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Black Super Foods & Memorial Day Black Bean Burger!

Happy Memorial Day! I just dusted off my black bean and lentil burger recipe to get ready for this weekend with my family and my daughter and I have been so enjoying blackberries over the past few weeks and I was reminded of my great Black Super food recipes that I presented on Great Day Houston last year. There are some amazing benefits to eating black or darker foods, the darker the better nutritionally! So try black rice instead of brown, black lentils instead of green, black soybeans (if you can find them!) instead of green and enjoy this great burger recipe as you fire up the grill this weekend! Enjoy! Healthy Regards, Lisa PS: Enjoy the informative and funny…

Gluten Free Family Meals

I am constantly asked about gluten free products and over the past few years, we have created more and more items to help our clients and their children with their diets. Whether they are Celiac, gluten intolerant or just feel better by omitting or limiting gluten from their diets, I think it is so important to diversify your whole grains! We use brown rice and quinoa a lot. Black rice has amazing nutritional properties too! I love to mix quinoa and rice together, it give such a different and interesting texture. So try mixing it up with these rice bowls! The veggies can be mixed up as well based on seasonality. The key is the yummy sauce and making sure…

Healthy Snacks for End of Summer & Back to School

Wow, can hardly believe the end of summer is in sight, sniff, sniff! Time to squeeze in any last minute vacations! And dare I say, start to think about back to school? Shopping for clothes, supplies and the dreaded packing of the school lunches and snacks! Yikes! Can be so overwhelming! It doesn’t have to be, and sometimes you just need to get out of your current habits and start trying some different things! They don’t have to be super creative and fancy, but new combos, or presentation can make all the difference! Marketing works wonders on our kids too! 🙂 Amazing what putting something on a stick or adding some magical princess dipping sauce can do for some fruit…

Happy Healthy Halloween!

Tick or Treat! Are your kiddos busy picking out their costumes while you are planning the many party festivities? I love this amazing Halloween Freakynomics Infographic! Some astonishing statistics about Halloween: $2 billion dollars will be spent on candy 9 billion kernels of candy corn will be made 900 million pounds of pumpkins have been grown for Halloween It’s predicted people will spend $370 million on pet costumes this year I am a huge fan of Healthy Child Healthy World, they put out a great blog on how to Green your Halloween: Green Halloween Blog Here is a super cute little recipe we have done for Halloween catering that the kiddos love: Remove any stringy fibers from the peeled banana, then cut it…

Sneaking Veggies in Halloween Treats

I had the opportunity to be featured on Fox News in Houston yesterday, October 27, 2012. Several of the recipes I highlighted were on previous posts below, like the orange carrot juice icing recipe I highlighted from my blog post, What’s the Deal with Neon Blue Icing, we featured this naturally dyed icing on top of our super brownies! Here is a link to the video segment: My Fox Houston video link The other recipe featured on the show, we served inside a pumpkin with black carrots sticking out like scary fingers! Pumpkin-Seed Hummus ½ lb Dried baby chickpeas (soaked overnight) 3 cups roasted pumpkin seeds (see recipe) 3 Cloves garlic, crushed Âź cup lemon juice 1 cup tahini 1…

Natural Products Expo West 2013

I had the opportunity to travel to Anaheim, CA for my second Natural Products Expo West. It is one of the largest natural products food shows in the world. They packed in 63,000 attendees this year with some 2,400 exhibitors. I was an attendee again this year, there for meeting, searching for new suppliers, prospects, networking, education and LOTS of sampling and gawking at all the up and coming products, many not on the shelves yet. There were a plethora of all things raw, non-GMO, made with chia, half-popped popcorn, hormone free, soy free, dairy free, and probably the most interesting combination of ingredients were the all new “Protein” bars made with hormone-free meats and chocolate (and derivations of coconut,…

Top Foodie Mom 2013- Need your vote!

Hi Friends! In the hustle and bustle of being a Mompreneur I have forgotten to register for the Circle of Moms 2013 Top Foodie Moms Contest! I am entering with a LONG shot to stay on this prestigious list! I have many amazing plans to grow my business that is focused on providing healthy REAL food to children and families. We are now expanding into some exciting retail spots (i.e. Whole Foods and HEB) and into Hospitals! I am passionate about health education, and a regular advocate on the importance of eating healthy. Hope you will stay tuned for many exciting plans, products and projects to come! Appreciate your support! Vote for Lisa’s Green Plate Blog! Lisa Pounds @GreenPlateLisa @GPKitchen…

Back To School with a Super Charged Lunchbox

It’s that time of year again to get your kids prepped up for another great year of learning! Now that you have all of your children’s school supplies, you’ve attend the “Teacher Meet and Greet”, you have fought the crowds in the mall to get all their back to school clothes, it’s finally time to plan for the most important part of their school year – Lunch! Did you know that the most sensitive organ in our bodies to chemicals and food allergies is the human brain? Most of us think it is the skin but it is the brain. With that being said, we have to take a hard look at what’s in our kids food. How to Build…

Not All Calories Are Created Equally

When Is A Calorie Not Just A Calorie? When you hear the word ‘calories’ do you immediately think of diets and weight loss? Would you choose a food or turn down a food based on calories alone? If so, you might be missing out on some quality options. Making Every Bite Count According to the most recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), the top five sources of energy (calories) in young children’s diets are grain desserts, pizza and soda. “Nearly 40% of total calories consumed by 2-18 year olds were in the form of empty calories.”* Children have such small space in their stomach but such high nutrition needs for growing that every bite they take counts. When…