Saturday, February 27, 2010

Fresh Produce!!!

This morning I picked up a basket of organic produce worth more than $60 for only $25. It's all part of a food co-op that uses collective purchasing to get high quality food at prices usually reserved for grocery stores and restaurants. The co-op offers conventional and organic at different locations. You have to order on Monday because there are a limited amount of baskets per site. You do not choose the contents of the basket, but all of the produce was very fresh.

In the organic basket I got avocados, pears, apples, strawberries, blueberries, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, swiss chard, and beets, celery.

The conventional baskets are $15. I did not get one, but I could see baby carrots, asparagus, lettuce, potatoes, oranges, apples, avocados, and more.

I also ordered an additional "asian" produce basket for $9. There was green onions, snow peas, bok choy, napa cabbage, coconut, basil, and mushrooms.

I am so excited about this fresh food option that I wanted to share it with all of my friends and family!

Occasional volunteering is encouraged. Since it was my first time, I'm not sure what it entails.

Check it out! Register as a member and you will get an email reminding you to order on Monday.

They are also on Facebook if you want to read some review and comments.

P.S. Photo courtesy of my phone ;)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Oh Baby...

I love this sweet little thing... especially her hair :)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Play ball...

Lately I've been worried that my boy will be teased when he grows up. Instead of saying, "You throw like a girl," they'll say, "You throw like a Wii!" That being said, he IS an exceptional gamer. Five to seven strikes per bowling game are not uncommon, even when his eyes are closed.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Food for thought...

I’ve recently been following a creative blog that has focused on food recently. The author shares her philosophy on eating. It’s so similar to mine that for a minute, I thought I’d written it. So rather than reinventing the wheel, read this.

One of her commentors, Gram, commented “... where did we get this girl? .. very good ideas, but hard to change old ways of eating.” I get that from my family and friends a lot. And to Gram (and the rest of you unbelievers), I say, it’s baby steps. You can do it!

I have to admit that my list of organic produce has decrease since moving back to Utah. It’s not as readily available in my neck of the woods. But, with all of the recent hype, I’m back in the saddle. This week I’m in search for local poultry and meat.

Here are a few things we do to increase the nutritional value of food at our house.

Canning… Thanks to my parents and grandparents, I have learned the art of canning. During the past couple of years, I’ve canned my peaches and pears in white grape juice. Then, my kids can drink the juice (well technically they could drink the sugar water!) You can buy canned fruit packed in juice. Just keep your eyes open. Walmart has it.

One of our favorite breakfast foods is Oatmeal with canned peaches sweetened with the juice and cinnamon. Maybe a dollop of plain yogurt!

Another breakfast idea…. Smoothies…. Some people call this a green smoothie. We make these when we are in a rush and we need to slurp down a nutrient-dense breakfast quickly. My kids gulped one down before hitting the slopes after lunch

Rough Recipe
Orange Juice or pineapple juice
Frozen berries (the darker the better), I use the frozen blend from Costco or frozen blueberries
Fresh spinach (a couple of big handfuls)
Huge scoop of plain yogurt

My kids and husband love these smoothies and, yes, they even know that the spinach is in there.