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F is for Fungi!

 

This week from the ABC's of Plant-Based Ingredients, we will be learning about mushrooms and have Fun with Fungi! 

Now I understand that the texture of mushrooms is not really fun so we all just have to get past the squishy and slippery texture because it’s worth it!

Kids, and many grown-ups,  will still crinkle their noses at the texture, color and smell of mushrooms.  They are not the most inviting thing to eat.  If there is absolute refusal by kids, and grown ups alike, try hiding mushrooms in things like soups, gravy’s, sauces etc. You can put mushrooms in stalk or water base and puree it first and then add the rest of the ingredients as whole.  Or chop and dice them as small as you possibly can so the squishiness is hidden.  You can also try to puree mushrooms within sauces like mac and cheese, marinara or hummus. 

You want to get Mushrooms in your diet somehow because they are a powerhouse of nutrients, protein, B12 and...

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E is for Vitamin E | Natural Anti-Aging Foods | Plant-Based Sources

 

 

Vitamin E is one of the top antioxidants on the planet.  And lucky for us, the top 10 sources of Vitamin E comes from plants! #thepowerofplants

Check out the list below from our friends at Medical News Today   https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324308.php

  • Sunflower seeds
  • Almonds
  • Peanuts
  • Oils
  • Avocados
  • Spinach
  • Swiss chard
  • Butternut squash

Vitamin E is good for your vision, reproduction, blood and brain...blah blah blah...but I have decided that there is a "gracefully aging" incentive for us to eat foods containing Vitamin E when we think of it in a vanit-E or Ego sense. 

Vitamin E is the crème de la crème when it comes to protecting, maintaining and securing your beauty or handsomeness.  It keeps hair smooth and silky, skin firm and full of life, nails strong and durable, and can lighten scars, stretch marks and dark spots!  Yes vanit-E!  I have just decided I will now coat my body and hair...

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D is for Dates | Decadent Chocolate Truffles with Dates | Simple Plant-Based Recipes with Dates

 

 

This week from the ABC's of Plant-based Nutrition, we are learning about the tiny but mighty Date! 

 

 

Fun challenge for both kids and grown ups:

Who can pronounce this word? - ANTHOCYANIN

Antho-whaaaaaaaaaat???

If you were one of the smartie pants that pronounced it, do you know what it means?

Anthocyanin pretty much means that dates are anti-everything that tries to hurt your insides!  They are awesome little fighters! POW!

 

Fun Facts for Kids!

Do you want to be able to run and play allllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll day?  Dates have tons of potassium, 167mg in each date!  This helps you run and play longer without getting all tired!

Have a fever?  Blending dates in your favorite plant based milk and drinking it can soothe your fever.  Plus the sweetness is an added bonus.  Want another bonus?  If your belly hurts or going potty has become difficult, this will help that as well!

Young children who are...

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A is for Artichokes | Atherosclerosis | Awareness | Kids Fit Kitchen |

 

Plants. People. Purpose.

Welcome to the ABC's of Kids Fit Kitchen week of fun featuring A is for Artichoke, Atherosclerosis and Awareness! 

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Plants.

Learn the Fun Facts for Kids and Fun Facts for Grown Ups about why an Artichoke is good for you!  Watch a short 'how to' video on how to steam and eat an artichoke!   And make sure to download the super yummy recipe for an Artichoke Tapenade!

Enjoy :)

A is for Artichoke

Fun Facts for Grown Ups

  • Are you a grown up who just cannot jump on the kale craze? I hear you, I get bored of chewing before I can even swallow. Crunchy kale dehydrated kale chips however I could eat all day, but I am digressing...sorry.  My point was that if you have not hopped aboard the kale train but are worried you are not getting in the antioxidants...
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C is for Cacao | Smoothie with Raw Cacao Nibs | Plant-Based Smoothie Recipe

 

This week we are celebrating one of the highest antioxidant foods on the market that happens to taste amazing like a chocolaty treat!  Yes...healthy ingredients can be so delicious that they taste like a dessert and not like chewing on an old shoe. 

I usually write the Fun Facts separate for kids and grown-ups but this time I thought they worked for both parties! But we all need to put our listening ears on for this one, there are lots of big fancy words!

Fun Facts for Kids and Grownups!

This amazing little treat is one of most antioxidant rich foods on the PLANET making it a true super food!   Tannins (I know where you were going on that one for a minute when I mentioned tannins...no it is not wine time yet) tannins in this ‘super fruit’ work as an analgesic, anti-allergic, anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, anti-viral and an antiseptic. 

wait......what and the what now?  Alright, alright, who blacked out this time from all the big words?...

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B is for Brown Rice | Brown Rice Plant-Based "Meatballs"

 

I usually write Fun Facts for Kids and Fun Facts for Grown-ups separately, but not this time.  Researching through the facts of all the health benefits of brown rice, I found that they relate to both kids and grown-ups! 

Fun Facts for Kids & Grown-ups:

Type 2 diabetes used to only be a concern for adults but now has unfortunately become an epidemic in children.  Studies have shown that just by switching out white rice with a whole grain option like brown rice daily, can reduce their risk for developing type 2 diabetes by 60%!  This is because brown rice is a slow releasing sugar which helps stabilize blood sugar levels. 

Did you know that brown rice is in fact white rice??!! Whaaaaaaaat??  White rice is brown rice stripped away from its outer coating and therefor stripped away from almost all nutrients and protein.  This is why you see 'enriched' on the processed white rice labels.  Companies have to add back in synthetic...

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