Food on Friday

Food Food Food….

We are an obsessed world about food!

We worry about feeding the poor yet we waste more than we ever have in history.  Have you ever gone by a restaurant or grocery dumpster at the end of the day!?

There are boxes and boxes of items in stores labeled and advertised as “food”…..but what are they really?  Can you read any of the ingredients?

There is an amazing history behind how wacky and far removed “food” has become from real FOOD!  The kind grandma and grandpa use to put on the table.  The kind of food that took time….real time to prep and appreciate.

Now we live in a time where there is a food war of what is the best quality…organic or non-organic….beans or no beans….rice or no rice….milk or no milk…..plant based…animal based…..ugh!

It is all exhausting for so many, but it is also exciting.

Exhausting for a a family trying to eat good healthy food on a limited budget.

Exciting because awareness is opening up eyes and consciences about WHAT REAL FOOD IS!

So here is my take….how I manage the hurtle of keeping costs down as well as instilling all I have learned over the last 7 years….and trying to not get freaky about it.

First….NO processed junk in our house!  A boxed meal DOES NOT EVER enter into our home!

ALL single ingredient food:  meat, fruit, veggies, nuts, coconut milk, other non-dairy milk, spices, oils (no vegetable,…junk oils), vinegar, beans, rice, nut flours, tea, coffee, seeds….you get the idea.

If on the occasion I have something in our pantry that is from a box: granola, rice crackers, etc…..they have to have just a handful of ingredients and I have to be able to understand them….ie: oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, molasses….or rice, salt, potato starch….

Okay so back to how I shop….

First….especially if a person isn’t going to eat organic then at least take a good pre/probiotic to encourage healthy gut flora!

FRUITS AND VEGGIES

I really try to not get freaky about it.  I strive for the dirty dozen, clean 15 list.  Especially celery!!!  But no matter what….organic or non-organic….I rinse all of them off in a vinegar bath….even the thick peeling fruits and veggies.  This bath helps ensure any bugs or toxins from ground to store are removed.  As far as organic….I look at if it has a really thick skin (oranges, bananas, avocados) then I will go for sales…try not to worry about organic.  I would love to do 100% organic but I have to be practical and respectful to my husbands income as well as our entire families needs. This is where the probiotics really become important.  So something a person can wager is what is the cost difference of buying a good probiotic and quality multi-vitamin with greens to supplement not going 100% organic?  Basically would 100% organic actually cost less or about the same…..because good quality supplements aren’t cheap!!

I do shop only the sales for the produce…..and then add a handful of our mainstays…..and luckily the stores are becoming more and more aware of the want and push for organic….so my carrots, celery, and lettuces are ALWAYS organic!

DAIRY

This has it’s own baggage of health concerns, just the make up of dairy….but for the most part the big thing about dairy is if it is hormone free and if it is overly “cleaned”, processed.  This is the thing….if a person can tolerate dairy…..raw, fresh is the best.  It still has all the good bugs in it.

That being said….truly the only dairy that enters our home is greek yogurt and cheese for beans…and this if for darling daughter.  I can’t tolerate it….dd really shouldn’t but it is not a battle worth fighting.  I would rather dairy than sugar!   Anyways…..it MUST come from a grass fed cow….hormone free for me to be comfortable with it coming in my home.

Which brings me to….

MEAT

This is where I am probably going to get in trouble with A LOT of people….even friends.  Living in the middle of FEED LOT country…..BUT….I am only sharing what my practices are and why….I am not here to cause another OPRAH incident!

This is the thing….there is some amazing, compelling studies about corn, grains, etc….and how these create inflammation in our systems.  How they are not healthy for us.  Also there is some interesting documentation on how this even creates issues in the animals.  But let’s say it wasn’t an issue….here is the biggie….most grain fed animals are also coming from farms that are being pumped with hormones and junk.  AND that is not good for us!!

So for my family it is a no brainer…..MEAT HAS TO BE HORMONE FREE….AND GRASS FED!

Luckily my hubby hunts so most of our red meat is venison.  But when we have beef…..I really pick up the sales.  I always look to see when Natural Grocers has sales.  We have bought into a part of a cow before.  Chicken is easier to find.  For example I found at United several months ago 4 amazing whole chickens on sale that were hormone, antibiotic free, free range……

FISH

Sale….sale….sale!!!!

Now we live in an MEAT obsesses world.  WE ARE OMNIVORES!  Therefore I truly and firmly believe we should eat seasonally….eat what is in season to get the most bang for your buck as well as get the most nutrition form the food.  Our protein can and should come from a variety….not just ANIMAL.  We truly don’t need red meat every single day!  We don’t need animal meat every single day.  We CAN THRIVE on having animal meat just a few times a week and then using fish and plant based protein throughout the rest of the week.

