getting kids to eat fruits and vegetables
Red apples, orange carrots, green kale, purple eggplant—eating colorful foods is good for little growing bodies! A great way to get kids excited & interested in fruits and vegetables is to talk about it's connection to color!
Can’t afford to buy all organic produce? You don’t have to! Knowing which fruits and vegetables have the highest and lowest pesticide residue will decrease your exposure to toxic chemicals and save you money at the grocery store.
Here are some ingredients to make cooking with kids a tasty experience!
Try this Green Smoothie recipe for a yummy, energizing drink packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients.
Getting kids outdoors in the winter can often prove challenging. Try these fun and creative activities to get your kids outside and connected to the natural world.
There's a new graphic in town ready to help you with your dietary needs and help you craft each healthy and delicious meal you put on your plate.
Getting kids outdoors can sometimes prove challenging. Help your kids lead a happier, healthier life with these six inventive outdoor activities.
In an effort to help prevent childhood obesity, several health centers in the Northeast are offering low-income families fresh produce vouchers to local farmers’ markets.
Nothing is more refreshing on a hot summer day than chilled soup. These recipes fill you up while cooling you down.
Kids and veggies don’t mix, right? Guest blogger Stephanie Small doesn't buy it. Re-learn a few tried-and-true tips to help your children actually enjoy their vegetables.
Here’s a list of what foods are in season this spring. You should be able to find the best deals on these items at grocery stores and farmers’ markets this time of year.
First Lady Michelle Obama’s love for local food has the nation wanting to know more about how to eat in-season. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence offers a healthy helping of advice on how to eat local.
Mark Bittman offers solutions for leading a healthier life, starting with what we eat.
Bend, twist and turn upside down for a happy baby and healthy child!
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence pledges to go 'Meatless in May' to raise awareness about the environmental effects of consuming meat.
Get your children excited about helping with the garden this year with these five fun activities.
Readers vote on which varieties of heirloom vegetables they’d be most interested in learning how to grow.
Denise Franklin's 280-square-foot cabin in British Columbia provides everything she needs--and more.
Start eating healthy with our tips from the September/October issue of Mother Earth Living.
The Environmental Working Group’s 2011 Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists help the budget-conscious minimize exposure to pesticides.
As a new year unfolds, Natural Home forecasts 2010 predictions—and it's good news—Americans will become smarter, greener consumers.
Health care providers in Madison, Wisconsin, have teamed up with community-supported agriculture groups to provide rebates for buying local produce.
Staying physically active as you age may help ward off memory loss.
Combining entertainment and education into one fun experience, board games are a great addition to structured play for kids.
Help your kids develop their green thumb by teaching them to compost.
The playground classic of jumping rope seems to have disappeared. It’s time for a comeback!
Before handing your kid a gadget just to shut him up, learn about the long-term effects electronic media can have on a kid’s brain, as well as their overall development.
Getting kids outdoors and into nature helps promote healthy child development physically, emotionally, intellectually and socially.
Kids learn about herbs and cooking through a Louisiana woman's "kitchen garden marketplace," Passionate Platter.
Gardening with kids doesn’t have to be stressful. Here are five simple steps to make gardening with kids more enjoyable.
Encourage your children to read by taking them to the library.
Guest blogger Sarah Lozanova details her excitement about raising her children in a multi-generational ecovillage once her family moves to the Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage in Maine.
Guest blogger Sarah Lozanova explains the benefits of raising kids in cohousing communities such as the Belfast Cohousing and Ecovillage her family is moving into.
I have to admit it: I’m full of beans when it comes to gardening. I swore that this year, no really, I was only going to grow a few herbs in pots. And then, the seed catalogs came.
This spring, I am dreaming of delicious, beefy summer tomatoes. So I planted some; they're taking over my kitchen as we speak. I love fresh, homegrown tomatoes. And I just can't find delicious tomatoes in stores; even the local, organic market. Not to mention, I'm sick of paying for them! In fact, I'm tired of buying
Vegetable soup is the reward a summer's worth of hard work in the garden can produce. Spring is the time for spring cleaning, emptying the freezer and washing canning jars.
