Thursday, November 28, 2013


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Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Where do we get (some of) our protein?
Most beans have about 7-10 grams protein per half cup of cooked beans.  I will usually consume about 2 cups of beans per day so that is about 28-40 grams of protein just from beans.  That is equal or more protein than what is in a 4 oz. hamburger patty and almost equal to 4 oz. of chicken meat. 
We consume a variety of beans but our favorites are black, kidney, pinto and garbanzo beans.  Our hummus is made with garbanzo beans and I often pack either black or kidney beans in my lunch bag.  I find black beans to be the most versatile for adding to recipes. 
Find out more about the health benefits of black, kidney and pinto beans: here, here and here
I particularly like the Eden brand of beans because they are organic and BPA (bisphenol A)
 free. You can find out more about BPA here.  Also, since we do not use iodized salt in our house, we are always looking to acquire iodine from other sources like seaweed.  Eden brand uses seaweed to improve the flavor and nutrition of their products. 
Here are a couple of videos by Dr. Greger regarding beans:

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Great news, Omaha!!!!!

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Local chef opening Omaha's only vegan restaurant
By Sarah Baker Hansen / World-Herald staff writer
Omaha vegan chef and cookbook author Isa Chandra Moskowitz will open the city's only vegan restaurant this spring. The restaurant, called Modern Love, will be attached to O'Leavers bar, in the former location of Star Deli, 1319 S. 50th St., which closed earlier this fall. Moskowitz describes the menu as "swanky vegan comfort food," and she said the restaurant will serve a revolving menu of made-from-scratch dishes. She'll make her own cheese, condiments and soda. She said she's working with local farms, and the food will focus on vegetables. She'll also serve homemade pie.
Moskowitz's eighth cookbook, "Isa Does It," came out last month. Moskowitz is one of the most popular self-trained vegan cookbook writers in the country. Between Facebook and Twitter, she has almost 100,000 followers. You can read her popular vegan blog is at

PCRM | High-Fat, High-Protein Diets Linked to Type 2 Diabetes

High-Fat, High-Protein Diets Linked to Type 2 Diabetes

November 13, 2013
A diet high in protein and fat and low in carbohydrate may increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Researchers followed 66,485 women enrolled in the E3N-European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study over a 14-year period. Women with diets high in meat and low in carbohydrates and plant foods, which the researchers called an acidic diet, had a 56 percent greater chance of developing diabetes, compared with those eating diets high in fruits and vegetables, which the researchers called an alkaline diet.
For information on diet and diabetes, visit
Fagherazzi G, Vilier A, Bonnet F, et al. Dietary acid load and risk of type 2 diabetes: the E3N-EPIC cohort study. Diabetologia. Published online November 11, 2013.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

How unfortunate is that?

Thank you to L.S.C. for bringing this photo to my attention.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Morning Smoothie

This morning, the kiddos were requesting a smoothie so this is what I made them:
This is the amount I used for 3 small cups and one large glass.
3 peeled bananas,
3 pitted dates
3 cups fresh organic spinach
2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
2 teaspoons cinnamon
6 ice cubes
4 cups original flavored almond milk.

Blend and serve.
I could hear 3 straws sucking up air before I even had a chance to drink mine. 
If you look up the benefits of bananas, dates, spinach, flax seeds and cinnamon you will find that this is one healthy drink....and the kids thought they were drinking a dessert. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

How to eat an apple

Ok, so I tried this.  I have to admit that I really like the experience of eating an apple this way.  Normally, I cut the apple up but there is no waste when eating it this fashion...there was just seeds and a stem leftover.  I doubt I will ever eat my apples the traditional way again.  I can't wait to have another one!
...but don't forget to spit out the seeds!

Monday, November 4, 2013

How a lock works.

Show this video to a child and watch how many times they repeat the video.  Pretty cool way to get children to think about the internal mechanics of everyday objects.
You can find videos like this on to get children interested in how things work and I think it is a great tool to get young adults thinking about the world around them.

Oh yeah, show this to an adult, too, and watch how many times they repeat the video.

"Make It Vegan" Vegan Beet Burger: Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Isa Chandra Moskowitz grew up in Brooklyn, NY, but now lives in Omaha.  She has a new vegan  cookbook out called, "Isa Does It", runs a blog called Post Punk Kitchen and rumor has it that she is going to be opening a restaurant in Omaha in the near future.   Our copy of the cookbook just arrived last week and we can't wait to make some of her recipes.
 Check out Isa's video on how to make a homemade vegan beet burger:

Vegan Body Mass and Diabetes Prevalence


What does the American Diabetes Association know about diabetes anyway?