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.


lorelie said...

You are giving me more courage to take those baby steps, Court. You're awesome!

Honeybee said...

I'm going to try your smoothie this week. I wanted to tell you that I finally made your Pesto Pizza last week & LOVED it! Thanks for sharing the recipe. You are an awesome cook! My kids loved it too :)