Ninja Blender Smoothie

SmoothieI have gone back to making a smoothie for breakfast or maybe I should call it brunch as I never seem to get to it until a few hours after I have started my day..My Ninja Blender Smoothie is a one – two and done process that I love. It contains a lot of green vegetables but because I have the habit of adding a slice of fresh beet to it I get a strange color. As anyone who has done that knows, the red beet color takes over everything and unless you use a lot of beet the color is a little less than exciting, but the flavor is great..

It is now only two weeks until we return to our home in Mexico and as part of the last minute buying process, I have purchased the Ninja Mega Kitchen System Ninja Mega Kitchen System (BL771) New Price: $197.99 Old Price: $249.99 You Save: $52.00 to take with us. I have wanted a Ninja system for a long time because I believe in using all of the produce when I make a drink. I have a juicer but it removed all the fiber and just gives you clear juice…not that is not always bad, but when I start my day I want all the nutrition I can pack into my smoothie….Here is the recipe I am presently using to start my day…

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Semi-Green Smoothie
 
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Recipe type: Smoothie
Cuisine: All
Ingredients
  • 1 kale leaf including the stem
  • 1 large swiss chard leaf including the stem
  • 1 beet leaf including the stem
  • 1 large or two medium carrots
  • 3 or four sprigs of parsley
  • ⅛th wedge of fresh beet from medium sized beet
  • 1 piece fresh ginger, I use a piece about the size of a quarter, ¼ inch thick
  • 1 Granny Smith Apple
  • 1 medium sized ripe banana
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 8 ounces fresh spring water
  • Ice
Method
  1. Put everything into the large 72 ounce blender jar, cover it press blend, that's all there is to it.
  2. The Ninja system is so powerful that you can put everything into it at once, including the ice and it will blend you a perfect drink in a matter of a couple of minutes.

The energy level I feel from this smoothie is much more than I expected when I started making it a couple of days ago….I also have a recipe for a great tropical fruit smoothie that I will share with you in the next article.

I use a protein powder called PlantFusion PlantFusion Protein Vanilla Bean 2lb New Price: $32.76 Old Price: $52.99 You Save: $20.23 but there are many others available at your local health food store. I happen to like this one because besides being a complete protein, it is Gluten Free, GMO free, has not soy and is made with sprouted Amaranth and Quinoa.

Kale gives us vitamins K, A and C as well as omega-3 fatty acids, and  copper, potassium, iron, manganese and more.

Swiss chard is a store-house of many phytonutrients, rich in B-complex group of vitamins plus protein, calcium, thiamine, selenium, zinc, and more.

Beets bring to the smoothie Potassium, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus, iron; vitamins A, B & C; beta-carotene, beta-cyanine; and folic acid.

Fresh Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and is a powerful natural painkiller that fights many ailments including clods and the flu.

Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A and the antioxidant beta-carotene as well as fiber, vitamin K, potassium, folate, manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, vitamin E and zinc.

Parsley brings us chlorophyll, vitamin A, B, C, and K, folate and iron as well as calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, vanadium, and zinc.

Granny Smith Apples  are rich in carbohydrates and fiber as well as Potassium and vitamin C.

Bananas are a great source of potassium as well as vitamins B-6 and C.

There are a lot of other great vegetables that I will be adding or exchanging over the next few days including spinach and bell peppers…In a world where High Frutose Corn Syrup is added to just about everything we buy except fresh vegetables and fruit, I really enjoy treating my body to a home made smoothie…

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Super Bowl Food Ideas

Party FoodWe need some Super Bowl Food Ideas because Today is February 1st. the day we picked to restart our New Years Resolution for losing a couple of pounds and eating heather….The question might be, can we do it…The answer is yes.  There will always be roadblocks to work around like February 14th which is Valentine’s Day My Valentine New Price: $4.49 Old Price: $4.99 You Save: $0.50 here in the United States, which usually means roses and chocolates for someone you love…We will write more about that over the next two weeks because this year it falls on a Saturday, which could be a challenge for some of us.

So, Back to Super Bowl Food Ideas that won’t blow the diet.

Lets start by changing up the dips from the usual and make something that is a little heather… Our first item will be a Curried Sweet Potato Dip

Sweet Potato Spread

Curried Sweet Potato Dip
 
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Recipe type: Party Food
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • 2 medium size sweet potatoes, peeled and diced small
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup roasted pine nuts
  • ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes, finely chopped
Method
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and get out a large baking sheet.
  2. In a bowl, toss together the sweet potatoes, olive oil, curry powder, and black pepper, then spread onto the baking sheet.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, stirring often, until sweet potatoes are tender.
  4. Remove from oven, let cool slightly, then put sweet potatoes into a food processor and puree until smooth
  5. Once the mix is smooth spoon out into a bowl.
  6. Add the pine nuts and tomatoes to the mix and stir to combine.
  7. Serve at room temperature.

Serve with blue corn tortilla chips or assorted fresh vegetables.

Party Dip

The other dip we will be offering at our place this afternoon is, Homestyle Sweet Onion Dip

Homestyle Sweet Onion Dip
 
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Recipe type: Party Food
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium Vidalia or Walla Walla sweet onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and diced
  • 1 can (16 oz) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • pinch cayenne
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup diced sundried tomatoes, rinsed in hot water, then drained
Method
  1. Put the olive oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-low heat, add the onion and cook until soft and light gold in color (caramelized) - this will take about 15 minutes if done correctly; stir frequently.
  2. Remove from heat and put onions in a food processor, then add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Add more olive oil if the mixture is too thick.

This one also goes well with Blue corn tortilla chips Garden of Eatin' Sprouted Blues Corn Tortilla Chips, 7.5 Ounce (Pack of 12) New Price: $37.86 Old Price: $3.30 You Save: as well as celery sticks.. This is a nice healthy substitute for those prepackaged onion dips.

