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Turkey Recipe and Cooking Time

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I’ve been meaning to write about this new Thanksgiving recipe and safety e-book my husband created for you. So, here I am! And this Turkey Recipe and Cooking Time e-book is pretty awesome, in my opinion.

It started out as a general food safety e-book. However, with the Holidays swiftly approaching, we both decided it would be better to focus specifically on Turkey Safety, especially because the following 5 steps are EXTREMELY important to prevent food poisoning. 

  1. Thawing
  2. Cleaning
  3. Separating
  4. Cooking
  5. Chilling

Of course, we didn’t forget to add some tasty recipes, which my husband made and we taste-tested.

A delicious turkey recipe is included as well as recipes for:

  1. Pumpkin Tart
  2. Sweet Potato Pie
  3. Whole Grain Blueberry Spice Pancakes (my absolute favorite)!
  4. Italian Stuffed Peppers that you can decorate to look like mummies
  5. A cute idea for serving vegetables at a get together or party.

These are basic, simple recipes that aren’t necessarily low fat or low calorie. However, portion control is key when you are eating for holidays (or any other time). This is what I remember when I eat anything. 🙂

Last year, at Christmastime, we created a couple of kid-friendly recipes as well. Click here to check this out.


Check out this super cool Hands-on Fall Food & Spices project.

If you want more in-depth information on food safety, and you don’t want to wait for me to finish my project on this subject, here are a few links to help you teach your kids:

Super cute teaching materials already prepared for you!

Food Safety with Beth (Teachers Pay Teachers store–not an affiliate)

Government Food Safety Sites:

Centers for Disease Control Food Safety Home Page

Food Safety.gov

Post on how to use my Halloween Food Science and Math Unit Study

And don’t forget to check out my Meal Planning for Kids Curriculum pack here.

Read my article, “Healthy Eating on a Budget” to give you a better idea of what “Meal Planning for Kids” is all about.

Sensory Friendly Vegetable Soup Recipes

Thanksgiving Desserts and Appetizers

Check out these super cute fairy tale books for preschool and kindergarten age kids

A Healthy Christmas Recipe for Kids

Printable Christmas Bookmarks

Nutrition Fun for Kids

Paleontologist Kids Elementary Unit Study

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How to Send Love and Comfort to Pregnant Friends During the Pandemic

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You know that Homeschooling Dietitian Mom has you covered with nutrition and homeschool tips needed to stay stress-free in lockdown. But what about your relatives and friends who are pregnant during these stressful times? Those women may need a little extra support from you to stay sane, and here are just a few ways you can safely provide that extra care and love.

A Thoughtful Gift Can Go a Long Way

If you want to support your loved one, consider sending a gift that will relieve stress and help her feel extra comfortable during these difficult times.

A Comforting Meal Can Also Be Helpful

Trying to grocery shop while pregnant or with a new baby can feel impossible during a dangerous pandemic, but you can help by providing nourishing meals.

Listening Can Often Be The Greatest Gift

Honestly, your loved one may not need actual gifts to feel safe and supported during this pregnancy but would prefer less tangible support.

In addition to carrying a child, your pregnant friends are also carrying the same COVID stresses as the rest of us. That’s a lot for anyone to handle on their own, so try to reach out and provide support if and when you can. Trust us, your efforts will be greatly appreciated!

Remember to turn to Homeschooling Dietitian Mom for great tips and advice throughout your parenting journey!

Other things you might be interested in:

Nutrition for Pregnancy – Recipes and Suggestions to Help You Start Out Right

10 Best Foods to Eat When Pregnant

Best Fall Recipes

Preschool Broccoli Activity Pack

Photo Credit: Unsplash

How to Send Love and Comfort to Pregnant Friends During the Pandemic

Article courtesy of Alyssa Strickland

Alyssa Strickland created millennial-parents.com for all the new parents on the block. Alyssa believes the old adage that it takes a village to raise a child, but she also thinks it takes a village to raise a parent! Millennial-Parents is that village. Today’s parents can be more connected than ever and she hopes her site will enrich those connections. On Millennial-Parents, she shares tips and advice she learns through experience and from other young parents in three key areas — Education, Relationships, and Community.

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Foods that Reduce Stress

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When you’re stressed out, the foods you’re turning to are highly likely to be traditional ‘comfort’ foods. For example, big meals, take-out, fatty foods, sweet foods, and white breads and grains, even excessive alcohol.

It’s true that when you turn to these types of foods, you often feel better. However, in the long run, you’re likely to feel worse. This is because when your body isn’t getting the right nutrition, you feel less energetic, and less able to concentrate and focus. So what kinds of food help reduce stress?

Foods that Reduce Stress

Filling up on whole grains, vegetables, fruit, low fat dairy and lean proteins is a great place to start.

These basic staples provide your body optimum amounts of nutrients. Not only that, but they work to fight both physical and mental health problems. Plus, these foods are less expensive than eating out!

Some of the best stress relieving foods include:

Avocado

Avocados are a creamy and versatile fruit. They can be eaten in a range of ways. For example, raw, in sauces, dressings and dips, or in a smoothie. Avocadoes have the properties to stress-proof your body. they also contain higher levels of vitamin E, folate, and beta-carotene than any other fruit. These antioxidants and vitamins boost the benefits of avocadoes even more. However, be careful with portion control when eating avocado, as it is a source of good fats.

