1. Pack Your Kids a Waste-Free Lunch

    Young Girl Packing Waste-Free LunchPart of living a green lifestyle is reducing the amount of waste you and your family produce on a daily basis. While monitoring your waste and recycling habits at home may be second nature, you may not have considered that your child’s school lunches could be producing as much as 67 pounds of trash every school year. Fortunately, there are some ways you can manage excessive trash by packing -a waste free lunch. In fact, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, packing a waste free lunch for your child can save you as much as $250 every school year.

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  2. Healthy School Lunches

    Young Boy Eating Healthy School LunchEnticing and healthy school lunch options are among some of the most often sought parenting tips online and off — and for good reasons. According to an online U.S. News & World Report article on Aug. 30, 2010, 20 percent of kids and teens are overweight and school lunch staples of pizza, chicken nuggets and French fries just add to the problem. Unsurprisingly, kids who bring their lunches from home have been found less likely to be obese and more likely to include veggies and fruits as regular parts of their diets. Healthy school lunches require fresh foods, protein for learning and complex carbohydrates for energy.

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  3. Benefits of Organic Food

    Woman Shopping for Organic FoodWith all the recent conversation surrounding the use of organic foods, it’s hard to decipher whether two fruits displayed side by side on the produce shelf can truly be that different based solely on the fact that one was grown conventionally and one organically. So what’s the difference, and why is it creating such a stir?

  4. Foolproof Lunch Ideas For Kids

    Boy Eating Healthy LunchFoolproof lunch ideas for kids have to satisfy two often-contradictory goals: a kid’s taste test and his parent’s “good food” definition. Adding to the difficult mix are websites and magazines with ridiculously ornate foods that more closely resemble artistic sculptures than the basis of a child’s lunch. No one but a Stepford wife would spend hours creating two-story decorative cupcakes that will hardly survive the trip out the door, much less the timeframe between arriving at school and lunchtime. The best advice for any parent is to take the workable ideas and modify them according to the home pantry contents and available lunch preparation time.

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  5. Grocery Shopping Tips for Saving Money at Check Out

    Couple Using Coupons at Grocery StoreAccording to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion’s January 2012 Cost of Food Survey, an average family of four living on a moderate spending budget accumulates a monthly grocery shopping bill of approximately $861 – $1,024. Those numbers are only expected to rise as inflation and fuel prices continue to escalate – leaving many families to wonder how they will afford such high register check-out prices. Fortunately, there are some grocery shopping tips you can use to trim back your grocery bill each month without sacrificing too many of the foods you enjoy most.

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