Posts Tagged 'organic'
Category: Clean Fresh Living
Written by Holly Pellham Davis
Holly Pellham Davis hates plastic.
She’s not fond of conventional produce, genetically modified foods, or processed foods either, but plastic is what really rankles her. “Foods packaged in plastic typically contain additives, preservatives, shelf-life stabilizers, hydrogenated oils, dyes, and other harmful ingredients,” she explains.
Through her business, Clean Fresh Living, Holly educates clients on achieving optimal health and offers specific services ranging from eliminating plastics and other toxins to creating healthy and quick meal plans. For the past eight months, she has also served as a wellness contributor on the D Moms blog, D Moms Daily, sharing information and strategies to help readers live healthier lives.
Reading Holly’s posts can be a bit like navigating the five stages of grief. There are a lot of things she wants you to eliminate from your life. Once you get past denial, anger, bargaining, and depression, you finally hit acceptance, nodding your head in agreement as she enlightens and informs.
Having reached the all-important acceptance stage myself, I knew I had to move beyond nodding and actually apply Holly’s wisdom to my own pantry. I thought it would be a relatively pain-free process, as, at first glance, the contents of my pantry appeared largely virtuous — ample whole grains, low-fat soups, and veggies. But upon closer investigation, I discovered a slew of red flags (i.e., stacks of canned goods, plastic bags teaming with white pasta, a motley stash of ancient candy). It was clear I needed Holly to walk me through the overhaul firsthand. She obliged, and after an afternoon of purging, replacing, and organizing the contents, I’m proud to say that my pantry is now the picture of health.
See more photos from our pantry makeover and download a list of Holly’s pantry essentials at moms.dmagazine.com/pantry.
photography by Elizabeth Lavin
1 / Ditch plastic and cans.
“No plastic is nontoxic, and most aluminum cans have a lining containing BPA, an endocrine-disrupting chemical banned in baby bottles but still used in can liners. Foods packaged in plastic and metal cans become contaminated by their containers. Eliminate this type of packaging.”
2 / Go for the real thing.
“Replace packaged, processed foods with alternatives that are closer to nature. For example, instead of (seemingly healthy) granola bars, stock your pantry with jars of organic nuts, dried fruits, and dark chocolate chips. Break it down and simplify. Health is not about deprivation; it’s about purity. Changing our qualifications for what we consider food will transform our body and support the perfect functions it performs.”
3 / Stock the staples.
“As a working mom of two, I need cooking three meals a day to be fast and easy, so I keep my pantry filled with organic versions of quality olive oil, chicken broth, beans and lentils, salsa, diced tomatoes, quinoa, brown rice, whole wheat spaghetti, nuts and seeds, rolled oats, buckwheat udon noodles, and organic dark chocolate bars (always the chocolate). A well-stocked pantry makes it hard to justify grabbing unhealthy food on the go.”
4 / Read the fine print.
“Sadly, just because something is on the shelves of a natural food market doesn’t automatically mean it’s good for you, so I am a vigilant label scrutinizer. Avoid anything containing MSG, high fructose corn syrup, propylene glycol (common in bakery icing—and antifreeze), and nonsustainable palm oil. Once you find brands that live up to your standards, stick with them. Columbia River Organics and Eden Organics are two of my trusted brands. Eden is committed to pure foods, is passionate and purposeful about the environment, and was the first to make can linings BPA free.”
5 / Organize it.
“Keeping everything categorized and identifiable makes it easy for kids to grab healthy snacks. Ditch plastic packaging and decant into toxin-free, airtight glass jars. (I like to repurpose glass jars and canning jars.) Eschew plastic shelf liners for naturally antibacterial cork, and use stainless steel or jute baskets to corral potatoes, onions, and small items like baking powder and spices.”
Read Holly Davis’ weekly D Moms Daily column at moms.dmagazine.com/hollydavis.
Category: Clean Fresh Cooking
Written by Holly Pellham Davis
It's almost that time again.... back to school! And with even more studies popping up with findings that skipping breakfast increases cardiovascular disease, decreases cognitive function and sets us up for future unhealthy cravings throughout the day, I thought I would re-post this article I wrote a while back to help start the day in a way that sets us on a healthy path. Here it is:
Almost every single day, my children come home with “you would not believe” stories about different “foods” that kids eat at school. They don’t mean it in a snobby or judgmental way, rather they are afraid for said kids health and plead with me to “p-u-h-l-e-e-z-e come to school and talk to them!” (thereby saving the child’s life). I love them for that. They are my mini crusaders. So let’s do talk kids and food and see if we can’t save the day.
