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    • Chocolate Almond GREEN Smoothie

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    •  8/2/2010 3:13:30 PM
    • Here is a great QUICK snack that I love to make for my family when I don't have a lot of time.  It supplies my children with their needed EFA's (Essential Fatty Acids) and their needed GREENS.

      And most importantly- it tastes SO GOOD!  They think it is a treat...you can't go wrong with that!

       

      Chocolate Almond GREEN Smoothie

       

      Ingredients

      1 banana (I prefer frozen)

      2 dates (Optional- depends on how sweet you want it)

      2 cups cold water (or 1 1/2 cups water plus 1 cup ice)

      1/4 cup raw almonds

      1 TBS ground flaxseed (I usually let my Blendtec blender grind it for me)

      1 TBS Cocoa powder (Carob powder works as well)

      SPINACH- as much or as little as you want

      *Helpful hint:  I like to buy my spinach in large quantities and I place it directly in my freezer.  This way it lasts longer and works GREAT for cold smoothies.

       

      DIRECTIONS

      Simply blend all the ingredients together in a blender AND ENJOY!

      This makes about 3 1/2 cups...about 2 adult servings

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    • Plan for success...

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    •  7/19/2010 10:44:23 PM
    • PLAN FOR SUCCESS, AND YOU WILL SUCCEED MORE OFTEN.

       

      I shared this THOUGHT in my last post...but it has become one of my favorites!

       

      For us MOMMIES to combat our country's FOOD INDUSTRY, and all of their powerful commercial marketing (I like to call it PROPAGANDA) that stares us in the face DAILY...

      ...we need a PLAN!

       

      How often do want to eat healthy...but when a meal time arrives unexpectedly AND we have hungry faces to feed - IN A HURRY - ...We grab for the less desirable?

       

      "Hunger causes urgency, and urgency demands short-term solutions that compromise long-term values."  Douglas J. Lisle

       

      It does take serious planning...and it does take TIME....BUT IT'S WORTH IT!

       

      "If you want to know what health is worth, ask the person who has lost it."  John Robbins

       

      I would like to share my PLAN for this week (click on picture for recipe):

       

      MONDAY: 

       

      TUESDAY: 

       

      WEDNESDAY: 

       

      THURSDAY:  Left-over night (YEAH!)

       

      FRIDAY: 

       

       

      Just a reminder to all of us PREFECTIONISTS:

      "Success is not final, failure is not fatal:  it is the courage to continue that counts."  Sir Winston Churchill

       

      On that same note-

       

      ...We all need a little sweet every now and then.  Check this new recipe out!  It was inspired by one of our members.  We changed things slightly for our tastes.  My kids LOVE them!  It's a great way for them to get their "good fats" from the raw nut butters.

       

      LIFE IS GOOD!

        

       

      No Bake Coconut Balls

       

      Ingredients

      2 cups shredded coconut (unsweetened)

      2 TBS agave nectar (honey should work as well)

      4 TBS nut butter (I use the WFM's nut butter recipe)

      1 TBS vanilla

      pinch of salt

      Almonds and/or Chocolate Chips (add as desired)

       

      DIRECTIONS

      Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl.  Shape the mixture into 1 inch balls and place on cookie sheet.  Place cookie sheet into freezer until balls are frozen (1-2 hours).  Then place balls into freezer bag for a quick and easy treat.

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    • The issue with ANIMAL PROTEIN

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    •  7/12/2010 10:22:41 AM
    • Warning:  What you are about to read may not be what you want to hear.

      This post is not sugar-coated in anyway.  There is a reason for this…sometimes we ALL need (even VETRAN MOMMY) a little wake-up call…a little refresher.  A reminder why we eat the way we do.

       

      This definitely doesn’t give ALL the reasons Whole Food Mommies eat a Whole Food Plant Based Diet.  But, I felt like I needed to be reminded about this critical subject because it has incalculable importance.

       

      If you have recently read The China Study- you might not need to read this.  If you have never read about any of the studies found in The China Study- you might want to read this.  But for those of us who haven’t read it for awhile…and need a little reminder- This is for you:


      Dr. T. Colin Campbell is one of the most respected nutritional biochemists in the world.  Campbell was particularly interested in PROTEIN and in the beginning he investigated how to produce more and better high-quality protein.  This was to help feed our undernourished world.  Due to what he found, his studies turned to the connection between toxic chemicals and cancer.

       

      The results that he and his his colleagues found- challenge traditional thinking and threaten powerful commercial interestsNevertheless, the truths they uncovered are priceless.

       

      Here is what their astonishing experiments found:

       

      “The experiments demonstrated that it is not protein per se that determines cancer development, but that it is ANIMAL PROTEIN that is the primary culprit”.

