Eat. Your. Lettuce… and Kale.

January is rolling on by and we are already well into the New Year. Workout goals, clean eating. organic options, gluten-free and less carbs are on the minds and mouths of people everywhere. We have always included vegetables in our meals. This year, we stepped it up a notch and we are having more Kale… and brussel sprouts…  everyday. I know, we are livin’ on the edge. We’re so radical.

Kale has been a part of our lives for a while. It’s not a New Years fad.  We’ve had smoothies, We’ve had a kale Christmas tree, Adam has a kale tee-shirt. But hold your horses — we’re not ready to give up sugar… yet.

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We have one family rule for mealtime: Eat your vegetables  > > >  then you may have a cookie… an “organic” ‘Joe Joe’ from Trader Joes (the healthiest kind! 🙂 Our kids eat salad everyday, usually twice a day. They’re so used to it, they ask ‘where’s the salad?’ on the rare occasions we have a meal without salad.

Mealtime isn’t a torture scene of threatening and bribery. We still eat sugar, for heaven’s sake. Other than requiring our kids to eat their vegetables, they still act like buffoons at the dinner table most of the time…

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And our table time is also filled with songs about burping and farting and stories about butt holes. This is still our 5 year olds favorite word. I’m not sure this will ever change.

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They don’t act like fools with their food all the time. We also hear about their day at dinner time, sharing their ‘Highlights’ from the day… usually it goes something like this, “My highlight was the whole entire day — expect the parts where I got mad.”

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The kids always want to help cook. Our favorite show is Master Chef Junior, and they are gleaning much inspiration watching kids their ages tear it up in the kitchen. They love to be involved with mealtime. Sometimes I love their help 🙂 Sometimes it’s more work to have their ‘help’… Our 10 year old loves baking cupcakes, so we bake in order to balance out our kale smoothies.

So we eat our lettuce … and we’ve snuck in more kale and brussel sprouts in our daily salads. It takes work, but we’ve aligned our taste buds to react with affection toward kale. Kale tastes good (I promise!). Now the kids ask where is the kale when we don’t add it in.

Healthy eating has a stigma attached to it. It is hard to eat organic, no sugar, no carbs, etc… 100% of the time. But it starts with one choice. We stopped drinking soda several years ago. Now, if I have a sip of soda, it tastes disgusting. We don’t eat fast food. But no judgement for those who do! When we go out, we pack a lunch. It began with one choice – I stopped going thru drive thru’s and the kids never ask. In fact, they prompted the decision. They asked not to go thru Wendy’s anymore… Okay – Done. We started serving salad for lunch and dinner. We started with one choice, made one change at a time, and kept adding healthier eating options.

At the beginning of a New Year, it can seem overwhelming to set goals with the pressure we put on ourselves to start fresh and make changes. But – We can start with one choice. With food, with work outs and with our time spent with God. Start with one choice. Read one Bible verse — it takes 30 seconds. Then, be all crazy and read a few more.  The more time we choose to spend with Him, the more time we will crave with Him. We can taste and see the Lord is good!  There’s no pressure. He’s pursuing us, waiting of us to respond to Him… Like lettuce and Kale and brussel sprouts are waiting for us at the farmers market, in the grocery aisle… or in the garden.

So whatever choice – make one. Eat one more vegetable. Read one Bible verse. Pray one prayer. God is waiting… kale is waiting…

What are your New Year goals for 2015? Healthier eating? Daily Bible reading? Do share 🙂

Our story rages on… In Him, Leslie

Stinky Pants

Sooo…. yesterday at church I wore a dress that I totally dig.  it’s a Goodwill vintage treasure.  and not just any ol’ Goodwill, but the Goodwill in Bend, OR.  and I LOVE it!  Never mind the fact that I look about 3 months pregnant in it. who cares?  it’s just the style of the dress, but it’s too CUTE not to wear!  So today i wore my dress with new leggights (Definition of Leggights: a pair of leggings and tights blended together) from Target, b/c I love Target and I buy many things that come from Target. These leggights were $5 and heather gray, which P.A. says is not a color.  but i wholeheartedly disagree, i love wearing gray. and since i’m wearing it, the color exists. The outfit was completed by a braid in my hair, awesome brown earrings that my friend brought me back from Columbia, AND my tall brown MIA boots, which came from Marshalls, which look cute even on my large size 10 feet, which I expound on more here.

