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The U.N. in NYC

The U.N. in NYC

This week my husband and I got to do something totally out of the ordinary.  We went to the United Nations in New York City.  Organic Runner Dad was invited to speak at the U.N. to speak about,”small food producers and family farmer as agents of change for sustainable agriculture and food systems in the post-2015 agenda.” This was a once of a lifetime opportunity not to be missed and a chance to share our family farm, Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs and how we partner with small family farms to provide them with a stable and sustainable farming livelihood. I was not involved in family farming in any way prior to meeting Organic Runner Dad but when we were given the opportunity to go back and to join the family egg farm in 2000 after Jesse graduated from Bates we decided it would be a great adventure.  

Organic Runner Dad getting ready to talk about family farming at the U.N.

Organic Runner Dad getting ready to talk about family farming at the U.N.

Organic Runner Dad is a third generation organic and cage free egg farmer now Chief Executive Farmer following in the footsteps of his grandfather (a World War II dive-bomber pilot and squadron leader who returned to the family farm after the war) and his father who married into the family business.  For the last 20 years our family farm has been at the forefront of adopting organic principles and continued change towards sustainability. 

We love our family farmers. Mother and daughter packing eggs.

We love our family farmers. Mother and daughter packing eggs.

Nourish our People. Nurture our Planet.

Nourish our People. Nurture our Planet.

 

I was very proud of Jesse yesterday as he spoke with great passion about what we do and how we are working hard to support family farming in the U.S.  Jesse spoke to a room of about 75 people including many ambassadors. He even spoke with an ambassador from South Africa where they are now setting up organic egg farms to supply eggs to the local schools who was looking for advice.

We are at the U.N. in front of a piece of the Berlin Wall.

We are at the U.N. in front of a piece of the Berlin Wall.

I was so happy to be able to be a part of this amazing experience and to get a small glimpse into what happens in the U.N.  We heard many different languages being spoken throughout the day and were even allowed a sneak peek into one of the General Assemblies.

Have you ever visited the U.N. in New York City? Do you support family farming?

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Fresh Recipe: Banana Coconut Cacao Pancakes with Stonyfield Yogurt

Banana Coconut Cacao Pancakes

Banana Coconut Cacao Pancakes

Banana Coconut Cacao Pancakes

Disclaimer: I created this post as a part of the Stonyfield YoGetter Blogger Program. I was provided coupons for yogurt in return for this post. All opinions and ideas are my own.

Last week was National Pancake Week. According to Wikipedia.org, “Archaeological evidence suggests that pancakes are probably the earliest and most widespread cereal food eaten in prehistoric societies.”  Pancakes come in all forms from the very thin crêpe to stuffed pancakes in the form of a blintz which is often stuffed. Pancakes can be made with sweet or savory ingredients and in our house we have been know to eat them for breakfast, dinner and even snacks. Being and athlete I find that pancakes are a good way to pre-fuel for running but also great recovery fuel as well because they are often very nutrient dense. We also love pancakes in our house because this is a great use for eggs from our family farm Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs.

Pete and Gerry's Organic Eggs and Stonyfield Organic Yogurt

Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs and Stonyfield Organic Yogurt

I have to admit when I took on the challenge of creating a pancake recipe using Stonyfield Organic Yogurt at first I was a little bit nervous because I had never used yogurt to make pancakes before.  I quickly took to the internet and scoured my favorite recipe sites and of course Pinterest to see how yogurt is used in making pancakes. I quickly learned that yogurt is a great substitute for milk in pancake recipes and will result in a thicker denser pancake. After doing a little research I brainstormed flavors that would go well together in pancake and here is what I came up with. I hope that you enjoy my fresh recipe for Banana Cacao Pancakes with Stonyfield Yogurt.

Stonyfield Organic French Vanilla Yogurt makes an excellent pancake ingredient!

Stonyfield Organic French Vanilla Yogurt makes an excellent pancake ingredient!

