Tag Archives: healthy choices

Fit FAMILY Digest – March Edition

The March edition of the Fit Family Digest is hot off the press and packed with great information to start SPRING off right.  Click through for great tips on incorporating more fruits and veggies into your day, more sleep into your nights, and more time outside into your life.

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Are You a “SNACKTIVIST”? You SHOULD be.

RMN-snacktivist-3501My fellow family health advocates, Susan Hayden and Patrick Fellows recently turned me on to the fantastic concept of “Snacktivism” through the blog Real Mom Nutrition by Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD.

Click through to find out exactly what “Snacktivism” is and for some great snack ideas to help you be the “Snacktivist” your kids need you to be. Continue reading

Do You KNOW What Your Kids Are Eating?

The food industry in our country has become so complicated that many times it’s almost impossible to understand what’s in the food that we and our children are eating. 

Most of us already know this is true for processed foods.  For instance, sodium tripolyphosphate is an ingredient in Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.  I’d bet money that the average person has no clue what sodium tripolyphosphate is much less what it does!  Turns out it acts as an emulsifier and helps the food retain moisture.  It’s most common use, though, is as a water softener in detergent.  Other uses include antifreeze, leather tanning and flame retardants.  I’m suddenly wishing I hadn’t looked up sodium tripolyphosphate!

But what about our fresh food: fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, and grains?  Surely they’re safe since they aren’t processed.  We buy these in their original form.  Right?  Maybe not. 

Click through for an amazing TED talk by Robyn O’Brien on why we should, at the very least, be informing ourselves before making decisions on the foods we feed the most vulnerable and most vital people among us, our children.

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Cajun Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Cajun Sweet Potato Shepherd's PieShepherd’s Pie isn’t something you see a lot of in the Deep South.  In fact, until yesterday, I’d never tasted it.  Since I’m a meat and potatoes guy at heart, the idea of  a “pie”  made of those two things had always intrigued me.

Last night was a clean-out-the-fridge night so that I wouldn’t waste money by letting meat and produce go bad sitting on shelf.  So when I found sweet potatoes, zucchini, squash, and bulk Cajun sausage it seemed like the perfect time to finally try a Shepherd’s Pie.  The result was so DELICIOUS that I’ve already added the ingredients to my grocery list so I can make it again!

Want to use this recipe for Meatless Monday?  Simply replace the sausage with a can of drained black beans.  Now you’ve got a hearty vegan dinner! 

Experiment with different veggies.  Mushrooms, tomatoes, or eggplant would all be super TASTY in this.  Or trade out the sweet potatoes for roasted and mashed butternut squash.  The possibilities really are endless!  Have fun and make it your own.

Click through for the recipe for this SUPER healthy and VEGGIE packed casserole.  I promise you won’t be disappointed! Continue reading

Smitten with SWEET Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes are one of my ABSOLUTE favorite foods.  I eat them MULTIPLE times per week, EVERY week! 

Not only are they super DELICIOUS, they are incredibly NUTRITIOUS as well!

Part of my Sunday ritual is to cook up a big pot of Sweet Potatoes to have in the fridge for the upcoming week.

Click through to find out just how good they are for you and for my favorite EXTREMELY simple Sweet Potato RECIPE. Continue reading

Girls on the Run 5k CELEBRATION!

We’re closing in on one of my FAVORITE times of the year!  No, not Thanksgiving and not even Christmas. 

I’m talking about the Fall Run Louisiana Girls on the Run 5k CELEBRATION!

Saturday, December 8, 2012, come out to Pennington Biomedical Research Center and BE a part of an event so awe INSPIRING that you have to see it to believe it. 

Run, Volunteer, Spectate, PARTICIPATE any way you’d like. 

Click HERE to Register to RUN or click HERE to find out how to VOLUNTEER.

Participants of EVERY fitness level and every age will experience SUCCESS at this event! 

Warm up with ZUMBA!  

Watch the Girls on the Run team members PREPARE for their seasons-end CELEBRATION at the Goody’s Happy Hair Station and the SPIRIT Bandana Bridge! 

RUN or WALK your way around the BEAUTIFUL Pennington Lake to the finish line where everyone who crosses is declared a WINNER with their very own finisher’s MEDAL!

TRICK-or-TREAT for a CAUSE not a Curse!

Are you terrified of all of the HEALTH risks connected to all that sugary candy that’s about to trick-or-TREAT its way into your home?

Well never fear!  This year TREAT your family to the GIFT of helping out others while protecting them from health risks like insulin resistance, diabetes, tooth decay, weight gain, and high triglycerides. 

Click through to find out how you can open a DISCUSSION about charitable giving, the lives of soldiers serving abroad, and making healthy CHOICES all while your children EARN a few bucks!

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