This Materialistic Combo = Awesome!

Now comes the dilemma with my super cute outfit.  The new leggights from Target STINK!  I noticed their smell during church but was too busy flapping my jaws with people, running back to the children’s ministry to do worship with the kids, and chasing my own kids after church, since they run around like they live there, and basically church is like their second home… and doing everything else a Pastors wife does on any given Sunday… My nose was sensitive enough to be bothered by the smell of the leggights during church, but I was too busy to worry with it…

Until I came home.  I couldn’t handle it anymore.  I couldn’t take the leggights off fast enough.  That is until after I had P.A. take this picture of me and Selah, so you could see the super cuteness of my outfit… and her outfit too 🙂

Sooo… the only thing I could relate this smell to is the same smell from stinky jeans i recently purchased – and then returned – to Old Navy.  Seriously, these leggights stunk so badly the smell rubbed off on my dress and tank top. i couldn’t stand it.  then i did some research on stinky jeans and found out that the smell could be formaldehyde. Yuck!  Now i’m not sure how reliable all of this internet research is when you google “stinky jeans”, but something is wrong.  and my search for “stinky leggights” didn’t produce any results… hmmm… not sure why, but jeans, leggights or any clothing shouldn’t stink that badly.  Some of the information i found suggested washing the stinky jeans several times in baking soda to get the smell out, but that seems like a lot of work for a $5 pair of leggights.

Well, I sure don’t want to wear anything that stinks like chemicals.  Which brings me to my point.  We should not have to wear clothes – or eat food – made from chemicals. But. We.  Do.  whatever happened to good ol’ fashion cotton?  why does everything have to be synthetic, chemically enhanced or FAKE?  and why do we – why do I – keep the demand going for the supply?  why? why? why?

Our planet is so over run by chemicals we don’t even know what “natural” is anymore. Our food has been so depleted from its natural form.  Even when we eat “naturally” it is a “been trained to eat corn instead of grass” fed cow, chicken or pig that has been treated like an incredible hulk, pumped with antibiotics, expected to grow exponentially over night in order to feed our over fed stomaches faster than we can even process our last meal.  The demand creates the supply.  So why? why? why? do we settle for chemically processed food and clothing and who knows what else?

I mean seriously… maybe the Amish are onto something… but i like my car, electricity, phone and my zippers too much.

It makes me want to live off the grid… but since most everything that we purchase is synthetic or chemically produced in some form, this STINK is going to be hard to avoid.  Still, i long for the days when we can all live more naturally… in the woods, eating tree bark and bugs.  Not really… but at least natural enough so that our jeans and leggights don’t STINK, and our food isn’t so overly incredibly hulk pumped and processed.

Yes, i long for the day… so until then, and this will be tough… i am going to wear leaves and twigs for clothes.  Not really… but i am returning those leggights and avoiding clothing that is overly synthetically produced and stinky, while eating only organic chicken or beef, and I am planning to spend most of time in my all natural stretchy pants.


Profoundly Noted by: Les Babs

Selah’s Outfit
Shirt ~ Walmart Organic Cotton
Skirt ~ Baby Gap / Thrift Store Find

Leslie’s Outfit
Earrings ~ somewhere in Columbia
Dress ~ Free People / Goodwill Find
Tank ~ Target 
Leggights ~ Target… you just read the whole story

lunch box

I let our wee Babs eat of the floor.  It’s all about the 5-10 second rule.  P.A. is cool with it, especially if I’ve just mopped (which is rare).  But if I haven’t mopped in several weeks months, I lean more toward the 5 seconds.  We don’t have a dog to clean up the mess our floor embraces after the 5-10 seconds.  P.A. usually sweeps up the after dinner crumbs.  And I unusually mop.  Speaking of mopping – which I rarely like to speak of –  if your kids eat oatmeal and half of it lands on the floor like at my house, it’s much easier to clean up if you let it set for a few hours…or even days.  This way it hardens.  MUCH easier to clean.  And that advice was free.

