For the kid at heart, Stretch Island Fruit Co.™ has created Original Fruit Strips, perfect for when you need a quick & healthy snack on-the-go! With 7 flavors both children and adults will love, Stretch Island Fruit Co.™’s Original Fruit Strips are made with real fruit puree, and contain no artificial additives or added sugar!

These tuck conveniently into lunch boxes, purses, and yes, even your pocket to curb a snack attack anytime! Choose from Abundant Apricot™, Orchard Cherry, Autumn Apple, Harvest Grape, Mango Sunrise™, Ripened Raspberry, and Summer Strawberry. “Mom’s” favorite? Mango Sunrise™!

Stretch Island Fruit Co.™’s Original Fruit Strips can be found at Whole Foods Market nationwide, or you can order online at www.stretchislandfruit.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*

Enter to win a FireFly Toothbrush to celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month! Created with an innovative, light-up timer to help your children brush their teeth for a full minute on each arch will definitely be a hit! From February 2nd – February 9th, 2011 you can enter to win daily on Tiny Green Mom!

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Teach Your Children How to Have Healthy Teeth & Gums for Life

Practice makes perfect, especially when it comes to having healthy teeth and gums for life. And there’s no time like the present to practice perfect tooth brushing and oral care, because February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Parents often wonder how to motivate kids to care about and take charge of the condition of their teeth. Nagging does not work. Not nagging does not work. What does?

• Parents, America’s Next Top Super “Models”: Telling, easily confused with nagging, is one thing. Showing is quite another. Kids love to imitate adults, and if you show them you are committed to brushing your teeth thoroughly, every morning and at bedtime, they will follow suit. Modeling begets model behavior.

Don’t “make it work!” Make it fun instead. One way to do that is to provide a fun and colorful toothbrush that distracts from the boredom associated with the task of brushing. Let your child choose a new toothbrush every three months (when the bristles get worn out), a ritual she’ll look forward to. Try the FireFly Family of Toothbrushes with their innovative, light up timer technology, to ensure your child brushes for a full minute on each arch.

• Breakfast really is the most important meal. And not just for the obvious reasons of fueling the brain and body for rigorous and vigorous activity throughout the day. A healthy, filling breakfast will cut down cravings for sweet, sugary pick-me-ups during school, when it is harder for your child to brush off the cavity causing residue.

Floss for success: Early to bed, early to rise, early to floss = healthy and wise! Familiarity breeds comfort, and flossing is another one of those oral care habits that’s best learned early on. Flavored and colored flosses, or floss “picks” that are easy to maneuver are good ways for kids to start.

Baby teeth count: Don’t forget the youngest member of the family. Dentists say that parents should begin brushing baby’s teeth the moment the first tooth erupts. It’s never too early to get her used to a good habit. And there’s even a right-sized Baby Firefly toothbrush to delight and distract her with its colorful blinking timer.

*Article and image courtesy of FireFly.*

Serve a heart-healthy cocktail to your lover this Valentine’s Day! Packed with antioxidants, lush and fruity – this scrumptious cocktail featuring Amafruits Pure Açaí serves 4-6 people.

Fancy Açaí Cocktail

Ingredients

9 sprigs mint for decoration
3 cups of ice
3 packs of Amafruits Pure açaí (thaw for 30 min)
9 oz vodka
3 oz pomegranate juice
3 oz orange juice
3 oz lime juice
9 teaspoons of honey or agave nectar

Preparation

Mash 3 sprigs of mint in a cocktail shaker using a muddler. Add 1 cup of ice, 1 pack of açaí, 3 oz vodka, 1 oz pomegranate juice, 1 oz orange juice, 1 oz lime juice, and 3 teaspoons agave. Cover the cocktail shaker with the lid and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Amafruits.*

Clear, Healthy Skin is Possible!

5 Tips from Dr. Jessica Wu, Author of Feed Your Face

  1. Be sure to eat a good breakfast, with protein. This keeps your blood sugar stable to fight breakouts and wrinkles — and help you fit into your skinny jeans!
  2. Eat pizza! Get it thin crust, light on cheese, and add green & yellow veggies to fight crow’s feet.
  3. For clear skin, stay away from dairy (even the organic kind).
  4. Eat tomatoes every day to fight sun damage. Add them to salads, sauces, and meats.
  5. Steal a celebrity trick: pre-eat before a party so you won’t be hungry for collagen-busting snacks when you get there.

About the Author

JESSICA WU, M.D., a graduate of Harvard Medical School, is a board-certified celebrity dermatologist in Los Angeles and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the USC Medical School. When she’s not helping Hollywood’s A-list get red carpet-ready, she’s dishing up advice as the Skin and Beauty Expert on EverydayHealth.com and on her daily e-Newsletter (with 250,000 loyal readers) Dr. Wu is also a frequent medical expert on The Doctors, and has appeared on Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, E! Entertainment Television, FOX News, and EXTRA, and has become the go-to beauty expert for editors at the New York Times, People, Elle, O! The Oprah Magazine, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire, Women’s Health, and Women’s Wear Daily.

The flavors of chocolate, orange and lavender come together beautifully in this recipe. It’s the perfect ending or beginning to a romantic evening. The original recipe comes from a wonderful cookbook, Staff Meals at Chanterelle’s. Chef Kate McAloon has added her own twists and thinks you’ll really enjoy them! The lavender is optional, but try it because it adds a depth of flavor to the cake. Please use organic ingredients whenever possible. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Chocolate Lavender Orange Cake

Ingredients

1 Pound semisweet chocolate (chopped or chocolate chips)

1 Cup butter

9 Large eggs (separated)

¾ Cup sugar (for egg yolks)

2 Tablespoons sugar (for egg whites)

1 Teaspoon orange juice

1 Teaspoon orange zest

1 Teaspoon culinary lavender (ground)

Powdered sugar (to decorate)

Lavender sprigs (optional for garnish)

Raspberries and blackberries (or other fruits in season for serving)

Whipped cream (for serving)

Preparation

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a 9 inch round spring form pan (or choose a heart- shaped spring form pan or 4 small pans. It’s great for setting a romantic scene!) with organic non-stick spray. Melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave or use a double boiler. Remove from heat and set aside. Then beat the egg yolks with an electric mixer until very thick. Then gently add the egg yolks to the chocolate mixture and combine well. Beat the egg white and 2 Tablespoons of sugar until they form soft peaks. Then gently fold the egg whites into the mixture. Add the orange juice, orange zest and culinary lavender. Mix gently until well mixed. Pour mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes until edges are firm but the center still jiggles. Cool the cake on a wire rack. Remove the sides of the pan. Dust the cake with powdered sugar mixed with a little ground culinary lavender. Garnish with berries, whipped cream and a sprig of lavender.

Visit Chef Kate’s website www.chefkatealiveandcooking.com and the Kora Organics Blog (under Chef Kate) for more healthy organic recipes and articles.

*Organic culinary lavender and other products available at www.keyscreeklavenderfarm.com.