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Steps to remove wax and dirty film from your fruits.

Cleaning fruit – fill sink with water, add 1 Cup apple cider vinegar, mix. Add all fruit and soak for 10 minutes. Water will be dirty and fruit will sparkle with no wax or dirty film. Great for berries too – keeps them from molding.

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What is in season in July..Eating healthy on a budget..

Here is what is in season in JULY, the abundance of the crop usually makes it less expensive and oh boy it also taste a lot better. If you have never been to a local farmers market  you should try and make a trip, nothing taste better than freshly harvested  produce from a local farm.  Want to save money and eat more healthy organic foods on a budget then become a seasonally eater.. I try and avoid buying out of season produce, only exception would be frozen items.. The reason being that out of season produce are either imported or grown in a hot-house and in both instances they don’t taste as good as my locally grown..

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Vegetables

  • Arugula
  • Beet
  • Bell peppers
  • Corn
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Kohlrabi
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Rhubarb
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini

Fruits:

  • Apricots
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Melon
  • Mulberries
  • Nectarines
  • Passion fruit
  • Peaches
  • Pineapple
  • Plums
  • Strawberries

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11 vegetables for kids, our boys favorites.

Nutrition research shows that eating a diet rich in fresh vegetables reduces the risk of many chronic diseases.  Vegetables provide a wealth of nutrients that are very critical for optimal health. They contain the necessary essential fatty acids, minerals, vitamins and trace minerals our kids needs to build a strong immunity, which is the best defense against diseases.                                                bountiful-harvest

The way vegetables are prepared has everything to do with the nutrients your kids are getting; they should be very minimally processed. Try avoiding canned/jars/pouch if possible since the heating that is part of the canning process destroys many vital nutrients, frozen are a good option is fresh is not available. Do not overcook your veggies when you steam (never boil) it at home. When it comes to vegetable my philosophy is that if it grows in a clean soil we can eat it but below are our kids all time favorites..

Here are 11 top nutritious vegetables that our boys LOVE.

  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Carrots
  • Collards
  • Broccoli
  • Peas
  • Chard
  • Winter squash
  • Brussels sprout
  • Dandelion greens
  • Sweet potato

All dark green leafy greens you can lay your hands on at your farmers market are also great. When we use lettuce at home I make sure it is romaine since they turn to be more nutritional then any other variety.

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A well stocked pantry is the best form of preventive medicine!!

“A well stocked pantry is the best form of preventive medicine known to man” With the kids at home for summer break having healthy wholesome foods, snacks and treats readily available is a sure way to getting them eat healthy.

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A well-stocked pantry is invaluable especially during the summer break with a house full of kids. It is very easy to get the kids to eat healthy if healthy is the only choice they have at home. My husband and I keep a ‘junk’ free house and our boys are used to eating what we have at home since we don’t stock conflicting options…

From raw nuts, popcorn kennels, homemade dried fruits and vegetables (we use a small food dehydrator), whole fruits like apples, banana, oranges, kiwi, peaches, homemade muffins sweeten with maple syrup or applesauce just to name a few we have them handy at home.

Hope you take the time to prepare a healthy summer for you and your family and that starts with a well-stocked pantry..

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Obesity and poor nutrition the new global threat????

I am not sure why obesity and poor nutrition  is just now being considered a new threat, this issue has been impacting our immediate communities and the world at large for decades. The frustrating part about the ‘NEW’ epidemic is that these are both very preventable issues that can so easily be corrected with a change of our  food supply and a little education..

For a nation with as many diet related diseases it makes you wonder if this is economics driven.. The good news is that parents are slowly becoming AWAKEN and taking nutrition more seriously, it is becoming more apparent that the CURE is not in the bottom of any pills bottle but in the food we eat.

It is nice to see that the United Nations is taking a step to address this issue:

The UN’s food agency on Tuesday said obesity and poor nutrition weigh heavily on the global economy and told governments that investing in food health would bring big economic as well as social returns.

Lost productivity and spiralling health care bills linked to obesity cost the world economy around $1.4 trillion a year (1.1 trillion euros), the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said.