Guest blogger and novice gardener Shelley Moore plants her vegetable seedlings.
If Thanksgiving weekend left you craving light, nutritious meals, try these recipes for winter-friendly salads.
One Herb Companion intern shares her New Year's commitment to improved health habits with food, activities and herbs.
Ten percent of Americans opt out of their morning meals. Find out why chowing down may be the better option.
How to stay healthy when you eat at a restaurant four or more times per week.
See how a mother of two young boys saves money on groceries while eating mainly fresh, organic food.
Heat illnesses are serious business, but they are also easily preventable. Read on to learn more.
Sprout Foods new line of Sprout Smash Organic Kids Snack Pouches have the great taste school-aged kids love, and the nutrition their parents demand.
Keep your family safe and enjoy all of the fun of splishing, splashing and wading in the water with these pool safety tips for children!
According to the Okinawan diet, those who eat fewer calories just might live longer. Dr. Amber French discusses this study and analyzes how cutting 20 percent of your daily calorie intake might help you lose weight stave off age-related disease.
California rolls from supermarket sushi counters contain high fructose corn syrup. You don't have to look hard to find this information; it's listed right on the package!
The 2012 Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 Lists from the Environmental Working Group helps shoppers limit their pesticide exposure while saving money.
In more shocking news about the honey on U.S. store shelves, a Food Safety News study analyzes more than 60 jars of honey and finds that nearly all of them have been ultra-filtered to disguise their potentially tainted and toxic origins.
Lisa’s Organics brings farmers market freshness to the dinner table with their serve-in-minutes frozen veggie line.
Could you have an eating disorder such as anorexia, bulimia, or orthorexia? Learn the differences between normal and harmful behaviors around food and weight.
Mighty Fine Gardens’ vertical garden kits provide families with a way to teach their children the value of outdoor time and of making healthy choices with food.
Combine spending quality time with your kids and cleaning house. These 11 tips can help you effectively maintain balance by cleaning with your kids.
Sharing the love of cooking with children is a wonderful way to get kids in the kitchen and introduce to them the simple pleasures of life from kneading bread to chopping carrots to create a delicious and healthy meal.
Childhood music lessons have long-term, positive effects on the brain.
Your kids will have fun sinking their fingers into this safe and natural play dough.
Keep your little ones busy outdoors with these five fun and innovative outdoor crafts for kids found on Pinterest. From backyard teepees to homemade slime, we've got you covered.
Use these five steps to encourage water conservation with children!
Give yourself a little extra reason to treasure your time in the garden by perusing the gardening articles from our March/April 2013 issue. We teach you how to have your earliest spring garden, give you tips on reducing your gardening resources, show you an unexpected source of nutrition, and much more!
Munching on three bananas per day, or any potassium-rich food, could slash your risk of stroke.
Gather herbs for crafting herbal remedies with our expert help. We share basic guidelines for determining the appropriate time of year to harvest each part of a plant and teach you how to harvest herbs from gardens.
Kale is gaining popularity as a healthy, versatile superfood in the kitchen. Kale can be used for cooking soups, salads, stews and can be eaten raw or cooked.
Do you eat like you spend? Similarities may exist between your relationship to food and your relationship to money. Learn to identify your patterns so you can heal them.
Natural Home editorial intern Samantha Schwartz shares a vegetable juice recipe.
Freelance writer and editor Kim Wallace interviews fellow foodie Lindsay Nixon, author of "The Happy Herbivore" cookbook.
Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but it's one that many of us fill with sugars and empty carbs. Start the day off right with this recipe for healthy blueberry bran muffins, courtesy of Driscoll's.
Taking into account production, processing, consumption and disposal, the Environmental Working Group found that if everyone in the U.S. gave up meat or cheese one day a week for a year, it would be equivalent to taking 7.6 million cars off the road.
