Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Food Debunked- Salmon

Salmon is a topic that I have a lot to say about. Everyone I know always feels so proud of themselves for eating fish on a regular basis. That's great! Fish is excellent for your body, especially the fish that are not high in mercury content. Unfortunately, if you are eating farm raised salmon, you are basically wasting your time.  The trivial amount of omega 3 fatty acids in farmed salmon is comparable to what you can find in lean ground beef.  Farm raised salmon is only pink in color because it is pumped with dyes! Wild salmon is pink because wild salmon eat shell fish naturally as part of their diet. Farm raised salmon is higher in fat and lower in protein than its wild counterpart. Its fat content is primarily omega 6 fat, rather than omega 3. Omega 6 fats are important to our body, however, most of us get plenty from the rest of our meats and too much can be very inflammatory to your cells. Farmed salmon is also highly contaminated with PCBs (poly chlorinated biphenyl) which is highly toxic. I know that you are all reading this and thinking, "I can't afford wild salmon." Yes you can!!!! Fry's grocery store always has it on sale. I just bought 3 pounds of wild king salmon on sale at Sunflower Market. The trick here is that when its on sale, STOCK UP!!! There are no excuses to not eat wild salmon. Its usually about the same price as farm raised when its on sale. Your family deserves the best possible nutrition. Feed them well!!!!http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=george&dbid=96http://www.ewg.org/reports/farmedpcbs

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Skip, Hop, and pack your lunch

Okay so I tend to get excited over very silly things. And this is just one of those things. As most of you, we are a family of 3 very healthy eaters, which means I usually pack food for my daughter whenever we go out somewhere so that we don't have to resort to fast food. Its always a hassle to pack everything in tupperware and try to keep it cold. Problem solved! My genius sister found this set of BPA free containers at Buy Buy Baby and they come with a tote bag and freezer pack. There are endless possibilities for Sophia's lunches now!

No yucky Bisphenol A!

I love the brand Skip Hop. They make everything from feeding supplies to backpacks and toys!

It actually comes with six containers. We were using one for a snack. It has an elastic band to hold the sippy cup too. Absolutely awesome.

Let's Organize!

 An organized mommy is a happy mommy. I will be the first to admit that I am NOT organized! Clutter tends to build up around me even when I think messy thoughts in my head. Since having a baby, the toys have been piling up. I hate cluttered toys. I hate Sophia not being able to find her toys when she wants to play with them. I hate that Fisher Price is taking over my house. We headed to Ikea the other day with one goal in mind: Organization of the Toys!!!! I'm pretty happy with the results.
This is our little toy nook under the stairs. Yes that's a Staples box. Clearly its time for an organization intervention :(

These are the new bookshelf cubbies that we filled with toys. Doesn't it look great?!

I LOVE this basket! It came with the little chalkboard on the front. Such a great way to organize the stuffed animals and baby dolls.

Ta Da! A nice cute little nook under the stairs!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Food Debunked

This is the first post of my new blog concept: Food Debunked. My goal is to debunk a specific food or drink once a month to inform my readers of foods that may appear healthy but in truth might be more detrimental than good. My first debunk is the Capri Sun Roarin Waters. Every birthday party we went to this summer was serving these drinks. They are so low in sugar and calories, they must be healthy right? Think again. I HATE these drinks. I HATE that the FDA gets away with calling them "all natural" "no artificial colors or flavors". Do you want to know what the ingredients are? High fructose corn syrup, Splenda, and water. I am guilty of being a Splenda user once in a while, however for a young immune system, artificial sweeteners can be really dangerous! Studies show that they cause neurological problems in children over an extended period of time. I don't care if you are worried about sugar or if your child is overweight. Please don't give your kids artificial sweeteners. If you want to cut back on the sugar, make your own "Roarin Water' with water and a small amount of 100% juice. Hope you all enjoy the post! Let me know what you think.