Sunday, December 28, 2014

Eating For Your Future

Well, Christmas is behind us and I hope that we all survived intact! I made my annual Christmas Creature for my husband's growing collection. I'll share those with you in another post. He was absolutely amazed with what I was able to come up with this year. It has become a very nice Christmas tradition. 
It seems that once Christmas is over, we are bombarded with commercials for weight loss products, gym memberships, and weight loss programs. But, as we all know, our health should be a priority on a daily basis and not just something we think about when we write out our New Year's resolutions.
I was very fortunate to take an incredible nutrition class while I was in school. Our professor had us approach the class as though we were our own client. We monitored our caloric intake and out take, vitamins,and minerals. It was a very comprehensive class and by the end of the semester, everyone had lost weight and many had decided to start following a vegetarian lifestyle.  I am by no means perfect with my diet, but the principles that I learned have stayed with me.
When I was told that I have moles on my retinas and that I have a high probability of cancer not only in my eyes, but in my colon, I decided that I will do all that I can in my power to lower my chances and hopefully prevent this from happening. The recipe I am sharing with you today is one that I found some time ago and I'm not sure where I found it, but it is PACKED with nutritional value. I have been eating this for a few years on an off and on basis. I am now eating it 3 times a week. I simply substitute one meal for the concoction. It's easy to mix up and I enjoy the taste. I've tried a number of other recipes, but this is by far my favorite.
Power Packed Green Smoothie

1/2 Avocado
1 Lime peeled
1/2 Cucumber peeled and sliced
2 to 3 cups of Kale
1 Tablespoon Flax Seed Oil
Sea Salt to taste
Combine all ingredients together in a food processor and mix well. You will end up with a very green mush as you see below. The mixture is tart but not at all slimy. Be aware that the lime does make it quite tart. I made this up for a friend of mine and she added some raw honey to the mixture, so you may want to try that if you don't like a tart taste.
I spoon the mixture into a glass and add a few nuts or seeds, grab a spoon and enjoy.
You may vary the greens. Try spinach, beet greens, or any other green that you might like. Variety is always good! I also like to use a combination like this one that comes from Earthbound Farm.

Throughout January, I will be posting recipes that are good for us, high in nutrients and even more important, taste good.
So here's to our health!!! May it not be something we only think about in January.

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  1. Looking forward to new recipes and will be trying this one. I try to do a juice a day which consists of blue berries, mango, kale or spinach and water. Haven't been as disciplined during the holidays, but today going to get back on track, trust me I can feel the difference in my body. Another smoothie that I love is ginger, cucumber, and cantaloupe. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thanks for sharing the blueberry and kale idea. I'm going to try the ginger, cucumber and cantaloupe too!! I have had a headache, mixed up the concoction that I posted, ate it and my headache went away. The amazing power of good for us food :)

  2. Couldn't agree more about the healng power of foods. This looks amazing. Xx

  3. I keep saying I'm going to get on board with a green smoothie and haven't yet. Maybe this is the one. Will hit the grocery in the morning for ingredients. Have the avacado and lime, but not the others. I will; I will; I will.

    1. I know that you don't mind a tart taste, so I think you will like it. The first time I gave it a try, I was prepared for the worst and then was very pleasantly surprised.
      Let me know what you think.

    2. Tried it a little while ago. I like it! I was going from memory and I think I put more like 3 to 4 cups of kale. While I do like kale, I will put less in next time. I think its the lime/avacado combo that makes it so good! Well and the fresh taste of the cuke. Thanks for this recipe.

  4. I am SO looking forward to this! Your enviable figure and vitality (you accomplish so much!) are a testament to a healthy lifestyle.

  5. I believe many Americans are finally realizing the cost of their SAD (Standard American Diet). Good for you for getting the word out! I am vegetarian but now if I could just put down that leftover chocolate ganache cake...

  6. I am very watchful of what I eat and tried to tackle the green smoothies but life is too short (lol). Perhaps your one will be nicer. The best thing I have done health wise is to eliminate almost all grains and most importantly wheat.

  7. If you haven't already read Eat To Live - this is right up your street. For at least 10 days every summer I follow the plan; I stop eating meat, dairy, sugar, fats and oils, salt - it's hard but a real cleanse and you just know this is good for you. You always look amazing anyway so you're doing something right.

  8. I have a green smoothie for breakfast and lunch every day - 15 cups of organic greens per day. Haven't had one in several days as I'm out of town and I just feel a little "off". SO says he's tired of them but I love them and they help me stay on track.

    1. Do you have a recipe that you wouldn't mind sharing with me?

  9. So, so pleased for you Rhonda. I can only imagine how relieved you were to get that good report. Keep up your good work.
    Still love your blog. I read it every day...love it.
    Take care.
    Cathy... New Zealand.