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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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Making Simple Holiday Wreaths: yes, you can do this!

December 11, 2014
I love making DIY holiday gifts for friends and family. I can put a personal touch on items, make something meaningful, and learn a new craft too. It's a win-win. I get a lot of my crafting know-how from my mom, who set the bar high early by making things like puppet invitations for my first birthday ( seriously: little wooden puppets with the party details written on their stomachs) and kid-sized dolls for my second. In addition to deploying her as a secret weapon at my own kids' parties (if fed properly, she'll even stay up most of the night sewing superhero capes with you!), I took...
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#FoodFri Tweetchat: Save School Lunch!

December 4, 2014
Have you heard the news? Congress plans to roll back school lunch while parents and families prepare for their winter break. They're hoping we'll be too busy to notice. But, they have underestimated us! This #FoodFri, Friday, December 5, 2014 at 1pm, EST/10am, PST, @MomsRising and @CSPI will be discussing the attack on healthy school foods. Join us! To date, more than 90% of schools are serving more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. The changes establish, and support, a healthier lifestyle. This is HUGE! Yet, Congress wishes to turn back the clock on this progress when they reconvene for...
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URGENT: Congress plans pre-holiday attack on school lunch!

December 3, 2014
While many parents are focused on the holidays, some members of Congress are trying to roll back nutrition guidelines in school lunch!! Setting our kids up for more nutrition-related diseases is not the way for Congress to wish families Happy Holidays. We need your help again today to protect the progress schools are making to improve the nutrition and quality of school lunches. Please ask your members of Congress to reject efforts to roll back healthy school nutrition . School lunches are getting better. More than 90% of schools are serving more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. But some...
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Good Food Force Weekly Update: Reasons Why We're Thankful

December 1, 2014
Happy holidays! We're sharing a few inspiring bits to get the holiday started off on the right note! As well as some reasons why we're so thankful for YOU, Good Food Force! 1. THE HOT LINE * This Month: 1000 Moms Encouraging Schools to Keep It Up! We're so inspired by the almost 1000 moms who signed up to deliver storybooks in support of healthy school foods to their local school! The books contain testimonials from moms on why the new meal and snack standards are such a big deal, and helpful tips for school staff on how to make the changes a big success. Sign up to join us! And if you're...
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