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Daddy Does It RAW: Week 2 (Including Breakfast Smoothies)

Hey now y’all,

It’s Spicy Brown (aka Annett’s husband Byron ) with week two of Daddy does it RAW.  For those of you who missed week one you can click here to read how I’m taking over the kitchen for a couple of weeks!  That’s right tell all your husbands, maybe they’d like to see if they can take the challenge (at least to cook for their family for 1 week). I double dog dare them!  They can read how I did it last year for an entire month! (Just go to Events and scroll to Daddy Does It Raw, to see what I served up last year).   I’ve included breakfast smoothies this week, as well, for all you moms on the go. Hey, I know… school has started (can I get an amen!!!)  and it’s time to start the morning shuffle, bustle, and hustle.

So try these RAW meals for energy and vibrant health. Let me know what you think.

Week 2:

Breakfast Shakes/ Smoothies:

Day 1: Daddy’s Blueberry Protein Beast

3 cups of water

2 cups of blueberries (fresh or frozen)

1/2 of pitted dates

1 vanilla bean (scrape out the inside or a splash of vanilla extract)

Blend it up (We have a blend tec blender… the thing is stinking awesome) 
We like BNS Synth-6 protein powder (tastes really good without any after taste). 
Or, if you want to keep it “high raw” like me try Lifetime Life Basic plant protein.
  I happen to like the taste.  Annett thinks it has a funky after taste.   I happen to like funky! :)

Day 2: Mango Mad Daddy Delight

3 cups of ice water

1/4 cup of almonds

1/2 of pitted dates
splash of vanilla bean extract

2 fresh (or frozen) mangos, peeled, de-seeded, and cubed
Blend it baby!

Day 3: Cocoa Daddy Cool

1/2 banana

3 or 4 strawberries (with leaves and all if you have an awesome blender like ours if not take them off)

2 teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tablespoon of raw peanut butter (skip this if you are allergic you can use a nut free butter)

3 cups of ice and water

handful of raw spinach (while it gives it a dark green color you can’t taste the spinach. Spinach helps fight cancer, provides fiber, anti-inflammatory, lowers blood pressure, gives you a good dose of vitamins, minerals, good for skin and brain nerve function so you can be quick like the cheetah.  Just tell your kids it’s a “Shrek Smoothie when it’s green or a “Green Lantern Smoothie.)

Day 4: Father Peachy Cream

1 cup of diced peaches

1 cup of brazil nuts (or almonds)
1/2 of pitted dates

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

scoop of plant based protein powder


Day 5: Grand Daddy Shake Down

1 handful of raw spinach

handful of strawberries

1/2 banana

2 cups of almond or hemp milk (you can use soy too)


1/2 cup of water

splash of agave


Just to tempt you to try high raw, full blown raw, or vegetarian… Look at last weeks Big Daddy’s Lettuce Burrito Wraps!

Lunch/ Dinners:

Day 1: Japanese Miso-Shiitake Soup

3 tablespoons miso (white or brown)

1 cup of extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon of grated ginger

3 cups of warm water

3 cups of shiitake or oyster mushroom, sliced

2 tablespoons of nama shoyu or bragg liquid aminos
1 scallion chopped

Day 2: Sun Burger

2 stalk celery, chopped
1/4 yellow onion chopped
1/2 red peppers, chopped
1 teaspoon sea salt

2 teaspoons of fresh or dried oregano

1 cup of sunflower seeds, ground
1/2 of flax seed, ground

1/2 cup of water

Use lettuce to substitute for bread

Day 3: Marinated Portobello Steak and Brazil-broccoli mash with mushroom gravy

4 portabello mushroom, stems removed
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil

1/3 cup of Nama Shoyu

1 tablespoon finely chopped rosemary

Brazil-broccoli mach
1 clove of garlic
1 pinch of ground pepper
1 cup of brazil nuts
2 cups of chopped broccoli
blend in a food processor and pour over mushrooms

Day 4: Raw Zucchini Alfredo with Basil and Cherry Tomatoes

For the pasta:
Spiralized zucchini noodles (or just use a peeler)

Small chopped carrot

Sugar snap peas, cut in half (about 3/4 cup)

Baby tomatoes, halved (I used lots)

Fresh shredded basil

A small handful of chopped, sun-dried tomatoes
For the sauce:
1 ¼ cup cashews, soaked for a few hours (I just put them under water when I left for work in the morning)

¾ cup water

1 tsp agave

1/3 cup lemon juice

½ tsp sea salt

1 tsp miso
Toss! Enjoy.

Day 5: Lemon & Avocado Butter Lettuce Salad

2 heads butter lettuce
1 avocado
2 nori sheets
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup baby tomatoes

1 cup cashews, soaked 20 minutes
1/2 cup water
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon onion powder
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons nutritional yeast (optional)

Parmesan Cheese

1/4 cup macadamias

2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

1/4 teaspoon salt

Byron Davis, Pastor, Life Coach, Author

You can check Byron’s blog at www.ByronDavisOnline.com where he teaches you how to live Your Epic Life!

Sorry the formatting went nuts… Annett will work on it later..

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New Standards For Advertising Food To Kids

Last week a coalition of some of the nations largest food producers, including General Mills and Kellogs, revealed a plan to set new standards for foods that can be advertised to children.  The companies will now only advertise foods that meet a certain criteria.  They have agreed that  nutrition matters, to some degree, probably because of the rise in overweight and obese children in America, the government, and angry parents.

The goals they have set are better, but some say that they still are not good enough.  President Obama’s administration recommended stiffer standards, and the companies think those recommendations were not reasonable or realistic.  It seems that they believe their products need more salt, sugar, and fat to make the products taste good since they are processed (not real or whole).  The companies have decided that they will reduce the amount of sugar, salt, fat, and calories in products that they advertise to kids.  That is a good thing.  But will it be enough?

