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Your Healthy Fourth of July Plan is Here!

Great Fourth of July Appetizers, Fruit, Dessert, Salads, Drinks, Oh My!

All Guilt-Free! Remember, always bring a dish YOU can/want to eat.

Spiked Appetizer

spiked appetizer

Healthy Asian Slaw

healthy asian coleslaw

 

Lani’s Fig Salad

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Lani’s Fig Salad

Serves 4

10 fresh figs, quartered

3 Kiwi fruits, peeled and diced

1 nectarine, diced

Combine all ingredients and serve.

Bonus bbq option: Garnish with grilled pineapple slices!

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Rainbow Fruit Skewers
Using wooden skewers, here is your rainbow:
Red: Watermelon (or cherries or strawberries)
Orange: Mango (Cantaloupe and oranges would work too)
Yellow: Pineapple
Green: Kiwi (or Green Grapes)
Blue: Blueberries
Purple: Purple Grapes

Horizontal veggie tray in rainbow order!

Red: Cherry Tomatoes or Red Pepper
Orange: Orange Pepper
Yellow: Zucchini or Yellow Pepper
Green: Zucchini, Cucumber, Broccoli
Blue: ??? Replace with White Cauliflower?
Purple: Eggplant

Awesome Recipes from Fourth of July 2014 (Click here for all):

  • Fourth of July Face Pie
  • FourthofJuly Face Pie
  • Summer Corn and Tomato Salad
  • Summer Corn Salad
  • Watermelon Slurpee
  • Watermelon slurpee
  • Watermelon Spritzer
  • Watermelon spritzer
  • Watermelon Lemonade
  • WatermelonLemonade

 

Healthy Family, Healthy You HUGE Book News!

There will now be TWO Healthy Family, Healthy You books.

If you read this blog regularly, you know I’ve been working on the Healthy Family, Healthy Book book for over a year. A while back I stopped telling people, “It’s not a cookbook,” because it was starting to turn into one. I understand why everyone thought that was what I was trying to write. I’ve previewed recipes on this blog. I’ve asked you for (and received!) help testing recipes. The truth is, the Healthy Family, Healthy You book was supposed to be 1/3 nutrition info, 1/3 strategy info and 1/3 recipes. Then one day I woke up and realized I had over 100 recipes! I don’t know about you, but a book over 300 pages sounded like too long to me!

So, this is what will be:

#1 Healthy Family, Healthy You

The Healthy Mama’s GUIDE to Peace, Love & Happiness in the kitchen…and beyond!

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#2 The Healthy Family, Healthy You Cookbook

The Healthy Mama’s Recipe for Peace, Love & Happiness. In the kitchen…and beyond!

A companion to the Healthy Family, Healthy You Healthy Mama’s Guide.

(COVER COMING SOON)

I’m in the final layout and cover design stages and I can’t wait to share the information and my strategies with you and YOUR PEEPS!

I’ll be creating book parties that are actually a GIRLS NIGHT OUT. Do you belong to a women’s networking group, a mom’s group, a synagogue or other women’s group? Drop me an email (natasha@healthyfamilyhealthyyou.com) so I can send you more information to see if my program will be right for your group.

Want to help your friends and/or community create their own healthy families and a community of support around eating well?

Would your co-workers benefit from healthy and time saving tips? Let’s talk about that too.

I’ll also be holding in person workshops for my “3 Weeks to Peace in the Kitchen” program and creating an online version. I look forward to sharing more information and posting sign up opportunities shortly.

In the meantime, please let me know if your group would benefit from empowerment around food and family!

In case you missed it, here is more information about the Healthy Family Healthy You book!

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About the Book

Learn how to feed your family right with the least effort and most reward.

It’s not what you’ve heard before.

Here are the tips, tricks and important nutritional information I’ve discovered while writing about and researching food and health for the past decade. I’m a journalist with no pony in the game or supplement to sell you; just a mom trying to do her best for you and your children’s health, happiness and longevity.

Are you looking to create a healthy family, a peaceful kitchen, and a happy you? Can’t get your kids to eat healthy food? Don’t even know which foods are healthy and which are not? Worried the effort will make you crazy?

