Why Kids Skip Lunch!

Most of us have been there:

We do our best to pack a perfectly tasty and balanced lunch for your children to eat at school, only to have them come home HUNGRY with the sandwich and apple still in the lunchbox. It’s common, but WHY?

Well the researchers at Better Health magazine asked them!

The kids responses ranged from “it was sticky” or “soggy” or “not cold (or hot) enough”

But hands down, the #1 reason kids gave was….”I don’t like my lunch box!”

So, maybe getting a healthy mid-day meal into the little ones could be easier than we thought!

Trip to the clearance lunch-box isle anyone?

Morning Routines

What’s the first thing you do in the morning?

A study says 64% of us reach for the phone to check email before we do anything else?

The same research suggests that checking your email first can derail a day

because it can jumble your day’s priorities and reek havoc on your to-do list!

For tips on building a smart to-do list click here!

Happy Tummy Lemonade!

We all want simple ways to help our digestion.

This one is a win for the whole family because no one will likely know they are even being healthy!

A fizzy and tangy fermented lemonade that has a boost of probiotics. (the alcohol from fermenting is very very small-about as much as is found in cheese-but if it’s important to you to avoid fermented foods, please take note)

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup sugar in the raw or coconut sugar
  • 2½ to 3 quarts filtered water
  • 10 lemons or limes, juiced to make about 1 cup
  • 1 cup whey (that’s the liquid on top of your yogurt)

Instructions

  1. In a gallon size glass jar, stir together sugar and just enough hot water to dissolve the sugar.
  2. Add the lemon juice and fill the jar about ¾ full with filtered water.
  3. Make sure the liquid is at room temperature and then add the whey.
  4. Cover tightly and let sit on the counter for 2-3 days.
  5. After 2-3 days, keep the lemonade in the refrigerator and drink 4-6 ounces per day. The flavor will continue to develop.

Notes

 

Blending the final product with ice cubes will make a delicious slushie .

Cereal Recall

Check your box of Honey Smacks!

Here is the info just posted by the FDA:

Kellogg Company today announced it is voluntarily recalling 15.3 oz. and 23 oz. packages of Kellogg’s ® Honey Smacks ® cereal (with code dates listed below) because these products have the potential presence of Salmonella. No other Kellogg products are impacted by this recall.

Kellogg launched an investigation with the third-party manufacturer who produces Honey Smacks immediately after being contacted by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding reported illnesses.

According to the CDC, use or consumption of products contaminated with Salmonella may result in serious illness. It can also produce serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals infected with Salmonella can experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most persons recover without treatment. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses.

HOW TO IDENTIFY THE RECALLED PRODUCT

The affected product includes the following varieties distributed across the United States as well as limited distribution in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean, Guam, Tahiti and Saipan. The BEST if Used By Date can be found on the top of the cereal box, and the UPC code can be found on the bottom of the box.

Description (Retail) UPC Code Size BEST If Used By Date
Honey Smacks (with limited distribution outside the U.S.) 3800039103 15.3 oz JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019
Honey Smacks 3800014810 23 oz  JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019

Kellogg is asking that people who purchased potentially affected product discard it and contact the company for a full refund. Consumers seeking more information, including images of these products, can visit kelloggs.com/honeysmacksrecall or call 1-800-962-1413 from Monday – Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET as well as Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET.

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Homemade Chocolate “Ice Cream”

Happy Chocolate Ice Cream Day!

If you’re looking for a healthy way to celebrate, try this easy recipe:

*3 Frozen Over ripe bananas

*1/3 c cocoa powder

*2-3 Tablespoons peanut or almond butter

Combine all ingredients in the blender and process until completely smooth.

Either serve as soft serve right away or freezer and scoop in an hour!

Enjoy!

-Peter & Shannyn

(excepted from chocolatecoveredkatie.com)

“1 Thing” Changed Everything!

You hear us talk a lot about the “Power of One Thing” here at Family Life Radio.

One young dad shows what a profound difference changing just one thing can really make!

It was June of 2017 when 26-year-old Chase Copley saw a photo of himself at a family wedding and said “Wow! I’m obese!” He said that as a father of a young daughter, he wanted to be more intentional with his health and chose to make one simple change to his diet: He gave up drinking soda pop.

Chase (who says he drank about 2 liters of soda a day) instead swapped out for flavored water and lost a whopping 20 lbs. in his first MONTH.

Now, almost a year later, he’s lost 103 lbs and even feels good enough to WANT to go get some exercise.

Well done, Chase!

(Want to read more or see photo’s click here)

Germ-mobile! *Gasp*

Where do you think the most germs are hiding in your car?

Steering wheel?

Nope!

On today’s show we shared the results of resent testing which indicates that nastiest, germiest part of your vehicle.

The study took swabs from 20 parts of the inside of a car that you would commonly come into touch with – and the results might be a little surprising. The samples taken showed that the steering wheel – the most touched part of a car – was one of the most germ-free areas swabbed.  The most visible bacteria were the driver footwell, seatbelt button and handbrake. 

Dirty Dozen and Clean 15

 

Dirty Dozen and Clean 15

Once again, strawberries top the list of the 12 “dirtiest” fruits and vegetables, according to the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit, nonpartisan environmental organization — ranked pesticide contamination in 47 popular fruits and vegetables for its Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce.

Spinach is the second dirtiest item on the “Dirty Dozen” list, followed by (in order of contamination) nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery, potatoes and sweet bell peppers.

Each of these foods tested positive for pesticide residues and contained higher concentrations of pesticides than other produce.

On a positive note, the Environmental Working Group also creates a lesser-known companion to the Dirty Dozen:

the “Clean 15” guide to produce containing the least amount of pesticides. Avocados lead 2018’s clean fruits and veggies list, followed by sweet corn, pineapples, cabbage, onions, frozen sweet peas, papayas, asparagus, mangoes, eggplant, honeydew melon, kiwi, cantaloupe, cauliflower and broccoli.