Kids’ State Dinner a Delicious Success!

p070913ck-0122_original_cropOn July 9th First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed the fifty-four Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winners to the White House for a day filled with food, new friends, and fun! The enthusiasm was infectious at the second annual Kids’ State Dinner as children and their parents marveled at extravagant balloon animals, toured the White House Kitchen garden, listened to singer Rachel Crow perform, and, of course, dined with the First Lady. [Read more…]

Weekly Shopping Essentials

IMG_4765Fruits: All fruits are good whether fresh or frozen.  Bananas
, apples, 
berries, melons, grapes, oranges, grapefruit, plums, pears, lemons, kiwi, etc. Organic please.

Vegetables: All vegetables are great: fresh, frozen, or canned. broccoli, spinach, collard greens, cabbage, sprouts,  lettuce, carrots, kale, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, etc. Organic please.

Cereal: Look for around 5 grams of fiber per serving. Avoid those that add chemical preservatives, sugar, corn syrup, and/or cane juice. Try rolled oats
.

Bread: Look for around 4 grams of fiber per slice/serving. Avoid additives such as whey, sugar, corn syrup, caramel colorings, etc. Try pumpernickel or sprouted such as Ezekiel bread.

Beans (legumes): All beans are great. Buying them dried may be more economical, but make sure to soak overnight.  Canned and frozen are fine.  Try black beans, 
garbanzo beans, 
 lentils, and frozen edamame.

Grains: Whole grains with its fiber intact is preferred. Choose brown rice
, quinoa
, millet, etc.

Condiments & Seasonings: Apple butter
, balsamic vinegar, marinara sauce, cinnamon, vegit, nutritional yeast, cumin, 
mustard
, Bragg Liquid Aminos, ginger, garlic powder, Himalaya seas salt, and soy, rice, almond, or a plant-based milk of your choice.

Additional Protein: Tofu, tempeh, hummus, miso, almond butter, seeds, etc.

Essential Fats: Walnuts (omega 3), flaxseed (omega 3), avocado, mixed nuts, etc.