Fun Food Fact Friday #3

Fun Food Fact Friday #3

Welcome to the 3rd edition of F4!

Fun Food Fact Friday #3

If you missed the second edition you can find it here or the first edition here.

This week has been a little busy with . . . the Olympics!  I just can’t help myself!  This week I sent out an email to my subscribers that gave some details about my Olympic dreams.  The email also included a super healthy, incredibly easy recipe for my kids!  Each week I include a recipe that is NOT on the website–typically it will be what I am making in the house that week.  Just a real mom making real plant-based meals that kids and husbands eat!  You can follow me on Facebook or sign up for emails.

On to this weeks fab finds on the web!

1.  Jamie Oliver!  

Jamie provides a great report outlining the history of school lunches and the future of school lunches.  I found it to be interesting and somewhat alarming.  In my perfect world everyone has enough to eat–I fully understand that this is not the case, YET!  I am a huge proponent for a healthy school lunch.  The easiest way to provide your kids with a healthy lunch is to make your own.  I will be writing more and more about how to create simple school lunches–stay tuned.  (They are so simple your child will be able to do it!)

2.  Calcium?

When “being vegan” comes up in conversation people often ask me about calcium.  I think it is sort of odd that people asks me about calcium and protein–when I meet someone I don’t ask them about how many Omega 3’s they consume a day.  I respect the curiosity and feel blessed that I can share my knowledge about . . . calcium.  

The truth is, I don’t like milk–so the not drinking milk part of being vegan isn’t that hard for me.  I do make awesome ice cream . . . I did like cream in my coffee sometimes, the fun flavors of Chobani yogurt made it hard to make my final decision to not consume milk.  When I learned that calcium is actually added to the milk–drinking milk just made less and less sense.  The final transition for me was reading about the life cycle of a dairy cow.    I found it very disturbing that cows are artificially inseminated, the babies are taken away at birth which depresses the cows and then more drugs are given to generate milk production again.  This is the short version of the story–but I decided that if I really wanted to live a life without causing harm–to live in harmony, not consuming dairy products were my next step.  

I found a website livelovelife.com is a great resource–this article outlining calcium sources in awesome!  I follow them on Pinterest–they have great info graphics.

3.  Carla Golden–woman of wellness!

Could you eat Fruit ’til Five?  Carla has a free program offering a peek into the high-fruit lifestyle for reversing and preventing disease, increase energy, and greater all around well-being.  I encourage you to look at her website–it is full of information.   I’ll be honest–I haven’t tried this program but I have been juicing for the last month and I feel amazing.  I’ve lost 8 lbs, I feel healthy and energized.  I NEVER thought I would be juicing–but here I am.  

Carla is amazing.  She is professional, respectful, helpful . . . she offers . . . wellness!  

4.  Top 50 Vegan Blogs

I believe that we all need to take responsibility for educating ourselves about our own health.  What works for me, may or may not work for you.  My goal is to have Renee’s Kitchen be a resource for you.  The website Berry Ripe has a list of the top 50 vegan blogs (I’m not one of them–yet! :-)).  I have this website bookmarked and go back to it again and again.  

5.  I love Ann Arbor, Michigan!

Ann Arbor Vegan Kitchen features an incredible red lentil soup that is perfect for this too long of a winter season.  What I love about this recipe is the combination of spices and that most of the ingredients will already be in your pantry.  Thanks Vicki Brett-Gach for this great recipe–next time I go “home” maybe we could meet for lunch!
 
What are you curious about?  Next week I am researching “anti-inflammatory” foods and diets to share with you!  Come back next week for another recipe, video and FFFF!
 
Have a blessed weekend full of fruits and vegetables!

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Five Fun Food Facts on Friday #2 (I couldn’t stop laughing at #5)

Welcome to the second F5!  This week I came across some very interesting food videos, recipes, information . . . and today I’m sharing it with you.  Enjoy the list and in the comments below I would really like to know which was most helpful, inspiring, or just filled you with joy.  

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#1  Awesome Info graphic 

This printable infographic by Kris Carr is awesome.  We eat tons of these.  I buy mostly  canned–but with this cheat sheet I will make a greater effort to by them dried.  Can you guess what I’m talking about?

