Posts filed under ‘nutrition’
Wow, this salad was really delicious. Sometimes I’m in the mood for salads, and sometimes I just cannot stand them, to be honest. I have started tracking my calories and my workouts, mostly to make sure I’m making balanced meals and eating healthy and getting enough calories. We have increased our workouts to about everyday, sometimes twice a day. Nothing crazy, the second workout is usually walking a mile or 2 and playing with Elijah in the park.
I’ve tracked my food for about a week now, and I’ve learned several things. First, not surprisingly I am not getting enough calories. Second, vegetarian foods really do have less fat & calories. Third, I’ve learned that actually tracking your food & fitness during the day really does make you think about what you’re eating and how active you are for the day.
This salad was great, I loved the different textures and the sweet and spicy peppers taste great with the lemon olive oil dressing.
Here is our first batch of buckwheat sprouts.
I adore these sprouts because they grow very long and have beautiful green leafy tops. Unfortunately, I’ve learned that these healthy good for you sprouts can also be toxic. What the heck?! I’m still learning a lot about them. But, from what I have read so far, if you eat too many buckwheat sprouts, as in juicing large quantities every day, you could suffer from a skin irritation/sun sensitivity called fagopyrism. The best article I have been able to find will give you fantastic information and a personal account of the toxicity can be found here, Are Buckwheat Greens Toxic? by Gilles Arbour.
I will continue to eat buckwheat sprouts because they do have a lot of nutritional value. I eat my sprouts raw in salads, soups and pastas in small quantities (a small handful). Just something to be aware of, know why you eat the food you do, the good & the bad.
The other day, I made cabbage soup in my crockpot. It turned out delicious. I had quite a few fresh veggies like green beans, carrots and potatoes that I also added, along with a can of cannellini beans.
Cabbage is a great way to detox your body and add some roughage to your diet. This soup is fresh, full of vitamins, and is very good for you.
First I washed and cut the veggies. I used 2 carrots, 1 tomato, about a cup of green beans, 1 or 2 potatoes and 1 small head of cabbage. I filled the crockpot with water and added a bay leaf and 2-3 small veggie seasoning cubes. Cook on high for 6 hours, stir every so often. Near the end I added a can of white beans and adjusted the seasonings. I also added pepper, salt, cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes & banana pepper slices (I wanted it spicy).
Plain & simple, it’s good for you!
I harvested some delicious alfalfa sprouts tonight. The sprouting seeds that I got from the Bread Becker’s sprouted so very well. I started them Monday evening. You can see how dense they are:
3 quart sized bags stuffed full of alfalfa. Rinsing the sprouts daily under cold water will help them keep longer. I found an Oprah article about 10 Superfoods, with sprouts being one, of course. For more information about sprouts, visit the section on sprouts, here.
My first watermelon of the summer…sweet & juicy and delicious.
Fun Facts about Watermelons:
- Every part of a watermelon is edible, even the seeds and rinds.
- Watermelon is an ideal health food because it doesn’t contain any fat or cholesterol, is high in fiber and vitamins A & C and is a good source of potassium.
- The first recorded watermelon harvest occurred nearly 5,000 years ago in Egypt.
- Watermelon is 92% water.
My sprouts did pretty well… For the first time sprouting, I am pretty happy. I started a new batch last night, I will keep you updated on the process.
were you wondering how my sprouts were growing?
Ben always asks me, “What is one new thing you learned today”?
…today I learned how to sprout!
I have been wanting to grow sprouts for some time. We got this great automatic sprouter, Freshlife 2000 Automatic Sprouter, from Ben’s parents. It was very easy to set up and I started the seeds yesterday. I will let you know how it goes in a few days! I am also reading a book, Sprouts The Miracle Food: The Complete Guide to Sprouting that Connie loaned to me.
I’m really looking forward to having my own sprouts instead of buying the box in the store. Sprouts are super duper baby plants extremely rich in vitamins, minerals, protein and beneficial enzymes. The benefits are endless.
The sprouter takes very little room in my kitchen, I have it placed directly behind my sink. You can see the blue water tube sprinkles water intermittently throughout the day, every hour. So, basically all you have to do is change the water a couple times a day!
what: vegetable plate
tonite, I made a very filling vegetable plate, I could only finish half my plate. i roasted asparagus and brussel sprouts with coarse sea salt, pepper, and olive oil in a 400° oven 30 mins. for the sprouts and about half that for the asparagus. i boiled the corn for a few minutes and brushed with salt, pepper, EVOO, basil & italian parsley. the red beans were sauteed with garlic and onion.
? did you know?
that according to a survey in 2002, Brussels sprouts are Britain’s most hated vegetable! They contain good amounts of vitamin K, A, C, folate and dietary fiber. for more detailed nutritional info go here.
have you heard the recent news about Almonds? raw almonds will no longer be “truly raw” b/c of a new mandate that all almonds including organic must be pasteurized. almonds have some amazing benefits, such as, a reduced risk of heart disease, cancer prevention, great source of calcium, magnesium, vitamin E, protein, fiber and antioxidants. these benefits will be reduced if not destroyed in the pasteurization process. go here to sign the petition. love this cartoon by Mike Adams: