It’s been three years since we began our organic journey and our family has benefited in so many ways. I spend a lot of time researching food and how we can improve our family’s health. I try not to worry about being perfect because it’s very difficult to be 100% when surrounded by so many food options, especially for children. It can also be expensive and people ask me all the time; “is buying organic worth it?”. Well I believe it is because our children are growing up with a toxic load which we were not exposed to and I have to do all I can to protect them from that.
After abandoning Costco and other large supermarkets 3 years ago, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Costco are listening to consumer demands and stocking so many organic products. I am now a happy customer once again. So I thought I would share what I fill my cart with these days as most of the items are new. I hope that people will take note and support their local stores which make an effort to supply affordable organic options.
- Organic Coconut Oil – Cold Pressed is best.
- Organic pajamas – avoid flame retardant inhalants.
- Organic Maple Syrup – The dark color means more nutrients.
- Figgy Pops – perfect high antioxidant snacks.
- Organic Frozen Fruit for smoothies.
- Organic Go-Go Squeeze apple sauces – 4 flavors!
- Organic Olive Oil – it’s a blend but the real stuff is expensive.
- Kind Bars – 5g sugar box – perfect for those after school snack attacks.
- Organic Chicken Stock – well, Thanksgiving is just around the corner.
- Namaste Gluten Free Flour – perfect for pancakes and muffins.
- Organic Sugar – avoid GMO sugar!
- Organic Bread – non-organic wheat can be contaminated with glyphosate.
- Organic Back to Nature Oreos – my kids don’t know the difference!
- Seeds of Change organic quinoa and brown rice – perfect for last minute meals.
- Organic apples – a little on the large side but great for sharing.
- Organic ground beef and chicken – I prefer fresh from a butcher but good to have in your freezer.
- Organic chia seeds – add to smoothies or make chia pudding.
- Organic Quinoa – make a lot, it lasts 3 days in the fridge.
- Organic Protein Powder – perfect for smoothies
- Organic Linens – including crib mattresses & towels. We don’t need a crib mattress but I sure wish we had this when our kids were babies.
There are so many more things on my organic list but I do avoid the organic and milk and eggs at Costco (sorry!) – only because I prefer grassfed dairy and pasture raised eggs. I would love to eat less processed food but in the absence of living on a farm, we have to use what we have. I will tackle planting a vegetable garden next year!
I had a wonderful summer with my family but now it’s time for back to school and I guess, back to work! My youngest will soon be in full-time kindergarten and I couldn’t be happier (well, sad really) that she is growing up so much and ready for school. Earlier this year I had a health scare which set me back a few months. I have fully recovered and am taking care of my health and well-being more. I am working with doctors on a detox program and I hope to be back into things very soon. Even health coaches need coaches!
So this fall I am sharing a special offer for my pantry clear out services; A 90 minute consult with a full personalized report, unique to your family, for only $95. I can do a free phone consult beforehand to see if this is right for you.
I do not actually clean pantries by the way! My ‘pantry clear out’ is a food education program encompassing meal planning, product suggestions, dietary supplement suggestions and special food allergy advice if needed. I work with each family to develop a plan to maximize nutritional needs for your children (and the adults too!). My specialized area is childhood allergy and food intolerances which I have studied for many years now both personally and with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. In fact I will soon be embarking on an intensive program with Epidemic Answers which will improve my understanding of working with children who have complications due to food intolerances.
So please email me or call if you are interested in chatting about your family’s needs. I can be reached on 917 495 0043 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy back to school days 🙂
So another high protein breakfast idea which the kids will love is the Berry Nutty Breakfast Milkshake. I call it a milkshake and not a smoothie because kids tend to think a milkshake is more fun and so I’m just playing with words. You can too! So this shake has protein, antioxidants, micronutrients and you can add additional super-nutrients by adding a ‘super’-powder of your choice. My favorite is immune boosting Chaga powder but you can use any one. Just remember if you add a green like spirulina, it will affect the colour of the shake! So this is just a suggestion, you can play around with it but this is one of my favorites.
1 cup of coconut or almond milk. You can also use a full fat dairy milk
1 cup of organic mixed berries (raspberries, blueberries, cranberries and blackberries)
2 tbsps of nut butter – almond or cashew. You can use peanut but it has a stronger flavor.
