Hey, have you got leftover odds and ends of vegetables in your fridge? How about branching out and trying a new to you vegetable? This is how to make a super easy veggie side for your family, use up the leftover raw veggies or cook ahead veggies ready for your week:
Chop veggies (any veggie, go ahead be brave!) so they are in relatively the same size. Toss in a bowl and add olive oil to lightly coat the veggies. Lemon olive oil and garlic olive oil are yummy additions to try. Season with your favorite spices or just salt and pepper, just sprinkle on top. Heat grill and put veggies on some sort of mesh grate or platter and cook through. Using a mesh grate prevents your veggies from falling through your grill. I would tell you how long to cook them, except that everyone likes their veggies done to different crispness.
Taste. If they seem boring, add a favorite balsamic dressing, add balsamic vinegar or balsamic glaze. Add a dash of vinaigrette.
Now you've GOT VEG!
Everyone's thought... "I have to eat crap when I travel."
Soooooo not true. If you need the tips and tricks to eating well on the road please reach out to me or check out the tips below:
I always travel with a cute lunch bag like this when I'm driving, or in my carry-on. You can see it's cheap too!
*If I am driving I pack lots of waters, flavored waters, iced coffee---lots of healthy choices from home that save me from buying $$$ shit on the road
*If I am flying, I drink one of those healthy beverages before I get to the airport, on the way, to keep hydrated
*I always pack some healthy protein/snack bars
*I pack nuts, and or a nut bar mix I've made at home
*Gum or/and mints, my ADD kicks in and I have to keep busy
*I always pack my own keto creamers from home, then I can get black coffee and make my own concoction
*I will pack leftover veggies if I have easy ones to snack on, maybe a piece of fruit
*Always pack dark chocolate. When I am closing out a busy travel day, a little bit of dark chocolate just tastes great!
These are my go-to's. Hope you can incorporate these into your travel routine!
If you need help with your travel goodie bag, LMK. I am a pro after over 35 years of it.
Sooooooo how does all this Glyphosate convo relate to you? Why should you give a crap?
Besides all the bodily dangers I listed in a previous post, let's bring this home for ya.
When you spray Round-up (and similar branded products) on your lawn, weeds and garden you are introducing this Glyphosate chemical to your environment.
NOW YOU, YOUR KIDS, YOUR DOGS AND KITTIES go out and walk around, roll around and play in the same area. Now you, your kids, your dogs and your kitties come inside to walk, sit and roll around on the floor--the same places you have just tracked the chemicals. ICK. Without the intent to bring poison into your home, it is there. Awful thought.
Did you know there is an increase in dog cancer, which researchers think in part is due to our yard chemicals (inset sad dog or kitty face) I mean if your dog is rolling around on these chemicals daily---it all makes sense they are at higher risk for cancer!
I'm sure I don't want this chemical load in my home, where my kids, pets and me hope to be safely working, relaxing and cooking. Pretty sure you don't either.
Think through the usage of these chemicals. Look up home-made weed remedies or buy organic.
Food for thought:
* make a change, google for yourself the dangers of this chemical or just plain believe me*
* the chemical load in our environment these days is changing our health*
* be more European, they've banned this chemical for good reasons*
Has your salad gotten boring? Salads not appealing to you?
Here are some ways to "dress to impress" your salad routine:
1. mix up your greens, use all different kinds of organic greens in your salad. Add fun things like dandelion greens, endive, shredded Brussels sprouts, parsley, celery leaves, shaved zucchini--so many options
2. sprinkle on the herbs- think of cool things like dill, cilantro, parsley and mint
3. start with a basic vinaigrette and spice this with tahini, lemon juice, peanut butter, garlic, dijon mustard, even a touch of maple syrup
4. healthy fats really make your salad hearty and more filling. Think: sliced avocado, olives, sesame or pumpkin seeds, walnuts, dollop of hummus
5. make your salad a meal by adding a healthy protein: hard boiled egg, cooked salmon, sliced chicken breast, lean pork tenderloin, or steak.
6. salads are a great way to add RAW food into your day, to eat a vegetarian meal -- just forgo the meat and jazz up with some healthy fat choices to help you feel full
7. finish your salad with a crunch: crispy shallots, kernels of fresh summer corn, crumbled falafel, crushed nutty crackers...let your mind expand
Use what you have on hand, toss and go! Eat and Enjoy!
