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Recipe: Tunegg Salad

Tunegg Salad Ingredients
“In my experience, clients that are in treatment for eating disorders such as bulimia, binge eating disorder, anorexia or bulimarexia are typically faced with an increased risk of inadequate nutrition. To this end, I try to provide my clients and readers nutritious and delicious recipes to enjoy both during and after their recovery journey at ‘The Norton Center for Eating Disorders & Obesity’.”
Ingredients
6 oz white albacore or fresh tuna steamed (try to avoid canned tuna)
3 chopped hard boiled eggs (grass fed Omega 3 organic)
1/2 cup diced organic onion
1/2 cup diced organic dill pickle
1/2 cup diced organic celery
Salt & pepper to taste

Toss with:
1/2 cup Wilderness Family Naturals mayonnaise blended with 1 tblsp hot mustard (or make your own Coconut Oil Mayonnaise or Coconut-Macadamia Nut Oil Mayonnaise)
Serve on organic Romaine lettuce leafs (makes a wrap for Tunegg mix)

Nutrition (Entire Recipe)
1240 calories
35 g fat
71 g protein
24 g carbs
9 g fiber

The New School Lunch

USDA School Lunch

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“For the past 10 years, I have noticed a connection between childhood obesity, eating disorders, and the increasing complications of both in my clinical work as well as in my research.  As part of my mission to shed light on these problems, particularly as they relate to US children, I find it important to provide both by readers and clients with relevant informative articles. You can view all of my Childhood Obesity Articles here. Also, be sure to read my Nutrition, Fitness, and Health articles here.

 

This week, the USDA announced the new requirements for school breakfasts and lunches. This marks the first major overhaul to the requirements in over 15 years! Although the changes aren’t as significant as the Obama administration would have liked, the new requirements are definitely a step in the right direction in the right direction. The changes are definitely worthy of praise.

By implementing these new requirements, it is hoped that there will be a noticeable decrease in the number of obese children. In the past 30 years, our nation has experienced a threefold increase in childhood obesity rates. The result? One in three children in our country are now overweight. It is becoming increasingly more common for our children to leave their pediatricians office with a diagnosis of Type II Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart conditions and joint deterioration; diseases which have historically been unheard of in youth populations. Recent studies predict that the epidemic of childhood obesity will result in a 2-5 year decrease in life expectancy. This will be the first generation since the Great Depression that our children are projected to have a shorter lifespan than their parents.

So what changes will we see in the foods that our country’s children are being served at schools? Here’s the breakdown…..

I really love how they are requiring a wide variety of vegetables on a weekly basis. Kids will get a wide variety of nutrients by eating all the ‘colors of the rainbow’, it will also give kids the opportunity to discover new fruits and vegetables.

There has been much controversy over schools being permitted to classify ‘pizza’ as a ‘vegetable’ because it contains 3 tablespoons of tomato paste. The new requirements do allow ‘pizza’ to be classified as a ‘vegetable’, but children will be required to have an additional serving of vegetables on their tray alongside the pizza.

I don’t necessarily agree with this change. Previously, I have discussed the disadvantages of low-fat milk. When I choose milk for both myself and my grandsons, I stick to these guidelines . When it comes to low-fat milk, some of the most respected health gurus in our country say:

“Low fat milk causes weight gain. This is how farmers fatten pigs. If they give them whole milk, the pigs stay lean.

Low fat milk is missing all the vitamins that you get in the fat. The industry has figured out that they make a lot more money on butter and butterfat if they put it in ice cream. So they take the cream out of the milk, put it into ice cream. They would much rather you spend the money on ice cream, than on butter or buttercream; they make a lot more money.”
-Sally Fallon, Weston A. Price Foundation

“A note on the production of skim milk powder: liquid milk is forced through a tiny hole at high pressure, and then blown out into the air. This causes a lot of nitrates to form and the cholesterol in the milk is oxidized. Those of you who are familiar with my work know that cholesterol is your best friend; you don’t have to worry about natural cholesterol in your food; however, you do not want to eat oxidized cholesterol. Oxidized cholesterol contributes to the buildup of plaque in the arteries, to atherosclerosis. So when you drink reduced-fat milk thinking that it will help you avoid heart disease, you are actually consuming oxidized cholesterol, which initiates the process of heart disease.”
-Weston A. Price Foundation, Dirty Secrets of the Food Processing Industry

