favorite cucumber green smoothie

favorite cucumber green smoothie

Favorite new green smoothie with a beautiful color.  Perfect for breakfast in the morning or an afternoon snack.  Packed with cancer fighting anti-oxidants and phytochemicals, 4 fruits and vegetables AND  omega-3 essential fatty acids.img_2285-2

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup chopped pineapple
  • 1/2 chopped organic Granny Smith apple
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 2 cups baby leaf spinach
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed meal
  • 1 teaspoon maca powder
  • 1 cup water

Blend well until smooth.  Add water as needed for desired consistency.  Enjoy! 

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red bliss potato as a snack?

red bliss potato as a snack?

One of my favorite snacks are red bliss potatoes.  I bring one to work to snack on and will often heat one up at home to munch on too.  I eat them cold and hot, depending on where I am.  During the day, when I am working and short on time, I will eat the potato cold and plain and it is very filling and tasty! But there is nothing like a hot potato, steaming, with a little salt and pepper!  Both hearty and satisfying at the same time.

I often hear my clients voice that they do not eat potatoes and “know” they are bad for you.  This is simply untrue.  Potatoes have been blacklisted as an awful carbohydrate, but yet they offer so much………………..

9 Perks of a Potato:  farm potatoes

35 % Vitamin C for the day

6% Iron for the day

2% Calcium for the day 

4 grams of protein (8% of most women’s protein needs for the day & 7 % of men’s)

3-4 grams of fiber (about 13% of fiber for the day)

Hardly any sodium

Inexpensive 

Grown on a farm versus created in a factory 

ONLY 1 INGREDIENT TOO!

Interestingly, the same clients will choose to eat a granola bar with 3 -4 Tablespoons of added sugar and over 10 ingredients, but will look at me like I have 3 heads when I suggest eating potatoes (hahaha).

Cooking a potato is simple, just pierce with fork and microwave for 3-4 minutes and or better yet, if have more time dice and boil or steam and enjoy!

3 heads cooking

beta-carotene boost smoothie

mango smoothieI drink a smoothie almost every morning.  In fact when  I skip my morning smoothie, I feel off for the day. Lately, my new fav  is loaded with beta-carotene from mangoes and carrots.  Beta-carotene improves eye health, builds a strong immune system and promotes healthy skin and hair.   Start your morning off right with this beta boost:

Beta-Carotene Boost Smoothie

1 cup of frozen cubed mango

1-2  carrots diced

1 -1 1/2 cup  unsweetened vanilla almond milk

2 tablespoons flaxseed meal

optional protein boost:  2 tablespoons hemp protein powder

filtered water 

Add ingredients in juice mixer, such as a NutriBullet.  Blend until desired consistency.  Add water as needed.  1-2 servings.

fascination with artichokes

800790I consult at the Caring Medical Day Center, which is located in Pleasantville, N.J,  and have been working with  Chef, Karl Ratz, for the past 7 years.  The other day we were discussing a recipe that had artichoke hearts.  Afterwards I thought about how much I love artichokes and how rarely I eat them.   I grew up eating artichokes. They were fun to eat and quite delicious, especially the savory heart part.  I am also considering using a design with an artichoke on it for my business cards.  So after discussing the artichokes the other day  and considering it as part of my marketing theme, I decided I would research some facts about artichokes.  They are quite loaded with good stuff and interesting facts:

!.  Full of nutrients – great source of Vitamin C,  B Vitamins, manganese,  magnesium, iron and fiber

2.  Native to the Mediterranean area, artichokes were used as food among ancient Greeks and Romans.   Cleopatra, Queen of ancient Egypt was also known to eat artichokes Cleopatra-VII-9250984-1-402

3.  Medicinal Uses –  Improves overall cholesterol numbers, aids digestive health such as with irritable bowel syndrome,  improve liver,  kidney and gall bladder function 

Artichokes are a quite tasty and beautiful vegetable.  I plan on eating an artichoke this week.

artichokesClick here for HOW TO EAT AN ARTICHOKE  and here for a STEAMED ARTICHOKE RECIPE 

When I was a kid, one of my favorite shows was “the Little Rascals”.  While writing this, I recalled an episode with Stymie (one of the little rascals) trying to figure out what to do with an artichoke.  I just watched the episode on you tube.  So funny!  I think it has been over 30 years since I had watched it.  Check out the episode here: