The food and beverage industries spend almost $2 billion a year to market mostly unhealthy products to our kids. Our friend Bettina Elias Siegel created this short story to help young kids become a little savvier about the media messages they encounter and to get them thinking about healthful eating.
Please consider sharing on Twitter and Facebook. And check out Bettina’s blog The Lunch Tray.
If your supermarket doesn’t carry Greek yogurt, here’s a little trick to make your own at home from regular yogurt.
Golden beets, rutabagas and garlic are roasted until sweet and coated with a parsley-cilantro dressing in this dairy-free spin on potato salad. Kids will have fun wrapping the garlic in foil before roasting, as well as squeezing each clove of roasted garlic out of its peel afterwards. This recipe comes to us from Anne Tegtmeier of Apron Strings.
Each week, The Huffington Post presents a compelling topic to spark discussion at your dinner table.
Last week, the earth hit an environmental milestone that has climate scientists very concerned. One of the things that the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Mauna Loa Observatory is responsible for is measuring the amount of carbon dioxide in the planet’s atmosphere. Its researchers in Hawaii found that we’ve passed the threshold of 400 parts per million — the highest carbon dioxide concentration in millions of years. It’s not just a number — this represents big changes for our environment. At the rate we’re going, the earth’s temperature could continue to rise, leading to more extreme weather and plants and animals going extinct.
But even in the face of all of this scary news, there are ways we can help to make our planet healthier. Simple things like walking or taking public transportation, being careful not to sit in a running car, eating less meat and buying groceries at the neighborhood farmers’ market are all ways to lend a hand — and everyone in the family can participate (get your parents involved!). Use social media to share articles about climate change (including this one!) and keep the conversation active. Tonight, let’s talk about what we can do to make an impact.
Questions for discussion:
* What have you learned about climate change at school?
* Does the news that we have surpassed the 400 ppm threshold scare you?
* What can people — including your family — do to make their lives more green?
Cupcake lasagnas are becoming quite fashionable here in my neck of the woods, they are so perfectly kid-sized.
In this recipe I use ravioli as the noodle, because if you think about it, a ravioli is already a mini layered lasagna. All it needs is some vegetable, sauce and cheese, and another layer of the same, then… tada, a ravioli cupcake lasagna!…