Archive for January, 2010

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Eat Cleaner Living Tip – Lucky #13 // Burgers that Won’t Leave You Lusting for Moo

January 25, 2010

Lucky #13: Let me tell you friends…we’ve never seen so many ground beef recalls packed together in a few weeks as we have recently.  About 1 million pounds worth.  Fraught with hormones and food borne illness fears, it’s enough to have converted this once carnivore into a meat-no-more.   Even as standards rise in the fast food industry, the environmental and health impacts from frequent beef eating is hard to stomach. 

So what’s a burger loving lady or lad to do?  Plenty to feed the bun-loving craving, from turkey to tofu, vegetarian burgers to vegan patties that wow the tastebuds and won’t leave you lusting for moo. Plus, they fit with the Eat Cleaner philosophy by eating lower on the food chain.  
For a Turkey Twist, Oprah featured Mar-a-Lago’s Turkey Burger as a favorite of hers and posted the recipe.  If you want the Veggie route, you can check out the recipe featured at La Vida Locavore that is fit for Vegan consumption as well.  The beauty of this post is that others in the community have offered their favorite recipes, including an interesting Mushroom burger recipe video.  You learn something everyday when sharing knowledge online.  

It’s all about adding flavor, so this is where you get can get creative.  Place them between a whole wheat bun or wrap them up in our favorite Ezekiel sprouted tortillas.  Get your 5-9 of veggies and opt for a wrap of crisp romaine lettuce and fill with a myriad of good-for-you fun like spicy daikon sprouts and sliced avocado topped with  roasted tomato salsa.  Add a slather of pesto or horseradish mustard for added kick.   My favorite?  Vietnamese style, with bean sprouts, cilantro, grated carrots and spicy peanut sauce. And of course, give those veggies a bath in Eat Cleaner Fruit + Vegetable Wash before gobbling.   We managed to convert the whole family and not one nose wrinkle from the lot!

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Eat Cleaner Living Tip #12/2010: Tasty waves of grains

January 21, 2010

#12:  Tasty waves of grains – Our Eat Cleaner mantra includes eating less processed foods, including complex carbohydrates like whole grains.  They’re a great source of fiber and nutrients like  B vitamins, vitamin E, selenium, potassium, magnesium, iron and even antioxidants. Lucky for us, the selection of wholesome choices are aplenty.

One of our favorites is the ancient grain quinoa, which can be cooked and served as a side or a substitute for rice and pasta when paired with veggies and a grate of goat’s milk cheese.  It also dishes up essential amino acids which also makes it a “complete protein” and an amazing food all by itself.   How about quinoa for breakfast?   Warm and Nutty Cinnamon Quinoa is a great way to start off your day with a riff on the oatmeal goodness.  (Takes me back to when I was growing up… my mom used to prepare a warm cereal made of pearl barley studded with golden raisins and topped with chopped almonds and shredded coconut.  On a cold day, there’s nothing better.)

There are a myriad of other Ancient grains to consider such as farro, amaranth, millet and teff.  NPR had a great piece recently about Going with Whole Grains and how you can incorporate all these different grains into your diet and add variety by doing so.  Where to find these power packed pearls?  Try your local natural food store and shop the bulk bins whenever you can to cut down on excess packaging. Green never tasted so good.

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864,000 lbs. of beef recalled – E.coli

January 18, 2010

E. coli in Beef

**Please note: Recall includes product from 2010 as well as 2008!**

WASHINGTON, January 18, 2010 – Huntington Meat Packing Inc., a Montebello, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 864,000 pounds of beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The problem was discovered during a Food Safety Assessment (FSA) by FSIS personnel. The FSA led to the determination that a further investigation of establishment records was warranted. The investigation is ongoing and the following products are subject to recall.

The following products, consisting of all ground beef products produced by the plant from January 5, 2010 to January 15, 2010, are subject to recall:

  • 40 lb. boxes of “Huntington Meats Ground Beef”
  • 40 lb. boxes of “HUNTINGTON MEAT PKG. INC. BEEF GROUND FOR FURTHER PROCESSING”
  • 40 lb. boxes of “BEEF BURRITO FILLING MIX”
  • 10 lb. boxes of “IMPERIAL MEAT CO. GROUND BEEF PATTY”
  • 20 lb. boxes of “IMPERIAL MEAT CO. GROUND BEEF PATTY”
  • 10 lb. boxes of “El Rancho MEAT & PROVISION ALL BEEF PATTIES”

Each box bears the establishment number “EST. 17967” inside the USDA mark of inspection on a label. The products were produced between January 5, 2010, and January 15, 2010, and were shipped to distribution centers, restaurants, and hotels within the State of California. FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

During a subsequent review of the establishment’s records, FSIS also determined additional products produced and shipped in 2008 to be adulterated because they may have been contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. As a result, the following products produced from February 19, 2008 to May 15, 2008, are subject to recall:

  • 40 lb. boxes of “Huntington Meats Ground Beef”
  • 40 lb. boxes of ” HUNTINGTON MEAT PKG. INC. BEEF GROUND FOR FURTHER PROCESSING”
  • 40 lb. boxes of “BEEF BURRITO FILLING MIX”
  • 10 lb. boxes of “IMPERIAL MEAT CO. GROUND BEEF PATTY”
  • 20 lb. boxes of “IMPERIAL MEAT CO. GROUND BEEF PATTY”
  • 10 lb. boxes of “El Rancho MEAT & PROVISION ALL BEEF PATTIES”

Each box bears the establishment number “EST. 17967” inside the USDA mark of inspection on a label. The products were produced between February 19, 2008, and May 15, 2008, and were shipped to distribution centers, restaurants, and hotels within the State of California.