“Let us get rid of one fallacy which is that skim milk is actually milk that has had the cream skimmed off the top. That actually sounds logical but it is not how is done, at least not in this modern world. That process would not remove all the cream so what is done in modern processing is the milk is spun around with centrifuges, eventually completely separating the cream (fat) and milk. It is first clarified, then separated, then pasteurized (or ultra-pasteurized), and then finally homogenized. This over-processing has now removed every healthy vitamin, living enzyme, and natural mineral. Welcome to your now-dead beverage……Skim milk will not support life. So by removing the cream you have essentially turned the milk into something completely useless, especially the pasteurized variety as you have not only removed the healthy fat but you have also as stated removed the living nutrients.”
-Raw Milk Truth

“Researchers from Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute conducted a study that monitored the dietary habits of more than 20,000 Swedish women for a decade. It turned out that women who consumed full fat milk or cheese had a lower Body Mass Index (BMI) than the rest of the group. The results were convincing enough for the researchers to recommend that a glass of full fat milk every day will cut weight gain by 15%, and a portion of full fat cheese each day will cut weight gain by 30%. Alicja Wolk, professor at the Karolinska Institute stated, ‘The surprising conclusion was that increased consumption of (full fat) cheese meant that overweight women lost weight.’

Yet skim and 1% milk is pervasive in school lunch programs, and throughout the American diet. If you summarize the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) food pyramid you see an emphasis on grains plus skim milk, the very combination that fattens hogs so efficiently! In fact, the USDA recommends we start the low-fat habit early: children as young as pre-school are recommended to consume non-fat or low fat milk, yogurt and cheese. With a food pyramid like this it’s little wonder we face an obesity epidemic from childhood onward.”
-Ann M Childers, MD. Life Balance Northwest

 “Guess what they feed a pig if they want to make it as fat as possible as fast as possible?

Low-fat milk, because if they give the pig milk with fat in it, the pig gets satiated. It’s satisfied and won’t eat any more. But if they give it low-fat milk, it will eat the grain they feed it forever because it’ll have a deficiency of fat.

Now think of what we’re eating for breakfast in this country…

If you don’t want to get fat you’re told to drink low-fat milk, and corn or wheat or oat-based cereal.

It’s the prescription to make you as fat as possible as quickly as you can get there. You’ll never stop wanting to eat because you’re never getting any food that causes satiation.

Americans are told to eat a diet that is scientifically designed to make you as fat as possible as fast as possible.”
-Dr. Al Sears, MD. Power for Healthy Living




Again, I’m not completely on board with this change. There are some saturated fats that would benefit our children, such as coconut fat.

Here’s a side-by-side comparison, showing the foods that meet the current requirements versus the foods that will be served under the new requirements (from the USDA Food and Nutrition Services)

So, how quickly can we expect to see these changes implemented? About 1000 schools in the US are already feeding their kids according to these new guidelines. Many other schools have already started making changes by offering some more healthier choices, such as salad bars. The current plan, however, is to phase all of the new requirements into the schools over the next five years.

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Springtime Pilaf with Asparagus and Salmon

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This recipe serves: 6

Preparation time: 35 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS

4 salmon fillets about 1 inch thick (1 ½ lbs.), broiled

1 tablespoon coconut oil

2 ½ cups (1-inch) diagonally cut asparagus

2 cups cooked brown rice (properly prepared)

1 ½ cup fresh or frozen organic, peas, thawed

½ cup bone broth

2 tablespoons parsley, chopped

2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat the broiler. Place salmon on a broiler pan coated with coconut oil.

2. Broil 8 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Remove from the oven and set aside.

3. In a large skillet add the oil and asparagus. Cook the asparagus over medium-high heat until tender, stirring occasionally.

4. Stir in the rice, peas, and broth.

5. Cook for 1 minute before adding the salmon, parsley, and remaining ingredients. Cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

NUTRITION INFO

Serving Size: 1/6 recipe

Calories 257

Protein 27 g

Total Carbohydrate 20 g

Dietary Fiber 3 g

Sodium 95 mg

Total Fat 7 g

Saturated Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 85 mg

Percent Calories from Fat 26%

Percent Calories from Protein 42%

Percent Calories from Carbohydrate 32%

Pineapple Barbecued Shrimp Skewers

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This recipe serves: 4

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS

1/4 cup organic barbecue sauce (MSG Free)

1/2 cup pineapple juice

2 tablespoons lime juice

2 tablespoons chopped, fresh cilantro leaves

1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 ripe pineapple, peeled, cored and sliced into 2-inch chunks

4 metal or bamboo (soaked in water) skewers

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS

1. In a mixing bowl, combine the barbecue sauce, pineapple juice, lime juice and cilantro. Pour half of the pineapple-barbecue sauce mixture into a resealable bag, add the shrimp and marinate for 15 to 30 minutes. (Reserve the remaining sauce mixture for basting and serving.)