Fresh Recipe: Banana Coconut Cacao Pancakes with Stonyfield Yogurt

Fresh Recipe: Banana Coconut Cacao Pancakes with Stonyfield Yogurt

Ingredients

  • 2 cups King Arthur Flour (all-purpose)
  • 2 tablespoons Organic sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 Tablespoons Organic Raw Cacao Powder
  • 1/4 cup Woodstock Farms Organic shredded coconut
  • 2 Pete and Gerry's Organic Eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups Stonyfield Organic French Vanilla Lowfat Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Stonyfield low fat milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 Ripened Banana Cut into Slices
  • * 1/2 cup stonyfield low fat milk

Instructions

  1. Mix all dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cacao powder, shredded coconut) in a large bowl.
  2. Gently beat 2 Pete and Gerry's Organic Eggs in a small bowl.
  3. Add wet ingredients into dry mixture including Stonyfield Organic French Vanilla Lowfat Yogurt. Blend until mixture is smooth.
  4. Add one pat of butter to your frying pan or skillet, heat to medium-low.
  5. Add desired amount of pancake mixture to pan in small circles. Add banana slices to each pancake.
  6. Flip each pancake once top of pancake begins to bubble slightly.
  7. Cook the other side.
  8. Flip a couple more times until pancake is cooked to your liking.
  9. Serve pancakes with banana slices, and powdered sugar.
  10. Enjoy!
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Fresh Recipe: Streusel Muffins with Blueberries and Blackberries

Snowed in or stuck inside because of the cold? It’s time for some baking!

Fresh Recipe: Blackberry & Blueberry Muffins

Fresh Recipe: Blackberry & Blueberry Streusel Muffins

Last week the kids were home with me all week which always gets me motivated to bake. Baking with the kids is one of my favorite things to do. They love putting on their aprons and getting their hands “dirty” in the “gredients.” also, if they are good little bakers they know that I will always let them lick the spoons when we are done so that they can help me be the taste testers for our creations.

For some reason my son has being asking me constantly if he can eat frozen blueberries which always leave him with the goofiest blueberry smile and beard on his chin. So after letting him gobble some of the frozen organic blueberries I decided we should make blackberry and blueberry streusel muffins. I just love warm blueberry muffins right out of the oven with a little bit of melted butter . . .

We decided to make streusel muffins because we just love the crunchy crumbly goodness that the streusel adds on top!

Do you have a favorite streusel muffin recipe or blueberry muffin recipe. Please share!

Fresh Recipe: Blueberry & Blackberry Streusel Muffins

Fresh Recipe: Blueberry & Blackberry Streusel Muffins

Ingredients

  • For the Muffins:
  • 1 cup all-purpose King Arthur Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Cabot sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon Organic vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Organic Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1/2 stick Cabot unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large Pete & Gerry's Organic egg
  • 1/2 Woodstock Frozen Organic Wild Blueberries
  • 1/2 cup Woodstock Frozen Organic Blackberries
  • For the Streusel Topping:
  • 1/4 Cup King Artthur Flour all purpose flour - you may need more
  • 1/4 Cup of Organic Sugar - you may need more
  • 2 tablespoons Cabot Unsalted Butter

Instructions

    Preparations:
  1. Preheat the Oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line muffin tin with muffin liners
  3. Grease any additional pans that you may use with butter (we used fun shaped pans for the kids!)
  4. Directions for muffin batter:
  5. Cream together butter, brown sugar and sugar (I do this in my KitchenAid Mixer but a hand mixer works well too!),
  6. Add the wet ingredients next: eggs, vanilla, and sour cream.
  7. Whisk together ingredients separately in a medium bowl–flour, baking powder and baking soda. Then add to the wet ingredients and mix until well blended
  8. Once the batter is mixed fold in the blackberries and blueberries (my kids loved the resulting purple color)
  9. Use an ice cream scoop to evenly portion out your batter into your baking cups and pans.
  10. Directions for Streusel Topping:
  11. In a small bowl whisk together 1/4 cup of flour and 1/4 cup of sugar.
  12. Chop softened butter into small pieces and combine with flour and sugar mixture.
  13. Sprinkle crumb mixture on top of muffin batter.
  14. Baking Time:
  15. Bake Muffins for 20 to 25 minutes until a fork or toothpick comes out dry.
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The end  result . . . just like you had imagined. 

Baking with my  kids!

Yum!

Happy Baking!

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Fresh Recipe: Camembrie, Spinach and Tomato Omelette

One of my favorite things to eat for dinner sometimes is breakfast or as some people might jokingly call it, “brinner.” When I was growing up we would often eat breakfast for dinner on Sunday nights and my mom was a masterful omelette maker. She always makes them very light and fluffy, something I am still working on trying to master. Thankfully I have an endless supply of our Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs for practice (well at least when Organic Runner Dad remembers to bring some fresh eggs home from the farm.

