Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tuesday Eats

Thank you to everyone who has entered the contest so far! I'm so excited to give out this book on Friday!

Here is what we ate today....

Breakfast - Oatmeal with bananas, raw honey, peanut butter and flax seed.

Snack - We had friends over this morning and I brought out a plate of apple slices and Larabar chunks for the kiddies.

Lunch - Enough said.

Snack - Smoothies with goat milk kefir, blueberries, banana and a couple strawberries

The little stinker I'm doing it all for

Dinner - Dad is working late tonight, so it was leftovers for the girl and I. Seth ate a banana.

Not a terribly exciting day, but we are all happy and healthy!

Here is a fantastic (long) quote from Nina Planck's book, Real Food for Mother and Baby. This book is a treasure to me. It's either on my nightstand or on the kitchen counter. If Nina could just come out with a cookbook, oh be still my heart!

"The Old Foods Pantry is ample and diverse. Meat, fish, poultry, milk, cheese, yogurt, nuts, berries, potatoes, leaves, lentils, chickpeas, honey - and their close relations - are all old food of good standing in our diet. If you're wondering what food wouldn't qualify, consider these more recent foods, along with a rough estimate of their regular appearance in the human diet: white sugar (1600s), margarine made from vegetable oil (1900s), and corn syrup (1970s).

Real food is traditional. By that I mean it's produced and prepared roughly as it once was, before factories gave us lesser versions. Real milk and eggs are whole and fresh, real beef is grass fed, and real orange juice is raw. It was ever thus. Industrial food cuts corners, giving us spray-dried skim milk powder and pasteurized egg whites, grain-fed beef, and pasteurized orange juice. Nutrition and flavor are lost.

Imitation is the hallmark of industrial food. Instead of traditional milk, the food industry will sell you soybean juice tarted up with brown rice syrup and vanilla. Instead of cheese made with whole milk, salt, and cultures, they'll sell you vegetable oil and water mixed with orange dye and additives to give it a cheese-like look and feel. Instead of butter, they'll sell you corn oil pummeled with hydrogen atoms to make it solid at room temperature, dye it yellow, and call it "buttery."

Traditional foods are whole, complete, intact. A pork chop with the fat, brown rice, and an orange are whole. Industrial foods are broken, incomplete. That includes whey powder, isolated soybean protein, and "baby" carrot cores, foods our ancestors never saw. They had whole milk, tofu, and grown-up carrots. Food the food industry has fiddled with isn't whole. That's why I don't buy things that are engineered to be low in one thing or high in another: no high-protein bars, low-carbohydrate bread, low-fat cheese. I don't eat foods that have been broken down into their component parts and reassembled, suck as skim milk powder reconstituted with water. I don't buy foods missing good stuff we want. If meat is naturally lean, like wild venison, that's fine, but I ignore the advice to "choose lean meat." In our house, we trim the steak to taste.

Stripped-down foods are inferior. The food industry knows this. That's why it adds back the B vitamins missing from white flour. That's why the law requires synthetic vitamin D, which is naturally found in butterfat, in skim milk. Apple peels contain up to 40 percent of the antioxidant flavonoids in an apple and about one third of the vitamin C. Broccoli and pomegranate - not extracts of broccoli and pomegranate - fight cancer; eating whole grains, not cereal fiber, reduces mortality in women."

.....and the insight just keeps on coming!


  1. I love it! Real Food AND Cutco! The perfect combo ;)

  2. What great pics! What great content! And what a darling little stinker!

    Healing blessings...

  3. Love,love,love it! Thanks for keeping the truth flowing.