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    • The Potato debate, are they good or bad?

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    •  9/16/2011 10:57:13 AM
    •  Are Potatoes good or bad?


           This is a question I had when I changed to a whole foods plant based diet. I have always assumed that the bad out weighed the good and in general we should stay away. I always felt indulgent when I ate them, almost like they were a special treat that should only come out every once and a while. I was talking with Veteran Mommy about potatoes some time last year and was surprised to find out how often her family ate baked potatoes. I was thrilled to start eating them more often with less guilt! I love a good baked potato topped with sauteed onions, mushrooms and peppers, with a little avocado.. ooh my mouth is watering just thinking about it! 


           The other day I had some friends over, we were talking about health and nutrition (people that don't eat the same I do) and we were just having some left over Potato Medley. One commented on how too much potatoes is never healthy. I said too much of anything could be un-healthy but potatoes are good for you. She went on to say that they are too high in carbs.... and...... well that's all she could give me.





      Good points




      Nutrition Facts
      Serving Size
      Amount Per Serving
      Calories from Fat 
      % Daily Value*
      Total Fat 
      Saturated Fat 
      Polyunsaturated Fat 
      Monounsaturated Fat 
      Total Carbohydrates 
      Dietary Fiber 
      Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 48%
      Calcium 4% Iron 18%
      * Based on a 2000 calorie diet


      Healthy ideas to enjoy a potato: *Always baked*


      Kale hashbrowns has to be favorite of mine! 

      Veggie pot pie

      Potato Medley

      Seasoned Unfried fries


      And of course, another favorite of mine, a baked potato topped with sauteed onions, mushrooms, and peppers, and avocado. 



      Please share of  your favorite potatoes recipes with us.

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    • Get the kids involved!

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    •  7/24/2010 11:21:31 AM

                       On Monday while I was making the daily chore list for the kids: unload dishwasher, make bed, put away folded clothes.... I got an idea.. the final chore,  plan two dinners each.  The girls read the list and got so excited. They even did their regular chore faster than normal just to get to that final chore. They got out a notebook and my oldest daughter started making the list:


      1-( Vegetarian) chili with chips and salad


      2-Bean tacos with watermelon


      3-Mexican style salad (romaine, cucumbers, tomatoes, quinoa, black beans, salsa,) topped with creamy tomatillo dressing


      4- Anytime  bean dip with bake potatoes

                        It was so fun to go to the store to buy what we needed to make their dinners.  They were so excited to have their own night. I was amazed at how willing they were to eat what was cooked just because it was their very own idea. I'm hopeful that we can keep this up.  As for now, yippee for a successful week of feeding the kiddos!


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    • Mango Salad

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    •  7/16/2010 10:37:44 AM

                Mango Salad


      1 chopped tomato

      1 chopped cucumber (peeled if needed)

      1 chopped avocado

      1/2 chopped red onion

      1 chopped pepper (any color)

      2 TBSP lemon juice

      2-3 cups chopped mixed salad greens

      4 cups COOKED and cooled quinoa


      1 cup fresh chopped cilantro

      1 mango chopped

      1 cup chopped jicama

      Mix tomato, cucumber, red onion, avocado, pepper with lemon juice and sprinkle with sea salt.

      Divide onto 4 plates and top each with one cup quinoa. Then add cilantro, mango, and jicama.

       Enjoy with your choice of dressing, mango lime or  creamy tomatillo dressing.



      1 cup fresh mango

      1/2 cup safflower oil

      1/4 cup agave nectar ( or maple syrup)

      1/4 cup lime juice

      1 TBSP rice vinegar (or balsamic)

      1 tsp fresh grated ginger

      2 tsp sea salt

      1 clove of garlic

      Place all ingredients in a blender and puree.


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    • Follow up on Healthy School Meals Act

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    •  7/4/2010 4:04:50 PM
    •                I just recieved an email from Elizabeth Kucinich, Director of Government and Public Affairs of PCRM:


                    " The PCRM Legislative Fund (PCRM LF) has continued to work hard on Capitol Hill to promote nutrition and compassionate medical research, testing, and training.


                       Currently, our efforts are focused on the reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act, which will be considered by the House Education and Labor Committee over the next few weeks. After months of hard work with Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) to promote H.R. 4870, the Healthy School Meals Act, a bill that would help schools purchase and serve healthful plant-based options, we were very disappointed to learn the provisions of this important bill were not included in the draft of the larger reauthorization bill, which was introduced recently by Chairman George Miller (D-CA).
      As you know, the Healthy School Meals Act provides tools that allow schools to offer more plant-based options, like veggie burgers, which are low in saturated fat and free of cholesterol, as well as being kid-friendly. A pilot program would introduce these foods to schools for free and then help make them more affordable through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Chairman Miller’s bill offers schools an incentive of an additional 6 cents per lunch if they meet new nutrition standards, including less saturated fat and more fruits and vegetables. But without access to healthier, plant-based protein options to replace some of the saturated fat that's currently in the center of the plate, it will be difficult for schools to meet these standards and therefore get the extra funding to help them buy more healthy food. It’s a catch-22.


                              In the next few weeks, Chairman Miller and the Education and Labor Committee will consider amendments that could add important provisions of the Healthy School Meals Act into the reauthorization bill. This is a huge opportunity to help get schools on the right track toward improving nutrition and reducing childhood obesity.


        Please join our team of citizen lobbyists and contact your member of Congress to ask him or her to support H.R. 4870, the Healthy School Meals Act, and include its provisions in the Child Nutrition Act reauthorization. Dozens of celebrities, including Sean Penn, Sarah Silverman, Bob Harper of The Biggest Loser, Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, and Woody Harrelson, have contacted Congress to express their support for the Healthy School Meals Act. Together, we can work to give all children the healthful options they deserve."




            To read the letter Leona Lewis wrote to congress click here


          We have the opportunity to make a change here. If we don't take action then we have no right to complain when our kids are stuck with greasy processed foods that lead them to un-healthy lifestyles. Let's take this opportunity to make a change!


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