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Eat Your Greens Fruit Smoothie September 5, 2011

As we drove the city streets of Lenexa, Kansas last night we noticed that the city fountain water was running green, and the park displayed a large banner inviting all to their annual Spinach Festival.  Ahhhhhh….. Yes Spinach!!!  As the warm summer air begins to shift into cooler fall breezes it is becoming the perfect growing season for the family of greens.

There is a large variety of greens such as; kale, swiss chard, collard greens, turnip greens bok choy, but spinach by far is one of my favorite greens.  It is so versatile.  Slip it into salads, sandwiches, soups, stews, eggs, pizza, and yes smoothies too.  Slipping these cute, little, baby spinach leafs into your foods will aid in stronger bones due to its high calcium content.  Also, cancer fighting protection with it high levels of vitamin C and A.  Spinach’s secret weapon is lutein. Making it one of the best foods in the world to prevent cataracts, and macular degeneration.  Which is the leading cause of preventable blindness in the elderly.

With all that wonderful nutritional info I know you can’t wait to learn how to include spinach into your next smoothie. Wait no more… this recipe came from Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s book Eat to Live.  He calls it the Eat Your Greens Smoothie, and I for one love it.  Once again it’s all about simplicity, and I also love that you can add greens using a traditional blender…no big, expensive juicer required for this tasty treat.

Let’s get to the YUM!  You’ll need the following ingredients:

5 oz prewashed baby spinach  (a large handful works well)

1 banana

1 cup frozen mixed berries

1/2 cup unsweetend almond, or soy milk

1 cup pomegranate juice

1 tablespoon of flaxseeds

Blend all the ingredients in a high-powered blender until smooth and creamy. 

Enjoy!

(Spinach Info:  www.cookingnook.com)

 

Chuck’s Yummy Egg Surprise August 17, 2011

My husband is not a chef, and he doesn’t cook often, but when he does we’re usually in for a pretty good treat.  We were looking for something to kick up the excitement with our eggs, and I think he went above and beyond the task.  This recipe takes some time to chop veggies, but after all that work is complete it’s pretty simple.  I love simple, especially when it’s tempting to the eyes and belly.

Let’s get to the YUM!  You will need the following ingredients:

3 egg whites

splash of non-fat milk

1/4 of a small red onion chopped

3-4 baby portabella mushrooms chopped

3-4 cherry tomatoes chopped

handful of baby spinach

feta cheese

salt and pepper

red pepper flakes

extra virgin olive oil

cooking spray

1 medium-sized ramekins

***ingredients are for an individual serving***

Drizzle a non-stick skillet with olive oil over medium-high heat.  Cook the onions until they’re translucent.  Then add the chopped mushrooms and let them saute….the will shrink in size and caramelize a bit.  Last, add the chopped tomatoes.  Cook for 1-2 more minutes and set aside.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  If you like a little kick add some red pepper flakes.  A little goes a long way! 

Combine the egg whites and milk, then pour them into a ramekins that has been prepared with cooking spray. The milk with make the eggs fluffy.  Add the cooked veggies to the egg whites.  Place a handful of baby spinach on top of all ingredients.  Place the ramekins into the microwave and cook 1-2 minutes.  Keep an eye on the eggs, so it does not overflow.

Plate onto a dish and sprinkle with feta cheese.  So pretty, and oh so good! Once again have fun in your kitchen and experiment.  Switch the veggies, cheese and spices to see what egg surprise you might come up with.  Also, you could make a large batch and cook in prepared muffin tins in the oven.  Then store them in your fridge for the week to come.  This would allow for a real quick bite to start off any day during the week. Or, add some fresh fruit and have a pleasant brunch for the weekend.

Enjoy!

 

Ginger-Peach Smoothie August 1, 2011

There is nothing better than the simple satisfaction that comes from putting yummy goodness into a blender…pressing puree…and then enjoying a frothy, healthy, fulfilling smoothie.  With the invention of the smoothie there is no reason not to have time for a good start to your day.  This month’s featured smoothie is the Ginger-Peach Smoothie from Weight Watchers.  Ginger has many health benefits, as do Peaches. 

Ginger can help stimulate digestion, relieve nausea, and sooth cold symptoms to name a few. Peaches are a powerful anticarcinogenic.  Which simply means it’s believed to fight some cancers since it contains high level of antioxidants.  They are also believed to help with digestion due to their high water and dietary fiber content.  The nice thing about peaches is they can be found year round in your grocery store freezer section.  Always seek frozen fruits that have no added sugar.

Let’s get to the YUM!  You will need the following ingredients:

1-2 pieces of crystallized ginger (can be found at your local health food store.)

2 tbsp of agave nectar

1 cup of unsweetened, sliced, frozen peaches

1 banana

1/3 cup of nonfat, plain, Greek yogurt

3 tbsp of orange juice

1/2 cup of water

handful of ice cubes

Combine all ingredients into blender.  Puree until smooth.  Depending on level of hunger could yield 1-2 servings. 

Enjoy!

 

Creamy Fruit and Berry Smoothie July 5, 2011

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I think most everyone appreciates a quick, healthy breakfast that you can take out the door and into the car.  SCreamy Fruit and Berry Smoothiemoothies by far are the best answer for such a situation.  Even better is a smoothie made with seasonal fruit.  I love food, but I don’t always know how to put the things I enjoy into a tasty combination.  Solution….cookbooks, wellness magazines, online foodies sites and anything else that might promise a yummy, quick bite!

I recently purchased Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman.  The book contains an interesting section of fruit and veggie smoothies.  I have tried several and they are all enjoyable, but the Creamy Fruit and Berry Smoothie is my favorite for this time of year.  It’s an excellent smoothie to take advantage of all of the berries that are currently in season.  I also like that it makes 2 servings.  This allows for several options; second breakfast for the next morning, lunch for later in the day with half of a sandwich, or a fantabulous way for your children to have a nutritious snack.

It’s also worth noting that this smoothie is a power house of antioxidants.  Antioxidants help to improve immune function and may protect our bodies from chronic disease.

Let’s get to the YUM!  You will need the following ingredients:

1 cup pomegranate juice

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 cup strawberries

1/2 cup blueberries

1/2 cup frozen peaches

1 banana

2 tablespoons ground flaxseed

Blend all of the ingredients in a high-powered blender until smooth and creamy. 

Enjoy!!!