Friday, March 11, 2011
...not the instant kind, mind you. It's so easy and quick to make hearty oatmeal from whole oats. Here's all you need:
Measure out 1/2 cup oats and 1 cup water into saucepan.
Add 1 small (1/2 large) fresh apple, peeled and cut into chunks
Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Cook on medium, stirring occasionally. The oatmeal will bubble and thicken. On my stove, it takes about 5-7 minutes to get it to the right consistency.
Take about a handful of walnuts, which is about 1 oz., and chop.
Pour your cooked oatmeal into a bowl and add fresh blueberries (Note: if I don't have fresh on hand, I add frozen blueberries during the cooking time).
Sprinkle with the walnuts and a little more cinnamon if you like.
Top it off with 1 Tbs. pure maple syrup.
Oatmeal is known to lower cholesterol. The fiber in oats creates fullness
Cinnamon is known to regulate blood sugar.
Blueberries are a superfood full of many powerful nutrients and anti-oxidants.
Apples are full of pectin which creates fullness, as well as having many nutrients also.
Walnuts contain omega-3 healthy fat to combat cardio vascular disease and increase satiety.
Besides being healthy and protecting my body from illnesses, this breakfast warms my tummy, is hearty, filling, and totally delicious....I call that a PERFECT breakfast and a great way to start my day!!
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
This was dessert and is now one of my all-time favs!
1/2 cup plain almond milk
2 cups Dole frozen mango chunks
1/8 cup honey
1/4 tsp. almond extract
Whirl in the Vitamix until 4 mounds appear.
Top with unsweetened coconut.
Makes 2 generous and satisfying servings (approx. one cup each)
Monday, February 28, 2011
First I have to mention that it's the most dark and dreary day today! It's raining and the yard and driveway are all a mass of slush and huge puddles. The sky is full of gray clouds. This kind of weather is very typical in March and usually sends me into quite a depression. And yet, I'm feeling quite peaceful and content this morning.
I'm so happy that I'm having a slight positive influence on my husband.
I got a VitaMix last fall and have been using it everyday for smoothies, soups, and sorbets.
A few weeks ago, DH was coming down with a cold. As it was just the beginnings of one, I had him take a zinc tablet and time-released vitamin C. I whipped up one of my smoothies and convinced him to drink a glass for all the anti-oxidants. He was amazed at how good it tasted. And the best part is that he never came down with a full-blown cold. The sniffles were completely gone in a couple weeks. Now, every time I make a smoothie I have to always make a large amount because he wants a glass.
Here's one of my favorite combinations:
1/2 cup red grapes
1/2 peeled orange
1/2 frozen banana
1 cup fresh pineapple (I cut in chunks and put in the freezer)
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup fresh cranberries (I also keep the bag in the freezer)
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1 Tbs. fresh ginger
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1 large date (pitted)
1 1/2 cups kale or spinach
1 1/2 cups water
Makes about 2 1/2 TALL glasses. Chock full of nutrition and very yummy!!
Last night I made us a real treat in the Vitamix - strawberry sorbet:
1/2 cup almond milk
2 cups frozen strawberries
1/8 cup honey
1/4 tsp. vanilla
Whirl until four mounds appear. Top with slivered almonds.
So simple, and BETTER THAN ICE CREAM! I find that it fills me up instead of leaving me wanting more. You can substitute any other frozen fruit such as peaches, mangos, etc. Or use a fresh orange and add a couple cups of ice cubes.
I LOVE my Vitamix!!!
Sunday, February 13, 2011
I found this online...it's a poem used in Alanon. It was exactly what I needed to read and thought I would share.
Just for today: I will try to live through this day only,
and not tackle all my problems at once.
I can do something for twelve hours that
would appall me if I felt that I had to
keep it up for a lifetime.
Just for today: I will be happy. This
assume to be true what Abraham Lincoln said,
*Most folks are as happy as they make up their
minds to be.*
Just for today: I will adjust myself to what is,
and not try to adjust everything to my own desires. I will
Take my *luck* as it comes, and fit myself into it
Just for today:I will try to strengthen my mind. I will study.
I will not be a mental loafer.
I will read something that requires effort.
Thought and concentration.
Just for today: I will exercise my soul
in three ways: it will do somebody a good turn
and not get found out; if anybody know of it, it
will not count. I will do at least two things I
don't want to do-- just for exercise. I will
not show anyone that my feelings are hurt: they may
be hurt but today I will not show it.
Just for today: I will be agreeable. I will
look as well as I can, dress becomingly, keep my voice
low,be courteous,criticize not one bit. I won't find
fault with anything, nor try to improve or regulate
anybody else but myself.
Just for today: I will have a program.
I may not follow it exactly, but I will have it.
I will save myself from two pests: Hurry and Indecision.
Just for today: I will have a quiet half
hour all by myself, and relax. During this half hour,
sometime I will try to get a better perspective of
Just for today: I will be un-afraid.
Especially I will not be afraid to enjoy what
is beautiful,and to believe that as I give to the
world, so the world will give back to me.
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