Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Meal Plan-3/25/12

I am meal planning again.  This time I am including breakfast, lunch & dinner cause I feel like I am full speed ahead from the time I wake up until the kids are asleep.  As if I didn't feel that way before (eyes rolling).  Let's see how long this lasts ;P

Breakfast-Cereal and monster juice
Lunch-PB&J on pitas with fruit for kids.  Mega salad for me
Dinner-Soba noodles with a homemade peanut sauce (that I kind of made up) and lots of veggies

Breakfast-Overnight oats (If you haven't tried these...GO NOW AND MAKE THEM FOR TOMORROW MORNING!)  They are SOOO delicious and my kiddos have learned to love them too!  If you don't have the chia seeds that the recipe calls for then just omit them and lower the milk to 2/3 c instead.  But, put them on your store list for next shopping trip cause they have amazing health benefits for you!
Lunch-Whole wheat mini bagels with PB&J and fruit for kids, mega salad and Manna bread with coconut oil spread on top for me.
Dinner-Pizza (since I forgot to set the crock pot on HIGH for our refried beans-UGH!)

Breakfast-Cereal for kids, "Rips Big Bowl" for me.
Lunch-Hummus with apple slices & carrots, yogurt & granola for kids.  Toasted Ezekiel bread topped with hummus, red bell peppers, sprouts, tomato, shredded carrot & avocado for me. 
Dinner-Refried bean tacos (take 2!)

Breakfast-Whole wheat bagels and monster juice
Lunch-Scrambled Eggs and fruit
Dinner-Pasta with veggies

Breakfast-Cereal for kids and Rips Big Bowl for me and carrot/beet juice
Lunch-Leftover pasta noodles, slices of cucumbers, carrots and tomato.  Edamame.  Apple sauce and whole wheat pretzels for kids (eating at school). 
Dinner-Veggie burgers for me, organic, grass-fed beef burgers for kids

Breakfast-Mighty muffins and monster juice
Lunch-Apple sandwiches with granola
Dinner-Salad, Manna bread & Quinoa Waldorf salad 

Breakfast-Whole wheat waffles and monster juice
Lunch-Quinoa waldorf salad left overs
Dinner-Whole wheat pizza turnovers with LOTS of veggies and goat cheese...or out to dinner depending on how I feel :)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Food Films

I've said it before, and I'll say it again.  I'm very obsessed passionate about food, where it comes from, how we can eat better to save ourselves from disease and what crap the government has allowed to be added to food.  Or should I say the "food-like substances" that line our grocery store shelves. 

It all started back when I was in high school, I guess.  I remember seeing girls developing so early and thinking that there has to be something different going on to bring such dramatic changes in girls so young.  I remember hearing that they were adding growth hormones and antibiotics to meats and dairy and it clicked.  That HAD to be some of the reason. 

I went through college drinking beer and consuming massive amounts of food that I had no business eating.  But, hey, I was in college and what are you gonna do?  It probably wasn't until I met my husband that I began to really think about food again and really start researching what was going on.  Once I became pregnant and had Kaiden that's when I really dove into watching what we were eating.  About 2 years ago I watched Food, Inc. and that was it.  It changed me forever.  Now I can't turn a blind eye.  In the words of Robyn O'Brien, "I can't unlearn all that I have learned up to this point."  It often consumes me. 

I'll step off my soap box now.  But, if you are interested in looking into the subject more, there are plenty of books and documentaries on the subject.  Here are a few that I have watched that are worth a look:

