Healthy body, healthy spirit, healthy mothering. This is the journey I have set out on with my two amazing children.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

our semi-healthy week

Stuffed zuchini. This was sooooo good. At least, I thought it was good. I used organic carrots, bell pepper, celery & onion from my CSA; which I chopped up into pretty small pieces. I browned (slightly burned) some hormone free beef with the veggies and 3 cloves of garlic. I LOVE garlic and so do the kids. Add a little bit of salt and black pepper, a dash of oregano and stuff a large organic CSA zuchini. Wait, I also tossed in a bit of parmesano-reggiano cheese for the kids. Bake this baby in a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes and voila. Although, judging from the picture perhaps I should've either cooked the meat a bit less or had a lower temperature in the oven. But it was still really good. The kids managed to gag it down because they both wanted ice cream for dessert. Darn picky eaters. Aren't these diced vegetables gorgeous?

Thursday we headed to Casa Bonita for dinner and a show. Healthy? Not in any way, shape or form. Fun? Definitely!

This semi-mexican food is greasy, cheesy and not all that great.

Kelen went for the cheeseburger and fries.

The sopaipillas are to die for! And they are unlimited. I believe I had three.

This morning we had our first attempt at green smoothies. I discovered a couple of things.

1. My kids will drink their veggies, even though they won't eat them.

2. I need a better blender.

I kind of experimented with this smoothie and it turned out pretty good. 3 organic bananas, a quart bag of frozen organic strawberries, some Zrii, about 1/2 C organic kefir, about 1/2 C orange juice, 2 stalks of rainbow chard with the leaves, 1/2 TBSP green powder, a splash of sea minerals. Blend it up really good. This is how I decided I need a better blender. I could still see pieces of the leaves in my smoothie. Maybe it's just me but I had trouble drinking my smoothie because I could see the green floaties. Don't get me wrong, it tasted amazing! I couldn't even taste the chard. It's just that I could see it. Apparently I have a very strong connection between my eyes and my stomach and it was very difficult for me to overcome.

I will continue to find new ways to get fresh organic veggies into our meals.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A Real American Hero

Finally caved and took the kids to see the new-ish G.I. Joe movie. I have been waiting for about a month for somebody I know to see the movie & report back to me on its appropriateness for my kids. Well, I got tired of waiting









And much to my was ok. Now this is an incredibly cheesy movie; I am not saying it is great cinema, and it is very action-packed. A LOT of violence. It's an army movie so I was expecting that. Lots of car crashes, explosions, ninja fighting (which means a lot of stabbings & throats being cut) but while it was clear what was happening there was no blood spurting across the screen. The only thing scary was a preview for some upcoming Leonardo DiCaprio movie (I made the kids turn around while it was playing).

My favorite thing about this film though. There was no sex scene! That is important so let me repeat it.

There was no sex scene. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you to whomever made this show. I won't let my kids watch Transformers or Ironman because of all of the gratuitous sexual nonsense that fills the screen. While there are tight form-fitting outfits for the women (& some serious cleavage) the men were actually wearing the same thing (minus the cleavage). For once it didn't seem as if the women were incapable of doing their job (being a soldier) because they were too busy traipsing around in 5" heels & teeny skirts. The men & women kick some serious a**, say some cheesy lines (including YO JOE!) & save each others butts more than once.