Here we are already into December 2012. The end of the Mayan Calendar! Looks like we get to write this next chapter ourselves! What an amazing time to be alive!
What a year it has been. I pretty quickly (no fooling around) got my nutrition/health act together this summer, (again, this is an ongoing endeavor), and want to thank Jim, Jan and all the lovely people over at Asheville Integrative Medicine (http://www.docbiddle.com) for all the guidance, info, and support while I was getting help getting my nutrition straightened out and kicking out some unwelcome invaders (more on this later). I am feeling leaner and healthier now! YAY!
The challenge now is to stay on track!
I have decided to use this blog as an outlet to share my ongoing "self researched" knowledge of nutrition, raw and healthier recipes, info about eating better, interspersed with hints to help others get off the sugar "Roller Coaster" and my experiments going "Gluten/Grain-Free".
I have always loved to research nutritional info. As a teenager, I would ride my bike to the only health food store in town, to purchase supplements and herbs that I had researched. My mom was into it too in the 60's when for awhile there, most everything she made us kids, had some wheat germ in it... or was it nutritional yeast. I remember it fondly now that I know she was really trying to help us all eat better. At the time though, it was disappointing as I already thought I knew how the dish "should" taste. Now I throw all kinds of things together, sometimes successful tastebud-wise, sometimes I just drink it anyway because it's good for me.
Life as an experiment.
I also love to create in the kitchen and find streamlined ways to prepare super healthy meals, snacks and desserts. I am often telling friends about what I am doing, and they are asking for the links and info so I have decided to do a nutritional blog. I hope you will comment and add your own healthy ideas and favorite recipes too.
Here we go,
Sunday, December 9, 2012
I received a book called I am Grateful, Recipes and Lifestyle of Cafe Gratitude as a gift from a good friend. This is a beautiful book in thought and essence! I have found I LOVE the recipes - especially Raw Cashew Ricotta/Sour Cream. It is a versatile topping for so many dishes, is great on crackers for a quick snack and it is so easy to make!
You rinse and soak the cashews at least 6 hours (I use about 2 cups), drain and put it into a blender with about 1/2 cup of water to start (add more to your desired consistency, juice from 1/2 lemon and salt to your taste. You process it till smooth and creamy - YUM!
Cashews: This food is very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Magnesium, Phosphorus, Copper and Manganese.
Check out their website and their books. http://cafegratitude.com/
I recently purchased a NutriBullet (a bit more powerful than it's predecessor) with an online coupon for 20% off at a local housewares chain store. It was under $100. I bought it on a recommendation from a friend who was so excited about her purchase and how it has changed her life. This is the friend who is usually running all day and in bed at 8:00ish, she is now calling me to talk later and later in the evening. I suggested to her that her newfound energy might be from using the "bullet" as she hadn't changed much else lately in her life.
I had been considering buying another popular blender but had been prohibited by the purchase price. This was just right. I find I use it at least once a day, to make a healthy raw smoothie with my greens and a couple pieces of fruit, I add coconut water, chlorella and maca - loose and also a pinch of kelp. If not sweet enough, I add Stevia in the liquid form. You only need a drop or 2 as it is pretty potent. The NutriBullet has basically 2 parts that need to be cleaned and that's it!
I am excited about my new high-powered blender and I believe you can taste the difference. First time I tried a smoothie from this appliance, I was aware of a lively zing and more vibrant taste... so fresh.
And remember - Organic IS better - for many reasons, which I will go into at a later date.
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