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Starting the Day off with Fresh Orange Juice

There is nothing like having a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice in the morning to start your kids day off with a great start. In fact, getting the kids involved in the making process will be create a fun morning exercise that will have them excited throughout their day. Exposing your kids to real food at an early age helps them fall in love with the taste of clean unprocessed food and sets a better eating habit for their life. Join us and make freshly squeezed orange juice with your little one(s):

  1. Carefully rinse Organic Oranges
  2. Tightly squeeze, roll the oranges firmly with the palm of your hand across the counter or table to soften them up.
  3. Slice the orange in half and remove the seeds
  4. Grip one of the orange halves tightly and squeeze it by hand, using a plain juicer to coax all the juice out or use a juice machine.
  5. Enjoy a yummy, cold glass of freshly squeezed, orange juice.

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#Organic spinach salmon pasta pizza.

Here is a fun food that is so healthy and versatile; it is a favorite in our home, it can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner with very little changes made to it. Our 7yr old and my wonderful husband (sssssssh) can’t get enough of it- It takes so little time to make this meal-We sometimes use quinoa or brown rice spaghetti

Ingredients- we used all organic ingredients.

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 plum tomato- diced
  • 1 small red onion -diced
  • 1 cup baby spinach-chopped
  • 1 small carrot –thinly sliced
  • ½ a pack of spaghetti –about 3 cups (boiled)
  • ¼ olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic-chopped
  • ½ a cup of left over grilled wild caught Alaskan salmon (leave this out for breakfast)
  • a pinch of sea salt, freshly ground black pepper and nutmeg to taste

 

Directions
In a large bowl, beat eggs, add tomatoes, onion, spinach, carrots, garlic, salt, pepper, nut meg, salmon and mix, add boiled spaghetti.

In a large 10-inch non-stick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add spaghetti mixture, spreading evenly and pressing down in pan. Cook until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Carefully invert onto plate, add a little more oil to the pan, and slide mixture back into skillet and cook the other side for 6 minutes. Turn out onto serving platter and cut into wedges and serve warm. If you are a pro at this you can toss over to change sides..

Feeding your family fresh wholesome foods can be as adventurous and fun as you want it to be- Hope you are having a good day.

Agatha
www.yummyspoonfuls.com

West Virginia becomes the battleground for a food revolution

Chef Jamie Oliver goes to Huntington, one of the most obese cities on the planet, to launch war on processed foods on ABC’s Food Revolution.
Wed, Mar 31 2010 at 11:36 AM EST
TIME FOR CHANGE: With Oliver’s help, Huntington may change from the nation’s most obese city to its healthiest. (Photo: jonnyvelvet/Flickr)
A 2008 report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that Huntington, W. Va., was the most obese city, in the most obese region, in the most obese country in the world. West Virginians in the area lead the nation in frequency of heart disease and diabetes. The release of this statistic was devastating to a culture already stereotyped as “backwards” and “ignorant,” and was hardly welcome publicity for the state. It was this statistic, however, that drew the attention of British chef and health advocate, Jamie Oliver. In 2005, Oliver started the “Feed me better” campaign, which gained government support to help English schoolchildren to make better food choices. He plans to undertake a similar food revolution in the United States, and Huntington is his battleground.
Two weeks ago, ABC launched the premiere of Oliver’s reality TV show, Food Revolution. Oliver sets up base in Huntington to launch an attack on processed foods in elementary school lunches. His theory is that if children are trained early to eat healthy food, they will maintain a healthy lifestyle for the rest of their lives.
As can be expected, Oliver faced a great deal of opposition initially. He was stepping on dangerous territory, and many West Virginians felt that by pointing out the flaws of their food culture, Oliver was implying that they were dumb or ignorant. Oliver, on the other hand, wants this area to be proud that the food revolution began in their town. Huntington, he says, is more than just a statistic, it is a “town, a community, a family,” and he hopes to plant a seed of change that will spread far beyond the setting of the reality TV show.
I admit I was nervous about how the community of Huntington might be presented, but I was incredibly pleased and even inspired by the show’s first episode. Though the show takes place in Huntington, it is very clear that the revolution is aimed at American food culture in general and not just West Virginia. Oliver’s war is not against the habits of one town in particular, but against America’s continued reliance on and acceptance of processed foods. As Oliver goes through a Huntington elementary school’s kitchen, where frozen pizza, frozen chicken nuggets and instant mashed potatoes dominate the menu, he actually begins to get emotional about how far we have removed ourselves from the elements that nourish our bodies. Oliver refers to the school’s freezer as, “an Aladdin’s cave of processed crap.” The sad thing is, elementary school freezers across the nation are probably practically identical to the one in Huntington.
Jamie Oliver’s revolution is a bold social statement that begs us as a nation to take control of what we put into our bodies. What is most brilliant about his initiative is that Oliver meets with individual families and people to start a sort of grassroots revolution. One by one, he is making people understand that although processed foods are accepted by our culture, they are not healthy.
I hope that one day in the near future, Huntington, W. Va., will stand as a proud example of health and vitality. Food Revolution is more than just a reality TV show; it is a social experiment that you don’t want to miss. You can catch new episodes Friday evenings on ABC, or check out the website for episodes that have already aired.

