Wait a minute – you can actually EAT parsley?

I know, I know, it’s usually a garnish on your plate which you quickly push to the side. But wait…this little garnish is a powerhouse of nutritional goodness. parsley

Compared to Broccoli, a cup of chopped parsley has more potassium, folate, calcium, and nearly nine times the vitamin A.

Ok, you’ve got my attention but what the heck do I do with this stuff?

Chop and add to spaghetti, pizza, soup, and stews. And of course let’s not forget my fave – a smoothie. Here are two:

Super Easy Peasy Veg
8 oz of V-8 juice (I like the spicy hot kind)
1/4 c. chopped parsley – work your way up to a full cup if you don’t usually add greens to your juice/smoothies.
Blend well and enjoy!

Orange ‘licious
one orange, peeled
1/2 c. pineapple
1/4 of a banana (these are great frozen when they’re too ripe to eat, then grab a chunk out of your freezer bag)
1/2 c. greek yogurt – plain or vanilla (I like fage) OR use 1/2 c. almond milk in plain or vanilla
handful of ice to make it as thick as you like
water as needed to blend or you can use some of the pineapple juice but you want pineapple in its own juice not with syrup
1/4 to 1/2 c. chopped parsley – work up to a cup or use a couple of tablespoons of chopped parsley and a handful of spinach or butter lettuce.

Your body will thank you and you can start your day feeling great!

How is a green smoothie like a work of art?

A day at the farmer's marketHmmm, so how is a painting like a green smoothie?  Well, they both take creativity to come up with an idea and translate it into a finished product, they’re both super fun, and one helped create the other.  The painting came about after a day I spent at the State Farmer’s Market purchasing fruit and veggies, including super delish Kale.  It was Fall and all the mums were out on display looking like a rainbow touched the ground in front of me.  I was buying veggies and mums and overheard two ladies talking.  You could tell they’d been friends for a long time.  I found myself following along behind them, listening to them talk.  It made me think, “wow, I hope I have friends that will be in my life for as long as they’ve been friends” and when I looked up we were in the middle of all the mums.  The beauty of the scene grabbed me and I pulled out my camera to take pictures before anyone moved.  The end result was the painting you see below. This is the same painting shown in the image at the top of my blog. Use the greens you buy at the farmer’s market or supermarket or from your own garden to make a healthy, energizing Wicked Green Smoothie.

It’s a Cranberry Day Wicked Green Smoothie
1 c. V-8 fusion cranberry blackberry juice
1 c. mixed fruit (frozen strawberries, pineapple, and peaches)
1/2 kiwi
1/4 bunch of parsley (if you’re new to green smoothies, only use a couple of sprigs)
1/2 c. vanilla greek yogurt
Blend and enjoy, your body will thank you.

How do you satisfy your creative needs?

The dirty dozen…no it’s not the latest action movie or a banned book

foodnews_3You may be wondering what is the dirty dozen? A new action movie, a banned book? Is the clean fifteen some kind of new beauty trend?  Nope – it’s a guide to help you determine when to buy organic or not.

Buy the following items organic if possible, as they have the most pesticides:

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Strawberries
  4. Peaches
  5. Spinach
  6. Nectarines (imported)
  7. Grapes (imported)
  8. Sweet bell peppers
  9. Potatoes
  10. Blueberries (domestic)
  11. Lettuce
  12. Kale/collard greens

If you’re on a budget, you can skip organic on these:

  1. Onions
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Avocado
  5. Asparagus
  6. Sweet Peas
  7. Mangoes
  8. Eggplant
  9. Cantaloupe (domestic)
  10. Kiwi
  11. Cabbage
  12. Watermelon
  13. Sweet Potatoes
  14. Grapefruit
  15. Mushrooms

You can find the list at the Foodnews site.

Which foods do you purchase organic?

A great community of people in this virtual world we live in…

I’ve quit watching the news since it always seems to be doom and gloom. I rarely see the happy, feel good stories. If something interesting is happening, I always hear about it online anyway. My point is, with all the negative messaging we hear, it’s immensely gratifying to connect with all of you in this virtual world we live in. I’ve found so many supportive, friendly people. Case in point, another blogger, Summer, nominated me for the awards below, check out her blog Grow your innerself

award-reality-blog1award-shine-onHere are the rules for The Reality Award and The Shine On Blog Award:

1. Show appreciation of the blogger who nominated you and link back to them in your post. 2. Add the award logo to your blog. 3. Share 7 things about yourself. 4. Nominate 5 – 10 or so bloggers you admire. 5. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know.

1. Finish book one in my fictional Shadow Walkers series – Shadow Dance – it’s a paranormal romance about modern-day ghosts

2. Write books 2 and 3 in the series this year

3. I need a Pepsi to get going in the morning

4. I’m a voracious reader but mainly fiction

5. I have 2 cats and spoil them rotten

6. I like to work in my PJs

7. I wish road rage would go away and people would act civilized

As for passing the award on, I’ve listed, below, some of my favorite blogs. A lot of these are about health and writing but there are a few others mixed in. All have great posts so if you’re looking for something new to read, give them a try.

Cheers!

Crazy Sexy Life

NutriBullet

Virtuous Living

12 Novels

Change it up editing

I love my kindle

Where the Butterflies Go

Happy 2013!

A pear a day, keeps your body humming

Pears are just as good if not better for you than apples.  According to the Environmental Working Group, one pear has more fiber, potassium, and folate – and less pesticide residue – than one apple.pear

So mix it up this year, take a pear with your lunch instead of the usual same old apple.

Peary Goodness Smoothie
1 pear, core cut out
1 apple, cut into quarters, seeds removed
handful of spinach (tiny handful or few leaves if you’re new to green smoothies)
1 c. water (if you’re a green smoothie lover)
or
1 c. apple or grape juice (if you’re new to green smoothies. If it’s too sweet, use 1/2 c. water and 1/2 c. juice. then gradually work your way to just water, no juice).
or
1/2 c. vanilla greek yogurt and little water to blend as needed
ice to thicken
blend well

Enjoy!