Back To School: Choosing Reusable Food and Drink Containers

There is a Bring-Your-Own Revolution going on in school lunch boxes.  Kids are being taught not to pollute and why we aim to reuse, recycle and reduce. Schools are advocating Litterless Lunches and some have programs where students and staff work to earn the coveted ‘eco’ certification. However, parents need to be on board.  I have seen first hand how many throw-away, single-use containers are still being packed in lunches contrary to school efforts to teach otherwise.

I understand it can be a challenge to switch gears and follow the eco path when we were brought up with plastic ‘sandwich baggies’ that always went into the trash without a thought.  But It is really easy to reuse plus it costs you oodles less in the long-run. And many reusables now are eco AND cool. My kids love to help pick out their favourite colours/design for their school lunch reusables.

The Bottom Line on Plastic Reusables:

Plastic is never a good option for food or beverage containers. Plastic contains unsavoury chemicals….bottom line and no two ways about it.  And don’t think you are necessarily doing well by buying BPA-Free. It may be ok and it may not. It is simply not worth the risk. Ever wondered what has been replacing BPA? A California father, Michael Green did and had his daughter’s pink plastic sippy cup tested. The lab results were enough to give all parents pause. The sippy cup was made from just as health-harming substances as is BPA plastic. You can read his story here.  I do love when parents advocate for the health of kids. And thanks to Mr. Green many parents are now off plastics.

Best then to choose either food-grade stainless steel, tempered glass (difficult to break) and organic fabrics.  It’s easy to do and much more worry-free. Here’s what to look for:

Water Bottles:

Choose food grade stainless or glass NOT aluminum or plastic. Aluminum is known to be made with plastic-type liners often made with BPA or BPA-like substances. So this hidden plastic as with full plastic bottles will leach a little of the chemicals into you or yours every time a sip is taken.

Stainless steel bottles are not all created equally. I love double-walled construction as they keep cold beverages cold and hot beverages hot for the good part of a day. I swoon over these particular bottles both for quality, design AND the company is an eco-do-gooder. Colours and sizes for everyone. #Love

Single-walled stainless steel construction is a less expensive and a safe option for parents who worry their kids might loose a bottle. It won’t be quite as effective however at keeping water cool through a trip to the park on a hot day or keeping hot cocoa hot while out skating in January. Perfect for school though and the price tag may be more palatable. My favourite in this single-walled category is by this Canadian company. And their insulated thermal containers are great for the smallest of students.

Glass is non-leaching so a good option but can be heavy for little kids and some parents do worry about breakage.  My favourite glass bottle is tough to break and the silicone cover comes in fun colours kids love..

Food Containers:

Food grade stainless steel containers are hot right now on back-to-school wish-lists.  Kids love the coloured lids of this fab high quality stainless gear. And never waste another penny on polluting one-time use plastic baggies by opting for organic cotton ‘baggies’ or snack packs. And you will be able to ditch plastic wrap forever as many of these containers can be used in your fridge for leftovers.

In the end reusables are good for you, the environment and your student so it’s best to get on board!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teachers Gifts…And All Fabulously Eco-Chic!

I have been asked numerous times in the last week what ideas I have about fab, teacher gifts that are unique with a twist of eco. I have given my kids’ teachers this type of gifts for years with great success. My kids seem to enjoy helping to pick out the unique gifts and deliver them with great pride each year.

And of course I can’t help but remember my neighbour who had been a teacher for 30 or so years mentioning the piles of mugs she received over the years as gifts. As much as I am sure she enjoyed the thought and kindness that brought the mugs her way, the pile of mugs sadly became a BIG, unused pile. So if you want to stand out in the crowd, give something fabulously unique, useful AND eco-chic…. read on!

The Coolest Cooler Bag Ever

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Love the quality of this ultra cool BPA-free cooler bag by Toronto’s SoYoung. BEST I have seen. AND the shoulder strap can be configured so it it can be worn backpack-style making it extra fab. Great for active types or for those (like me!) who tote their own food around. Cute retro-inspired designs.  $37  Cutest ice packs EVER $10 

 

The Best Organic Skincare on the Planet

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If you love giving your fave teacher skincare that is friendly to skin and to the planet, then Consonant is for you. Choose one or more items.. from $12 for the most luxurious olive oil soap ever to $18  for their award-winning organic body wash Lots of options! Best part… it comes ready to give in a beautiful gift bag with tissue. Love!

