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Nutrient by Nutrient Why Breast
Getting Kids to Cooperate
Our Charis Family
Mary Ann Stoltzfus
Curry Wasabi Nori Rolls
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Life in Ukraine
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want to be a Cupcake”
Tips for Making Healthy Food
trying to encourage her son to eat his dinner one evening, my friend
quoted the well-known saying, “You are what you eat,” hoping it
would be the motivation necessary to cause him to heartily eat his
vegetables with gratitude. His response, however, was not what she
anticipated, and made everyone in the room roll with laughter.
“Well,” he proclaimed, “then I want to be a cupcake!”
That little boy is not unlike most adults. While we say we want to
BE healthy, we don’t always want to EAT healthy. The reason for that
is very simple. We BELIEVE that healthy food is not as delicious as
unhealthy food and we fear that to embrace a healthy diet means to
give up the enjoyment of food. That is so far from truth and, with
creativity, it is possible to eat well and thoroughly enjoy it!
It is extremely important for both expectant mothers and the birth
professionals who serve them to give their bodies the proper fuel to
do their work. Without the right nutrition, every cell, organ, and
system in our bodies will suffer and eventually malfunction. What we
eat truly does make up our physical bodies. Most people understand
that eating a food as close to the way it grows as possible will
provide the most nutrients and enzymes. But most people don’t know
how to make raw vegetables taste good.
You can enjoy a smoother transition to eating healthy by following a
few tips that can make it super delicious to add nutrient-packed raw
fruits and vegetables into your diet.
Be adventurous. Be willing to break out of the box and try
new things. Keep a positive attitude and this can be a lot of fun.
Become educated. The time and effort it takes to
research and learn about the benefits of eating a variety of raw
fruits and veggies is well worth it. There is an abundance of living
enzymes, vitamins, minerals, fats, proteins, carbohydrates, and
water present in raw foods. These are the building blocks every cell
in our bodies needs to function properly. I have found lots of great
information in raw food recipe books I have checked out from the
library. Once we learn for ourselves and truly understand how much
our bodies need raw foods, we have an easier time taking ownership
over this adventure.
Use the internet to find recipes. I have found my most
favorite raw recipes by searching online. Many people post their
favorites on their blogs or on raw food websites. Some recipes will
be delicious, and some might not. Remember, this is an adventure! I
try to regularly post new recipes our family enjoys here on
here on my blog.
Experiment with international flavors. Other countries serve
raw vegetables seasoned differently than we do in the United States
that are extremely delicious. Many of my favorite meals have been
inspired by international cuisine. Two examples are my
Thai Salad and
Cinco de Mayo Salad.
Make your plate a work of art. The more color, the better! A
variety of colors means a variety of nutrients to build the body and
a variety of flavors to please the palate. Look how beautiful my
Tangy Kale Salad looks. It tastes incredible.
Stimulate all five taste centers on the tongue. When
preparing food, it is important to balance the flavors of all five
tastes (sweet, sour, salty, spicy, and bitter) so that your tongue
is completely satisfied with every bite. I learned this from Sergei
and Valya Boutenko, teenage authors of the book “Eating Without
Heating”. Even my children have learned to put this into practice as
they experiment and create their own delicious recipes with raw
vegetables and fruits. My
Spicy Cream of Celery Soup is a great example of how amazingly
delicious raw soup can be when the right ingredients are used.
Eat fresh, locally-grown produce when it is available.
Produce that is harvested and shipped long distances is not as fresh
and lacks the wonderful flavor that fresh-from-the-garden produce
has. Of course, growing your own food is best, but many people are
not able to do this. I have enjoyed picking my own fruit and veggies
at local farms my whole life. I have never tasted more delicious
broccoli than the broccoli I picked myself at
in Virginia Beach. It was so delicious that my children wanted to
eat it raw, dipped in a simple sauce
we made in the blender, for every meal; and when it was gone, they
begged me to go back and pick some more. All across the United
States there are farms that grow food for local families.
Supported Agriculture provides fresh local produce seasonally
and distributes bags weekly to those who are members. In many areas
you can be a non-working member or participate in tending the fields
for a lower price.
Make your own dips, sauces, and dressings. Not only are people
choosing to make their own condiments because they are healthier,
but also because they are more delicious and less expensive. It is
so easy and only takes about 5 minutes to make a delicious,
nutritious dip or sauce in the blender. Dressings can often be made
by simply shaking the ingredients together in a mason jar. There is
an abundance of recipes for raw dips, sauces, and dressings online
that can turn a drab salad or veggies into a wonderful taste
Dressing for Spinach Salad is addicting!
Host a Raw Food Potluck. Even if only a few people come, a
raw food potluck is a fun way to try new dishes and exchange
recipes. We host one in our home monthly as a way to encourage
others toward wellness and to provide another enjoyable avenue of
accountability to be a good steward of these amazing bodies God has
given us to use while on earth.
With a little education, some creativity, and a good attitude, you
can change your mind about wanting to “be a cupcake” and take a
giant step toward wellness by adding more nutrient and enzyme-packed
raw foods to your meals.
Executive Director, Charis Childbirth
May you be
filled with God's abundant blessings
as you and yours share this Thanksgiving.