Good morning! I picked up some new reading material yesterday and dove in to, "What's Eating Your Child?" by Kelly Dorfman, MS, LND last night. I am loving it so far! Eating "Real" is so easy and just makes so much sense. Why would we eat all of that other crap (processed foods)? I have been slowly getting rid of most processed foods, especially if they include dyes. It is so amazing and disgusting that dyes are in most children's foods! We no longer eat Kraft Macaroni and Cheese because it includes Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 in it. Dyes have been linked to hyperactivity in children, allergies and even cancer! Yet petroleum-derived artificial coloring is in most foods, from cereals, Popsicles, and even yogurt. Why do we have to use dyes when there are foods that actually makes these colors. They might not be as vibrant, but is it worth the risk? Not in my opinion. It's hard to take my daughter to the grocery store because she just wants cereal that looks fun and yogurt that is neon blue. I just can't buy them for her. I've been getting a lot of, "but my friends have those in their lunches". That one is so hard to answer. I just say, "this one is healthier for you". I don't want her going to schools saying, "my mom says that's bad for you". Haha, I don't want to go making enemies, but it's just how I feel about food now. The more I learn, the less I want them to eat. Food needs to change!
I started a 30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge from Unconventional Kitchen, one of the blogs I follow. Here is the face book page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Unconventional-Kitchen/292893540764213?fref=ts . Since I've already been drinking green smoothies daily, I am following the recipes as close as I can but I've already come to know what I like in my smoothies. I'm excited to try some new ones though!
Since I have started drinking green smoothies in the morning, (which replaces breakfast) I have lost about 4 lbs. and my stomach is looking much better! It's only been a few weeks too.
Here is the smoothie I made this morning (pictured above):
I had to change the one in the challenge a bit. It called for apple juice, but since I didn't have any I used what I had.
2 handfuls of kale (no stalks)
3 ice cubes
1 1/2 frozen bananas
earth's pride organics, orange, peach, mango juice (from BJ's)
1 spoonful of Ground Fax Seed
1 spoonful of Chia Seed Protein Powder
A little honey for sweetness
I threw it all in together and it was very yummy and smooth. My kids liked it (even though it wasn't pink like they had wanted). It tasted mostly like juice, but obviously so much better for you than juice. I allow my kids one cup of juice a day. The baby doesn't drink any (unless it's in a smoothie!).