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!

Why Vegan?

I guess everyone that has gone vegan can pin point what influenced their decision.  I suppose that my decision was driven by many things.  The biggest was that I was over weight and looking for a long term solution.  I had tried every diet under the sun; low carbohydrate, the Atkins Diet, counting calories, starvation, you name it, I tried it.  I would stick with it a few days and then it would be back to the crap food again.  My weight had steadily risen.  I don’t think I was obese, but I definitely was heavy.   My cholesterol was high and so was my blood pressure.  Of course the doctor just wanted to write a prescription but I have never been a fan of prescription drugs.  I told the doctor that I would be back in six months and we could do the blood work again and see if I still needed the prescription.  My plan was to loose weight and live a healthier lifestyle.  That was about ten months ago.  The first six months I did the usual array of diet, pig out, and diet some more.  ZERO weight lose and still feeling like crap.

So July 4th rolls around and I stuffed my body again with tons of BBQ.  It was a holiday so when I got home I downloaded a book from Amazon.  Not sure why I even picked this title, not sure why I even landed in the section of books.  But I picked Ultra Man by Rich Roll.  That book spoke to me in more ways than I could ever imagine.  WOW, my life changed that day. Most of all my mind set changed that day.

I have been eating a plant based diet ever since and I have made walking & running part of my daily life.

Life is a changing.