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    • Trick or Treat... The candy

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    •  10/31/2011 4:45:31 PM
    • To go or not to go?

       

      I say GO! But do the kids eat all that candy... NO WAY!

       

      It's not easy to live in a society where there are only a few months out of the year that candy is not passed out in class or treats delivered to doorsteps for some holiday or another. Today is one of the those days, I just got home from helping out in the kids classrooms at school. I felt like I just walked into "Candy Land"! We were covered in frosting, candy corn, and sprinkles from making haunted gingerbread houses. Then it was doughnuts and fruit roll ups for another game. All of this "fun" is well intended and I will be the last mother on the planet to make my child sit out. I allow my children to participate in school activities. I know that I cannot control all the environments that they will be placed in. That's why it is so important what they eat when they are at home. I can control what I send in their school lunches and what they eat for breakfast and dinner. This time of year I pump them full of good greens. Extra smoothies and nutrient dense soups. I sneak in greens whenever I can. This part of the year is when the 90/10 or 80/20 rule gets its fill! 

       

      I am in no way suggesting that you change what you have been doing if its working for you, I am only sharing with you what I do.

       

      So what to do with all that candy? I have recently tuned in to some fun ideas that I would LOVE to share with you. 

       

      ~ The Halloween Fairy: This might be my favorite. The kids get to pick 5 or 10 pieces of candy to keep, then they leave the rest out for the Halloween Fairy who comes and takes the candy and leaves a toy behind.

       

      ~ A dollar a pound: Again, let the kids pick 5 or 10 pieces to eat over the next week or so. Then weigh the candy and buy it at a dollar per pound or whatever price seems fair for their age.

       

      ~ The Classic: Dump all the family candy into one bucket and slowly pass it out over the course of the next year: my least favorite because somehow some of that candy ends up in MY MOUTH!! Who knows how :)


      ~ The Trade: trade their whole bucket for a toy they have been eyeballing for a bit. Make it an easy trade for them. Giving up candy isn't always easy.


      ~If you just really want a way out of going trick or treating completely, we have a neighbor who takes their kids to dinner and a movie with all  the cousins as the trade off. So a family night out instead!! LOVE that idea! 


       

      Today my kids had green smoothies and oatmeal for breakfast and I am making Creamy Asparagus Soup for dinner. For the candy, this year  we are going to try the Halloween Fairy idea and see how it goes. I'd love to be rid of all that candy in one night! Then I am shipping the candy off to two friends who are away for a couple of years serving church missions. I am sure they will love it!


      What do you do??

       

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    • Lunch box ideas ~ Perfect Foods Bars!

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    •  10/27/2011 9:48:07 PM
    •    A new product we have been introduced to that WE LOVE!

       

      If you haven't tried the fabulous PERFECT FOODS BARS yet, go out and grab some!  They are a whole food based, soy, AND gluten free treat made for taste buds both young and old! We love them at our house. My kids eat them in their lunches as a TREAT! They are also great when we are in a hurry between school and dance practice. They keep my kids fueled and happy. They are made with whole ingredients mixed together to give the right amount of calories, fats, and PROTEIN! 

       

       

      Lunch: PB and banana sandwich on whole wheat, baby carrots, pumpkin cookie (no, I dont have a healthy recipe yet!), and half a Perfect Foods bar.


      Our top two favorites: Carob Chip and the Peanut Butter! They need to be kept in the refrigerator, but when I have sent them to school with  my kids they have been just fine. I usually split one in half for them to share. It makes the bars last longer and they still get a nutrient packed snack!


      Perfect Foods Bars are made by hand in their California based facility, which means these bars are the next best thing to making them at home your self!

       

      I love finding a company who share the same values that we do! We LOVE Perfect Foods Bar! You can order their bars online or check their store locator to see if they sell in your area.


      You can find a list of products, ingredients, and nutritional facts HERE

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    • Dr McDougall on Vitamin B12

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    •  10/22/2011 10:57:00 PM
    •  A question we are most often asked is, "What about B12?"

       

      This is the same answer we usually give, he just puts it more eloquently~I love Dr McDougall's answer in this video:

       

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    • A busy day!

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    •  10/14/2011 10:01:10 PM
    • Hi all!


      Today was a super busy day for me, but all I can think about is you guys! I received two very inspiring and motivating emails from our followers. It just makes me so happy to have the opportunity to share recipes and information with you all. I am so grateful that you are all open and willing to try new ideas. I also love that you understand that I am a mommy just like you trying to to the best that I can! I am just humbled and overwhelmed with gratitude.... THANK YOU ALL!

       

       I got home from my long day just in time to get dinner ready for my sweet little family. My confession: We had had whole wheat pancakes! Yum. I have always been a big fan of breakfast for dinner, it feels somewhat rebellious and the kids thinks it awesome!

       

      Now to the good stuff, another fun lunch box idea!

       


       

      This lunch is a go-to for me and my kids. Something they love and I know they will eat. I understand that this is not a perfect meal, but I also understand that they have 2 or 3 other opportunities throughout the day to get nutrient dense foods.

      -1/2 tofurkey sandwich on whole wheat bread. (hint: most breads from the store say "whole wheat" or "whole grain", but they is not entirely true. ALWAYS read the ingredients or make your own see recipe here)

      I use veganaise, mustard, and top with spinach or lettuce. Top with your normal turkey sandwich toppings.

      -Veggies with hummus.  We have a great hummus recipe here or costco carries a brand we like "Sabra".

      - The treat: almonds and carob chips! They love the carob chips, you could even do semi sweet chocolate chips as long as it says "vegan"  or "dairy free".

