DIY Gluten-Free Vegan Crackers

This is a great healthy crunchy snack and I look forward to trying out this recipe in my own kitchen.

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Happy Crackers by Sarah Britton from MyNewRoots.org

crackersWhy are these crackers, happy crackers? Because they are made exclusively with whole foods. They are gluten-free and vegan. They are loaded with protein, fiber, minerals, and healthy fats. In fact, how about I break down the awesome nutritional power of these little guys, because they are certainly more than stupifyingly delicious.

Brown rice: Brown rice is the least processed and therefore most nutritious type of rice – the only kind that contains precious vitamin E. Just one cup of brown rice will provide you with 88.0% of the daily value for manganese. This trace mineral helps produce energy from protein and carbohydrates and is involved in the synthesis of fatty acids, which are important for a healthy nervous system, and in the production of cholesterol, which is used by the body to produce sex hormones.

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Fresh Fruit: The Original Fast Food

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Most people live hectic lifestyles and if you have children you can just about quadruple the ‘heck’ in hectic. Between work, school and social schedules it can be hard to find time for good nutrition — or so we tend to believe. Good nutrition is always at your fingertips and can be much faster than the fast food restaurant trap. I know sometimes it seems faster and easier to drive by McDonald’s, Taco Bell or Kentucky Fried Chicken, but natural fresh fruits are healthier and faster than even the fastest fast food chain.

Below I’ve listed the ‘fastest’ fresh fruits with their nutritional information for eating a small raw portion along side some of the quickest value menu options. Decide for yourself . . .

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Bananas are one of my personal favorites. They conveniently come in their own disposable, biodegradable, and compostable wrapper. They contain less than one gram of fat total and only 2mg of sodium. Just one banana will give you one third of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. They are also high in folate, pantothenic acid and magnesium and additionally contain small amounts of vitamin A, calcium, vitamin K, niacin, phosphorus and selenium. Below for comparison you’ll find the nutritional information for a Whopper from Burger King — also fast and easy to eat on the run. However, just one Whopper contains over 1400mg of sodium. That’s 2/3 of your allowed sodium for the day in one quick snack.

1 cup raw Banana mashed (click to enlarge image):

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One Whopper from Burger King (click to enlarge image):

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apple_1359351_76562943Apples are so fast and easy, that all you have to do is pull the stem off the top, wash, and eat. The skin is full of vitamins and minerals that are great for keeping a body on the go. When you eat a raw apple with the skin you can enjoy a snack that only has 2 calories from fat! Apples are high in potassium and vitamin C and also contain vitamin A, calcium, vitamin K, folate, phosphorus and magnesium. Think about that next time you’re cramming a Big Mac down your gullet. McDonald’s Big Macs on the other hand contain a whopping 295 calories from fat (a total of 563 calories) and over 1000mg of sodium.

1 cup raw Apples chopped (click to enlarge image):

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1 McDonalds Big Mac (click to enlarge image):

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strawberry_1262326_79890799Of the fast fresh fruits I have listed here, strawberries might be the hardest to eat — but only if you’re trying to avoid eating the leaves (which can easily be pulled off by hand if you’re not home). Strawberries are manna from heaven in my own opinion, but don’t just take my word for it — they give you over 100% of the recommended allowance of vitamin C and 9% of your recommended dose of folate. Calories from fat; a mere 4 of a total of 49 calories. Strawberries are also high in potassium, vitamin K and magnesium. By comparison eating just one beef soft taco from Taco Bell you’ll get 92 calories from fat including 4g of saturated fat and 626mg of sodium. Certainly not the worst fast food I have listed here, but not good for you either.

1 cup raw Strawberries quartered (click to enlarge image):

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Taco Bell Beef Soft Taco (click to enlarge image):

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plum_539373_59525142Plums are a delicious treat as well. The biggest problem with plums is eating just one. Remember prunes are dried plums. Don’t eat too many of these beauties unless you’re trying to clean out your system. Plums are amazing! They are high in potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K and give you small amounts of calcium, folate, phosphorus and magnesium as well. If you choose instead to snack on some McDonald’s french fries you enjoy 170 calories just from fat and 266mg of sodium — and that’s just a medium fry. You don’t want the numbers for a large fry.

