My favorite healthy smoothie recipe

2016-06-28 13.52.35This is one recipe for a healthy smoothie I always go back to when I have all the ingredients. When I don’t, I just don’t use them 🙂 A word of caution, I am not that great with measurements when it comes to food. I eyeballed what I was putting in, so the measurements are approximate.

Don’t forget to read below the recipe for my notes about this healthy smoothie!

This makes two servings, or in our family, one big serving for me and two little ones for the girls 🙂

1 banana

2 generous handfuls of frozen fruit

about 12 oz of milk

1/2 tsp of molasses

1/4 tsp of chia seeds

1/4 tsp of kelp powder

1 TBS of peanut butter

1 raw egg

Blend everything together and enjoy promptly! I would not store this even in the fridge, so whatever is left gets discarded. Otherwise known as, mommy drinks it.

Now, notes:

We do buy majority of our food organic, so everything in this list is organic. I get bags of frozen organic fruit at Costco.

We only drink raw milk at this point and I get it at Artichoke Dairy in West Newbury, MA.

Molasses add a touch of sweetness to the drink and are actually good for you! Molasses are a rich source of iron, B vitamins, folate, magnesium, calcium, and potassium. Read more.

Chia seeds have recently come out as a new superfood and you can read more here. The only thing with seeds is that not everyone can digest them well. So using less is probably a better idea than using more. Here is another great post on all the benefits of chia seeds from Jen Reviews.

Kelp is a great source of iodine to support healthy thyroid function. Read more here. In this small amount, you can’t actually taste it in the smoothie, which is a big plus for me.

We get our eggs at Tendercrop Farm. I would not use a store-bought for eating raw. Again, you can’t taste it in the smoothie.


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Where we are going

WAPFlogosstackedRGBMy relationship with food and my weight has changed greatly over the years until I have arrived to where I am now with my choices.

I’ve gained quite a bit of weight when I was going through my divorce years ago and then used all kind of methods to try and lose it. I exercised religiously and intensely, I followed different diets, took diet pills, counted calories. You name it, and I probably did it. I’d lose weight, I’d gain weight, but overall, I did lose weight and got to a better place weight-wise. But it wasn’t until I started practicing yoga that I became at peace with my body and maintaining my healthy weight stopped being a struggle. I have also discovered Weston Price Foundation through attending an Herbal Conference. A lot of the teachers there emphasized how important good nutrition is and their advice was very different from Standard American Diet guidelines. That new way of eating seemed to make sense though, and so that’s what I’ve been following for the last maybe 5 years. I’m not a strict adherent to this diet, but this is something I always go to when I’m feeling less than good or if my clothes start fitting a little tighter.
So, what is it in a nutshell?
  • No processed foods – if it comes in a box or a can, you probably shouldn’t be eating it.
  • No substitutions, imitations, or fat-free anything – this is a full fat diet where healthy fat is your friend, not your enemy.
  • Dairy is allowed, with preference given to full-fat, raw dairy from grass-fed, pastured cows. Raw milk is available at Artichoke Farm in Newbury. If you are not up to raw milk, non-homogenized (second best) is available at Appleton Farm in Ipswich.
  • All grains, seeds, and nuts should be soaked before cooking. I don’t do this for nuts, but I also don’t eat a lot of them. If it’s a big part of your diet, you should soak and then dry them.
  • Fermented foods are a staple, eaten every day (small amounts).
  • Bone broth is another staple that you have regularly.
  • This is not a raw veggie diet, most vegetables are cooked before eating.
It takes some time to have everything in place and it shouldn’t be an all or nothing approach. Like with any diet, it works best to plan your meals and then it just takes some time to get used to thinking about your meals a bit differently. It doesn’t take a lot of effort for me to put some beans in a bowl with water in the evening and then put them in a crockpot the next day. After they are done, I can add them to my meals much easier. The same with the bone broth – I make it in my crockpot and after it cools, divide into portions and freeze to use later for soup.

[Back to Basics] week 1

honeylemonwaterThis week we are focusing not so much on taking foods out, but on adding certain things in. Think of this week as a transition week that will help you prepare.

Mainly, we are adding two things to your day:
  • Starting the day with some warm honey/lemon water
  • Drinking yogi tea throughout the day
Start the day with warm honey/lemon water

After you get up and brush your teeth, have a small cup of warm, not cold, honey/lemon water. This should be your first drink of the day. I use a small cup and fill it with about 4 oz of hot water, add half a teaspoon of raw, local honey, and then a squeeze of lemon. I cut a lemon in half and just squeeze the half into my cup, but not all of it. I think I end up with about a tea spoon of lemon juice. You want to sip this as you are going about your morning and then have breakfast.

