Archive for November, 2012

Meatless Monday (Sort of)

This is not my typical Meatless Monday post but I think it’s worth sharing. I am against energy drinks (for my own personal reasons) but I have often wondered about the likes of sports drinks. Especially when comparing the price of Pedialyte and Gatorade…….what’s the big difference? When I came across this article I thought it was a great read for parents.

Worst Drinks: Sports Drinks

The major difference between energy drinks and sports drinks is Caffeine content! Both have tons of sugar but because of caffeine levels, energy drinks can be dangerous for teens and younger children. The amount of caffeine in energy drinks can be 3 to 4 times as much as a large can of soda.

Sports drinks don’t contain caffeine but do contain electrolytes. Electrolytes are used by our cells to maintain electrical impulses. When electrolytes are lost during vigorous exercise they can be replaced by those in sports drinks, thereby restoring balance to your body’s systems.

However, sports drinks weren’t intended for teens after an hour of basketball practice, but for athletes doing intense exercise for an hour or more. According to the article, children and teens should rehydrate with water. And in the case of a sick child, with less sugar and more electrolytes, Pedialyte is still the best option.

So the take home message is that energy drinks are no-no for kids, sports drinks should be limited and water is always the best bet.

Source: MNN

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Wordless Wednesday (Thanksgiving Edition)

Thanksgiving, craft, crafts, kids crafts, pinecone, turkey, feathers

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Monday Morning Quarterback

I had no idea that NFL superstar Arian Foster was exploring veganism. Earlier this year the  Houston Texan running back adopted a plant-based, “mostly” animal free diet. In an interview Foster stated that he’s “dabbling back and forth.” If he wants something (i.e. meat) he eats it, but he prefers healthier plant-based foods. I hate to quote American Idol but I love when people take something and “make it their own.” Although some would argue that there is no grey area when it comes to veganism, I say do what works for you. I’m sure having a 95% plant-based diet is better than nothing! Best of Luck Arian….on the field and in the kitchen.

Source: EcoRazzi

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Wordless Wednesday

Dead Star, ball of dead batteries by Michel De Broin

 

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Wordless Wednesday

 

Sunflowers

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