It’s official. The headlines stink. We’ve got toxic assets in our banks, our oceans and our food. And our national binge on oil and debt is wreaking havoc on the health of our country.
On top of that our children are expected to have shorter lifespans then we are; and we are obese, allergic, diabetic and depressed.
So what to do?
If ever there was a time for a superhero, the time is now.
And if ever there was a super
Every 24 hours, the US spends $1 billion on imported oil, with food production accounting for 10-17% of our energy consumption.
As oil continues to pour across the Gulf and into our oceans, it is more poignant than ever to remember that our industrialized agricultural system in the US is dependent on fossil fuel.
Conventional food production and distribution requires a tremendous amount of energy—one study conducted in 2000 estimated that ten percent of the energy used a
I was raised in Texas on tortilla chips. I can’t really cook. And I’ve been known to burn water. So when I heard people raving about Kale Chips, I had to laugh. I mean, seriously just one look at this veggie in its raw state makes anyone think….R.O.U.G.H.A.G.E.
So when my friend Elana, who runs Elana’s Pantry, told me that her kids couldn’t get enough of it, I did a double take. I’ve got battle scars from getting one of my kids to eat a carrot.
This week, Enfamil announced their newest line of baby formula: Enfagrow PREMIUM Chocolate:
At the same time, TIME Magazine reveals studies that 1/3 of American children born in the year 2005 are expected to develop some form of diabetes in their lifetime.
This week, KFC announced its new Double Down sandwich:
At the same time, the New York Times ran a small article and a big graphic recently on America’s love affair with processed, packaged food:
Americans eat 31 percent more packaged food than fresh food, and they consume more packaged food per person than their counterparts in nearly all other countries. A sizable part of the American diet is ready-to-eat meals, like frozen pizzas and microwave dinners, and sweet or
Scroll down to #9 which states: “One study of one-million students showed people who ate a lunch without preservatives or artificial dyes scored 14% higher on IQ tests.”
Food matters. Especially to the brains of our children.
Via: Online Schools
Skin is our largest organ. And just as we wouldn’t slather our livers with chemicals or smooth petroleum based lotions on our lungs, it is in our best interest to try to avoid doing the same thing with our skin.
Thankfully, in an effort to inspire change and protect the health of our loved ones, we can now take a moment to learn from the knock-out picture below.
And while we obviously can’t change everything, we can change one thing. So
Given that I’m a mom on a budget, I’m always looking for savvy ways for our family to save money and eat healthy. Which is why I am so grateful to my friend, Molly Chester, for suggesting that I cheat on making this dish and use frozen Limas!
Summer Lima Beans with Cherry Tomatoes & Black Olives
Ingredients: 2 tbsp olive oil 1/2 medium yellow onion (approx 1 1/4 cup) 1 tsp garlic (or 3 large cloves sliced and diced) 3 cups lima beans (approx 2