Thursday, August 25, 2011

Life is Good! *~* Recipes & Life's Simple Pleasures *~*

Good Morning!

 I woke up this morning with a smile on my face and a spring in my step :)
I feel happy & energetic ~ Life is Good!!

Lot's of exciting things happening for me these days... They've kept me away from my blog a little longer than I hoped, but I'm happy to be back! 

You never know where life will take you, that's for sure.Back in July I was so very nervous to get up and share my journey of renewed health and weight loss at Catch A Healthy Habit. But because I was speaking from my heart, it was easier than I expected and turned out to be a wonderful experience :)

Not long after I shared my story of healthy happiness at Catch a Healthy Habit, I was contacted by Dave The Raw Food Trucker!! If you are not familiar with this very special man, you should be. Dave was one very sick man not too long ago. He was suffering from colon cancer,diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and failing kidneys. He weighed over 430 pounds. Dave was dying and he was resigned to that fate.Until he met two people who introduced him to juicing and ultimately changed his life..Through raw foods and green juicing Dave has lost over 200 pounds and more importantly, is now a healthy happy guy!!

 Dave had seen my post on Facebook about giving my talk and invited me to come share my story at the International Day of Juice Feasting in Seattle,Washington,which he is sponsoring. I can not tell you how honored I am. I was so excited to speak with this man who has been such an inspiration along my own journey! He is a man filled with genuine love for life and everyone he comes in contact with. He's the real deal, nothing phony about this guy. He's down to earth and his smiles lights up the room. This event is held to promote the many benefits of juicing and the raw food lifestyle and hosts many special speakers. It's streamed live online and reaches people all over the world..
So...  I am going to Seattle Washington for a week to participate in this very special event and I couldn't be more thrilled!! wow.......  :)    I hope you'll all tune in!!

  There's even more exciting things in the work ~ but I'll share all about that in an upcoming blog....

Let's talk food!
Or should I say smoothies & juices :)

You all know how much I love my smoothies.... Recently I decided it was time to add juicing back into my daily ritual too!
I belong to a group online called Raw Food Rehab, a wonderful community of people looking to add more living whole foods to their diets in any way that works for their lifestyle. The site is run by Penni Shelton, a sweetheart of a woman that somehow manages to keep up with the nearly 10,000 members in a very personal way. It feels like one big family there, you couldn't find a nicer group of like minded people sharing and learning together.Raw Food Rehab is by far the most comprehensive site online for everything and anything related to not only raw foods but overall health and well being!! I always start my mornings with a little fix of Penni's videos, recipes, inspiration and the many discussions that are ongoing on the site. Right now I am involved with an 11 week initiative with Penni and the folks at RFR that is focusing on a liquids only diet for 30 days.This involves drinking green smoothies,juices, teas, tonics, elixirs and blended fruit and veggie soups.It began 9 days ago and runs through to Sept. 15th, in honor of the International Day of Juice Feasting. Penni is also going to be one of the live food leaders speaking there and I am really really excited to be meeting her in person!!  :)

 I've been wanting to incorporate juicing into my daily routine for awhile now and this seemed the perfect time.  My husband surprised me with a wonderful Omega 8004 juicer. It's terrific! It not only easily juices fruits, greens and veggies beautifully, it also juices wheatgrass and makes nut butters too!
 I LOVE it  :)

                  Look at the this morning wake up juice I just made!! Simply melon and oh so delicious :)

                                                                My Morning Melon
                                    Simply juice one organic cantaloupe in the juicer and Enjoy!!

Today is day 7 for me of the liquids only initiative, and I feel wonderful! The past 5 of those days have been strictly juicing, but that doesn't mean I love my green smoothies any less! I want to experience something new for a bit and when my body calls out for smoothies again, I will listen... I will certainly add them back in with pleasure!

 I am enjoying juices of all sorts, which I'll share with you here and also,of course, many terrific green smoothies.I can honestly say that if it is possible to feel more amazing than I already do on a regular basis, I DO!! I wake up bright and early feeling energized and happy and this wonderful feeling stays with me long into the night. When I jump on my rebounder now I'm going much, much longer and incorporating jumping jacks throughout the routine. Walking at St. Mary's by the Sea is a joy that I'm sure to find time for each day,whether it's in the morning or late in the evening. It was really windy last night and the waves were splashing up over the seawall, it was so beautiful. 
More and more I am expanding my horizons and enjoying so many of life's simple pleasures ~ Yes ~ Life is Good!!

                                                   Watermelon Lime Ginger Smoothie

Scoop out 1/2 of a watermelon ~ add the juice of 1/2 lime ( I used my hand juicer for this) ~ 1 pc of fresh peeled ginger ~ Blend & Enjoy
 This is THE most delicious, simple and refreshing smoothie.It's not green here but I did add in a handful of Swiss chard to my second batch and it was just as amazing and even more nutritious ~ getting my greens on...
This can also be enjoyed as a juice in the juicer ~ use the same ingredients and enjoy!

 The first juice I made in my new juicer was the exact same juice I made back when I first began my journey into healthy happiness. At that time I didn't stick with juicing, although I did feel wonderful. I am so glad that I've now added it back into my life and reaping the benefits of juicing along with my beloved green smoothies!

                                                                    My First Juice

1 Beet
2 apples
2 carrots
2 celery stalks
1 cucumber
1 bunch romaine lettuce

                                                              Raspberry Green Smoothie

1 Pint raspberries
handful of strawberries ( optional )
1 cucumber
handful baby spinach leaves
2 cups water, coconut water, hemp milk or almond milk (find hemp milk and almond milk recipes in previous posts)

Blend until smooth ~ you can throw in a little ice to give it a thicker, chilled consistency!

                                            *~*   Simple ~ Nutritious ~ Delicious  *~*

                                                 I'm SO happy to be back to my blog!!  

                                            Be sure to come back for more recipes soon 
*~* Hugs *~*

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The perfect summer food

I love August, it's my favorite month!

 Everything is so alive. There's nothing better than hot summer nights full of floral scents and the songs of crickets.

 These past few weeks I've been on vacation. It's been wonderful to have the break from work for such a long stretch at a time. I found myself daydreaming of a time when my days will be all mine, free to do as I please whenever I choose.Yet, I don't want to wish away my life so I bring myself back to the present and make a point of enjoying the here and now! 

Speaking of "now".... I have had my head buried in the computer for the past month working on a very special project! It's taken me away from my blog but it will only be for a few more days. I will be back in full swing by next week with lots of great new recipes I have been enjoying on these hot summer days. I am really excited about this endeavor and will share all about in really soon! In the meantime let's talk food!

With these hot summer days I don't really feel like eating as much as usual. Watermelon is at it's best right now and I've been enjoying it daily. It's so refreshing and sweet and I love digging in to a whole half and scooping it right out like ice cream, delicious!!

Watermelon is not just delicious but so much more nutritious than I realized. Upon researching watermelon I found that it is actually packed with some of the most important antioxidants in nature. Watermelon is an excellent source of vitamin C and a very good source of vitamin A. It is also a very concentrated source of lycopene. Lycopene has been extensively studied for its antioxidant and cancer-preventing properties. Watermelon is rich in the B vitamins necessary for energy production. It is a very good source of B6 and B1, magnesium, and potassium Because watermelon has a higher water content and lower calorie content than many other fruits (a whole cup of watermelon contains only 48 calories), it delivers more nutrients per calorie!

Next time you're searching for that little something sweet ~ grab a spoon and dig into some sweet, juicy watermelon! 

It's healthy ~ nutritious ~ delicious and satisfying.... It doesn't get any better than that in my eyes!
                     I think I've found the perfect food!


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