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Organic on a budget!

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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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Waste NOT can help your WAIST!

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!

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!!

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!

Coconut oil – eat it? or tan with it?

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Coconut oil, what is all the craze about? 

 I mean look at the label: 12 grams of fat and 120 calories per tbsp and 0 trans fat. 

Do I eat it or tan with it?

Coconut oil facts:

  • Coconut meat is nutritious and rich in fiber and vitamins.
  •  Oil is made from the meat of coconuts.
  • The oil is slow to oxidize so does not get rancid as quick as other oils. Lasts up to 2 years.
  • The oil has a sweet nutty taste.

I know we have always been told that fat is bad for you!  But took at this country with all its low-fat craze. Americans levels of heart disease, obesity and cholesterol has increased at alarming rates.  We are doing something wrong!  Did you know there has been several studies on Asian and Pacific Island populations. These populations got the  majority of their caloric intake from saturated coconut oil and have demonstrated non-existent cardio vascular rates The word saturated fat has always sent me running in the opposite direction!  But researchers are saying not all saturated fats are created equal.  The key word being “created”.  Some fats occur naturally while others are artificially made in a process called Hydrogenation.  These man-made saturated fats are called trans-fats and are not good for you. Experts say hydrogenation does nothing good for your health except benefits shelf life which is good for corporate profits.

Here is the bottom line:

Hydrogenation = man-made saturated fats

Hydrogenation = trans-fats

saturated fats occurring naturally = good fats

saturated fat or man-made trans fats =bad fats

I am no researcher but I do read a lot.   I believe all the studies of tropical cultures where coconut oil has been consumed for thousands of years compared to short-term control studies, should carry some weight!

Many researchers believe coconut oils saturated fats actually provide health benefits!

  •  Improving heart health
  •  boosting your thyroid
  • increasing metabolism
  •  promoting a lean body
  •  supporting your immune system.

CAN WE DO IT!  CHANGE OUR BELIEFS?

 IS THE EARTH FLAT OR ROUND ?  YOU  DECIDE!

Do your reasearch for your health!

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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….

3. They taste…

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Pass the peas please!

Name of the game is fast snack on the go!  Now my personal disclaimer is if you have time and are not out on the go eating raw fresh fruits and veggies is the way to go!  Now after saying that I have 3 kids, work schedule, soccer and not to mention a carpool and I am a snacker.  I prefer to eat healthy but in between meals I search for snacks for “on the go” instead of reaching for junk food from a fast food restaurant.  My college student is also looking for healthy alternatives that does not require preparation for the dorm.

Todays review is called “CRUNCHIES 100% Organic Peas

 I know what your thinking but hang on!  BUT – If you’re gonna snack it might as well be nutritious.  These crunches are 100% Organic Peas, no wheat, gluten-free and only 7 grams of sugar.  They also contain 6 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein which will help you feel full.  They are only 104 calories per serving.  The peas manufacture claim that the  freeze-drying process maintains the enzymes and nutrients.

NOW for the real test “THE TASTE”  They are very crunchy and satisfy my need to crunch.  At first I thought they were  bland but the more I ate the more favorable they seemed. Now for me I always like to change things up!  I sprayed olive oil and added an italian seasoning on them and even my teenager loved them that way.  Do put too much oil or it will make them soggy.  These peas would be great added to salads or anything else you can think of.

Out of a rating from 1 -10, 10 being the best;  I rate this snack a 6.  My three kids rated them from a 2 -6.  My youngest would not even try them.  I know for me I want to feel good about what I am putting in my body and my kids need more convincing!

Happy Snacking – Share what you think!

National ‘Cook a Sweet Potato’ Day

National ‘Cook a Sweet Potato’ Day.

Who Knew A National Day for the sweet potatoSWEET!  Great food to include in your daily YUMMY!  Not high in calories and full of good stuff!  Here’s a quick recipe:

Roasted sweet potato & butternut squash Salad

1. cube 4 sweet potatoes and  1 small butternut squash & roast in oven at 350 degrees till just soft.

2. Mix in a separate bowl 1/8 tsp red crush pepper, coriander, and garlic.  1/4 tsp cinnamon and cumin, and a pinch of salt. Then mix dry ingredients well!

3.  Mix in a separate bowl 1 tbls olive oil and 1 tbls  honey.  Then mix in dry ingredients.

4. cool potatoes and squash cubes toss  with oil and spice mixture

5.  Last mix 1/ cup of crumbled feta cheese.

You can serve cold or warm and always be modifies by altering spices to your preference!   Try it !  It’s a great side for any meal or all by

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itself!

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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