Monday, February 8, 2010

Etsybloggers Carnival - Feb 12, 2010

FoxyG Knits is our host for this Etsybloggers Carnival.
Here's one of her wrap, perfect for Valentine's Day

The two topics she chose:
1) February 14th is Valentine's Day. What is your best childhood memory of Valentine's Day or What childhood tradition do you now carry out with your children.
2) February is Heart Health Month. What is your best heart healthy recipe. What do you do to stay heart healthy. How do you promote heart health?

This was a hard choice for me, without children or a very good memory... And I'm not a cook, so I can't give you a favorite recipe. But I AM a researcher! So I went surfing around on the internet. It didn't take long until I came upon the trusty food pyramid on the USDA website, and I realized I think about eating healthy all the time.

What do I do to stay healthy? I try to follow the steps of the pyramid, and of course, my mother's menu planning. Some of the ways DH and I work at getting healthier (and saving money) are to exercise, eat out less, and buy food in bulk. I always try to steam some veges or make a salad to go along with our meals. And I insist on baking instead of frying foods as much as possible, which is a chore when you're living with a fry cook! But that's in the past, thank goodness!

You can print your own mini food pyramid poster, with a page two full of great information, HERE
Follow the pyramid on twitter at MyPyramid

Here's some tips that the USDA recommends, which I find helpful:
• Make half your grains whole
• Vary your veggies
• Focus on fruit
• Get your calcium rich foods
• Go lean with protein
• Find your balance between food and physical activity
• Keep food safe to eat

You can check out all the printed resources available, receive a Tip of the Day, and find lots of mom and kid friendly info at the USDA website. Run with it! {:-D


Kathleen said...

Great ideas! One thing we do is make most everything from scratch. Processed foods contain lots of preservative, additives and salt. Thanks for sharing =)

Patti said...

This is great advice for anyone!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

I even bake our french fries...drives Jesse nuts...but I hate to fry things!

TiLT said...

okay, now I am hungry :P The "new" food pyramid looks so much better than the old...and they even twitter now - cool!
Love the tips - thanks :)

Linda Pruitt said...

We all need to do better!!!

BeadedTail said...

Great tips! We don't fry anything either and always try to find healthier alternatives to everything.

Very Verdant said...

Great Tips! We try to make everything from scratch just as Kathleen pointed out but being from South Alabama we are not so careful about avoiding fried foods like Beaded. ;0) So, Pruitt is right.
"We all need to do better!!!"

Made by Melissa said...

I don't think I've ever fried anything! I always bake food when I cook. The current challenge is finding veggies that my 2.5 yr old son will eat, so far its pretty much just cucumber slices! Oh well, at least he likes fruit!!

foxygknits said...

Thanks, Deborah, for participating in the Blog Carnival. And a public thank you for helping me getting the blog carnival onto the team site.

I use to be Director of Communications for an organization that taught help promotion in grades K-8, so, I lived, breathed and ate (pardon the pun!) the Food Pyramid!

Who knew that they are on twitter - I am now following. Great that you also shared mom and kid-friendly web resources.

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