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Fit Meals Monday- No I’m Not A Vegetarian Yet Edition


Hi Fit Moms! First, I want to remind you that we have a giveaway going on right now.  If your kids like Thomas the Train, check it out.  This Trackmaster has a $75 retail value.  Click here to try and win!

Now to my favorite part, the food! This week we are doing a lot more vegetarian meals.  No I am not becoming a vegetarian, or a vegan, nor are we going to eat all raw.  I’ve just had a taste lately for veggies.  And I’ve watched some films over the last year that make me think that more veggies and much less meat is the best way to go.

One of the films that I highly recommend that you watch is called Food Inc.  If you have Netflix you can watch it instantly!  Here’s a link to a short video that talks about the movie.  Another movie that I saw recently was called Forks Over Knives.  It’s another great one that’s making me re-think the amount of meat my family consumes.  Here’s a link to a post I wrote that has the video trailer of the movie in it.

I don’t want to have a meat debate here, but I do know one thing, our S.A.D diet in America (Standard American Diet)  has been slowly killing us.  I believe it’s time for ALL of us Fit Moms to rethink what we are putting into our bodies, and our kids bodies.  Check out those films on Netflix or get the dvd’s and let me know what you think.

Speaking of eating more veggies.  This week I’ll be trying some new recipes.  Eggplant Parmesan in the slow cooker for one!  I found a blog called “A Busy Moms Slow Cooker Adventures” and found an eggplant parmesan recipe that sounds good and easy.  She has a Slow Cooking Through The Holidays theme going on right now, which I think is EXCELLENT!  A great way to not stress out.  Just make sure you check the ingredients and always think about how you can make things more healthy if they aren’t already.  Her traditional Turkey Breast in the slow cooker looks GREAT!  Check out the site if you need great slow cooking ideas to help you de-stress.  :)

What’s For Dinner?

Most of the meal titles are links! Click them to check out the recipe!

Meatless Monday- Eggplant Parmesan in the Slow Cooker!

Taco Tuesday- Healthy Mexican Taco Bake

Wednesday-  Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

Thursday- Crustless Asparagus Veggie Quiche

Friday-  Leftover Buffet

Simple Saturday- Sub Sandwiches… my son LOVES Submarine Sandwiches I’ll make whatever he likes.

Sunday- Vegan Mac and “Cheese” with Veggies

What Are YOU Having this week?

Annett Davis

Annett Davis, Olympian & Founder of Fit Moms Fit Kids

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An 11 year old tells us “What’s Wrong With Our Food System”


Hmm….which would you choose?? Seems like a no brainer to me.

Birke Baehr, a homeschooled 11 year old boy talks about “What’s Wrong With Our Food System”.  This is something your kids should see!  He’s spot on!  I hope Birke inspires you!

For another great post on food…read our Organic Mom Lori Riva’s post on “corn, corn, everywhere”

Another post my hubby wrote was on Food Inc. if you haven’t seen it you MUST!! You can get it on Netflix instantly, I highly recommend doing that (adults please screen it first if you are thinking about letting your kids see it) or you can buy it in our store.

Hey Kids!  What do you think about our food system?  What can your family do to eat not the good, but the “best” for YOU?

Annett Davis, Olympian & Founder of Fit Moms Fit Kids

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healthy organic animal fats


Here’s the skinny on fats: your body needs fat to survive. Fat is a vital nutrient to good health.

So, when crafting your diet, be sure to include fats. Good fats.

What’s that, you say? No such thing as healthy animal fats.

Well, there is….there is such a thing as healthy animal fats. And those healthy fats are not found in conventional animal products.

Turns out that conventional animal fats — meat and dairy — are toxic storehouses.

Why?

Because organochlorines — the scientific name for pesticides and such — are water insoluble, and attracted to fats.

So, that means that whatever toxins I eat — whatever toxins animals eat — those organochlorines resist digestion, resist excretion, and are stored in fat cells, fat cells bloated with toxins and chemicals and pollutants and pharmaceuticals.

And then those organochlorines set up residence, and are interacting, interfering and, sometimes, even controlling, your endocrine system.

And this little gem: modern factory farming practices, which enable a farmer or rancher to raise more animals, more quickly, rely heavily on synthetic hormones, toxic chemicals and antibiotics…which are then ingested by you and me. Ah…nothing like trading your health so that the meat packing industry can increase its bottom line.

For these reasons, in switching to organics, you might prioritize your animal products . Look for meats that are free-range and raised without antibiotics, bonus points if the animals were raised on organic feed.

