Friday, February 19, 2010

Recipes from the Organic and Healthy Eating Variety Show

Our Hostess for the day: Lydia HolFollow these tips for good nutrition:

Avoid foods you have ingredients you can't pronounce.
Beware of low-fat and light foods.
Stick to the outside of the grocery store.
Buy grains in bulk.
Local produce is fresher and cheaper.
Always have a green veggie in your cart. You're more likely to eat it if you get it home.
Use fresh herbs.
Enjoy the simplicity of more plain foods.

Avoid the dirty dozen of fruits and vegetables:
Sweet bell peppers
Grapes (imported)

Fun and fresh recipes:

Black- Eyed Pea Salad

1/2 t. fine sea salt
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 c. rice wine vinegar
2 T. olive oil
1 t. ground cumin
3 c. chopped peeled tomato (about 2 large)
1/2 c. finely chopped onion
2 T. chopped fresh cilantro
1 (15 oz) can black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
1 (6 oz) bag baked pita chips

*Combine salt and garlic in medium bowl; mash with fork until paste consistency. Add vinegar, oil, and cumin, stirring with a whisk. Add tomato and next 4 ingredients (through pepper); toss well. Serve with pita chips.

Avocado Salsa

1 finely chopped medium red onion
2 diced avocado (pick avocados that are about as firm as the palm of your hand)
1 T. fresh lime juice (more if you really like I do)

*Mix all of the ingredients together and voila!! Serve with Organic Blue Corn Chips

Healthy Eating Poem
By Lydia Hol

Healthy eating is where it's at,
It's time to stop poisoning your body with unhealthy crap,
Strive to buy organic and antibiotic free meat and definitely don't buy SPAM,
Fresh is better than frozen and frozen is better than canned,
Do most of your shopping in the outside aisles,
It will keep you safe from processed, trans fat filled MSG laden food and all things vile,
Buy your grains, trail mixes and beans in bulk,
It will be fun for your kids and your budget won't sulk,
Remember, local produce is cheaper and fresher,
I don't want you to feel overwhelmed, mad, and under lots of pressure,
It might be best to go organic with foods you eat most.
Because pesticide riddled produce and long shelf life foods is something about which your cart shouldn't boast,
Try drinking water instead of pop, sugar filled juices, and diet soda,
Because refined sugar and artificial sweeteners just aren't a good idea,
Try making old recipes with healthier ingredients,
Your kids will love it and think you are an awesome parent,
Don't be overwhelmed and feel like you need to buy all new groceries,
Just slowly replace out of stock items with healthier, better choiceys!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

JET PACK - What fuels you?

Start the new year with healthy tips and ideas
from our Hy-Vee Dietitian.

Friday, January 15
9:30 to 11:15

Bring a friend!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


This Friday
MOPS will be celebrating CHRISTMAS


See you there!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

UFO's are coming to MOPS
this Friday!

Bring your UnFinished Objects
for an morning dedicated to finishing projects without the help of little hands!
Bring your baby's book, scrapbooks, Christmas cards, or even laptops!
The church has wifi ready to go!
See there you!!!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

This Friday, a West Des Moines Police Officer will be speaking to our group on safety. It will be a very special, informational meeting that you won't want to miss!

If you have any questions that you would like to ask the Police Officer, please leave them in the comments below. Thanks!

See you on Friday!
Be sure to invite a friend!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

MOPS on Friday...smell those pies!

All right, fall is here
and that can only mean one thing
for my kitchen:
it's APPLE time!

We love to go to the apple orchard
and load up on those beautiful fresh red apples!

Apple pies,
apple bread,
apple crisp,
apple butter...
...we love it all!

What's your favorite fall treat?
Leave a comment and
win a prize on Friday at MOPS!

Monday, October 12, 2009


The play date that was scheduled for
Wednesday, October 14 with the trip to
Harvest Barn Marketplace in Osceola
has been canceled due to an unfavorable forecast.
Sorry! We'll plan to play again very soon!