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A little dose of sunshine

23 Apr

A little dose of simplicity.

Add a little dose of happiness.

Followed by a dose of pure goodness.

This is how I start my mornings…

Recipe

#1. Grab 4 medium oranges from hanging basket in kitchen…

#2. Cut oranges in half.

#3. Juice oranges in the citrus juicer.

I’ve had some people question how I eat and drink so much fruit everyday and not gain weight. They tell me “Fruit is full of sugar, you’re going to get fat”.

Well 8 months of juicing and eating large quantities of fruit has led to a 15 lb weight loss and a maintenance weight of 127 lbs. So, no, eating fruit will not make me fat, but thank you everyone for being so concerned about my butt!

Now, interestingly, when I use to eat the SAD diet (Standard American Diet), I would never, let me repeat….NEVER, drink this much orange juice at once, because I would have been too concerned about the calories. I would have drunk a glass of water instead, and ‘saved’ my calories for something else, something probably processed and loaded with chemicals and food additives. Since I’ve eliminated processed foods from my diet, I’ve been able to eat fruits and nuts and seeds with no problems or concerns about weight gain.

The mail lady seems to be concerned too, but for different reasons. “Who keeps buying you these bushels of oranges and grapefruits?” “Don’t they know you live in Florida?” I don’t have the heart (or the guts?) to tell her its me!

Unfortunately, I moved 50 miles from the city. Routine food shopping now involves Super-Walmart. It’s actually cheaper and more convenient to buy a bushel of oranges and have them delivered to my front door, which, I’m sure, is the mail lady’s main concern….struggling to carry the heavy box of oranges to my front door every month.

Welcome to The Orange Shop – Famous for Fine Fruit since 1936.

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Beet-Carrot-Apple Juice

18 Apr

As some of you may already know, I am not a huge fan of  the earthy tasting raw beet root. Why eat or drink something that tastes like dirt? Well, because its good for you. So I keep trying to find a way to choke it down.

Beets are an excellent source of folate as well as a great source of Vitamin C, potassium and iron.

Beets contain phytonutrients called betalains. Betalains have been shown to attach to toxic substances in the body, essentially inactivating the toxin, which are then excreted from the body.

This combination of fruit and veggies were surprisingly tasteful. I even went back and made a second helping.

Recipe

juicer required

1 raw beet

20 baby carrots

1 apple, cored

Place through the juicer and drink immediately.

I can honestly say I enjoyed this even more than the Beet n Berry Smoothie I previously posted.

kids WILL eat HEALTHY…..just starve them first:)

15 Apr

My little niece (she’s 16 now) came over for a sleepover last night. She throws her overnight bag onto the floor and heads straight for the pantry cabinet. She opens the door and stares inside for a few seconds.

“Where’s the spaghetti? I want spaghetti for dinner.”

“We don’t have spaghetti.”

“Well, where’s the cookies?”

“We don’t have cookies.”

“Do you have any ice cream?”

“No”

“Chips and salsa?”

“No”

Exasperated, “Oh my god, I’m going to starve to death!”

Well, we’re off to a great start!

45 minutes later….”Can I have some green juice?”

What?  Did I hear that correctly? My 16 year old niece who ate Subway and McDonalds earlier that day, just asked me for GREEN JUICE? Let me repeat that. She, asked us, for green juice.

Shut. Up.

Later that evening, she walked over to the fridge and stared inside for a full minute. Just as I was getting ready to say something about the open door, she grabbed the kale soup and threw it in the microwave. She scarfed it down and promptly went back for a second helping.

Over the next 24 hours, my niece proceeded to eat a Berry/Banana/Kale Smoothie. She also ate salmon for dinner (after vehemently explaining to me how she ONLY eats shrimp). I also gave her a caper to try. She didn’t like it. That’s ok she at least tried it. I chopped up a small piece of nopalito for her. She didn’t like that either. But she ate it! “Ewwwwww, is that a beet?” With a healthy dose of light Ranch dressing, she finished eating the watercress, beet, gorgonzola and walnut salad.

The next day, my husband and I felt like exercising so we grabbed the three off-road bikes and told my niece, who was laying on the couch all afternoon, she was coming with us. “I don’t feel like it” she says. ‘I have a headache, I don’t feel good, besides I don’t have any shoes to wear”. I turned off the tv, confiscated the remote and threw a pair of tennis shoes in her direction. She came outside a few minutes later with her unbrushed hair pulled back in a ponytail. “You guys are dorks, only dorks wear gloves when biking!” After biking for a few miles, we stopped to take a break. She quietly got off her bike and started picking at her hands. My husband asked her if she had a blister. She nodded her head yes. He took off his gloves, handed them to her and she immediately put them on her hands. Ok dork! We rode only 8 miles that day and she did really great. Off-road biking is a lot more difficult than on-road. We had great time:)

That evening, I was gathering a few of her things to take her back to her mom’s house and I noticed her box of Nerds candy sitting there. I shook the box assuming she left the empty carton laying around, but instead, I heard the hard little candies rattling around. Interesting, my niece never ate the candy she brought with her.

