Monthly Archives: October 2012

Focus on Whole Foods

I’ve let myself get a little lax when it comes to being vegan. I’ve vowed to get that back on track starting today. I really need to focus on whole foods.

What exactly are whole foods anyway? Wikipedia defines it as: Whole foods are foods that are unprocessed and unrefined, or processed and refined as little as possible, before being consumed. Whole foods typically do not contain added ingredients, such as salt, carbohydrates, or fat. Examples of whole foods include unpolished grains, beans, fruits, vegetables and non-homogenized dairy products.

So there you have it, bread and cheese is not on the list! 🙂

The term is often confused with organic food, but whole foods are not necessarily organic, nor are organic foods necessarily whole.

My weakness is breads and cheese and neither of those is any good. My weight has climbed up a pound too. So starting today it’s back to only natural whole foods. No more breads and no more cheese.

This morning after my run I made myself a smoothie.

Almond milk
1 Banana
1 Peach
2 Kale Leaves
1 TBS Hemp seeds
1 cup of Ice

Some good stuff!

Here’s to living clean and whole foods.

Maca Root Powder

I had ordered some Maca Root Powder a while back.  The powder has a strong taste.  To me it is similar to molasses.  I was not a big fan.  But Maca has some pretty good nutrients going in its favor.

It is made up of

60-75% carbohydrates
10-14% protein
8.5% dietary fiber
2.2% fats.

Maca is rich in the dietary minerals calcium and potassium, and contains the essential trace elements iron, iodine, copper, manganese, and zinc as well as almost 20 fatty acids including linolenic acid, palmitic acid, and oleic acids, and 19 amino acids. Maca also contains selenium and magnesium.

So quite a punch for that root! I have read that it helps with physical endurance.  We shall see.

I’ve begun adding in a teaspoon to my morning smoothies.  I will eventually work the amount up as I become more accustomed to it strong flavor.

Bulk organic herbs, spices and essential oils. Sin

Okra Smoothies

The garden is full of okra by this time of year. In my past life I would have made fried okra by the bucket full. But now I find myself coming up with new ideas about okra. One of those has been to add them to my morning smoothie. I have been adding 3 or 4 to each one.

Contrary to what you might think, I rather like the taste. Plus okra is a fairly good source of Iron and vitamin c. So with that in mind be sure to include some sort of citrus as well to help with the uptake of the iron.

Okra Smoothie Recipe

1 1/2 coconut milk
1 Banana
1 Peach
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
3-4 raw okra
2-3 kale leaves
1 cup ice
1 Tbl raw hemp seeds

Give it a good whirl and enjoy!

Why is it that some smoothies taste way good and other days they are just tolerable?

I start every morning with a smoothie.  It’s a simple routine that gets me off to a good start.  I think I even look forward to it.

I usually gather some things from our little garden.  Lately it’s been kale, asparagus, and mustard greens.  I generally start with 1 cup of almond milk.  Just the plain kind no flavors.  Then I add one banana.  I will usually pick what ever the most ripe fruit is that I happen to have on hand.  My favorite is peaches.  Then I add two or three leaves of kale and an asparagus spear or two.  The cold portion is either ice cubes or frozen mango chunks.  I also add a table spoon of either hemp or chia seeds.  I give it a good whirl in the vita mix.  Some days the concoction is like heave on earth, like today’s smoothie! But other days, well lets say it’s either a little too green or and little less sweet. Still drinkable, but not quite as good tasting as I had wished for.

I suppose the secret is the ripeness of the fruit.

Here my basic smoothie recipe:

1 cup almond milk
1 Banana
1 Peach
2-3 Kale Leaves
1-2 Asparagus spears
1-Cup ice or frozen fruit

Can you guess?  Today was a Way Good Smoothie Day!