Taking another path

A while back I became interested in eating in a more healthful, mindful manner and ran across green smoothies.  There was lots of information out there but most of it seemed to be geared towards the vegetarians, vegans and raw foodies which was great but I wasn’t there yet and needed to start at the beginning.

After much research and reading, I decided to come up with my own green smoothies which I call Wicked Green Smoothies.  These are for all of you who may eat vegetables or have never met a veggie you actually like. Same with fruit, maybe you occasionally eat fruit but don’t think too much about it.   Or maybe, you are already healthy and just want to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet.  Many of us are stressed out, tired and feel like we don’t have much time.  Does this sound like you? No worries, smoothies are super fast and your body will thank you.

Let’s meander down the road less traveled to Wicked Green Smoothies.  Self-educated on the goodness of greens; I’m a processed food eater trying to reform one Wicked Green Smoothie at a time.  Follow me along the road as we travel to great health, reversing aging and boosting energy.  All that from fruits and greens – who knew?!

Welcome!

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Give your rabbit food carrots a break

Yep, Sweet Potatoes are a superfood. Have you tried sweet potatoes in place of your regular old white potato?

One cup of the orange goodness has twice the vitamin A, fiber and iron as a cup of raw chopped carrots. So if you’re looking for an alternative to taking a baggie of carrots to work to munch on – try this…

If you have access to a microwave at work you can take either of these with you. Otherwise, they’re great at dinnertime.

Sweet Potato French Friessp
These are fantastic and super easy.
Wash the sweet potato, peel, and cut into french fry pieces. If you have a food processor with the julienne blade or a mandolin, these will be super fast. Toss with olive oil and sea salt and bake at 450 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. You can use whatever seasonings you love (paprika, old bay, etc.).

Roasted Sweet Potato
Wash, peel and cut into pieces and roast a sweet potato tossed with a smidge of olive oil, cinnamon (great for lowering blood pressure) and a bit of brown sugar then roast at 350 degrees for about 30 min.

P.S. If you read the post about parsley, sprinkle some chopped parsley on them too for an extra nutritional boost These are great as a medley – use sweet potatoes, white potatoes, turnips and or squash. Try something you haven’t eaten before.

Enjoy!rsp

Yummy crisps…yep you heard right, they’re made out of Kale

Have a craving for a crunchy, salty potato chip?  How about trying Kale Chips?  I know, I can see your little wrinkled noses from here but, they are very tasty and I betcha can’t eat just one!

Wash kale and dry with salad spinner or blot with paper towels.  Tear off the thick stems and discard them. Tear kale into big bite size pieces. You will need the following:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar
Seasoning (whatever is your fave: celery salt, sea salt, old bay, sage, cinnamon, etc.)

Toss kale in bowl with oil, vinegar & seasoning
Preheat oven to 350, line your cookie sheet with parchment paper
Bake until crispy but not burnt, they will change to a dull green color.
Check at 10 min, might need to go 20 depending on how hot your oven runs
Serve warm or wait until cool.

This will be one of the bonus recipes in the e-book I’m working on and hope to launch at the end of the year.

Enjoy!