Chicken’d out

I swear I am turning into this person.

Okay, maybe slightly less crunchy-I do shave my armpits and wear makeup.  But still, lately I have been really turned off by meat.  Don’t get me wrong, sometimes I crave a big juicy BURGER, but I’ve been thinking a lot about cows and chickens. I’m not an animal rights activist, nor am I a vegetarian.  We don’t eat much meat, for various reasons…  I think it may have started when we lived in New York and had to walk by this place to get to the subway.

yeah- that is a chicken farm, urban style.  No thanks.   And when we DO eat it, I made an executive decision that it has to be free range (meaning the animals are not stacked in cages on top of each other, but in pastures running around) and grass fed/grain fed (meaning they eat real grass and not some weird pellet that has a bunch of animal remains in it).  Last criteria- it has to be hormone free.  Yep, they’ve been injecting hormones into animals for years to make them plumper, juicier, bigger, etc.  It’s not so much that I care about how they are treated (although I am an animal lover), but because I don’t want all that stuff in my body!  Who knows what those extra hormones and toxins are doing to us on the inside.  disease?  mental disorders?  mutations?  brain damage?? That’s a little over the top but still…It just kinda freaks me out.

Here’s a great article all about this kind of stuff.  Take a minute to read it and think about it next time you are at the grocery store.

Yes, this kind of “real” chicken is expensive, but it also tastes a lot better and makes me feel a lot better.  And guess what is more expensive than free range chicken?  CANCER.  I’ll take it.  So here’s to Collin- may I be enjoying you in a local restaurant soon.


5 a day the easy way

So…ever heard of green smoothies?  My first experience with a green smoothie was when I was 8 years old. We knew this verrrrry holistic couple who did weird things like brush the dead skin cells off their bodies in public places and bounce on exercise trampolines in the middle of parking lots ( I guess cause they kept a tramp in the car?? why not?).  Sound familiar to anyone? Anyway, I think they put anything green in it- broccoli, zucchinni, lettuce, peppers, etc. and then added 1/4 cup of pineapple juice.   Throw it in the blender and VIOLA- nastiness in a glass! Of course I hated it as an 8 year old and pretty sure I could down it now, but it would be hard.

So a few years ago, my mom introduced me to these awesome spinach smoothies and I am addicted!  When I am not super hungry for breakfast or lunch, I make one of these babies and it fills me up and makes me feel fabulous! Here’s the basic recipe:

1 BIG handful of spinach- like fill the blender almost to the top

1/2 cup orange juice

blend it up til it’s nice and smooth.

1 banana

1 cup frozen berries

Blend. THAT’S IT! Easy right???

This makes a big blender full, and I usually only drink 1/3 or 1/2 of it and save the rest for the next day.  This is such a quick and easy way to get all your fruits and veggies for the whole day.  I have been having a lot of fun with it too- I’ve been adding Kale, beets, collard greens, nuts, flax seed, cucumbers, carrots, peaches, oranges, blueberries, etc.  Anything!  I swear it is delicious. My husband can’t get enough.  And guess what folks? Even the kids like it.  No joke.  I can get my 12 month old to drink it straight- here is proof.

Look at that HAPPY face! You can’t fake that ladies and gents.

My 2 year old (the wild one) is a little trickier cause lets face it- who wants to drink something green and frothy (besides Shrek)?  So I mix his with plain yogurt and put blueberries in it and tell him it is blueberry yogurt.  It works about 50% of the time. Other times he is like “mom, this tastes like smoothie.”  You got me there buddy.  Sometimes if I add enough blueberries it turns purple and he is not so disgusted.

And there you have it.  All your fruits and veggies, phytochemicals, fiber, antioxidents, and nutrients in one drink!  Imagine if you had that for breakfast and then ate some fruits and veggies throughout the day too! You might start to look like this little lady

and how awesome would that be year round?

Try it.  You’ll love it.