       

      They found that cancer is being constantly created in the body by many environmental ways.  One of these ways is through toxic chemical exposure.  However, toxic exposure is often not enough for the development of cancer.

      In order to defeat the body’s natural defenses against it, cancer must be PROMOTED.

      Campbell’s investigations have shown that

      ANIMAL PROTEINS ARE BY FAR THE MOST EFFECTIVE PROMOTERS OF CANCER THAT HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED.

       

      “And to Campbell’s surprise, he discovered that the primary protein of Dairy products- CASEIN -appears to be the most aggressive promoter of all.”

       

      Cancer develops in a three-stage process.  These stages are:  initiation, promotion, and progression.  The most critical stage is promotion.  This is where the cancer is “fed”, a process that takes place across months and years.  It is here that animal protein does its damage, leading to the final stage of cancer: PROGRESSION.  By this time, there is usually little to be done, as the cancer is no longer controllable.

       

      These studies and many other studies have shown that without animal proteins in the diet, the initiation stage of cancer development is often stalled.  In other words- the promotion stage does not begin. 

       

      “The evidence points us toward a startling possibility:  It appears that, regardless of the level of exposure to the initiating carcinogen, many cancers may be unable to develop and progress without the presence of animal protein in the diet!  This finding, both counterintuitive and unpopular, is nevertheless a discovery of incalculable importance.”

       

      Conclusion:  Despite all of the toxic materials in our food and in our environment, we still can maintain a huge degree of personal control over cancer by simply controlling what we put in our mouths.

       

      So what do I want to put in my children's mouths?  I want to place special caution on the dairy products they consume.  Remember, CHILDHOOD DIETS CREATE ADULT CANCERS.

       

      I don't know about you...but I'm always grateful for wake-up calls! 

       

      LIFE IS GOOD!

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    • Tal Ronnen- The Conscious Cook

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    •  7/6/2010 8:33:23 AM
    • I am excited to share this recipe with you!  Maintenance Mommy recieved permission to share some of

      Tal Ronnen's recipes on our site.  We "Whole Food Mommies" absolutely LOVE Tal Ronnen's "The Conscious Cook".  It has fabulous VEGAN recipes with wonderful pictures.  I always get excited looking through it, because most of the recipes seem very doable!

       

      Here is a SALAD that I made using Tal Ronnen's recipe:

      QUINOA, AVOCADO, and SWEET POTATO TIMBALE with ROASTED TOMATILLO DRESSING

       

      I made a few changes to make it slightly easier- and I use a different tomatillo dressing because I could never find one of his ingredients (tomatillos in olive oil).

       

      This is such a fun and easy recipe to make!  My kids LOVE it!  And the presentation makes me feel really cool!  The recipe might look long and hard...but I was surprised how simple it was to put together.

       

       

      SWEET POTATO AVOCADO QUINOA SALAD

       

      Ingredients

       

      For the Quinoa:

      Cilantro Lime Quinoa- cooled to room temperature (recipe here)

       

      For the sweet potatoes:

      1 sweet potato (not yam) peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice

      2 tsp olive oil

      Salt and pepper

       

      For the dressing:

      Creamy Tomatillo Dressing (recipe here)

       

      For the tortilla strips:

      I have used pre-made packaged tortilla strips (Fresh Gourmet- Sante Fe flavor)

      OR to make from scratch

      Canola oil

      2 corn tortillas, cut into 1/4-inch strips

      1 tsp Cajun seasoning

       

      To serve:

      2 AVOCADOS, diced

      1 TOMATO, diced

       

      DIRECTIONS

       

      1.  Make the quinoa and set aside

       

      2.  Make the sweet potatoes:  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  In a small bowl, toss the sweet potatoes with the oil, and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes, or until soft in the middle and lightly browned (I usually roast them 20 minutes- I like them when they are more roasted).

       

      3.  Make the dressing

       

      4.  Make the tortilla strips if desired OR use a pre-packaged brand.  Pour 2 inches of oil into a small, heavy pot and heat until the oil shimmers.  Add the tortilla strips and fry until crisp and browned, 1 to 2 minutes.  Drain on paper towells and sprinkle with the Cajun seasoning.

       

      5.  Assemble the salads:  Place a 3-inch ring mold in the center of the salad plate (I use a wide-mouth mason jar ring for this).  Fill with 1/4 of the quinoa mixture and press down with a spoon to pack the mold, smoothing the top.  Place 1/4 of the sweet potato pieces on top of the quinoa and press down gently.  Top with 1/4 of the avocado and press down gently.  Carefully remove the mold.  Repeat on the remaining salad plates.

       

      6.  Carefully place tortilla stips and diced tomatoes on top of the salads and drizzle with the dressing.

       

      Makes 4 large servings

       

       

      Here is how it looks without the mold...not as pretty- but just as yummy!

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