Saturday, February 01, 2014
A couple of Sparkers asked about veggie cheese. I have used this brand for as long as I can remember.
It comes in all different flavors. I especially like pepperjack and provolone and their parmesan cheese.
You can find it in the vegetable section of most grocery stores.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
I have been focusing on adding more veggies to my diet.
Tuesday I made stuffed peppers - peppers stuffed with a mix of bison, brown rice, onions, diced tomatoes, jalapenos and topped with veggie cheese.
Last night I made red roasted hummus, and coupled it with an apple and walnut salad.
Tonight I gave a new veggie juice recipe a try. I used hot water, boullion, carrot, tomato, kale, onion and southwest seasoning. I like hot veggie juice so much better! And, it totally filled me up!
I also made roasted kale chips.
My HM training is going ok. I have taken a few breaks. I really enjoyed running outside in Florida; it's hard to go back to the treadmill! It is supposed to be 50 degrees on Sunday! Should be a great weekend to run outside.
Here is a picture of my front yard today:
I hope you all are having a fabulous week!
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
I have added TONS of super veggies to my diet. I am still on a quest to find recipes for my "Ninja". It is a beefed up blender. Yesterday morning I threw a carrot, apple, tomato, kale and flax seed in. It was too thick and too sour. I had a hard time with the veggie idea first thing in the morning - I love my oatmeal & fruit!
Last night I soaked garbanzo beans in water. Tonight I made Roasted Red Pepper Hummus (sparkpeople recipe). It came out perfect!
We went to Firebirds for lunch. I had a grilled vegetable kabob. It was delicious and quite filling. I looked the nutrition facts up on line, all numbers looked great except for sodium! I really have to get into the habit of saying "no extra salt" when I eat out! The waiter told me the chefs put a lot of salt on everything.
Today there was a Vitamix salesperson at Costco. He used hot water when preparing his veggie drink. It tasted wonderful! Just like soup. I bought the spices he was selling. The first ingredient is sea salt, so I will be using it sparingly. And now that I have it I will know which spices to use on their own in the future!
I was also lucky enough to have my Sparkbuddy MBTEPP share her veggie juice recipes with me. She juices a lot. Here is what she sent me:
I went into my archives for some recipes, but once you get the hang of your juicer, you will be combining your own flavors. Go easy on ginger root, as it over powers most flavors. I love cilantro and parsley in everything. Kale is a must.
Have fun. MB
Dr. Oz's Green Drink (very good)
Many people have asked us, so here it is, the drink Dr. Oz swears by! This "green drink" is high in fiber, low-calorie and rich in vitamins. You can make this in a low speed juicer or combine all ingredients in an Omega blender.
• 2 cups Spinach
• 2 cups Cucumber
• 1 head of Celery
• 1/2 inch of teaspoon of ginger root
• 1 bunch parsley
• 2 Apples
• 1 Lime
• 1/2 Lemon
The Hulk (My Favorite)
Omega's ultimate green juice recipe! Enjoy!
• 2 Stalks Celery
• 1 Cucumber
• 1 Apple
• 1/2 Lemon
• 1/2 Green Chard Leaf
• 3-5 Kale Leaves
• 1 Cup Spinach
Green Juice (I always added 1 fruit for sweetness, apple or pear)
• 1 cup Spinach
• 2 cups Kale
• 2 Cups Parsley
• 1 Cucumber
• 1 Celery Stalk
Kale Green Juice
Of all green leafy vegetables, kale is the most nutritionally dense.
• 3 Carrots
• 1 Apple
• 3-4 Celery Stalks
• 3 Cups of Kale
• 2 Cups of Strawberries
• 2 Cups of Blueberries
• 1.5 Cups of Raspberries
Apple and Beet Juice (less in more when using beets)
• 1/2 Beet with Greens
• 3 Apples
Wash thoroughly and remove apple stems.
• 1 cup of spinach
• 1/2 cucumber
• 2 stalks of celery
• 3 carrots
• 1/2 apple
Juice cucumbers with their skins on. The dark green skin is a great source of chlorophyll, a phytochemical that can help build red blood cells. Make sure to wash them before juicing.
Heartburn Eliminator (DH favorite)
• 1 Cup Spinach
• 6 Carrots
V8-ish Juice (love this one)
• 1/4 cup water
• 2 tomatoes
• 2 cloves garlic
• 1 handful spinach
• 2 carrots
• 1/4 sweet onion
• 2 celery stalks
• 2 tsp. lemon juice
• 1-2 shots hot sauce
Monday, January 27, 2014
I watched two documentaries last night. The first was called
It discussed the water bottle industry, the state of our tap water, how and where the plastic for the bottles are made, and how it can affect our health. It was very interesting.
"Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com/
documents an overweight Australian who decides to do a 90 day detox of veggie and fruit juices only - uses a juicer. He does check in with his Doctor and gets blood tests every other week. He travels across the US as he does this. He interviews and chats with an assortment of people as he travels and gets some great reactions! I found myself cheering him and others he inspired on during this documentary. I also learned more about raw foods and juicing.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
I made it back from Florida! I couldn't get wifi the last couple of days there, so I just finished my last Fatlosers.com coaching session. I learned that I need to maintain urgency and live like it is impossible to fail.
I decided to mix my diet up. Thursday I went with my mother and husband to a raw foods class, taught by a raw foods lifestyle coach. She was 51 and in excellent shape. She has been eating this way for over 20 years. Her son, around 8 years old was with her. I watched him eat dried seaweed for a snack.
I am going to try to summarize what I learned. I am going to share my notes with you, and warn you ahead - it will be a bouncy read! I will also give you her web site if you want to learn more. She loves to share information - emailed me tons of articles after I left.
A raw food diet is one that centers around raw vegetables and raw fruit and nuts. It is a plant-based lifestyle. Meat, poultry and fish are not part of the diet. Vegetables and fruit are not cooked. Dehydrated vegetables and fruit are okay. And, organic is preferred. Especially if it is apples, grapes and bananas.
She said to pick the % of raw vs cooked that we would feel comfortable starting with. (50%/50% or 75%/25%, etc)
During the class we ate celery stalks (cleanses palate) and dates (for energy). We also had "ice cream" made of frozen banana, raw chocolate, cocoa nibs, raw almonds, raw carob, vanilla, honey, dates and coconut oil.
My husband actually liked it!
The goal is to eat 80% carbs, 10% fat, and 10% protein.
Look for foods that say "raw", "cold pressed", "virgin".
One biggie is not to have carbs and protein in the same meal.
So, if you are still eating some meat, fish or poultry, don't eat it with a potato or rice - eat is with veggies. If you are eating rice or potato, eat veggies with it.
If you want to lose weight, eat alkaline, raw and super foods.
If you are eating for health and are at your goal weight or in the maintenance stage, eat organic, raw, vegan, alkaline and super foods.
If you want to detox, drink alkaline vegetable juices and super foods.
If you are focused on environment, eat organic, local, in season, fresh/raw (unprocessed).
Frozen fruit is ok.
One of the best foods you can eat is kale. She dried them at 50 degrees then spraying a little extra virgin olive oil and sprinkled spice on them. We tried them and they were quite good. She told us she eats 6 heads of lettuce per day! It is filled with water.
Start your meal eating fruit and don't eat cooked food with fruit.
Buy non-irradiated herbs.
Cook with coconut oil.
She also talked about not drinking water out of a plastic bottle, and suggested drinking it out of glass. She had sliced fruit in her water (peaches, blueberries and pineapple). Purified water is better than spring water.
She suggested that we watch several movies...
1. "Tapped" (about water) http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/tapped/
2. "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com/
3. "Forks Over Knives"
4. "Rescue Engine 2 Kitchen"
She also recommended the book "20/10/10" by Dr Douglas Graham.
Oils are also important. The fastest absorption is the bottom of your feet.
We tried "citrus" which is an energy enhancer.
"solace" is calming and you can put drops in your water.
"frankincense" stops the proliferation of cancer cells.
"on guard" helps prevent illnesses. you put a drop on the palm of your hand and rub them together. It smells like cloves.
"Past tense" goes on the back of your neck to stop a headache.
"peppermint" oil can be used for headaches or hot flashes (put on back of neck)
She also recommended buying PH test strips at the drug store to test your alkaline level. You want it to be at 7.35 Processed food, animal protein and refined sugar can make you too acidic. She suggests testing your urine for at least 2 weeks.
The raw foods lifestyle coach's name is Shari Leiterman.
Her web site is www.rawsomeliving.org
Her facebook address is www.facebook.com/rawsomeliving
If you are interested in oils; go to www.thinkdoterra.com/9155
I hope that gives you some useful information.
She recommended the book "Modern Essentials" (oils)
So, today I bought a juicer/shaker/kneader at Walmart on sale for $79.95
I also bought a coffee grinder to grind nuts. I bought a bunch of veggies and am going to give it a try. I have been eating a lot of salads. I still like my soup and my oatmeal in the morning, so I thinking I will start with 50%/50%. I also like fish, so I don't think I will ever get to 100%, but I am making sure I don't eat a carb with a protein!
I liked the oils, so I think I will pick some up.
Have a great week!
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