Tips:
You really should get honey at a farm stand. Tendercrop on 1A, formerly Canaan, has local honey. If you are buying at the supermarket, just read all the labels. A lot of supermarket honey is not actually honey. You are looking for raw and local. Local just has more benefits later on in the year as it will help with your seasonal allergies.

I got a big bag of lemons at Costco, which makes it convenient and affordable since I’ll have enough to last me the whole month. If you have one of those squeeze bottles of lemon juice, you can use that in a pinch, just go easy on it. You are looking for a pleasant lemon flavor, not to feel like you stuck a lemon in your mouth 🙂

This little drink helps kick-start your digestion and prepare you to have breakfast. It’s important that water temperature is hot or warm, but not cold. I also find that about 4 oz is enough and you do not need more than that, unless you want more.

Here is a link to an article tooting its benefits: https://www.healthambition.com/many-benefits-of-lemon-water/

Drink yogi tea between meals

You can buy yogi tea at a store, but it’s much nicer to make your own, it just tastes better.

Here is a recipe:

Bring 3 quarts of water to a boil
Add 20 whole cloves
Add 20 whole green cardamom pods
Add 20 whole black peppercorns
Add 5 sticks of cinnamon
Simmer for 15-20 minutes (uncovered is fine, it smells nice!)
Add 1/4 teaspoon of any black tea.
Simmer for 1-2 more minutes and turn off.

In a large cup, pour 8 oz of tea and add 4 oz of milk, enjoy!

Tips: Basically, you add half cup milk to a cup of liquid. I like to pour hot tea and then add a splash of milk, so it’s not exactly the same proportions as the recipe.

You want to avoid heating this up in the microwave, just on the stovetop. But if the only way you’ll drink is by using microwave, go for it.

If you don’t drink milk, do not use milk substitute (almond or soy milk). Instead, you can add a bit of coconut oil, or ghee. If you do drink milk, best is raw, second best is non-hydrogenated. That is available at Appleton Farm in Ipswich on 1A (call ahead, they don’t always have it, it has yellow top).

I find that this is sweet tasting enough, but you can also add a little honey to it.

You can heat up the tea together with milk, instead of adding milk later.

These are two things I’d like you to start doing. You might find that by drinking yogi tea you are not as hungry. Honor that feeling. Try to distinguish when you are truly hungry from when you are eating because it’s time to be eating.

And please share your experiences and ask questions!

Is cooking fun?

I just came across an article on Slate and wanted to share few thoughts too. The article is about the burdens of making family dinner and how it’s often romanticized by the local food movement. It has become a common knowledge, I think, that cooking dinners at home is healthier than eating out. It’s also cheaper compared to going to a nice place for dinner. It is probably not cheaper if you are hitting the drive-through, but then the health benefits are a lot more obvious.

The article cited a study of 150 mothers who did not particularly find joy in cooking, due to time issues, money, and picky eaters, both adult and kids. Now, I have to admit, the only picky eater in my family is my 18 year old son, who might or might not eat what we have for dinner, or any other meal. If he doesn’t eat with us, he is on his own. He cooks occasionally, either for himself or the whole family. My husband enjoys most of what I make and is grateful for the home-cooked meal as he doesn’t cook himself. And the 2 year old eats what we eat. She is good to try a spoon of anything, but after that might fall back on stuff she likes. It seems that she eats enough different foods that I don’t worry about it. In this sense, I guess I am unlike the study participants, in that I don’t have to worry about picky eaters. I also like cooking and I guess have enough skill in the kitchen.

We do have our own problems with cooking though. First of all, coming up with menus day in and day out can get repetitive and annoying. Second, my work schedule is not very conducive to a set meal time. Sometimes I work in the morning, often times in the evening, just as everyone else sits down for dinner. We have yet to come to a solution that really works for our family. Our meal times are all over the place, with the only rule is that we try not to eat a big meal too late in the day. So for me, cooking is not always fun and joy, but I am open to it being so.

One thing that I think is related to all of this is our lack of appreciation of cooking and the amount of work it does take to put a good meal on the table every day. If you’ve ever watched any of the period reality shows, like Pioneer House, I think it becomes obvious. The common element of those shows is that the women are miserable and the men are happy. The men found their purpose doing “manly” tasks, and the women resent having to go back to doing “womanly” tasks. Both jobs are super-important to the survival of the family, yet cooking and cleaning seem so undervalued, that women can’t wait to get out of that environment and back to modern day with modern conveniences. This is not a call to get back to the house and stick to cooking and cleaning, but it is a food for thought.

Does your family appreciate your cooking? And do you appreciate your cooking and think it’s an important task? And, if you are a guy doing most of the family’s cooking, do you feel the same pressures? Would love to read your comments!