 

The Most Hip and Happening Litterless Lunch Containers

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Schools are practising Litterless Lunch so not to create excess trash. I gave my daughter’s teacher a few of these items last Holiday season and they were a huge hit! Choose from re-usable/non-plastic products by mompreneur companies such as Fluf or Keepleaf, uber-popular stainless steel containers by LunchBot or glass bottles in a silicone sleeve (pictured) by LifeFactory. Mix ‘n match and have your child help!

The Best All-Natural/Organic Hand Creams

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Many teachers LOVE hand cream.  My pick is Consonant Intensive Hand Therapy $20. I gave this to my daughter’s principal and recently she was squeezing out every last bit claiming it as her favourite hand cream! Add a gardeners brush total cost $29.  **An honourable mention to uber-popular Canadian favourite LoveFresh for its lovely scented, all-natural hand creams $22 each.

Happy (almost) summer holiday everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

Why You Don’t Want to Use StyroFoam Dishes This Summer (or Ever!)

 

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It is finally summer fair and barbeque season. Yippee! However, I am reminded how often I see food being handed out on styrofoam plates and containers and why this is should be of concern to everyone.

I have always hated the feel of styrofoam cups on my lips so I started avoiding it years ago. I have since learned it contains some serious toxic compounds which can leach out into food. So shouldn’t we all be avoiding it? The challenge is that it is still so widely used.  As it’s likely you too will run into it this season, best to know WHY and HOW  to avoid styrofoam.

What is styrofoam??

  • Styrofoam is a trademarked name for an extruded foam made from polystyrene
  • Polystyrene is a synthetic compound derived from petroleum, and contains toxic compounds such as benzene. It is a lightweight, insulating material that is used in many formats in industry…unfortunately including disposable dish ware.

Studies have shown that the styrene leaches out of the styrofoam and into our bodies when we use styrofoam cups and plates.  In fact, a study published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology found just that when the food (or drink) inside was hot. If it makes you feel any better, it was also found that styrene didn’t leach out of foam egg cartons, which are usually refrigerated. so we can assume the most harm to human health comes when the styrofoam is heated.

However the direct impact on human health shouldn’t be our only concern. Styrofoam has become an acute environmental issue. The Environmental Protection Agency released a report (1986) listing the polystyrene manufacturing process  as the fifth largest creator of hazardous waste. Fifty-seven toxic chemical byproducts are released during the manufacturing process of polystyrene, including benzene. Just think of the workers who manufacture it if nothing else.

As well, styrofoam takes 500 years to decompose. It makes up 25-30% of our world’s landfills AND has become a major source of marine pollution. And even though styrofoam is no longer manufactured with CFC (‘chlorofluorocarbon’ the famous ozone depleting chemical), it still uses hydrofluorocarbons linked to depleting the ozone layer and affecting global warming.

How to Avoid Styrofoam:

  • Look for the number 6. Polystyrene foam should be easy to spot by looking for a 6 inside the chasing arrow (aka ‘the mobius loop) symbol.  Unfortunately, polystyrene is also used in non-foam food containers, including clear-plastic clamshells and coffee-cup lids.
  • Don’t frequent restaurants or take out places that offer this type of food container.
  • BE PREPARED and take your own environmentally-friendly food and drink containers where you can to picnics, BBQs and fairs.

And remember that even though many jurisdictions are now trying to recycle styrofoam.. it is not a good option to use in the first place. So many chemicals used in its production affecting workers and our environment. We can all do better for the sake of our health, other people, AND our environment. So get yourself some stainless or glass re-usable containers and bamboo plates.

This post was inspired by the work of SaferChemicalsHealthyFamilies who work tirelessly to inform people of hidden toxins in their consumer goods….for which we should all be thankful🙂

 

What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Kids Sunscreens…

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I had no idea when I first became a parent of the variety of ingredients in kids sunscreens and how scary some of them could be.

And then one July day when my daughter was 2 she experienced a serious allergic reaction to a conventional sunscreen. Her wee body swelled terribly and turned beet red. Frightening.

Categorized by doctors as a ‘hyper allergic reaction’ it was something I never wanted to experience again.

