Are muffins as healthy as we think?There was a time, long ago, when sugar was a small luxury, reserved for the rare few who could afford it. These days, we have it in such abundance that it's as if food manufacturers are sneaking it into anything they can, just to get rid of it.
The American Heart Association recommends no more than six teaspoons of sugar a day for the average woman, and no more than nine teaspoons for the average man. Yet on average, American adults consume 22 teaspoons per day, while the kids are scarfing down a daily average of 32 teaspoons. (For reference, four grams of sugar is equivalent to one teaspoon.)
All the while, rates of obesity and diabetes have risen steadily, corresponding neatly to our increasing consumption of sugar. There are a number of doctors and experts who suggest that sugar goes beyond the dangers of cavities and corpulence. In fact, they argue, sugar is a disruptive toxin that harms our organs and hormonal cycles, and most likely is mostly to blame for the obesity epidemic, as
Are muffins as healthy as we think?There was a time, long ago, when sugar was a small luxury, reserved for the rare few who could afford it. These days, we have it in such abundance that it's as if food manufacturers are sneaking it into anything they can, just to get rid of it.Read More »from 8 Surprising Sources of Refined Sugar
- BabyZone | Team Mom – Thu, Sep 19, 2013 12:20 PM EDT
Buckle up!It sounds simple enough. Buckle the baby into his car seat before you go, but it turns out that for short trips many of us aren't. And I know why. Because it's a pain.Read More »from Why Aren't 20 Percent of Parents Buckling Kids in Car Seats?
You've got two squishy little arms that don't want to go through the straps, maybe it's hot and if your kids are anything like the three I strap into our Mazda everyday, not one of them has ever WANTED to get into that seat. Our one-year-old assumes his stiff-as-a-board pose every time. It's you against him with his Incredible Hulk-like strength, suddenly boosted by the outrage of being strapped in. You have to push down on his tummy and bribe him with the pacifier that we keep right in the car seat for just such an occasion. Every single time.
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This is Child Passenger Safety week, so it's a timely article that USA Today issued, citing some pretty scary stats. "One-fifth of parents say it's OK to skip child seat belts on short trips, survey finds. That could
Next time you’re about to toss that toilet paper roll in the trash, think again! On this episode of "Easy Does It," crafter Kirsten Earl shows Ereka just a few of the many innovative ways to reuse and recycle old rolls.
Looking for a great way to impress people at a party? You can create your own boom box out of a toilet paper roll and a set of cups. Simply decorate the roll as you like, cut out a slot the size of your phone, and cut holes in the cups just big enough for the toilet paper roll to fit in. The best part? It really works. “It’s a fun party trick and a great craft,” Kirsten says.
If your cords are a tangled mess under your desk, Kirsten has a great tip to organize them. “All you need are some trusty toilet paper rolls and a box,” she says. Wrap up some of your stray cords, slide them into toilet paper rolls, and label each roll with its proper use. Arrange the rolled up cords in a box for easy access in the future.
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Kristen, left, with Helena and their babies at the finish line! Warning: This is not about Snooki or Kim or Kate or any other celeb whose post-baby weight drop is (frustratingly, inexplicably) deemed front-cover-of-a-magazine worthy. This is about real moms like you and me who wanted to do something good for others while doing good for themselves.Read More »from Totally Inspiring Way to Lose the Baby Weight
Kristen Hill and Helena Scott met in a new mom's group in New York City — their babies, 6 weeks old at the time. "We immediately hit it off and realized we were both looking for an outlet that enabled us to meet other moms, get back in shape and do something charitable," says Helena. They had something else in common: Helena is the senior director of Team In Training, the endurance training/fundraising arm of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in NYC. Kristen, who works in finance, had participated in TNT events in the past. "We'd both run marathons, but since that wasn't a reality at that moment, we wanted to create a more flexible/laid back version of TNT that catered to moms of all fitness levels," says
What are contents of the average handbag? For most women the answer is: a wallet, a cellphone, lipstick, keys — and hundreds of thousands of E. coli and other harmful bacteria.
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A recent U.K. study revealed that about a third of those surveyed admitted that they never clean their purses, briefcases, or gym bags. It also reports that 100 percent of bags swabbed and lab tested were contaminated with harmful bacteria like E. coli, which can cause severe diarrhea and vomiting, and fecal streptococcus, which is associated with pneumonia and bacterial meningitis.
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This data backs up previous research that discovered that the number of bacteria on some purse handles rivals what can be found in a toilet bowl. Other studies have detected bacteria that can trigger skin infections and viruses that cause cold and flu on handbags.
"I don't want to make people paranoid, but yes,Read More »from Dirty Purses: Is Your Bag Making You Sick?
- The Daily Meal | Team Mom – Sun, Sep 15, 2013 4:05 PM EDT
Here's how to get more dairy into every one of your child's meals.Your child's health is important to you. Whether it's helping them grow big and strong, keeping them safe against illnesses or bacteria, or making sure they have enough energy to get through the day, dairy can be one of your best assets when it comes to their well-being.Read More »from 6 Easy Ways to Get More Dairy into Your Child’s Meals
Milk and eggs are packed full of essential protein, calcium, riboflavin, and vitamin B12, and can easily be enjoyed at your breakfast (and dinner) tables. Low-fat dairy foods can also help you fight childhood obesity, too, because they're great for burning fat. Products such as Greek yogurt, mozzarella, and cottage cheese contain very little amounts of carbohydrates and a large amount of good bacteria that help promote a healthy gut, which in turns promotes satiety and healthy digestion.
While a yogurt on the go for breakfast and a glass at milk at dinner may be the norm, there are other easy and delicious ways to incorporate dairy into your child's diet. Dishes like Peach and Carrot Muffins, Barbecue Mac and Cheese, and
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