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healthy eating | The Green Beagle

Berry Mice to Eat You

Berry Mice to Eat You

Berry Mice to Eat You

 

 

Seriously how cute is this. What a great way to keep your children interested in heating healthy?! It is an even better way to spruce up any old cheese plate for a party. Keep this recipe in mind for Halloween parties or even children’s birthday parties. You can always dip the mice in a fruit dip or chocolate dip.

1 Package of fresh organic strawberries
1 Handful organic almond slivers
1 Organic string cheese
1 Handful of mini carob, peanut butter or chocolate chips
Spoonful of organic peanut butter
Wedges of your favorite cheese

1. Wash all strawberries thoroughly.
2. Slice the strawberry so that it can lay flat on the plate.
3. Take your mini chocolate, carob or peanut butter chip into the front of the strawberry to make a nose. Use some peanut butter to help it stick if necessary.
4. Use stick 2 more chips above the nose to make eyes. You can also add tiny dots of peanut butter to the eyes or just use peanut butter instead. (you can substitute the pb with cream cheese, fluff, or fruit dip if anyone has allergies or just doesn’t like pb.)
4. Stick 2 almond slivers above the eyes to make ears.
5. Make a whole in the back of the strawberry to add the tail. Pictured above they have used licorice but I thinks string cheese is a much better option and a little more fun too.
6. Cut your cheeses into small wedges and place on the plate with your Mice. You can add other fruit when serving as well like grapes and bananas.

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New Face For Eggs

New Face for Eggs

New Face of Eggs

Ingredients:

* Organic Free Range Hard-boiled eggs
* Organic Round crackers (any shape will do but round tends to be the easiest shape)
* Organic Vegetable and herb garnishes
* Organic Cold cuts, organic pepperoni or organic bacon (vegetarian options also)
* Organic or non-dairy cheese (sliced or grated anything that will add some fun)
* Condiments (mustard, mayo, ketchup, Sriracha anything to add the fun)

Directions:

1. Slice hard boiled eggs evenly and thinly.
2. Place the egg slices on crackers
3. Place out the herbs, garnishes, veggies, cheeses, meats or anything else you want to use for decorating.
4. Have fun, be creative and go healthy!

How are these for a super fun snack? Let your kids be creative and healthy while doing it!  Not all children may like eggs so lunch meats can be a great alternative! Allergies are always an issue too but these days there are excellent substitutes. Keeping your children interested in being healthy is a constant challenge so do what you can to keep them having fun with their food.

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Are Your Pots Safe?

I know most of us greenies are all about organic and local food for our bodies but what about the tools we use to cook and prepare our food? How safe are all of the items we use? Who knows, I have no idea what my pots are made of or where they really came from. I have some expensive ones that were gifts and cheap ones I bought for last minute reasons. I have never really considered what I am cooking in may not be safe at all.

Did you know:
When heated, Teflon emits toxic particles and gasses, linked to countless human health illnesses. Aluminum cookware has raised health concerns due to its effect on the human nervous system and is linked to Alzheimer’s Disease. Stainless steel contains both chromium and nickel, (the 18/8 stainless referring to the percentage of each element contained). Both of these substances in the form they are used to make stainless steel are considered toxic to humans, causing a wide range of adverse health effects.
Green Cooking Pots are made of enameled cast iron and are free of any chemicals, making them a great alternative to potentially toxic cookware. Green Cooking Pots and skillets make healthy cooking affordable and simple. Enameled cast iron absorbs heat and distributes it evenly, creating an efficient cooking experience, whether it is the slow roasting of vegetables or the simmering of soups. They can be used on any heat source including the oven for casseroles or baking bread.”

I have never actually thought of my pots and pans of cute but an added bonus to purchasing Green Cooking Potsare super cute and colorful! That may not mean much to you but I absolutely love color where ever I can get it so these pots have me way excited. I will say that the pots are moderately priced so to buy a bunch at once may not be a reasonable option for everyone but once your old pots are ready to be recycled you can purchase piece by piece or if you are soon to be married think about putting Green Cooking Pots on your registry.

The Cleaner Kitchen Kit

The Cleaner Kitchen Kit

The Cleaner Kitchen Kit

- Protect and Preserve your Plate with EAT CLEANER All Natural Food Wash + Wipes. Tasteless. Odorless. Convenient. Effective. Safe.

