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Dream It, Say It, Plan It, DO IT: Tips on Setting and Keeping Healthy New Year Resolutions!

January 1, 2015
A new year is just that: new. It’s fresh and different and electric. It’s a time to dream, plan and get inspired. A time to finally kick off that new healthy habit, or maybe a time to end that not-so-great one. And it’s also a time to sweep away the clutter, from your inbox (don’t get me started) to your sock drawer. A new start is a big deal. I’m excited to make the most of it. I’m a big fan of New Years Resolutions. Making a commitment to do something - anything - really makes a difference. Say it out loud. Write it down. Make a promise to yourself that’s meaningful and important. We all...
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Announcing the Good Food Force Healthy New Year Challenge!

December 31, 2014
2015 will be our best year yet! Join the Good Food Force Healthy New Year Challenge to kick things off on a strong and healthy start. All month long, we're featuring moms offering tips on keeping New Year's Resolutions, preparing easy meals and healthy snacks, organizing your life, kicking off a fitness plan and so much more! You'll also find useful resources and of course lots of love and encouragement from other moms taking the challenge. Check back often for easy daily activities to help you eat, feel or do great. Complete activities if, when and how you want. Eager to do them all? Great!...
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#GFF2015: How to Make a Caribbean Feast in 30 Minutes (VIDEO included!)

December 29, 2014
Like many of you out there, I work full-time, have small children, and am time-famished. Yet, I manage to cook dinner almost every evening. My secret? I prepare and freeze base sauces that allow me to churn out quick, nutritious, and hearty meals in 30 minutes or less. One of my go-to sauces is Cuban sofrito , which I use in rice, beans, tofu, meat and pastas. Here is a quick how-to – video included! – on how to make sofrito sauce. Step 1: Buy and chop ingredients (fine dice) To prepare two meals for a family of four, you will need: (2) tablespoons of olive oil, (1) medium yellow, (1) medium...
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#GFF2015: How to Create a Fitness Plan

December 29, 2014
When my son was born in 2003, I had no idea how I was ever going to exercise, much less work and keep a roof over our heads while caring for an infant – and a colicky one at that! I am pleased to announce that I survived the hellish sleep-deprived year that was my son's first year of life – lol! – and am back on the exercise bandwagon. I even lost the almost 50 pounds that I gained with my son, and then again with my daughter in 2007. It took some planning on my part, and lessons learned along the way, which I am sharing with you all today. Step 1: Prioritize your sleep. I know that it seems...
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#GFF 2015: How to Make Ethiopian Food in 30 Minutes (VIDEO and Recipes Included!)

December 29, 2014
Both my husband and I work full-time and we have two small children in the home. My husband and 11-year-old son are vegetarians, which means I have to get creative with what I make for dinner. The meals must be quick due to our time crunch, and at the same time hearty enough for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. Over the years, I’ve become adept at making Indian and Ethiopian food. There are plenty of vegetarian options in both cuisines, and their rich spices make them savory and hearty. Key to regularly churning out quick – no more than 30-minute meals – is to create base sauces that I then...
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My Game Plan to Protect Kids from Junk Food this Holiday Season

December 24, 2014
On a recent Sunday in my church, a nice lady tried to feed my 18-month-old a piece of chocolate. She wasn’t happy when I politely said "no." “Come on, why don’t you give him a treat? It’s just a leftover Halloween candy,” she said, turned to my child, “I’ll give you a treat when mommy is not around.” The incident made me think. Surely our culture is strutted with candy and other junk foods. Every so often, I feel that I’m fighting against the whole world just to protect my child from junk foods. But I cannot be the food police around him 24/7. That “leftover Halloween candy” remind me that,...
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2014 Food Wins!

We’re Showing Off, Taking a Bow and Celebrating #2014!

December 23, 2014
With the year coming to a close, we took a look back and can say unequivocally, it’s time to show off, take a bow and celebrate 2014 for all we accomplished, together , on food related issues. We’re Showing Off… In 2014, MomsRising and its Good Food Force members worked in support of healthy school lunch. During the summer of 2014, Congress attempted to roll back the new nutrition guideline for school lunch that Moms supported through an amendment in the appropriations bill that allowed schools to opt out. Via #SaveSchoolLunch, MomsRising, and its members, voiced their displeasure, placing...
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What’s Fuglier than an Ugly Christmas Sweater?

December 18, 2014
Over the years, I’ve received a few ugly Christmas sweaters. My favorite was a bright red sweater with too many dancing reindeers that I received when I was about 10 years old. At the time, I didn’t know it was ugly. It had to be pointed out to me by a dear, older friend – she was 11 and I couldn’t refute her wisdom. Now, that the ugly Christmas sweater is fashionable, I’m feeling a bit lost. Does this mean that I was always fashionable and just didn’t know it? Or, that I was a trendsetter ahead of my time? And, most importantly, could I trust my instincts and answer the greatest question of...
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Seven Reasons Why #MomsLove MichelleObama!

December 17, 2014
There are so many legitimate reasons to #ThankMichelleObama, schools and the USDA this year! Here's a countdown of some of my favorites: 7. #MomsLoveMichelle for prioritizing kids’ health! One in three kids in the U.S. is at increased risk for nutrition-related diseases like Type II Diabetes. (1) If promoting healthy eating is wrong, I don’t want to be right. 6. #MomsLoveMichelle for supporting the charge to improve school meals and snacks! A new poll shows that 90 percent of Americans want K-12 schools to have a role in reducing obesity in their community. Am I in that group? YES I AM. (2) 5...
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#FoodFri Tweetchat: Food and Fitness with @SaludToday

December 12, 2014
With the New Year just three weeks away, we're excited to host a Food and Fitness tweetchat that will jump start your healthy resolutions TODAY! Join @MomsRising and @MamasConPoder as we chat with @SaludToday on Friday, December 12, 2014 at 1pm EST /10am PST. Food and fitness go hand in hand. You can't lead a healthier life by ignoring one or the other. This week, we'll discuss how food and fitness work in tandem to help you create a healthier and more fulfilling life. Ask questions. Share resources. Invite a friend. Connect with others. Together, we will get the year off to a great, healthy...
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