Wednesday, May 29, 2013

So I'm sitting here, "patiently" waiting for the chili which I've been making all day to be done, knowing full-well that it won't be at its best until tomorrow anyway, but wanting the best NOW NOW NOW because I'm hungry!

It's 7pm and I'm a wee bit peckish.  I don't want to eat a different dinner--that would be silly.  So what's a person to do?  I mean really--starve?

Well no, thankfully!  What I've done, is whip together a healthy and delicious chocolate smoothie.

It's called OMG I'm So Hungry I Could Eat a Horse I Need Sustenance to Tide Me Over Until Dinner...smoothie.


Hungry Girl's Smoothie (for short)

1 ripe banana
1 handful baby spinach
3 honey dates
3 tbsp cacao powder
1 tsp dark cocoa powder
1 tbsp coconut oil (preferably raw)
1-2 cups rice milk

Blend!

Don't mind how it looks kind of separated in the pic--it's not, I just couldn't be bothered to super blend it, so that's the cacao powder.  I'M HUNGRY!!!!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Did you know that many of the "fruit and vegetable washes" on the market today are actually full of chemicals?  Doesn't that seems strange?  Why wash your produce to get rid of sprays (and bugs, dirt etc) only to put more on?

HUH?  That doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me.


Plus you're paying money for it.  That makes even less sense!

The solution?  A vinegar and water soak!  1/4 to 1/2 a cup of white vinegar (depending on the size of the bowl you're using, or if you are soaking a lot of produce, and want to use the kitchen sink (cleaned first of course), then it's around 1 cup.

Then you just soak for around 20 minutes or so, giving it a stir once or twice to make sure to get anything that might be floating.  After that, just rinse, and you're done!

You can also use the vinegar soak for things like strawberries.  You know how strawberries often develop mould on them, even if you've only had them for a couple of days, and you've been keeping them in the fridge?  Don't you just HATE that?!  Well the vinegar soak will kill and remove the majority of the mould spores which are already on the strawberries you just bought at the market today (but you can't see them).  They should last much longer than they would have otherwise.

JUST BE SURE TO LAY THEM OUT ON A CLEAN DISHCLOTH AN ALLOW THEM TO COMPLETELY DRY (TURNING THEM ONCE) BEFORE PUTTING THEM IN A CONTAINER AND THEN IN THE FRIDGE.

The vinegar and water soak will remove much of the wax/pesticides/critters/dirt which are always on your farmer's market finds, and it's very inexpensive.  Plus it takes little effort!  Can't beat that right?!

Here's my morning snack today (having a late lunch--around 230pm!  Good Lord I'd DIE if I didn't have a snack! LOL

I just soak, rinse, chop, and voila!  Fresh healthy fruit salad!

               

    

Wednesday, May 22, 2013



Proper nutrition is so incredibly vital--many diseases are avoidable simply by eating your greens!  From general health to longevity--let your food be your medicine, and your fountain of youth!  As I draw very close to my 40th birthday, it's becoming more and more clear to me where my path will continue to lead me, with respect to my nutrition--right to the food garden and farmer's market!

Along that vein, I have a guest blogger today, David Haas from the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. Take it away David!



Striking a Balance in the Quest for Prevention


While nutrition and exercise won't cure cancer, they can pack a powerful one-two punch in the effort to avoid cancer in the first place.  Just as there are some foods and activities that can increase the potential for certain types of cancers, there are also some that decrease the likelihood.  Prevention is always preferable to treatment; someone experiencing mesothelioma treatment side effects, for example, may not feel geared up for exercise.

There are many foods that offer powerful antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that can aid in cancer prevention, but there's no need to limit your diet to a few foods.  Instead, look at foods that offer the nutrients you need for your own lifestyle.  For example, calcium has been shown to reduce the instance of colorectal cancer, but a high dose of calcium may actually increase the risks of prostate cancer.  For women, this is hardly an issue, and women are at greater risk for other ailments like osteoporosis and can thus consume a diet high in calcium more readily than a man can.

Women looking to boost their calcium levels should incorporate almonds, yogurt and leafy greens into their diets. These foods are bursting with other beneficial components like fatty acids, protein and beta-carotene.  Beta-carotene can be beneficial to your diet, but smokers should avoid taking supplementation in the hopes of increasing their cancer-fighting potential; beta-carotene in excess has actually been linked to an increase in lung cancer.

For a general overview, avoid living your life in excess.  Practice moderation, and you can enjoy just about any food.  Avoid eating a diet that is high in salt, fat and processed sugars, and instead stick to a plant-based diet with healthy proteins.  Minimize drinking, and eliminate drug use.  With just a few adjustments to your diet, you can make a lot of changes.