Foods that Reduce Stress

Blueberries

If you’re feeling stressed out and reaching for the snacks, swapping chocolate or chips for one of the best superfoods is a great way to help you deal with your stress levels and achieve a higher level of calm. Blueberries have some of the highest levels of antioxidants, especially anthocyanins. Blueberries are linked to a wide range of health benefits including sharper cognition, better focus, and a clearer mind. Thus, eating more blueberries may help you to better deal with stress.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea has long been used as a natural bedtime soother, and it has also been used in clinical trials. These trials have shown that chamomile tea is effective in reducing the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder.

Chocolate

Dark chocolate in particular is best for you, because it contains more flavanols and polyphenols than milk chocolate. Flavanols and polyphenols are hugely important antioxidants which can help combat stress.

Beef

Grass-fed beef is not only kinder to the planet and to animals, it’s also good for people, too.  If you’re looking for more reasons to spend a little more money on organic, grass-fed beef, it’s also lower in fat than grain-fed beef as well as higher in omega-3 fats.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a healthy, filling comfort food. And oatmeal contains health properties to make you feel better from the inside out. For example, eating oatmeal causes your brain to produce higher levels of the feel-good chemical serotonin. This may calm you down and help you feel less stressed. Studies have shown that kids who choose oatmeal for breakfast tend to be much sharper throughout the morning in school compared to kids who had alternative morning meals.

Walnuts

If you’re looking for a healthy snacking option which will help you control your stress levels, walnuts are a great choice. There is no denying the sweet, pleasant flavor of walnuts and they can be a tasty snack or part of a healthy dessert. A versatile nut, walnuts are great for salads, or add them to a sweet treat such as coffee and walnut cake.

Pistachios

Studies have found that simply eating two small, snack-size portions of pistachios per day can lower vascular constriction when you are stressed, putting less pressure on your heart by further dilating your arteries. Along with this, the rhythmic, repetitive act of shelling pistachios can actually be quite therapeutic!

Green Leafy Vegetables

Leafy greens, including kale, spinach, collar greens, and broccoli are full of nutrients and antioxidants to fight off disease. Dark leafy greens, are especially good for you since they are rich in folate, which helps your body to produce more mood-regulating neurotransmitters such as serotonin, which is a ‘feel-good’ chemical. Making leafy greens a part of your diet will help you to feel happier and less stressed out overall.

Fermented foods

Last but not least, eat fermented foods such as yogurt can help to keep your gut healthy. A healthy gut will improve your mental health and reduce stress levels. Beneficial bacteria, known as probiotics, are found in fermented foods including yogurt, kefir, and sauerkraut. The action of probiotics are shown to positively  effect your brain chemistry.

Putting Together Your Diet Plan

Planning your meals wisely is key to not only staying physically fit and healthy, but also to staying mentally strong and being able to best manage your levels of stress. Knowing which foods to avoid and which are the best to reach for to snack on when you’re feeling worried and anxious is important to helping you get control over your emotions and fears.

As I mentioned previously, foods laden with sugar, are overly starchy, or greasy contribute to stress.

Eat stress-busting snacks such as fresh berries, dark chocolate, yogurt, walnuts or pistachios. Or sip on a fruit smoothie with avocado and leafy greens. Overall, when combating and dealing with stress, it’s important that your diet is balanced.

In order to stay on track, it’s a good idea to make a meal plan for your week and plan ahead.

Make sure the majority of your meals include foods that reduce stress. You will feel healthier overall, and your mental health will improve as well.

A good example of a healthy, stress-busting menu would be:

Breakfast: Oatmeal with berries or a fruit smoothie with avocado and berries OR

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes with Fresh Blueberries

Mid-morning snack: Natural yogurt with fruit or a handful of pistachio nuts

Lunch: A whole-grain pasta salad filled with plenty of leafy greens

Afternoon snack: Dark chocolate

Dinner: Grass-fed beef with vegetables

Before bed: Chamomile tea

Of course, this menu is just an example. But it gives you a good idea! Remember to exercise good portion control when eating foods such as nuts, chocolate, yogurt or avocado! As the saying goes, you are what you eat. So make sure that first and foremost, you’re filling yourself up with foods which are good for your mental health.

For healthy versions of comfort foods, check out my cookbook here.

Click here for some healthy recipes I have found recently.

Below is a super popular course I created to help your kids learn how to plan some healthy, budget-friendly meals:

Meal Planning for Kids

Other Things You Might be Interested in:

Benefits of Dark Chocolate

3 Reasons Fermentation is Fun

Reduced Fat Alfredo Sauce

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Before I list the 13 benefits of Omega-3s, let me explain what I mean when I discuss Omega-3s.

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Omega-3s are unsaturated fats that are important for good health for everyone. This includes babies, children, and adults. These essential fats are also important for children with special needs such as Autism and ADHD.

Omega-3s reduce the risk of certain diseases in aging adults.

For example, Omega-3s have benefits for persons with conditions such as coronary artery disease (CAD), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and macular degeneration.

13 Benefits of Omega-3 Fats and Oils

1. They are essential nutrients.

Omega-3 fats and oils cannot be made in the body, or there is limited production. For example,  there are three different omega-3s:

  • EPA, which stands for Eicosapentaenoic acid
  • DHA, or Docosahexaenoic acid
  • and ALA, which stands for Alpha-Linolenic Acid.

DHA can be converted to EPA. Also, ALA can be converted to DHA, but both processes are inefficient.

As a result:

Sufficient amounts of Omega-3s, require consuming adequate amounts in your diet to prevent deficiency.

