I love watermelon almost as much as I love dark chocolate so when I’m sick or injured (not sure which category I fall into, right now), I constantly crave it. Maybe it’s because it’s filled with antioxidants.
Everyday (for the past couple of weeks), my evening snack has been a glass of watermelon slushie and Orville Redenbacher Natural Simply Salted 50% Less Fat popcorn. Quite satisfying, I must say. :)
Watermelon Slushie (for one)
6 pieces of Watermelon (iPhone size pieces)
1 and ½ teaspoons of Lime Juice
5 Ice Cubes
6 ounces of water
If I were able to drink alcohol, I would probably add vodka on occasion but for now, I may try to make popsicles out of the juice ( just to change things up).
Hope you are all enjoying your summer!
“Summer meant watching cartoons all morning, roaming the neighborhood all day and going back home when the streetlights turned on.”
I have no idea how I missed Cinco de Mayo. It’s a little embarrassing, one because I love Mexican food and two, because I’m part Hispanic (not in any particular order). I deeply apologize and to make up for it, I’m sharing my quick guacamole recipe. I wish I had exact measurements for you but I don’t. It’s one of those recipes you just have to eye-ball it. That is the weirdest saying. Eye ball it? Really?
2 avocados (scoop out the inside)
Salsa (maybe a cup?)
Limejuice (maybe 2 tablespoons?)
One clove of garlic
Place all ingredients in a food processor, blender or mash and mix by hand. Mix until smooth.
*Seriously, it seems you can never make enough of this stuff!
As you know, I’m addicted to coconut oil as a multi-use beauty product. Did you know you can brush your teeth with it? I’m not lying. It’s crazy, but true. Just put it on your toothbrush and get to it. It’s supposedly helps gum sensitivity, heel gums, brightens teeth and is naturally deodorizing. I’m going to try using it for a week straight, but I’m kind of a freak when it comes to my teeth so the minute I feel like it’s not making me feel fresh, I’m bailing out.
Below is a picture of the amount of space (5.5×8.5 feet) I use to workout everyday. Granted I have a treadmill and a jump rope when I feel like branching out a little but you don’t need a lot of space to get in a good workout.
Between my numerous food intolerances and my picky husband, coming up with recipes can be quite challenging at times. Yesterday, I was searching for a black bean salad and after 20 minutes, I decided to create my own. I LOVE it and Den ate two bowls worth so it must be pretty good. :)
Black Bean/Avocado Salad
1 (15 ounce) can of black beans (rinse in cold water and drain)
1 (11 ounce) canned mexican corn (lowest sodium possible) cook and cool (using fresh or frozen would be better for you)
1 small red pepper (cut in little pieces)
1 avocado, scoop out and cut into little chunks
2-3 tablespoons of lime juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
Sea salt and pepper to taste.
In a large bowl, combine beans, corn, pepper, avocado, lime juice and olive oil. Add salt and pepper. Chill before serving.
Sorry about the picture. This is what was left-over. I didn’t think about taking a picture until after we were done eating.
Would you guess that the lady in this picture was born in 1938 which makes her 73 or 74 years old (depending on her birth date). Her name is Mimi Kirk and the author of “Live Raw” http://youngonrawfood.com/live-raw/. She won PETA’s nationwide contest for the title “Sexist Vegetarian Over 50”.
After reading her book, I’m pretty sure she’s as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. I was pleasantly surprised when I came across her 10 steps (below) because it’s truly how I try to live my life on a daily basis. It’s such a great guide for everyone, young and old.
10 Steps for maintaining memory, mobility, independence, and beauty
- Eat a plant-based diet composed of at least 75 percent raw food.
- Walk five times a week for at least thirty minutes.
- Exercise with weights, yoga, Pilates, tai chi, or qigong three times a week.
- Accept yourself just as you are today.
- Laugh more.
- Don’t dwell on the past.
- Curb all negative thinking.
- Give and receive love.
- Be kind, considerate, and compassionate.
- Avoid boredom.
Her book is one that now claims a permanent spot on my kitchen counter and I’m excited to start trying out some of her recipes. I know its only spring, but I’m highly anticipating summer so below is her recipe for strawberry daiquiris.
Da Da Daiquiri
Juice from 1 lime
1 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
1-tablespoon agave or sweetener of choice
A few mint leaves
Blend all ingredients except ice in a blender. Pour into ice-filled jar with a lid and shake several times. Pour into glass through a strainer. Garnish with a piece of orange on a skewer.