I had one of the best pork chops of my life last night, thanks to a homegrown hog and Nancy, also known to our blog friends as The Lemon Verbena Lady.
Add nutrient-rich foods to your diet to keep your skin clear and radiant.
With fall here, try these vegan versions of classic comfort foods: nachos, sloppy Joes and Swedish meatballs from Hilary’s Eat Well.
Make this succotash recipe to use up your garden's excess of squash, corn and zucchini.
A recent study finds that fiber can lower the risk of colon polyps, a cancer precursor. Fiber can also help prevent heart disease and cancer and aid in weight loss.
Finding the key to a strong immune system is as easy as visiting the produce section of your local grocery store.
Craving fresh food during the long winter months? Here are nine vegetables that you can find fresh in February--and great ways to prepare and serve them.
Skip the steaks if you're firing up the barbecue tonight. Marinated and grilled veggies and tofu, served up with wasabi mayo on grilled bread, is a hearty, delicious way to celebrate Meatless Monday.
Warm up winter with a vegetarian tofu curry.
Instead of eating it all now, learn how to pickle asparagus with this easy Spicy Pickled Asparagus recipe and save some for later in the season! Your future self will thank you.
The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, a coalition of retailers, industry trade associations, and food and beverage manufacturers, has announced that it will cut a combined 1.5 trillion calories from its members' products.
Prevent and treat heartburn at home with these natural remedies.
Iced tea pops make fun treats for hot summer days, only they are healthy for the whole family, totally customizable, and packed with herbal goodness you won’t find in store freezers.
One guest blogger loves building fairy houses for kids and with kids. She never ceases to be amazed at their instinct for this activity. They see things in nature to use and create with that we could never imagine. Check out some fairy garden ideas from the brightest children.
Discover delightful garden projects for kids. The author of the Fairy House Handbook shows you how to make fabulous fairy creations out of mud.
Make faerie dust with the wee folks in your family to get them interested in herbs at a young age.
Don't let shyness rule your child's life--try these tips to overcome shyness and let yourself be happier.
Honor your traditions in a more sustainable way—while still pleasing your children—with these six eco-friendly gift ideas for kids.
Protect children's health and the environment by choosing responsibly made toys that are free of lead and other toxins.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull finally discovers the beauty of smoothies—and shares four recipes for homemade concoctions!
Editorial assistant Susan Melgren shares her healthy living goals for the next year.
If you're hoping to grow some of your own food but are short on space, use these three tips for small-space gardening success in containers, on your patio, balcony or roof.
Editorial intern Samantha Schwartz plans for healthy eating in the Grinnell College dining hall.
Following a diet out of a book means you're just adhering to a set of externally imposed rules. Learn how to listen to your body for direction on what nourishes you.
Take a look at these herbs to fight colds, flus and ear infections.
Create a yummy summertime lip balm with your kids.
McDonald's has new, healthier plans for its popular kids' meal.
Companion planting can help your favorite plants achieve their full potential.
Eating a proper diet will help your body get rid of excess estrogen, the culprit behind PMS symptoms. Prevent cramps, bloating, fatigue and mood swings by incorporating these five foods into your diet.
Omega-3s are important to brain health, reduce inflammation and are essential to reducing risk of chronic diseases. Boost your intake of this essential nutrient by turning to these good sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
Try this tasty garden produce-friendly recipe, a delicious, easy and adaptable way to eat up your garden harvest.
Reaching for the painkillers every month? Read on for natural ways to relieve PMS symptoms.
Ease the symptoms of the common cold with herbs and other natural treatments.
When you’re wrapping up your holiday shopping, consider shopping for a good cause. By giving all of your loved ones Cookies for Kids' Cancer this holiday season you may help bring kids with cancer that much closer to a cure.
High blood pressure can lead to serious health complications. Reduce your risk for hypertension by incorporating these eight steps into a healthy lifestyle.