*Food, Inc.-This is the MUST see movie on the subject.  Start here and see how you feel about food after watching.  I go back every once and awhile to re-watch it.  It reminds me why I feed my family the way I do. 
*Forks Over Knives-Great flick connecting the consumption of animal products with different diseases.  Although I haven't gone completely vegan/vegetarian (as I do believe everything is okay in moderation) I have held firm to my 80% rule.  Including animal products in my diet only about 20% (or less) of the time.  It's not as hard as it may seem!
*Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead-Great, great flick on reversing disease with diet.  Joe does a juice fast for 60 days and it's remarkable to see the changes he goes through. Watch for free on Hulu.
*Hungry for Change-You can watch this for free right now until March 31 on their site.  Go here to register to watch.  Great flick about the affects of different food items on your health.  Go watch.  Now.
Two Angry Moms-Watch two mom's take on the horrendous school lunch program.  Watch for free on Snagfilms.com
Supersize me-An oldy but a goody.  Morgan eats McDonald's for 30 days.  Exclusively.  It's gross what happens to his health.  Just gross.  Watch for free on Snagfilms.com
King Corn-Two guys set out to see where our corn comes from, how it is subsidized by the government and a look into Monsonto's monopoly on corn. 
Chow Down-How food is linked to diseases like heart disease, diabetes and cancer and how it can be reversed just by changing our diets.  Free on Hulu.
*Tapped-A look into the bottled water industry and it's effect on the environment and health.  Free on Hulu
Processed People-Free on Vimeo
Earthlings-This movie looks at all animals that are used for food, entertainment, clothing, etc. and the industry's perception of them being "disposable" instead of treating them as God's beautiful creatures that should be respected.  It's narrated by Joaquin Phoenix who is a vegan.  This one is VERY graphic.  You have been warned. I think I watched this free on You Tube.
Food Matters-Free on Vimeo
The Future of Food-All about GMO food and Monsanto taking over the world.  Free on Hulu or Snagfilms
*Dying to Have Known-A look into Dr. Max Gerson's treatment for diseases (specifically cancer) and how we can cure them with diet.  Free on Snagfilms
*The Gerson Miracle-Another look into Max Gerson's diet related cures of major disease including cancer.  Free on Snagfilms.

So there you have it!  Enjoy!

*denotes some of my favorites and would consider these to be MUST sees!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Candy Overload

We recently got back from a month long excursion in Arizona visiting hubs.  February has always been my most favoritest (totally a word) in Arizona.  Seventy degree days, shorts, t-shirts, parks, flip flops, and of course, my hubby.  It all makes my heart smile. 

Anyways, we came home yesterday and are already back to our old schedule.  Although I don't even want to think about unpacking my FOUR suitcases!  The kids went back to school today after missing the whole month of February.  Boy was Kaiden excited to see his old friends.  Madelyn...well, she could care less at this point but she seemed to be fine after a rough morning.  But, thanks to the teachers they saved the kids Valentine's Day bags full of cards and "goodies" from their classmates. 

I was able to confiscate both the bags before giving them to the kids.  Cause somehow I just knew that there would be all kinds of "treats" that wouldn't come close to meeting my approved list.  And, sure enough, I was right!  This is what I confiscated out of both kids bags:

Ugh.  Is there not a holiday that can be celebrated without feeding crap to our kids?!?!?  All this Red 40, Blue 1, Yellow 5 & 6, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Starch, Sugar, Dextrose and enriched flour is enough to make my blood boil and my kid's heads rotate 360 degrees.  Poltergeist style.  It's infuriating.  Not to mention that when I picked Madleyn up today she had a white powder all over her mouth.  When I asked her what she had for snack today (the parents rotate bringing snacks for the kids) she said she had donuts.  And apple juice.  Sigh. 

From here on out I will be sending my kids to school with an "alternate" snack for the teacher to grab for them if the snack brought in doesn't meet my desirable snack list.  I am willing to be a little flexible here, but donuts?  Fruit snacks FILLED with every dye imaginable?  No wonder our children may be the first generation to live shorter life spans than their parents. 

By the way, my kids didn't even know that all this candy was in their bags before I took it all out and had a BLAST opening up their cards and playing the the other trinkets in there like plastic rings, slinkies, pencils, bubbles and tattoos.  Proof enough that all the other crap in there is completely NOT NECESSARY!