Sunday Morning

Good morning, my bloggies! I just love Sunday mornings. Time to catch up on my z’s, eat a yummy breakfast (I’m thinking oat pancakes? you’ll see them for sure) and drink some good coffee. Oh and yes, catch up on some blogging!

I’m going to get things rolling right away. Here are two great dishes I wanted to share with you right away that I had over the past two days. So delicious, so healthy, so veggie, so good! Enjoy!

Tomato, Broccoli, Kale Fry

1 cup of chopped kale

1/2 Roma tomato

chopped red onion

1 cup of broccoli

1 tbs minced garlic

1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

1. Put non-stick skillet on medium-high heat. Add olive oil. Once hot, add red onions and sautee for about 3 minutes. Add garlic, sautee until the red onins cook down.

2. Add tomatoes and sautee for about 3 minutes.

3. Add broccoli, sautee and cook until broccoli turns a vibrant green.

4. Add kale, and cover pan. Let steam cook up kale for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once kale is a bright green and reduced in volume, you are good to go!

5. Enjoy!!

This was a great way to get lots of healthy leafy greens into my diet. Plus I had leftovers for lunch the next day! I paired it along side a veggie burger with hummus and a whole grain bun. Dessert was summer sliced strawberries. So delicious!

On Saturday, I had to volunteer for The Fig Tree to set up a display table and hand out copies of the paper at Eco-Expo, the first time this event was held by Spokane Community College. It showcased local companies that were green and sustainable. We were there to showcase the stories we have on sustainability, but it was really awesome to meet all sorts of people working to be green 🙂

I also wanted to share with you my recent purchase: The Kind Diet, by Alicia Silverstone! I read the book from cover to cover, and am so excited to start eating kind! It was enlightening, encouraging, down-to-earth, and opened my eyes. I definitely know how I want to better my health, and I want to try out lots of her recipes here on my blog. Check out The Kind Life, her website to see what the Kind Diet is all about! You won’t be disappointed, I loved it!

I also have some great news that I have realized I haven’t shared with you yet… I am taking a vacation to Greece in two days with my family! I am so excited for some vacation, beach and sun. So I won’t be posting for quite some time (2 weeks!) but my next post up will be filled with great pics and hopefully great eats. I am going to maintain my veggie lifestyle abroad, it will be my first great challange, so I will let you know how that goes! Maybe I will come back stronger and filled with great advice I will share with you for sure!

The morning of the event I needed something that will stick to my bones and give me great energy for the entire day. So I made some oats, duh!

Banana Nut Muffin Oatmeal

-1/3 cup rolled oats

-1/2 cup of almond milk + 1/2 cup of water

-1 banana

-1 tablespoon of chia seeds

-a dash of salt

-1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

-Chopped almonds

1. Combine oats with salt and chia seeds. Add vanilla, almond milk and water on the stovetop and mix in oats and seeds. Turn up the heat until the mixture boils. As soon as it boils, add chopped banana.

2. Whip the oats until the chopped banana melts into the oatmeal.

3. Serve in a fancy bowl topped with chopped almonds.

This was absolutely delicious. It was banana-y and crunchy from the almonds, just like a banana nut muffin! I would suggest walnuts next time, as that is how the muffins are traditionally made, but if all you have is almonds, go for it. It was delicious.

The oatmeal fueled me for a “sustainable” day! Well, I have a shopping list of items for Greece, and lots of errands to accomplish. Have a great Sunday afternoon my bloggies!

Ciao for now, Mary.

 

 

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Gushing about the Green

I am gushing about green smoothies. Especially this morning. I swear, the colors may turn out ghastly (mine always seem to…) but the taste is heavenly. Even more great is how they make you feel: energized, full, and rearing to go for the day.

Let us dissect my smoothie I had this morning:

  • A handful frozen raspberries
  •  4 fresh strawberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • tons of fresh spinach
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 tbs all natural peanut butter
  • 1 tbs ground flaxseed
  • 1 tbs wheat germ
Let us review the health stats. These will surely have you reaching for your blender at the end of this post!
Berries: Berries are some of Mother Nature’s greatest fruits she bears. They are always low in calories, so you can liberally snack on them and add them to green smoothies, for example! (though they aren’t very green after you sneak these babies in). Raspberries, for example, are brimming with antioxidants that protect you against a variety of human diseases. It also is one of nature’s most fibrous foods, with up to 20% of its weight being fiber! Now that’s tummy-sticking awesomeness. Not to forget the vitamin C, B vitamins, folic acid, and other minerals. This powerhouse of vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber makes this a great tool to combat cancer. Take that!
Bananas: Bananas are another great ingredient to green smoothies. When frozen they not only add thickness and creaminess, but they also naturally sweeten it. Bananas are more carbohydrate rich than other fruits, about 20 grams, so that makes them a smart choice for the morning or before a workout when you need fast, clean energy. Bananas got their good rep from their high amount of potassium. Potassium is important for heart and nervous health. I’ll take my banana everyday, thank you very much!
Spinach: Spinach is another one of nature’s miracle foods. A famous and most loved dark leafy veggie, the spinach in a green smoothie is sweet and vibrant green. Always choose green. Why? They are anti-inflammatory, full of antioxidants, vitamin K and calcium for bone health, and so low in calories. Chalk-full of essential vitamins, their nutritional punch per calorie can’t be beat. Pile as much as you can in your blender, bloggies, and witness the benefits of the green smoothie increase!
Flaxseed: I have already gushed on how much I love flax on a previous post, but let me repeat and expand. Flaxseed is wonderful! It is an excellent source of omega 3’s and fiber for those going veggie and everyone alike. They also have anti-inflammatory properties which help them combat other diseases like cancer, and also are great for cardiovascular health.
Wheat Germ: I add wheat germ to up the nutritional content. It has lots of vitamins and minerals that are essential for healthy functioning, because sometimes it is just hard to balance everything out! Check out these: fiber, B vitamins, iron, folic acid, zinc, protein and omega 3’s. Can I get a “hell yes!”
Peanut Butter: I use peanut butter for a protein boost in my smoothies. If you don’t have a powder on hand or can’t afford one (like me at the moment) then peanut butter offers a completely natural source of protein and healthy fats. It also, like the foods above, has antioxidant properties. Plus, eating nuts helps you control your weight, not gain it. And let’s be honest, it is simply delicious.
Almond Milk: It has no saturated fats compared to its dairy counterpart, yet is fortified with calcium and essential vitamin D. Low in calories, almond milk complements green smoothies beautifully with a nutty smooth texture. Plus it has plenty of Vitamin A, E, and protein. Pour yourself a glass… or two!
And that is what you are starting your day off with? All that packed into a delicious thick and creamy morning drink? That is why I love them. And you will too, trust me 🙂 Experiment to found out your favorite variations!
I got all this health information from The World’s Healthiest Foods, click here for any information about any healthy foods on your mind! It is VERY extensive!
Also, check out the Green Monster Movement, by Angela on Oh She Glows, for great Green Monster inspiration. Get blending!
Ciao for now! -Mary