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Trying to pack healthy lunches- may want to leave this out of the lunchbox

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Unless that apple may eventually lead to more doctor visits.  Since apples already make the “Dirty Dozen” list for pesticide use, buying organic apples is important. But, now healthier eating just got a little trickier.

http://www.growingproduce.com/fruits/apples-pears/why-arctic-apples-were-approved-by-usda/Arctic Granny Apples conjure a pure and delicious image.  And while these apples may be tasty, they might also be dangerous.

We all know that a sliced apple will eventually turn brown when exposed to air.  Apparently, adding a little lemon juice, sealing them in an air-tight container for lunch boxes, or just eating them the way nature intended seems like too much work. So, scientists have found a way to end this browning nuisance…voila…the Artic Granny Apple.

A Genetically Modified (GMO) apple.

There is currently huge controversy regarding GMO foods.  Much of the debate focuses on mandating labeling. As of now, companies are not required (in the United States) to disclose GMO ingredients on their packaging.

http://blog.mass.gov/publichealth/ask-mass-wic/goodbye-berries-hello-apples/So, while you think you’re making a healthy choice for yourself and your family, there really is no certainty. Until the effects manifest in a decade or so.

If you’re trying to avoid GMO foods, you’re going to have to trust your instinct when it comes to apples. If it’s marketed as “non-browning,” odds are good that it’s “non-natural” too.

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4 steps to healthier lunches!

The kids head back to school today. Love that I’ll have a little bit of quiet, but the 5:45 alarm was a rude awakening!

And, it’s back to packing lunches.

If healthier eating is your 2013 goal, we can help keep lunches interesting & delicious with a few easy substitutions.

Organic Chocolate Squares: Everyone likes a little sweet dessert. With these organic squares you get all of the benefits of dark chocolate (or milk chocolate if you prefer) in a manageable amount. You’ll love the additions of mint or cranberries & almonds, and kids love the Bug Bites trading cards.
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Pucker Up! Need something a little sweeter? Try Yummy Earth lollipops and drops. These may very well be the best lollipops on the planet! Delicious flavors like mango tango, pomegranate punch, and googly grape. Or fill your desk candy dish with organic drops instead. Same great flavors as the lollipops, but with the addition of blood-orange cocktail. Of course, I always have a stash of Roadside Rootbeer nearby! Don’t worry about allergies, Yummy Earth pops & drops are certified organic, gluten-free, peanut-free and tree nut-free, and have no type of corn syrup, kosher parve as well. 100% Vegan, Certified Organic, No artificial dyes, Real fruit extracts, Casein-free, GMO-free, Soy-free, Wheat-free, Dairy-free, No MSG. Whew.
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Now that dessert is out of the way, we can focus on lunch. It’s so much easier to pack a healthful lunch when using our Bynto or Goodbyn lunch boxes. The smaller Bynto is great for bringing salads into the office (use the water container for dressing!) or for little one’s lunches. The larger Goodbyn has 5 compartments for separating fruits & veggies, and a little spot for chips. In addition to lunches, these sets are great for portable snacks. Now that we’re back in the swing of sports & activities, keeping a few extra snacks in the car cuts down on poor vending-machine choices. We’re down to our final few Goodbyn/Byntos (ours are the last of the USA made before the company made the switch to manufacturing in China), so get them while you can & they’re on sale!
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Hydrate! Unless you keep water close at hand, it’s difficult to consume the recommended amount (1/2 your weight in ounces). Aluminum bottles are bulky and can’t go in the dishwasher, and too many plastic bottles are laden with BPA and other toxins. Not our Vapur bottles! Made in the US, these handy “anti-bottles” are collapsible, dishwasher safe, freezable, and have a carabiner clip for easy transport. Available in a variety of colors and 3 sizes (.4L, .5L, and 1L). Give everyone their own color & you’ll know who is finishing enough water, or who’s leaving it on the counter instead of in the dishwasher!
vapur foldedelement whitehawaii vapurpurple 2 pack

Daily Green Special: Our final Bynto/Goodbyn lunch boxes are deeply discounted, they won’t last long! Organic chocolate squares are buy 2 get 1 free! Just write “yum” in the checkout notes and we’ll add a free chocolate square to your order. Offer valid until tomorrow’s post. Happy Monday!