2. Preheat the grill to medium-high.

3. Remove the shrimp from the marinade, discarding the leftover marinade. Skewer the shrimp and pineapple onto the skewers. Grill the skewers on both sides until the shrimp are just cooked through, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. While the skewers are cooking, brush them with some of the reserved sauce.

4. Serve the skewers with the extra pineapple-barbecue sauce for dipping.

NUTRITION INFO

Serving Size: 1/4 pound of shrimp plus pineapple

Calories 201

Total Fat 2 g

Saturated Fat 0 g

Protein 25 g

Total Carbohydrate 2 g

Dietary Fiber 0 g

Sodium 276 mg

Percent Calories from Fat 9%

Percent Calories from Protein 48%

Percent Calories from Carbohydrate 43%

Grilled Pomegranate Chicken with Cucumber Relish Recipe

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http://www.vietworldkitchen.com/blog

This recipe serves: 4

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS

1 cup peeled, seeded and chopped organic cucumber

1 cup chopped fresh organic tomatoes

1/4 cup diced organic red onion

1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves

zest and juice of 1 lemon

salt to taste

freshly ground black pepper

4 boneless, skinless, organic chicken breasts, about 4 to 6 ounces each

2 tablespoons pomegranate juice concentrate

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon coconut palm sugar

1/2 cup grassfed greek yogurt

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS

1. In a mixing bowl, combine the cucumber, tomato, red onion, mint, lemon zest and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper and refrigerate.

2. Preheat the grill to medium-high.

3. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Grill the chicken on one side for 6 minutes, turn, brush with pomegranate juice concentrate and continue grilling until the chicken is cooked through.

4. In a small dish, combine the cinnamon and sugar. Brush the cooked chicken with more pomegranate juice and sprinkle it with cinnamon-sugar mixture.

5. Serve the chicken with a large spoonful of cucumber relish and an optional dollop of yogurt or sour cream.

NUTRITION INFO

Serving size: 1 chicken breast with relish (without yogurt)

Calories 276

Total Fat 9 g

Saturated Fat 2 g

Protein 32 g

Total Carbohydrate 16 g

Dietary Fiber 2 g

Sodium 96 mg

Percent Calories from Fat 27%

Percent Calories from Protein 48%

Percent Calories from Carbohydrate 24%

Grilled Eggplant Roll-Ups Stuffed with Goat Cheese

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food.unl.edu/localfoods/discover-seasonal-cooking

This recipe serves: 4

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS

2 cups organic spinach leaves washed

salt to taste

freshly ground black pepper

8 slices eggplant, sliced lengthwise about 1/4″ thick

1/4 cup organic goat cheese

1 tablespoon chopped parsley

8 strips roasted red bell peppers, cut 1/4″ wide

For the sauce:

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 tablespoon chopped shallots

1/4 cup fresh, chopped organic tomatoes

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat the grill to medium and the oven to 350°F.

2. Heat 1 teaspoon of the coconut oil in a skillet. Add the spinach and a pinch each of salt and pepper and toss in the pan for about 1 minute. Remove from the pan and let cool.

3. Brush the eggplant slices with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill for 1 to 2 minutes on each side, taking care not to overcook.

4. Mix the goat cheese and parsley together. Season with salt and pepper. Shape the cheese into 8 cork-sized pieces.

5. To assemble: On the top of each slice of eggplant, place a strip of pepper, a few leaves of spinach, and a “cork” of cheese. Begin with the wide end of the eggplant and roll toward the narrow end. Place on a lightly oiled cookie sheet, seam side down.

6. Warm the roll-ups in the oven until thoroughly heated, about 8 to 10 minutes, longer if they have been refrigerated. While the roll-ups are warming, make the sauce.

For the sauce:

1. Heat the coconut oil in a small skillet over low heat. Add the shallots and cook until soft and translucent, about 2 minutes. Add the balsamic vinegar. Add the tomatoes and toss for 1 minute. Bring to a boil. Remove from the heat.

2. Place 2 roll-ups on each plate. Spoon sauce over the top and serve.

NUTRITION INFO

Serving size: 2 roll-ups

Calories 213

Total Fat 16 g

Saturated Fat 4 g

Protein 5 g

Total Carbohydrate 14 g

Dietary Fiber 5 g

Sodium 232 mg

Percent Calories from Fat 65%

Percent Calories from Protein 9%

Percent Calories from Carbohydrate 26%

Linguine with Chicken, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Basil, and Pine Nuts

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This recipe serves: 4

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS

1 pound boneless, skinless organic chicken cutlets, cut into strips

salt to taste

freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons *coconut oil

2 cloves organic garlic, minced

1/4 cup dry white wine

1 cup sun-dried tomatoes, rehydrated and sliced

1 cup chicken bone broth

1/4 cup basil leaves, chopped

1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

3/4 pound Jovial Foods Einkorn Linguine

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil for the pasta.

