Easter Fruit!

I just saw this and thought it was terrific!  I realize that it is almost sacrilegious to forego candy on Easter, but why is that?  Why did Easter turn into an all you can eat chocolate-jelly bean-marshmallow “peep” fest?  Why not some fresh fruit?

Oh I can hear the howls of dismay now…

A Favorite Autumn Recipe

Fall is in the air, and nothing says fall quite like roasted root vegetables!  As you know I like to cook things that are nutritious and EASY.  Except for a little peeling and a lot of cutting, this is a snap!

roasted root veggies

I cut up 1/2 an onion, 1 stalk of celery, 2 carrots, 1 big blue potato, 2 beets, 1 unpeeled delicata squash (the skin is edible), and a small kohlrabi, drizzled a little coconut oil on the pan, and baked it in the oven at 375 for 35 minutes  — doesn’t it look beautiful?

 

Wellness Is For All

The other day I read a great inspirational quote that really made me think:

The only person who should ever have to live by your standards, is you.  Let everyone else off the hook.

 Ouch, that hit home.

I want to reiterate for you (and for me) that the purpose of this blog is to share my experiences with exercise and wellness, educate, and hopefully entertain you, my readers.  I try not to be preachy, but rather to inform.

I tend to set high standards for myself, but I should not expect others to follow them.

Although I have a lot to say on the subject of healthy eating and exercise, I do not judge people for eating meat, dairy, high sugar snacks, diet soda, or being couch potatoes!  We are all different and have all come to this place with different life experiences and goals for the future.

All I ask of you are two things:

1) Educate yourself about nutrition (not diet!) and its direct affect on our health.  There are tons of books written on the subject, but a few that I have found to be very interesting and easy to read are:

2) Move every day.  You don’t have to run miles, join an exercise class or a gym.  Even a 10 minute walk, two or three times a day can make a big difference in your health!

  • Here is a short video from ABC News on some of the risks of inactivity.
  • NASA scientist Joan Vernikos, PhD studied the effects of inactivity and poor health and aging.  She has many short videos on the subject that are worth your time (maybe you could stand while you watch them!)  As well as a book, Sitting Kills, Movement Heals

I’d love to hear your opinion on any of these books or videos, or even any others you have found that motivated you.

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Potato Tacos

I made these delicious Sweet Potato Taco’s tonight for dinner.  I got the recipe from my son and daughter-in-law and they are delicious and once again — easy!

Ingredients

  • 1 large Sweet Potato
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 1 Sweet Onion
  • 1/2 can Black Beans
  • Salsa
  • Corn Kernels
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp. Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp. Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. Allspice
  • 1.2 tsp. Paprika or Cayenne if you want them hotter
  • Sliced Avacado
  • Tortillas or Hard Taco Shells

Directions:

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Peel and cut sweet potato into small cubes.

Toss with 1 Tbsp. olive oil, chili powder, cumin, allspice and paprika.

Roast on a parchment paper lined baking sheet at 450 until soft (about 20 min.)

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hile the Sweet Potato is cooking, slice the pepper and onion and saute in 1 Tbsp olive oil until soft.

Mix Black Beans, Salsa and Corn in a small saucepan and heat.

Assemble tacos — Black Bean Mixture, Sweet Potato, Peppers and Onion, add sliced Avocado on top or if there isn’t any room in the taco, put them on the side of the plate.  Enjoy!

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Ezekiel Waffle Treat!

Generally I eat the same thing every morning for breakfast. oatmeal with blueberries and strawberries on top.  It is good and filling, but today I wanted something different.  I had some Ezekiel 4:9 brand waffles in the freezer, but I find that when I have waffles with syrup, I always want more!  They don’t really fill me up, plus I didn’t want all the sugar from the syrup.  So I added some almond butter for protein, and boiled down some blueberries and strawberries to make a compote.  I added a pinch of maple syrup over the top.  They were delicious!

 

The recipe is simple:image

 

  • Boil 3 strawberries and a handful of blueberries in about 1/2 a cup of water until the water is mostly gone
  • Toast 2 waffles
  • Once waffles are ready, spread with a tablespoon or so of almond butter
  • Spoon fruit over the waffles
  • Drizzle a tablespoon (total) of maple syrup over the waffles

Enjoy!

Ezekiel brand breads and waffles are organic, gluten free and made from sprouted grains.  They are kosher too.  The name Ezekiel 4:9 comes from the bible verse by the same name:

 

“Take also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils and millet, and spelt and put them in one vessel…” Ezekiel 4:9

 

According to the company’s website, Ezekiel bread products are

  • A source of complete protein, including all 9 essential amino acids.
  • They are easily digestible
  • Sprouted grains enable us to absorb important minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc more easily
  • Sprouting also produces vitamin C and increases the amount of B2, B5 and B6
  • And the combination of sprouted grains and legumes provides a high amount of natural fiber

In addition to waffles and breads, you can buy Ezekiel 4:9 pasta, English muffins, tortillas and cereals.