My journey started the day I became a MOMMY. From the very beginning I had such a strong desire to feed my children the best. And thus I started my quest to find out what exactly is the best. In doing so, I not only found how to feed my children but also how to feed myself. One of my greatest joys as a Mommy is when I cook an extremely healthy meal and my family not only eats it, but asks for seconds. Does my family eat perfect? I wish I could say yes. Unfortunately the real world comes into play. But there is a power in knowing what is perfect...A power in knowing what foods cause disease...A power in knowing how my family and I can live a long healthy life together. Join me on my never-ending journey of eating that healthy meal and never feeling guilty about asking for seconds.
· 1 -You actually have a “favorite” leafy green (collard, mustard, chard, kale etc.)
· 2 - You’ve tried making your own almond milk
· 3 - You know longer know what a good price for chicken breast is
· 4 - You refer to plant milk as “MILK” and the other stuff as “COW’s MILK”
· 5 -You’ve tried tempeh and seitan and can actually pronounce them
· 6 - The death of your blender might be more traumatic than the death of a family member
· 7 - The foods you “used to eat” can now send your body into a frenzy with even so much as a bite
· 8 - Maple syrup, stevia and agave nectar are common household sweeteners (as opposed to “the white stuff”)
· 9 - You bring your own “meat” (ie bean burgers and veggie dogs) to the neighborhood BBQ
· 10 - Quinoa, kale and a can of beans are your too-busy-to-make-dinner-go-to-meal
Wow, look at you now…Veteran Mommy! It doesn’t necessarily mean how long you have been doing it, but rather how determined you are in keep yourself as clean and healthy as possible. You have discovered the power of food and you have experienced how truly satisfying it is to eat right…for all aspects of your life. You have discovered a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes is the secret to feeling great. Meat, dairy, processed foods (including processed flours, sugars and fats) are no longer calling your name, as you barely recognize them as acquaintances anymore!
You have unveiled the mind-body connection within you and have learned that a clear mind is directly linked to a clean body. You have stayed the course and have been rewarded with a vibrant and energetic life! You have discovered that true health isn’t merely the absence of disease but the presence of vigor, vitality, and a love of life.
You continue to be on the lookout for things that might need a little tweaking. You are familiar with the benefits of fasting and juice fasting. You probably own a brush for drybrushing, and a colonic doesn’t give you the heebie-jeebies like it once did. The power of greens is a dominant force in your life, and water has become your BFF. With your alkaline-diet and your ability to meditate your way through stressful times, you have gathered an arsenal to stave off disease. You are a leader now, and the planet needs more leaders like you. Take the wonderful knowledge that you have worked for and be a beacon to all those around you. (Your skin naturally glows, so your light is easy to detect). You are now the teacher …watch for those that are seeking your guidance….and give freely of what you have discovered!
The Weight of the Nation
Do you have limited time and energy to make dinner? Me too.
Here is what I came up with tonight. Was it a huge hit...NO. But it got my family fed. This meal literally took me 2 minutes to make...you can't beat that! I just pulled everything out of my fridge- put it together, warmed it up...and our meal was complete.
Hope you enjoy!
I recently had a friend of mine call me. She is concerned about her dietary fat intake. She wondered if she was getting enough fat...and the best type of fat. I thought it would be good to review this not only for her...but for me.
It's not summer yet...but you can tell by this recipe that I am excited for summer to come. One of my children's favorite dinners is fresh corn on the cob. I actually purchased some fresh corn this week and it wasn't too bad. But it reminded me of our yummy CORN SALSA recipe! I thought some chickpea cakes on top would help make it a complete meal. I have had this chickpea recipe for years now, unfortunately I don't recall where I got it? But for some reason I have never shared it on Whole Food Mommies until now. They are super good and super easy! The corn salsa and the cakes are so good together. I actually feel proud of myself for coming up with this dinner! Hope you enjoy!
1 TBS Oil
1/4 cup onion, diced
1/4 cup green pepper, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
1 28 oz can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained (Garbonzo beans)
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp paprika
4 TBS fresh parsley, chopped
2 TBS flour
1 TBS Cornstarch
Salt and Pepper to taste
Oil for frying
Saute the onion, green pepper and celery in the oil until softened (5-7 minutes).
Place chickpeas in a food processor along with the onion mixture and pulse until the chickpeas are no longer whole. But don't process too much. Place chickpeas in a bowl and add the spices and parsley. Mix well. Add flour and cornstarch and mix well (I used whole wheat pastry flour). Place in fridge for 30 minutes.
Heat oil in a frying pan on medium/medium-high (350 degrees). Shape chickpea mixture into 12 patties and fry in batches, and 2-3 minutes per side, or until crispy and browned. Flip a few times if they are browning too quickly.
Place Chickpea Cakes over Corn Salsa...and top with Avocado. My kids liked this meal with a little Creamy Tomatillo Dressing.
Recipe found HERE
I recently had two different friends ask me about BREAKFAST recipes. They both are starting to work-out more and be much more active, and they were wondering what types of breakfast would be good for an AFTER WORK-OUT meal? And of course, they mentioned their concern about PROTEIN.
As both of my friends asked me this question...my very first thought was MUESLI. And then my mouth began to water...because of how yummy this breakfast is to me. I love adding different types of fresh and dried fruit...it's so good!
Muesli is a European breakfast that essentially consists of oats, grains, and nuts soaked overnight and then eaten with fresh fruit. So it's a raw, sprouted food that contains tons of plant-based protein! A perfect post work-out breakfast!
Want some research to back this up???
Brendan Brazier is a Professional Ironman Triathlete who is vegan. He has written a few research based books on the subject of Vegan Nutrition while being an athlete (THRIVE). He recommends eating a complete, nutrient-rich meal an hour after your work-out. He says that ideally this meal should consist of high-quality, easily digestible raw protein from natural whole-food sources. Muesli fits right into this description.
Another WONDERFUL post-work meal (that Brendan Brazier recommends)
ALMOND CHOCOLATE SMOOTHIE
(check out the recipe HERE)