Currently Noshing…

I’m starting a new weekly series of our current favorite foods in our household, that we are noshing on.  (eating almost greedily).  Hope you enjoy and always feel free to share what your family eats.
This week happens to be these…

Mandarin Oranges! Easy to peel, no seeds, and the PERFECT sweetness.

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Green Spring Smoothie

We are huge smoothie fans over in this household, are you?  If so this is an easy, healthy, yummy smoothie that will keep you satisfied for hours. (I’m trying to lose weight, so being filled for hours is good for me).  I do not like sweet smoothies, so if this smoothie is not sweet enough for you, just add more fruit.

Happy Blending!

Green Spring Smoothie

 1/2 of a cucumber

10 green grapes

2 cups spinach

3 stalks of celery

1 scoop of maca powder (optional)

1 kiwi (optional)

Blend all together. Vitamix or Blendtec work best.

Kale Chips

We have been trying to make some really easy kale chips over here.  So here is the simplest recipe, that taste the best!

1 head of fresh organic kale

cover leaves in olive oil

sea salt

pepper

Mix altogether with your hands and make sure all leaves are covered.

Spread leaves on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 for 5-10 minutes, depending on your oven.

Enjoy the healthiest snack around!

 

Food For The Skin

 I couldn’t pass up sharing about this wonderful product I was introduced to the
other day.  It’s a line of all natural beauty care, called Natura Culina.  The brain behind
this phenomenal product is Lenka Tinka.  She has developed products for the skin
that are all natural and made right here in Santa Barbara.
Lenka grew up in
the Czech Republic, outside of Carlsbad, one of Europe’s natural spa cities.
She was able to come to the United States and experience her passion.  I had the
pleasure of meeting her, and what a beauty she is.
Lenka gave me a
beautiful gift basket, to try some of her products, and I’m hooked.  The scents
alone attracted me.  Natura Culina has absolutely no parabens, sulfates,
artificial colors or synthetic emulsifiers.
You can go online to purchase
the products at naturaculina.com or if you’re in Santa Barbara,
Lily
1131 Coast Village Road
Montecito, CA
93108
(805) 695-0625
Also, Natura
Culina is “giving back”.  Part of the proceeds go to American Cancer
Society.
I promise you that you will not be disappointed by these amazing
products.
(Pictures courtesy of Natura Culina)

Spice Rack Remedy

  Turmeric is widely used in cooking and gives Indian curry its flavor and
yellow color. It is also used in mustard and to color butter and cheese.
Turmeric has been used in both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine as an
anti-inflammatory, to treat digestive and liver problems, skin diseases, and
wounds.

Good for you: Turmeric is thought to have
cancer-fighting properties. Researchers have found that curcumin, an antioxidant
in the spice, can help prevent and treat head and neck cancers by blocking a
protein that promotes tumor growth. That same protein causes joint inflammation,
so curcumin could also reduce arthritis risk.
Taste great, too: We use a lot
of turmeric, especially when cooking chicken. You can also add it to
hummus.
Go get spicy, with your spice rack!

Chia Seeds

 Chia seeds are an ancient super-seed
secret.  They are “super” because like a superfruit they deliver the maximum
amount of nutrients with minimum calories.  The nutritional benefits of Chia
include fiber, omega fatty acids,calcium, antioxidants and much more-even
protein.  Chia also contains calcium; it delivers 18% of your daily value per
ounce, which is 3X more than skim milk.
Overall, this tiny little seed
packs a big nutritional punch.
We love Chia seeds!  We add them to oatmeal,
salads, smoothies, and, well… pretty much everything.  I have never noticed a
huge flavor that stands out when I eat Chia, that’s why I think they are
something so great, so nutritional, and can be added to anything.
We like to
buy this brand.  You can also find them at Whole Foods or Trader Joes.

Organic Roadtrip

  Yesterday the husband and I decided to
go on a little adventure.  A friend of ours (thank you, Linda), had told us
about an organic farm, where you go and pick your own fruits and vegetables, and
just leave your money in the slot.  They work on an honor system.  So we set
out…
We pulled in after driving up the 101 North for about 35 minutes and
it was amazing.  A huge barn with a classic peace sign was there to great us.
After taking a walk through, just to see what this place was about, we started
our pickin.  We left with so many bags and only spent $20.  And yes we were
honest.  I posted some pictures and got a bit carried away because I was having
such a great time.  I felt like I was back in Nebraska.  (Sometimes I really do
miss you, Nebraska).

