It seems like everyone I know is trying to eat more healthy now that the holidays are over. This means something different to everyone, however, as I believe it should. There is no “one size fits all” perfect meal plan. Kids need to eat differently than adults, athletes have different caloric and dietary needs and those with special health concerns may have to avoid or increase certain foods. Other people may have religious or moral concerns about the food they eat. I became more aware of this when I had a child with special health needs and dietary concerns. “Healthy Eating” means something different for everyone.
Even so, we all know when our diet has taken a turn for the worse. We don’t feel as good as we should, we may lose or put on a few pounds. Our skin doesn’t look great and our energy levels are low. If you are feeling this way now, it may be time to take a look at how you are fueling your body. The best way to do this it to keep a food journal for a few days.
We do our best to eat healthy at our house. I was brought up by a mom who was a nurse and believed very strongly in a healthy diet. We love superfoods and have them on our table as often as we can. You will always find almonds, spinach and pumpkin here, and blueberries whenever possible. We are not even close to perfect though! So this week, we are focusing on raw, whole food juices, made at home. Today I made Ginger Apple Beet Juice.
- 1 large or 2 small apples, quartered and deseeded
- 1 large or 2 small beets, quartered
- 1 large or 2 small oranges, peeled and cut in half
- 3 large carrots
- 1 inch + piece of ginger, peeled
- 1 handful of spinach
- Add all ingredients to your blender or juicer and puree.
I made this juice with my Vitamix blender, which I love because I get to use all of each ingredient (no pulp to throw away) and the end consistency is great. Not all blenders can handle this though. I have not really explored this type of juice smoothie before and I didn’t know if I would like it. Turns out, I did! I love ginger and that is the most prominent flavor in this juice. The boys have not tried it yet, but they promised to at least try my new juices.
Some people are wary of just drinking juice for a day or two. Today I had other food as well, but I am going “all juice” tomorrow. Look at the ingredients in the blender! It is a salad! Tomorrow I will round it out with a green smoothie and an orange smoothie as well. I’ll let you know how it goes.
My friend Sandy makes the best vegetarian food! I am lucky enough to get to sample it sometimes. She inspires me to eat better! Today she shared with me Quinoa with Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts.
It was delicious! She got the recipe here http://iowagirleats.com/2013/11/18/quinoa-with-caramelized-butternut-squash-and-roasted-brussels-sprouts/ Some of you might know that I have not been a fan of brussels sprouts – ever. And I have tried! In this recipe I actually loved them. Sandy, I ate all of it! So now I have to go to her house for a tutorial. Next thing, she will have me eating kale chips. LOL.
I am still working on my mom’s shawl. The base was done for Christmas, but the ruffle was not. The ruffle is now half done, anyway. It’s getting there!
Ken and Fezzy say hello.
So, I am wondering, do you like brussels sprouts?