Today one out of three children are obese or overweight in the USA.  If things don’t change it has been predicted that this current generation will not outlive their parents.  Kids born after 2000 are in a horrible position, one-third of them will develop type 2 diabetes.  A lot of the other kids will get high blood pressure, have heart issues, asthma, and other obesity related diseases unless we change what they eat, drink, and how much they exercise.

The vice president and director of the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative said that “about one-third of products currently advertised to kids don’t meet the new nutrition criteria.”  The companies products must meet the new standards by December 31, 2013 or they cannot be advertised to kids.  :)

The foods that will be affected are in the following categories: prepared main dishes (like mac and cheese), dairy, soups, meal sauces, nut butters and spreads, meat, grains, fruit and veggies.  All the categories have their own criteria.  For instance, peanut butter cannot have more than 220 calories in 2 tablespoons, 240 mg of salt, 3.5 grams of saturated fat, and 4 grams of sugar.  If a juice product has added sugars it cannot be advertised to kids.

I am encouraged that these large companies are deciding to make the foods that they advertise to children “better” for them, but I guess I’m still concerned about what they are going to do with the foods that they don’t advertise.  Are the non-advertised foods still going to be high in sugar, salt, fat, and calories?  Why not revamp everything at the same time?  Another concern is are these changes enough?  There are a ton of other things going into manufactured foods like chemicals, preservatives, food coloring, arsenic, ammonia, etc… that aren’t good for our kids yet this stuff is still allowed to be in their/our food.  Again, I’m encouraged by new standards but is it enough?

As a concerned mom, what things would you like to see changed in manufactured foods?

Annett Davis

Annett Davis, Olympian & Founder of Fit Moms Fit Kids

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Fit Meals Monday

Weekend recap.  This weekend my volleyball partner and I played in our first volleyball event of the season together in Milwaukee. It was very strange, surreal in fact, because it’s the end of July and we just played in our first event together of the season.  Years past we would have played in at least 5 events by now.  We finished the weekend 2 & 2.  Not quite what we were hoping for, but God has his plans. Next weekend we’ll get to go to Chicago to play in another event.  We are hoping for a better weekend. So if you are in Chicago area stop by and say HI!  I’d LOVE to meet you.

What’s On Our Menu?

Meatless Monday- Asparagus Mushroom Risotto

Taco Tuesday-  Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Wednesday- Smokey Chipotle Chicken and Quinoa Hotdish

Thursday- Chicken Broccoli Pasta

Friday-Sunday out of town for our volleyball event in Chicago.

Annett Davis

Annett Davis, Olympian & Founder of Fit Moms Fit Kids

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The “In-N-Out Once-a-Month” Meal Plan

In-N-Out Baby

I try to teach my kids to make healthy choices regarding food. We eat mostly healthy and a little bit junky. When I say mostly healthy, I don’t mean extreme. We do eat sugar, gluten, meat, dairy, and processed foods, but we try to have balance.

Most mornings I make the kids a breakfast like oatmeal, Bull’s Eye (egg cooked into the middle of a piece of bread), scrambled eggs, Darth Vaders (english muffin toasted with cheddar cheese and fried egg in it – Darth Vader’s guts squeeze out from the egg when you bite into it), fruit, smoothies, pancakes, and the like. Sometimes they have cereal. On the weekends they usually have one breakfast of sugar cereal (but the wusssy kind like Gorilla Munch or some kind of Barbara’s cereals) and one breakfast of homemade pancakes, waffles, or french toast.

I really try and make sure they eat a good amount fruit and veggies – especially if they are going to have a treat. We have our share of mac ‘n cheese and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but they eat a lot of other stuff as well. And some nights they just go to bed without dinner because they don’t want to eat what I have made.

veggie snack pack

I make Elijah’s school lunch every day with a few exceptions – like when I don’t have my morning, lunch-making act together (once a month or so) and he gets to choose one day a month when he will eat total crap buy lunch at school. He chooses Friday’s French Toast sticks. And then there’s dad. Well, let’s just say he makes sure the kids are not junk deprived when they are on his watch.

Exhibit A: This is what dad bought for a 24-hour camping trip. Somebody help me.

Do you ever wonder what kind of food choices your kids will make when they get older? I do. Will they totally rebel and live on Cheetos and Diet Coke? Will they go more extreme in healthy eating and cut out all the bad stuff? Will they ever wash their hands after they go to the bathroom without being reminded . . . oh sorry. Different subject. Back to food.

I was pleased when Elijah recently told me his plans for how he will eat when he grows up and gets to eat whatever he wants:

“When I grow up I’m gonna have . . .
1. Burger King once every 5 months.” (He has never had Burger King.)
2. McDonald’s every 6 months. (He’s been there a handful of times.)
3. In-N-Out once a month. (We go there about once a month.)
4. Eat at home 5 time a week. (We probably go out to eat as a family or get takeout once or twice a week. Plus my mom usually takes me and the girls to lunch once a week, but Elijah is in school.)”

It will be interesting to see how this all pans out as he gets older . . . I can only teach him about nutrition and eventually it will be up to him. Just a Totally Desperate Mom doing the best I can. I try to have balance. I try not to be too extreme. I try not to cave into convenience at the expense of health. But I often wonder – Am I doing this right? Am I too extreme? Am I not extreme enough? Am I messing them up? Do I focus to much on teaching them about food stuff and monitoring what they eat?

girls eating veggies

Any other mamas have these thoughts running through their overloaded and mushy Totally Desperate Mom brains?

Wendy Hagen
Wendy Hagen, Author “Totally Desperate Mom: Keeping It Real In The Motherhood”

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