My niece was extremely resistant to a lot of things we did and ate during her brief stay with up, but ultimately she gave in.  We just stood our ground with her this time. In the past, I felt guilty for not having ‘junk food’ in my house for her. I would always take her to the store and let her pick out whatever she wanted to eat. And, of course, she would always choose the frozen pizzas and ice cream and candy. This time, we didn’t buy her any junk food, and ultimately, she ate what we ate.

I hear parents all the time saying “my kids are picky eaters, little Suzie won’t eat (fill in the blank), and then you see the kid eating a cheeseburger and fries from McD’s.  Stop feeding them snacks. Stop feeding them Goldfish crackers an hour before dinner. If you feed them snacks, they won’t be hungry. They won’t eat the peas and carrots on their plate. Why would they, they are already full. They ate Doritos for dinner. Why would they eat peas and carrots for dessert?

But what do I know. I’m not a parent. One day yes, but not right now. Some things just seems like logic. We tried something different with my niece and it worked. We’ll try it again next time she visits. If she visits. Maybe we scared her away! I hope not. I had a great time hanging out with her this weekend.

Bottled Green Juices, Green Smoothies and Kombucha Tea

2 Apr

We’ve been in Arizona for 5 days now visiting my awesomely cool aunt and uncle. I thought it would be easy to (mostly) avoid the Standard American Diet (SAD diet) but it has definitely been a struggle. We brought some of our own snacks such as dried apricots and trail mix. We’ve also been eating bananas, carrots, apples, strawberries and pistachios. But I am really craving my green juice. Because we don’t have access to a juicer, we went to the local grocery store to see if they sell any kind of healthy bottled juices. And, when I say juice, I do not mean Mott’s apple juice. I want ‘green juice’. We bought a variety of different brands and flavors. The GT brand contains kombucha which I’ve never drank before. Kombucha is a fermented tea, which would explain the fizzy-carbonated aspect to these drinks. The brand also claims it is a ‘raw food’, however, I don’t easily believe everything I read (remember agave honey was suppose to be ‘raw’ too)!

Not all of the drinks below were green juices, some are green smoothies, and others we were just curious to try. Why not. I’m not convinced yet I like the kombucha, but I’m not ready to write it off either. Below, is my evaluation of these products.

Reading left to right

1) Naked- Green Machine  – very tasty, even my aunt liked it, each serving is 140 calories, contains a variety of fruits and greens.

2) GT’s Kombucha- Gingerade-tastes like fizzy, fresh gingerade. Delicious.

3) GT’s Synergy – Grape Chia– great flavor, however, texture reminds me of an oyster. A fizzy grape flavored oyster?

The chia seeds become gel-like when introduced to water, so this is a ‘thick’ drink, the seeds are still slightly crunchy. This was my aunt’s least favorite but kudos for her for even trying it.

4) GT’s Kombucha- Multi-Green Juice – a fizzy green drink, very bland flavor, easily my least favorite.

5) Odwalla-  Green Smoothie- 190 calories per serving, very tasty, but if I have a choice, then I would choose the Naked brand due to less calories.

6) Evolution- Green juice- Sweet greens and lemon- The celery, cucumber and parsley were easily distinguishable. It wasn’t great but it wasn’t horrible either. This will probably be my first choice for green juice when traveling unless I find something better.

I think most people would agree they tend to eat differently when traveling. It’s difficult to stay on track when there are so many options and temptations. I say just try your best and when (not if) you stray, don’t beat yourself up.  The next time we travel, we now know we have more options.

Shrek Juice, a day in my life….

24 Mar

I get a lot of these looks drinking my ‘Shrek juice’ in the morning.

Gross! Disgusting! Ewwwwww, what are you drinking!

Excuse me, I say, this is my breakfast. I like to drink my multivitamin, thank you very much!

People are either really intrigued by my food choices or they want absolutely no part of it. Sadly, I’ve noticed it’s usually the unhappy and unhealthy people who keep turning up their noses at me. But simple human curiosity usually prevails, and some wonderful and thought provoking conversations commence around the water cooler.

This is what a typical day in my life looks like:

Shrek Juice recipe, juicer required

1 apple

1 zucchini

1 cup bok choy

1 cup celery

1 cup kale

ginger and freshly squeezed lemon juice

……..followed by

2 juiced oranges (or grapefruit) citrus juicer required

then,  a Green Smoothie, blender required

1 1/2 frz banana

1 tbsp cacao powder

1 tbsp chia seed

cinnamon

1 cup almond milk

1 cup spinach

I typically snack on an apple and 1 cup of baby carrots at some point during the day.

For lunch….

1 cup refried pinto beans with a dollop of sour cream and homemade salsa, with nutritional yeast sprinkled on top.

For dinner

1 bunch of asparagus, with lemon juiced squeezed on top, a generous helping of Mrs Dash and paprika, dipped in low fat ranch dressing.

Now, I usually do not count calories, but for today, I want to show how a person eating a (mostly) vegetarian diet can meet their recommended Daily Allowance (RDA).

5 fruits, 11 servings of vegetables

Calories    1500

Protein      54        (for  my size and weight, I need 47 gm)

Calcium     1270

Iron            20

Folate         975

I easily meet all my nutritional needs.

Pear and Fennel Juice

15 Mar

Juicer required.

Recipe

1/4 cup Fennel

1 pear

Calories: 100

A great souce of Vitamin C.