Saturday, September 03, 2011
C is for canned fruits and veggies, citrus, carrots, cauliflower and canteloupe! The Spark calendar talks about eating canned fruits and veggies. I was raised on canned peas and asparagus served cold. I ate them and enjoyed them but when I married, they didn't go well with a husband whose mother was a famous cook! Nary a canned veggie since, in 37 years! I do prefer fresh everything! Unless it is 3 bean salad.
Anyway, today's fruit and veggie lesson, ala Sonoma Diet is the letter C. Citrus fruits are one of the top 12 power foods according to Sonoma! Everyone knows citrus fruits are loaded with Vitamin C. But they also have plenty of potassium to help regulate blood pressue and boost heart health! They also have plenty of folate which helps against depression, heart disease and some cancers! And also birth defects!
Here is a healthy tip, grapefruit can help people who struggle with a health peril associated with extra pounds around the waist -- insulin resistance! Fibers in the white fuzzy parts of the grapefruit help curb hunger and keep blood sugar levels stable! Back in late 60's there was a diet craze called the grapefruit diet! You were supposed to eat grapefruit before every meal. With grapefruit being available almost year round, why don't I do that? I love grapefruit but for some reason there is a bad rap associated with it if you take blood pressure meds. Anyone who can tell me why this is, jump on in with an explanation!
I certainly could use more citrus in my diet! Living in Florida you would think it would be readily available, which it is, but I hate it when I buy fruit at the grocery and it is dry and tasteless! How do you determine if it is good or not? When I was in college in Virginia, we lived in an old dorm that was previously an army barracks form WW II. They had lift up windows where I stored oranges in the winter time! Boy, where they yummy, so cold and juicy!
A goal for this winter would be to eat more citrus fruits! I can do that! I have a lot of goals to set right now.
1. Eat better and lose weight.
2. Get organized (this is hopeless)
3. Get more business! I'm not ready to retire yet and with a son without full time work, I need the money to help out!
4. Organize my sewing room and do more quilting!
5. Did I mention get organized?
Organization for me is a lifelong stuggle and I have yet to conquer it! I am overwhelmed at the moment but Tuesday, I have a friend coming who does this for a living and I am trading decorating services with her. Hope it helps! Until tomorrow when D is the fruit or veggie of the day1
Friday, September 02, 2011
B is for bananas and blueberries, bell peppers and button mushrooms, blackberries, broccoli and beans, etc. Anyone can add another fruit or veggie that starts with B. The Sonoma Diet includes blueberries, bell peppers and broccoli, and beans as some of its 12 power foods. Blueberries have antioxidants and if you eat blueberries, you can slow down memory decline! Whoo Hoo, need that. Broccoli is loaded with vitamin C and calcium and has less calories than an equal serving of milk or an orange. And beans, there are so many varieties. Beans are long lasting and help with digestion and bell peppers are loaded with nutrients.
I eat lots of bell peppers and always have them around. And I really like all sorts of beans. Actually, I like all of those foods so why not eat more of them.
Sonoma Blueberry Compote
1 1/2 c blueberries, frozen or fresh
1/2 c water
2 1/2 T agave syrup
1 pinch salt
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp cornstarch
2 tsps water
Combine blueberries, 1/2 c water, agave syrup, vanilla, and salt in a small saucepan. Bring to a low simmer. Cook 5 min or until the water takes on a rich purple color and the blueberries are warmed through. Stir in lemon jice
2. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and 2 tsp water. Stir into the blueberries. Bring to a low simmer; cook for 2 min. If it is to thin, add a little more cornstarch mixed with water.
Use as jam or as a sauce over whole wheat pancakes. Yields 2 cups, 8 servings, 1/4 cup each. 45 calories per serving, 12 g carb, 1 g fiber, 20 mg sodium
The other night, I watched Julie and Juila on TV. I had seen it before but wanted to watch it again. It was about Julie Howell who wrote a blog and cooked all the recipes in Julia Child's cookbook in one year. She got a book and movie deal out of it. I could do that. I can write well and I could vow to cook something out of the Sonoma Cookbook everyday! I could do that. Yes, I could. Will start next week as the weekend is already pretty busy. And I have to set up that blog! Later!
Thursday, September 01, 2011
A is for Apple and thank you Johnny Appleseed! This morning I was reading an AAA article about apples which brought fond apple memories back to me. I remember losing a tooth when I bit into an apple at age 5 or so. I loved apples when I was growing up, especially winesaps and romes. I never see a winesap anymore, what happened to them? My mother-in-law is a pie baker and boy can she make a flaky crust! My mother was a good cook and she devised a recipe for apple crumb pie using only a bottom crust and baking with a sugar, flour and butter topping. When I was first married, I told my husband I was going to bake him an apple pie. When I served him my mother's version, he said, "That's not an apple pie!" He always had one with the top crust that had been slathered in butter to make it flaky! I never cooked another pie after his parents moved near us. My mom-in-law was the baker but I could beat her on a cake any day in the week with my secret recipe!
I enjoy eating apples but only when I select them myself. My husband thinks that buying a bag of whatevers is the best way to go. They usually don't get eaten because I like to pick! I like red delicious and a few years back, discovered Gala and Braeburn! My first Gala was a beautiful orangey color and so delicious. Don't you just hate biting into an apple that is soft and tasteless? We have a bag of hubby's apples right now and I am going to turn them into an apple tart or something like that. I'm eating in moderation and can have a small slice of that if I want it.
Imagine my surprise this morning when I saw Spark's calendar for the month was 30 days to more fruit and veggies. I'm going to devote each day to learning more about fruits and veggies and trying new dishes and varieties! Today's hint was to dip into hummus, salsa, or guacamole to improve your veggie total. We have a fabulous mexican restaurant here where they make fresh guacamole right in front of your eyes. Yummy!
So I am going to steal a bit from AND1571 who is currently going through the alphabet with motivational words. I'm going to use the alphabet this month for fruits and veggies. And A is definitely for apple! What other fruits and veggies can you come up with that start with A. Avocado, yes. Johnny Appleseed, legend has it, was an eccentric figure that wore ragged clothes and a pot on his head. In the early 1800's he began wandering the frontier planting apple seeds to insure pioneers had apples. He ultimately planted over 1000 acres of apples in Penn, Ohio and Indiana! Thank you Johnny! An apple a day keeps the doctor away! And a good way to clean teeth too!
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Thank goodness August is over! Sept starts football season and I'll be walking to and from the stadium at FSU! Also, maybe business will pick up some. It has been quiet but I've been busy with fabric and quilting and other stuff.
Payback happened this week. My husband was let go in April and the woman that replaced him was fired last week for not doing the job! What goes around comes around.
I've managed to make healthy food choices and not snacked so that is good. I'm on a quest for a few more points to get to 700! Highest points for the month for me! Later.
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