As expected, our first stop is breakfast. A child’s ability to properly function throughout the day rests on this meal. It is imperative for sustained energy, concentration, and focus. Breakfast also dictates what the body will crave as the day goes on. If breakfast is a toaster pastry (high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, GMOs, chemical preservatives,dyes, and synthetic vitamins), a donut (fried chemical cocktail), a white bagel, Starbucks pound cake (it clocks in at 46g sugar and 490 calories…opt for the oatmeal), a muffin, a frozen waffle, high-sugar cereal, or other processed, sugar-laden food, then the body is being set up to fail, fall, and crash.
Here with some of our favorite energy-imparting, super healthy breakfast options:
Protein smoothie made with a protein base such as 1 scoop of hemp protein combined with 1/2 c organic blueberries, 1 frozen organic banana, 1 tbs organic chia seed, and 1 cup of unsweetened organic almond milk.
1-2 tbs. freshly ground organic nut butter with organic peeled and cored apple slices, plus a handful of fresh organic blueberries (or other seasonal berries), and 1/2 organic banana sliced on top of 1/2 c plain Greek yogurt.
Steel cut organic oats or organic whole rolled oats with organic unsweetened almond milk, a dash of raw honey, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Top with 1/2 c fresh organic berries. Serve with 8-10 raw organic California almonds.
Two poached (or steam “fried”) organic, pasture-raised eggs served on a toasted organic whole grain English muffin, and topped with 1/2 slice rBgh free, unprocessed, Organic Valley American cheese. Serve with orange and banana slices.
Two scrambled organic, pasture-raised eggs on a sprouted wheat tortilla with fresh salsa. Serve with a side of fresh berries.
Low-sugar (under 7 grams of sugar is a must…be sure to check the serving size) granola or high-fiber cereal such as Ezekiel or Living Intentions SuperFood Cereal (or make your own granola with organic old fashioned rolled oats, groats, chopped raw almonds (soaked), shredded coconut, dried cranberries, and raw honey).
Contrary to how many of us grew up eating cereal (big full bowl with a flood of cow’s milk), use the grains as a topping for organic plain Greek yogurt and fresh organic berries, or use only 1/2 a cup granola or cereal and top with fresh organic seasonal berries and chopped organic walnuts.
For a mad dash out the door breakfast, I keep boiled organic, pasture-raised eggs on hand. A boiled egg, alongside an organic nut butter and banana slices on an English muffin make for an easy “eat in the car” breakfast. Just make sure you put in it a glass to-go container.
Here are a few other breakfast guidelines I live by:
Think out of the box, and try not to serve food that comes out of one.
Skip the fruit juice unless it’s fresh pressed and mixed with protein. I typically only serve purified water with fresh lemon wedges in the morning.
Skip the jelly. For your child with a sweet tooth, slice fresh bananas and sprinkle them with raw honey instead. You will be surprised at how quickly those sugar expectations decline.
Never serve children pork bacon, sausage, chorizo, or other processed breakfast meats, as they contain nitrates, which are a leading cause of Leukemia and pancreatic cancer.
If the idea of making breakfast while you’re still bleary eyed sends you over the edge, here are some strategies to make things more manageable:
Adhere to a morning schedule. Designate 30 minutes for breakfast to ensure enough time to fuel up for the day. Scheduling that time teaches a child that breakfast is important, and following through with truly nutritious foods is essential for their health. If a child complains of not being hungry in the morning, try feeding them dinner no later than 6 pm the night before.
Also cut sugar and processed foods from their diet and increase daily water and vegetable intake. (I also suggest a daily probiotic supplement.) I promise, in a short time, they will look forward to breakfast!
Plan and prepare for the following morning the night before by doing thing like washing and cutting fruit, soaking steel-cut oats and almonds, and boiling eggs. Mix it up! Try not to serve the same thing over and over. Little changes go a long way!
Lead by example. We can preach, plead, and teach all day, but friends, if we aren’t livin’ it, they are believin‘ it. Kids need our help. Obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes threaten our children’s lives. Childhood obesity has doubled in children and tripled in adolescence in the past thirty years (we are talking 1983.) It’s up to us, as their care takers, to change the tide, and that change begins at home. The belief system that kids are entitled to “be kids” and eat donuts, candy, and sugar snacks is flawed. Kids are entitled to run, play, and grow up without the threat of disease. It all hurts, it all shows up one day… the bill always comes. Make every effort to ensure the health of your child. It will be one of the most important things you will ever do.
Here's to Healthy beginnings,