Let’s Get Ethical in the Kitchen

by Nicci on 08/19/2010

I need something delicious to make this Thursday a good one. Seriously, it’s my first day back to work from vacation but at least it is almost the weekend. My only reason for returning this week is to finish up board packets for next weeks meeting. snooze fest.

My day started with a delicious Vega Choc-a-lot Blueberry Smoothie.

I added frozen organic blueberries to the mix, to get my daily fruit on! The mix calls for water but I’m all for adding almond milk to my smoothies.

The Vega shake and go is from my HLS swag bag. love.love.love.

Angela’s Empower Glow Bar….amazing. I’ve never tasted a granola bar like this one before. I need to order this bar asap!

Still hungry, I couldn’t help but eat cereal with chia seeds and granola added in.

(Hello- it’s definitely time for a grocery shopping trip after work)

Currently working my pedometer from my HLS sponsor, planning to count my steps today. I know I do more sitting than walking during the work week but I’d like to see exactly how many steps during my 8-5 office job, I’m getting in.

Recap time from the Healthy Living Summit!!

”Cooking Ethical Meals on the Cheap” was a great presentation by Evan of Food Makes Fun Fuel and Lin from Tea Time with Lin.

Now, that I’m back to eating meat occassionally, I’m trying to incorporate more organic, cage free and grass fed products in my life.

Here are some of my notes from the session.

  • Eggs- cage free
  • Dairy- look for milk free from rBst, store brand organic is reasonably priced just as name brands
  • Poultry- buy free hormone, whole birds, or meat on the bone
  • Fish- wild fish nutritionally better

Money Saving Tips $$

  • Buy directly from farmers, usually inexpensive

Healthy Meal Ideas

  • Roast whole chickens and store in containers for the whole week
  • Buy all natural, grass fed beef to make your own burgers
  • Buy fish in season
  • Buy meats in bulk and freeze excess

Eating on a budget

  • Grow your own herbs
  • Grow your own veggies

www.localharvest.org- for local food/grass fed in your area

How do you practice ethical eating?


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Alison August 21, 2010 at 11:40 am

great ideas! Very interesting!!

Shannon, Tropical Eats August 20, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Couldn’t believe they said to add water to the chocolate Vega mix! I tried h20 in my 2nd smoothie with it and it was so blahhhh and watery lol.

Great recap of the ethical eating session! I really need to look more into ethical eating… hanging with so many wonderful vegans really intrigued me this past weekend.

Nicci August 20, 2010 at 11:50 pm

Milk or Soy is the key! I know, but that beer beef was delicious from Whole Foods. lol

Trinity (of haiku tofu) August 19, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Mmm I wanna try that special granola bar too! I love Vega- I’ll have to try that on the go stuff. I MISS YOU so much- I think I have a 2 day weekend soon, let’s play!

Nicci August 20, 2010 at 11:20 am

I’ve missed you Trinity, were moving end of this month. I’ll miss my neighbor!

Erin @ A Girl and Her Mutt August 19, 2010 at 3:14 pm

I can’t wait to try my shake mix. I got the same one!

I love wearing my pedometer. It is always interesting to see how much I really walked or sometimes how much I didn’t *eek!*

Fit Chick in the City August 19, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Great idea to add blueberries to the Vega! I’m trying to figure out what to put in mine.

Dorry August 19, 2010 at 1:10 pm

I still need to try my Vega powder – perhaps this afternoon! And I’ll make mine with almond milk, too. Water seems like a bad idea to me. Also, LOVE the Glo Bars – did you get the coupon for 20% off online orders? Let me know if you need the discount code. So glad tomorrow is already the weekend!

Valerie - @CharmedValerie August 19, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Great ideas! We picked up CSA box filled with the best local veggies, produce, cheese, chicken sausage, and eggs. I learned to cook so many new meals when I ended up with stuff I’ve never cooked before (like lemongrass). It’s so cool to have a relationship with the people responsible for growing (and grooming) your food.

Andrea@CeleryITC August 19, 2010 at 12:51 pm

I won’t be a debbie downer on your post..but I’ll answer honestly, I’m an ethical eater by eating vegan! I love that people care about how animals were raised and how they were treated, that’s a great step..but the end result is still slaughter, and that’s why I chose to be a vegan.

Love that all the bloggies are posting HLS swag bag eats!

Emily @ Run Emily Run August 19, 2010 at 12:44 pm

I’ve been eating more meat than usual, which I kind of feel guilty about, especially because there’s been an increase since I started blogging and before that I was almost completely vegetarian and even vegan for a while! Crazy. I think I just go through phases. I love my CSA veggies though! My boyfriend and I pick up veggies weekly in Harlem that a farmer distributes. They’re so fresh and inexpensive.

Nicci August 19, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Emily, I was once vegetarian for 2 1/2 yrs, but some reason my body didn’t respond well this last time. I’ve finally decided meat is my friend but I don’t feel the need to eat it everyday. I’ll definitely choose a meat free meal filled with veggies any day. :) I do phases too.

Victoria August 19, 2010 at 12:11 pm

I feel like we follow a lot of the advice you mentioned. All of our eggs are cage-free and organic. Our dairy is the organic store brand. We buy wild, sustainable fish, and rarely buy meat because we just don’t have an affordable organic option around here. For me, organic is most important when I’m buying animal products, so I budget for that and cut costs in other areas of the grocery bill.

Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) August 19, 2010 at 11:41 am

The hubby and I try to practice ethical eating whenever we cook at home. We buy our meet from a local farmer, and it is all organic and ethical. We also buy organic fruits and veggies as much as possible. We buy organic, free range eggs most of the time, but they are often SO darn expensive. We always buy wild fish.

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