Directions from Santa
Barbara:
Take the 101 North, to the “Nojoqui Park” sign, take that
turn off, which is Old Coast Hwy. (40 miles from SB)
2330 Old Coast
Hwy
Gaviota, CA 93117
classicorganic.org
Owner is Helmut Klauer
PS
If you keep driving on that road you will see a trail.  You can get out, hike
the trail and will end up a beautiful waterfall (Nojoqui waterfall), which is a
natural spring.

Something Tasty (Acai Bowls)

Acai, (pronounced ah-sigh-ee), is the high-energy berry of a special Amazon palm tree. This little berry, about the size of a blueberry, is one of the most nutritious and powerful foods in the world!  Amazingly, this berry is being called by many the miracle berry.

Harvested in the rainforests of Brazil, Acai berry tastes like a vibrant blend of berries and chocolate. Hidden within its royal purple pigment is the magic that makes it nature’s perfect energy fruit.

Acaí is packed full of:

antioxidants

amino acids

essential fatty acids

vitamins and minerals

  The Açai Berry has the highest antioxidant score of any fruit or vegetable tested to date.

Unlike other fruits, the Açai Berry contains protein, fiber, Omega 6, and Omega 9 essential fatty acids. It is incredibly alkaline, assist the body with detox and maintaining optimum health in balancing ph levels.  This is the most important aspects of living healthy.

Acai has twice the antioxidants of blueberries, 30x that of red wine! Acai is 100x more potent than Goji, Noni or Mangosteen.

I recently was at Whole foods and found the berry in the frozen section.  You can buy it in individual packages then go home and make your own berry bowl.  If you live in Santa Barbara, you’re familiar with Backyard Bowls.

Heres what I did:

1 packet of Acai

1/2 bag of organic mixed berries from Trader Joes

1 banana

1/2 a cup of water

2 ice cubes

Blend well.  If you have a BlendTec or Vitamix, that will work the best.  The consistency is very thick, which is exactly how you want it.  When done blending and have poured into the bowl, add granola.  You may also add strawberries, bananas, or any other fruit in the mix and on top.  Play around.

Happy Healthiness!

Managing Your Food Breakdown

 I recently started getting acupuncture on a weekly basis, again.  This time around it’s for fertility (hope and pray).  I decided to go to a wonderful woman named, Lori Guynes.  If you’re in Santa Barbara, I highly recommend her.  Not only is she helping me with fertility, but she is helping me with my diet.  Overall I’m a healthy eater, indulging, maybe once a week.  What I didn’t know was the order in which I should be eating my food.  Lori explained to me that the order of breakdown, of the food we eat is important to our systems.  Example: if you’re eating protein, broccoli and corn, you should eat the broccoli first, corn second, and protein last.   If you eat your protein first, which is the hardest one for our systems to digest, then the other food sits on top of that and will turn into acid, which in turn can cause indigestion.  I found this very informative, especially because I eat everything together and usually have a hard time resisting the protein right off the bat.

I have posted a chart that I was given.  It’s worth glancing at, to see what you should be pairing together and in the order to be digested.

Vegan, Really?

We’ve been on a good health kick over in this part of the woods and we want to continue.  So, I’ve been searching for new recipes and making all sorts of things up around here.  I found vegan ice cream, and since this is one of my downfalls (real ice cream), I thought hmm, I’ll give it a try.
Also, I believe I have shared my love for Maca.  Maybe it’s this bona fide superfoods’ profound benefits (the mineral-rich maca root has adaptogenic qualities, which may support the regulation of stress and repair, balance hormones, boost sex drive, and enhance strength and energy… all without being a stimulant). Or, maybe it’s the fact that the potent, earthy, butterscotch-esque flavor is so yummy.

Maple-Maca Ice Cream with Chocolate Chips

You do not need an ice cream maker for this recipe, however, if you do not have access to a high-powered blender (like a Vitamix, Blendtec, or even a Magic Bullet), soak the cashews and water together for 30 minutes before blending for smoother results.

Makes about 1 pint (4 servings).

INGREDIENTS

1 cup raw cashews

1 cup water

½ banana

¼ cup maple syrup

2 Tbsp raw Maca Powder (Herbal Spirit, in Santa Barbara)

pinch sea salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 cup chopped dark chocolate (I use Trader Joes)

DIRECTIONS

Blend all ingredients – except the chopped dark chocolate – in a blender until completely smooth. Transfer to a bowl or Tupperware container and freeze for 30 minutes. Mix in dark chocolate chunks into the cold ice cream, then continue freezing, covered, until frozen through – about 6-8 hours. Let defrost for 5 minutes before serving to soften.