Wanting to add some grains to your eating this week? Try this recipe for Lemon Raspberry Quinoa Breakfast Bars.
It's easy and delicious.
Wikipedia describes quinoa as an annual plant grown as a grain crop with edible seeds.
Quinoa is a good source for B vitamins.
Look for the recipe on www.simplyquinoa.com It contains bananas which make them very moist and of course, quinoa. They are prepared as bars - good for taking in the car or having them with a cup of tea. Enjoy the tart, sweet taste of summer raspberries with the added benefits of quinoa.
Are you creative? Do you wish you could be more creative? Do you feel your creativity is blocked?
Try Morning Pages as suggested by the author, Julia Cameron, author of The Artist's Way. Morning Pages are "three pages of longhand writing, strictly stream of consciousness." (You'll need a notebook for your thoughts - just for private time in the AM.
Part of my Morning Pages today said:
"Wedding today---hope it doesn't rain.
Iron the shirt. Pace yourself.
Get ready and on and on." Your pages are private and only for you to read.
Write whatever is on your mind, however, trivial it seems to be.
By writing stream of consciousness thoughts, you are clearing your head of all the daily details and trivia we think about.
Julia says, " There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages."
I've written recipes, thoughts, recalled special moments.....lists, and plans for what I'd like to do in the future. Sometimes, I've diagrammed my plans...
This was my dinner tonight. Can you guess the vegetables I added to this dish?
I was determined to have as many as would fit in the pot.
I started with spiraled beets courtesy of Whole Foods. I put them in the pot with a 1/4 cup of water on low heat. Then I added cauliflower rice, a shallot ( left over from bone broth), baby bok choy, onions and celery .Did you guess that yellow item on the right is one half of a baked sweet potato. You would be right. I sprinkled the dish with lemon juice and some apple cider vinegar. The cauliflower absorbed some of the liquid and lessened the sharpness of the vinegar. Of course, salt and pepper were added.
Why did I eat so many vegetables? I've been reading several books that recommend high amounts for your health. Dr...
Are you wondering if a Health Coach can help you? Are you thinking, "It's the end of the year 2016 and what have I done to be healthier? Maybe I need a wellness coach who can be supportive and encouraging as I make changes in my life, but I don't know how the process works."
What kind of training does a Health Coach have, you might ask.. First, my Health Coach training was through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York. It was a year long process during which I was trained in over 100 dietary theories and counseling skills.
We had some well-known instructors such as Deepak Chopra, Dr. Joel Fuhrman and Julia Cameron.
If you were to call me for a complimentary appointment, we would schedule it at your convenience. The first meeting we would have would be to discuss your background and health information. There is a form with the questions and I would go over it with you. Two questions I would ask would be to inquire if you had a...
A trip to the library last week sent me to my favorite section --the cookbook shelves.
I discovered a book called life in balance by donna hay. If you read cookbooks like they are wonderful novels, then you will enjoy the beauty of this book. The photographs of the vegetables are some of the best I have seen. The colors are vibrant and the foods are fresh with drops of moisture on them. The author's introduction of the book explains that it is not a diet book but about finding some balance in the way you eat.
Some of the topics are: a good clean start, eat your greens, super greens, power protein, good grains and more. To start off your day Donna gives us this recipe for a smoothie called "the smoothest of green smoothies"
The ingredients are: 1 banana, peeled, 1 cup baby spinach leaves, 1 stalk of Swiss chard of kale (trimmed), 2 T of flat leaf parsley leaves, 2T mint leaves, 2 cups coconut water and 1 cup of ice cubes. Whip it up...
Are you trying to add more veggies to your eating plan? How about some fresh beans on your plate? Let me share 3 ideas with you to help you incorporate them into your weekly menus.
1. You can eat green beans raw. Wash them in cold water and place the beans in a colander. One by one you can snap off the ends of the beans and keep the beans whole. They make a crunchy tool for dipping into hummus. If you use a flavored hummus like red pepper hummus, kale pesto hummus or garlic hummus, the crunchy beans will be quite flavorful. Use them as a snack or take them to work as part of your lunch.
2. Trim the beans as you did in idea #1. Place the beans in a steamer. Choose a pot that the colander will fit into. Pour water into the bottom of the pan until you have about an inch of water. Boil the water until the steam cooks the beans. Try them after a few minutes until they reach the tenderness that you enjoy. Take t...
While walking today in Falmouth near the beach, I saw a few flowers still thriving in the beautiful sunshine. It reminded me of a quote by Georgia O'Keefe, the famous artist. "Nobody sees the flower really; it is so small. We haven't time and to see takes time like to have a friend takes time."
Are you taking the time to nurture yourself today by making space in your schedule to enjoy the flowers around you? Perhaps there are flowers in your garden or near your library's front door. You may find flowers at your local farmers' market that you can purchase to bring the beauty of nature into your home.
Take some time tomorrow for yourself for self-care. Look for your own ways to relax and manage the stress of our busy lives. Take time for yourself ! Enjoy the flowers.