Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Kim Taylor

If your family is healthy and happy, then you truly have the best of everything. Here are a few items to ensure that they stay that way.

Slow-Cook your way into healthy eating habits with the eye-catching All-Clad Electric Slow Cooker. This 6.5 quart cooker is an elegant addition to your kitchen because of its fine craftsmanship and modern design. Perfect for cool weather, it renders everything you toss into it tender and delicious after a few hours. This top of the line cookware is truly a solid investment for those who eat at home, since it will ensure savory meals for years to come.

Families will benefit from the generous size of the All-Clad slow cooker, and metro moms will love the fact that you can fill the cooker with your favorite food and spices, turn it on, and then forget about it, which is pure magic. Find it at http://www.allclad.com.

Pregnant and city-stepping moms need sturdy shoes that will not only offer comfort and support, but will be stylish as well. If the shoe happens to be vegan, then it’s all the better. Zappos.com is the source for such shoes, and the eco-friendly Seville shoe in particular is an ideal urban trekking model. Zappos.com has every imaginable style, size and shape shoe for pregnant or park-faring moms. Choose your favorite styles and get ready to run.

New moms, couch-loving kids, and office bound dads can stay in shape with Fit Decks, exercise cards tailored to specific workouts for targeted groups or interests such as postnatal moms, Junior, Senior, Navy Seal, Yoga Pilates, Stretch, Playground, Baby Stroller, Prenatal and dozens more. There’s a workout for everyone in the family, so choose your decks at http://www.fitdeck.com.

Deluxe Honeydrop harnesses the goodness of honey and serves it up in liquid form without added sugar. This is a beverage you can feel good about slipping in a lunchbox since the main ingredient is raw organic honey. At just 80 calories per bottle, no one has to worry about overindulging, and this is also a perfect drink to reach for when children have colds. Deluxe Honeydrop is available in Bee Good (apple), Bee Alive (blood orange), Bee Calm (chamomile) and Bee Strong (blueberry). Certified organic, Honeydrop is packaged in BPA free recyclable bottles, and is completely safe for children. Available in Whole Foods stores.

Health-conscious moms will want to pack Mighty Munch Kids Meals from Go Picnic, which are a refreshing alternative to other, less healthy options. Nutritious and ready to eat, these organic lunches will please kids and parents alike. The meals include vegetarian, gluten free, halal and kosher options, and require no heating or refrigeration. Each Go Picnic meal offers includes dessert, utensils, a moist towelette and a mint. They contain no partially hydrogenated oils (trans fats), high fructose corn syrup or MSG. Reasonably priced and offering more than fifteen different meal options, Go Picnic is simply a smart way to pack lunch. http://www.gopicnic.com

If you’re cooking at home more these days, and need an effortless way to render everything more memorable, then add a little artful salt to your food with the Saltistry Classic Sampler. It features gourmet salts such as herb grey, lemon thyme, and smoked chili. Your heirloom family recipes will be vastly and mysteriously improved; http://www.saltistry.com

Coffee from the Good Earth Company is one of the few USDA certified organic coffees on the market, and also offers a variety of Good Earth Tea. Made with 100 percent Arabica beans, this premium coffee indulgence comes in three eco-friendly flavors: medium roast Sienna Blend, dark roast Mystic Blend, and decaffeinated Sedona Blend. Order and enjoy at http://www.goodearthcoffee.com.

When it’s all said and done, remember that money means far less than good health, so reap what you sow in the kitchen and at the gym.

Originally published March 2009
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