2. Omega-3 fats are anti-inflammatory.

Inflammation is the what your body does in response to injury or sickness. When a part of your body experiences redness, swelling or pain, you are experiencing inflammation.

3. Omega-3 fats work to decrease Inflammation associated with diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

Rheumatoid is a disease of inflammation of the joints. And Omega-3s have been shown to decrease the inflammation associated with RA.

4. Omega-3s have been shown to reduce the severity of Macular Degeneration.

In case you aren’t familiar, macular degeneration causes age-related loss of sight. This disease has been shown in some studies to improve as a result of omega-3 therapy.

5. Lower risk of death from Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is associated with sufficient amounts of Omega-3s.

For example, CAD is one form of heart disease that is caused by clogged arteries.  Omega-3s have been shown to reduce the risk of dying from this CAD.

6. Omega-3s may reduce the risk of stroke.

For example, Ischemic stroke may be reduced as the result of sufficient dietary intake of omega-3s.

7. Omega-3s improve the blood cholesterol profile.

Specifically, Omega-3 supplementation may decrease levels of triglycerides in the blood. They may also decrease HDL, which is considered to be the good cholesterol.

8. Sufficient omega-3 levels are crucial to adequate brain development of babies before and after birth.

9. Additionally, omega-3s enhance immunity in pregnant moms who take omega-3s or eat fish regularly.

In fact, one of the reasons breastmilk is so healthful is because Omega-3s are naturally in breastmilk. The US started fortifying baby formulas in the 1990s for this very reason. Adding omega-3s is another example of how science is doing its best to mimic breastmilk.

10. Omega-3s are associated with a reduced risk of asthma. For example, one study showed this result in teenage children of women who took fish oil during pregnancy.

11. Omega-3s, particularly EPA, may help treat depression in some people.

12. And treatment of ADHD and autism has shown promise, though research is mixed.

13. Research shows that diets high in fish are associated with reduced risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

14. Treatment of Type-2 diabetes has shown some promise as well. (Wait that’s 14)!

So which omega-3s should you take?

I’m so glad you asked because three different Omega-3 fats must be taken in through the diet. Read below to find out more.

EPA – Eicosapentaenoic acid

Sources

  1. Fatty fish such as salmon
  2. Swordfish
  3. Tuna
  4. Mackerel
  5. Supplements
  6.  EPA can be converted from ALA or DHA, but is not efficient.

DHA – Docosahexaenoic acid 

Sources

  1. Fish only (or fish oil supplements)
  2. Cold-water fish, including mackerel
  3. Herring
  4. Tuna
  5. Salibut
  6. Salmon
  7. Cod liver (oil)
  8. Whale and Seal blubber
  9. DHA can be converted from ALA in the body but is not an efficient process

Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA)

Sources

  1. Nuts (particularly black walnuts) and nut butters
  2. Chia and flax seeds
  3. Soybean oil
  4. Canola oil
  5. Olive oil
  6. Avocado

Below are three different fish oils we have used, and that I recommend. They are some of the highest quality on the market, and the dosages are not too high. These are Amazon affiliate links.

The one on the left is the one our family takes. We gave our 13-year-old the Carlson Kids Chewable until about six months ago. He really liked them, but I wanted to give him a higher dose. He tried the fish oil in the middle, but didn’t like it after awhile. It is very lemony (and they have orange too), but not sweet at all.

FREE! 100 Quick & Easy Meals Even Kids Can Make

For Further Study

5 Reasons Why You Should Eat More Fish

Does Food Affect Autism?

Information on DHA from Web MD

Introduction to Omega-3s

US Dietary Guidelines 

Who Needs Omega-3s?

3 Types of omega-3s

6 Symptoms of Omega-3 fatty acid deficiency

Seafood Intake of Americans and Recommendations

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Chow Fun for Kids – Things to Do with Your Kids in the Kitchen

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There is something about the Fall season that makes me feel comforted. I think the fact that the colors of the season are warm is one reason. I just love rusty oranges, reds, and purples. But I also think it’s because we’re nearing the season when we spend more time with family.

As a dietitian, one of the ways fall affects me is that I start thinking more about being in the kitchen.

Or at least getting my husband and son in the kitchen! 😉 So, when I started brainstorming things I could create to give you fun things to do with your kids, I did some internet searches. And I was so excited to find that many people are searching for fun things to do with their kids in the kitchen, specifically Chow Fun.

As you already know, “chow” is another way of saying “food.”

Since food and nutrition is right up my alley (and my hubby’s), I knew I was off to a good start. 🙂 But I also wanted to create something unique that you and your family could enjoy and learn from.

After all, you are my friends. So, I want to give you something to make the season more memorable, fun, while at the same time educational.  Also, bringing something you can use at other times of the year is important. After all, even though certain spices are specifically used during the fall season, they are used year-round as well! So…

When I think about the fall season, spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger come to mind.

So, I thought it would be super fun (and educational) for you to get in the kitchen with your kids and have some chow fun with these fall spices. As a result, I created a SUPER AWESOME Activity Pack devoted to spices and foods of the fall season. I’m hoping that these activities will get your kids in the kitchen, no matter how young or old they are. Also, I’m excited that they will be experiencing the pleasure of smelling, tasting, touching, seeing, and making their own unique spice combination.

And when your kids figure out what kinds of yummy treats they can make with the spices, they’re going to be even more enthusiastic about doing it! I know my son was. See below for example.