Regardless of your food choices, your diet should always be aimed at maintaining a healthy weight.  Obesity has been linked to several cancers including breast cancer, colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, cervical and ovarian cancer and many others as well, including multiple myeloma.  Weight loss may not necessarily prevent cancer from occurring, but it can improve your odds of avoidance as well as eliminate the possibility for several other diseases as well.

Even without losing weight, physical exercise has been shown to be beneficial for reducing the likelihood of many types of cancers.  Aim for three to five days of moderate to strenuous activity a week.  While it is not widely understood at this time why exactly physical exercise may play such a role, it is believed to have several factors ranging from metabolic changes to hormonal ones.  Regardless of how exercise works to help in the prevention of cancer, exercise has many other benefits as well that make it an attractive option to anyone.

For those seeking to stave off the possibility of cancer, most doctors will recommend a regimen of proper nutrition and a healthy amount of exercise.  While nearly all cancers show a link between diet and exercise and the contraction of cancer, there are numerous other things you can do as well.  If you smoke, aim to stop smoking to reduce the likelihood of lung cancer.  Stopping smoking will also allow you to increase your physical activity level.  When it comes to your health, the right regimen is a package deal.  With the right combination of proper nutrition, exercise, the avoidance of intoxicants and a solid sleep schedule, you can keep your body healthy for years to come.



Bio

Joining the MCA in 2011, David Haas is the Director of Awareness Programs. In addition to researching much of the information available to the site’s visitors, David often blogs about programs available and campaigns underway at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. David is a fitness enthusiast who frequently runs, climbs, and bikes for enjoyment. He is also very involved in outreach associated with awareness about the dangers of asbestos for many different organizations and groups of people.

Read more: 
http://www.mesothelioma.com/blog/authors/david/bio.htm#ixzz2PVMlj2OR 


Sunday, May 12, 2013

This year, my sister and I decided to plant our first organic food garden.  We had to rein ourselves (and our enthusiasm!) in on what we wanted to plant, owing to space and the fact that we're almost total newbies.  You can follow her blog here: Lemon Twist Vegan Girl.

It was her and her husband's idea, actually.  They have gone vegan and vegetarian respectively, and are now going through a tonne of veggies!  How to afford tonnes of organic veggies?  Seems simple to me--plant a food garden!

We wanted to plant stuff we'd eat a lot of, but not so many varieties that we wouldn't have enough of any one thing for actual meals.  So we planted romaine lettuce, green/spring onions, tomatoes, carrots, cucumber, zucchini, green beans, spinach, butter crunch lettuce, mescalin mix, peppers and peas, and then in the herb garden cilantro, parsley, dill, 3 types of basil and chives.  There's only so much space in the boxes, so we're going to utilize all available space...by also planting veggies an herbs in hanging baskets!  LOL  Hanging baskets of salad!

This is what it looks like right now:




But one day I hope to have something like this!!


Amazing!!

We're calling ourselves Urban Farmer Gals (UFG...like UFC!! LOL!!).  UFG Unite!!



Thursday, May 9, 2013

I was at my sister's place last week for a good part of the day, planting our new food garden (post to come).  For lunch, she made us an awesome veggie skillet (she's a transitioning vegan) which looked pretty easy, and was OM NOM NOM tasty, so I decided to give it a try.



I used chopped carrots, celery, turnip, mushrooms, onion, peppers, a bit of fresh chopped parsley, and added an egg on top.  I was afraid that it wouldn't fill me up without the egg (my sister used some potato too), but next time I won't bother with it--a bowl of the veggies was quite filling!!

Directions:

Chop all veggies.  Sautee in a skillet over medium heat (with either a spritz of olive oil or just water) the harder veggies like the carrots etc, along with the onion.  When cooked about halfway, add the soft ingredients, and sautee until just softened--you don't want them to be smooshy.  Add seasonings like garlic (fresh or dried), onion powder or granules, paprika, etc.  I added Vegeta (you only need a wee sprinkle), the non-msg version.  Fry the egg quickly if you're using it, and add it to the veggies.

It sounds so simple, but it's delicious and VERY filling!!  AND SO GOOD FOR YOU!!




Monday, May 6, 2013

Pizza day was last night again, and I made the following pizza:


Thin whole-grain spelt crust, pesto sauce, bit of mozzarella, blue, and goat cheese, sliced pear, and walnuts.  Sounds weird, but was AMAZING!!!