Party With A Food Rev Ambassador!

Anyone who knows me, knows i LIVE to…. write about, film, photograph, play with, speak of, cook, serve and enjoy real food.  

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[photo: Cooking Demo/Food Ed class at Whole Foods for Earth Day]

I love teaching our youth about how our bodies are affected by the food we eat, SO in honor of the BIG, worldwide Food Revolution Day this year…

i’m opening my home to neighborhood children and their wonderful messes for a FUN &WILD Food Rev party & cooking class in my personal kitchen to celebrate, promote and inform kids about real food.  (Yes i have scotch guarded my new fabric upholstered kitchen stools, lol. Twice.)

(Follow my blog or like my Facebook page to tune in to watch the video of the party after May 16th, 2014!)

Because anyone who knows me also knows my front door is a revolving door for kids in my hood who need a safe place to hang, a chair to sit, water to drink, a healthy snack or a caring adult who will give of their time and energy.

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PEACE, LOVE & REAL FOOD

Amy Baker Wambold

Scottsdale, AZ Ambassador for The Food Revolution Community

My blog:  www.junkfoodjournal.com

My facebookpage:  Junkfoodjournal

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 p.s. These two photos were taken from Food Revolution Day 2013 when i brought a free, organic Whole Foods fresh fruit market to a local elementary school and handed out 500 pieces of oranges, apples, bananas and peaches to all the children after a walk to school day!

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Follow Me Fellow Foodies

“Why does this blog title sound like something a pirate, a leprechaun or bugs bunny would say? Hmmm…anyways…”

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I’ve been busy building my Junkfoodjournal Facebook Page! If you’d like to follow me there as well to enjoy short posts with beautiful food photos & quirky food posts i’d love for you to join me and stay current on Junkfoodjournal’s thoughts of the moment.  I don’t sell anything, I just share food love with food lovers.

The posts are quick, a little sassy at times, but honest, real and i hope inspirational.  WARNING: sometimes i come across real food that is borderline food porn… like this platter of vegetables=>…but i promise you i will not cross the line.

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You know what to do:

1.  Search Facebook for Junkfoodjournal. <-Make sure you spell it this way. All one word. Only the first letter is capitalized.

2.  Click “Like” to follow.

3.  Comment lots!

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 Of course i still am a blog addict and you bet your booty i will keep on bloggin.  It’s what i love…it’s what i live for! Okay now i sound like Ursula the sea witch.

Peace, Love and Real Food

 

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Foodies Having Fun

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For those who haven’t seen our latest video, here we are making huevos rancheros nachos and dessert nachos.  I was asked by an LA Casting Director to create a team and audition for this fun Food Network Show. If it was going to happen, we had literally hours to film it. I hope it brings some laughs…

http://youtu.be/6MRnB9V74dw

PEACE, LOVE & REAL FOOD

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2013 blog review…Happy New Year Readers!! :)

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,000 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Salt Their Oats…Not Their Nuts.

“You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink…but you can put salt in his oats.”  

-quote i learned from Mr. Bandettini (my favorite teacher EVER)

I have memories as a little girl, all alone in our fancy unused living room, staring at a bowl of whole nuts still in their shells- with shiny tools nearby resembling surgical instruments.

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Decoration perhaps?  Maybe a gift?

Without parental consent, i began to crack each nut open, and dig out the nut in a way that’d make any archeologist proud.

And from that day forward, i like walnuts.  So now that i have children of my own, i nonchalantly place a bowl full of whole walnuts in their shells around the holidays… leaving them on the kitchen table with their necessary tools needed to crack and dig.

And guess what?

I got my kids to love and eat walnuts...just like my parents got me to love and eat walnuts.  Not by forcing, not by verbally explaining their health benefits, but by…

sheer curiosity alone.

Of course i wasn’t thrilled that they and their friends experimented with alternate ways to crack them open- throwing them at the walls and placing them under my nice rug and jumping on them.

Oh, what a mess!  A horribly wonderful, omega 3, food education mess.

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Smack That Pomegranate

Here’s a magical kitchen trick- that will leave you feeling like a magician- while deseeding, thus conquering, the powerful  pomegranate…

IN LESS THAN A MINUTE!

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1.  Make a 1/2 inch cut all around, but do not cut it in half.

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2.  Pull it apart so you have two halves.

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3.  Gently stretch the pom by pulling on the outside to loosen up the grip it has on the seeds. This is important or the next step will not work. Now turn one of the halves, seed side down, onto the palm of your hand with your fingers spread wide.  With your other hand…

smack that pomegranate…

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with a wooden spoon several times over a bowl, and all the seeds will fall into the bowl.

Serve them to your kids and watch the seeds disappear.

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Think Outside the (Cupcake) Box

When coming up with an alternative to sweets to celebrate Halloween and Fall…

…it doesn’t have to automatically mean fruit kebobs. 

To help reduce the sugar load, and just as important teach healthy traditions that will last a lifetime, try to think up things that will take the focus off of the candy.

Don’t just change the color of your frosting.  Make each celebration truly different!

HOLD A COSTUME PARTY

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JUMP INTO A LEAF PILE

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GET LOST IN A CORN MAZE

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BOB FOR APPLES

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CARVE PUMPKINS

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DECORATE WITH BALLOON ART

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PAINT FACES

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ROAST PUMPKIN SEEDS

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VISIT A PUMPKIN FARM

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