November 21, 2011
The autumn leaves have changed, the snowflakes are beginning to fall. Little children’s Halloween costumes are back on the shelf to be redesigned into something for next year (hopefully!) and the relatives are beginning to call asking what the “plans” are. What’s on everyone’s mind? Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to sit back, take stock of the passing year and spend some time with family and friends enjoying a warm meal. Just thinking of Thanksgiving brings smells of roasted turkey, cranberries, cinnamon and pumpkin pie into the air.
But there is one problem associated with all that merriment and eating- weight gain! How can you eat all the wonderful foods associated with this festive season- Turkey, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes and stuffing- and of course, the dessert menu!- without feeling bloated, stuffed, lethargic and feeling like you’re unable to do anything but roll into your car, drive home and lumber into hibernation like a bear?
Well I can tell you right now- you can still enjoy all the wonderful traditional dishes of a home-style Thanksgiving without the guilt, without the poundage, without the added stress and concern of losing yet another button on your favorite holiday shirt or being red-faced and short of breath for yet another holiday photo- Just use Organic Recipes!!!
Whether you have been eating healthy for a while, not eating healthy at all, or just been into recent events, you might know of the wave organic recipes have taken over the market. Organic recipes are flavor-packed, nutrition-rich and offer you all the same dishes you love, without any of the preservatives, bad oils, or pesticides you would find in conventional food.
“Forget everything you know about butter being bad for your health- butter is in, its organic, and its 100 percent edible.”
Maybe you’ve been eating organically for the past year, fruits and vegetables, and yes, its easy to make yourself salads and risottos and steam some vegetables every now and then.
But now it’s Thanksgiving. The relatives will be coming over, and although you’ve made the choice to be healthy, serving a wild rice pilaf and steamed organic vegetables or your normal everyday salad just isn’t going to cut it.
You still need gourmet recipes, packed with flavor, that will wow your guests this Thanksgiving and Holiday season, and you want the nutrition that organic recipes provide you.
Organic recipes allow you the same tastes you grew up on, with the same ingredients your great-grandmothers grew up on. Organic recipes use ingredients that are not genetically modified, that do not contain harmful cocktails of pesticides, and certified organic vegetables are vegetables your kids will actually eat!
OrganicThanksgivingRecipes.com gives you the best organic recipes, tips on how to cook with organic ingredients, and we offer you the best certified organic ingredients, many delivered right to your door within 24 hours. With cooking updates, tips and videos to get you prepared for your holiday entertaining, you’ll have everything you need for the perfect organic Thanksgiving dinner!
AnnaMarie Farone is an Organic Living and Wellness Expert currently living on the Gold Coast, Australia.
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December 6, 2010
Best recipes, ethical food and organic food has become the buzz words in many instances and scenarios where the two words are used to get the attention of people who are interested in healthy eating. Many of these references to organic/ethical food may have you wondering just what truly organic food is and how it fits in to your lifestyle to help provide your family with healthy eating choices. One fact is certain, deciding on organic food means that your choices are made from high quality food that is marketed and produced in a safe way that people can trust. Gaining access to organic foods is one of the best ways to start on the path to healthy eating.
Whether you are responsible for preparing meals for an entire family or just yourself, the choice to eat health means taking the time to learn exactly what constitutes a nutritious eating regimen that is also not boring. One of the quickest ways to lose sight of the importance of eating right is to find yourself bored with your food choices. One way to recognize ethical food is to learn to read labels. The traffic light labelling system includes green dot items. These items are placed on foods that have no more than 3 grams of fat and have low salt, high fibre and are low in saturated fats.
It is important to understand that organic foods are grown under some of the best growing condition but may not always be in the green dot category. The amber dot represents medium levels of fat, salt, fibre and saturated fat. And just as the red light in traffic signals indicates you should stop, foods tagged with a red dot are high in sugars, salts and fat. Such foods should only be had as a treat on occasion and in moderation.
To achieve healthy eating with organic foods, your diet should contain plenty of vegetables and fruit, bread, rice, potatoes and pastas. Milk and dairy products, meat, fish, eggs, beans and non-dairy sources are essential and a small amount of high fat or high sugar beverages and foods can be tempered in but are not absolutely necessary. With the right healthy balance of organic foods from these groups, many health risks such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and bowel disorders can be reduced or eliminated entirely. In avoiding giving up entirely foods you enjoy the most, you can enjoy these healthy organic food choices and create an overall balance that promotes healthy eating regularly.
To find the best recipes on all organic food, go online and you will find recipes for ethical food with a range of meals that your family are sure to love.
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September 6, 2010
The best thing about transitioning from conventional foods to organic foods is that you are not only giving yourself a better chance at life but you are also giving your children a better and healthier life. One food fad right now that is fast becoming a permanent trend in millions of homes is preparing organic foods for the baby. But where you can look for organic baby food recipes, and moreover, where can you start purchasing organic foods for your precious bundle of joy?
Looking for Organic Food Recipes for the baby is not that difficult thing to do. You only have to have a computer and an Internet connection, and you are good to go. There are many websites right now that specializes in this kind of thing, and you only have to download and print out a recipe before you start making them.
Aside from the Internet, you can also subscribe to magazines that feature organic foods. Chances are, they have organic baby food recipes that are not only easy to follow but have ingredients that are easy to find.
You can also join community groups like local co-ops and local farmer associations that deal in organic farming. Here, you can gather the information that you need to start on an organic food diet for your family, and you can also get recipes as well as share some of your own.
Now, here are some simple organic food recipes for your baby that you can follow.
