Cheers to an Organic New Years
New Years Eve is quickly approaching us. That means everyone is planning on where they will be ringing in the new year. The most common activity on New Years is drinking and partying like it is the end of a year and also the beginning of a whole new one. For the most part, everyone knows that there are organic alternative foods to conventional counterparts but not that many people know that there are organic liquors, wine, beer, and chasers. Like I mentioned in my post “How I Survived Living an Organic Lifestyle in College”, that even though I lived an organic lifestyle in college and drinking was inevitable, I used to make my own drinks in my dorm and bring it to my friend’s place which was normally down the hall. I am here to tell you that you can have a fun night celebrating and drink organic. Most people just want to have a fun night that they won’t be able to remember the next day and won’t care what they drink. But for those of you that live an organic lifestyle that goal is achievable with organic liquor and beer as well! I want to mention that just because it is organic it does not mean that it is safe AT ALL. It has the same exact effects (trust me!). The only difference is that they use organic sources to produce the alcohol, wine, and beer.
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Organic Peppermint Cookies and Creme Milkshake
This organic peppermint cookies and creme milkshake is a delicious treat for the holidays. It is so creamy with a hint of peppermint. You can never go wrong with a cookies and creme milkshake. I use all organic ingredients to make this milkshake. I recently found organic peppermint cookie sandwiches at Whole Foods Market in Savannah, Georgia last week and as soon as I got home from my trip I wanted to create a milkshake to share with all of you.
(These are the brands I used for the ingredients to the organic peppermint cookies and creme milkshake recipe)
Organic Peppermint Cookies and Creme Milkshake
- 1 cup grassfed organic whole milk
- 2 cups organic vanilla ice cream
- 1/2 tsp organic peppermint extract
- 5 organic peppermint cookie sandwiches (I used Tasty Brand)
- optional toppings
- whipped cream
- crushed up peppermint stick
- crushed up cookie sandwiches
- Place all ingredients into blender with some ice cubes. Blend until desired consistency. Top with whipped cream, crushed up peppermint stick candy, and crushed up cookie sandwiches. Enjoy!
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season with the ones you love. I wish you all the joy and happiness! If you are looking for a special treat for you or for Santa, I hope this organic peppermint cookies and creme milkshake will suffice. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Last night I saw a new movie called Consumed at my local movie theater. I have watched many deep food documentaries like Food Inc and Forks Over Knives, just to name a few. Those intense and informative documentaries make you want to stop and think about what you are eating or stop eating altogether. But, unlike those persuasive food documentaries, I have never felt an impact as much as I have with Consumed. Consumed is not a documentary. It is a dramatic thriller and a political movie that dives into the complications and politics surrounding genetically modified organisms. The tone is a gloomy one, filled with paranoia and suspense. Some of the main actors include Danny Glover, Victor Garber, Taylor Kinney, Zoe Lister-Jones and Kunal Nayyar. Consumed is about a mother who finds an unexplainable rash on her young son and searches for answers on what the illness is. She believed it was caused by the food she was feeding her son, particularly genetically modified organisms. It also intertwines with stories about an organic farmer, scientific researchers and a biotechnology corporation. The best part is that it shows you from all different angles between the farmer, the CEO of the biotechnology corporation, the researchers, and the common people on how GMOs affects us all. The movie is not one sided which is much appreciated. It is fascinating to take a look at the world of GMO’s from all different viewpoints. The reason Consumed is so powerful is because even though it is “just a movie” it is so relatable to what is going on currently in our country with our food system. This movie is such an eye opener and makes you want to start asking a million questions. The movie is so convincing in a way that makes you want to fight for your food rights and think about what you are eating, without the writers of the movie even pushing their views on you. That is how you know how influential this movie is. Unfortunately, many people still have no clue what a GMO is and how it is affecting us and our children. I hope this movie will shed a light to people who have no inkling or even care about what is going on. I commend the filmmakers of Consumed on their brilliant story and for bringing the topic of GMOs to life through a wider audience. I left the movie theater saying, “wow, this is heavy and super intense”, but it is a movie that must be seen by everyone.
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How To Stay On Track With An Organic Lifestyle During The Holidays
Holidays occur throughout the whole year. During the months of October through December, when all the big holidays arrive, we give ourselves the permission to gorge a little more than normal thus resulting in forgetting our “diets”. Let’s face it, those holidays are all centered around food first and family and friends second. Our coworkers bring in all these amazing cookies and cakes into the office and there are so many sweets lingering around the house. We tell ourselves “It’s the holidays, it’s okay.” I am sure many of you can relate to that statement. The holidays are a time to enjoy and celebrate with our families and friends and of course to eat our family’s best dishes. The most important thing to remember and to teach ourselves is portion control so that we are able to maintain our weight, still eat our favorite foods, and not pack on those lovely holiday pounds. Also, to maintain an organic lifestyle during this time of year, the best way is to cook with organic ingredients and only keep organics in the house. I am here to tell you that it is possible to get through the holiday season without ruining your organic lifestyle and without buying new pants.
Now if you are like me, who is very devoted to an organic lifestyle, how do I possibly make it through the holiday times with eating organic and maintaining my weight?
Here are a few things that I do.
- Since I love to cook and bake, I have taken on the liberty to cook at almost all of our family functions during the holidays. That way, I am certain that everything has been prepared using organic ingredients.
- I make all of our family’s favorite holiday dishes using organic ingredients when in the past we used conventional ingredients.
- Sometimes we have parties or holidays at my family’s house and they have been so supportive that they will make organic dishes for me. Also, I will usually make something as well and bring it to the party.
- Even with the holiday season I still shop, eat, and keep organic food in the house. I wouldn’t sabotage my lifestyle just because these holidays are surrounded by high fattening, un-organic, sugar laden, tempting foods. But, I want to be clear and tell you that I still do eat high fattening, sugar laden foods but made organically and of course in moderation.
- The way I maintain my weight during the holidays is really all about portion control and eating small amounts and trying my hardest not to take seconds. I have taught myself the power of portion control and self control and that has made all the difference.
Here are a few things you can do.
- You can offer to cook for your families and find some healthy alternative recipes that still taste great.
- Keep organic foods in your house.
- Go out and buy organic ingredients for your recipes. This is the only sure way that you know you are sticking to an organic lifestyle.
- If you are going to a family or friends house during the holidays, make a few dishes or desserts that you know you will eat and with organic ingredients.
- Don’t be afraid to tell the host of the holiday dinner you are going to, of your dietary lifestyle.
- Portion Control is the most important to learn and it takes a lot of discipline but you can do it!! It really is all about mind over food. The best advise is to use smaller plates. The smaller the plate you use, the smaller you will take. Also, if you try something and don’t like it, don’t force yourself to eat it.
Food brings us together and reminds us of our memories and our family. What makes the holidays so special are the people we share it with especially those friends and family members we only get to see once a year. So please enjoy the food that has been so lovingly prepared. Just remember that you have the willpower to stay on track during the holidays and you can eat food without it eating you.
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season with your loved ones!