While these products are normally used fresh, the establishment is taking this action out of concern that some product may still be frozen and in commerce.

FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these recalled products. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers (including restaurants) of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume ground beef or ground beef patties that have been cooked to a temperature of 160° F. The only way to be sure ground beef is cooked to a high enough temperature to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer to measure the internal temperature.

Media and consumer questions regarding the recall should be directed to the company owner, Robert Glenn, at (888) 894-8242.

This recall from:  http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_004_2010_Release/index.asp

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Get Moving: EAT CLEANER LIVING TIP – #11 // 2010

January 18, 2010

#11:  Get Moving – We’re always running…to meetings, dinners, after our kids and after dreams.  But is effective exercise a real part of your weekly routine? 

Fitness is important to an Eat Cleaner lifestyle and maximizing it is important to seeing results, combining cardio and resistance training.  Many times we set goals for ourselves that are not realistic and when we don’t meet those goals in the expected time, we tend to throw our hands in the air.  Despair not!  There are all kinds of great fitness formats that help you get svelte and healthy that are actually FUN.   Turbo Kick Box (TKB to afficianados) and R.I.P.P.E.D. are some of our favorites of our and help get your blood pumping to great music with results you can measure in less than an hour.  Milo Levell is one of the most gifted hip hop instructors out there and takes you back with old school funk fitness.  Home based DVDs are available for some of them so you can do them in the comfort of your own home.   Or check out our friend Alex’s blog, a certified trainer and endurance athlete, for fitness tips like the burpee (no, not a post-baby belch).  

How about challenging yourself to  a 5k walk or even a half marathon run?  Or completing 30 really good push-ups?   The point is to push yourself further than you might have before and to attempt to test yourself and set a goal, one that is more reasonable and within reach. And the best part of such challenges is that you can dare those around you to do them with you.  It’s a means to bring friends and family along with you on that journey.  You never know what may happen and you may find that you push your fitness farther than every before, no matter what your age is.

 

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EAT CLEANER LIVING TIP – #10 // 2010

January 15, 2010

#10:  Get More from Red.  When it comes to nutrient packed veggies, we’re seeing red.  Red Bell Peppers can deliver a bunch of nutrients in a very small package.   Sure you have to wash and cut them but with the help of Eat Cleaner, you can keep them fresher for up to 200% longer and they will taste even better when they are cleaner than you could ever imagine. So why Red Bell Peppers? Well besides their high amount of Vitamin A and C, two important antioxidants, they contain a good amount of vitamin B6 and folic acid.

But unlike the other colored Bell Peppers, Red Bell Peppers contain lycopene, a carotenoid which is also another very important antioxidant and the most effective one as well. And it’s what separates the carrots from the red peppers. Lycopene is best absorbed when eaten with fat and one great accompaniment for red peppers is hummus; protein, vitamins and great go food at your fingertips. So make orange the new red!

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Free Webinar: Protect Your Plate on Jan 26th, 2010

January 13, 2010

 

   
 
 INVITE YOUR FRIENDS AND SIGN UP TODAY!! SPACE IS LIMITED
 
PROTECT YOUR PLATE: How to buy, prepare and store safer food for your family
 
Join us for a Webinar on January 26
 
 
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/387995209
 
We are what we eat, but what we don’t know could hurt us.  Last year alone, there were over 78 million reported cases of foodborne illness in the US alone and over 5,000 deaths, most of which could have been avoided.  In this 30 minute presentation, we’ll sink our teeth into:

– Shopping sustainably
– Prepping like a pro
– Red flag foods
– Safe food storage
– Cleaner eating habits

PROTECT YOUR PLATE will help you take control of your kitchen’s safety.  After all, food should be our pleasure – not our pain.

Presented by Mareya Ibrahim, Founder and President, Eat Cleaner and the Cleaner Plate Club.

 
Title:   PROTECT YOUR PLATE: How to buy, prepare and store safer food for your family
     
Date:   Tuesday, January 26, 2010
     
Time:   10:30 AM – 11:15 AM PST
 
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
 

 

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server, Vista
 
Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4 (Tiger®) or newer
 
   
 
     
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EAT CLEANER LIVING TIP – #9 // 2010

January 13, 2010

#9:  Don’t count on calories:  If you’re looking to lose weight by counting calories, you’ve got one more thing to think about. Yes, it’s great that more and more restaurants are displaying the calorie counts for all the foods they serve but you may be biting off more than you intended to.   The problem is calorie counts may not add up to what’s being put in front of you when you sit down to dig in.  According to the New York Times… Anyone who counts calories by using the figures on menus in fast-food restaurants or on the packages of frozen meals may want to count again. When researchers tested the food served in 29 chain restaurants and 10 frozen meals sold in supermarkets, they found that their calorie content averaged considerably more than the stated values. And according to the FDA, packaged foods are allow to vary up to 20% and the restaurant meals also fell within this guideline, but 20% is still startling to say the list. One example the New York Times uses is, “The label on Lean Cuisine’s shrimp and angel-hair pasta says it has 220 calories, but the researchers measured it at 319”. That can add up to a whole lot of failure if you attempting to lose weight.

 

So what does Eat Cleaner think you should do? Start with less take out.  That means less packaged foods and less food on the go. It’s cleaner for you and cleaner for the planet and it’s getting a lot easier than you might think. Stick to whole grain, one-ingredient fresh foods that let you stay in control of what you put in your mouth.  Here’s one of our favorites, No Take Out, which offers all the tools you need to make no fuss week night meals.

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