Posts Tagged With: healthy

Everyone Who Eats Food Dies

I’m going to tell you something that has caused 100% of the people who ate it to die.  Every. single. person.  Want to know what it is?

It’s food.

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Organic, GMO, all natural, gluten-free, Mediterranean, vegan, Paleo, the all protien diet, the no carb diet, foods high in cholesterol, foods low in saturated fats, just all food.

The diets of the past, the diets of other cultures, the diets of today– and still we all die.  Actually today we have a longer life expectancy than any generation before us.  Which makes me wonder.

I’m not a nutritionist.  I’m not a doctor.  I’m not even an expert.  I’m just a mom who has paid attention.  I’m a farm wife looking at this big old mess with a little bit of common sense.

You can blame any food, any diet, because 100% of the people who eat it will die.

It doesn’t mean food is always to blame.

Everyone who eats food dies, what you need to know about healthy choices

In the last two months we’ve talked about gluten-free, organics, food labels, antibiotics, and GMOs.  Not one of these topics alone can account for the rise in allergies, the obesity epidemic, ADHD, or heart disease.

What if we stopped getting worked up about every little thing and started looking at the whole picture?

What I’m really saying is food is a complex issue.  Health is still something we don’t fully understand and illness is even more murky.  I don’t think it’s possible to say if we just ate organic food all our troubles would be gone. No one can say antibiotics in our meat are the culprit for all our health issues.  And despite popular opinion, gluten-free won’t bring about world peace.


Being healthy is combination of choosing good food, eating a balanced diet, being active, avoiding harmful addictions, a lot of genetics and a little bit of random luck.

What I’m really saying is let’s calm down.  Let’s look at the facts.  Let’s make wise choices for our families, our kids with our heads, not screaming at the top of our lungs.

And let’s bring knowledge to the table.

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A Healthy Holiday Recipe!

You might think there isn’t much to do on a farm in the winter.  Well, you’d be thinking wrong!  Its bitterly cold today in Missouri, but there are some garden plants that don’t really care.  Spinach is one of my favorite veggies to grow year round.  All you need is a tray of dirt, your favorite spinach seeds, water and sunlight.  Oh!  And a spot indoors!

And then you need a recipe!

But let me say that just because my farm kids help grow the veggies doesn’t mean they’ll eat them!  So I created these green Christmas pancakes to entice my little ones to consume a bit more of those leafy greens.  It was an instant success!  So here’s to healthy holiday recipes!

These Healthy Christmas pancakes use spinach for a holiday green color!


Healthy Holiday Pancakes

Handful spinach leaves
3/4 cup buttermilk*
1/3 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon agave nectar or honey
1 egg
2 tablespoons oil
1 cup flour (I use 1/2 wheat, 1/2 white)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

*If you don’t have buttermilk you can make your own by adding a teaspoon or so of lemon juice to plain milk and letting it set for about 5 minute.

Put spinach leaves in a blender, cover with buttermilk, applesauce, agave, egg and oil.  Blend until smooth.  In a mixing bowl combine remaining ingredients.  Add wet mixture to flour, stirring just until moist.  Add more flour if the mixture is too runny.  This will vary, based on how much spinach you use and how juicy the spinach is.  I also add about 1/4 cup of chocolate chips to mine at this point to distract my kiddos.  Then pour onto a griddle and cook as usual.  Enjoy some holiday baking without the gilt!

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