By the way this recipe is included in the spice activity pack as well as a recipe for homemade cream of pumpkin soup, and homemade vanilla butter. And links are included to dozens more ideas.

Check out these delectable cinnamon rolls! They are just coming out of the oven!

By the way, most of the kitchen projects will utilize a mortar and pestle.

I chose the mortar and pestle method for a variety of reasons.

First and foremost, I wanted the kitchen projects to be safe for everyone in your family, including preschoolers. All of us learn better when we are “hands-on” in our learning. However, preschoolers especially will experience first-hand the wonders of the season with this project.

Secondly, I think that learning how to use the mortar and pestle will be a great hands-on exercise to help with the development of fine and gross motor skills.

Thirdly, when your kids are in the kitchen doing projects, they are actively learning, which they usually love! Plus, this will give you the chance to spend time with them. Better yet, if they have brothers and sisters, they get to practice working together as a team.

And last but not least, getting most kids to taste new and unfamiliar foods can be a challenge. This can especially be a problem if they are picky eaters. But I have found that my son, who is autistic, is much more interested in trying new foods when he has prepared them himself.

There are other reasons, but I’ll stop now.

By the way, can you think of any other reasons why getting your kids in the kitchen and learning how to prepare and cook food would be a good experience for everyone in the family?

Leave a comment below. I’d LOVE to hear from you!

Chow Fun for Everyone!

My hubby and son worked together to complete the project to make sure it would work. We learned that it takes quite a while to get those whole spices ground just right.

So, the first thing you want to remember is that it will take time and patience to make the spices as fine as they are when you purchase them already ground in the store.

However, patience pays off, because fresh spices taste fresher and are stronger in flavor. Thus, you will not need to use as much fresh spice.

The other challenge is finding all of the spices if you don’t live in an area where the store sells them. For example, we bought whole nutmeg from Amazon because they didn’t have it in our regular grocery stores. So, if you have any problems finding the spices listed, you can one of two things:

  1. Find an online store to purchase them
  2. Buy already ground.

I do hope you will not have to resort to number two. However, it is true that there are tons more activities included in my mega pack. If you click here now, you find a better explanation of the product itself. 🙂

If you or your children get tired of grinding the old-fashioned way.

You can also break out a coffee grinder or food processor and finish it off. That’s what my husband ended up doing.

By the way, the whole process, including how to make cinnamon rolls, yummy fall recipes, and much more is available in the Fall Spices – Get Your Kids in the Kitchen Mega Pack which can be found here.

Chow Fun for Kids

My son grinding a cinnamon stick using mortar and pestle.

Chow Fun for Kids

Freshly Ground Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger

 

 

 

 

 

Other Products You Might Enjoy

Fall Activities for Preschoolers

Halloween and Fall Food Science and Math

Gluten-Free Cheat Sheets

For more background on nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger, check these sites out:

Nutmeg: Tree, Uses, History and Description

Cinnamon History and Uses

History of Cloves (and other spices)

Ginger

Other Things You might Enjoy Reading

How to Make Video Games Fun and Safe for Your Family

Learn Latin – Prima Latina

No-Nonsense Algebra

Math Help Affordable Tutoring

ARTistic Pursuits – Sculpture Help for Your Kids

 

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There are three (3) types of fats and oils. But what is the difference, and are some all “bad” and some all “good?” (this post contains an affiliate link)

Not really. It’s all about balance.

The word “fat” is a general term, the scientific term being “lipid.”  Lipids include natural oils, waxes, and steroids.  All oils are fats, but not all fats are oils.

Let me explain.

Oils are fats that are liquid at room temperature, as a result of a higher percentage of monounsaturated and/or polyunsaturated fats. The “unsaturated” part is what makes them liquid. Fats are solid at room temperature as a result of having a higher percentage of saturated fats.

There is no oil or fat that is strictly saturated or unsaturated. All oils and fats are a combination of saturated and unsaturated parts.

The more saturated a particular fat is, the higher the melting point. “Melting point” refers to the temperature at which a substance will melt. For example, butter has a melting point of about 90 degrees F.  This is why butter is solid at room temperature. On the other hand, olive oil, which becomes partially solid in the refrigerator (approximately 40 degrees F), will melt once you put it at room temperature, around 70 degrees F.

Are some fats healthier than others?

Generally speaking, the unsaturated fats are considered to be more “heart healthy.” However, our bodies need some saturated fat to be healthy. Thus, limiting your saturated fat to approximately 10% of total calories from fat is considered optimal.

Another important point is that certain types of polyunsaturated fats are considered to be anti-inflammatory. For example, the omega-3s are anti-inflammatory. In contrast, the omega-6s are proinflammatory, if there are too many of them in the diet. The ratio is important for good health. An ideal ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 is about 4:1. Thus, omega-6 fats are essential, but balance is important.

Below is a list of fats/oils that are categorized by the type of fat they are primarily composed of.  Fats are not composed of all one or the other. For example, olive oil has 10 grams of monounsaturated, 1 gram of polyunsaturated, and 2 grams of saturated fat. Olive oil actually starts to get solid in the refrigerator. Canola oil, on the other hand, has 9 grams of monosaturated, 4 grams of polyunsaturated, and 1 gram of saturated fat. Thus, canola oil stays liquid in the refrigerator.

