Soy is the cheapest protein available today, and it is a major component of most animal feeds. Cheap soy protein allows chickens to grow the fastest, and produce the maximum amount of eggs during their peak laying cycles. So why do Rob and I pay more for organic, soy-free chicken feed? Why do we read labels and avoid eating highly processed soy products like the plague?
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Spaghetti Squash Curry Let’ face it! Sometimes I need a big volume of food to feel satisfied! Spaghetti squash curry, you can always GO back for seconds without trashing your diet. This is a great meal that is filling, and with a little experimentation you can change-up the spices and vegetables to create many low-calorie, low carb meals! Ingredients; […]
Beet those pesky lapses in memory:
Do you ever find yourself sitting through half the late movie-you know, what’s-it-called, starring what’s-his-face—before remembering you’ve already seen it? Have you forgotten where you left your coffee mug (next to your keys, wherever they are) again?
Maybe you need a shot of beet juice. New research indicates that the nitrates in beet juice (which convert to nitrites and nitric oxide in the body) open up oxygen-rich blood vessels.
A yummy way to eat the "it's not trash yet" produce lingering in the fridge...
Make a salad "chutney"!
- small dice cucumber, red onion, roasted red pepper, tomatoes
- top with a favorite dressing or red wine vinegar, olive oil, kosher salt, pepper, oregano
- use on top of any greens or add to a sandwich
"Mother's words of wisdom: "Answer me!
My position on organic foods is quite simple: If I had a Dr. Oz or Oprah food budget, I’d buy everything organic. It’s true that organic foods are not purchased exclusively by the very rich or else it wouldn’t be a billion dollar industry. There are lots of regular people with regular incomes who have made the lifestyle choice of buying organic foods.
Just read an article on how much food we waste. It is estimated everyday americans waste enough food to fill the rose bowl stadium. WOW!
So last week I started to pay attention to how much edible food my family squander. I was just amazed! I thought I was pretty frugal! Now this was not a scientific experiment but it was enough for me to realize how much money I am throwing away weekly. Especially because I try to buy fresh and depending on school and sports schedules sometimes the fresh produce does not get consumed and just rots in my refrigerator. So this week I am on a mission to waste less!
My biggest house hold waste tends to be fruit. I really try to judge how much to purchase each week but we all know with schedules and picky kids it does not always get eaten. So this week I started freezing fruit in small quantities to use for future recipes. Plus having frozen fresh foods on hand is better for my health and waist line!
Freezing Fruit: After washing the fruit, I remove all skin and seeds depending on the kind of fruit. Then I portioned the fruit into one cup portion sizes. Then I transferred the fruit to a small zip lock bags and labeled and date. Some fruits like apples, pears and bananas will darken which does not bother me but there are techniques you can use with ascorbic acid to preserve your fruits. Also some fruits like oranges, lemons and limes, I puree with a little water and freeze in ice-cube trays. After frozen in the trays I put in zip lock bags for later use. Remember air leads to loss of flavor so the more air you can remove the better. I prefer to freeze in zip lock bags rather than plastic containers, I find it is easier to remove the air.
Then it is ready to use anytime. The frozen fruit is great for smoothies. Even use to make a sorbet or bake with! I love it on my oatmeal!
Think Thin Bars are ”OH” so yummy!
I am always on the go! If I got the time I go for a good salad or some fruit. After saying that we all know sometimes hunger gets the best of us and time is often an issue for us moms! Before you grab some junk food try one of the Think Thin Bars. They are 230 calories, 20 grams of protein, have no trans fat and 0 sugars. Be aware they do not have much fiber and 25 carbs. They are gluten-free, organic and come in a lot of flavors. The bars are really yummy, my favorite is the chocolate espresso. They had no funny after taste and a creamy texture and fewer calories than a lot of protein bars. I thought it was very satisfying. But remember this is more of a meal replacement if you counting calories and they are little pricey.
JUST A DISCLAIMER: I did not receive these products for free or was NOT paid to try them! Just a MOM on a mission to keep my girlish figure!!