Your Green Table
In part one of a three-part series, NPR’s “All Things Considered” looks at the increased demand for the “sustainable seafood” label, issued by the Marine Stewardship Council, and whether some fisheries are being certified despite evidence showing that the fish population is in trouble.
Check out the NPR News investigation Is Sustainable-Labeled Seafood Really Sustainable?
Our friends at ChopChop Magazine have been honored by the Columbia Journalism Review. As CJR puts it, “ChopChop is beautiful, engaging, empowers kids to cook and eat healthy foods, offers recipes even adult foodies will love, and aims to help reduce childhood obesity—the coming scourge of the health care system.” (Read the full CJR article here.)
ChopChop, The Fun Cooking Magazine for Families (chochopmag.org) is a non-profit quarterly food magazine, launched as an antidote to childhood obesity. ChopChop offers a solution that is both simple and easily achievable: Cook real food at home with your family. Engage your kids and grandkids. Or let them engage you if that’s what it takes.
Their message is positive – no finger wagging – and their solution is fun. Cooking builds relationships and leads to better health. It even saves money. Cooking teaches math, science, cultural and financial literacy, really the list of positive attributes is endless.
ChopChop’s mission is to educate kids to cook and be nutritionally literate, empower them to actively participate as health partners with their families and help establish and support better eating habits for a lifetime of good nutrition. ChopChop’s vision is to reverse and prevent childhood obesity.
Published in both Spanish and English, the magazine is filled with nutritious, great-tasting, ethnically diverse and inexpensive recipes, as well as interesting and little-known food facts, Q&A’s and games.
Why is it that during holiday parties or gatherings, we almost always end up hanging out in the kitchen? Because it’s the coziest room in the house where great food and conversation are regularly dished out. In our opinion, the best gifts you can receive are those that are homemade. But, if that’s not an option, here are some other suggestions for keeping your holiday kitchen green and your family table looking a little prettier this year…
The Center for a New American Dream, whose mission is to help Americans reduce and shift their consumption to improve quality of life, protect the environment, and promote social justice, is encouraging you to Simplify the Holidays.
Want your holidays wrapped in more meaning, and less stuff? New Dream is offering up some tips and activities to help you reduce holiday stress and avoid the over-commercialization of the season. Here are a few of our favorites:
Give a handmade gift like a book of family recipes, a collage of pictures and mementos, or a calendar filled with the birthdays and anniversaries of friends and family.
Prepare your holiday meals with as many seasonal, locally grown, and/or organic foods as possible.
Consider less gimmicky, less commercial gifts for children, such as arts/crafts supplies, books, a magnifying glass, or building blocks.
Give back to your community by preparing care packages for the homeless, or volunteering at an organization to help those in need during the holiday season.
For more tips, visit Simplify the Holidays.
Add more meaning and environmental mindfulness to your holiday, take the Simplify the Holidays Pledge.
The Family Dinner book is all about, “Great ways to connect with your kids, one meal at at time.”
There is no denying that. Preparing and sharing a meal is a great way for a family to bond and to instill certain values in our kids. What I want to discuss is taking it back a few steps to the growing aspect of it as well and getting the kids and family involved in that…