Sources of Mainly Saturated

Butter

Coconut Oil

Lard

Beef Fat or Tallow

Shortening (Artificially Saturated using a scientific process known as “partial hydrogenation”)

Best Sources Monounsaturated

Olive oil

Canola Oil

Avocado Oil

Nut Oils (Almond, Cashew, Macadamia, Pecans)

Peanut Oil (peanuts are classified as legumes/beans)

Best Sources of Omega-3 Polyunsaturated

Fish Oil

Walnut Oil

Flaxseed Oil

Hemp Oil

Perilla Oil (Used in Korean Cuisine)

Chia Seed Oil

Best Sources of Omega-6 Polyunsaturated

Soybean Oil

Corn Oil

In a future article, I will go more in-depth about each individual type of fat. All fats are essential to good health.

I will also discuss in future articles the differences between Omega-6 and Omega-3 oils. They are both important, but ratio DOES matter.

The anti-inflammatory properties of Omega-3s can be therapeutic in treating children with autism and ADHD, especially if they are deficient in the diet. Stay tuned for more…

 

https://www.choosemyplate.gov/oils

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There are so many awesome reasons for eating more vegetables, I hardly know where to start! And there are a great many healthy vegetables to choose from. Everyone should be able to find some they like. (Post may contain affiliate links).

I do know that I like to be reminded of the nutritional benefits of consuming more vegetables, because I find that when I am reminded, I’m inclined to eat more of them! So, for starters we’re going to look at 6 reasons you need more vegetables in your diet.

I’m hoping this information will help you and your children want to eat more vegetables as well. (By the way, if you want a super fun way to teach your children about the colors of fruit and vegetables, click here).

One of the reasons why variety in your diet is so important is because every unique food has something special to add. This is especially true of vegetables. In fact, I believe that’s one of the main reasons God created so many different kinds of vegetables.

6 reasons you need more vegetables in your diet 

  • Low in calories – eating more vegetables will fill you up without the overload of calories and will help with weight control
  • Small amounts of good carbohydrates and high in Fiber
    • The exception to “low carbs” being starchy vegetables (potatoes, corn, winter squash)
      • However, all carbohydrates in vegetables are GOOD carbohydrates, so potatoes are not a BAD vegetable. And potatoes and other starchy vegetables are excellent sources of fiber when you eat the skin.
  • Vegetables are low in fat.
    • Avocados are an exception; however, avocados are excellent sources of monounsaturated fats which are good fats.
  • Naturally low in sodium when fresh (or canned with no salt added)
  • Loaded with potassium
  • Rich in vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, B6, potassium, manganese

Now that we’ve discussed 6 reasons you need more vegetables in your diet, lets discuss 6 different vegetables and how their individuality can enhance your health when you eat more of them.

Lentil Tomato Spinach Stew
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Lentil Tomato Spinach Stew

Delicious, fragrant, healthy and inexpensive/frugal 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword beans, easy, frugal, healthy, high fiber, high protein, iron rich, vitamin a, vitamin c
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 185kcal
Author Deborah Hanyon, MPH, RDN, ACE-CHC

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces Dried Lentils (1/2 package) Don't need to soak before cooking
  • 4.5 cups Water
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1/2 cup Onions chopped
  • 1 14.5 ounce can Tomatoes (no salt)
  • 6 oz Spinach Fresh (can use frozen, thawed, 5 oz)
  • 2 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Oregano, dried
  • 1/8 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Parsley, fresh or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil

Instructions

Combine all ingredients into Dutch Oven

    Bring to a Boil

      Reduce Heat and Simmer covered for 45 minutes.

        Serve with pita or sourdough bread and hummus

          Tomatoes 

          The great thing about tomatoes is that they are available year round, plus they are so versatile, you can sneak these vegetables into almost any diet, no matter how “vegetable hating” the individual is.

          Tomatoes have a low glycemic index, are low in sodium (fresh, no salt added canned), are low in calories, and low in fat. Tomatoes are also high in fiber.

          For example, 1 cup cherry tomatoes, which is about 8-10 tomatoes, only has about 27 calories, less than half a gram of fat, only 7.5 mg sodium, 5.8 grams carbs, with 1.9 of the carbohydrates being fiber.

          High in Vitamins

          The same serving size of tomatoes is packed with vitamins and minerals, as the list below shows.

          Vitamin A (1241 IU – 25% US RDA)

          Vitamin C (18.9 mg 32% US RDA)

          Vitamin K (11.8 mcg 15% US RDA)

          Folate (6% US RDA)

          B6 – (6% US RDA)

          High in Minerals

          Potassium (353 mg 10% of US RDA)

          Manganese (8% of RDA)

          Choline (No established RDA, but significant to persons with Diabetes)

          See Below for delicious recipe that contains tomatoes.

          Bell Pepper

          Low in Calories, (15 calories in one small pepper), fat, and sodium (similar to tomatoes), and carbs, 6.9 carbs, 2.5 fiber

          One of the best sources of Vitamin C of any vegetable. One small bell pepper will provide you with 100% of your needs for the day.

          Also a significant source of vitamin B6. This is important because vitamin B6 is low in many diets. This is because of high intake of enriched breads and cereals, which have been stripped of the outer bran and endosperm.

          Bell peppers are not as good a source of potassium as other vegetables, but they do have potassium. And, it all adds up, right?

