What resources does Cedar Rapids have for families?

If you were a family in need where would you go? Friends and family can only do so much. For some great resources I've started putting together a community page on my website. Let me know if there are any great organizations that you would like to add. There is also a page for businesses as well. 

No matter what your career is you can always help these organizations as well. Giving and volunteering is a very fulfilling and soul enriching part of life. If you don't already work with an organization feel free to reach out to one of these or message me with questions. 

Click to view resources.

Food- Where to buy? Grow? Where's the money?

Where do you get your food? Where does it come from? Who gets the money?

Can you answer these questions when you look in your cupboards? These are things we often take for granted. 

Here are some great places to get your food. 

MY ONLINE STORE- Find a local credible source for produce and meats. Anything that you cannot buy locally please visit my store in the “The Home Essentials” tab of my website. Anything from seeds to books to kitchenwares. Click for link. 

IVFC - Iowavalleyfood.com, a nonprofit coop to get local food to the neighborhood. Make an online order and pick up once or twice a month depending on the time of year at the Matthew 25 Hub at 201 3rd Ave SW Cedar Rapids, IA. 

 HYVEE- They have a growing health and organic section and sometimes buy local. There are many all around town. 

FARMERS MARKETS - It is very important to help your fellow neighbor when they grow, raise or produce items for consumption or otherwise. Keep it local and help the economy. These dollar go to their bills, not a big business. 

NewBo City Market Outdoor Vendors, opens May 3rd until weather allows. Hours are Saturday 8-1 and Sunday 10-1. 

Cedar Rapids Downtown Market, 2014 schedule is June 7th & 21st, July 5th & 19th, August 2nd & 16th, September 6th & 20th from 7:30-11:30. 

Noelridge Farmers Market, open May 2nd through October 18th every Monday, Wednesday and Friday 4-6pm in the Greenhouse parking lot and every Tuesday and Saturday at the 8th Ave SE parking lot. 

Hiawatha Farmers Market, open April 27th through October 26th every Sunday 11-2 in the Guthridge Park parking lot. 


FRESH MARKET - This will be in the old Kmart by Lindale. I have snooped online and find they carry diverse items. I am currently speaking with them about their community involvement. 

NEW PIONEER COOP - This market exists in Iowa City and Coralville now. They run off of memberships and non membership and are very integrated with the community, have a wide variety of health foods and offer membership work which means a member can work there and get credit for the store. 

Visit my "Community Page" for other offerings locally. If you want to add something to this page message me! Click for link. 

Healthy protein list!

Protein can come from a number of sources....but so can things like high cholesterol and excess weight. Where can you get the protein but not the negative side effects? 

In this short blog post I have simply listed the comparison of 100 grams of a wide variety of items. It is very easy and less expensive to get protein from natural and unprocessed sources! 


Natural Sources

Eggs (1 medium or 100g)                 13 grams

Fish (cod fillets 100g or 3.5 ounces)         21 grams

Chicken, roasted (100g or 3.5 ounces)        25 grams

Turkey, roasted (100g)                    29 grams

Peanuts (100g)                        26 grams

Quinoa (100g)                        14 grams

Amaranth (100 grams)                    14 grams

Tofu (100g)                            8 grams 

Chia Seeds (100g)                    17 grams

Hemp Seeds (100g)                    36 grams

Flax Seeds (100g)                    18 grams

Almonds (100g)                        21 grams

Oatmeal (100g)                        2.4 grams

Lentils (100g)                        9 grams

Black Beans (100g)                    22 grams

Kidney Beans (100g)                    9 grams

Chickpeas (100g)                    19 grams

Pinto Beans (100g)                    21 grams

Lima Beans (100g)                    8 grams

Tempeh (100g)                        19 grams

Soybeans (100g)                        36 grams

The controversial Seitan (100g)                    75 grams

Processed sources

Sausages (100g or 3.5 ounces)                12 grams

Hamburger (100 g)                        17 grams

Luncheon Meat (100g or 3.5 ounces)                    13 grams (average)

Ham (100g or 3.5 ounces)                     21 grams

Veggie Burgers Recipe

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Good morning all!!! I am usually in the kitchen fixing up some healthy eats, at the gym, J&S Total Fit, the Ghosh Center or in my office at the APAC building. But the other day I posted a picture of this meal and had a request for the recipe so here it is! 

I've found that making sure a body gets enough alkaline foods really enhances concentration, mental health, regulates the bodies pH balance, and helps immune function. Balancing these foods is much like a person balances sugar or carb intakes. Become familiar with foods that are high or low in acid and then plan your weekly meals accordingly. 

Veggie Burgers

6 patties (I was able to make about 12 little ones)

1 ½ cup water

½ cup millet, dry (soak for 24 hours)

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 TBS raw coconut oil

1 onion, large minced

3 cups spinach, finely chopped

2 celery ribs, finely chopped

2 carrots, peeled minced

2 tsp sea salt (I use pink Himalayan)

1 TBS cumin

½ tsp black pepper

1 cup amaranth flour or wheat flour (I just grinded amaranth up in a coffee bean grinder, it’s $1.21 for pound of amaranth & $8.99 for a pound of amaranth flour, cheaper to grind)

1 – Bring water to boil then reduce heat, add the millet, simmer for 15-20 minutes. Make sure the millet is not moist and has soaked up all of the water. Possibly try starting with less water and adding if needed. 

2 – Use food processor to shred carrots, celery, spinach.  Set aside

3 – Sauté garlic in 1 TBS of CO gently, add onions until translucent.

4 – Add the minced mix of celery, carrots & spinach to sauté pan until softened (about 5 minutes). Add spices. Try to make sure these are not too soggy and the moisture has somewhat cooked off. 

5 – Turn off heat and add millet, then amaranth flour.

6 – Heat large skillet with the remaining of the coconut oil at medium heat. Make mix into patties. Cook in skillet just like burgers!

*some folks have said that this is a soggy recipe so making the patties then freezing and cooking them helps as well. Double the recipe then freeze some for later use as well! 

I deck mine out with real chilled sauerkraut from the cooler not from a shelf, the kind in the cooler is actually fermented which contains probiotics (a must for healthy bowels and digestion!), relish and organic ketchup! Make yours any number of ways! I skipped the bun to maintain the nutritional integrity of the meal. 

Let me know how it goes, leave feedback, comments or please share this with friends!