Improving nutrition would boost earnings, “with a benefit-to-cost ratio of almost 13 to 1,” it said, adding that some 1.4 billion people in the world are now overweight and a third of them are obese. Read the full article here

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Agave a threat to our health?

Despite the fact that  agave is being marketed  as a healthy alternative it poses a very real  threat especially to the diabetic population. Yes it is true that we eat too much sugar in the United States and drastically need to reduce this anyways.

The problem is this myth that has been marketed for so long that somehow ‘processed’  can also be ‘wholesome’  is ridiculous.  We have to really start paying serious attention to the foods we feed our bodies and that of our children because our health depends on it.

If you are not looking at the wholesome form of a product, in this case agave raw plant you have to research it to find out the process it was used to create the final product etc . I personally have a total dislike and distrust for any food that has been overly processed  knowing that they are always economic driven and not nutritive, there are good companies out there making commercial foods that are good for us and the planet, we have to seek  out and support them. Don’t take your hard earn money and buy death, let it find you accidentally.

The Glycemic Research Institute announced that they have halted and banned all future clinical trials of agave, and legally “de-listed” and placed a ban on agave for use in foods, beverages, chocolate and any other products, due to results of 5 years of human in-vivo clinical trials on agave. Additionally, they have warned that manufacturers who produce and use agave in products can be held legally liable for negative health incidents related to ingestion of agave.
Read full article here

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The illusion of what is ‘junk’ food

The diet of the average American child consists of overly processed foods that typically has been ‘manufactured’ and sitting in a warehouse for years

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Countless scientific studies have concluded that many of the disorders that commonly affect children of the new millennium have a dietary component due to a deficiency of important nutrients they need to grow into healthy adults.  Parents usually believe that poor diet is typically associated with only ‘cheap’ ‘junk’ food but that is so far from the truth.

As parents we have to be more mindful of the ‘dead food’ diet, the illusion of  ‘health’ these ‘foods’ that has been sitting on the shelves indefinitely provides is a threat to our kids health.  Keep in mind that most processing of food is needed for economic and  not nutritive  reasons, foods that were once healthy when freshly harvested usually ends up  with little or no  nutrients left after excessive processing.

Feed your babies foods that are very minimally processed and free of harmful toxins, their health depends on it

Cheers
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Did you know fresh healthy food actually cost less than unhealthy food?

As a society we have been made to believe that healthy foods cost more, and that junk food AKA fast food though unhealthy cost a lot less, convenience and cost has been the two greatest allure to the masses.

Well think again, get ready to be either furious for finding out you have been paying too much money for very little or pleasantly surprise about finding out the truth and not fall prey to big company deception.

Making your own food at home is always the cheapest route and depending on what you are making the healthiest. If you must buy food make sure you are getting your monies worth, there are better options out there, do due diligence to the food you eat and feed your family like your lives depends on it because it does.
Thanks to the New York Times for this detail price comparison between McDonald’s and home cooked meal.  click  here for details

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Homemade Organic butternut squash pancakes- Baby and adult friendly recipe

Amazing Fall butternut squash pancakes made with our Creamy Yummy butternut squash.

1 heap cup of flour (we used Ezekiel flour made with sprouted grains)
2 happy eggs (organic pastured eggs)
¼ cup almond milk (add more or less base on your consistency)
1 cup Yummy Spoonfuls creamy yummy butternut squash (you can also use sweet potato)
1/8 aluminum free baking powder

A dash of freshly ground Nutmeg or vanilla

Grape seed oil to fry

Toping: Mixed homemade fruit slow cook in raw butter and grade B maple syrup

There is a huge difference between feeding to fill-up a child and feeding to nourish a child

‘I don’t do what I do for money or fame; I do it because it is the right thing to do. From my own childhood and now as a mother I know we are truly what we eat. Helping parents understand the direct connection between the food they feed their precious babies and their health is my soul’s purpose. There is a huge difference between feeding to fill-up a child and feeding to nourish a child, when we understand this difference then we will begin to address some common diet related childhood diseases. Fame and money are welcome extra benefits, we can all make money while keeping our kids healthy’ Agatha Achindu Chief Yummy Officer Yummy Spoonfuls