Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
When your sweet tooth cries for something rich and decadent, think about a thick, cool, creamy, fruit laden smoothie. This isn't a low calorie treat. But it's chock full of fresh, whole foods, nutrient rich and soul satisfying.
Start with a cashew cream base: 1/4 cup cashews and one cup of filtered water, blended until smooth. Then add 2 - 3 pitted and chopped peaches, 1-2 frozen bananas and blend away. The drink can be adapted to other stone fruit or berries - and of course, can be made with almond milk for a lighter version. The cashew cream was a special treat and actually served as lunch one day, keeping the hunger wolf completely at bay until dinner time.
Saturday, September 06, 2008
A trip to the supermarket turned up lovely fresh baby carrots and little striped beets and handsome stalks of budding gladioli. The flowers and the beets were each only $2.99 a bunch, how could I pass up either?
Feeding the soul, surrounding ourselves with peace, calm and beauty is as important to our health as the food we put in our bodies. In fact, if our state of mind is in a constant state of stress, no matter how well we eat, our bodies won't derive any of the benefits.
I'm making a major effort to de-clutter: mind, body and closets. Spending a little more time just smelling the roses, a metaphor for enjoying the simple things, not worrying about things I can't control and learning to appreciate the life I have.
It didn't take me long to acquire a taste for this delicious drink. It's certainly hard to imagine a big glass of juiced greens tasting so good, but the sweetness of the apples along with the tang of the lemon and the zing of the heat from the ginger make this glass of green juice a delicious treat.
I was fortunate to locate a second hand Breville juicer. This fantastic juicer, with a 600W motor, produces my morning 16 ounces of green lemonade in seconds, allowing me to juice whole fruit without fussing about trimming and cutting. Amazing. Easy clean-up, too.
Green drinks aren't just for St Patrick's Day!