Camembrie, Spinach and Tomato Omelette

Camembrie, Spinach and Tomato Omelette

The best part about making an omelette is that you can choose a wide array of ingredients to fill your omelette.  I love to fill my omelette with fresh organic vegetables and fresh local cheeses.  I was very excited to find a Camembrie at my local Littleton COOP from Blue Ledge Farm in Salisbury, Vermont.  This cheese is extra special because it comes from a farm owned by someone that I knew when I was growing up. Greg Bernhardt and his wife Hannah Sessions began there farm in 2000 primarily milking goats and making artisanal goat cheeses. They farm using Sustainable Farm practices and have partnered with a farm in Whiting Vermont for the cow’s milk for their other specialty cheeses such as this amazing Camembrie.  Blue Ledge Farm Camembrie is according to their website, “a smooth mold-ripened Camembert/Brie hybrid! A buttery slice of bovine heaven!”

Blue Ledge Farm Camembrie

Blue Ledge Farm Camembrie

Fresh Recipe: Camembrie, Spinach and Tomato Omelette

Ingredients

  • 2 Pete and Gerry's Organic Eggs
  • Splash of Stonyfield LowFat Organic Milk
  • 1/4 Cup Olivia's Organic Spinach
  • 1/4 Cup Sliced Lady Moon Farms Organic Grape Tomatoes
  • 4 Small Slices of Blue Ledge Farm Camembrie
  • 1 Pat of Cabot Salted Butter

Instructions

  1. Whisk 2 Pete and Gerry's Organic Eggs with Stonyfield LowFat Organic Milk. Heat one pat of Cabot Salted Butter in a frying pan over low to medium heat. Add Organic Egg Mixture. Cook eggs rotating pan to allow eggs to begin to cook evenly. When eggs have finished cooking halfway, fill half of the omelette with Spinach, Tomatoes and Camembrie and allow cheese to begin to melt. Fold Omelette over when eggs are still somewhat soft to allow the edges to cook together. Flip and cook omelette to desired temperature. Serve with salt and pepper and a nice toasted baguette. Eat and Enjoy!
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Do you have any tips for making the best omelette?

Luckily I have done plenty of research on this topic and have come across this great tutorial from Epicurious which might help you if you are an omelette novice.

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Cows, Running, and Stonyfield Yogurt!

You are probably wondering what cows, running and Stonyfield yogurt have in common?

MOO! Translation: Well hello there!

MOO! Translation: Well hello there! I especially love the name of this cow. Her name is Pledge. I “Pledge” to only eat organic food!

It was all about the cows on my run today (and of course it is always about chickens . . . but I will spare you any lame yolks . . . I mean jokes. Haha!). Ironically today I found out I will now be a Stonyfield Yo-Getter (more on that later) and then on my run it was here a cow there a cow, everywhere a cow, cow . . .

Sanders Farm

Sanders Farm

I love where I live because it is in the middle of nowhere New Hampshire and my town still remains strong in its agricultural roots. I am proud to live in a farming community especially because our family organic egg farm (Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs) continues to thrive and also to help support the growth of other family farms right in our tiny town! But enough about the chickens and eggs.  Around every turn today it seemed as though I ran into cows with their sweet big eyes and giant wet noses staring me down as I ran by. Did you ever notice the odd gait of a cow on a run?

#BrilliantRun (Mizunos) on a gorgeous fall day in New Hampshire

#BrilliantRun (Mizunos) on a gorgeous fall day in New Hampshire

Today I soaked in my run. It feels like ages since my last run. I snuck out for a run midweek last week at a point when I thought I was feeling better and then my cold took a rapid turn for the worse. I finally felt my energy returning yesterday so today was happy for a warm fall day and some quiet on the trails. I took it nice and easy today trying to avoid instigating any coughing.  The workout today was an easy base run. 40 minutes of time to reflect and soak in the beauty of my surroundings. My run was just what I needed. It was cleansing and the views made me happy. Especially the cows watching my every move.

We're watching you!!! I wonder if they are telling me to mooooooove on by?

We’re watching you!!! I wonder if they are telling me to mooooooove on by?

I’m a Stonyfield Yo-Getter!

I also learned today that I am now a Stonyfield “Yo-Getter” (again ironic that I was hanging out with a bunch of cows on my run today)! A “Yo-Getter” is a blogger “who understand the importance of feeding their families in a healthy way. As a “Yo-Getter” I will be sharing awesome Stonyfield products with you and more about the importance of organic in my family and why organic eating is important for keeping your family healthy.

