Serving up veggies in all of our products!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Prevent Headaches with Food

Over 20 million Americans regularly experience headaches. I actually have one as I write this blog ;)  Here at Peas HQ, we not only like to use our food as fuel but for it's healing properties too. Here are some ways to avoid headaches using foods!

First, stay hydrated; dehydration can cause headaches.

Second, get enough magnesium. Research has found that people with migraines have low brain levels of magnesium and tend to have generally low magnesium levels. Getting enough magnesium also helps prevent heart disease, diabetes, loss of bone density, and colon cancer. Below is a list of foods naturally rich in magnesium.

(chart above from the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter)

Lastly, try avoiding the following foods which may lead to dull headaches
  • bananas
  • cheese
  • chicken
  • citrus
  • onions
  • peanut butter
  • sour cream
  • fresh baked yeast products

  • Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis A. Balch.
  • The University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter from the School of Public Health, Volume 27, Issue 10, July 2011.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Warm Milk Recipe for those Sleep Regression Weeks!

AAA sleep regression, how do we hate thee... let us count the ways! Has your child been through one lately? Our toddler is going through a sleep regression right now. They seem to rear there head once every 3-4 months. Last regression she waking up in the middle of the night and now she is having trouble falling asleep. It's hard to keep up!

This time around we are giving her Warm Milk before bed and it's actually working!!!

Milk, when warmed, releases tryptophan and studies show that tryptophan does relax the body and help you fall asleep. There are a lot of recipes out there for warm milk but we particularly like the Warm Tumeric Milk, as it has turmeric, an extra boost, to ward off the common cold (and many other benefits!)

Warm Tumeric Milk
-1 cup of milk
-2 nice pinches of turmeric (or 2 slivers of peeled raw turmeric!)
-1 tsp of honey
-1 pinch of ginger
-optional: a shake of cinnamon or a dash of vanilla

Heat the milk in a saucepan on low heat. Whisk in the turmeric, ginger and cinnamon powder (if using). Do your best to whisk out the clumps. Whisk in the honey and vanilla. Pour into a cup (taking out any pieces of raw turmeric). Try using a frother to froth the milk for extra yumminess!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Kitchen Hacks- Waffle Iron

Is the waffle iron something that collects dust in the back of your cabinet? We can attest that it does in our house. We decided to plug ours in and push it to its limits. We wanted to go beyond the waffle and try to cook everything from veggies to hamburgers in it.

Waffle irons cook food in minutes and are super easy to clean! Not to mention relatively safe for kids to use (with supervision). We find that when our kiddos participate in meal preparation they are more likely to eat at mealtimes! Here are some cool ideas to try:

1.   Veggie Waffles
Grate zucchini, beets, squash or a mixture of your favorite veggies. Mix with an egg, parmesan cheese and a little bit of rice flour (to get it crispy). mmmmmm this is sooo yummy right out of the waffle iron or you can freeze them and just pop them in the toaster another day!

2.   Fish Stick Waffles
Ok, we know these sound a bit strange but this is an easy version of a crab cake and definitely something to try! For best results shred the fish and instead of coating with flour then egg then breadcrumb just mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and make into little patties.

3.   Falafel 
Follow your favorite falafel recipe and instead of baking or frying them put them in the waffle iron! Start with a flatter patty and they will come out really nice and crispy!

4.   Hot Sandwiches
This is a waffle iron version of a panini! Try PB&J or a Turkey & Cheese sandwich. This will require a little muscle to force the waffle iron closed… but super tasty and great for the lunchbox too!

Think beyond the waffle and share your waffle iron hacks with us!

Monday, February 29, 2016

What's In Our Lunchbox This Week?

Running out of lunchbox ideas for your child(ren)? Let us inspire you with some protein packed egg options:

1.   Deviled Eggs
we cream our yolks with some butternut squash puree!

2.   Egg Tortilla #1
try making a tortilla out of 2 scrambled eggs. Simply put in a fry pan and flip "tortilla" once. Remove from pan and fill with a great avocado smash and roll up like a taco. Yummy warm or cold!

2.   Egg Tortilla #2
try making a tortilla out of 2 scrambled eggs. Simply put in a fry pan and flip "tortilla" once. Add a slice of cheese and fold over. Remove from pan and top with a great avocado smash. Yummy warm or cold!

4.   Deconstructed BLT + Egg
let those little hands build their own sandwich by serving a side of bacon (or veggie bacon), lettuce, tomato, and egg (cook into an omelette and cut into squares when cool)

Monday, February 1, 2016

Boost Your Breakfast with Veggies!

