Some Links I Know You Will Love

I love creating, living, and dreaming.  That’s fairly obvious from the name of this blog!  So, I am always looking for new things and new ways to do things.  I thought it would be fun if I shared some of my favorite websites with you.  I will probably do this from time to time.  As a writer and life lover, I always enjoy getting a heads up from others about great websites, blogs, articles, nutrition information, recipes, etc.  So, here are some site you should most definitely check out!

 

http://empoweredsustenance.com/ This website has a wealth of information on health, wellness, and diet!  I have personally tried some recipes from this website and they are amazing.  There are a lot of auto-immune disease, healthy, and paleo recipes to be found!

 

http://foodbabe.com/ I love all the recipes, reviews, and information this website has to offer.  The website is very easy to navigate and has a lot to offer.  I haven’t even had a chance to check everything out, but so far I am loving what I’ve found!

 

etsy.com Does anyone else just simply love this website and drool over all the amazing creations that others have made available to buy?  I could look for hours!

 

I will post some more links later as I have time.  I’m off to create and live and dream some more so I can share it all with you!

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Sequoia Sunrise Fruit Smoothie

Today, I’m going to share with you this new smoothie juice I made today.   I hope you like it!

Ingredients:
1 Organic Pineapple
1 Organic Mango
1 Organic Apple
2 cups water
8-10 Ice cubes
See creamy variation at the end of post

Cut the rind off the pineapple and slice into slivers if using fresh pineapple.  Cut the skin off the mango and cut the flesh away from the pit.  Core and slice the apple.  Put all fruits into blender and add the 2 cups of water and the 8-10 ice cubes.  Blend well until smooth.

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Enjoy!

Variation:
Substitute 2 cups of water for cream, milk, or coconut milk for a creamer version.  Also add 1 tsp vanilla for extra flavor.

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Delicious!

It’s been that kind of week!

This week has been a doozy!  Sorry for not posting the past couple of days.  I have been dealing with some illness in my family and working very hard to make some yummy healthy things to keep others safe from catching any more icky germs.

I have been working behind the scenes to whip up some new recipes for all of you and I just went shopping today to get everything I need to share with you some amazing healthy recipes complete with Photos!  I will also update my previous posts as well with some pictures because, you know, food if fun to look at!

Thankfully, I haven’t been sick yet and I hope I will escape it altogether.  I’ve been throwing tumeric in everything which is amazing.  Have you met my friend Tumeric?  It is anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and just amazingly good at helping everything in your body.  You should guys should meet soon if you haven’t and I will be introducing you to tumeric in my upcoming posts!

 

Stay Tuned!!

A Mean Green Smoothie!

I have found that smoothies are a great way to get all those veggies in your system without having to cook them up or even really taste them if you don’t them at all.  I, for one, love vegetables but as I am trying to include them in my diet for each meal more and more, I find it easiest in the morning to have a smoothie.  Also, they are a great way to give your immune system a boost and fend off illness.  Here’s one of my recipes!

 

Single Serve Mean Green Smoothie Juice

Handful of Spinach or Kale

1 Apple cored

small piece of tumeric

1/4-1/2 slice lime

Ice

Some water

Place all ingredients into a blender. And blend.  Ta Da!  Health in a glass!

This recipe can certainly be altered depending on serving size you want

Note: I use the Ninja blender which comes with a single serving cup attachment.  I highly recommend this blender!  It makes life so easy and its better than juicing because it maintains all the fiber which is great for your body.  You aren’t going to get a smooth juice but it is a very healthy one!

 

Old McDonald had a diet…P…A…L…E…O!

It seems today that everyone I know is on an endless quest for the perfect diet.  The reasons are always different.  Some people want to lose weight, some want to simply eat healthier, others want to eat organic or clean, and still others just get swept away on an endless roller coaster of the best new diets out there.

I, too, have been there.

It started for me as a way to lose weight.  I had tried just about every exercise and the weight was still piling on me.  So, I concluded that it must be my diet. Perhaps, I need a change there.  I tried vegetarian, vegan, occasional meat, and juicing.   I tried weight watchers shakes and did have some intial success with them but I switched to more real foods after the first bit of weight came off.  I tried paleo, high carb, low carb, low fat and high fat.

What did I conclude?

  • Processed carbohydrates are pure evil.  If you want to gain weight and gain it fast, eat those.
  • Vegan and Vegetarian left me hungry.  I know, I probably wasn’t eating enough vegetables, but I just can’t eat enough to keep me from feeling like fainting.
  • Juicing gave me sugar spikes because without the fiber the glycemic index was through the roof.
  • Low fat made me crave sugar.
  • High carb messed with my allergies and caused inflammation
  • High Fat got boring although I do recommend this diet because I was never hungry and I never got fat!  I lost a few pounds being on it and its very easy to maintain
  • Traditional Paleo is good but not great. While I agree with the filling up on lots of veggies and having small portions of fruit and meat with each meal, after my encounter with a high fat diet I have to conclude lean protein is not the way to go.  I also conclude that low fat anything is just plain bad.

