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    • Ten BEST and ten WORST foods

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    •  6/27/2013 7:12:36 AM
    •  I received this list from Dr. Joel Fuhrman a couple weeks ago and I LOVED IT!  You see these type of articles all the time on the internet, but you don't always see them from such a quality source like Dr. Fuhrman.  Since I received these lists I have referred to them more than I thought I would.  In particular, the WORST FOOD list.  Now that it is summer for my children and they are around friends, and family and we are invited to summer parties and activities...this list has been a great tool to teach my children GOOD, BETTER, BEST when it comes to what to eat.


      For example, at our last party we went to there was a plate of donuts along with a plate of oatmeal raisin cookies.  I had just talked to my children about donuts being the 3RD WORST FOOD ON THE PLANET!  My oldest son remembered that and decided to eat a cookie instead.  Of course I would have loved that he just sat by the veggie tray the rest of the party, but I was pleased that he chose the cookie over the donut!


      If you look at the WORST list, it is easy to see that these foods are common in children's diets.  I would dare say, some kids entire daily diets are made up of these.  It really opened my eyes  as well as my children's eyes.  These lists are hanging on our board for them to remember what the BEST choices are and the WORST choices.

      The full article is found HERE.


      Ten Worst Foods

      • Full-fat Dairy (e.g. cheese, ice cream, butter, whole milk)
      • Trans Fat Containing Foods (e.g. stick margarine, shortening, fast foods, commercial baked goods)
      • Doughnuts
      • Sausage, Hot Dogs, and Luncheon Meats
      • Smoked Meat, Barbecued Meat and Conventionally-Raised Red Meat
      • Fried Foods including Potato Chips and French Fries
      • Highly-salted Foods
      • Soda
      • Refined White Sugar
      • Refined White Flour
      • Sounds like a pretty comprehensive list...!!!
      • Thanks for posting this!
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    • Yummy Breakfasts!

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    •  6/19/2013 10:03:46 PM
    • [Raspberry & Mango Quinoa]


      I have been LOVING breakfast lately.  I know this is an OLDIE recipe...but it is a GOODIE!

      I have included pictures of my last 3 breakfasts.  My favorite has been the Apple Mango Quinoa with Almond Milk...SO GOOD!

      Quinoa & Fruit Breakfast

      Basic Recipe


      Cooked and cooled Quinoa (make a lot and have on hand in your refrigerator).

      Fresh Fruit (diced if needed)

      Non-Dairy milk (Almond, Rice, Soy, etc.)


      Mix all the ingredients together and enjoy!


      Whether you have tried this recipe many times...or you have yet to taste of it's yumminess- I thought this recipe could get your taste buds attention.  Cook some quinoa right now and have it ready for tomorrow's breakfast.  You won't be disappointed.


      [Apple & Grape Quinoa]                                             [Apple & Mango Quinoa]

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    • Quinoa Veggie Burgers

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    •  6/13/2013 8:00:55 AM
    • I wanted to make a "fancier" meal tonight.  You might look at the picture below and question why I would call a

      Veggie Burger "FANCY", but if a meal takes longer than 20 minutes or so to make, it is fancy to me.  This meal

      takes some extra prep time but I was pleased with the results.  This is the featured recipe on Martha Stewart's

      vegetarian cookbook, MEATLESS.  The first time I saw the picture I knew I wanted to make it.  I did make the

      YOGURT dressing (usually I don't use dairy in my recipes) but I wanted to do the recipe exactly like the book.

      But I didn't love the yogurt dressing (neither did Newbie Mommy when I shared this with her).  So that is

      definitely optional.  Hope you enjoy!


      Quinoa Veggie Burger




      2 Portobello Mushrooms (8 ounces), stemmed and cut into 1/2 inch pieces

      1 small zucchini

      3 TBS Olive Oil

      1 large shallot, minced

      1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

      1 ounce finely grated parmigiano-reggiano (optional)

      2 cups cooked quinoa

      Coarse Salt and freshly ground pepper

      1 egg, lighten beaten

      1 1/2 cups fresh whole-wheat bread crumbs (I used 3 pieces of bread- see details below)

      Yogurt-Garlic Sauce (recipe below)

      6 Whole Wheat Buns

      1 cup sprouts

      1/2 English cucumber, sliced thin




      1.  Pulse mushrooms in a food processor until finely chopped; transfer to bowl.  Coarsely grate zucchini,

      place on a paper towels, and squeeze to remove excess moisture.  Add to mushrooms.


      2.  Heat 1 TBS olive oil in a large pan over medium.  Add shallot and red pepper flakes ,and cook until softened,

      about 2 minutes.  Add mushrooms and zucchini, and cook until tender, about 2 minutes.  Transfer to a bowl and

      add cheese and quinoa; season with salt and pepper. Let cool completely, then stir in egg and bread crumbs.

      Cover and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

      3.  Heat remaining 1 TBS oil in a large skillet over medium.  Shape mixture into six 1-inch thick patties, pressing

      firmly.  Cook in batches until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side.  To serve, spread yogurt sauce onto buns

      and sandwich with patties, sprouts and cucumber.


      **Making Bread Crumbs

      Trim off crusts from each piece of bread (preferably whole-wheat or whole-grain), and tear the bread into

      large pieces.  Pulse in a food processor to form coarse or fine crumbs, as desired.


      Yogurt-Garlic Sauce

      3/4 cup plain greek style yogurt

      2 TBS chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves (I used 1 teaspoon dried parsley)

      1 TBS capers, preferably salt-packed, rinsed and chopped

      1 small garlic clove, minced

      coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

      Combine yogurt, parsley, capers, and garlic in a medium bowl.  Season with salt and pepper.  Cover, and

      refrigerate for up to one day.

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    •  6/5/2013 9:37:56 PM
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