Eat Cleaneris a company who wholeheartedly believed that food and health go hand and hand. Most would think that is a no brainer but today especially living in America where every fast food joint is pushing “healthy” choices your way it is easy to get confused or lost in the garbage. Eat Cleaner makes it their missing to set the record straight and bring you products that will help you stay safe and healthy.
Eat Cleaner’s Clean Kitchen Kit is a great way to get yourself started eating cleaner! The kit includes their fruit and vegetable wash, seafood and poultry wash, on the go fruit and veggie wipes & a wash + dryer kit!
The Clean Kitchen wipes are great for moms on the go to wipe snacks down before they get eaten or even at home. It’s important to teach children early about food cleanliness. You could even pack the wipes in their lunches. As for the at home washes I always wash my fruit and veggies obsessively and never really feel they are clean enough that goes double for any poultry or fish we eat. I sometimes hear rising poultry or fish is unnecessary because cooking will kill any bacteria or germs but I don’t buy it.
Try the Eat Cleaner Clean Kitchen Kit and tell me how you like it!

About Eat Cleaner:

When it comes to health, we all want to do the right thing but half-truths and inconclusive information can clutter an otherwise logical vision. Our Eat Cleaner mission is to set the record straight on what’s on our plates and help everyone take matters into their own hands.  It goes beyond a product. It’s a way of life.

Organic Grapefruit Chicken Satay Salad

Grapefruit Chicken Satay Salad 

Ingredients:
2 organic pink or ruby-red grapefruits
1 pound organic skinless boneless chicken breasts or tenders
1 teaspoon organic dry mustard
1 teaspoon organic garlic powder
1 teaspoon organic ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon organic ground coriander
1 teaspoon organic ground ginger
1 teaspoon organic ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup organic peanut butter
2 tablespoon organic reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon organic sugar
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
8 cups organic romain lettuce

Directions:

1. Remove the peel and white pith from grapefruits. Cut the grapefruit into pieces and put in a bowl. Then squeeze any remaining fruit to get some juice. Keep the fruit and juice separate.

2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a broiler pan or baking sheet with foil.

3. Toss chicken, dry mustard, garlic powder, cinnamon, coriander, ginger, pepper and salt in a large bowl until the chicken is well coated. Place on pan in a single layer. Broil the chicken until cooked through, for at least 5 minutes.

4. While the chicken is cooking, mix peanut butter, soy sauce, sugar and hot sauce into the grapefruit juice until smooth. Add the cooked chicken and lettuce; toss to combine. Let sit for 5 minutes to make sure everything is coated then serve.
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5 Fab Foods to Help You Stay on Track

On my never ending mission to be in shape I find and read many health articles and blogs. I think it is interesting the differing sciences that can figure out how each body works and preform at its best. There are so many schools of thought and everyone seems to think they have the best plan. It’s difficult for me to know who is the “right one”. I prefer articles that gear it’s help with the use of science. After reading a few articles on what foods help keep your weight loss efforts in line I tried to get them all into one list using all of the information I read but “trimmed the fat” a bit.

1. Replace carbohydrates from sugar and refined grains with “good carbs” from fruits and vegetables. Orang-hued foods were found to be the most effective substitutes. Being that fruits and vegetables are high in fiber, they keep you full longer, high levels of antioxidants like vitamin C and beta-carotene fend off the fat. You can get a good amount of beta-carotene from carrots, cantaloupe, squash and peaches.

2.About 25 percent of your daily calories should come from protein, but you should choose lean sources like poultry, fish, low-fat yogurt, and fat-free milk to keep your calories down. Protein helps to you boost your energy, aiding in calorie burning.

3.
Selenium can lower rates of abdominal obesity. Several foods contain selenium, so it’s difficult to know if you’re getting the recommended 55mcg per day. The best sources are nuts, whole grains, poultry and seafood. Foods rich in vitamin E, like nuts and seeds, will increase the effectiveness of selenium in the body. Natural Raw Organic Cashews

4.    Several studies suggest that alcohol is fine in small amounts, protects against weight gain. Data reviewed have suggested one 4-ounce glass of wine as the best bet. While one glass has great health benefits, having more is just going to add inches to your waistline.

5.

Eating good fats like monounsaturated and omega-3s make it easier to stay slim, these fats are found in fish, nuts, olive oil, & avocados examples of bad fats, like saturated and trans are found in butter, shortening, pre-packaged cakes and cookies.


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