And so the label-reading and researching began. The sunscreen that caused the reaction turned out to be a chemical stew. Try to find out what your child is allergic to when there are multiple potential culprit ingredients,  It included some likely suspects including oxybenzone, retinyl palmitate, isobutane, synthetic fragrance and homosalate. Enough to make a new mom cringe and her baby’s skin crawl.

The bottom line is I wish I had known before I slathered my first born in sunscreen that it could be much worse in many ways than what I was trying to guard her against.

Now I choose ONLY mineral-based sunscreens. Not only did my daughter have a reaction to the chemical-based stuff but in all my research I found concerns of endocrine disruption, reproductive toxicity and cancer associated with commonly used synthetic sunscreens ingredients. Horrific for any parent to think of.

Only zinc oxide or titanium dioxide cut the mustard now. These minerals create a physical barrier and are not relying on chemical UV absorbers to do the work. As a bonus they do not sting eyes as do the chemical sunscreens and you don’t have to wait any length of time before going in the sun. Once applied, you are good to go.

Although there are MANY fabulous, SAFE sunscreen brands as per the Environmental Working Group, I do have my favourites that have served my extremely sensitive, allergic daughter well over the past few years:

Dr Robin For Kids SPF 30

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Best For: Super-sensitive-skinned, allergy or eczema-prone kids. No synthetics, no nut or seed ingredients, no fragrance or gluten. Bonus: It’s formulated by a pediatric dermatologist.

 

 

Thinkbaby SPF 50 / Thinksport kids SPF 50

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Best For: Sensitive and allergy-prone kids who like a little bit of scent. Still safe but yummy, all-natural scent.  My allergy-prone daughter is crazy for this stuff now.

 

 

COOLA Baby SPF 50

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Best For: Babies and very fair-skinned wee ones. Best to stay out of the sun of course but if you must, this super-safe, unscented formula offers a great physical barrier.

 

Good news is that there are lots of great sunscreens.  Do you homework here and make sure to choose something super-safe. You will find different brands carried in different areas so best to do your own research on a brand you might be interested in so you feel rest-assured. Happy and safe sun-screening!

5 Good Reasons to Try Maca

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Every once in a while, a food comes to light we may not be familiar with but in another part of the world it is revered for it’s ‘superfood’ qualities.  Maca is one such food.  If you haven’t heard of it, there are reasons you may want to know what it is and why people are looking to it for everything from increased energy to regulation of hormones and increased fertility.

Maca originates from high in the Peruvian Andes Mountains of South America where it has been growing wild for thousands of years. It is a cruciferous plant as are other healthy vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and turnips.

A significant number of vitamins and minerals are inherent to wild maca. These include calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sulfur, sodium, as well as iron and may also contain beneficial trace minerals including zinc, iodine, copper, selenium, and manganese. It is also thought to be high in vitamins B1, B2, C, and E. 

Maca’s purported health benefits are based on generations of people who have used it.   It has thus gained some serious attention by natural health enthusiasts in North America. For those who have used maca whether in the Andes or elsewhere, the benefits are said to include:

  • Increased Energy Many athletes have now started taking maca for peak performance. if your energy levels are low, maca may be worth a try.
  • Increased Libido Maca is thought to increase sexual function in both men and women. Balanced hormone, endurance and stamina are cited among the benefits benefitting libido. Watch this clip on CNN which reports on the benefits specifically to women.
  • Menstrual cramps/Menopause Maca is considered beneficial in aiding with menstrual cramps. As well menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings and even depression can be alleviated. 
  • Fertility It has been noted that where maca grows is so high above sea level that animals brought to those heights from lower altitudes will stop reproducing. However if you feed them maca, they become fertile again. It’s as though nature offers a fertility remedy at those high altitudes. More on this can be seen in this New York times clip.
  • Adaptogen Maca is considered an adaptogen meaning it can help strengthen the body so it can better handle daily stresses and resist disease.

Caveats

Always use a reputable source for your maca supplements and follow the manufacturers recommended dosage.  It’s a good idea to consider running a new supplement by your medical doctor if you have a condition you are trying to remedy. But many do choose to try natural remedies over pharmaceuticals initally.  And as with any supplement its not recommended to start something new while pregnant.