I'm a Stonyfield Yo-Getter!

I’m a Stonyfield Yo-Getter!

Of course this is a natural fit for me seeing as our family business is organic eggs (Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs). We work hard to cook meals and provide foods for our family that is organic (#petsticidefree) and unprocessed. Stonyfield yogurt and milk are always on my shopping list especially because they are organic but also because we believe in their mission–”We’re committed to healthy food, healthy people, a healthy planet and healthy business.”

Me and my little chick at our family farm (Photo courtesy of Jess Anderson Photography)

Me and my little chick at our family farm (Photo courtesy of Jess Anderson Photography)

I hope you will stay tuned for more of my healthy organic recipes as well as some great information from Stonyfield.  And lastly I will leave you with a Giveaway for a $15 Road ID Gift Certificate that I am currently running with Colorado’s 3W Races.  Please enter my giveaway and share it with all of your running friends and perhaps some cows and chickens too!

 

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Happy Running!

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Fresh Friday Recipe: Curried Egg Salad with Granny Smith Apples

Curry and Eggs–Egg Salad inspired by my mom

SO apparently egg salad is pretty popular. My last recipe for Avocado Egg Salad has been a massive hit with my readers. I’ve decided that since I am obviously an egg-spert when it comes to eggs especially the organic kind (did you know that our family farm is Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs?) that I should try my hand at whipping up some more new egg salad creations. My latest recipe inspiration is from when I was little. When my parents had friends over when I was little she would often make curried egg salad as an hors d’oeuvres to be served on crackers to the guests. I loved sampling the creamy egg curry and crunching crackers as did their guests. This curried egg salad  with granny smith apples is loaded with flavor with a blend of curry, mustard, sea salt and some pepper. The egg salad has a fresh and bright taste from the organic pea shoots that accompany this sandwich as well as the tart granny smith apples that add a perfect crunch.

Enjoy!

Organic Runner Mom

Organic Runner Mom

Ingredients

  • 2 Pete and Gerry's Organic Eggs Hard Boiled
  • Spectrum Organic and Cage Free Mayonnaise (amount varies depending on desired consistency)
  • 1/2 Organic Granny Smith Apple cut into small chunks
  • 1 heaping tsp. Morton & Bassett Curry Powder
  • 1 tsp. Boar's Head Delicatessen Mustard with White Wine (any dijon will do)
  • 1 pinch of La Baleine Sea Salt
  • Pepper to Taste
  • 1 Jospeh's Whole Wheat Bread Pita
  • Jonathan's Organic Pea Shoots

Instructions

  1. Hard Boil 2 Pete & Gerry's Organic Eggs|[http://www.peteandgerrys.com]. Peel Eggs and Chop as desired. Add Organic Granny Smith Apple Chunks to the bowl. Add curry, salt, and pepper and toss. Add Spectrum Mayonnaise. I used one heaping tablespoon. Mix ingredients together. Fill your whole wheat pita with this amazing Curried Egg Salad and Granny Smith mixture and finish it off with some Jonathan's Organic Pea shoots to give your sandwich a fresh ending.
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And a little side-note . . . Happy International Women’s Day! Make it an inspired one. Go out and accomplish your dreams!

Rosie the Riveter

Rosie the Riveter

Upcoming Races:

Winter Wild at Whaleback Mountain

Winter Wild Championship at Bretton Woods Ski Resort

Eastern States 20 Miler (In preparation for my first Boston Marathon!)

The BOSTON MARATHON!!!!!!!! 

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Fresh Friday Recipe: Shrimp Crêpes with Wilted Baby Kale

Fresh Friday Recipe. Shrimp crepes with Wilted Baby Kale

Fresh Friday Recipe

Fresh Friday Recipe: Shrimp Crêpes with Wilted Baby Kale

Last night I went to prepare dinner for my kids. My daughter put in a special request. Pancakes for dinner. I decided this would be a good plan and went to the cupboard to get my pancake making supplies. When I got to my cabinet I was hit with a sudden inspiration. I saw the bag of William-Sonoma Crêpe mix that my husband had gotten for me for Christmas along with a beautiful new crêpe pan. It was beckoning to me. I decided rather than plain pancakes we’d have crêpes for dinner.

I decided on sweet crêpes for the kids, cinnamon sugar with sliced strawberries with scrambled Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs on the side.  My daughter loved them and devoured them along with her eggs. My son who is two was not as convinced and became preoccupied with the sticky fingers he had acquired from tasting the cinnamon sugar buttery goodness and decided he did not want to eat them.