Plus, hey, guess what? Just so happens that when cows eat grass, as God intended, the beef is rich in Omega 3′s, conjugated linoleic acid, plus vitamins A and E. That is healthy eating.

Milk products would be next – switching, at the very least, to milk, cheese and butter with no growth hormone rBGH. Better yet, switch to organic milk products from cows which graze on grass. Some would suggest, however, the very best would be to drink and eat raw milk products from a safe and reliable source.

And check out the benefits of free range eggs :

• 1/3 less cholesterol
• 1/4 less saturated fat
• 2/3 more vitamin A
• 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
• 3 times more vitamin E
• 7 times more beta carotene

Now THAT makes a breakfast for champions.

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Ground Beef Tacos

- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 or 2 bell peppers, diced
- 5 or 6 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 cup of salsa
- Celtic sea salt, to taste
- black pepper, to taste
- 2 tsp. dried oregano or za’atar
- 1 tsp. cumin

In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, brown ground beef with all veggies and spices, saving out the salsa. When meat is browned, and veggies are soft, add salsa, and bring to a boil. Then, reduce heat, and simmer until all the liquid is absorbed and/or evaporated.

Serve immediately with warm corn tortillas, grated cheese, shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, sour cream, and salsa.

Optional: While the beef is browning, add a cup of fresh, chopped tomatoes for extra flavor.

NOTE: It has been my experience that organic ground beef (80/20) does not render liquid fat when browning. That is, I have never had any fat to drain off the pan with this, or other, recipes.

Lori Rivas, organic homeschooling mama to 4 great kids

Photo credits:

Photo by Weslie and Chelsey Totten

cow image from: mothercow.org/oxen/grass-to-milk.html
butter image from: foodchannel.com/stories/1173-help-i-bought-unsalted-butter-by-mistake
chicken image from: ehow.com/how_5137846_raise-organic-range-chickens.html
taco image from: ahintofhoney.blogspot.com/2010/02/ground-beef-tacos-with-homemade-taco.html

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corn, corn, everywhere


“Imagine what it would be if, as a national policy, we said
we would be only successful if we had fewer people going
to the hospital next year than last year?
The idea then would be to have such nutritionally dense,
unadulterated food that people who ate it actually felt
better, had more energy and weren’t sick as much
… now, see, that’s a noble goal.”
– Joel Salatin, owner/farmer of Polyface Farms in Virginia,
from the movie Food, Inc.

I love that quote.

I love that quote because it elevates my food choices above saving money. It inspires me to choose only real foods, not bargain foods.

Because which foods are typically cheaper? Junk foods. Processed foods. Corn- and soy-based foods which are a detriment to good health.

Does it help to know that crappy foods are artificially cheap because of farm subsidies for corn and soy, which are in EVERYTHING? No? Doesn’t help? How about this: your tax dollars make processed food cheap. Mmmm…that’s a warm, fuzzy feeling.

King Corn

I must tell you, I don’t like shopping. And I especially hate bargain shopping, because, I find — and we all know this is intentional marketing — sales prompt me to buy things I don’t need. Do you ever look at food coupons that way? Just a ploy to hook you onto a new product, so you’ll return and buy it again and again?

I suggest that you forgo coupon shopping in your groceries — just try it for a week or two. And, then, instead of buying “what is on sale,” or “what is in bulk,” buy food that is nutritionally dense. I think you’ll be surprised at how much healthier your kitchen will become.

Oh, but it is tough to pass on those weekly specials that promise to save you “time and money.” And with a double coupon, why, we are lead to believe we are practically throwing away money not to take advantage of such deals.

But it is not money you are throwing away…it is your health, and that of your kids. Seriously, man up, and resist the temptation. Save your money elsewhere.

Join me, and skip the corn- and soy-enhanced foods, and choose real foods. Buy the simplest of ingredients. Cook from scratch. And may we all strive for the noble goal of feeding ourselves and our families really good food.

Homemade, corn-free soda

- sparkling mineral water
- juice concentrate

Reconstitute the juice concentrate with sparkling mineral water, instead of drinking water. Usually, you will require less juice concentrate than normal. I make this by the glass, so that I can preserve the bubbles of the mineral water in the original container.

Lori Rivas, organic homeschooling mama to 4 great kids

photo credits:
Photo by Weslie and Chelsey Totten

sparkling juice from: http://www.thenibble.com/zine/archives/fizzy-lizzy.asp

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