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    • Almond Milk Smoothie Recipe for Infants

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    •  2/28/2011 10:50:10 PM
    • I have to apologize first for not having any pictures...my camera isn't liking me this evening, not sure what I did to it, but we don't seem to be getting along right now :)

      I will hopefully add some pictures tomorrow after we have resolved some issues.

       

      So I wanted to share this recipe for all those mothers out there in the process of weaning...or mother's who are taking their children off of formula and wondering what they should replace it with.  First of all- I have to share my personal beliefs on the word "replacing".  Did you know that we are the only mammals that do not wean themselves from MILK?  All other mammals naturally take to their mother's breast...and natural wean themselves when the time is right.  Once they are weaned....do they replace their mother's milk with another form of milk?  No.  So- should we feel the need to replace our milk with another form?  Of course I do not promote or agree with cow's milk in any form- especially for children under 2...for reasons why see the below information taken from one of my previous blogs found here.

       

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      AAP
      Did you know that The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in 1994 “strongly encouraged” that infants in families where diabetes is more common not be fed cow’s milk supplements for their first two years of life.  Do you know why they said this?  Because research shows a STRONG link between Type 1 Diabetes and the consumption of cow’s milk.  I don't know about you, but just in case your children might be genetically susceptible to type 1 diabetes...wouldn't you want to know that the AAP strongly discourages you from feeding them cow's milk?  

      When looking at the association of cow’s milk consumption and incidence of Type 1 Diabetes in different countries, there is an almost perfect correlation.  The greater the consumption of cow’s milk, the greater the prevalence of Type 1 diabetes.  In Finland, Type 1 diabetes is 36 times more common than in Japan.  Large amounts of cow’s milk products are consumed in Finland but very little is consumed in Japan. (The China Study, T. Colin Campbell)

      Type 1 Diabetes

      What most people don’t know, though, is that there is strong evidence that this disease is linked to diet, and, more specifically, to dairy products.  The ability of cow’s milk protein to initiate Type 1 diabetes is well documented.  (Read The China Study page 187 for information on how the initiation of this disease is started with cow’s milk).  The initiation process boils down to a truly remarkable statement: cow’s milk may cause one of the most devastating diseases that can befall a child. 

      Did you know that children weaned too early and fed cow’s milk have, on average, a 50-60% higher risk of Type 1 diabetes? (The China Study)

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      For more info on Cow's Milk...see our blogs here and here.

       

      So I don't agree with feeding my children cow's milk...but DO I feel that they need another form of "milk" once they are weaned.  To be honest...not really.  I weaned my first child to water.  My second and third children I introduced ALMOND MILK here and there when I felt it was needed- but they basically weaned to water as well.  Does this mean all Mom's should wean just like me...NO.  This is just what is good for me and my children- and it has worked great!  So I thought I would share.

       

      Even though for the most part I weaned to WATER...I still felt very good about the occasional drink of ALMOND MILK.  I can make it myself- very easily, and I can see and know of the quality of all the ingredients. For a wonderful Almond milk recipe...click here.

      (If making your own milk doesn't sound appealing to you...just go buy it already made.  If you buy premium almonds for your homemade milk- it actually costs about the same for the store bought milk...believe me- sometimes using the pre-maid stuff is needed when I have a busy week).

       

      So here is a quick recipe that I have been using for my 16 month old...this is what she has for breakfast occasionaly and it feels really good to me when she drinks it.  It contains more than just Almond Milk & fruit...I add all the essential "enhancers" that my growing little girl needs every once and awhile.  Again- it just feels good giving her this right now.  And a double bonus- my older kids like it as well :)  Hope you enjoy!

       

      Almond Milk Smoothie

       

      Ingredients

      1 cup Almond Milk

      1 Half frozen banana

      3 frozen strawberries (or any other frozen fruit)

      Handful of raw spinach

      1 tsp. flax seed

      1 Vitamin D capsule (opened and emptied into smoothie)

      .5 ml DHA oil (I use Dr. Fuhrman's brand for all my supplements)

       

      DIRECTIONS

      Add all ingredients to a high powered blender and blend until smooth.  This shouldn't be too thick- more like a flavored chilled drink.  Pour into sippy cup and let your kids go to town.