Your Wealth &Your Health. Is your baby getting a healthy start in life?

What is on your table?

The global scientific community has constantly acknowledged the negative and at times long lasting effects of small doses of pesticides and other agricultural chemicals on people, especially during the early stages of development as a fetus and during infancy. These pesticides and other agricultural chemicals release toxins into our systems whose effects are still being studied and about which the scientific community finds little consensus due to the lobbying activities of some of the great multinational corporations, whose businesses might be negatively affected in case all the scientific evidence comes to light. So with all this evidence that is constantly being released why is organic food not on every table?

 I grew-up on a predominantly organic lifestyle and I can still vividly remember the reaction I got from my very first chemical grown apple. I got a swollen tongue; there was fluid in my ear drums that caused me to lose my balance thus couldn’t drive and flu like symptoms. After numerous visits to my doctor’s office, to a cardiologist I was finally sent to see an allergist who then figured out I was allergic to pesticides.  I was stumped to say the least; I knew pesticide was used to kill inserts etc. I innocently asked the doctor if someone could have sneaked it into my food. The Dr simple asked me to list all what I had eaten the past couple of weeks, it was easy since at that point I had only bought apples and rice from the super market (still had my food from home my mami made) and she said it is the apples…..little did I know that pesticide was also used in the preservation of food…. That was almost 18 years ago.

We all know organic costs a bit more but I personally believe the benefits outweigh the difference in cost. My experience with the “pesticide-sprayed” apple resulted in about 3 weeks of school and work absence, and about 6 different doctors’ offices co-pays.  I could have saved time, anxiety, and tons of money in co-pays alone!

 You would be surprised to find out how affordable eating organic can be. The key is to try and eat seasonal as much as possible because produce is always cheaper when in season. Other ways of cutting costs include: buying from your local farmers market, joining a local CSA* or a local co-op,  and MOST IMPORTANTLY  avoid  shopping the big name grocery stores for organic foods, that is where you truly throw your $$$$ out the window.

 Also, buying organic helps you prioritize a whole lot better. You don’t buy as much nonsense and junk food and you don’t waste so much. Believe me, when you pay more for your food, you will make use of EVERY item you buy. Society has   trained us to always overindulge, people don’t usually eat because they are hungry they eat because they can afford to buy it. When you buy a $1 bag of chips, you feel free to ingest the whole bag in one sitting because it’s cheap. But when you spend $3-4 on a bag of chips, trust me you will make it last the WHOLE week. Changing your diet and household products to organic can seriously reduce allergies and eczemas and thus reduce the number of doctor’s visits. Therefore at the end of the day, organic is good for your wallet, good for the environment and most importantly good for the health of your family.

Here is the list of the top 10 foods containing the most pesticides, according to the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit research group based in Washington, DC.

If you cannot buy organic versions of these foods, you can still evade harm by looking for an alternative that contains the same valuable vitamins and minerals.

The List:

  • Strawberries

  • Bell peppers

  • Spinach

  • Cherries

  • Peaches

  • Mexican cantaloupe

  • Celery

  • Apples

  • Apricot

  • Imported grapes

If you need more scientific facts on why organic produce is better than pesticide-sprayed goods, please click on the link below:
http://www.yummyspoonfuls.com/why_organic.htm

 

Moving forward into the twenty-first century, humanity must make strides to live better, not only in a technological sense, but more importantly in a culinary sense – making wise food choices.  The smartest savings account you can set up for yourself and/or your family exists in your refrigerator, not your local bank, contrary to popular belief.  When you eat right, you are on the way to saving right, because what ever savings you amass over the years will not be used to combat diseases caused by a lifetime of poor food choices.  To achieve this goal, things just cannot be business as usual – we have to be drastic in our resolve to eat right, and save right.  Your health is really your wealth.

  

*CSA =Community Supported Agriculture where you buy a farm share and get a box of produce every week.

 

“A Nation is only as healthy as its children.”
– Harry Truman