good2grow

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Hitting shelves nationwide this month, good2grow is a new line of nutritious children’s beverages featuring delicious, healthful flavors coupled by popular, spill-proof character SippaTop™ bottle toppers that kids will love and parents can feel confident serving.

The launch of good2grow aims to get kids excited about living healthy lifestyles with the goal of creating long term healthy eating/drinking habits. Promoting positive associations with healthy foods early on is key to making better-for-you choices in the future.

Available in a variety of flavors and age appropriate sizes, good2grow makes serving sizes a no-brainer with portion control based on guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (4oz: ages 1-3, 6oz: ages 3-5, and 8oz: ages 5-10). Varieties include:

  • good2grow™ V-Blends – Available in Tropical Fruit Medley (71% juice, 6oz) and Strawberry Kiwi (71% juice, 6oz), good2grow™ V-Blends are a Vitamin C rich juice made only from the best ingredients. Made up of carrot, beet and apple juice, Tropical Fruit Medley contains 28% less sugar than 100% juice and Strawberry Kiwi contains 22% less sugar than 100% juice.
  • good2grow™ Organic Apple – good2grow ™ Organic Apple Juice is made from 100% juice and is a USDA-certified organic beverage.
  • good2grow™ Fruit Juice – Available in Fruit Punch (100% juice, 8oz) and two Apple Juice varieties (100% juice, 6oz and 60% juice/40% water, 4oz). The Fruit Punch combines apple, pear, and grape to create a flavorful juice that will leave kids refreshed.

All good2grow beverages are made only from the freshest, most nutritious ingredients and do not contain added sugar, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

Will loved these!  He loved the flavors and he loved the tops on them.  There was no bargaining to get him to drink – he jut did and enjoyed it!  I can only recommend good2grow.  It was a winner in my house!

Ziploc Giveaway!

As many of you may know, I am in the process of losing weight.  (I’ve lost 25 lbs in 9 weeks!  Go me!)  That is why I was super excited to tell you how Ziploc makes eating fresh convenient.  They also help you  get more out of your meals by extending the freshness of food ingredients and leftovers. Available in an assortment of sizes, shapes and seals, Ziploc offer families a variety of smart, quality food storage solutions.

Ziploc Perfect Portions Bags are their latest innovation.  They are perfect for storing and freezing bulk foods and individual portions of poultry, meat, cookie dough and more.  I love them because I can portion out just what I need to eat.  You simply put your hand in the bag and pick up your serving size.  You then turn the bag inside out to easily create portions.  You can then put the individual bags into a Ziploc freezer bag to freeze until you need to use them.

The launch of Ziploc Perfect Portions is just one party of their initiation of the the Great American FreshOver Project.  This is a two year healthy eating initiative encouraging families to “freshover” their outlook on eating.  Ziploc and Rachael Ray are offering families recipes, tips, ways to use Ziploc products, and even a chance to win a trip for two to meet Rachel Ray.  (I’ve met Rachel Ray.  She’s really nice.)

Since I am such a fan of Ziploc, I have arranged for one of my lucky readers to win a Ziploc Prize Pack.  In it, you will find:

  • New Ziploc® Perfect Portions™ Bags
  • Ziploc® Freezer Bags
  • Rachael Ray Recipes
  • 1-2 other Ziploc® products (random selection)

Here’s what you need to do:

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Eating Healthy With #BensBeginners!

As a busy work at home mom, I know the struggles about finding quality time together. Even harder is feeding our children a healthy meal that they will actually eat.

Did you know that studies show that when you begin preparing your meal with rice, you end up with a meal that’s better for you? I personally love Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain rice, because it tastes awesome. My kids don’t know the difference between the whole grain and the white rice, and they are eating better and not even knowing it. That is why I wanted to tell you about Uncle Ben’s newest contest.

Uncle Ben’s has launched an exciting national contest called Ben’s Beginners! By entering the contest, you could win $20,000, along with a $50,000 grant towards a cafeteria makeover for your child’s school. In addition, you will have a chance to appear on The Rachael Ray show! Uncle Ben’s is calling for parents with children ages 5-12 to submit a 2-3 minute video of you cooking a rice-based dish with your children. For more info on the contest, please check out Ben’s Beginners on Facebook!

Here are a few of my tips for getting your kids to eat healthier:

1. Give you kids choices. My kids are way more inclined to eat something when they get to choose it. However, I make sure that their two choices are both healthy things! :)

2. Have your kids help cook dinner. I also have found that if my daughter gets to help cook dinner, she also will eat it.

3. Find out what your children’s school is teaching about nutrition. For Will, my 4 year old, they learned about healthy eating. For us, it made a natural segway into eating healthier at home. He is all about eating healthy and good things and even exercising now. As much as I drill that into his head, it always sounds better if they hear it from someone else like their teachers and friends!

4. Have your kids come grocery shopping with you. My 4 year old loves to pick out fruits for us to buy. The deal always is that if I buy it, you have to eat it. This seems to work well with my little one.

5. Make sure healthy snack are within reach. I always have a fruit bowl it. I make it super easy for the kids to grab a snack

There are so many ways to eat healthier in your home. How are you having your kids eat healthier?

I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Uncle Ben’s blogging program, for 6,000 My SocialMoms Rewards Points. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Ben’s Beginners ContestLet’s get kids cooking!