Friday, January 29, 2016

Winter Workout Activities

To end this week of winter activities we thought we would give you some more workout oriented activities.  If you are looking for something to do this weekend to get outside and remain active this winter these activities are right for you.  These activities you most likely already know about but maybe you didn't know just how much of a workout they really are. 

Cross Country Skiing

Cross Country Skiing can be done in different workout modes.  One thing you have to consider is do you want to take a trail that is flat, uphill, or downhill?  Obviously the more treacherous the path you choose the more calories you will burn.  Next thing you can consider is how brisk of a pace you would like to travel at.  The faster you travel the more calories you will burn.

Average Calories Burned:
170 lb person = 617 calories
190 lb person = 689 calories

Ice Skating

Did you know that ice skating is a great way to burn calories?  Looking at someone ice skating it may not appear to be a great workout but you would be wrong.  Ice skating like skiing requires a lot of work with your legs.  Pushing off with your legs and moving your arms to help propel you along.  Even if you are not a very good skater and don't want to use it as a workout routine it can still be a fun way to spend the day.

Average Calories Burned:
170 lb person = 540 calories
190 lb person = 603 calories

Sledding and tobogganing

When you think about sledding and tobogganing you probably only think about the fun part going down the hill.  You may have did a lot of it when you were a child and maybe not so much as an adult.  Now you are thinking what does riding down a hill have to do with working out?  Well don't forget about the not so fun part of sledding and tobogganing, the climb back to the top.  All of those steps you take to come right back down again is like climbing flights of stairs.  However in this case you get to reward yourself by going back down the hill.

Average Calories Burned:
170 lb person = 540 calories
190 lb person = 603 calories

Stream Fishing

Maybe fishing is not often seen as exactly workout activity.  Maybe more so than lounging around watching TV all day, unless you are taking a nap on a boat.  Fishing in a stream with no boat involved can be a great workout.  Think about walking upstream in your waders and even if you prefer to walk downstream you still have to fight keeping your balance on the possibly slippery rocks and against the current pushing against you.  Even if you just want to walk along the bank there is nothing wrong with that.  You can get a good workout either way.  Maybe even catch yourself some dinner!

Average Calories Burned (waders):
170 lb person = 463 calories
190 lb person = 517 calories

Average Calories Burned (from bank):
170 lb person = 270 calories
190 lb person = 302 calories

It is important to note that all the average calories burned above are for their noted weights.  Other factors such as age, height, and gender can also fluctuate this calculation.  Tell us which of these winter workouts are your favorite!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

7 Winter Outdoor Learning Activities no matter where you are

Are you looking for activities to do outside this winter?  Look no further.  You could learn how to form rock art, make earth jewelry, or make ice candles.  If you are going for a nature walk you could bring a few branches how and make some wishing sticks.  If you long for a little more complex activity you could make your own version of Stonehenge (much smaller of course).  If you have little ones running around you could do some meteorologist or astronomy activities.  Have fun this winter with these seven activities.  Which one is your favorite?

Monday, January 25, 2016

Winter Activities for your Kids

Do you kids love going out in the snow to play?  Whether they love playing in the snow or staying inside here are some winter activities for them to enjoy the winter.  Go outside and let them play their usual snow filled activities.  Maybe even start a snowball fight with them.  If you would rather stay inside.  Consider baking cookies for an indoor picnic.  Whether you pretend you are at the beach or just lay down a blanket and fill your favorite basket winter picnics can help pass the winter by.  Do you have any activities that were missed in the article?  Let us know about them.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Big Ideas for Reducing Global Food Waste

Yesterday the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland set forth two initiates.  The first initiative is called Champions 12.3 is run by the likes of Nestle, WWF, Unilever, and the African Union.  Its focus is to reduce global food waste by half by 2030.  The United States alone wastes a staggering 40% of its food.  With almost half of all the nations food from farm to fork being thrown away something needs to be done.  The World Economic Forum focused on this issue on a global scale.  The second initiative is a $130 million project run by the Rockefeller Foundation.  This will focus on post-harvest spoilage of food in sub-Saharan Africa.  On a quieter note these initiatives if successful will reduce green house emission.  World food waste contributes to 7% off all the worlds green gas emissions.  If you cut that in half it could make a big impact.  This clearer is a big issue. We want to know if you think these two initiatives are a good start to battling this issue or do you believe there is nothing to worry about?  Let us know.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Food Waste Smart Meter Allows Resturants to Save on Food Waste?

The Winnow Smart Meter is currently in use in over 200 kitchens.  The smart meter calculates how much food has been wasted daily and gives suggestions on how to reduce the waste which in return saves money.  Those restaurants claim to be seeing a 30-60 percent increase in food profitability.  The old way food waste was record was just using pen and paper.  Now the waste is input through a set of smart scales and a tablet app.  The chefs will get daily updates and suggestions from the app as to how to decrease its food waste.  The food waste issue was first taken on by everyday consumers.  Now industries and the government are getting on board as well.  France has already banned supermarkets from wasting food.  Perhaps something similar could be ahead for the ones here in the U.S.  What do you think about this new way to measure food waste?

Monday, January 18, 2016

Food used as Medicine

Did you know that some foods can be used as medicine?  It's true.  Some food can help you digest nutrients,  some can help with circulation or mental functions, even some can be used as an anti-inflammatory or help fight cancer.  Some of these foods you already eat on a regular basis and didn't even know about it.  Others you may have never even tried before.  To see which foods can be considered medicine for your body feel free to look at this article.  Do you know of any other foods that can be used as medicine?