My palate was craving something more savory. After finding the perfect ingredients in my refrigerator I knew what I would make. I wanted to make a shrimp crêpe inspired by shrimp tacos. The end result was incredible. The perfect blend of sweet from the sweet cream crêpes combined with cumin pan-cooked shrimp with lime and Cholula Chili Lime Hot Sauce. The dish was made perfect with the addition of wilted Olivia’s Organics baby kale and some Cabot Sour cream. WOW!

Ingredients for Shrimp Crêpes with Wilted Baby Kale

Directions:

Prepare the Sweet Cream Crêpe Mix using water and 2 Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs. Blend until smooth. Cook crêpes using your crêpe pan (this takes practice!). Cover with foil and set aside.

Peel shrimp and season using 1/2 teaspoon cumin, salt and pepper to taste, freshly squeezed lime juice. Also add Cholula Hot Sauce with lime (add as much as you can handle. I like it spicy!!!!)

Meanwhile, boil water for your baby kale. When water reaches boiling add greens and cook until desired tenderness.

In a frying pan cook shrimp for approximately 2 minutes per side or until cooked through and pink. Don’t cook for too long as they will dry out quickly.

After all of your ingredients have been prepared separately lay out your crêpe and add shrimp. Top with wilted baby kale, Cabot Sour Cream. If desired you can add additional hot sauce and lime juice. Carefully fold your crêpe and ENJOY!

Robert Frost Quote. The Road Less Traveled . . .

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“Race” Recap-First Annual White Mountain Fall Classic Trail Race

I feel like such a delinquent blogger with my posts lately. Once the weather turned cold my kids (ages 4 and 2) have been sick non-stop. It has been almost 5 weeks now of illness with only a few days of reprieve here and there. Plus they never seem to be sick at the same time. They are tag-teaming. Once one is healthy the other one immediately has a fever or cough that appears. I try to get them outside as much as possible to get some fresh air but since they both attend pre-school it is nearly impossible to avoid the germs. All of this illness has meant a lot of nights of interrupted sleep and many trips to see the doctor. My energy level has been cut in half and I have humongous dark circles and of course that has meant I have had to take some time-outs from blogging.  My biggest challenge right now is to get my kids healthy and happy!!!

At the Doctor Again

At the Doctor Again

How do you keep your little kids healthy when the seasons change?

When I am not tending to my kids or working I have made it a point to squeeze in my workouts because this time of year has me feeling blue anyways. The only cure for me with the seasonal blues is to exercise and get outside to absorb some Vitamin D and the most necessary ingredient for curing the winter blues is to enjoy a fun run with your best running friends.

And Go!

And Go!

On Saturday my awesome friend and running buddy Joanna decided to arrange a fun trail “race” right where she lives. She mapped out a 4 mile-ish course on the trails so we wouldn’t get lost and tested out the run prior to our meet-up with her husband. When I arrived at Joanna’s on Saturday morning I was greeted by a sea of day-glo orange. Being that it is hunting season right now you can never be too careful when heading into the woods. The energy of the group was high and the group of women that I run with were super motivated as usual. Joanna took us on a quick short loop preview of the course to ensure that we knew which way to go. Running in the woods on trail at this time of year can be extra challenging with slippery brown leaves everywhere camouflaging roots and rocks.  Extra fancy footwork is needed to keep your balance.

We started our “race” and took off at varying paces.  A perfect day to be in the woods and a “race” with no pressure to get in a little bit of speed was what we all needed. When we arrived at the ened of the course we were all smiling, sweating, and had a great rosy glow, the kind you get from a hard workout in the cold. This “race” was such a great idea to help keep us motivated and help to keep my spirits up during the “blah” months of November. To add to the fun I brought some “prizes” too (I was going to bring a chicken for my friend Joanna but didn’t catch one in time!).  At the finish I gave out Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs to our “race director” Joanna and  for everyone else some Ignite Naturals Reload Energy Gel and coupons for organic eggs. I would highly recommend planning an “event” like this with your running friends.

Trail "Racing" Fun

Trail “Racing” Fun

Strong Women

Strong Women

Do you have a favorite trail race or trail run?

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Some news for Organic Runner Mom . . .

It's getting cold out there . . .

It’s getting cold out there . . .