This world of MEAT MEAT MEAT has become crazy and obsessive.

What it really comes down to is…..

WHAT WORKS BEST FOR YOUR FAMILY TO THRIVE!?

Now at this point I could plug in a bunch of links and info to compel you but at the end of the day we each have to decide what is best for our own situation…our own family….our own convictions.  Thus my thoughts are if a person really wants to know more about some of this THEY TRULY WILL RESEARCH IT!

But where to look is always a good questions.

So with that I will share with you my go to people, resources that lead me in the right direction:

WELLNESS MAMA
DR. AXE
DR. MERCOLA
TY BOLLINGER
DR. SARA GOTTFRIED
DR. CHRISTIANSON

Those are my biggies.  There are many others but I know even if they don’t have the answers I am looking for they are going to lead me in the right direction.

I would love to hear your take on FOOD….and how you manage not getting obsessed with all the conflicting and sometimes overwhelming information put out there!  Leave comments and/or questions below so we can learn together!

Have a glorious Friday!
Hugs and prayers always,
~Kelly

BOOK OF THE DAY:  This is one of the funnest cookbooks I have.  If you are just tired of veggies and dishes having the “same old” flavor.  Feel like you need some pizzazz with not too much work?  NOM NOM PALEO is the one for you!  Plus it is fun to read the comics in it!

MOVEMENT OF THE DAY:  Usual wake up push-ups, kickbacks, stretching.   But this morning I opted to not do the mini-trampoline.  I knew I was going to be taking my daughter to her guitar lesson this morning and there is a gym at the church so I will have the opportunity to walk laps for about 30-40 minutes.  But to still get some great lymphatic drainage going I did jumping jacks, and for growth hormone stimulation pull ups.  I did 4 sets of 5 pull-ups and 1 minute of jumping jacks.  Done in 7 minutes….felt great!

Tasty Tuesday

This last couple weeks my body has been fighting something going on….ugh.  The interesting thing is I don’t feel bad at all.  I just sound like a person who has smoked all their life every time I cough.  And when I take a really deep belly breath it has a wheezing to it.  Or I should say had….yesterday it was better and today I have great hope and anticipation in all being better :).

Well last week I remembered I had picked up some dried elderberries in the bulk spices and tea section at my local NATURAL GROCERS.  So I started brewing tea from it every morning.  Then as I was cleaning out my tea strainer from the now soft berries it had me thinking and wondering:  couldn’t I use these berries now in a smoothie or something with fruit?!

***Quick info plug this little berry is packed full of: C, A, and lots more!!!!

I am a waste not want not kind of gal.  So when it comes to anything in the kitchen my line of thought is:

1.  Can these clippings from veggies or fruit be used for something edible?
2.  If not then compost!
3.  TRASH IS LAST RESORT!!!

So I had the same thought with these berries that were now soft.  I was about to put them in my compost but I wondered….could I use them!?

Low and behold…..I CAN!!!  I was thrilled.

I made a simple smoothie just because I wanted to check out their texture in a smoothie first before I added anything else.

My recipe consisted of:
1/4 cup of berries softened from tea use
1/4 cup of full fat coconut milk
2 drops of stevia (because I knew the berries weren’t sweet at all)
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup ice
Blend and drink!

It wasn’t bad.  The berries are seedy.  So it is very similar to blackberries in a smoothie.  They are bland, not a whole lot of pop in the mouth.  So I realized I am going to start throwing in the remainder of my tea berries into my shakes and if I don’t want to have one that day then I will put them in the freezer for another day to use.

This morning I am going to try this blend:

2 TBS Great Lakes Collagen (good protein boost, great for gut health, hair, skin, and so much more)
the berries from my tea
1/4 cup of black berries
1/4 cup of blue berries (to add a bit of depth to the taste….that pop!)
tsp of cinnamon
tsp vanilla
2 drops of stevia
ice
1 TBS of Coconut oil
coconut milk
blend and enjoy!

I’ll let you know how it turns out :)!

Some really great resources I came across while I was researching it were:

Dr. Mercola – health benefits of the berry, etc.
Wellness Mama – Recipe for making your own cough syrup
Random smoothie recipes.

Have you tried anything with Elderberries before?  What is your experience with it?  Would love to hear and share!

Have a yummy….immune boosting fun filled TASTY TUESDAY!

Hugs and prayers always,
~Kelly

PS…today’s book is another great mom who strives to feed her kiddos real food recipes and have it fun in the kitchen.  This was her first cookbook.  You can read in the beginning how her journey of health and wellness came about and then enjoy all her amazing recipes.  She has since come out with many other cookbooks.  She has traveled to Italy and Thai specifically to learn from some amazing chefs and to learn about the areas in order to create her Italian and Thai Cookbooks.  Her recipes are about real food….nutrient dense choices….and lots of great flavor!

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