          Broccoli

          Low in calories, sodium, fat and carbohydrates. For example:

          1 cup chopped broccoli=31 calories, 6 grams carb, 2.4 fiber grams

          High in Vitamins and Minerals

          Vitamin A (567 IU – 11%)

          Vitamin C  (135% of needs)

          Vitamin K (115%)

          Folate

          B6

          Manganese

          Potassium (288 mg)

          Beets

          1 cup raw beets contains:

          59 calories

          13 g carbs, 3.8 g fiber

          442 mg potassium – 13%

          6.7 vit c – 11%

          148 mcg Folate (37%)

          Nutritionandyou.com states,

          “Beets are highly nutritious and “cardiovascular health” friendly root vegetables. Certain unique pigment antioxidants in this root and its top greens have been found to offer protection against coronary artery disease and stroke. These antioxidants also lower cholesterol levels within the body, and have anti-aging effects.”

          https://www.nutrition-and-you.com/beets.html

          Carrots

          Like most other vegetables, carrots are low in calories, fat, carbohydrates, and excellent sources of fiber.

          One thing about carrots stand out, however:

          Carrots are a supersonic source of vitamin A. For example, 1 cup chopped carrots contains 12,383 IU of vitamin A (a whopping 428% of US RDA)!

          In addition, 1 cup chopped carrots provides 13% of your daily needs of vitamin C, 21% of vitamin K, and 6% of folate and vitamin B6.

          And carrots contain more than 400 mg of potassium per 1 cup serving.

          Mushrooms

          Of course, mushrooms are low in calories, fat, carbohydrates and sodium like other vegetables. However, mushrooms are truly unique on this list.

          First of all, mushrooms are not actually vegetables. They are technically fungus. Second of all, mushrooms are “the only vegetarian food” that are known to make their own vitamin D.

          I always suspected this is because they naturally grow in the sun. And actually that’s what the science says.

          When mushrooms are exposed to UV (sun) rays, they make their own vitamin D. This increases the vitamin D content of them for eating. I don’t know about you, but I think that is so cool!

          According to www.Berkeleywellness.com:

          “Mushrooms con­tain a “pro-vitamin,” or precursor, called ergosterol that is converted into vitamin D when exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radia­tion. This is similar to how your skin synthesizes the vitamin in response to sun exposure. However, commercially cultivated mush­rooms are almost always grown indoors in the dark. As a result, they usually have negligible amounts of vitamin D. In contrast, wild mushrooms—notably chanterelles, mai­take, and morels—are usually rich in D because they get sun exposure.”

          http://www.berkeleywellness.com/healthy-eating/nutrition/article/mushrooms-and-vitamin-d

          So, if you want to get vitamin D from mushrooms, purchase mushrooms that have been cultivated in the sun or exposed to the outdoors while growing.

          According to research, the best sources of vitamin D are dried shiitake mushrooms.

          Don’t forget to check out my fun nutrition education resources here. I’ve created something for all ages.

          Broccoli Image:
          Skinny Cows Birthday Cards

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          There are at least 5 Reasons my son believes in Catastrophism, and why he doesn’t believe in macroevolution. (Post may contain affiliate links).

          Before I get into what my son believes and why, I would like to start with a few definitions.

          First of all, what exactly is catastrophism?

          “Catastrophism is the theory that the Earth has largely been shaped by sudden, short-lived, violent events, possibly worldwide in scope.” (Wikipedia).

          This is in contrast with the term “Uniformitarianism.”

          “Uniformitarianism is also known as the Doctrine of Uniformity. It is the assumption that the same natural laws and processes that operate in our present-day scientific observations have always operated in the universe in the past and apply everywhere in the universe.” (Wikipedia)

          So when I say that my son believes in catastrophism, this is what it means. It means he does not believe that the same natural laws and processes that we observe operating today can fully explain the origin of our universe.

          What exactly is meant by the term “Evolution?”

          When the term “evolution” is used, it is often unclear what exactly “evolution” means. And to complicate matters further, definitions differ between catastrophists (flood geologists) and uniformitarianists (evolutionary scientists).

          The main reason for the disagreement is because two types of evolution are often discussed, Macroevolution and Microevolution.

          Generally speaking, Macroevolution refers to the theory that, “All things are evolving in a positive beneficial direction.”

          For example, Macroevolution is generally defined as, “the process of one type of animal (fish) evolving into a completely different type of animal (amphibian).” This is what evolutionary scientists believe to be true.

          However, Catastrophists don’t agree that Macroevolution is true.

          The reason why we don’t agree with evolutionists on this definition is because

          Macroevolution requires an increase in genetic information, which has NEVER BEEN SHOWN to happen.

          Another concept that is important for me to clarify is the term “Natural Selection.”

          Natural Selection is, “the process whereby organisms better adapted to their environment tend to survive and produce more offspring.”

          So, how does this relate to Microevolution?

          Well, Natural Selection is an example of Microevolution. Natural Selection is an observable phenomenon–when it is correctly used as an example of Microevolution, because:

          Microevolution has been observed in the laboratory.

          For example, Microevolution is what is happening when bacteria become immune to antibiotics. Antibiotic resistance is not the result of an increase in information. It is the result of the passing on of already existing antibiotic resistant genes that are present in the surviving organism.

          To sum it up, when I say that my son believes in Catastrophism, I mean that he believes that the Worldwide Flood of Noah discussed in the Bible is an acceptable explanation for how the world came to be in the state it is occurring. And when I say that he does not believe in evolution, I am referring to the fact that he doesn’t believe Macroevolution – molecules to man, amoeba to man, etc.

          Now that we’ve got that cleared up, I want to mention a few ways I believe have helped my son decide on his own that creation and catastrophism make more sense than evolution and uniformitarianism.

