Autumn is upon us. Kids and families are spending more time inside. Thoughts are turning to harvest and fall festivals, and many are still busy preserving the gifts of the earth through canning, freezing, and saving seeds for future planting. It’s an ideal moment, then, to settle in and explore a series of novels about a group of young people in the not-too-distant future who want to do something about the earth that sustains them and the foods they are able—and allowed—to eat.
I have a confession: One of the things I don’t miss in summer is making school lunches for my kids. No matter how much good food I keep in the house, and no matter how I try to craft portable meals they will actually like, it always feels like a rush and a hassle, and all for a no-guarantees result: they are picky and don’t want anything unfamiliar, yet are often bored with the familiar and don’t always eat it. But I’m short on money, time, and ideas. ARGH. If your experience is anything like mine, we might both benefit from Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children.
Now that Spring is upon us, if you struggle with asthma and allergy symptoms, you probably know that you have a whole lot of company. Between 35 and 50 million people in the US suffer from some kind of significant allergy, and about 20 million Americans suffer from asthma (6.9 million of them children).
Have you been hearing about the multiple health benefits of nuts and wondering how to get more of them into your daily food intake? Are you a nut-lover who is concerned about allergies, fat and calorie content, and/or adhering to a special diet? Do you—like me—practically have an addiction to nuts and want validation for eating some every day?
The holiday gift-buying season is here! We want the gifts we give to be good for the planet, a good value, and—most importantly—meaningful gestures that demonstrate our caring about the well-being of those we love. To this end, LifeSource has a few ideas to offer you as you make your shopping list: inspiring resource books and custom-made (by you!) gift baskets.
You can get as creative as you like when assembling a gift basket, but LifeSource can make it easier if you’re running short on time or ideas. Just choose a basket from our large selection, then consider the following ideas as a starting point for your own unique creations:
- Italian: organic pasta sauce, organic pasta, organic olive oil, organically-grown olives
- Asian: organic rice noodles, simmer sauce, organic tofu, sweet and/or savory roasted seaweed snacks
- Beer- and/or wine-lovers: choose a selection for your loved ones to enjoy, arrange in basket. (SO easy!)
- Cozy winter supper: organic soups and chilis, organic crackers
- South of the border: tasty tortilla chips, hearty black beans/pinto beans, zesty organic salsa
- Cold weather warm-up: organic teas, organic cocoas, and organic apple cider
- Food is Fuel (for your favorite athlete): organic meal bars, organic brown rice cakes, organic peanut butter, protein powder packets, coconut waters, juices
- Gluten-freedom: gluten-free baking mix, gluten-free pancake mix, organic chocolate chips, organic raisins
- Movie night: Popcorn choices, organic and fairly-traded gourmet chocolate bars, packaged dehydrated and dried fruits
- Healthful snackers: nuts, dried kale, pumpkin seeds, fruit strips, jerky, edamame
- Pet-lovers: Catnip, chicken treats and organic canned food / Rawhide, biscuits, and jerky
- Pamper Yourself: scented lotions, shower gel, bath salts, body wash, scented candle Especially for baby/new parents: gentle cleaners, diaper ointment, baby lotion and oils, nipple cream
- Aromatherapy: assorted candles, incense and sachets (wide array available!)
- Dreamers & thinkers: handmade journal, chakra candles, special “dream box”
So make your list and check it twice…and be sure to put yourself on it, too. You deserve to treat yourself with thoughtfulness and care as we say farewell to 2012 and greet 2013. Here’s to your health—cheers!
Balanced, nutritious “brain and body fuel”
We come in all shapes and sizes and with an enormous variety of nutritional needs. Some regularly buy protein powders, and others have never even considered such a purchase. Protein supplements come in a huge array of forms, flavors, consistencies, and quantities, and it’s a good idea to consider your nutritional needs—alongside your personal taste—when choosing which one(s) to purchase. The decision process can be a little overwhelming at first, but our friendly and knowledgeable staff members can assist as you.
“Baby, it’s cold outside,” as the old song goes. Add to that “dark,” “rainy,” and perhaps “busy” and “stressful,” and you can pretty much assume that what we most want to enjoy right now are some easy-to-make, warm, and delicious comfort foods. Add to that the desire to recreate traditional dishes that are attached to beloved memories. Add to THAT the increased number of work and family gatherings at this time of year…and it seems like the perfect time for an indulgent and savory appetizer, a hearty casserole, or tempting baked treat.