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Filed under Good thoughts

Here is a short video that will fill you with gratitude and inspiration. Visit this site
http://www.flickspire.com/m/SavDin/LearningToDanceInTheRain
and feel the warmth, wonder and excitement. If you like it, share it with the world.
We all make a difference. Make it count. Feel the power of gratitude.

Best to you,
Lee Jackson

Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Monday, February 27th, 2012

Filed under Healthy food practices, Nutrition tips

Here are a couple more snack ideas that missed the deadline for making it into the ebook, How to Solve Your Child’s Munchie Time the Healthy Way – with Easy Recipes and Ideas. Hope you will enjoy.

Tortilla Treats

Flour Tortillas with Spicy Beef
Flour Tortillas with Spicy Beef (Photo credit: mars!)

1 (7-inch) soft tortilla
1/2 teaspoon Dijon or other mustard
1/3 cup grated Cheddar cheese
1 green onion, sliced

Spread mustard on tortilla. Sprinkle with cheese and onion. Heat in pan until cheese has melted and then roll up. Or you can roll up and wrap in foil. Bake at 350 F for 10 minutes. Cut in half. Dip in salsa.

Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Filed under Health, Healthy food practices

What child doesn’t come home from school starved? Are you prepared with healthy snack choices?

photo : Utilisateur:Wilrondeau

Perhaps you have a shelf in the refrigerator or a place in the pantry or other area where kids have easy access to healthy snacks. An effort needs to be made, though, to have healthy snacks available.

You control what you have in the house for food. You’re the one deciding what your child is eating at home. Is it going to be some quick packaged food with limited food value or a good quality appetizing snack they can prepare themselves?

Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Filed under Cooking and kids, Health, Healthy food practices, Nutrition tips

Fast food and other convenience foods are a big

Eat your vegetables!

part of modern life these days. This makes it harder
for families to instill healthy eating into their meal
plans.

The cheapest and easiest foods are those that
are normally the least healthy. If you give your child
the choice between healthy food and junk food, you
probably won’t like the results.

Even though it isn’t possible to get a child to like
all healthy foods, there are some ways to get your child to try them.
Hopefully, they will like at least a few of them.Getting kids to eat healthy
can be a daily challenge.

Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Filed under Health

Here is a disturbing article about a preschool child having to buy a lunch consisting of chicken nuggets because government officials didn’t think her lunch from home was healthy enough. You can read the article here at  http://www.carolinajournal.com/exclusives/homemade-lunch-replaced-with-cafeteria-nuggets.html

We know schools need overall guidelines for lunch programs, but how much regulation is over-regulation? Do government officials really need to inspect lunch box food from home? How much government interference, or meddling, is necessary before parents and school officials decide that enough is enough. If children were bringing candy and pop, certainly a chat with the parents would be in order. But if they are sending adequate food, then which is worse, making the child feel her food from home is not good enough, or she eating only 3 chicken nuggets, of questionable value, I might add, for her meal?

Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Filed under Health, Healthy food practices, Nutrition tips

The school lunch cooks will have a really hard time getting kids to eat healthy if all they get at home are chicken nuggets and fast food. Many of the lunch room crowd work really hard in getting food that is required on plates, looking appetizing, and tasting good. Yet, if they don’t get the support from home, it’s an uphill battle for them.

Many parents, too, are so used to eating out and having the usual fast food fare that eating otherwise is just too much trouble. Yes, it does take time to plan, shop, and cook, but it is worth it. Someone has to step up and do it if kids are going to be accepting of healthier foods.

Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Monday, February 13th, 2012

Filed under Healthy food practices

When you go to the grocery store you are challenged to make food choices that have serious and often  life-threatening

Example of an American grocery store aisle.

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implications. You are bombarded by attempts to control your eating habits in unhealthy directions. Here are 10 health awareness actions you can take while at the grocery store.

1. Place the emphasis on buying vegetables, fruits and whole grains. Choose dark green and yellow vegetables, rich in beta-carotene and other health benefits. Select vegetables in the cabbage family, such as cauliflower, broccoli, turnips, Brussel sprouts, kale.

Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Filed under Food patterns and eating habits, Health, Healthy food practices

Here is a new announcement about an important topic:  kids’ school lunch programs. See the article at Putting Real Food in School Lunches.

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There is still some industry-sponsored congressional meddling, but the plan is much improved from previous years.

It has been found that nearly 40 percent of the calories American children eat come from empty calories – cookies, sodas, pizza and the rest. This has resulted in paving the way for “picky eaters” with dull palates.

Comments (1) Posted by Lee on Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Filed under Food Safety

Farming and food is so basic. We all have to eat to live. It is scary to see what is going on.” This is a quote from Laura Pugh, one of America‘s new growing family of young farmers. Read more at Eyeing Greener Acres

We need farmers who are concerned about the overuse of farming chemicals and practice safe food supply practices. As consumers, our health depends on it.

Let’s hope this new generation of farmers will have a real influence on reversing the trend of mainstream agribusiness culture on their reliance on genetically modified seeds and chemical applications for crops. May they protect our food supply and our land.

Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Monday, February 6th, 2012

Filed under Good thoughts
Here is a quote for Super Bowl Sunday:

A good system shortens the road to the goal. —Orison Swett Marden

The San Francisco 49ers' Super Bowl XXIX troph...
And by the same author but a different subject:
“The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone.” —Orison Swett Marden
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Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Friday, February 3rd, 2012

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