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After School Snack

Doesn't this look delicious.  It reminds me of spring, and we are anxiously awaiting spring.   We had a few hours of sun yesterday and it was terrific. This an example of a balanced snack.  There were frozen strawberries that I defrosted.  Some mini-muffins, and a little plain yogurt for some protein.  The toothpick can be used to stab and dip…

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Fast food

On any given day, 30% of children will eat fast food! This is a 300% rise over the last two decades.  I could write 50 posts on this issue alone, because I am very passionate about this problem.  This trend contributes to childhood obesity and early onset of diabetes.  As a family, we eat fast food maybe three times a year or…

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The original fruit snack

We have been buying Stretch Island Fruit's fruit leather ever since I was able to find them at Costco.  For about 20 cents per fruit leather, it's right in my price range for snacking.  Each fruit leather is 100% fruit, equal to a full serving of fruit, and they don't add any sugar.  I put these in lunches, and take…

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Eating Soy

Sunday is Food quiz day.  Guess what power house of a food this is! So versatile. This bean can be eaten fresh, dried, as a milk, as a nut, as a cheese, as a flour, and as a meat. Fabulous source of protein. Fabulous source of calcium. Other nutrients very high in; potasium, phosphorus, and magnesium. Promotes heart health, digestive…

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Bonus Day: Buck Wheat

I just had to do one more day of grains because of my absolute devotion to grains.  But I found out this week that buckwheat isn't actually a grain. It's a fruit, with wheat-like characteristics!  Which makes it even that much better considering some people can not tolerate wheat products (It's so sad to me). I got a small bag…

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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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