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I went to go see “Fed Up” with the milk smuggler today. Definitely a must see for all Americans. We need to band together to fight this horrible, sugar induced epidemic we are facing.

As September creeps closer and closer, the first day of school has come for many students, and that means mom has lunch on the brain!

I remember when I was young and I was the kid with the healthy lunch. Sometimes I felt uncool because no one would trade with me, except for my cousin Katie. The only item she would ever trade for, though, was my mom’s tuna fish sandwich! Weird right? But actually, it makes perfect sense! It was a sandwich packed with good fats, protein, veggies, minerals, vitamins, and omega-3’s! Everything a little growing body needs!

There are also lots of other easy to make snacks to go along with sandwiches. Celery is a great base for snacks. You can fill the stalks with cream cheese or raw almond butter with raisins.  Dips and hummus with baby carrots and other raw veggies are great! Letting kids have interactive lunch items may even inspire them to create more of their own recipes at home! (And who doesn’t love a helping hand in the kitchen?) Hard boiled or deviled eggs are also a great source of healthy fats and omega-3’s. You can also use raw cultured butter and  lacto-fermented apple butter on sprouted bread for a sweet sandwich filled with probiotics! Fresh fruit is great for a little something sweet your little one to finish off their meal (If you slice up apples, make sure to squeeze lemon juice over them to prevent oxidization!)

Whatever you do, though, don’t forget to put your own mommy spin on your kids’ lunches and let your creative side show! You may as well make making lunch fun, right? My mom used to cut my sandwiches into hearts and stars once in a while for holidays or special occasions, and I always felt extra loved when I got a “I love you!” note in there, too.

My mom (somewhat embarrassingly) made my lunch for me almost every day through my senior year of high school, (I was not a morning person, and therefore did not make my own lunch.) but kids are never too old to need good nutrition throughout the day. I know I owe my mom a great debt for keeping me fueled through school and all my extra curricular activities. I’m sure I performed much better in life having a healthy lunch in my tummy. You are what you eat, so make sure your kids are healthy, pure, and nutritionally satisfied!

Good Luck, Moms!

Mom’s Tuna Fish Sandwich:

Sprouted Whole Grain Bread

1 Can White Albacore Tuna Fish (low mercury)

2 Tbsp  Mayonnaise

(Go for the real deal, or buy safflower based Mayo. Stay away from canola and soy oil based! They are most likely GMO!)

2 Tbsp Chopped Organic Celery

1 Tbsp Diced Organic Red Onion

1 Tbsp Fresh Chopped Organic Parsley

Sea Salt, Pepper, and Herbamare to taste!

Note: Now that I’m a big girl, I also like to add a bit of Dijon Mustard to the mix with some lettuce or cucumbers on top, and if you’re making it at home, it’s awesome to do an open face tuna melt with raw milk cheese in the toaster oven! Yum!

I just stumbled across a  documentary from 2008, “The World According to Monsanto” directed by Marie-Monique Robin. This two hour documentary is very eye opening and very disconcerting. This film may be the best illustration of Monsanto I have seen in all of the GMO documentaries I have seen on the subject of their lack of corporate responsibility. It covers Monsanto’s effects on not just the United States, but the global community as a whole. Check it out.

GMOs are a huuge deal in the US right now. We, as consumers, have little to no idea of what is GMO. Companies don’t need to put it on the ingredients label. You can also believe that any conventional, non-organic milk has GMOs, too!

Cows did not evolve to eat corn, but today’s feed lot and factory farming set-ups, feed cows corn, making them sick. Do you really want to drink milk from a sick cow?

Check out this video, get smart, and find a rally near you this fall!

Hello.

Everyone has their food wars. Some parents fight to have their kids eat their veggies. Some people fight their sugar cravings. Some people have to fight for information about ingredients to make sure that they won’t break out in hives. My family has become part of the fight against strict government regulations of small farmers, just for the right to buy the food that we want.

I grew up in a household that was pretty “normal.” We ate Cheerios, my dad always had Pepsi in the house, and Dove was my mom’s favorite candy bar. But after Cheerios reported a pesticide scare and my mom, after hours on hold and talking to supervisors,  couldn’t get the information on whether or not my box was contaminated, there was a change in the pantry. No more General Mills. Then, after 3 years abroad for work, my family realized the food here in the U.S. didn’t taste as good. It was much more processed. My mom started shopping at Fresh Fields (now Whole Foods) and organic became a requirement to make it on our pantry and refrigerator shelves.

Soon, in highschool, my mom joined The Weston A. Price Foundation and discovered the beneficial qualities of raw milk.

The short version here is: When milk goes through the pasteurization process, both the bad and GOOD bacteria are killed off. The good bacteria is what makes it easy for our bodies to breakdown nutrients and digest milk in a beneficial way and the good definitely out weighs the miniscule chance of there being bad bacteria. So raw milk from clean facilities is super healthy and puts less stress on your digestive system.

My mom’s milk source in Maryland was shut down (it is illegal to buy, sell, or distribute raw milk in the state of Maryland). It also happens to be illegal to bring raw milk into Maryland over state lines. So the only option my mom saw was to become a milk smuggler and she has been ever since.

Our  fight has since grown from just raw milk and is now also grass-fed, free range animals, and getting away from unlabled GMOs. These are all healthy, happy, conscious foods. Why our government wants to make it harder and more expensive for us to purchase these items, I don’t understand, but hopefully as the movement grows and Americans become for concerned with what they are actually putting in their bodies, we will see a change in small business agriculture.