Posts tagged #organic

Why Organic Cotton Matters for Girls!

I'm a big proponent of organic food. I've been to a couple marches and rallies and I believe food should be our primary concern when it comes to our health.

Cotton I've not been so concerned with until recently. In the past I have thought to myself "why does organic cotton matter?" We just wear it. Truth is, we wear in in more ways than just clothes and for women and girls we need to be aware of the products we put into our bodies too!

Cotton is one of the largest genetically modified crops. Cotton is also in our tampons and feminine pads. We much have forgotten that. Do we want those pesticides and chemicals to be absorbed into our bodies, specifically in the lady areas?

NO, absolutely not! This isn't just a woman's issue. It's also for our girls.

Is it just me or does if feel like girls are getting their periods earlier and earlier? I mean 8 years old? So yeah, this is a girls problem too.

Toxic Shock Syndrome

Cervical and ovarian cancer

Fertility problems

birth defects...

Need I go on?

So make a conscience decision next time you purchase feminine products and go organic cotton! We don't want those nasty chemicals down there so lets be more picky about what we put into our bodies. After all, isn't that what we should be preaching? Do ya get me?

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Posted on May 23, 2016 and filed under Happy Mama, Wellness, Raising Girls.

Reasons You Should Start Gardening with Your Kids

As we are approaching the second year for our family garden my kids are giddy with excitement and looking forward to getting out and getting dirty! This past Easter their baskets were filled will all sorts of gardening goodies. The Easter bunny hit it spot on this year! They were filled with a watering can, mini garden gloves, seeds, and gardening tools.

Since

last year

was such a success and the kiddies were so interested, we decided that we are going to give the girls their very own garden bed to putts around in! Gardening is such a wonderful activity and hobby for young kids to take part in and here's why...

Educational

This is a

hands on experience

for the kids to learn where our food comes from and how it's made. Most kids who don't have a clue about gardening assume our food is made at the grocery store. Learning about seeds, plant needs, and how to grow their own food will make plant biology all the more fun!

Teach them about work and Responsibility

Not only do your kids learn about the educational aspects behind gardening but they learn about the hard work it takes to produce the food and the work it takes caring for the plants.

Physical activity

Kids should be out playing anyways but fun in the sun can be constructive as well and gets them moving the muscles they're not used to while sitting in class all day.

It's fun!

Most kids enjoy gardening and getting their hands a little dirty. Why not give them a productive activity that you can join in on as well.

Boosts their self-esteem

My little one felt so proud when the tomatoes and cucumbers started to grow. It's like she accomplished something big, which she did!

Healthy for the family

Growing your own food gives you the reassurance of where it comes from and the chemicals that are used. It also gets kids excited about eating fruits and vegetables because they grew it themselves. My daughter would go out to the garden and pick the green beans and eat them raw. I was shocked!

Spending time with your kids

My favorite reason is I get to spend quality time with my kids. Those early years of wonder are perfect for gardening. It's a hobby that both mommy and my girls enjoy together.

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It's that time of year for starting your seeds!

I have been crazy busy lately, thinking about girls scouts and meeting planning, new baby planning, that I almost forgot about a very exciting time of year.  What I really mean to talk about is garden planning!!!!!!

Can you tell how much I love to garden?

Really, it gets me so energized just thinking about this season. For me gardening is like an addiction. I would spend hours a week just watching my plants and fantasizing about the overfilled bowls of juicy cucumbers, strawberries and tomatoes.

The thing about having a garden, or a garden that grows produce, is that you need to plan ahead. Sometimes months ahead. For example, hot peppers needs to be started indoors 12-10 weeks ahead of time. So while all of you are only dreaming of the warm summer months and the ground has not quite unfroze from the winter, these babies need to start taking action.

Last year was my first year and I felt pretty successful considering I was a beginner. We had tons of cucumbers, green beans, tomatoes and assorted peppers. This year I really hope to expand and try out some new vegetables as well.

