Wednesday, June 25, 2008

FIBER FILLS FAMILY

Healthy eating takes a little work and a lot of knowledge. Recently, a few members of the Cupit household have been under medical supervision for conditions that can be prevented or at least relieved by some slight adjustment to the daily regime. Hence, at recent trips to the grocer and local produce market, Maren picked up a bag of bulgur wheat, a bag of flax seed, some wheat germ, and plenty of fruits and vegetables. So far, these additions to the Cupit kitchen have been used in smoothies, added to instant oatmeal, prepared in a new recipe (tabouleh), and sprinkled on top of Jiffy corn muffins. Tonight, the family (with the exception of Laurel) munched on boiled and salted edamame beans. The consumers were surprisingly pleased; they tasted as good as they do at the restaurant. Brad is waiting for Maren to come home with her new birkenstocks...and perhaps complimenting pairs for the rest of the family.

The other side of the "Louisiana Two-Step" (have you seen the add campaign?) is more exercise. While the ultimate plan is to join the YMCA, a garage sale bargain will fulfill the need for the interim. Maren negotiated at a garage sale last weekend and walked away with a double jogging stroller. It's been used the past two nights and will be worth the $50 if it makes regular appearances outside of the storage closet. Brad stamped his approval on it tonight after his test drive around the neighborhood. The kids love having plenty of legroom and the smooth ride.

The Cupits welcome recipe or food suggestions that can help them maintain healthier eating habits. They especially like easy, simple changes to common foods, but are not averse to more complicated recipes. Next up for trial is a bran muffin recipe made with bran flakes from a friend at Maren's office. If all goes well, this will be a favored Laurel breakfast or snack...maybe dinner??? Also, if anyone wants to join the family in the cooler evenings for a jaunt around a neighborhood or park or trail - or the mall if it's just too hot - just holler. They'll join you right after they get out of the bathroom!

8 comments:

Lauren said...

I know you're already making smoothies, but we have a great recipe if you want to try something different.

*1 cup orange juice
*1 cup yogurt (I just use fat free plain)
*1 banana
*a squeeze of honey
*about a cup to a cup and a half of frozen fruit (this is where it gets fun--use lots of different varieties and combinations)
Blend it all up and you're good to go. They're pretty thick, but I'm sure you could add the flax seed or even some oats if you wanted.

I also have a good recipe for homemade bread somewhere... My mother-in-law has perfected it. She uses wheat flour and adds all kinds of things--nuts, sunflower seeds, etc. Let me know if you'd like me to get it.

Meredith said...

IF all the ingredients are on hand (I use milk + vinegar to fake the buttermilk most of the time), this is a super easy and yummy recipe to do with your new wheat germ:

Walnut and Wheat Germ Silver Dollar Pancakes

Serve with fruit on top

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/WALNUT-AND-WHEAT-GERM-SILVER-DOLLAR-PANCAKES-12833

Jeni said...

Mmmm...I love smoothies!

Isn't the Houston temple beautiful? Aaron and I got married there:)

Nicole E. said...

Is it high cholestrol that you are fighting off? If so, oatmeal is good. I found this Kashi Go Lean that is only 2 WW points and has 7 grams of fiber.

Kirsten said...

Cracklin' Oat Bran is a yummy breakfast cereal that doesn't look so yummy, but both of my girls love it. Start small or you may need to invest in Charmin stock.

museumeg said...

I love frosted mini-wheats and anything Kashi Go Lean. Do you have a good tabouleh recipe? I'm looking for one. And I want to know how you made your edamame.

Adah said...

Wow fun trip!! Will and I have seen most of that stuff but we took several trips to see it! I can't believe you saw it all in one weekend!!! Great planning on your part I am sure.

So for something a little more healthy we use turkey burger. We buy red quinoa (a grain you can get at health food stores) and cook it like you cook rice. Then we mix the raw turkey burger with the cooked quinoa and make patties out of them. With the quinoa in the turkey burger you get close to the same texture as beef patties. You can also add the quinoa to the raw turkey burger to scramble for any thing that would use hamburger.

Good luck!

Heather said...

You guys have been busy!! Looks like you are enjoying a great summer. Good luck on the healthy eating - it is so hard!!