1 cup raw Plums sliced (click to enlarge image):

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McDonalds Medium French Fry (click to enlarge image):

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peach_1334436_62218923To me nothing is better than a perfectly ripe and sweet peach. Instructions: Wash, devour, repeat. Peaches, as delicious as they are, only contain 3 calories from fat, no saturated fat and certainly no trans fat. You’ll also get potassium, fiber, a small amount of protein, vitamins A, C and K, calcium, niacin, folate, phosphorus and magnesium. Even as a snack, a bowl of vegetable beef soup from Subway, just doesn’t compare. I always say if you’re going to eat fast food eat Subway — but Subway is really just better than other fast food. It is still not necessarily good for you (but that’s a topic for a whole other post). Vegetable beef soup at Subway still has over 1300mg of sodium. That’s more than half of your sodium for the day in one snack.

1 cup raw Peaches sliced (click to enlarge image):

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Subway Vegetable Beef Soup (click to enlarge image):

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pear_1140084_62873377Although pears may not be one of my favorite fruits, they are still delicious, nutritious and fast. Wash and enjoy potassium, 16% of your fiber for the day, 1g of protein, vitamins A, C, and K, folate, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. Oh yeah — and a whole 1 calorie from fat! However if you choose instead to snack on a KFC Crispy Caeser Twister, you’ll be enjoying 369 calories from fat and a total of 744 calories (mostly empty ones). One little Twister will also provide you almost half of your saturated fat for the day and almost 70% of your sodium for the day. Hope you didn’t plan on eating anything else!

1 cup raw Pears sliced (click to enlarge image):

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KFC Crispy Caeser Twister (click to enlarge image):

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Make sure you’re always prepared with fast food by keeping washed fresh fruit ready to go with you when you walk out the door. Next time you’re crunched for time, remember that eating healthy can be just as fast as any fast food chain. Many convenience stores even carry a small selection of fruit, or at least some bananas. Or instead of stopping by a restaurant, stop by a grocery store. It is better to eat several pieces of fruit on the run and then eat a good meal when you get home, than to get the runs from greasy fast food. Your stomach, rear-end and arteries will thank you for making good decisions.

Let me know what your favorite fast fresh fruits are by leaving a comment below!

Percentages, vitamins and minerals discussed above are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Image credit for apple in water belongs to Vjeran Lisjak.

Genetically Engineered Foods – You Have a Right to Know What You Feed Your Family

We have all heard the old adtage that we are what we eat. Scientists have proven this to us. It is becoming more and more difficult to purchase food for your family that has not been genetically engineered or modified in some way. Why is this? Because the raw materials used to manufacture food and feed to the animals we eat contain genetically modified organisms. Some of these foods can actually modify cell and organ function in mammals. That’s right people, we are becoming less and less human. Corporations like Monsanto want you to believe that there is no need for concern or worry or even animal and human testing before feeding these products to us en masse.

Each and every one of us has now become a guinea pig for human testing. Pretty scary when you think about it. Scientists have proven that GE/GMOs can alter the expression of our cells (what our cells become) and the function of our organs including the liver and very possibly the brain, heart and fertility organs. Health Ranger Mike Adams reports, “If you eat genetically modified foods you are absorbing information from those foods that can potentially cause cancer in your body.” Learn more at NaturalNews.com!

Even in major national ‘health food’ stores you can’t really be sure the food you’re buying is actually good for you.

If we are going to protect our children and ourselves, we need the right to know exactly what we are eating. For too long we have allowed greedy, morally corrupt corporations to mandate what we eat. The time for change has come. The first step is to demand proper labeling and FarmAid.org has made it easy for you to voice your opinion. Tell the FDA that we need mandatory labeling of all GE/GMO foods!

Take action now at FarmAid.org!