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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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Getting Back on Track!

Had a rough weekend, so this is always a good reminder!!! This was one of those weekends where I ate too much salt and processed foods.  This morning felt like a bloated potato! Redirect and stay on track is my goal for today!!

Remember WHAT? Go Beets!

I think this was just blogged for me! Lover of beets and looking for my memory!!!!

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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Oh to good not to re blogg! I always say with working out Just show up! At least you moved getting there but this I am putting on a tee shirt!!!

THINKING THIN is a good thing!

A Yummy portable protein snack!

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!!

To important no to share if your fighting the bluge or are even over 50 and want to help head off diabetes!!!!!!

Back on track with green smoothies

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Hey, I do not know about the rest of you, but this St. Patrick’s day weekend ended up being a pig out!!  I Had company, a lot of dinners out, drinks and late nite munching!  I went way off the deep end this weekend.  Besides being tired, I feel bloated and have put on a few pounds.  After a weekend like this I almost need to stop cold turkey to get back on track!  Being fatigued just makes me crave more sweets and the more I obsess on the pounds I have gained, I just want food!

So today is my green smoothie day.  I am not starving myself, just the opposite.  I do not want to slow my metabolism down I  just need to cut back some calories and boost myself with a lot of vitamins and high fiber to get things moving. “If you know what I mean!”  I also need to really hydrate!  I try to consume between 20 – 30 grams of fiber and I get these through fruits and vegetables.  Also potassium rich foods  are included to help act as a diuretic.

Heres my day:

Morning;

  • 8oz glass of water
  • cup of green tea with lemon
  • Green smoothie that included 2 cups spinach, 1 cup low-fat greek yogurt, 1/2 banana and 1/2 cup frozen organic strawberries, 1 scoop whey vanilla protein powder. Add water and blend to the thickness you prefer.

Lunch:

  • 8 oz glass of water
  • 1 cup of green tea
  • Green smoothie.  Use 1 ripe avocado,  1 cup almond milk, 2 teaspoons benefiber fiber,  2 tablespoons honey, 1/2 cup frozen organic blueberries and 1/2 cup low-fat greek yogurt and 3 ice cubes and blend.

Dinner: 

  • 8 oz glass of water
  • Green smoothie:  2 cups of spinach, 1 apple, 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup frozen organic strawberries, 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder,  1/2 cup low-fat greek yogurt, then add ice and blend to preference.

Sweet treat:

  • chocolate mud: 1/2 cup of ricotta cheese, stevia to sweeten to taste and coco powder and mix well.

Join me, and let me know how everything works out!

Avocado Moisturizing Mask – Go a little green for St. Patty’s day !

Take a little “ME TIME” before the St. Patty’s celebrations.  Everybody needs a little pampering! Avocado Moisturizing Mask! ingredients: 1/4 ripe avocado 2 tablespoons plain yogurt 1 tablespoon of honey Why these ingredients?  Avocado is rich in vitamins like vitamins A, B, and E.  Avocado oil can help for maintaining your skins elasticity and is also a wonderful moisturizer. […]

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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!

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