1 tsp of Chaga powder extract (optional)
1 tbsp of raw honey
A squeeze of lemon juice and a tiny piece of rind.
Oats or nuts to decorate
Put everything in a blender until smooth. You may need to add more liquid to reach your desired consistency. You can also add ice to make it more of an arctic blast. Top with some oats or nuts and you’re good to go! Of course this is not just for breakfast, it can be a quick snack for those on-the-go moments. Enjoy!
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Adding to my recipes that I’m working on that are high in protein, this is one that kids will love. Baked eggs with veggies. So easy and so good.
4 pasture raised eggs
1 cup chopped veggies of your choice – tomatoes, onions, broccoli or mushrooms
1/2 cup of shredded organic cheese or goats cheese
salt and pepper
Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together the 4 eggs. Add the veggies, cheese (optional) and a pinch of salt and pepper. Pour into a muffin tin (with liners) and bake for 15-20 minutes. They can be stored in the fridge for a few days so they can be enjoyed as a quick snack too. Voilà! Enjoy.
I am excited to be speaking in Bronxville, NY this week on the detriment sugar is having on our children’s health. It is such an interesting topic to research and I look forward to a lively discussion on Thursday. Sugar is an anti-nutrient. It is at the forefront of one of the costliest health crisis in our country. Together we will learn how to live healthier with sugar from sources other than sucrose and how to reduce sugar in our children’s diets while increasing their nutrient intake.
This talk is only open to the parents of the Reformed Church of Bronxville school.
American children consume 32 teaspoons of sugar per day. As a nation we consume 130lbs of sugar on average in one year. How is this even possible? How is it tolerated given the chronic ill health of our population? What can we do about it? What is the one thing that will help? Well, I believe that we can start to reclaim our children’s health by doing one simple thing – stop drinking it.
Childhood obesity rates have tripled from 1980 to 2010. There are over 2 million children in the US in the morbidly obese range. In NY over 40% of children are overweight or obese. This is unsustainable. Even national efforts to reduce childhood obesity have been failing. The First Lady’s Let’s Move campaign has recently admitted that obesity rates in children have only just plateaued and obesity in our youngest children is only beginning to see a slight decrease. The one thing they do not recommend as part of the Let’s Move campaign? Eliminating soda or sugary drinks. For some reason, it is not mentioned even though it is the largest source of sugar calories in our children. And since diabetes and obesity are now the number one health issues of our country, we have a $245 billion reason to tackle the problem in our youngest population.
Drinking sugar is the main problem in my view as it is metabolized in the body differently from fats, carbohydrates and proteins. It is an anti-nutrient source of calories, meaning that not only does it contain ZERO nutrients, it also depletes the body of calcium, vitamin C, potassium, thiamin and chromium.
Sugar is also toxic. Much research has been done on this but the most outspoken proponent of this idea is Dr. Robert Lustig, who’s You Tube lecture has been seen over 5.5m times. Sugar is 50% fructose which is toxic in the pharmacological quantities it is consumed. Fructose can only be processed in the liver where it is quickly turned to fat. It does not stimulate effective insulin production which can lead to insulin resistance and ultimately diabetes. It interferes with our leptin (satiety) and ghrelin (hunger) hormones which are our signals to stop consuming, allowing a vicious cycle of over consumption. There is also the added toxicity of sugar beets being a GMO product which have been engineered to resist the highly toxic herbicide Glyphosate during farming, which is passed to the end product. There is much evidence to support the notion that glyphosate in our food system is leading to many chronic diseases and also childhood developmental issues – see MIT scientist Dr. Seneff’s research here.
So what can we do? I believe we should look to the main culprits and that is soda, fruit juices and sports drinks – and stop giving it to our children. We must also remember that sugar is hidden in many other staple foods for kids such as ketchup, mayonnaise, pickles, sauces, dairy products, soups, bread and cereal bars. It is becoming increasingly difficult for parents to account for the sheer amount of sugar in our family’s diet. Therefore, I believe we should begin with the largest source – the 33% that comes from drinking it. Removing sugary drinks will go a long way to help reduce the largest source of this dangerous food additive (note, it is not food).
Let’s encourage our children to drink water (or infused water!) and eat whole fruit to add that all important fiber!