Friday, January 15, 2016

Family has a "Wonderland" Picnic Again After 14 Year Break

Patty and Jim Suiter, both 84, missed a fall family picnic in 1975.  After which they started their own picnic at Lake Manawa in Council Bluffs.  This event took place annually until 2001.  At this time a family member grew ill and they had to stop the picnic.  That is until Simone Benson, their daughter, started it up again last year.  Some of the things to do there included having a bonfire, hot cocoa, hot apple cider, hot dogs, playing baseball, and made up games of their own.  To everyone there it is a great way to take a break and get away outdoors during the winter months.  Have you or do you and your family have a similar tradition in the winter?

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Island Destinations to Escape the Cold

If you are looking for someplace warm to get away from some of the cold this winter look no further.  These five island locations well get you away for a bit to break up the long winter.  These places are under the radar and not very well known spots.  Make no mistake though they will make you forget all about the winter temperature that are going on back home.  Be sure to check our one of these places this winter.  Do you have any spots of your own you like to go to this time of year?

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Survive the Winter with these Recipes

While maybe you can't get outside as much as you would like with the weather not cooperating this winter.  Instead try and learn some new recipes that you and your family will love.  We have 47 recipes that we think you will enjoy.  Recipes to keep you warm, run your imagination, and to help you survive this winter.  Try some of these recipes for yourself and tell us what you think about it!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Incredible Winter Picnic

While the picnic you are about to learn about may have taken place in December we feel like it is a good read that could open up your eyes at ways to have picnics in the winter.  The article you are about to read is about a cook who has a picnic with family and friends every year when he goes out to pick his Christmas tree.  Yes his Christmas tree.  Again we know it is now January so bear with us.  Learn what warm food and drinks he likes to serve for a wonderful winter picnic. Do you see yourself as ever having a tailgate winter picnic as shown in this article?  Have you already?  Let us know in the comments section.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Winter Picnic Basket Gift Ideas

Picnics are a great way to have fun and relieve stress.  Many of us today feel the burden of stress.  Quite often times we fill a little more stressed this time of year from seasonal depression.  You look outside at the cold windy landscape and just wish the weather was warmer.  You just wish you were out working in the garden on a beautiful sunny summer day or taking the dog for a walk.  Fear not you can still have picnics even if the weather is not right outdoors.  If you find a nice day this winter to have an outdoor picnic take advantage of it.  If not here are some good gift basket ideas this winter.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Winter Picnic in the Snow

This winter don't stay indoors cooped up all winter long.  Instead go outdoors for a winter picnic in the snow.  When going on such a picnic it is very important to plan ahead.  Make sure you look at the weather forecast for the day.  It's fun to have a picnic in the snow but if it is too windy it may be a little too cold for comfort.  No matter what make sure you and any children bundle up.  Wear extra layers of clothing including socks.  If it is your first time going on a winter picnic start will a small meal with a warm drink.  Cookies with some hot chocolate would be a great place to start.  If you are out in the woods you could even try to build a fire.  There are plenty of ways to have a wonderful picnic in the snow this winter.  Have you ever gone to an outdoor picnic in the snow?  Would you consider having one after reading this?

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Homemade Heart Birdfeeder

Make a homemade birdfeeder from scratch.  This is a very simple technique that even a young child can do almost everything on their own.  The items you will need are as follows. 

  • piece of toasted bread
  • heart shaped cookie cutter
  • peanut butter
  • bird seed

  • You can really use any shape cookie cutter you wish for this birdfeeder.  It does not need to be a heart shape.  Here are the steps to follow.  If you decide to make one show us what you did below.

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016

    10 Winter Food Festivals to go to this Winter

    Do you normally hibernate and stay in doors all winter?  With all of the technology today it is a little more bearable to do this.  With unlimited movies and tv shows at your disposal with Netflix and Hulu you could go all winter without ever leaving your home.  However, some of us don't like being cooped up indoors.  Those of you who like to be outdoors even in winter there are food festivals taking place all of the country every winter.   Most of them take place in the south and to try and keep you outdoors and warm this winter we have a list of 10 festivals for you.  Be sure to come back and let us know if you go to any of these festivals this winter!

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

    Toasty Winter Ideas

    Winter is officially here.  We were wondering what do you do to stay toasty outside?  Do you get a brew of your favorite coffee or drink some hot chocolate?  Do you love to sit by the fireplace?  Do you dress with extra layers and wrap up in a blanket?  Do you stay in the shower extra long?  Don't be afraid to share what you do with us.  Whether it is a bizarre method that works or one of the more common ones already mentioned.  Let us know below!

    Monday, January 4, 2016

    Winter Picnic Tips

    Now that the holidays are over we can prepare for winters long cold grip.  Depending where we are in the country when we think about winter think about slightly different things.  If you live in the north you think about the cold wind, snow, and ice.  If you live down south you think about long t-shirt weather.  Regardless of where you live winter can be a downer.  It doesn't have to be as bad if you plan picnics accordingly.  No matter if it is 70 or 20 degrees outside being outdoors is good for you.  To make sure you get your share of fresh air this winter here are some great tips to have some outdoor time this winter.