Our fam loves to eat.  However, we don’t care to eat just anything.  we are food snobs.  and coffee snobs.  I’ve mentioned this before in a previous chronicle -“Poop and Panera”.  What we eat is important to us.  We prefer to eat…naturally.  C’mon, shouldn’t ALL food be natural?!?  But it’s not.  We have to read labels.  Carefully.  If our food does have a label, we like to be able to read all of the ingredients.  Sometimes there are exceptions.  Cheeze-its.  They are mostly natural. And addictive.

Then there is the dilemma of the lunch box.  What goes in our 7 year old’s lunch box is important.  Thankfully, our wee Babs have embraced our fam’s natural way of eating.  A peanut butter and honey sandwich, an apple, and a salad or green pepper, with water to drink – this is what Soleil has everyday in her lunch box.  Salem eats his “normal lunch” everyday – a peanut butter and apricot jelly sandwich, lettuce with lemon, and chips n salsa.  Selah normally eats a mix of the above.  It’s not all health food though, they do eat the free donuts at church.  Believe me, we like sugar, chocolate, butter and bread.  Naturally.
So every morning, I pack Soleil’s lunch box with pride.  Knowing she’s a kid who likes eating green pepper.  Now our 2-year-old wants a packed lunch everyday.  Even though she’s not going anywhere.  She wants to go to school so badly like her big sibs.  Waiting to go to school in 3.5 years is going to be difficult for her to reconcile.  But she will have to deal.

We’re proud of our wee Babs for making good food choices on a daily basis, and even at birthday parties.  They have cake boundaries.  And sucker boundaries.

Sooo…. What’s in your lunch box today?

Noted. By Les Babs

Powered to B. Faster Breakfast

I grew up in California, And one thing ( of the many, trust me ) that  Californian’s are made fun of is there hippie eating ways. But something can be said for a state that boast’s the sunset strip, the San Andreas fault , and a society of super health freaks all in one. I was eating healthy and organic before I could even say “tofu”. And in case you’re wondering, I am not a vegetarian, and I am not a vegan, I do eat meat-  I heart Meat. I am what I call a Whole Food Eater, I eat a whole lot of  food that has a whole lot of good stuff in it  and NO bad stuff ( bad stuff- meaning things made in a test tube in some plutonium lab ). Basically, If I have to get on Wikipedia to find out what’s in it, can’t pronounce it, or it reads like the name of some random disease on a star trek episode, I am NOT going to eat it.
And so, one thing I do like to eat a whole lot of is breakfast food… and I am a busy guy and I need some serious fuel for the day. So if you are busy like me- do yourself a favor and fuel up with this little ditty of a sammy.
And better yet- compared to Panera Bread’s wannabe breakfast sandwich’s that sells for almost $4 a pop, I can make it for under a dollar.
So, In the time it takes you to wait in the drive thru of your local McFatty’s, you can have this cooked up and down your gullet to nourish you til noon.
  
POWERED  to B. faster Sandwich
Total Calories:  210
Prep/Cook Time: 5 minutes
The Ingredients:
1 egg ( cage free and/or organic is best: The only thing in a cage should be a fighter  )
A dash of S & P to your liking
1 Slice of Ezekiel  or Multigrain bread ( No chemically induced white bread – bleach is for your tighty whitey’s,  not your stomach! )
1/2 slice of cheese ( smoked gouda or smoked cheddar is best )
Some Popeye style Greens: 1 or more of your choice:  A Handful of alfalfa sprouts, Romaine Lettuce, Spinach, or if you have real guts- power it up like Mario with some Kale.
Some slices of Roma Tomato
And if you have it, you can also add:
a slice of nitrate free turkey bacon ( why eat a chemically injected bird? )
How to cook it:
Toast the bread
1 quick spray of canola oil in a small pan
Crack the egg & beat it in the pan like Rocky knock’s out  Mr. T !
Cook until done on side 1 for 1min. & flip it ( throw on the cheese to melt it )
Cut the Toast in Half
Layer the greens, tomato, egg, & whatever else you got on the toast, slam on the egg & cheese and eat it up….
It’s also easy to eat in the car, on your Harley, subway train, bike- whatever/wherever, and it’s great paired up with some fresh OJ.
Now get out there and do some good Superhero, the world’s been waiting for ya!


Noted. By Adam Babs