We are also going to serve Mango Chutney Turkey Burgers

Turkey burger with mango salsa

 

You can find the recipe for the burgers at: http://www.retirementlifeinmexico.com/mango-chutney-turkey-burgers

 

I hope you enjoy the game, just keep in mind that there are many Super Bowl Food Ideas you can enjoy and still keep your New Years Resolutions….

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Your New Year’s Resolution

New YearsAre you still following Your New Year’s Resolution or has life kind of gotten in the way of the plans you laid out to make this the year you get in shape by eating the right foods and adding a little exercise to your daily routine? For many of us, the plans made for the new year last about two to three weeks and then things happen and we miss a day, then two days and before long, that resolution is tucked away in the backs of our minds. It will remain there quietly until next December 31st when we will bring it out, dust it off and start again…..If you are one of those that have managed to keep going and are making progress toward a whole new you, Congratulations….If however you have slipped a little, read on, I will share with you some ideas that may just help you keep on track to reach those goals.

The first step is to remove Your New Year’s Resolution from January 1st and move it to February 1st..Your going to make the change, but you are going to wait until life isn’t quite as stressful. For many of you, December 31st is a night of partying that lasts well into the wee morning hours. For many, there are all the football games on January 1st which  includes some snack foods, perhaps a beer or cocktail or at the very least some cold soda for the head. For those with children, they are all home from school and depending on their ages, can be a stress factor all by themselves. And that’s just the first day…..Does that sound like a good time to try and make positive changes to your life? Not really…

The second advantage to moving Your New Year’s Resolution starting date to February 1st is that by the end of this year, you will have months of success to support you through all those food feasts and parties that start with Thanksgiving and continue through New Years apple pieDay…You will have developed healthy eating plans so that while you join in with your friends, you won’t over do it, destroying all that work you have put into becoming the success that you are. For many people, those 5 or so weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years Day packs on the pounds. They get the idea “Heck, I’ll just start new on January 1st so another serving of those mashed potatoes and perhaps another slice of pie won’t hurt………However, for those of us that waited until February to start, those special meals will not be resolution killers. They will be meals where we enjoy what we eat while maintaining control of the calories so that we don’t gain weight over the holidays…

It’s the end of the Month, Has January been good to you or are you ready to start Your New Year’s Resolution on February 1st? If you are ready to kick start your healthy diet and exercise program over, join me as we take the adventure together…We have some great plans, good information and enjoyable recipes to share with you over the coming months that will hopefully make the challenge easier and fun.

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Turmeric and You

turmericThere seems to be a rediscovering of Turmeric lately. Today we will talk about Turmeric and You and why it is so important, First however we need to know what Turmeric is. I wrote an article about it in July of 2011 because along with garlic and ginger I feel it should never be far from your recipes. In other words, it should be used often not only for its flavor, and added color but also for our health.  Long overlooked as a herb for health in North America, Turmeric has been held in high esteem in Continue reading

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Butternut Squash Soup

butternut squashAt this time of year, we eat a lot of squash and Butternut Squash is one of my favorites. As a soup it is one of those taste great, stick to the ribs soups that along with a chunk of homemade healthy bread slathered with butter, can make up a complete meal.

Butternut Squash is a rich source of vitamin A as well as the B-complex group of vitamins like folates, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, thiamin, and Continue reading

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Your Thanksgiving Dinner Table

Thanksgiving DinnerFor some of us, feasting at Your Thanksgiving Dinner Table will be nothing like feasting At the first Thanksgiving table. How was it back then, and what would be the difference between the two tables? Let’s take a look and see what has changes.

We’ll start with a look at our own Thanksgiving table, or take a look at an iconic American picture of this holiday feast. Chances are, in the center of the table sits a big turkey stuffed with all kinds of savory goodies. Then you’ll find bowls of whipped potatoes and hand made gravy, plus a bowl of sweet cranberry relish, alongside piping hot dishes of the ever popular Continue reading

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Enjoying A Healthy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving TurkeyWe can Enjoy A Healthy Thanksgiving by Staying Focused on Friends and Family and not so much on the “all you can eat” offerings on the dinning room table. As hard as this might sound, keep in mind that between Thanksgiving day and New Years day there are going to be many many opportunities to eat, some of them healthy and some of them, well maybe not so healthy.

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Compared to other holidays in America, it seems that our Thanksgiving has taken Continue reading

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A Little Thanksgiving History

Carving the turkeyIt’s time to share A Little Thanksgiving History and how the transformation of Thanksgiving traditions has changed over the years. The Wampanoag tribe were the Indians that helped the settlers and were there for the first Thanksgiving. We do not hear much about them except for this time of the year when most of the country celebrates Thanksgiving.

The settlers had reason to celebrate; it was their first real harvest, and they wanted Continue reading

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Water to Grow Beef

raising cattle for foodThis past week I wrote and article that included a little about the Water to Grow Beef. Namely I mentioned that between 1,500 and 3, 000 gallons of water is used to produce one pound of beef. You can read the complete article at; http://www.healthyfoodanddiet.com/meatless-monday-and-your-environmental-footprint One of my  friends has suggested that perhaps my information is incorrect and that it takes only about 30 gallons of water to produce a pound of beef.  My friend felt that I had Continue reading

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Meatless Monday and Your Environmental Footprint

Meatless MondaysMeatless Monday and Your Environmental Footprint are connected in ways that many of us overlook yet are very important.  We kind of just think, well it’s good for me so I will go one day a week without meat for my health.

As you plan your meatless meals this Monday, think about this,  Our environmental footprints are directly measured by the amount of demand we make on Earth’s ecological system.

To calculate the impact of environmental footprints, Continue reading

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