My favourite maca powder is from Giddy YoYo It tastes delicious in a smoothie, is superior quality and can be purchased direct from the manufacturer OR on-line at Sessabel.

MIL’s Best Ever Banana Bread

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I have barely had a moment to post anything in the last month. I have been busier than ever with my business. However,  I have found time (read: I must eat!) in my kitchen to experiment developing my own recipes. Having worked in one of Canada’s largest test kitchens for many years, creating recipes is second nature to me. However now my focus is on delicious AND nutritious foods made with minimally processed ingredients.

When my sweet mother-in-law recently said my banana bread was the best she has ever had, I thought this recipe might just be post-worthy. Or at least now my MIL has a place to find the recipe she loves.

I don’t use conventional wheat flour for a number of reasons so in this recipe almond and quinoa are my flours of choice. I find the mix gives a nice texture to the loaf and makes it gluten-free. Feel free to sub-in another flour you prefer for the almond. And if using maple syrup, KEEP IT REAL!  Fake maple syrup is a mix of synthetic or highly processed ingredients.  The bananas themselves offer up most of the sweet you will need so you can keep any sweetener you may choose to a minimum.

Ingredients:

  • 1c almond flour ( can substitute another ie. sunflower seed flour OR coconut flour)
  • 1.5 c quinoa flour
  • 1/3 cup hemp hearts (I use Manitoba Harvest)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon good quality salt (I used Pink Himalyan)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 c.
  • 1/3 c. real maple syrup (my sweetener of choice during springtime in Canada)
  • 1/4 c. plain unsweetend organic yogurt
  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

How to:

  • Set your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease loaf pan (I use coconut oil)
  • Mix together dry ingredients in a bowl
  • In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients…eggs, syrup, yogurt, mashed banana + vanilla) and whisk until mixed
  • Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until combined.
  • Pour into loaf pan
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 55-60 minutes
  • Test it’s done by sticking in a toothpick. If it comes out clean, it is done. Another test is to push down a wee bit on the top with your fingers.  A properly cooked loaf will spring back into place.
  • Remove from pan and enjoy!

And there you have it, a better than conventional banana bread. AND with the addition of hemp hearts added in you should be able to keep your belly feeling full for longer.  Great for a snack or end to a meal!

 

 

 

 

 

Happy (and Safe) Spring Cleaning!

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Spring is finally here! So the age-old practice of spring cleaning our homes from top to bottom is upon us. Throw open your windows, enjoy the spring air and keep these 5 things in mind for happy, healthy, and safe spring cleaning:

1) Keep Cleaning Products Out of Reach of Children. Many conventional cleaning products are made with chemicals of concern and must be kept out of reach of small children. Keep all cleaning products well out of reach of little ones and read up on household chemical safety.  The Government of Canada offers safety tips on household chemicals because unfortunately, household chemical products are responsible for far too many serious injuries in children under the age of five each year.

2. Know Your products.  I have found that the Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning is a great tool in determining the toxicity of ingredients in common household cleaners.  Simply type in the name of your cleaning product into their database and all ingredients will be listed and ranked in terms of toxicity. Look for an ‘A’ which indicates cleaning products which are the ‘cleanest’. ‘F’ just as in school, is a fail. You may be surprised what you find. And be sure to check EWG’s Hall of Shame for the worst of the worst cleaners in terms of toxicity. I once found I owned one of these. Yikes!

3) It is Not Necessary to Use Conventional Cleaning Products. Many people have great success with D-I-Y cleaning products made with ingredients commonly found in a pantry. These home made cleaners are effective, non-toxic AND far more economical than conventional cleaners. Loads of recipes exist on the internet…everything from floor to window cleaners. A good source for D-I-Y cleaners is David Suzuki’s Queen of Green. Get a copy of some of her tried and true D-I-Y cleaner ‘recipes’ here and give it a go!

4) Ready Made Clean Cleaning Products Do Exist!  For those who don’t count D-I-Y among their talents (I am one of these!) know there are fantastic, smaller companies making products with NO toxic ingredients.  One of my favourite Canadian line of all-natural cleaning products (and deliciously scented with essential oils!) is by Vancouver-based Sapadilla. From laundry to floors, they have you covered. And I love Toronto company, GRAYDON for their all-natural product, Germs Away Mist.  In my house, this product alone takes care of all unwanted household smells (think diaper bin, bathrooms, yoga mat or gym bag). Even germs on hands benefit from the natural anti-microbial action of The Mist’s blend of 15 essential oils including clove, peppermint and geranium. And essential oils are much safer and easier on the skin and nose than synthetic perfume compounds.