       

      Thanks for constantly inspiring me to be better! You guys all ROCK!! 

      so much love,

      ~NEWBIE

       

      PS. ENTER TO WIN A FABULOUS LUNCHBOX! WE WILL BE GIVING AWAY ONE LUNCH BOX AT THE END OF THE MONTH. IT IS THE LUNCH WE ALL USE. PERFECT FOR OUR DIET AND LIFESTYLE. MAKES IT SO EASY (CLICK HERE)!

       

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    • My Ode to T. Colin Campbell, A true hero!

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    •  10/4/2011 2:31:57 PM
    •  T. Colin Campbell : This man is very near the TOP of my HEROES list!

       

      The life he has dedicated to science has forever changed the course of my family's life. I was tested in January 2007 for BRCA. (a known breast and ovarian cancer gene). At the time I really knew nothing about it. I got a phone call from my father, a man who I had very little contact with since my parents were divorced when I was 14 years old. He let me know that two of my aunts and my grandmother had breast cancer. My grandfather was currently being treated for prostate cancer. His whole family had been tested as part of a study at The Huntsman Cancer Institute in Utah. He let me know he was a carrier of the gene and I had the chance to be tested for free through this study. I decided, why not? I had NO idea the impact it would have on my life. I received my results March 7th 2007... The moment I got the results is so vivid, it seems like it was yesterday. A huge weight had been placed on me, a 25 year old mother of two beautiful girls. Thoughts of how, when, why... what can I do about it, will I live to see my girls grow up, what will I do when I get diagnosed, will there be a cure before I get cancer and so on started racing through my head! Those thoughts didn't change for TWO YEARS, until I was offered a copy of The China Study, by T. Colin Campbell.

       

       

       

      Like many of you, I had NEVER considered diet to be a factor in my having cancer or any disease for that matter. I was surprised and then HOPEFUL!! A feeling I hadn't felt for two years... HOPE! I had the power to take some control back. MY GENES ARE NOT MY DESTINY! What a freeing statement! In the book, Dr Campbell even touches on the gene BRCA. He, of course, does not guarantee a cancer or disease free life if you change your diet, but his book gives a lot of great scientific research linking diet and disease. It is a tough read if you are not a scientist, but a GREAT resource. I like being able to use it as a reference to look up a disease or ailment and studies that have been done that link diet factors as part of the cause. I HIGHLY recommend owning a copy of this book, maybe two or three!!! 

       

      A moment of GLORY for me: I got to meet Dr Campbell on my 30th birthday! OHMYGOODNESS!! He is so genuine and kind! Because I love you all, I am willing to share a small photo of me and my HERO (keep in mind... yoga retreat, sweaty smelly me in photo)! I was at a yoga retreat in Colorado with Maintenance Mommy, he and Kris Carr were both speakers on my birthday! (how did I get so lucky!?!) I was able to chat with him before he spoke and after. We discussed a few things in his book and he mentioned a second book coming out... I CANNOT WAIT!  He was very candid as we discussed my gene and my daughters. He was quoting studies and research left and right. He was very generous with his information... and KIND enough to hold my sign (made with love by Maintenance Mommy)! Thank you Dr Campbell!

       

       

       

      Now onto FORKS OVER KNIVES: I was lucky enough to watch the movie in New York with some family.  I have been able to watch it several times since then. What a GREAT documentary! I feel like I get new information each time I watch. I LOVE the way the movie ties together science and the medical world! It talks of Dr Campbell and Dr Esselstyn both growing up on farms as boys, then later in life both finding the links between diet and disease.  It shows that there was no motive behind the research being done. Once they tested their research,  they could not keep the information to themselves.  The movie leaves no room for doubt that a whole food plant-based diet is the key to a long healthy life. I also love the shots of T. Colin Campell out for a jog! After meeting him, its obvious he has boundless energy! This is a MUST SEE~MUST PURCHASE and SHARE with everyone movie! 

       

       

        These two men found information and have the guts to share it. I am forever grateful to them both for following their path in this life and standing up for truth! I am inspired over and over again by them! THANK YOU!

      ~Newbie 

       

       *If you do not own or have not seen this movie, please enter our contest for a chance to win it this week!!! (Ends Oct.7th)

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    • Grilled Garden Delight

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    •  10/1/2011 10:36:43 PM
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              We spent a few weeks over the summer traveling across the country visiting family. We made a stop in Wisconsin to spend a few days with family at a cabin. It was beautiful. We all had a ball, but I have to admit one of the highlights was a delicious dinner my bro-in law grilled for us. They picked up some yellow squash and zucchini for us. He sliced them, brushed them with a little oil, and sprinkled a little salt and pepper. They were DELICIOUS!! That night inspired this next recipe. 



       Grilled Garden Delight:

       


      1 red onion

      1 zucchini

      1 yellow squash

      1 red pepper

      12-15 baby portabellas or two large portabellas 

      1 eggplant

      1 avocado for topping *optional

      2 cups of cooked brown rice

      1 can of black beans drained and rinsed

      2-4 TBSP of olive oil

       


      Slice all veggies, except the baby portabellas, lengthwise. Make sure they are thick enough to go directly on the grill. I quartered everything but the eggplant, which I cubed. Place all veggies in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Mix to make sure they are all evenly coated. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place all veggies on the grill and monitor closely. The mushrooms cook up pretty quick. Once all the veggies are grilled, chop them into cubes. Divide rice onto four plates and evenly distribute the grilled veggies. Sprinkle the black beans on top and enjoy. * I added avocado after I took the pic. 

       

      Salt and pepper to taste, PARTY IN YOUR MOUTH! yum~

       

       

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