I have shared many times that for years, I suffered through a period of anxiety and depression. In desperation I found myself hunting for ways to claim my wellness. Having tried almost everything that came my way, I am happy to report that my search ultimately resulted in an anxiety and panic attack free existence. I wanted to share a little on forgiveness because it is something that I think not only had the biggest impact on my life but also something that I am discovering continues to add to the quality of my everyday life. [Read more…]
I must confess my additction to superfood shakes. I make or purchase SOME form of shake every day. Some of the combinations have been delicious and some… well not so much.
Today, I made an ACAI (frozen and available at Costco), Antioxidant berry mix plus addition
Blackberries (the frozen mixes available at Costo as well) Kale (farmers market fresh) and Spirulina (organic powder available on Amazon).
The result looked like petroleum oil…
(When serving kids, looks matter and my kids didn’t want any part of this. For a shake that is a total kid pleaser check out Trinity’s Purple Passion or the Think Green) The Spirulina has an almost fishy smell, so I use half a tablespoon for an entire blender. The sweetness from the antioxident berry mix, which includes cherries, helped cut the bitterness from the kale (I only used 3 leaves). It was not THE MOST delicious of my shake recipes but it was in no way as bad as it looked!!! Next time I will use blueberries instead of blackberries.
The berry, spinach and kale shake I ordered last week at Whole Foods on the other hand… Well it would have been fine but I added tumeric and wheat grass. The wheat grass KILLED it for me and I hardly made it through the 12 oz cup. Wheat grass is too overpowering a flavor for me. I understand now why people do it as a shot. I am now 47. I slowly gained 20 pounds in the last five years and I am happy to release them using the healthy tools I have acquired over my lifetime. Wheat grass, will probably NOT be a part of my journey. 🙂
So, why do I obsess over these superfood shakes? Because superfoods are AMAZING. Check out Dr. Mercola’s infographic below.
I like starting off my morning with infused water. I have always loved water but I was surprised to find that for my age, body weight, physical activity level and weather conditions, I was drinking only HALF of my personal daily requirement! To find out how much water I should be drinking, I used the hydration calculator at Camelbak.
I took on the challenge of drinking more water by expanding my base of “go to” infusions. So far, I have used ginger, citrus, berries, mint and cucumber but there are UNLIMITED possibilities. Check out http://www.infusedwaters.com/ for some great tips and recipes.
I bought this wide-mouthed water bottle and LOVE it but a mason jar or other recycled GLASS jars would work just as well to make the same kinds of delicious infused waters they serve at spas.
To your health!!!
There are tons of recipes out there for homemade GF pizza dough but I admit, the number of flours required to manage decent baked goods has proven a bit much for me thus far. Big props for the food goddesses out there that make some fab crusts! I opt for UDI’s. I also opt for lots of fresh veggies, almond cheese and organic meat. My last yummy trick is to make a sauce with pureed veggies and herbs. Tomatoes, carrots, pumpkin, basil, oregano, garlic…
I had the chance to interview the author of one of my favorite books, The Self Health Revolution. This book is under 200 pages, filled with pictures, tips and tricks and to me, more than a book. This is a potential life changing vehicle. I have given this book to friends, family and clients. I keep a copy in my kitchen. In this audio clip, J. Michael Zenn generously shares some of his wisdom with us.
Whole Foods Market CEO and Founder “Enthusiastically” Endorses “The Self Health Revolution.” A short, powerful little book, The Self Health Revolution, surprisingly produces a jaw-dropping, heart-stopping, awe-inspiring, laugh-out-loud read. The author, J. Michael Zenn, convincingly persuades the reader they must seize control of their health now (Self Health) by taking a few, utterly-simple, 15-minute steps to loose weight, escape pain, ward off disease and recapture the energy lost in their youth.
On-the-side Marketing Tip: It’s always a great idea to repurpose content if you can. Here I decided to take the audio that I originally recorded for a live call and saved as an audio file on Soundcloud and create a Youtube video.
So, if you think this is a food blog, you’re about to be sorely disappointed. I am not a food diva. I’m a mom. A busy mom with a son who has some food restrictions. I have learned to LOVE to cook for my kids. They are such healthy, happy and willing, taste testers. It sort of turns the potentially stressful mealtime into something I look forward to.