Feeling like you’re in your 20′s at age 73, is quite an amazing thing… I accredit this youthful look and spirit not only to my attitude, but really to my way of eating which is a raw vegan – living foods lifestyle. Thank you for letting me share some of my joy with you. xoxox ~Mimi
ALERT: SPICY SLOW COOKER RECIPE
Proceed with caution
4 cups vegetable broth (low sodium)
1 and 1/2 cups uncooked brown rice
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (6 ounce) already peeled, cooked shrimp (de-thawed)
1 tablespoon lime juice
Place broth, rice, red pepper flakes, garlic, cumin and salt in slow cooker; mix well. Cover and cook on LOW for 5-7 hours (depends on your crock-pot) or until rice is tender.
Stir in beans shrimp and lime juice. Cover and cook 20-30 minutes or until heated through.
Yesterday, I couldn’t be any crabbier about the gloomy weather BUT today…. THE SUN IS SHINING brightly and I’m one happy camper! :) I don’t know about you, but the weather can totally dictate my mood (at times). It’s crazy.
The recipe below puts me in a good mood as well. It’s so easy to make and it’s quite unique. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
I found this recipe at: http://www.kimberlysnyder.net/blog/2009/06/18/recipe-fat-burning-key-lime-pie-bars/
Here is what Kimberly Snyder says about this scrumptious treat:
The whole family will love this recipe! They are a great substitute for all the summer ice cream and other deserts as the lime is summer-y tasting, and they are creamy, rather than icy.
This desert contains coconut oil, which is an unprocessed, cholesterol-free oil that contains Lauric Acid. Overall, coconut oil stimulates the thyroid, increases your metabolism and can help you burn stored body fat! Secondly, like lemon, lime has over 200 enzymes and helps restore liver tissue. The liver is our main fat-burning organ, so with this recipe we are also giving it a boost.
This recipe is low-glycemic, so will NOT spike your blood sugar the way refined sugar will. This is great for us adults that don’t want to gain weight, but it is ALSO great for kids-so they don’t get those crazy sugar rushes that other recipes give them!
Ingredients (one serving size is ONE bar, about 2″ x 3″.):
1 cup organic lime juice
½ cup unrefined coconut oil
1/4 cup raw organic honey
4 cups cashews
Liquid stevia as needed, to sweeten (I did not use this and it tasted great)
½ -1 cup water
Combine all ingredients in a blender except for the water, and blend on high. Add the water last and as needed to keep the blending going and make the mixture smooth.
Freeze at least 4 hours, or overnight. Cut into bars and serve! Makes about 15 full-portion sized bars. Can store in the freezer and keep for a few weeks.
Per request, I’m posting a few salad dressing recipes and suggested toppings.
One of my favorites is…
Listed below are a couple other simple recipes.
ROASTED RED PEPPER DRESSING
2 roasted red peppers (I cheated and used roasted red pepper out of the jar)
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons almond milk
Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender until completely smooth. Serve chilled.
BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE (by: peasandthankyou.com)
½ cup balsamic vinegar
1-tablespoon brown sugar
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon minced garlic
½ cup olive oil
Whisk together all ingredients except olive oil until well combined. Quickly whisk in olive oil until emulsified.
Additional healthy toppings
Vinegar (try the different flavors)
See, you don’t have to go topless to be healthy. ;)
A different twist on taco’s!
8 corn tortillas
1 15-oz can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
4 cups shredded cabbage
7-oz can tuna, drained
1 avocado, chopped
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Heat tortillas for 2 minutes in oven to soften.
Heat the beans in a skillet for 5 minutes to warm or you can use them cold. Meanwhile, prepare rest of ingredients.
Place warm tortilla on a plate and for each tortilla add:
(I personally, just put as much or as little of the ingredients as I want on a shell)
½ cup chopped cabbage
¼ cup of beans
2 tablespoons of tuna
1/8 of the avocado
Squeeze of lime juice (optional)
*Pinto beans are a great source of fiber.
*Salsa is fat-free.
*Cabbage has many health benefits; I’d have to write a whole article alone on it. It’s a great detoxifier.
YES, this is an acceptable detox meal. :)
Try having a big salad before you eat the Black Bean Wraps.
BLACK BEAN WRAP
1 can organic Black Beans (look for lowest sodium)
½ cup Salsa
1/2 to 1 teaspoon Cumin (depending on taste preference)
1 to 3 tablespoons Lime Juice (again, depends on your taste preference)
Corn Tortilla Wraps
Rinse, drain and smash Black Beans with a fork
Scoop out Avocado
Mix mashed Black Beans, Avocado, Salsa, Cumin and Lime Juice.
Spread mixture on Tortilla, wrap and eat.
*I can’t remember where I found the original recipe. My apologies.
Beans, beans, the magical fruit
The more you eat, the more you toot
The more you toot, the better you feel
So have beans at every meal!
Sorry, I couldn’t resist. I sing this song to my husband every time we eat beans (which is a lot). Maybe that’s why they don’t have the “toot” effect on us anymore. :)