       

      LIFE IS GOOD!

       

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    • Which diet is the best?

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    •  2/21/2011 8:50:31 PM
    • If you have done any research on Whole Food Plant Based diets- you will notice that most of the literature/studies teach the same ideas & principles:  That eating a healthy 100% plant based diet, or nearly-all plant based diet can reverse heart disease and also help prevent & cure many other western diseases. 

       

      But...if you are like me- you will also notice that there are some differences as well.  There are many incredible VEG Doctor's out there- that definitely have some differences.  Recently when I attended the 2010 Vegsource expo I was able to see first hand some of the differences these incredible experts have...

       

      Is Joel Fuhrman's recommendation to take Vitamin D correct?  Or should you follow John McDougall and his anti-supplement advice?  Should you avoid animal at all costs?  Or can you have a cage-free egg every now and then?  What about salt...is there any health benefits?  Should you limit your whole grains...what about beans???

       

      So...which plan is the most "right?"

       

      I LOVED Jeff Novick's answer to this question during the Expo...he stated:

      Answer:  "The one you will do."

       

      When looking at healthy plant-based diets, the best one for you is the one that YOU will stick with.  So read some books on plant-based diets...find some rules that fit you....rules that you will stick with- and do it!  Good luck!!!  Hopefully our website can help you on your journey!

       

      LIFE IS GOOD!

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    • In the news...

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    •  2/7/2011 9:28:43 PM
    • Here are some interesting articles in the news recently that caught my eye- that I thought I would share...(just in case you might be tempted to stop and grab a meal from Taco Bell anytime soon :)

       

      Lawsuit: Taco Bell "Meat" Cannot Legally Be Called Meat!

      A law firm in Alabama has filed a lawsuit claiming that Taco Bell is using false advertising when it refers to using “seasoned ground beef” or “seasoned beef” in its products.

      The lawsuit alleges that the Taco Bell meat mixture contains binders and extenders and does not meet the minimum requirements set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to be labeled as “beef."
      The class-action lawsuit was filed Friday in federal court in the Central District of California by the Montgomery law firm Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles.
      Attorney Dee Miles said attorneys had Taco Bell’s “meat mixture” tested and found it contained less that 35 percent beef.
      The lawsuit on behalf of Taco Bell customer and California resident Amanda Obney does not seek monetary damages, but asks the court to order Taco Bell to be honest in its advertising.
      “We are asking that they stop saying that they are selling beef,” Miles said.
       
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      PETA is giving recognition to companies who have made successful efforts to make vegan foods available to the public. For the most part, these are not exactly "health foods," but it's nice to see more health conscious options.
       
       
      The five winners were awarded as follows:
       
      ·         Best Veggie Burger: Denny's
      Denny's veggie burger is made by Amy's Kitchen (see "Best Chocolate" below). With its approximately 1,500 locations nationwide, Denny's gets the nod for adding convenience to one of the best veggie burgers available.
       
      ·         Best Dairy Alternative: Starbucks Strawberries and Crème Vegan Frappuccino
      Starbucks has more than 16,000 locations in 50 countries. And the best part is that all Starbucks frappuccinos can be made vegan.
       
      ·         Best Fake Meat: Gardein Seven Grain Crispy Tenders
      Simply put, Gardein has perfected faux meat-in flavor, texture, and appearance. Just heat and eat or slather them in your favorite barbecue sauce.
       
      ·         Best Vegan Snack: Tofurky Pepperoni Pizza
      Long known for making vegans feel right at home at Thanksgiving with its delicious Tofurky roasts, Turtle Island Foods has expanded its list of products, which now includes delicious meat- and dairy-free pizza.
       
      ·         Best Vegan Chocolate: Amy's Chocolate Cakes
      Amy's Kitchen-the leading natural frozen-food brand in the world-has always been synonymous with quality. Just bite into a slice of rich, chocolaty Amy's cake, and you'll know why. Amy's products are available at natural-food stores and supermarkets in the U.S., Canada, and abroad.
      "If you care about animals, the planet, or your health, the last things that you want to eat are meat, eggs, and dairy products," says peta2 Director Dan Shannon. "The demand for vegan options in the food industry is skyrocketing, and these five winners are answering the call in the most delicious ways imaginable."

