Elder Berries — Nature’s Cold & Flu Fighter!

elder berriesA helpful overview on one of our favorite family-friendly cold/flu-fighting natural remedies: Elder Berries!

Elder Berries for Cold and Flu Prevention – Mothering Community.

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THINGS I LIKE: LunchBots Stainless Steel Food Storage Containers

Why I like it: 

In addition to being super cute, these storage containers won’t leach harmful chemicals, like BPA, into your food (like plastic) and are incredibly durable (unlike glass).  Only bummer is you can’t stick them in the microwave, but they do have a thermal insulated version, so food can be pre-heated for your voyage.  Cost around $15-$20 each, depending on size.

Organic Food Cheat Sheet

Choosing to buy organic food is a double-whammy of goodness – – not only is it healthier for your family, but it also helps support a more sustainable environment and economy.  With that said, I know budgets are tight and sometimes a special shopping trip is needed to find organic produce, (Local Harvest is a great resource for finding a farmer’s market near you).

I recommend buying organic when you can – – but when you can’t, you can use Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce to help remember The Dirty Dozen – the 12 fruits and veggies that have been shown to contain the most residual pesticides and are the most important to buy organic.

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Strawberries
  4. Peaches
  5. Spinach
  6. Nectarines (imported)
  7. Grapes (imported)
  8. Sweet Bell Peppers
  9. Potatos
  10. Blueberries (domestic)
  11. Lettuce
  12. Kale / Collard Greens

The Clean 15 – the fruits/veggies least likely to test positive for residual pesticides – are safer to choose conventionally grown: Onions, Sweet Corn, Pineapple, Avocado, Asparagus, Sweet Peas, Mangoes, Eggplant, Cantaloupe (domestic), Kiwi, Cabbage, Watermelon, Sweet Potatoes, Grapefruit, Mushrooms.

You can get the nitty-gritty on the research and data about your other favorite fruits/veggies on EWG’s website.