Cooking with veggies is our specialty. Not only do we create new products based around servings of veggies, but we also cook this way at home. We challenged ourselves for an entire week to boost everything we made/prepared with veggies! While lunch and dinner are easy meals to get in those veggies, we thought we would share a few unexpected breakfast ideas you can easily make at home.

Take our 1 week veggie boost challenge! Here are some breakfast ideas:

-pumpkin pancakes, freeze and eat on school days
-yogurt parfait with pureed carrots, we especially liked this with vanilla yogurt
-oatmeal with beet puree mixed in at the end
-toast with cinnamon-sugar and pureed yam spread
-breakfast burrito with a broccoli-egg and cheese scramble
-homefries with herbs and riced cauliflower (sauté potatoes until almost cooked and throw riced   cauliflower in the pan for the last 5 minutes)
-if you can get your hands on dehydrated carrots or sweet potatoes try steeping it with your tea!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

What's In Our Lunchbox This Week

Here is what we will be sending in the lunchbox this week

1.    Polenta Fries- great warm or cold
This recipe is easy to add veggies to – simply stir in some broccoli or carrot puree for crispy fingers that will keep your tot going all afternoon.

2.    Roasted Veggie "Chips"
Great side to any lunch protein/sandwich. Cut raw veggies into thin rounds (sweet potatoes, zucchini or even parsnip), toss in olive oil and bake on 425 until golden, flipping halfway through bake.

3.    Riced Cauliflower Bowl
Grind down raw cauliflower until small couscous like consistency and replace half the rice with riced cauliflower in a yummy rice bowl with avocado, cheese and a little salsa.

4.    Zucchini Waffles
There are a ton of recipes on the internet to follow. We like to mix parmesan with the zucchini which helps make them a little crunchy!

5.   No-Bake Carrot Balls- something sweet
Figs or dates hold these together, loaded with shredded carrot (or parsnip or beet) and tossed in some unsweetened coconut for a tasty afternoon snack.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

New Year, New Us!

Last week we checked in with ourselves to see how well we had accomplished our New Years resolutions. And overall we did a great job! This week we are sharing some of our goals for 2015; small resolutions just to remind us to keep up the good work!
Here were last years’ resolutions and our grades:

Be more energy efficient at home, and learn more about how to conserve energy around the house. 
While I haven’t improved our bills (eek!), saving energy and resources is much more top of mind, and we’ve made some energy-saving home improvements around the house, like new double-paned windows and more efficient dishwasher.

Give experiential gifts for birthdays and holidays instead of “stuff.”
For my daughter, we have become much more conscious about giving experiential gifts that provide opportunities for tactile creativity. We have, however, continued to give the “stuff” to family members, so we hope to tone that down in the coming year.

Implement a daily 10minute meditation practice, even if it has to be under my desk at work.
AAA this is always one to work on everyday of every year!

Explore more podcasts for my daily commute. Hearing creative people do whatever they do best is and invigorating way to start the day! 
I have become totally addicted to Fresh Air, Here’s the Thing, and I am currently listening to season 2 of Serial! Listening to these in the solitude of my commute have been an inspiriting and reflective way to grab some “me time.”

Stand up straighter and improve my posture every day.
While I did manage to improve my posture through mindfulness and working out, I also realized how poor my posture is while sitting at work, so I want to work on that.

Quit my multi-vitamin and make sure I get all my vitamins and minerals from real fruits and vegetables.
I nailed this for 9 or 10 months this year, but have fallen off the wagon in the past few months and reverted back to vitamins. Getting back into the habit of making my lunch will help me restore the balance in the new year

Spend an hour each week being more introspective and taking the time to check in with myself.
I’ve really enjoyed this one, and it has definitely become a pretty seamless part of my life.

Tackle 3 big recipes I’ve bookmarked that have been intimidating me for ages.
While I baked my first-ever cheesecake this year, I didn’t exactly tackle any of the super intense multi-day type of intimidating recipes I thought I would. But I realize that maybe that’s ok, and I used my free time to do other things and make quicker meals with friends in order to enjoy their company in the moment.

And here are a few of our 2016 resolutions. Wish us luck!
1)Rush less. This is a big one!
2)Cook in cast iron more often. I have some great cast iron skillets that haven’t gotten much use over the years, that will hopefully change in 2016
3) Be softer on myself is a biggy this year.
4)Have weekly tea time with my tot. She loves to drink herbal tea with me. 
5) putting afternoon medications back on our 2016 list