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       Legislatures in four states: Put vegan options on school lunch menus
       
      This week, President Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act-the first major bipartisan bill enacted by a deeply polarized congress since the election. The act will replace junk food in school lunches and vending machines with more healthful options.
      Several jurisdictions have taken similar action. The Hawaii, California, New York and Florida legislatures passed resolutions recommending vegan school options. Last year, the Baltimore City public school system became the first in the nation to offer its 80,000 students a weekly meat-free lunch. According to the School Nutrition Association, 65 per cent of U.S. schools now offer vegetarian lunch options.
      In the past, the USDA has used the National School Lunch Program as a dumping ground for surplus meat and dairy commodities. Not surprisingly, 90 percent of American children consume excessive amounts of fat, and only 15 per cent eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables. These early dietary flaws become lifelong addictions, raising the risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
      Those who care about our children's health should demand healthful, plant-based school meals, snacks and vending machine items. Additional information is available at www.healthyschoollunches.org, www.choiceusa.net and www.schoolnutrition.org.
       

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      Hope you enjoy...

       

      LIFE IS GOOD!

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    • Butter is better than an APPLE?

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    •  1/31/2011 10:02:16 PM
    • I want to welcome our 1st guest blogger:  RICHAN

      Richan has been following our blog and has brought great insight and motivation to Whole Food Mommies.  She is right on when it comes to nutrition and feeding her extremely healthy 2 year olds.

      Thanks for the AWESOME blog Richan!

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      Butter is better than an APPLE? Hmmm I think not

       

      I have been following Whole Food Mommies blog for about 8 months now. I know and admire the women who write this blog and want to thank them for the help they have given me on my journey towards eating more nutritious and healthy food.
       

      This past month as I was looking through my February 2011 Reader's Digest I happened upon the feature article of the month, "Eat This, Lose Weight". The article is an interview of Gary Taubes, a science journalist given by Lisa Davis. I first just skimmed the article to see if it was worth reading and was shocked by the summary page of "5 ways to get started", guidelines given by Eric Westman, MD.

      Here is a summary of the 5 ways:
       

      • There is no need to limit fat, basically from bacon to butter eat as much as you want
      • Eat less than 20 net carbs a day (net carbs are total carbs minus fiber), so no pasta, bread or rice
      • No starchy veggies and ONLY 4 cups of leafy greens and ONLY 2 cups of broccoli, cauliflower green peppers, etc
      • NO FRUIT!! Or fruit juice or sweets. Though sugar free sweets and diet soda are okay
      • Eat as much protein and fat as you want, just stop eating when you are full

       

      I think I may have been in the dark with diet articles like this for the past year or so since I have been only reading books and articles that advocate plant based diets. But really, who in their right mind would say that butter is better for you than an apple? I know this low carb diet stuff has been out there for years but I didn't think anyone was still doing it. I wanted to write a letter to Reader's Digest to complain that they are being socially irresponsible by printing such rubbish. Before I did so I thought I would read the entire article.

       

      He did have a couple of good points

       

      • There is more to being overweight than calories in/calories out
      • Restricting calories is ineffective, since it is the type of calorie that matters
      • Stay away from refined carbohydrates
      • And that is about all that I agreed with

       

      His other points

      • Exercising isn't necessary for losing weight
      • High fat is better for your heart
      • If low on energy when starting the plan, just add a little salt (seriously it said that)


      He also said that we need to eat what humans evolved to eat and refined grains and sugars are not part of that.

      And to that I say, didn't the first humans eat fruit and starchy vegetables too? And I am pretty sure that the hunters and gathers didn't eat cheese and butter. His logic there is completely flawed.

       

      I think initially he was on the right path; losing weight is more than counting and restricting your calories, and that we need to be careful with refined carbs. And that is what we learn with a more plant based diet. Articles like this one make me so grateful that I know the best way to feed me and my family. I don't always do the best but I try and it will make a difference. Slowly but surely I believe our society will come around and that articles like this will be laughed at for how bizarre they are.