2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat the coconut oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat and sauté the chicken on both sides until it is golden brown. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Transfer the chicken to a warm plate and keep warm.

3. Turn the heat to medium and quickly add the wine to the pan, stir with a wooden spoon to release any caramelized bits that may be stuck to the bottom and cook until the wine has almost completely evaporated.

4. Add the sun-dried tomatoes and the chicken broth and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the basil, pine nuts and lemon juice.

5. Meanwhile, cook the pasta (in the boiling water) until it is al dente, about 9 to 11 minutes. Drain and toss with the sun-dried tomato mixture.

6. Divide the pasta among the serving plates and arrange the chicken on top.

NUTRITION INFO

Serving Size: pasta with 4 ounces of chicken

Calories 528

Total Fat 15 g

Saturated Fat 2 g

Cholesterol 66 mg

Sodium 385 mg

Total Carbohydrate 58 g

Dietary Fiber 5 g

Protein 40 g

Percent Calories from Fat 25%

Percent Calories from Protein 31%

Percent Calories from Carbohydrate 44%

Butternut Squash Hash

Butternut Squash

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INGREDIENTS

1 heaping cup shredded organic butternut squash

2 tbsp. chopped organic onion

1/4 tsp. onion powder

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

Dash ground cumin

Dash salt and pepper

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS

Spread the shredded squash out between 2 layers of paper towels.

Press down to absorb as much of the moisture from the squash as possible.

Repeat if necessary, until no more water an be removed.

Toss squash shreds with onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, salt and pepper.

Bring small to medium pan greased with coconut oil to high heat.

Add mixture to the pan and cook for 2 minutes.

Flip shreds with a spatula and cook for another 2 minutes or so.

NUTRITION INFO

1 serving = 1 cup

Calories: 85

Fat: 1g

Carbohydrates; 20g

Fiber: 3g

Sugar: 5g

Protein: 2g

Chicken and Vegetable Kebabs

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totalnoms.com

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts (organic pastured), cut into 1 inch cubes

2 small organic red onions, peeled and cut into eighths

2 medium organic zucchini, cut into 3/4-inch half rounds

2 organic red bell peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces

1/2 pound medium-sized organic mushrooms

18 metal or bamboo (soaked in water) skewers

2 tablespoons coconut oil

Salt, to taste

Freshly ground black pepper

Juice of 1 lemon

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat the grill to medium-high. Thread 6 of the skewers with chicken and 12 with vegetables. Brush the chicken and vegetables with oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.

2. Grill the skewers until the chicken is cooked through, about 10 to 12 minutes, and the vegetables are tender, about 8 minutes.

3. Squeeze the lemon juice over the skewered chicken, just prior to serving.

NUTRITION INFO

Serving Size: 1 chicken, 2 vegetable kebabs

Calories 219

Protein 29 g

Total Carbohydrate 13 g

Dietary Fiber 3 g

Sodium 79 mg

Total Fat 6 g

Saturated Fat 1 g

Percent Calories from Fat 25%

Percent Calories from Protein 52%

Percent Calories from Carbohydrate 23%

Zucchini Salad with Tomatoes and Basil Vinaigrette

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This recipe serves: 6

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

INGREDIENTS

1 large organic zucchini, cut into half-circles about 1/2 inch thick

1 large organic yellow squash (or 2 small), cut into half-circles about 1/2 inch thick

2 teaspoons organic dijon mustard (MSG Free)

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon finely chopped organic shallots

1 tablespoons macadamia nut oil

2 tablespoons freshly chopped, organic basil

salt to taste

1 large fresh organic tomato, diced

freshly ground black pepper

Cooking Instructions

1. Place about 2 inches of water in a large pot, insert a rack or steamer basket into the pot and bring the water to a boil. Steam the zucchini and squash in the basket for about 3 minutes, or until their colors turn bright. Remove the basket and run under cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside.

2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk the dijon mustard, red wine vinegar and lemon juice together. Add the shallots and slowly whisk in the oil and basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. (The vinaigrette can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.)

3. Gently toss the zucchini and squash in the vinaigrette with the tomatoes and serve at room temperature or chilled.

Nutrition Info

Serving Size: 3/4 cup salad with vinaigrette

Calories 50

Total Fat 3 g

Saturated Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 145 mg

Total Carbohydrates 6 g

Dietary Fiber 2 g

Protein 2 g

Percent Calories from Fat 44%

Percent Calories from Protein 13%

Percent Calories from Carbohydrate 43%