The most common baby foods are purees made from fruits as well as vegetables. What you will need is an apple. Peel the apple and cut them into small cubes, making sure that you remove the core as well as the pip. After this, you only need to gently cook the fruit on about three tablespoons of water until the fruit becomes soft. When the fruit is soft enough, put it in a blender and blend, or you can even mash it through a sieve until it becomes a soft puree. Allow it to sit for a while until it cools down before feeding the baby.
This recipe will also work with carrots and potatoes. For soft fruits, you can simply blend them on a blender or pass them through a sieve. If they are a bit hard, then do the same method that you used for the apple.
When your baby is ready for meat and other types of foods that contain protein, always make sure that the food is organic and that they are cooked properly. Also, you should always cut them in small pieces or puree them so that the baby will not choke on the food.
August 9, 2010
Our family has 8 people – many are children. I am trying to ’slowly’ convert them over to more meatless recipes and organic foods, but my smallest ones are SOOO picky. I need more kid-approved recipes and all of the ones I’ve seen online contain tons of beans, zucchini, eggplant and the such – my 6 year old and 3 year old won’t have a thing to do with those! HELP!
Dear lord, feeding childen vegetables? You are a cruel and heartless woman…. haha. Careful, they might just declare feeding kids vegetables as illegal as spanking them. What child in its own mind would happily embrace EGGPLANT? LOL LOL
Let me tell you a silly little secret. When my daughter was 2 she decided ALL she would eat was pjb. Nothing else would pass her lips. Rather than argue over such silliness, I just gave her the best pb and top quality whole grain bread. Along with her milk that was enough. This lasted six months! Eventually she decided avocado was more fun to play with and we were off to a more balanced diet.
I just did not want to begin the pattern of arguing and chose my battles wisely. Surely your kids love fruit? Do they like nuts and healthy snack foods like raisins etc? Have they discovered “ants on a log” yet? (celery stuffed with cream cheese or peanut butter with raisins along the top). Healthy pancakes is another. Sometimes it is just presentation too. I found a pancake with a face made of fruit seemed to be received with more enthusiasm.
Here are a few sites with pictures of the final foods that are very healthy vegetarian. I betcha you will find a few winners. I have been meatless for 30 years now.. omg am I that old?… and am in excellent health.
Most of the sites I have here also have sections for childrens’s foods as well. Not a bean or a zucchini to be seen! LOL I hope these sites have good ideas for you to check out.
Best of luck. Methinks feeding a group that size you need it!
August 7, 2010
One of the new diet programs that are being introduced in the market right now is the detox diet. The name ‘detox’ is a shortened form of the word ‘detoxification’, which lies at the heart of the program.
The diet makes use of the body’s natural system of neutralizing and eliminating the various toxins that the body takes in. As an internal protective system, the body converts any material that may seem harmful to the body into a chemical form that is less dangerous.
Toxins can take several forms depending on what is taken into the body. Examples of harmful toxins are external chemicals like pesticides and household cleaners that are accidentally ingested; food additives, drugs and other food materials that may affect the body in a bad way; and of course cigarettes. Some toxins come from the body such as ammonia, a chemical produced when proteins are broken down during digestion. Because of the ingrained system, all these toxins no longer stay in the body and are excreted and flushed out in the form of stools or urine.
Basically, the term detox diet is used in the treatment of people who have become dependent on drugs and alcohol; but now with the birth of various kinds of diets, the term is used to any diet that helps in detoxifying the body.
The diet itself focuses on taking in foods that provide vitamins, nutrients and other chemicals such as anti-oxidants that help the body purify itself. There is also much emphasis on lessening or reducing the chemicals that are being taken inside the body. This is why many people under detox diet prefer to eat organic food.
Another technique with the detox diet is the emphasis on high fibers and water to help the body get rid of the toxins. People undergoing detox diet will experience headache during the first few days. Some may also suffer from excessive diarrhea so it is important to watch out for dehydration. There is also a risk if constipation if not enough water is taken in.
Detox diet however is not for people who have anemia, diabetes and heart disease. It is also not recommended for women who are pregnant or those people who are suffering from kidney problems, liver disease, underweight issues and ulcer. People with low blood pressure, low immunity, hypothyroidism and epilepsy are also discouraged to go under a detox diet.
From the name itself, the cabbage soup diet is a program that involves the cabbage soup as the central figure. It may seem absurd at first and quite different from other diet programs such as the Atkins diet and the South Beach diet but it actually has a rationale.
The cabbage soup diet is based on the assumption that diets that contain high fiber but low in fat can help the body lose weight. The cabbage soup is usually made of cabbage, onions and tomatoes. The soup is supposed to fat-burning as it has a high fiber content. In fact, the more soup that you take in each day, the more calories you will burn and the more pounds you will lose. The taste will be bland so it has to be taken in with other foods.
Unlike other diet programs, there are no restrictions in the food that you take in as long as you drink the cabbage soup with every meal. From low calorie vegetables to potatoes and beef, you can eat anything you want. Of course, dieters under the program are encouraged to take in fruits and vegetables as well as unsweetened fruit juices.
One guideline, however, that must be strictly met is the fact that all meals should be broiled, baked or boiled. No fried meals for the duration of the diet. Another guideline is to avoid alcohol, bread and other carbonated drinks that hastens weight gain.
One downside to the cabbage soup diet is the fact that it not for the long term. It can only be done for a period of seven days. By the end of the week, the person can lose as much as 15 pounds depending of course on the meal that he or she has eaten during the program and how much you have adhered to the guidelines. Beyond the prescribed week, continuing the program can be dangerous to one’s health as too much weight will already be lost.
Because of this, dieters often use the cabbage soup diet if they need to lose weight fast. In fact, most people use the program to get into shape before they enroll in a long term diet program. Some get into the cabbage soup diet program when they need to lose extra pounds for a special occasion.
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