You will not find exact measurements here. But you will find the ingredients I used and hopefully be inspired to experiment with what you have in your own kithcen.
Bread (I used Gluten Free)
Eggs (I use 2 whole, 2 whites)
Cinnamon (my kids really like it so I used about a teaspoon)
Milk ( I used Coconut, I might use, Hemp or Almond as well. By all means if you do dairy at home use it) about a tablespoon
Oil (Again I used Coconut, which adds a flavor that my kids love but butter or safflower would work too)
Scramble up the eggs, add cinnamon and milk. Dip the bread in so it’s coated well on both sides. Add oil into a frying pan and cook egg dipped bread. SIMPLE.
The fruit was made from some plums (I’ve done similar with berries) that were on their way out. (about 4 small) I cut them up. Added some red wine, honey, maple syrup, nutmeg and cinnamon. The sauce and plums reduces to the consistency of chuncky cranberry sauce. I’d made it the night before and stored it in the fridgde. In the morning I put it in a pan added some diced apples (I had 2 small green) a tad more syrup. Cooked till the apple were warm but still crumchy. Served atop the French Toast along side some turkey sausages.
This meal takes under 30 minutes and is always a huge hit. I can serve it for Breakfast or Dinner with cheers from the judgdes.
I am a local food lover. In LA, food raids of community supporters of the locavore movement have made waves. A bill recently came before the powers that be in Sacramento. AB 1616 would change the California Health and Safety code to give small-scale producers a way to break in to the business. Like most cottage laws, AB 1616 wouldn’t cover foods like jerky, hot cooked dishes, cheeses, or custards. But jams, pickles, breads, fruit pies, spice blends, and herb teas — basically, low-risk foods not covered by other federal regulations — would be exempted. The health department won’t inspect the business or get involved with the producer unless a complaint is lodged.
One of my very best friends is a Pearl. She is in a league of her own as far as cooking and being a genuine non-judgemental lover of people and the planet. Her and her family’s sustainable urban farm is open for tours and workshops. Check out their website THE GROWING HOME
If you want to know more about better living through local eating, please listen to this AMAZING PODCAST. Focus on Food” the newest show on KPFK with Carter Bo Wallace. This episode features political, artisan food and The Growing Home, all experts in the local food movement.
Being in the kitchen, making easy, healthy drinks and snacks really empowers my kids both physically and emotionally. We’ve been at it for years with soups, salads, movie snacks and shakes. Anyway, Trinity is 10 and soooo thrilled so many of my Facebook pals liked her idea.
Here is her recipe:
Trinity’s purple passion shake. Coconut milk, blueberries, bananas, agave and a pinch of cinnamon. Ice blended to frosty perfection.
I remember hearing Paula Deen talk about how when she was struggling with agoraphobia, she always took refuge in her kitchen. Now, Paula and I are pretty far apart in lifestyle but I can SO relate. There are some days, when having worked all day, although I’m exhausted, I still have to be a mom… It’s at these times that the kitchen seems the only place where I can find rest for the mind, fuel for the body and peace for the spirit.
There’s something about “build your own” meals that is so easy. My kids love it. It’s interactive and creative but not overwhelming. At least not for me.
The kids make their own gluten and dairy free pizza’s and pile on veggies. I’m lucky cause my kids are great eaters for the most part. They will consume most vegetables so I usually just finely chop whatever I have.
Here we used:
Ready made crusts from Glutino.
Chopped mushrooms, yellow peppers and zucchini with olive oil and oregano
Chopped tomatoes with basil, garlic and olive oil
Pre-shredded Almond Mozzerella
Pepperoni and some left over Prosciutto
Served with a mixed green salad out of the bag. We do the same with burgers and nachos.
I take pictures of EVERYTHING. When I’m tempted to criticize myself for all the things I haven’t been, I have evidence of my successes. Smiles, hugs, kisses and healthy bodies are evidence of the moments that magic appears out of thin air.
I’m tired and stressed but today I gave my best and I will sleep like a rock tonight…