5) And Be Aware of GreenWashing.  Companies can use the words ‘natural’ or ‘Green’ as a marketing term in Canada or the US without being held to the product really being better or safer than any other product. This is important for parents to know especially when the safety of children is at stake. I was surprised when I bought a household cleaning product with the word ‘Green’ in the product name just to find that its ingredients were too toxic for my comfort-level.

Seriously…Plastic Beads In My Child’s ToothPaste?

Crest For MeNothing makes me crazier than huge corporations putting unsavoury ingredients in products marketed specifically for children.  There is no excuse.

I recently read an article on-line written by a mom/dental hygienist, alerting consumers about the use of plastic beads in tooth paste. The product specifically portrayed in the article was Crest’s ToothPaste For Me which promises to ‘Get The Gunk’ out for kids between 8 and 12 years old.  However, dental hygienists are finding the plastic beads are getting in and staying in…under gums. That sounds like putting ‘gunk’ into children’s mouths and I’m not ok with it.

Polyethylene does not break down, it is not biodegradable. So unless your hygienist can find and remove these beads, they will stay there. And what parent of a child wants to have their child go through having plastic microbeads fished out from under their gums?

I have to wonder why Procter and Gamble ever put plastic in any toothpaste, let alone one specifically for children? On their website, it is confirmed that the blue microbeads are added for colour. So kids are getting plastic microbeads stuck under their gums for COLOUR?

To find out if your product contains polyethylene, take a look at the Inactive Ingredients part of your toothpaste label. As well, the Skin Deep Database confirms specific Crest products reported to be using polyethylene beads.

Unfortunately my husband had just bought one of these Crest For Me toothpastes for our 8 year old.   Upset I actually owned one of these products, I called the company to voice my concern. They assured me PE is safe and is used in food packaging.  I asked if they had done any studies on kids health if plastic sits under their gums for years undetected? No surprise that I didn’t get a direct answer to that one.  Or do they know the impact is of kids having dental tools stuck up their gums to retrieve the beads? I just cringe thinking about it.

In my upset over my child having plastic beads in her toothpaste,  I didn’t even mention to P & G, how these beads are polluting our Great Lakes. Feel free to mention that point if you call.

Procter and Gamble can be reached at (800) 959-6586  or send an e-mail comment to them here

5 Good Reasons To Give Up Wheat Even If You Don’t Have To

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It’s taken me some time to get to a place where conventional wheat products are no longer a staple in my house.  But I am there. There are simply too many reasons NOT to eat wheat products.

The notion of wheat-free seemed at first to go against my grain. However, having worked in the processed food industry for many years,  I have long known that the processed food industry works to deliver the least expensive, fastest-produced, ultra-long lasting ‘belly-filler’ to our dining tables. And wheat products such as bread, pastries, cookies and breakfast cereals are no exception.

However,  it wasn’t until recently that I read the book Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis and found out there were so many more reasons to avoid wheat than I had ever imagined. Some of these include:

1) ‘Franken Gluten’ When industry scientists created cheaper, high yield wheat, consumers got wheat with gluten proteins that mother nature had never intended. In fact the hybridization that created modern wheat, resulted in wheat gluten proteins undergoing considerable structural changes some of which are found in neither parent plant.  Scary. But compound this with the fact that tests confirming the affects of this franken-gluten on human health were never done. Super-scary.  Did any of us ask to be guinea pigs?

2) Diabetes. Modern wheat spikes blood sugar worse than does regular table sugar. The Glycemic Index was developed in the 1980’s by Dr. David Jenkins at the University of Toronto (my alma mater). The higher the Glycemic Index foods cause a spike in blood sugar vs. low GI foods. Evidence is pointing to higher GI foods being linked to Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Are you surprised to hear that whole wheat bread has a higher glycemic index than does table sugar? I was. This translates to ‘whole wheat bread raises blood sugar on a gram for gram basis the same or worse than does eating a candy bar or drinking a soda pop’. Higher blood sugar leads to the natural aftermath of low blood sugar. The body compensates with by wanting more food and you can easily overeat.