       

      As for now, I am off to write my complaint letter to Reader's Digest.

      ~Richan

       

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    • Oprah's VEGAN Challenge

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    •  1/31/2011 10:00:39 PM
    • TOMORROW ON OPRAH...You don't want to miss!!!  Feb. 1st 2011

       

      OPRAH AND 378 STAFFERS GO VEGAN: THE ONE-WEEK CHALLENGE
      The challenge is on! No meat, no milk, no animal anything. Oprah and 378 Harpo staffers go vegan for one week. Could you do it?

       

      I am so excited to watch the show and see what cool information is shared.  Kathy Freston and Michael Pollan will be guests!  How exciting!

       

      If you are interesting in a VEGAN DIET...and don't know where to start?  Check out our RECIPE section for GREAT TASTING & SUPER EASY MEALS...That even your KIDS will love!!!

       

      LIFE IS GOOD!

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    • GUEST BLOG: Butter is better than an APPLE?

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    •  1/31/2011 4:15:17 PM
    •  

      I want to welcome our 1st guest blogger:  RICHAN

      Richan has been following our blog and has brought great insight and motivation to Whole Food Mommies.  She is right on when it comes to nutrition and feeding her extremely healthy 2 year olds.

      Thanks for the AWESOME blog Richan!

      _________________________________________________

       

      Butter is better than an APPLE? Hmmm I think not

       

      I have been following Whole Food Mommies blog for about 8 months now. I know and admire the women who write this blog and want to thank them for the help they have given me on my journey towards eating more nutritious and healthy food.
       

      This past month as I was looking through my February 2011 Reader's Digest I happened upon the feature article of the month, "Eat This, Lose Weight". The article is an interview of Gary Taubes, a science journalist given by Lisa Davis. I first just skimmed the article to see if it was worth reading and was shocked by the summary page of "5 ways to get started", guidelines given by Eric Westman, MD.

      Here is a summary of the 5 ways:
       

      • There is no need to limit fat, basically from bacon to butter eat as much as you want
      • Eat less than 20 net carbs a day (net carbs are total carbs minus fiber), so no pasta, bread or rice
      • No starchy veggies and ONLY 4 cups of leafy greens and ONLY 2 cups of broccoli, cauliflower green peppers, etc
      • NO FRUIT!! Or fruit juice or sweets. Though sugar free sweets and diet soda are okay
      • Eat as much protein and fat as you want, just stop eating when you are full

       

      I think I may have been in the dark with diet articles like this for the past year or so since I have been only reading books and articles that advocate plant based diets. But really, who in their right mind would say that butter is better for you than an apple? I know this low carb diet stuff has been out there for years but I didn't think anyone was still doing it. I wanted to write a letter to Reader's Digest to complain that they are being socially irresponsible by printing such rubbish. Before I did so I thought I would read the entire article.

       

      He did have a couple of good points

       

      • There is more to being overweight than calories in/calories out
      • Restricting calories is ineffective, since it is the type of calorie that matters
      • Stay away from refined carbohydrates
      • And that is about all that I agreed with

       

      His other points

      • Exercising isn't necessary for losing weight
      • High fat is better for your heart
      • If low on energy when starting the plan, just add a little salt (seriously it said that)


      He also said that we need to eat what humans evolved to eat and refined grains and sugars are not part of that.

      And to that I say, didn't the first humans eat fruit and starchy vegetables too? And I am pretty sure that the hunters and gathers didn't eat cheese and butter. His logic there is completely flawed.

       

      I think initially he was on the right path; losing weight is more than counting and restricting your calories, and that we need to be careful with refined carbs. And that is what we learn with a more plant based diet. Articles like this one make me so grateful that I know the best way to feed me and my family. I don't always do the best but I try and it will make a difference. Slowly but surely I believe our society will come around and that articles like this will be laughed at for how bizarre they are.

       

      As for now, I am off to write my complaint letter to Reader's Digest.

      ~Richan

       

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