Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Well no rain today. I have been kind of spoiled with a rainy overcast week last week that kept the temperatures down. Today is full sunshine and as far as I am concerned it is hot out today. So today I am staying cool by having smoothies all day long.
I can't say there is no heat in the kitchen because I am not cooking today because most days I don't cook as I am trying to follow a Raw Diet. But today's food prep is a breeze. Just chop things up for the most part and throw in my blender.
Breakfast was my "Chia Chocolate "Tapioca" Pudding" that I topped with fresh strawberries. The longer you let it sit the chia seeds will turn it into a pudding. If you don't let them soak in the fluids it is a nice smoothie.
I made one of my favorite green smoothies which is my Raw Creamy Cucumber Soup for lunch. I could eat this everyday and be a happy camper.
I also had my Raw Beet Salad with Ginger and Oranges which is a very cool refreshing salad.
Raw Beet Salad with Ginger and Oranges
4 two inch beets, peeled and grated
2 large carrots, grated
2 oranges, zested, 1 peeled and chopped, 1 juiced
1/2 inch ginger root, grated and juiced
1 clove garlic, pressed
1 Tbsp olive oil
salt to your taste
Put the beets and carrots in a salad bowl.
Zest the oranges into a jar or bowl for the dressing.
Peel and chop one of the oranges, and add it to the salad.
Squeeze the juice from the other orange into the jar/bowl.
Grate the ginger and squeeze the juice from the pulp into the jar/bowl as well. Add the olive oil and salt, and shake or whisk to combine.
Pour the dressing over the salad and toss, then leave it to marinate for 30 minutes, or up to a couple of hours.
Serving Size: 4
I just made and am sipping a green smoothie I just added to SparkRecipes while I write this blog. The whole pitcher full has only 245 calories.
2 large tomatoes
1 large cucumber (didn't peel mine)
3 cups of spinach or baby greens mix
1/2 lemon, juice of
1/2 red bell pepper
1 - 2 stalks celery
1/2 cup water
celery salt to taste (I used sea salt)
*you can use a whole half of avocado but you will need to add in the extra calories to your tracker.
Blend the tomato, cucumber and lemon juice first, until the mixture is liquid.
Add in red bell pepper, spinach or baby greens, and avocado progressively, pushing with the celery stalks until the entire mixture is blended.* Add in a half cup of water.
Add in the "celery salt" to taste, or any other favorite seasoning.
* i don't have a Vitamix or Blendtec, I have a Kitchenaide Blender which in my opinion is excellent. I cut into chunks my red pepper, cucumber, and celery before throwing them in.
Serving Size: 1 whole pitcher
I am planning on making a Raw Corn Chowder which is nothing more than 1/4 cup of almonds and 2 ears of raw corn blended with some spices. I'll probably add a pinch of sea salt, cumin, and cayenne pepper. I have my almonds soaking now to be used later. I'm hoping a 1/4 cup of almonds will be sufficient to give me the texture I want.
If I manage to eat all of the above my calorie count for the day will be 1310 calories. 1310 of healthy vitamin/mineral packed nutrients. Can't beat that!
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Seriously does it? I have never seen fish in any of the Trader Joe's I have been too.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
ACTUAL AUSTRALIAN COURT DOCKET 12659
A lady about 8 months pregnant got on a bus.
She noticed the man opposite her was smiling at her.
She immediately moved to another seat.
This time the smile turned into a grin, so she moved again.
The man seemed more amused.
When on the fourth move, the man burst out laughing,
She complained to the driver and he had the man arrested.
The case came up in court.
The judge asked the man (about 20 years old)
What he had to say for himself.
The man replied,
'Well your Honor, it was like this:
When the lady got on the bus,
I couldn't help but notice her condition.
She sat down under a sign that said,
'The Double Mint Twins are coming' and I grinned.
Then she moved and sat under a sign that said,
'Logan's Liniment will reduce the swelling,' and I had to smile.
Then she placed herself under a deodorant sign that said,
'William's Big Stick Did the Trick,' and I could hardly contain myself.
But, Your Honor, when she moved the fourth time
And sat under a sign that said,
'Goodyear Rubber could have prevented this Accident!'
.... I just lost it.'
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Yesterday the Doctor Oz show was a repeat from 2010 but it was worth watching again. It is also worth passing on the info I learned from the show. I am a proponent in using nutrition opposed to drugs in maintaining our health. This blog deals mainly with the supplements Dr. Oz recommends. Yes I would rather get the nutrients from actual food but sometimes you just have to add supplements to your diet. I do both just to give me a better edge.
Dr. Oz recommends:
1. Co-enzyme 10 which gives you energy. 200mg daily
2. Chia seeds for weight reduction and Omega 3's. Our metabolism slows down as we age We need fiber in our diet as the chia seeds expand as liquid is absorbed so when it hits our stomachs we feel full. All you need is 1 tablespoon or 15 g's a day.
3. Turmeric for Alzheimer's 1/2 teaspoon a day
4. Multivitamin to prevent chronic disease and overall well being. Dr. Oz told us that we do not have to spend a lot of money and store brands are perfectly fine as long as they do not have more than 2500 units of vitamin A and we do not need added iron.
5. Calcium with Vitamin D and Magnesium for our bones. We need 1000 iu's of vitamin D if you are not getting it from the sun, 400 mg. of magnesium, and 600 mg's of calcium.
Dr. Oz also recommends that we eat a rainbow of prevention daily. He recommended foods such as pomegranates, lemons,papaya, kale, blueberries, and eggplant. Dr. Oz also said we need to incorporate yogurt, sardines, and collard greens in our diet as these foods have both calcium and Vitamin D in them.
Do your body a favor and start adding these to your diets.
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