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Top 10: Favorite Food

February 13, 2012 — Leave a comment
I heard so many stories of children who were either picky eaters or never wanted to eat their vegetables. I am so thankful that my little one not only loves his veggies but he actually enjoys them more than fruit! Parenting has no road map and every child is different so you never know what kind of eater you will get. Here is my top 10 list of foods that I never thought my child would love but does!
  1. Avocado 
  2. Squash
  3. Mushrooms
  4. Almond milk
  5. Cauliflower
  6. Kale
  7. Prune juice
  8. Peas
  9. Broccoli
  10. Bell pepper

What food does your child love that you never thought they would?

Photo Credit: Naotake Murayama

“I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.” Daniel 10:3 (NIV) 

The other day I finished a 21 day fast from sugar. Many people including staff from my church, LifeChurch.tv were doing a Daniel fast. Since I am already vegetarian that particular fast is relatively close to how I already eat besides the dairy, grains and sugar. So I decided to cut out the most challenging thing for me… sweets and that included sugar in drinks. I have always loved my desserts, especially ice cream (a major weakness for me!). This past month I had fresh fruit smoothies for breakfast or dessert if I was really craving something sweet and they were SO delicious and healthy too! The fast really helped me to see how much we truly do not need yet think that we do. I don’t need to eat sweets, especially every day but our minds can think otherwise and easily talk ourselves into having more than needed. And this is true in areas beyond just dessert, our minds can easily fool us into believing that we need more than we ever really do in so many areas… cars, types of houses, clothes, etc. My church starts every year in January with this fast (or a modified version) to start your year off fresh, cleansed and renewed physically and spiritually. It is such a great way to start each year off, the new things God teaches me or even just reminds me of are worth each day of the fast! If you haven’t ever done a fast consider starting with the Daniel fast, God truly does speak when we are depriving ourselves of things that are precious to us!

Photo Credit: Shimelle Laine

“To the Lord your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it.” Deuteronomy 10:14 (NIV)

It’s Monday and at my house that now means Meatless Monday. What is Meatless Monday? It is a movement that pledges to eat no meat or cheese one day a week (Monday). I first heard about this when I got an email update from the Environmental Working Group, which is the site that I found all the information about safer cosmetics. What caught my attention was this statement they said, “If everyone in the U.S. ate no meat or cheese just one day a week, it would be like not driving 91 billion miles – or taking 7.6 million cars off the road.” That is amazing! The more I read, the more I liked what I was reading. The less meat you have in your diet not only the healthier you are but also it cuts your chances of chronic diseases. Think about it… there are plenty of hormones in the meat these days. I already knew this though about your health and meat, what I did not realize was the impact it had on the environment. We can cut our carbon foot print just by avoiding meat once a week and having less meat that is wasted when we cook. Fertilizer, pesticides, toxins, hormones and more are all contributing factors to the meat making process and by cutting it out once a week we help the environment. Making green choices doesn’t have to be drastic or expensive. Yes, some are. But, something as simple as one less day a week we eat meat is something we all can do. Making choices for ourselves and our families that are healthier and green is something that gets me excited and I just had to share it with you. I get excited each week to try a new recipe, last week we had tofu tacos… amazing! This week we are having tofu and artichoke hearts with pasta. What is your Meatless Monday meal?

Tofu Tacos:

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Taco shells

1 Package of extra firm tofu

Taco seasoning

1 Table Spoon Olive Oil

Directions: cook tofu in olive oil about 5 minutes. Mix in taco seasoning. Garnish with your favorite taco toppings… minus the cheese!