Saturday, August 17, 2019

Lemon Lift Morning Muffins

My son said: "Mom, these are the best banana muffins you have ever made!"

My neighbor said: "Those muffins you made for us the other day were really good!" (this from a boy who eats very little at my house) Also, I made a batch with added blueberries as a bread, and this boy also enjoyed a piece of that, and asked for seconds!

My daughter ate a bunch of pieces after her soccer and cross country practices, and that's ok because it's a bunch of nutritious ingredients! Breakfast, lunch, any time!

It is simply Smooth and Sweet Banana Bread minus 1/2 c water + 1 whole lemon.
This photo is of the wet ingredients for a DOUBLE batch!
Lemony Lift Morning Muffins

4 ripe bananas
12 pitted dates
1/4 c milled flaxseed
1/2 c water
1 lemon, quartered, seeds and stem removed
1 c (240 g) whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda

Combine top 5 ingredients (double batch pictured above) in strong blender such as our Blendtec blender. Measure dry ingredients, then add wet to dry. Bake at 350 for 30 min or so, let cool, and enjoy!

Daily Dozen Checkmarks: flax, grain, and 3 fruit (dates, bananas, and lemon)

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Choose Chipotle! Choose Wisely!

When I am speaking with groups of students, they go wild when I mention that Chipotle is a healthy restaurant. I quickly have to explain that not everything served there is a healthy choice. We go through and decide together what options would be best.

Keep in mind, that almost all foods made outside the home contain an abundance of salt and oil, and often sugar. Hence, finding SOS-free (no salt, oil, and sugar) is challenging when eating out. You'll have to keep looking past Chipotle for that. Still, Chipotle CAN serve a pretty great meal!

Here you go!

1. Start off with plenty of salad!
2. Then choose cilantro-lime brown rice.
3. Then choose black and or pinto beans (grab double scoops of one or both!).
4. Add fajita vegetables.
5. Add fresh tomato salsa and roasted chili-corn salsa (these likely contain more fiber, though fiber content isn't provided on
6. Finish with guacamole and more lettuce!


On our last family vacation, I realized I still needed a "berries checkmark". I decided to toss raisins in my bowl! It was delicious! Ever since, I have been adding raisins to all my Mexican food!

Let's have a look at Daily Dozen Checkmarks.

2-4 servings beans
1 serving berries (when you add raisins...keep a bag in your car!)
1 serving other fruit (guacamole)
1-2 servings greens
0 servings cruciferous (hmmm, how about adding diced red cabbage?)
2-5 servings other vegetables (peppers, onions, tomatoes, corn)
0 servings flax, nuts, turmeric (...another add on from home?...just could get all your checkmarks in one meal!)
1-3 servings whole grains (3 scoops of rice would be a lot for me, but it's possible!)
1 beverage (I recommend the soda water...I love bubbles!)

I estimate about 10 checkmarks for me per Chipotle visit! Those shown below, plus a whole grain and a beverage checkmark.

1 meal = 10 Daily Dozen Checkmarks! (whole grain checkmark not shown)

~Gratitude shout out! Our family earned a lot of free Chipotle meals this summer from lots of reading, THANK YOU CHIPOTLE!
~Chipotle now has a rewards program, which I can't believe I haven't yet signed up for! Go for it!
~In case you missed my Taco Bell post, HERE YOU GO!

Friday, August 2, 2019

What?! A Movie about Sports Nutrition: The Game Changers

Save the date! SEPT 16, 2019

 The Game Changers

A fabulous, new healthy food documentary/movie is coming out in over 1000 theaters on September 16th! I simply can't wait! It is sure to be the new Forks Over Knives, with a sporty twist! I just love sports nutrition, one of my dearest passions!

Game Changers

"The Game Changers is a new film executive produced by James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Jackie Chan that documents the explosive rise of plant-based eating in professional sports, mixing real-time, groundbreaking science with cinematic stories of struggle and triumph. The film features some of the strongest, fastest and toughest athletes on the planet -- and it's backed by them too -- with additional EPs including Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton, top-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic, and nine-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul. ...[The movie also focuses on] the health of the entire global population."--from

In 600+ theaters! Order tickets now! 
Chance to WIN: If you go to the Game Changers website and sign up to be on mailing list you'll be in a drawing for tickets to the red carpet viewing of the movie on September 16th!

I should really mention that ever since I saw the original trailer for this movie, one of maybe two years ago, I have been stalking everywhere to find any word of when the full movie would come out. So yes, I am totally stoked to see the final version on September 16th! Join me!

 Vegan 2018

Vegan 2018
For something more than a trailer to watch, see what was all the news of veganism in the world for 2018. At some point in Vegan 2018, see if you can spot my tiny, little face shouting "Go vegan!"

There are movies each of the last few years:
VEGAN 2017
VEGAN 2016 
VEGAN 2015

Comments: what health movies do you enjoy most?


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