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Day 5: Whole Wheat

Ah, finally whole wheat.  My favorite grain.  The easiest grain to include in a healthy diet. So many ways, so little time. A few things we are good at; Whole wheat pasta (they'll eat it), whole wheat bread (easy). Baking with whole wheat (always). Cereal made with whole wheat (mostly easy. Come to find out most of the cereal in…

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Day 4: Brown Rice

I know I can add rice to lot's of things such as burritos and stir fry's, but I know my children well.  They don't like mixing rice with their food. They prefer it SEPERATE!! Whenever I tell them chicken and rice is for dinner, they always come back with, "OK, but not together, right???" We do add salt and butter. …

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Day 3: Rye

Matt 4:4 "It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone." I actually think I can!  I choose a restaurant based on their bread basket.  But because I try to obey God, I do eat other things.  However, I do not like rye bread.  I almost scrapped talking about this grain altogether. I just couldn't bring myself to try some Rye.…

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Day 2: Quinoa

Now you know if I don't like something, I probably won't make my kids eat it no matter how healthy it is. There are too many delicious foods out there that are healthy, why include the not so good ones. Life is too short. Quinoa (KEEN- WA) has a nutty, gritty flavor, that I'm not too familiar with. The best…

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Oat Cookies

We went on a trip to Lake Powell with my sister in law's family one year. We brought oatmeal to make for breakfast for us and the kids thinking it was an easy meal to pack.  My nephew, who was probably 9 or 10 said, "What are you eating?" I said, "Oatmeal." He said, "Oatmeal for Breakfast???" I said, "Of course! Don't you have…

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Sunflower Seeds

According to the "World's Healthiest Foods," this food is the most nutrient dense of all the nuts and seeds.  Can you guess what it is? 1/4 Cup has almost 100% of your Daily Value of Vitamin E A study showed "people with the highest intake of vitamin E from foods had 32% reduction in their rate of mental decline compared…

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Cinderella had it easy

I love to shovel snow off of my driveway.  I think it is exhilirating and accomplishing.  So most mornings I choose to shovel the driveway alone, missing a great opportunity for my kids to work, get some exercise, and spend time together.  This morning was the mother of all snow falls. I have no idea how much came down, but…

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What food group is chocolate in?

When I took my first nutrition class in college, I was taught the "four food groups".  Do you remember that? It seems like ages ago!  Then there was the "Food guide Pyramid"  And now of course is "MyPyramid.  Do your kids know about it?  My kids know MyPyramid better than they know their multiplication tables.  Mostly because the MyPyramid poster…

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A Better “Milkshake”

How can I do a blog about healthy eating without discussing the most popular healthy eating idea around? It's an American classic! It's as tasty as ice cream, yet as healthy as a fruit salad.  People have written entire books about them!  It's SMOOTHIES of course.  Just note, I do not follow recipes very often, so I can not give…

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Flavor up Oatmeal

Often my kids will tell people that they love oatmeal for breakfast.  People look at me with that "you are such a good mom" look in their eyes, and I glow with pride.  What I don't let my kids tell them, is that they will only eat "maple and Brown sugar" flavored oatmeal.  One packet of this contains 13 grams…

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