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Do we pay to be POISONED???

Hey WHAT are we really EATING!! Food in its raw form is usually the best! Why are we paying to be poisoned! Who knew –  I read this article and thought I was being cautious!  Did not even consider my soy protein powder.

A Real Food Lover

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?

Because soy beans are very high in phytic acid and isoflavones. Phytic acid blocks absorption of calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc. The phytic acid in soy beans is not reduced or neutralized by soaking, sprouting or long, slow cooking. Soy Isoflavones mimic estrogen in the body. Soy processing leads to the formation of toxic nitrosamines (carcinogens) and the formation of MSG. Additional MSG is often added to soy products during manufacturing. Many soy products contain high levels of aluminum.

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Organic on a budget!

Everyone needs to print could help you save some money while eating healthy!

Live Healthier

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. I have made that choice, whenever possible and affordable, and some items that I’ve been buying organic for a decade now like milk, yogurt, eggs and butter are not cheap by any standard but I feel are worth it for my health. When it comes to produce, if there is a sale on organic products, I’ll jump at the occasion and there are certain conventional products, like berries, I will no longer eat if I cannot buy them organic. If I could only buy organic meats I…

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Go Wild with a little HEMP!

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It is Friday, get a little wild! 

Add a little HEMP into your life style!

Let’s get started with a bite of Hemp-ology.  Hemp seeds are rich in vitamins, has fiber and protein.  Contains omega-6 and omega-3, essentials for a healthy heart. Hemp seed is also a good source of magnesium, zinc and copper. It is great to add to any vegan diet because of its high protein content.  Hemp adds wonderful nutty flavors and is great to use in diets for those who have peanut allergies or gluten-free diets.  Oh and do not get confused this will no get you highThat is a whole other blog! Hemp is one of those claim to fame superfoods, and has even been featured on Oprah and Dr. Oz shows.

I thought what the heck I already use flax-seed and wheat germ in many of my recipes especially when it comes to increasing the nutrients to some of my kids favorite foods.  So the first thing I tried it in was my fruit smoothie.  I liked it and it did not really change the flavor of my smoothie, just added some depth to it.  So I got more adventurous! So I stuck my hand in the bag and tried it raw.  Hey, I was pleasantly surprised – did not have a hard shell like flax seeds. They had a nice nutty flavor and a softer texture.  So starting on Monday of this week I tried to incorporate the hemp seeds in many different foods I eat!  Here are some of my HEMP SEED trials;

  • Adding it directly to my greek yogurt.  This was a thumbs up!  Even got my kids to eat it!  I mixed the hemp seeds with some colored sprinkles and keep in a cute container.  They are now using without my encouragement!
  • Put it into my morning oatmeal with almond milk.  This was so yummy! Thumbs up!
  • Next I tried adding into my dinner time ritual.  Over the week added it to a turkey meatloaf and tacos.  My husband did not even notice it and gobbled it up.  So I gave this a thumbs up too!
  • I also tried adding the hemp seeds to the soup and it was not quite as good.  I would eat it, but could not get it pasted my kids. I guess if I cooked it longer the hemp would have gotten softer and I would have been able to get it passed them. Thumbs down!
  • On movie nite tried sprinkling the hemp seed on popcorn with sea salt but that was a no go! Thumbs down!
  • I challenged my kids to find a use for hemp seeds on their own. Their favorite was over ice cream with chocolate sauce or mixed with peanut butter on crackers.  Now I know the ice cream is not the most nutritious but if you’re going to have snack I guess it is better to mix in some healthy ingredients than nothing at all! Thumbs up!
  • I loved it sprinkled on my salad but to be honest the rest of my family was not so adventurous!

I also bet the hemp seed would be great with baking but I have not had a chance to try it yet!  What is good for us is also good for a 4 legged friends! I hear a lot of vets recommended it for pets to help digestion and healthy coat but I have not dog tested it yet!  Maybe next week.  Check out Happy Hemp a company (hemp.com) that sells hemp and has over a 100 recipes that is where I got my hemp seed from.

Come on take the challenge try a little HEMP and share your recipes with me!

COOKIE CHEATof the weekend!

 

“Hey, Hey to the weekend”

 I don’t know if you all got that – but that was my tribute to Davie Jones of the Monkeys!  He was my first crush!  On that note “RIP Davie Jones”

Now on to the weekend cheat.  It has been a busy week.  I have been very committed this week. I have at  spent about 1 1/2 hours per day, running , doing weights and Pilates.  I have saved my calories for wine of course and an occasional weekend treat!  I try to pick something yummy  without breaking the scale.

 So this is my recommendation for your COOKIE CHEAT of the weekend! 

“LISTEN CLOSE” or read close ! ONE SERVING IS 15 COOKIES AND ONLY 140 CALORIES.  So you can almost afford to cheat twice!  They have no refined sugar, no trans fat, no dairy, and are nut free. ( My daughter has a nut allergy and they are one of her favorites!) They have 1 gram of fiber and 2 grams of protein. Now recognize cookies are not a vegetable!  It does have 8 grams of sugar.     ” ShaSha Co. Ginger Snaps from the Natural Artisan Bakery” they also come in coco.

Enjoy and have a blessed weekend and PLEASE SNACK RESPONSIBLY!

What are we really feeding our bodies?

Everyone needs to think about where are food comes from and what is in our food!!. I know a big debate is the cost, but there is a greater cost to you and your family’s health!
Organic should be a basic standard !! How and when did it become acceptable to put poisons in our food!

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Are organic foods really worth the hype and the extra money? I am gonna break it down quickly for you. Reasons for organic:

1. No harmful pesticides. Many of these pesticides cannot be washed off of the produce–as they penetrate the entire vegetable. Would you sprinkle DEET on your popcorn?

2. No GMOs. That is genetically modified organisms. If you aren’t clear on what those are, don’t feel bad. Even the scientists who created them can’t predict what will happen to humans when they are consumed. Monsanto created the ‘Round Up Ready’ soybean and corn. This means that the powerful pesticide will kill everything around it except the the GM bean. Great, you think. Not really. These crops have been modified so that if an insect eats it, the insect’s insides are destroyed. But it’s OK for humans to eat it? I’m no rocket scientist, but….

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An allergy-free cereal is one bowl away.

Always looking for new products to review.  I tried the vanilla and it was great!  I also have a daughter who suffers from peanut allergy!  Take a moment and check this author and evaluate for your self! An allergy-free cereal is one bowl away..

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