3) Heart Trouble. Dr. William Davis, a cardiologist, confirms that wheat does trigger high blood sugar, increased visceral fat, and inflammation. As these are all contributing factors to diabetes, obesity, and inflammation.  And anyone of these issues, can go hand in hand with being seriously bad news for your heart.

4) Skin Afflictions. Wheat is to apparently to blame for advancing the telltale signs of time on our skin in the form of wrinkles and lost elasticity. And wheat is also linked to other skin problems, including psoriasis, and acne. And we thought chocolate and soda pop was solely responsible for the acne of our youth.

5) Osteoporosis. Wheat generates more sulphuric acidic when consumed than meat, apparently wreaking havoc on the acid/alkaline balance of the body.  Excess acid causes calcium to be drawn out of your bones. And where it used to be thought that osteoporosis was a problem of post-menopausal women due to lower estrogen levels, science now has evidence that calcium bone loss starts much earlier in life with a marked decline by age 40. And guess what is implicated..large quantities of wheat in our diets.

These are just some of the issues associated with wheat consumption that Wheat Belly outlines AND supports with scientific evidence. Of course everything in moderation but with wheat products being commonplace at breakfast, lunch and dinner, it becomes a potentially very serious problem. Who else thinks it’s time to re-think excessive wheat consumption?

Does Fast Food Make Sense in a Campaign to Have Kids Eat Healthier?

First Lady Michelle Obama orders a Subway sub during an event at a Subway restaurant to announce that Subway will work with the Partnership for a Healthier America to help advance the goals of "Let's Move!," in Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

First Lady Michelle Obama orders a Subway sub during an event at a Subway restaurant to announce that Subway will work with the Partnership for a Healthier America to help advance the goals of “Let’s Move!,” in Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

This week First Lady Michelle Obama took the next step in her Let’s Move! campaign.  This program was developed by the First Lady to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation.  As a mom I admire Mrs. Obama’s initiative toward a very serious health issue but do find concern with her latest partner in the program toward getting kids to eat healthier; Subway Sandwich.

This week kicks off SUBWAY’s “Playtime, Powered by Veggies” marketing campaign which with Mrs. Obama’s endorsement and support will promote increased fruit and vegetable consumption. The campaign is designed to encourage kids to pile veggies on their Subway sandwiches and select fruit as their side of choice not chips. Additionally, SUBWAY agrees they will offer milk or water as a default beverage not soda pop. Nobody has said what happens if a child who goes into Subway must have a soda pop or chips and is shy with piling the veggies high? This past week, Mrs. Obama celebrated the move by hosting a group of children in a DC area Subway showing them the ‘healthy choices’ available on the subway menu. It is rumoured The First Lady ate a turkey sub showing her support for the ‘healthy fare’ at the fast food giant.

Increased consumption of fruits and veggies by children is a always good thing in my opinion.  In fact, a huge part of my day to day is cutting up apples, carrots, cucumber, peppers for my two daughters.  I see that veggies make it into every lunch box and most every dinner.  And fortunately my kids eat them raw, unadulterated, unprocessed, unpreserved and uncoloured.

When fruit and veggies are being promoted by a fast food chain they will undoubtedly be accompanied by synthetic colours and preservatives, there to help them get through ‘shelf life’. Not to mention they are accompaniments to a sandwich filled with highly processed meats and sauces. Who considers highly processed foods a healthy choice by simply adding some (preserved and/ or coloured) fruits and veggies with it? So I am stumped by this latest initiative of the Let’s Move! program.

A quick check of Subway’s ingredient list on their website gives detail of the oodles of additives included in their sandwiches.  So it is easy to see that by eating at Subway you will get a significant dose of not-so-good-for-you ingredients such as added sugars, salt, colours (ie tartrazine, caramel colour), nitrates, nitrites, carageenan, azodicarbonamide (oh my!) just to name a few.

So irregardless of Mrs. Obama’s seemingly well-intended endorsement of Subway as a way to eat healthier, I will still opt daily to have my kids eat fruits and veggies at home, taken out of the fridge then sliced AND without a side of any synthetic, processed fake foodstuffs. Now isn’t that the best way to promote healthier eating?