          5 Reasons My Son Believes in Catastrophism

          1. He has been Given a Firm Foundation through Solid Biblical Teaching

          We attend a church that teaches the Bible, verse-by-verse. This means that when the Pastor teaches from the pulpit, he starts in Genesis 1 and goes all the way to the end of the Book of Revelation. He then starts over.  The same principle applies throughout our church, from Preschool on.

          Also, the Bible is taken literally and in a straightforward manner. For instance, if the Bible says that God created in seven days, we don’t use “science” to determine what God means by a day. We look at the Hebrew, which clearly shows that God meant one literal 24-hour day when he used the word “Yom.”

          Every summer our church has Vacation Bible School (VBS). And they have always been from Answers in Genesis which emphasizes creation and the trustworthiness of the bible. My son absolutely loved VBS. In fact, he went every single year from pre-kindergarten until 6th grade. In fact, he was really bummed when he found out he was too old to attend.

          And this past summer (2019), he attended by helping with one of the VBS classes. This is one of the first times he’s taken initiative like this. And I am so proud of him! (Yes, he loved it, and I am sure he will be doing it again next year)! 🙂

          Thus, my son is growing up with knowledge of the entire Bible within context.

          The Bible is the only true source of a firm foundation. The bible is also the only way to effectively combat the lies of the enemy.

          2. We Have Spent Time Discussing the Power of the Media

          Whenever I watch a movie with my son, if there is anything questionable about it, we will discuss it. For example, the Jurassic Park series. Many people don’t realize that the theme of evolution flows through the plot of the entire Jurassic series. For example, when they show ostriches running at the end of the first movie, the implication is that they are the descendants of dinosaurs. Or when they discuss the amber that the dinosaur DNA was found in, it is stated that the amber is millions of years old. That is, it is never questioned.

          Dinosaur Dan on PBS

          My son used to watch this show. In every single show of the series, Dan states “65 million years ago” at least once.  Teachers know that if you want a child to remember a fact, you repeat it and over and over again. This is why I don’t believe it is a coincidence that Dan states “65 million years ago,” in every single show. The producers want the young children to remember this “fact.”  Every time I would hear Dan say that, I asked my son, “How do they know that? Were they there? When you dig up a fossil, does it have a date engraved on it? What about the problem of index fossils?”

          3. Books that apply the Creation message.

          One of my all-time favorites is the “The Time Twins” series by DB Macks. I discovered this series through Creation Research Society Quarterly Magazine. I can honestly say I have never read a more eye-opening series than this one. Because there are a few scenes that are graphic, I waited until Nathan was 10 to read it to him. And he absolutely loved it. =)

          My OWN Paleontologist Kids Unit Study is one result of my years of studying this important message. Click here to see it.

          I have met some really interesting people over the years. One friend I met while at Loma Linda University has had a profound effect on Nathan.  MaryAnn works with Dr. Gary Parker in Florida. When she visits, she always brings hands-on goodies, such as fossils, to share and discuss with Nathan.

          4. The eruption of Mt. St. Helens 1980.

          This disaster is nicknamed, “The Little Grand Canyon.”  Mt. St. Helens testifies that it doesn’t take millions of years for layers and fossils to form. There is a little museum on the road to the Mt. St. Helens that you can visit. Here you will find evidences and discussions of the alternative viewpoint that you won’t hear at the “main event” up the street. While MaryAnn worked at the museum, Nathan benefited from her connections. 🙂

          5. He has been exposed to ALL the evidence

          When kids attend public school, they are only exposed to one side of the issue. Evolution is taught as fact with no alternatives allowed. In essence, the public school system has been “scrubbed clean” of any mention of the creation viewpoint. People have been led to believe that evolution is “science” and creationism is “religion.” Thus, most people don’t have a problem with that at all, to the detriment of their kids, who are growing up with a faulty foundation that will color their point-of-view for the rest of their lives. 🙁

          I have gobbled up all the good books I could find on the subject since before I even knew I was going to have a child. From preschool on up. This is an extremely important issue to me, and it should be to other Christians as well. This why I have taken every single opportunity I have had and continue to have to make sure my son sees things from both sides so that he can DECIDE FOR HIMSELF what he believes.

          Creation and Our Kids – “Already Gone” by Ken Ham

          The main reason we are losing our kids in college is because we have not prepared them for the onslaught of evolutionary thoughts and ideas that they will be exposed to at the college level. And the sad reality is that most so-called Christian universities are also compromising with the message of the bible and secular science.

          The point I am trying to make is this. Do everything you can to go along with your child, side-by-side, so that you can continually show alternative viewpoints to the media onslaught of evolutionary ideas they are receiving through TV, the movies, radio, and the internet.

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          Is the Paleo Diet Biblical?

          I have always scratched my head every time I meet a Christian who claims to follow the paleo diet. My reasoning is based on the fact that the paleo diet has evolutionary pre-suppositions. Let me explain.

          (Post may contain affiliate links).

          Is the paleo diet biblical? Strictly speaking, the answer is “no.”

          First, let’s discover together the original basis of the paleo diet.

          The paleo diet is also known as the stone-age or caveman diet. “Paleo” is short for Paleolithic.

          This is defined as

          “A very long period of human prehistory, extending from the first tool-using hominids at least 2.6 million years ago, all the way up until around 10,000 BP.”

          This diet is based on the assumption of what people during this time period ate. For example, it is assumed that the food “paleolithic era” people ate was raw, because they hadn’t discovered fire yet. Thus, their diet consisted of raw animal meat, fruits and vegetables.