What I am continuing from last year
Red and Green Bell peppers
Mini yellow bell peppers
Jalapeno
Serrano
Cayenne
Santa Fe peppers
Cucumbers
Green beans
Carrots
Cherry tomato

What I will attempt to introduce this year
Leafy greens
Roma tomato
Strawberries
Watermelon
Herbs of all kinds
Squash
Zucchini

With these new additions I've had to come up with a better plan as to how I am going to lay this all out in my back yard. While I would love to have a full blown homestead, I also don't want the entire back yard to be garden boxes. Plus, the girls really need their play house this year :).

Space-saving garden ideas...
Grow tomato plants in containers-I plan on have three large containers, really they are decorative terracotta pots, that will sit on my deck and not only grow tomatoes for the family but act as landscaping and greenery for the deck! The deck gets the most sun so this concept will be ideal for saving yard space.

Trellis cucumbers on deck or an arbor-I plan on trellising my cucumbers this year on my back fence. This will provide some additional privacy and space saving by not having to trellis them in the middle of the yard.

Border the entire yard-I plan on mixing some beautiful flowers and produce along the border of the yard about two feet off of the fencing. I will add in some edible favorites to the mix as well. This will also compliment and aid in the pollination of the plants. Remember to use organic and safe fertilizers when you are planting edibles near flowers.

What are your gardening plans for this year?


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My first garden update

Summer is already half way gone. I knew having my a veggie garden was work. I knew there would be things I would learn along the way and this would be a process for the next several years. We are almost half way through the growing season here in zone 5 and I can already think of a couple things I've learned so far.

1. Space

I didn't anticipate how much space each plant would need and take up, therefore there are some plants that are drowning underneath others... my carrots for one. Allow for enough space for the plants to mature so it doesn't look like a jungle and you allow room for other ones to grow.

2. Trellis

Cucumbers need a trellis or something to grow up otherwise it will attach itself to anything else including the plants next to it, the ground, or the side of the garden.

3. Cucumbers come from their flowers. I must have spent a week staring at this plant and wondering, while I watched the rest of my plants spring fruit and veggies, where the heck are the cucumbers. Only did I realize, after looking online, they were coming from their flowers.

4. You don't need 5 of everything.

I started out planting entire rows of different varieties of peppers realizing I don't need 6 cayenne pepper bushes. Next year we will be cutting back on some and adding on others.

 Green Beans

Cherry Tomatoes

So that's what I got for ya so far, folks! I will be posting more pictures shortly as it looks like we are to have some pickable veggies soon! How is your garden coming along?

Guest Post~ Food Makeover: Pizza Edition

Hey everyone!! I'm so excited for today's first guest post here on 3 Wittle Birds! My friend Robyn over at Miss GM NO is sharing her Vegan Pizza recipe with you all today! Robyn is passionate about  REAL FOOD and is on a mission to change the food industry! You are going to love her! 
 

Food Makeover: Pizza Edition


Most of us think healthy pizza is just about as mythical as the elusive unicorn, but I am here to tell you you’re wrong!

It CAN be done.


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Give your pizza a “BAKE-OVER”!  This vegan, gluten-free pizza is killer…and easy to make. Take a look at my recipe below and give it a try! ;)

Okay before I give you my secret recipe…. let’s get one thing straight.  Take the image of your typical pizza- the smells, the tastes etc and throw it out the window. You have to be open-minded people.  This is NOT going to taste identical to Lou’s, or Giordano’s etc. But just because it doesn’t taste JUST LIKE that, doesn’t mean it taste’s bad.  It is just different.  It’s also different in the fact that it wont pack on the pounds, in fact it will do just the opposite.  So take your pick. :)

MY version of pizza has nearly 1/3  of the calories, 1/2 the fat, 1/20  the saturated fat, 1/100 the cholesterol, less than 1/2  the carbs,  1/4 the sodium and 2 times the fiber as a typical thin crust Domino’s cheese pizza!  Yes- Domino’s Pizza has 100 times more cholesterol you read that right.  Crazy.  Talk about a heart attack in a box…. The ONLY good thing about this junk pizza is the protein but even that is a stretch.  It’s not healthy protein..

Let’s look at the breakdown for both!

