Monthly Archives: July 2012

Big Test Day

Today, being a rainy Monday in Boston, is a big “test” day for me. Rushing to work is a challenge as is lunch. Usually, I dine on a high sugar yogurt and large coffee from my neighborhood McDonald’s (breakfast) and a super high sodium and high fat/low health value meal at The Cheesecake Factory or P.F. Changs.

Last night, I planned accordingly. I snacked on organic celery and no salt, organic peanut butter (Whole Foods freshly ground) on my way into work and drank 16 oz. of water.

Lunch is (also prepared last night) raw walnuts, watermelon (conventionally grown) grapes, blueberries (both organic), and an organic avocado.

I also brought one square of 80% dark chocolate with me for a snack.

Here goes nothing!!!

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Getting that Vitamin D

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Here’s a photo of the sun taken at a beach in Boston, MA.

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July 22, 2012 · 4:06 pm

Cornucopia.org

This is a link to the website, Cornucopia.org, that we learned about at Kripalu.  John mentioned it to us.  I have since taken a peek around the site and it’s a great resource for learning more about the organic and natural food industry.  

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July 22, 2012 · 12:25 pm

Top 10 Foods to Eat for Heart Health

1. Pumpkin Seeds

2. Kale, Collard Greens

3. Blue, Bill, Black, CranBERRIES

4. Avocados

5. Almonds

6. Oily Fish

7. Garlic

8. Curry/Turmeric

9. Grapefruit

10. Black Mission Figs

 

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Stove Snack

At Kripalu, we learned that a clove of garlic a day is essential to health. In order to get more garlic, I started leaving a cast iron pan with sautéed garlic cloves on my stove as a snack.

I took one whole garlic, separated the cloves and left the skin on. I placed it in a cast iron pan with some Extra Virgin Olive Oil and rosemary. I lightly sautéed it at a low heat and left it in the pan when it was done.

This way, I have a quick snack to eat. The strong flavor of the garlic is enough to get me through an hour or so.

Note – garlic’s legacy of bad breath isn’t as bad as expected!

This allows me to get more than my daily dose of garlic!

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Getting My Daily Dose of Sun

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July 21, 2012 · 6:20 pm

Nan-Made Recipe: Two Beans Walk into a Quinoa

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Knowing that I would have to make this fun in order for this new lifestyle to work, I decided to start creating recipes based on the info that I learned at Kripalu and ensuring that my meals were
tasty.

Tonight, I made a Quinoa Bean Salad that would be great to take to work.

1 can Trader Joe’s Organic Garbanzo Beans

1 can Trader Joe’s Organic Kidney Beans

1 cup Trader Joe’s Organic Quinoa

2 cloves of garlic

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Balsamic Vinegar

Fresh Cilantro

One tomato

One small white onion

 

 

Boil up the quinoa; one cup quinoa to 1.5 cups of boiling water.

Rinse the garbanzo and kidney beans.  Rinse again!

Dice the two cloves of garlic and five stalks of cilantro.  Dice the tomato and onion.

Place kidney beans, garbanzo beans, garlic, cilantro, onion, and tomato into a bowl.

Cool and rinse the quinoa; let sit.

Drizzle olive oil (approx. 3 tablespoons) over the bean salad.  Let sit for 30 minutes to absorb flavor.

Add in quinoa.  Mix with a wooden spoon.

Add in three tablespoons of balsamic vinegar (to taste/preference).

Mix and CHILL.  It’s super important to chill because this is a cold salad!

Great to leave in the fridge and bring to work.  (Don’t forget a mint!)

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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