          From the evolutionary perspective, people living during the paleolithic time period were “primitive.” In fact, according to the theory people hadn’t discovered fire and thus were eating everything raw.

          According to the paleolithic theory, everything eaten was raw and unprocessed. Thus, it is assumed that grains, refined sugars, table salt, and dairy weren’t part of the diet.

          You should take note of the time periods mentioned. The “10,000 BP” refers to “Before Present.” It is also supposedly the time when the “agricultural period” began.

          I want to be clear when I say that before “10,000 BP” NO HISTORY was written. Hence, the term “pre-history” or “prehistoric.”

          This is a very important point because this is when the scientist, archaelogist, or anthropologist has to start speculating because history wasn’t written down before “10,000 BP.”

          Fossils that are dug up don’t have ages written on them, for example. And neither do most archaological artifiacts. So, it’s important to remember that this is when the true speculation begins regarding how much time as passed and how much “primitive” humans actually knew.

          From a biblical creationist point of view, we need to eliminate the “primitive” aspect and the “millions of years ago,” when we discuss the Bible, because we know that humans were created in the image of God less than 10,000 years ago.

          Now, let’s look at what the Bible says about diet. For example,

          In Genesis 1, God said:

          “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to everything that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so. (Gen. 1:29–30)

          The paleo diet does not allow any beans or peas (legumes), or cereal grains. I’m thinking they were included in the original mandate since they definitely come from plants that yield seeds.

          Then after the flood, when Noah and his family came off the ark, God gave further direction:

          The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands. Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.” (Genesis 9:2-3)

          We can also evaluate what people during Bible days ate based on actual accounts. For example,

          Prior to Sodom and Gomorrah being destroyed, Abraham was visited by three angels. Genesis 18:8 tells us what he served the men:

          Meanwhile, Abraham ran to the herd, selected a tender, choice calf, and gave it to a servant, who hurried to prepare it. Then Abraham brought curds and milk and the calf that had been prepared, and he set them before the men and stood by them under the tree as they ate.” (Genesis 18:8)

          The paleo diet does not allow dairy products.

          The Song of Moses (Deuteronomy 32:1-43) states:

          He made him ride on the heights of the land and fed him the produce of the field. He nourished him with honey from the rock and oil from the flinty crag, curds of cows, and milk of the flock, with fat of lambs, And rams, the breed of Bashan, and goats, With the finest of the wheat– And of the blood of grapes you drank wine.” (Deuteronomy 32:13-14)

          Practically every food I can think of is mentioned somewhere in the Bible. Below are just a few examples:

          Spices:

          • Anise
          • Coriander
          • Cinnamon
          • Dill

          Fruits:

          • Apples
          • Dates
          • Figs
          • Grapes
          • Melons
          • Pomegranates

          Vegetables and Legumes:

          • Beans
          • Cucumbers
          • Lentils

          Grains:

          • Barley
          • Bread (Miraculous fish and bread provision–mentioned SEVEN times in bible)?
          • Corn
          • Millet
          • Spelt
          • Wheat

          Click here for an exhaustive list of foods mentioned in the Bible.

          Of course, many foods today are quite different, due to various human “improvements.” For example, genetic engineering (GMO) and hybridization.

          It is interesting that God warns people in the old testament not to mix seeds of 2 different plants.

          “Do not plant two kinds of seed in your vineyard; if you do, not only the crops you plant but also the fruit of the vineyard will be defiled.” (Deuteronomy 22:9)

          In Leviticus 19:19 , the warning is repeated and includes forbidding the mating of two different kinds of animals:

          “‘Keep my decrees. “‘Do not mate different kinds of animals. Do not plant your field with two kinds of seed…'”

          Mankind in his attempts to “improve” upon nature is creating known and unknown problems. I believe modern day processing, which involves pesticides, pest control methods, hybridization, irradiation, GMO, and the like, is a big part of the reason for the health problems of so many.

          For example,

          Evidence suggests that the increase in gluten intolerance and wheat sensitivity is related to the hybridization of wheat.

          https://www.verywellhealth.com/is-gmo-wheat-causing-increases-in-gluten-issues-562530

          This may help to explain why many people feel better when they remove grains from the diet. It’s not necessarily the gluten, though gluten can cause problems.

          Another potential key to the puzzle is that we eat a far less variety of grains than we did 100 years ago. And of course, people are much less likely to consume whole grains in sufficient amounts than they were 100 years ago as well.

          So, to sum it up. The Bible clearly shows that a variety of foods were eaten. As Christians, we know that mankind was not “primitive” in the early stages of life on earth. We also know that many things are being done to the foods in our current supply and that these things are causing a large percentage of the problems we are seeing today.

          So, is the “Paleo diet” biblical?

          Can a diet that is based on evolutionary suppositions improve the health of people when it is diametrically opposed to the very things the Bible teaches? I think not.

          Instead, what we should do, if we are concerned about the foods we eat, is try to eat organic and Non-GMO as much as possible. And of course avoid any foods that are known to be intolerable.

          When we start limiting the variety of foods we are eating, however, we are in effect limiting our access to the potential nutrients those foods contain. Vegetables, fruits, beans, seeds, and grains were created by God for our enjoyment from the beginning of time. These foods contain important nutrients that are often low in people’s diets, including iron and folate.

          Whole Grains Fact Sheet


           

          The reasoning behind the paleo diet ignores this fact. And when you start with a faulty foundation, you are likely to come to faulty conclusions.

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