We all know that fruits and veggies have many health benefits but do we always know exactly what they are? No probably not. Here is a little info on the health benefits of grapes! Grapes are:
*high in antioxidants, which help prevent chronic disease and help repair cell damage
*packed with vitamins C and K, potassium
*high in resveratrol which is known for caner prevention and treatment (colon cancer is a biggee here)
*may help lower blood pressure
*may help reduce cholesterol Combine the last two and grapes help protect you from heart disease! *may decrease blood sugar, as they have a low glycemic index
*may increase insulin sensitivity, which make them a good choice for diabetics
*grapes contain lutein and other compounds protecting you from eye disease
*may improve memory, attention and mood
*grapes contain minerals which aid in bone health; calcium, magnesium, Vit K and others
*may be beneficial warding off certain bacteria, viruses and yeast infections
More and more to add, but that should be enough to motivate you to ADD GRAPES to your healthy eating routine!
WHAT IS GLYPHOSATE and why am I hearing about it? Or why am I not hearing about it? Learn this word: Glyphosate pronounced Gly---fo--sate.
This chemical, the main ingredient in ROUND-UP is used widely on our food crops in America. Glyphosate kills weeds, dead!! If this chemical is killing weeds (and plants have been genetically modified (GMO) to tolerate it) then what do you think it is doing in our bodies?? Killing stuff, causing cancer, changing the chemical balance, disrupting the endocrine balance which leads to infertility-OMG Why don't we hear about this????
Because......Round-up and specifically Glyphosate is a product of Monsanto, one of the biggest agri-business companies in the world. And THEY don't want you to know! They spend millions and millions ensuring we know little of what is really going on.
Do you know that in Europe and most other countries, this chemical is banned?! Yes, banned! SO if Round-up is killing weeds, why would we want that in our bodies? Answer: WE DON'T! This is specifically why it is soooooo very important to buy the Dirty Dozen organically, pay attention the the Clean 15, so you save money where you can. And stay tuned to this word, a scary scary word.
,After a little hiatus, I'm back!
I recently bought a shirt with these words on it.
Kale. Beets. Celery. Ginger. Wine.
A little of these every day keep the doctor away. Let me clarify:
Kale is dynamite for you, if you like it. There are yummy recipes on Pinterest for salads, snacks and more. Buy organically to avoid chemicals used on crops. Loaded with powerful vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Celery, wow. Add this to salads. Juice every morning with organic celery for so many health benefits that I can’t even begin to name them (Google this, it’s true). Add a little apple and/or lemon to the juice for extra yumminess.
Beets beets the magical veggie. Learn to like these. Beets are nutrient dense. High in folate, manganese, Vit A and C.
Kale, celery and beets are high in fiber. Fiber adds bulk to your diet and keeps your digestive system running well.
Ginger is very anti-inflammatory. Add a little ginger to your smoothies, juices, veggie dishes. Get to know this amazing root that is easily found at the grocery store.
Wine haha. Now that you’ve added the above to your diet, you can also enjoy your wine in moderation (I have to say that) Red wine has Resveratrol! This heart healthy compound can help lower blood pressure, is heart healthy and is brain protective. These are good reasons to chose red over white.
Healthy tip: this is what it means to “Eat the Rainbow”.
Rich colored foods like this are higher in nutrients making them better for you all around. Prep fruits and veggies ahead of time so they are easy to grab, go or put together easy meals. Pick a
night of the week or Saturday/Sunday to get your prep work done for the week.
It’s easy peasy to make better choices.
You aren't the only one who might wonder: what is the difference between hemp and marijuana?
Don't be embarrassed to ask. I'll try to answer some questions here for you.
-plant variety bred to produce fiber in clothing, oils, lotions, seeds, foods
-does not produce flowers or sticky buds, grows like a weed
-contains very low levels of THC
-variety bred for medical, spiritual or psychoactive effects
-produces flowers with beautiful, sticky buds
-high in THC
Though these plants are from the same species they vary greatly. Just like a Golden Retriever and a Chihuahua are both dogs, they vary greatly! Genetics make the difference in dogs and genetics make the difference in hemp/marijuana. Same species, different dog. Same species, different plant.
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