Are Agrochemicals Affecting Our Health?

We are seeing more and more articles like THIS ONE regarding our food supply.  How does this article make you feel?

Do you believe that our food is linked to our health?

How do you feel about Monsanto?

What are your thoughts on food transparency and labeling?

Let’s discuss.

 

 

 

Goji Berry Tea + Benefits and Other Uses

I’ve had really low energy this pregnancy and my brother-in-law Jared, who happens to be a gifted healer, suggested adding goji berries to my tea in the mornings and then eating them. They’ve become such a pleasure in my life that I had to share the benefits with you.  And don’t forget your kids.  Olivia and Joshua love goji berries!

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Native to the Himalayan Mountains, the goji berry has been used for thousands of years for both medicinal and culinary purposes.

A good protein source, these miracle berries contain 18 amino acids (including all of the 8 essential ones). They have a whole host of other vitamins (A, c, B-1, B-2, B-6 and E) and trace minerals including calcium, cooper, iron, phosphorus, selenium and zinc. They are rich in carotenoids that protect your vision, and antioxidants to repair your skin. They’ve also been shown to increase energy, athletic performance, help digestion and reduce stress and fatigue. They also have anti-aging and UV protecting properties. Need I say more?

How to incorporate them into your diet

  • Make a tea: add them to warm water or herb tea and then eat them after you drink it.
  • Enjoy them plain, in oatmeal or trailmix
  • Add them to homemade granola, scones and muffins
  • Use them for garnish: on shakes (try the ABC Shake), soups (amazing on pumpkin and butternut squash varieties) and in salads.

Important to note, while doing my research I came across some precautions with goji berries. They are in the nightshade family (with eggplants and tomatoes) and some people can be allergic, so monitor your reaction. They also tend be a high pesticide crop, so get yours from a reliable source. And lastly, it’s always good to check in with your care provider when adding new foods to your diet, especially when on prescriptions. These have been known to negatively effect those on blood thinners.

I’d love to hear, how are you using goji berries? And please link to your favorite recipes with them so that we can all enjoy!

The New Chipotle Ad is INCREDIBLE!

Whether you’re ordering the veggie burrito or steak, I think most of you will agree that over the years factory farming has become an incredibly cruel process that is both tragic for animals and our health.  Chipotle’s new, beautifully done ad cleverly depicts the manipulation of our current food labeling system.  “Natural” means nothing and the FDA continues to get heat for the lack of regulation.

To tout Chipotle a little further, a few months ago they announced plans to banish GMO foods from their restaurants, keeping with their mission statement of “food with integrity.”

Travel Food, Try This!

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Green salad w/cucumber dressing, wild mushroom soup, a side of ratatouille and citron tea.

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Veggie spring rolls, wild mushroom soup and ginger lemongrass tea.

Eating a nourishing meal while traveling is usually just a matter of being creative with your choices.  I’m all for the occasional indulgence, but like that clean, vibrant feeling that eating well provides.

When healthy options are lacking, create them!

  • Ask to have your entree grilled or steamed, light on oil
  • See if the chef can create a veggie platter for you
  • Ask for sauce to be light or on the side
  • Forgo sauce and season with a squeeze of lemon, olive oil and a pinch of salt
  • Go piece meal: Instead of ordering an entree, scan the appetizers, soups and salads. There are often healthy options that you can play around with to create your meal

I hope the yummy piece meal lunch photos I took while traveling over the weekend inspire you to eat delicious meals that make you feel great.  Note: I should have asked them not to bring the bread.  I didn’t eat it and it went to waste.  Other times I’ve eaten it all and suffered the results of my gluten intolerance.

Send me your other travel food thoughts.  I’m a sponge for this stuff!

Travel Snacks

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There’s nothing like feeling good and energized when you arrive to your destination.  However, on long car rides, trains, flights, and even at work, digestible food is hard to come by.  The best bet is to pack yourself a goodie bag of wholesome, energizing fresh foods that you love.  I like to pack organic fruits, homemade granola, seasoned nuts, gluten free muffins and seaweed snacks when I travel (my kids love all these things as well).  The fruits keep me refreshed and energized (to the best of my ability this pregnancy!), and the protein keeps me feeling full and stabilizes my blood sugars (I get dizzy easily if I don’t pay close attention to this).

En route to the Toronto Film Festival yesterday I packed spiced almonds (made by a lovely friend), fresh fruit and Sea Tangle Crisps with almonds.

Worm Composting Week 2: Ants

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We are in our second week with the worm composting bin. Naturally, the soil and food supply attracted some ants. While they do no harm to the bin, they are a nuisance, so I got rid of them.

Here are a few easy tricks.

  1. Wipe the bin and surrounding area with water and lemon juice or lemon oil. This will get rid of the ants and their scent trail.
  2. If the composting bin has legs, stick it in a tray of soapy water. I added lemon oil to mine because the ants dislike it.
  3. Ants like exposed food so stir the compost. I enlisted Joshua to help with this one. I also added some ground up leaves and a little extra dirt to help the process along.
  4. Make sure the soil is a little damp. It’s nice to have a spray bottle with water designated for the compost bin. Ants like a dry environment and the compost needs a little moisture to thrive anyhow.

Additionally, the CA temperatures have exceeded the ideal range for worms (which is 40-80 degrees F.) I have been keeping the bin shaded with a box. It seems to have helped and the worms are thriving.

I’d love to hear about your suggestions and experiences!

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