I have some exciting news . . . and no I am not pregnant. I have decided to go back to school for nutrition to become a Certified Health Coach. I will be starting the program to become a Health Coach starting this January. My training will be through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

Health Coach Training

Health Coach Training

Nutrition plays a key role in our everyday health and wellness. As an athlete we must think of  nutrition as one of the integral part of our success during training as well as on race day.  I am someone who has an extremely fast metabolism so I need to guarantee that the calories and nutrients that I choose to put into my body will help me to sustain for long periods of exercise. If I am not careful I can end up having a terrible workout or race when my body quickly burns through what I have eaten.  I have always wanted to learn more about nutrition for my own personal health and wellness. My interest in nutrition and food also plays an important role for my family. We own an organic egg farm so food issues are an integral part of our daily life. I want to nourish my children with the most wholesome food possible to ensure that grow up to be strong in mind, body, and spirit.

Get to know your farmer and where your food comes from. Here are our organic hens in their winter garden.

Get to know your farmer and where your food comes from. Here are our organic hens in their winter garden.

I am excited about sharing my knowledge of nutrition and to help guide people as they work towards improving their own health and wellness.

I started this blog last November as a way to get myself back on track with running and to establish some new goals for myself. This blog has taken me on a personal journey and has helped me to gain some more clarity as to my own health and wellness goals as well as potential career goals.

I can’t wait to begin this new learning adventure! I hope you will join me . . .

 

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October #Unprocessed-Kid EATS!

Have you heard of October #Unprocessed?

From Andrew Wilder at Eating Rules

From Andrew Wilder at Eating Rules

October #Unprocessed is a challenge for the month of October from Andrew Wilder’s blog Eating Rules. This foodie challenge intrigued me right away being the wife of an organic egg farmer as well as someone concerned about clean eating and an athlete. I want to know what I am putting into my body to fuel myself throughout the day and on training runs and in races and I especially want to know what I am feeding my kids. If nothing else taking this challenge will have you thinking about your eating habits and reflecting upon the choices that you make at the grocery store as well as recipes that you choose to try.

It is week two of the challenge and after a lot of thought about what we eat in our family I find that we do pretty well as a whole. We tend to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and whole grains at our house as well as lean proteins. Of course we also eat a lot of Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs too!

Organic eggs are a staple in our kitchen.

Organic eggs are a staple in our kitchen.

I have found that it is the most difficult to go #unprocessed at lunch with the kids and sometimes at snack time.  My kids (ages 2 and 4) both love to eat sandwiches and love ham and turkey cold cuts. We try to by Applegate Farms organic deli meats whenever possible because they contain no nitrates and do not have any artificial flavorings as well as being antibiotic free.

Here is a sample of what I might include in a school lunch:

  1. Tofu (amazingly my kids still love plain tofu!)
  2. Cabot Cheese
  3. Cherry Tomatoes (Sungold Tomatoes when in season)
  4. Homeade muffins
  5. Stonyfield Yogurt  (This is on my list of things I want to try to make from scratch. I already have a yogurt maker at home I just need to learn how to use it)
  6. sliced cucumbers
  7. blueberries, strawberries, apple slices etc.
  8. Noodles
  9. Sliced chicken
  10. Sandwiches (Any suggestions for other types of #unprocessed sandwiches?-Thankfully my kids like egg salad)

 What #unprocessed foods do you include in your kids school lunches? I’d love some new ideas?

Snacks can be hard to when you are on the go. I try to keep a container of cut up fruit in the kitchen (strawberries, melon, pineapple, apple slices etc.) that I can quickly grab and put in our snack containers. During the summer we love fresh sun gold tomatoes from the garden, pea pods, green beans, fresh carrots, and green peppers. My kids love dipping their fruits and vegetables while they are snacking. I am working on being better at making my own dips and also use nut butters for things such as apple slices. Dried and freeze dried fruits are also popular. My kids also love homemade Popsicles and yogurt frozen like a Popsicle.

Snack-time is one area of eating that hope to improve upon and will be trying out some new snacks with my kids as the challenge continues.

The next new snack recipe I would like to try making is:

What are some of your favorite #Unprocessed foods that you have on hand for your kids? Do you have any snack recipe recommendations for October #Unprocessed? I need some new inspiration!

Related Articles:

October #Unprocessed Start Here

Raising Kids to Appreciate Unprocessed Food in a Character-Filled World

“October Unprocessed:” My Interview With Andrew Wilder of Eating Rules

Defining “Unprocessed” 

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