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    • Summer Salad for kids

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    •  6/26/2011 7:41:19 PM
    •         It had been a few days since we have had a (nutritionally) great  dinner. I knew I had to step it up, but I didn't want to have whining and complaining at the dinner table tonight so I came up with this simple solution.


      Create your own salad:


       

                  I put the power in their hands! They each had to choose at least two toppings for the salad. Tonight I had grabbed whatever I had on hand. You could use a wide a variety of things: strawberries, blueberries, avocados, peppers, chives cauliflower, nuts and seeds... anything goes!  My base salad was spinach  mixed with chopped broccoli and about two TBSP of dressing. I piled that on their plates and they got to pick what they wanted. It worked like a charm! They ate up there salads with no complaints. I served them with a side of seasoned unfried fries which helped them forget they were eating a healthy dinner! Loving summertime!

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    • My 21- day challenge

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    •  6/19/2011 8:10:15 PM
    • BIRTHDAY COUNTDOWN!

       I have 21 days left in my twenties! I was sitting outside today thinking about how I want to start my 30's what things I would like to accomplish over the next decade. Of course my first thought was my health. I want to live a healthy long life. I have learned so much about what true health is over the last few years and I am going to spend the next 21 days focusing on making a few key things a priority for me. I actually had a lot of fun putting to together my list of things that I want to do for myself. Since we are different and at different levels I suggest you write up your own "21-day challenge" and join me!!

       

      A few items on my list:


      Sleep: 7-8 hours a night. I will be  in bed early and up early. 


      *Getting enough sleep can effect many factors: mood (that's a big one for us moms, when mom is in a good mood everyone seems follow), metabolism and weight, cardiovascular disease, ability to learn and memorize, as well as affect your overall ability to fight off sickness and disease!


      Food: I will increase my intake of leafy greens to a minimum of 1/2 bunch a day. (Kale for me). I will consume 1/2 cup of beans a day.  I will take the time to sit, eat and CHEW my food. I am the queen of "I have no time to eat". I will make taking care of myself a priority eating at least three meals a day. That's big for me, I let my kids needs take over and I end up trying to make up at the end of the day shoving myself full of veggies or whatever else I can find. I will NOT eat anything that comes out of a box/pkg with a nutrition label. Only real food whole plant based food for me!


      Meditate: I will take 10-15minutes a day as a time out for me! Slow deep breaths, allowing my mind, body and spirit to connect. Bringing more peace and calmness into my life. 

       

      These are just a few things on my list. Please come up with your own, even if its one or two things that you will do for yourself, and in 21 days we can all celebrate my BIRTHDAY together, feeling renewed and alive. 


      Happy list making :) Leave me a message and let me know you're in! 

       

       

       

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    • Quick kid friendly lunch

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    •  6/10/2011 7:26:31 AM
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      SCHOOL IS OUT FOR SUMMER!! Hooray! I love having my kids home! (and not having pick up/drop off at school, plus no homework!)

       

      I love sitting down and eating lunch with my four girls. Today I had four comedians at the table. Between all the giggles they gobbled up their lunch with ZERO complaints! It took me less than 5 minutes to throw together:

       

      Peanut Butter and Banana sandwiches (or use our NUT BUTTER recipe)

       

      Green Fruit Smoothie

      Pita chips with Hummus

       Luckily I had most things on hand and hummus already prepared. I find that I make my life easier if I can just prepare batches of things and store in the fridge for a quick go to snack. I'd love to hear what your favorite kid-friendly recipes are.

       

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    • Say goodbye to the confusing FOOD PYRAMID!

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    •  6/2/2011 9:51:07 PM
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            The USDA and Michelle Obama unveiled the new "food pyramid' A DINNER PLATE! I must say I was a bit surprised and very pleased with this new image. It is very user friendly and easy to understand. You can go to their site and click on each section for a clear explanation of what each food group is and how to get the amount you need. The big changes: MORE fruits and veggies HALF YOUR PLATE to be exact! Half of your grains should be WHOLE GRAINS.  Reduce sodium, replace sugary drinks with WATER!

       

       

      MyPlate

       

      There are so many parts that excite me about this new site and information. I love the section where they touch on vegetarian diets, stating that: "Vegetarian diets can meet all the recommendations for nutrients. The key is to consume a variety of foods and the right amount of foods to meet your calorie needs." And of course who wouldn't LOVE that they include SOY MILK in the dairy section!! This will help open the eyes of people around us and make it easier to share information about the way I eat without all blank stare and questions....... I hope.  At least it will make us a little less weird. 


      One small step for man, one giant step for VEGETARIANS! We are becoming more mainstream.... I wonder if they will ever get rid of the "dairy" section... I know they have come along way so for now I will just celebrate that!! 


      HOORAY for the USDA and HOORAY for a new hope!

      Choose My Plate link: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/
       

       

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    • Mark Zuckerberg on eating animals

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    •  6/2/2011 8:35:19 AM
    •  Check out this video. Now I am not about eating animals but I am impressed with the fact that he feels like that is something important for him to do. I also love the commentary.

       Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg eats only what he kills

      When he's not too busy connecting people across the universe, Mark Zuckerberg is pursuing a new "personal challenge," as he calls it. "The only meat I'm eating is from animals I've killed myself," says the Facebook founder and CEO.

      It's an odd dietary direction for the 27-year-old Internet billionaire, but since he has taken to killing goats, pigs and chickens, "I'm eating a lot healthier foods. And I've learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising of animals," he says. "It's easy to take the food we eat for granted when we can eat good things every day."

       

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