Miss GM NO!’s Vegan Pizza ( for 2-3 people)
Ingredients:

4 Brown Rice Tortillas ( found in the freezer section at places like Whole foods)

1 Cup (approx) of Organic ( no added sugar) Tomato Sauce

1 Package Vegan Gourmet Mozzarella Cheese

To Taste: Organic Olive Oil, Garlic Salt, Italian Spices

Directions:
Pre-heat oven to 350.  Place each tortilla on a foiled baking sheet and drizzle a bit of olive oil on both sides.  Sprinkle with garlic salt and bake until golden brown ( about 15 mins). You want the crust crisp!

Then,  put about 1/4 C. of the tomato sauce on each pizza and top with about 1/2 cup cheese.  Sprinkle Italian seasonings to your liking on top as well.

Please directly under broiler for about 5 minutes BUT please watch them!  Every oven is different.  **You will need to foil the edges of the pizzas as well because you don’t want them to burn under the broiler.

When they come out the cheese will look perfectly melted but a little more viscous than dairy cheese.  Just let it set for about 10 minutes to firm up before you eat.

Lastly, I like to sprinkle a little red pepper flakes on there for a little heat.  

Then Enjoy!!!  :)

Here is the nutritional info I created as well for one whole pizza. ( I combined all ingredients with the brands listed above and allowing for 1/2 T oil per pizza,  so if you chose different brands yours will vary):

pizza label
Ingredients:

CHEESE:
(vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, non-gmo)
Filtered Water, Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil, Inulin (Chicory Root Extract), Soy milk Powder (Soybeans), Soy Protein, Agar Agar, Sea Salt, Natural Flavor (Plant Sources), Carrageenan, Lactic Acid (Plant Source).
Contains: Soy

SAUCE:
Organically grown and processed tomato puree, organic onion powder and organic garlic powder.

CRUST:
Ingredients
Brown Rice Flour, Filtered Water, Tapioca Flour, Safflower oil, Rice Bran, Vegetable Gum, Sea Salt.

NOW… let’s compare my pizza to that Domino’s 10 inch thin cheese pizza….

This is for a whole 10 inch personal Domino’s THIN Crust cheese pizza:

 

NutritionLabel dominos

PIZZA CHEESE:

Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese (Pasteurized Milk, Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Modified Food Starch, Cellulose (Added To Prevent Caking), Nonfat Milk, Whey Protein Concentrate, Flavors, Sodium Propionate (Added as a Preservative).

SAUCE:
Tomato Puree (Water, Tomato Paste), Sugar, Salt, Spices, Garlic, Soybean Oil, and Citric Acid

THIN CRUST:

Flour (Wheat, Malted Barley), Water, Soybean Oil, Yeast, Salt, Dextrose, Leavening (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Corn Starch, Monocalcium Phosphate), Calcium Propionate (Preservative).

What is all that crap?! Monocalcium Phosphate? Sodium Propionate? Cellulose? Sodium Bicarbonate?   You can easily tell the difference between pizzas and how this fast food is NOT good for our bodies- inside and out.

Give your pizza a “Bake-over” and try this out!! Comment below and let me know what you think!

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Sources: https://order.dominos.com/en/pages/content/nutritional/cal-o-meter.jsp#

March with Me!

I haven't been writing much recently, it's not for a lack of inspiration. Maybe even to much inspiring for me to really put into words my transformation. One thing that has caught my passion is sustainable organic living. It really saddens me that not only can we not trust out government to do their jobs in monitoring our food, but at the end of the day it's not about the American people, it's about lobbying. 

Have any of you every had that friend, that obsesses over a problem and no matter what advice you give them, they can't seem to get it (I have been that person). You both see the solution plain as day, yet they still don't help themselves. You just want to shake them and say "why are you doing this to yourself?"...............That's how I feel about this issue. 

Why is it, when you post a funny picture( maybe even somewhat offensive and inappropriate) on Facebook you can get a hundred likes, but the second you post something of real substance and concern no one seems to see it? 

Why are we afraid to be extreme in our views when it comes to what we put in our body? 

"We label our mattresses better than we label the food that goes into our body"

I think I'm going to keep this short and simple from here.... Join me!!! 
March Against Monsanto


We all have a voice.... Do you want things to change with our food? Do you mind feeding pesticides that farmers need to wear a mask to handle? I never signed on to be a test group and I'm sure neither did you.

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I'm still coming up with sign ideas... does anyone have a suggestion?