#2 Do you know why you need magnesium?  

MindBodyGreen is one of my favorite go-to websites for concise information like this article on  magnesium.

#3 My workout buddy!

Ok, so Rich Roll doesn’t really know that he is my workout buddy.  What he has done is create awesome podcasts about plant-based foods, nutrition, exercise, and how to change the world by how you live your life. Which is exactly what I want to do.   I’ve been working out since the beginning of January 2014 and I’ve lost 7  pounds!  Yeah for me!  I have a long way to go but I have a plan–4 days a week for 60 minutes on the elliptical (I’ve had to work up to this).  My workout burns over 700 calories and gives me a huge energy boost.  Thanks Rich my workouts enjoyable!  

Check out his podcast here.

#4 Do you eat beets?

No?  I love beets and think everyone should too!  Sorry, the 6-year-old with uncontrollable excitement that lives with me just came bursting out!  Beets are a food I am CRAZY excited about.  I love growing beet greens for the turtles.  I think they are awesome roasted.  I juice them twice a week with lemon, apple, and ginger–amazingly good and the color is phenomenal.  (See what I mean–I’m a little nutty when it comes to beets.)  Here is a post by my friend Kristy–she is an amazing cook, she is super fun and always makes me smile, and shares my love of beets and gnocchi.  

Come and see what she has created here.

#5 Just what is natural?

This is a hilarious “mockumentary” on what is NATURAL!  

What was your favorite?  Leave a number 1-5 in the comments!  

OPTION #2:  Use the bar on the side to Like, G+, Tweet or Pin!

Enjoy the weekend!

Be Blessed.

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Fun Food Fact Friday (F4)–Pineapple

Welcome to my First Fun Food Fact Friday!  Wow that is a lot of F-words!  Maybe I should have made my First FFFF (F4) be figs!  Making today a FFFFFF or F6!  I love numbers and patterns.  

pineapple is a symbol of hospitality

pineapple is a symbol of hospitality

What is F4?  It is my day to let my science geek girl shine AND my research writer glow AND my culinary artist side create AND (finally) my food coach cheer.  

Did you have home economics in school?  I did!  I had more detentions because of home economics than any other class.  (I would like to formally apologize to my teachers for being a difficult student.)  One detention was given for pineapple unit.  We were asked to make jello using pineapple and I didn’t–I refused.  I made my jello with pineapple on the side.  Why?

Well, pineapple has bromelian an enzyme that breaks down protein chains.  Jell-O is made out of gelatin, a processed version of protein, which is made out of . . . animal products!  

If you want to read about the where and what of the animal products go here.  I learned something new today!  Jello-O is not vegan.

  • pineapple is a natural tenderizer for meat BUT the sap of a pineapple plant contains huge amounts of bromelian as a defense mechanism causing pain if eaten.
  • pineapple is a natural anti-inflammatory so it might help alleviate pain from a sports injury, sinus issues, and digestive issues.
  • pineapple is very high in manganese (helps strong bones and helps build collagen–if it prevents wrinkles–I’ll take a bath in it!)
  • pineapple is high in Vitamin C

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Pineapple Recipes!

I created a video about how to cut a pineapple.  I create these videos so that you can see what I’m doing–not because I do it the best way but my viewers can really get a sense of how juicy a pineapple is, how hard it is to cut through (I do try not to grunt when I make these videos but I almost did in this one!) and how simple it really is.

You can check out that video here!  BTW:  the video also contains a super quick recipe that I use often AND a different version of the recipe is in the “Busy Weekend Meals” e-chapter.  

One of my favorite places to find recipes is at Jessica’s site, Life as Mom.  I have added several recipes to her site as a food blogger.  If you haven’t checked her site out–it is amazing.

Joy the Baker makes a great vegan banana bread with pineapple.

You know what is so great about pineapple?  you can add it to anything and make dinner special–steamed rice with chunks of pineapple is awesome!  Add it to your next smoothie or even better you can juice it!  I just did a video on juicing . . . coming soon. 

Go On

What are you waiting for?  Go out and buy a pineapple and tell me what you did with it!  

Or do you have a favorite recipe?  Share some pineapple love in the comments.

Be Blessed.

L.O.V.E.

Renee

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