart rate goes down and we relax into the action of making.

And now for some making!

12.10.13 Baking Holiday Cookies with Kids

The holidays bring about various traditions among families. And luckily, one of these traditions involves baking cookies! Lots and lots of cookies. And often we bake the same cookies year after year, even if they're not the most tasty—they're just too nostalgic (have you ever tried a springerle cookie?) And then of course, there's the cookie swap. And the sweet neighbors who drop off a collection to provide even more variety.

Holiday baking is a great way to get kids into the kitchen. And if you're in the right mindset and not trying to acheive Pinterest-worthy results for aesthetic looking cookies, making homemade holiday cookies can be a blast. If you're working with a group of kids, then it's good to remember to involve everyone with a task. Keep it somewhat know the rolling pin has quite a bit of cache so make sure even the little kids have a go. Holiday recipes are often linked to our childhood or some distinct memory and these experiences are what make for meaningful traditions.  Read more...

12.04.13 Family Fun: Homemade Pizza Making!

Too many cooks might spoil the soup, but no one ever said that about pizza. 

Make-your-own pizza night is an ideal family meal/activity - something that kids of all ages (and adults) enjoy doing. And eating. It's a great way for the whole family to enjoy an entire meal together - from the process of prepping, making, baking and eating.

So, rather than ordering out for pizza -- make it yourself! 

Making homemade pizza is pretty simple and can also satisfy the various taste buds of any crowd, while potentially fitting in some healthy veggies too! Mightynest Dad (Cam) and three Mightynest kids (Clio, Olive and Milo) recently teamed up to make several delicious homemade pizza pies. Read more...

10.25.13 Homemade Decongestant Chest Balm

Whose mom (or dad) didn't slather them with Vicks Vapo Rub when they were sick as a kid? Or send it humming out of the humidifier in a mist? That ritual was so ingrained for so many of us, that we're likely to reflexively do the same when our kids are stuffed up and sick.

While we do so with the best of intentions, it may be time to re-think this traditional treatment. 

Vick's Vapo Rub is made with petrolatum. Yup, this means it's a derivative of petroleum (which gives Vicks ointment it's gloppy crude oil feel). Worse, petrolatum is an endocrine disruptor and a probable carcinogen. PAHs, or polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are the common contaminants found in petrolatum. And even more, healthy skin needs to take in oxygen but instead, this chemical has the ability to suffocate the skin.  Read more...

09.27.13 Homemade Fig Newtons

It's not a stretch to say that most people think of the iconic Fig Newtons when they think of figs. I always thought (when I was a kid) that Fig Newtons were the healthy mom's answer to cookies and was thankful that my mom didn't pack that sorry-excuse-for-a-cookie in my school lunches. Now, as a mom myself, my taste buds are re-conditioned and the thought of a fig filled cookie would be high on my list for a treat.

But a Fig Newton? No thanks. As you can see, they're made with high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors and preserved to stay fresh for years on a grocery store shelf. Why not make a batch with real flavors and real ingredients and enjoy them for several days? Read more...

06.14.13 How to Uncupcake the Cupcake

Summertime means lots of picnics and potluck barbeques – and who doesn’t want to bring the treat everyone’s talking about?

Enter the Uncupcake! Tell the kids and adults alike to get excited – fruit now comes in the form of a chocolate cupcake!

With healthy fats from avocado and coconut oil and no refined sugar, this cupcake offers a better alternative without sacrificing taste. Thanks to our partner Healthy Jasmine, expert food blogger and mom of 2, you now have the creative recipe for a treat you can feel good about serving and the other party guests will rave about. (Bonus: its gluten free and vegan!)

Check out the recipe here! (I had one and YUM!)

Suddenly getting invites to a lot of barbeques? Thank you, delicious Uncupcake!
(Be sure to check out Healthy Jasmine’s other recipes too – my favorite is the Cherry Sparkler Colada!) Read more...

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