There's something so comforting about a bowl of hot soup on a cold day. This is one of my favorites from a past Refresh. It's one of those recipes you find yourself going back. I hope you'll give it a try. If you are curious about what a Refresh is, I'll explain at the end. For now, I want to get the recipe to you. :)
Who doesn't want beautiful, smooth, glowing skin? Oh the time and money that goes into making it beautiful from the outside with lotions, potions, elixirs and make-up?! I know I used to do that and then some. And guess what I have found? The more I pay attention to my diet, the better my skin looks. I've traded lotions, potions, serums, scrubs and facials for a plant based, nutrient packed diet. Those lotions and potions can only reach the outermost layers of our skin. Whole food nutrition nurtures glowing skin from the inside out. Nourishing food nourishes our skin. Toxic, chemical laden, high fat, processed food damages our skin.
So how do you dice an avocado? I suppose exactly how you cut it or slice it depends upon how you plan to use the avocado. For me, the majority of the time I want cubes of avocado. I also typically use only half at a time then save the rest. Avocado is a rich fruit - 85% of it's calories come from fat - the healthy kind of fat though. It's also loaded with fiber, vitamin K, B vitamins, potassium and much more. Avocado is unique in what it adds to various dishes. So let's get on with how to cut, dice and store an avocado. This will be a pictorial so get ready for lots of pics. Here's what I do:
Here are some fun ways to serve it up...
Frankly until this year, I was never much of a watermelon fan. I much preferred cantaloupe if I were going to eat melon. Well! That has all changed. I've eaten more watermelon in the past few weeks than I have eaten in my entire life. And not only is it the most tasty, juicy, perfect summer time treat, it's an excellent source of nutrition too! (You knew I had to say that, right? ;) )
Below I have a few pictures of ways I've been playing around with watermelon - making good food fun. It might be something you want to try especially if you have young kids or if you are preparing food for guests.
It's Summer time so Bring on the Watermelon please!!
I posted on Facebook that the secret to a Healthy diet is a well stocked kitchen. That is so true. Another secret to successful healthy eating in today's super busy, fast paced, on the go lifestyle is to have food ready to eat.
I've found vinegar to be the best option. Typically the direction is to add a cup of vinegar to a sink full of water. I liked the idea but felt I should clean my sink before soaking my produce in it. I am not the best nor the worst of house keepers, however, almost 100% of our food is prepared at home. That means my sink is used quite a lot already and definitely not always sparkling clean. <sigh> But I found a solution.
Obviously, my focus is to encourage you to get more plant food into your own body and also the bodies of your kids - as easily and efficiently as possible. Why is that? Most of us grew up with someone, usually Mom, saying "eat your fruits and vegetables". We all know they are good for us and that we should probably be eating more. But, hey, if I can get by without, why not? Unfortunately the "getting by" part only lasts for awhile. A bad habit or lack of good habits in this case, generally catches up with us sooner or later.
As each generation eats more poorly than the last, we are seeing each new generation getting sicker more quickly than the last. This truly breaks my heart! Did you know or do you remember that type 2 diabetes used to be called "adult onset diabetes"? Diet and lifestyle are the reasons we are seeing it in kids and can no longer call it "adult onset". Fruits and vegetables are critical if you want to be healthy - meaning free from disease whether that is a cold or flu or something life threatening like cancer or heart disease. I'm not saying they are everything but they certainly are a HUGE piece of the equation. This is even more important for kids. They are developing healthy or unhealthy habits now that will stick with them for a lifetime. What you teach, model, and encourage now will have a lasting impact on your child's health. Please read on. There is so much to say on this topic but I've tried to keep it brief.
I'm so excited to finally be writing this post for you. It's a tough world out there for parents trying to feed their kids nutritious foods. There are a lot of things working against us so I love finding tools that help rather than hinder.
The "Today I Ate a Rainbow" kit comes with a magnetized chart (for tracking fruits & veggies eaten), 4 sets of colorful magnets for tracking, 4 rainbow cloud reward magnets and The Rainbow Bunch Book. The kit was created by a Mom. I find that Mom created products are some of my favorites. :)
Keep reading for my experience using the "Today I ate a Rainbow" and also some tips I learned from Kia, president and creator of "Today I ate a Rainbow".
This is such a fun idea! I love it. It's one of those times where you say, "Wow. I wish I had thought of this myself!" I saw it on another blog called"Gluesticksblog". In her post she explains how she did this as a lunch surprise for her kids and then another time even packed easter eggs filled with food for her son's lunch.
This as another great way to make it fun for kids to eat nutritious foods. I did this for my daughter and a friend as an afternoon snack activity. I filled and hid the eggs then the kids found them. After they snacked on the contents, they took turns hiding and finding the eggs for awhile.
I believe the food art plates are easier - at least for me - but this is a fun seasonal food activity.
Keep reading for the foods I used and a list of other nutritious options. Have fun! :)
Would you like your child to eat more fruits & vegetables? Just like most people, we eat well for awhile then bad food starts to sneak in and then multiply. It takes about 3 weeks to form a habit - good or bad. I wanted to get my daughter back on track of eating more fruits & veggies. I wanted to make it fun so I got creative. Everyday Mom kind of creative. I'm not a professional by any stretch of the imagination (no pun intended).
Here's what I do:
We've always worked at eating well. My daughter eats a lot of veggies (preferably raw) but she eats even more when presented this way. It is all about presentation right?
The possibilities are endless!
Here are a few examples (be sure to click the "read more" text below to see all the examples):
One of my favorites. Celery stalk for the flower. A snow pea and a lettuce leaf as "leaves". Decorated with frozen corn. (She likes it that way which makes it very easy. Organic is best with corn.)
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