So, what in the world am I going to eat?

I propose a hybrid diet and I’ll call it High Fat Paleo!  The high fat diet, commonly called  Low Carb,  High Fat (LCHF) or the Swedish Diet promotes eating fat as your main percentage of calories with protein coming in next and then limiting carbs to about 5-20% of your overall daily intake of calories.  This was hard for me to do.  It meant mostly nuts and berries as carbs and eat lots of dairy, meat, eggs, butter, etc.  The problem for me with this diet was the fact that I am sensitive to dairy and therefore I found out the hard way this diet wasn’t the best fit for me.  I also found out that dairy is highly inflammatory.  For my body, this is not a good combination.

I decided to research an anti-inflammatory diet that would assist me in getting better from some health issues I was having.  To my surprise Paleo is very anti-inflammatory!  I could have fruits again!  I could eat more things I liked again!  And all the while I could cut out dairy which would be great for me.  The one thing I wasn’t keen on was the emphasis on lean protein.  Coming off LCHF and knowing how full and happy I felt after a nice fatty steak, I wasn’t buying the go lean propaganda.  Besides, fat is essential to all functions in our body.  The real enemy is corn fed, non-organic meat.  Instead of worrying about lean meat, everyone should be concerned about what that animal was eating before it ended up on your plate.  The best thing to purchased is organic grass fed beef, and pork or free range chicken.   Grass fed and free range are naturally lower in fat so you are still getting a leaner product but the fat you are getting is much healthier and great for your body.

So, how is this diet working?

Great actually!  I have one free range egg cooked in coconut oil (which is amazing for cooking!) and an apple spinach smoothie.  Yes, with paleo you are supposed to eat your veggies with every meal and while a salad with my egg at 7am didn’t seem appealing, this smoothie did!

Side note on my smoothie juice: I no longer use a juicer, because as I said earlier it takes out all the fiber and you end up with a sugar blast to your system which isn’t healthy at all and can make you gain weight.  No, I now use the Ninja brand blenders that are so efficient they blend the whole fruit and veggies up so well you can drink it straight out of the pitcher.  I add 1 apple, a handful of spinach, some water, and ice and instant health!

For lunch I go for a bed of spinach with tuna fish which is very anti-inflammatory, some tomatoes, and carrots, and a nice glass of water.

Snacks include: bananas, carrots, occasional oat cookies (did I mention I also stay away from grains?), and lots of fun kitchen projects making new amazing treats that I will share, I promise!

Dinner is simple, usually consisting of steak, chicken, or pork cooked some amazing way with spices and butter (I do occasionally use butter, I’m definitely not a food nazi!) and a green veggie.  Another favorite is homemade bone broth soup!

After much trial and error, I conclude the best diet that I think everyone would benefit from is a high fat paleo.  Stay away from things that inflame your body as they cause all kinds of sickness.  Maintaining a good weight and even losing are easier on a diet like this. It’s not as restrictive because if you eat anti-inflammatory for most days, an occasional treat or few days of having to eat other things because you are away or it is a holiday, doesn’t effect weight nearly as much as other diets!  Trust me, I know!

So, if Old McDonald had his choice of diets, he would shout from the barnyard:

“HIGH FAT PALEOooooooooooooo!”

Vegetarian Egg Bake

10 eggs beaten
1/4 cup reduced fat milk
1/4 tsp black ground pepper
cooking spray
1 lg onion
2 cups tomatoes chopped
1 cup fresh spinach
1/2 cup salsa

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Combine first three ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
Spray a large heavy non-stick skillet with the cooking spray and heat over medium heat.
Saute onions for five minutes. Add tomatoes and spinach. Saute another 10 minutes stirring frequently.
Transfer veggies to egg mixture and combine thoroughly.
Pour into a lightly oiled glass pie plate and back for 15 minutes or until the eggs are set. Do not over cook.
Serve at room temperature. Cut into wedges and serve with salsa.

Three Ways to Eat Oatmeal!

1. Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal
2 large bananas sliced
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons peanut butter

2. Maple Oatmeal with Dried Fruit

1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3 Tablespoons maple syrup
1/3 cup golden raisins
1/3 cup cranberries

3. Amaretto Peach Oatmeal
2 Tablespoons refrigerated Amaretto
Non-dairy creamer
2 snack size cups (4oz each) diced peaches

Oatmeal Instructions:

3 cups milk
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
(And your stir in selection from above)

In large sauce pan bring milk and salt to boil. Stir in oats and cook for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and add stir in selection from the above list.

Enjoy!

Family TaterTot Bake

On a bit of a recipe posting spree here tonight, so please forgive the amount of food being posted at the moment! This one is irresistible!
1 pound hamburger
1 small onion
salt and paper to taste
1 package 16 oz frozen tater-tots
1 can condensed cream of mushroom or cream of potato, undiluted
2/3 cup milk or water
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

In a skillet cook beef and onion until beef is browned and onion is tender. Drain fat. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a greased 1 1/2- 2qt casserole dish. Top with tater-tots. Combine soup and milk or water. Pour over tater-tots. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.