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?