Today we have an awesome guest post from actress and activist Alysia Reiner! She’s talking all about healthy eating for kids!
Thank you so much for asking me to guest blog about green mom eating!
When thinking about what to write, I decided to take a page from your title and talk about easy ways to carry around super yummy healthy food … how to make your sippy cup healthy!
First off, I start every morning putting a pinch of Probiotics (I love garden of Life Primal Defense Formula) in Liv’s water cup. I try to stick with water most of time, but sometimes do herbal tea sweetened with a wee bit of stevia.
And in reference to what kind of sippy we use:
We love the Thermos Foogo Phases Leak Proof Straw Bottle in Pink!
It’s BPA free, re-useable, and can keep things hot or cold! We add ice & lemon to water to stay cool all summer, or make a warm kiddo version of soy chai lattes in winter as a treat.
And as for the rest, I, and my babe Liv, are huge fans of the THINK BABY lunch set!
It keeps food fresh & yummy, and has ( KNOCK ON WOOD!) never spilled.
The bowls & box are great for finger foods, veggies, pasta, even yogurt (buy the big container – less plastic!) etc on the road. I love to throw some sliced cucumber, carrot bites, edemame, or mini tomatoes in them for snacks.
I use them again & again; they’re super easy to rinse out and can even be thrown in the washing machine.
Liv loves WRAPS of late & I LOVE that so many companies now make organic, gluten-free sprouted wraps to make these healthy snacks simpler for mammas. I can throw all kinds of bite-sized veggies (some favs are sprouts, avocado & spinach ) in there, hummus, organic turkey, veggie burgers, left overs, you name it.
You can also make a sweet version with fruit & almond butter!
And last but not least, dessert 🙂
I love to make homemade pops for Liv – especially in summer – and these are plastic free & great:
Just puree some fruit, and I love to add all sorts of other stuff – flax meal, coconut flakes, almond or coconut milk, yogurt–experiment, it’s a lot of fun!
I also make green protein shakes, or fruit & yogurt smoothies for Liv in the morning (she LOVES them) and if there are leftovers, I just make pops – presto, no waste!
Hope you enjoy all my healthy eating ideas, and if you want more, follow me on twitter (@alysiareiner) – ask me questions & watch for more green momma tips & recipes!
Alysia is an award winning actress, producer, mother, humanitarian, and outspoken environmentalist.
As an actress, Alysia won a Screen Actors Guild Award (Outstanding Performance for an Ensemble Cast) playing Christine, Jack’s fiancee and then bride, in the Oscar-winning film “Sideways.”. Alysia’s other film credits include “Not For Nothing”, Arranged”, “Kissing Jessica Stein,” “One Last Thing,” “The A List,” “For Love of the Game” with Kevin Costner, “Row Your Boat” with Jon Bon Jovi, “The Narrow Gate,” “Hourly Rates,” “3 Body Problem,” and “The Stand In.” Her latest film “The Vicious Kind” was produced by Neil LaBute, premiered at Sundance 2009, was nominated for two independent Spirit Awards.
Among her many stage roles, she starred in the New York Premiere of “Pentecost” by Tony-winning playwright David Edgar, and starred in the provocative two character play “An Oak Tree” with Tim Crouch, which won a Special Obie Award. Her portrayal of June Miller in “Anais Nin: One Of Her Lives” was critically acclaimed, as was her turn in “Wasps In Bed” at The Beckett Theater, of which the New York Times wrote “Alysia Reiner is priceless.” This summer she originated the role of Tina Modotti in “Modotti”. Other New York theater includes “Hillary: A Modern Greek Tragedy With A Somewhat Happy Ending” at The Public Theater, “Jayson With a Y,” “Manhattan Cassanova” with Mercedes Ruehl, and “Love in the Age of Narcissism” and “Dating Games,” both with her husband, actor David Alan Basche. Alysia has appeared on stages around the country; from the Sundance Filmmakers Lab in Utah to The Matrix Theatre in LA to The Forum Theater in New Jersey; and around the world from The Edinburgh Festival in Scotland to The Royal Court Theatre in London.
Alysia’s many TV roles include “Blue Bloods,” “The Sopranos,” “Law & Order” (all 3 shows), “30 Rock,” “White Collar,” “Love Monkey,” “The Drew Carey Show,” “The Practice,” “The Jury,” “Family Law,” “Jack & Jill,” and series lead in the pilot “An Englishman in New York.”
Speed Grieving, the short film that Alysia created, produced and stars in, had it’s World Premiere at The Hamptons International Film Festival, and has since been invited to over a dozen more film festivals and has won multiple awards.
As a new mother, she was featured on Celebrity Baby Scoop, is a guest scout on Stroller Traffic, is a celebrity green momma spokesperson for Ruby Pinwheels, and was recently asked to be an official spokeswoman for Best For Babes, an organization that works to change how we view and support breast feeding, and gives moms the solutions they need to make it work.
Alysia is a champion of all things eco-friendly, and she and her husband recently used their own home as a way to share information about building green. Their brownstone renovation in Harlem was featured on television’s “World’s Greenest Homes” and “Renovation Nation”; in various magazines like Dwell, Gotham, and The Nest; and they allowed the environmentally friendly construction process to be chronicled on Web sites such as Dwell.com and Kohler.com.
She was recently recognized as an INTELLIGENT OPTIMIST in Ode Magazine: http://bit.ly/n3yAPf and profiled by New York Women in Film and Television as a woman to watch: http://bit.ly/npMKLV.
Alysia is on the board of The Broad Collective, and is involved with many charities including The Cancer Support Community, Habitat for Humanity, Our Time Theatre Company, 52nd Street Project, Actors for Autism, Joyful Heart Foundation, Comp2Kids, GEMS, and Circle of Health International.
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