If you’re looking for happiness and empowerment around food and family, read Healthy Family Healthy You: The Healthy Mama’s Guide to Peace, Love and Happiness. In the kitchen…and beyond!

Get clear on what you want for yourself and your family and learn how to make it happen.

  • Over 50 “Tasha’s Tips” to make your life easier, healthier and happier!
  • The Magic 8 Healthy Family, Healthy You Authorized Fast Food List
  • Specific Digestible Nutrition Information
  • Strategies, Substitutions, and a Structure for making lasting changes to your household diet

Set your kids up for a healthy relationship with food and your family for a long, pleasurable life together.

Start feeling happy, healthy and empowered today!

 

 

 

Meal Replacement in a Can or a Box? I don’t think so…

Slim Fast vs. Medi-Fast vs…. REAL FOOD!

We’ve all been through stages where we didn’t have time to cook or just thought it was simpler to count calories by eating something from a box or a can. Slim Fast started first (or at least in my lifetime it was first…). I don’t know how popular it is now, but I do know how popular Medi-Fast is. I can’t begin to tell people who feel they are only successful losing weight on these plans that they are WRONG, but I do think the approach is misguided. Again, I suppose if you are very overweight and this is the only thing that has worked for you… My problem is that I don’t like to judge. What I do like to do is provide better options.

That’s my shtick.

Substitution is your strategy.

So I’m suggesting a substitution for your (meal) substitution. If you’re going to replace a meal with a drink, do it right. Consume real nutrients and not just high fructose corn syrup in a glorified milk shake. Sometimes people aren’t even trying to lose weight. They just don’t have time to deal with it, so they pick up a can or bar, thinking that because the label says it has protein, it’s a good choice.

(Those commercials for giving the “nutritious” shakes to kids make me crazy. This is obviously a larger conversation, but if you’re that desperate, make them a shake yourself with whole food ingredients, like cacao that contains tons of antioxidants. You can even sneak in some greens and they won’t know. Try finding an antioxidant in a children’s Ensure or Boost shake. Again, this is a larger conversation we can have another day…See below for more on this topic and of course my upcoming book will have lots of recipes and ideas.)

If you think that the only way you can lose weight is by replacing 1 or more meals with a shake, at least make it yourself so you can include real nutrients and live foods in it. I’m all about the green smoothie for breakfast. That’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m talking about lunch and dinner. I even have a great example for you. I know there are a million green smoothie recipes out there. Some people will just never be into that. Okay, so eat a huge salad. Your body will register that you’ve eaten (much better than only drinking a meal), you can throw in high fiber and high protein beans, add healthy fats, like a nut or avocado based dressing, and you are set. But when you really just want to grab and go, you can make a few shakes at a time and keep them in your fridge, or even freeze them in mason jars.

Here is a great recipe, from the Reboot Kitchen (That’s Joe Cross from the “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” movies…). Serve it in smaller amounts to your kids for an awesome after school snack. This is a much better “car snack” for the way to soccer practice than anything processed or from a drive-thru. And if the drive-thru was going to be dinner – give them a big serving of this instead.

Goji Cinnamon Almond Smoothie (Plus Greens!)

(Image from www.RebootWithJoe.com)

This is a smoothie that contains greens, but it doesn’t actually turn out GREEN, so it doesn’t seem to be a “green smoothie.” This helps some people who just have an aversion to them. It is rich and filling. Truthfully, I’ve been trying to like almond butter (as a more healthful replacement for peanut butter) for years. Haven’t succeeded yet. However, I love it in this smoothie! I love everything about this smoothie. It is rich, creamy, filling, yummy… and now I know how I can use up all that almond butter I bought and never used for Passover!

Give it a shot and let me know how you like it!

Do you use meal replacements from the store or your doctor? Are you willing to try a new way? More book news coming very shortly…but I will be conducting workshops around the book release. Let me know what you are looking for. Dinner on the table in 15 minutes or less. How is that? What else?

p.s. About the kids…continued from above. I hear from many parents whose children are newly vegetarian that they have no idea what to feed them. I’m considering putting together a workshop or teleseminar/webinar or e-course on the topic. Please let me know what your questions are so I can answer them!