making a green- fruit smoothie

I make smoothies every day, sometimes more than once. In the mornings I make 1 each for Dan and me and sometimes Beth. Thomas is not a huge fan but every now and then he’ll try one. Both Beth and Thomas will drink fruit only smoothies, so no green for them. Since being on the fat flush diet my smoothies have changed, I always add flax meal, chia seeds and often whey protein powder.

One thing I’ve done to make it easier is keep the main ingredients in a small container that fits in my freezer. That way I can pull out 1 container and have most of what I need.

This is everything that I need for Dan’s and my smoothies: from left to right: frozen peeled bananas, frozen kale from last years garden, freezer container with organic frozen fruit (blackberries, blueberries, and cherries) organic flax meal, organic chia seeds, raw organic cacao powder, whey protein powder (this was a fat flush addition) measuring cup and my vita mix.

I found the perfect amounts for making 1 smoothie are 1 cup frozen fruit and 1 cup of water, plus a chunk of kale and a 1 scoop each of protein powder, chia seeds, flax meal & cacao powder (if you want a slight chocolaty taste.)

For Dan’s smoothies I also add frozen banana.

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and this is what all of that yummy goodness turns into. This one is not so green. The cherries and berries make a pretty color. When i add the blueberries and kale it often turns into a brown sludge color, not very pretty but still tasty.

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Raw for Lent

I decided that for Lent I would go all raw. I’ve been pretty successful; I’d say I hit 95-100% every day. There have been a few rough days, like when I really needed to go grocery shopping and had absolutely no fresh veggies, fruit or nuts in the house (and was trying to wait until pay day to go to the store.) That day I used frozen spinach and veggies and had 3 green smoothies with a few date/ nut balls but nothing else. I kinda feel like I’m on one of those allergy elimination diets where you start out with one thing in your diet and slowly add more.

I’ve got the green smoothies down, I usually have one every morning for breakfast. And date/ nut balls, those fill my need for sweets and fill me up when I’m a little hungry. Then I added raw muesli with fruit and home made almond milk (yum!) Next was the “cheesy” nacho dip with veggies. Today I’m going to try some type of dessert with a coconut I bought. We’re going to my MIL for b-day dinners tomorrow and I need to bring a few things along so I can stay all raw surrounded by tons of cooked foods and desserts.

My family thinks I’ve gone a bit far with the healthy eating, they are definitely not on board with my changes. So now I get to make 1 traditional meal, 1 vegetarian meal and 1 raw meal. I try to merge the 3 as much as possible. It will be easier when the garden is going and were getting stuff from the CSA. Then we can have huge salads to cover the raw (me) and vegetarian (Beth) with something grilled on the side for the carnivores (also known as the boys.)

Even with all the difficulties I really like this way of eating. I can see myself sticking with this even after Easter.

Some of my favorite raw blogs and books so far:

Eating in the Raw by Carol Alt

Living in the Raw Rose by Lee Calabro

Complete Idiots Guide to Eating Raw

Resolutions part 2

I have been doing a good job sticking to most of my resolutions. I didn’t expect for things to change overnight but we’re 6 weeks into the new year and I’m proud of what I’ve done. First off I started 2 art classes, Book binding and paper making on monday nights and glass fusion on Tuesdays. The Glass class has kinda been a dud. The kiln broke the first week so we keep making new things but they haven’t yet been fired so who knows if they will turn into beautiful suncatchers or globs of brown melted glass. But I LOVE the book binding class. That class I will be continuing on with after this session. It is a great group of artists, it is so much fun to spend time with them and really inspiring.

Next there have been lots of changes in the kitchen. I don’t know if I forgot to include this next thing with my resolutions or if I learned about it after Jan. 1. But I am in the process of eliminating all the plastics (with BPA’s,) teflon and leaded dishes from my kitchen. I’ve pulled out about 5 bags of stuff so far and replaced it all with glass storage containers, cast iron pans and clear glass dishes. The kids never know what they’re going to find when they open the cupboards. I’ve been scouring the thriftstores for as much as I can. Who knew a .50 glass jar could make you so happy?

We’ve also been revamping our diets. Beth has become a vegetarian and has not eaten meat since before the new year. I am slowly transitioning to a part time RAW Vegan (who will occassionally eat some organic meat, and even sometimes non-organic veggie pizza.) I’m staying RAW until noon by drinking my super yummy green (sometimes brown) smoothies. Dan and I have one every morning and Beth usually has one sometime during the day (the boys have not joined us on the green side, yet.)

I follow the same basic recipe (everything is raw and organic) scoop of raw sesami seeds, scoop flax meal, raw sunflower seeds, several raw almonds, 2-3 leaves of kale, handful of spinach, carrot, frozen banana, blueberries, tangerine, scoop of spirulina, scoop of magnesium (just finishing off a bottle that was given to me,) a couple dates and a glass of water. Everything is dumped into my vita mix and blended until smooth.

I’ve finally gotten them so that they’re green and not this yucky brown color! But they are so yummy no matter what color they turn out and very filling.

One of my resolutions was to stop spending so much money, I haven’t even come close to that one. Especially keeping up with all the veggies we’re going through! I joined an organic food co-op and my first order is this month so that took a huge chunk out of my budget. And I finally got into a CSA for our fresh veggies this summer, which I’m paying for now. Not to mention all the hard to find raw items I’ve been buying, it seems so strange to buy groceries from Amazon! But it’s hard to find raw cocao powder and cocao nibs not to mention chia seeds (which I LOVE!) yes they are the very same seeds that grow “hair” on clay pots, but if you soak them in water they turn into this strange gelatinous goo that you can scoop into your drink (kinda like tapioca) I don’t know why I like them so much but I do. What drew me to them was the claim that they help fill you up and decrease your appetite, I don’t know if that’s true but they’re fun to eat! Oh as a side note which isn’t nearly as important as eating a healthier diet, I have managed to lose 7 pounds since the start of the year, woo-hoo! One other thing I’ve added to help me lose weight is I’ve officially given up sugar. It’s been 3 days of being completely sugar free, which means no ice cream, no typical desserts, no candy, no soda and especially no while chocolate/ mint lattes from Caribou; but when you look at that list you really don’t need any of those things anyway.

I don’t think I’ve managed less computer time but I probably have cut back TV time. Between taxes, fafsa, OSU applications, scholarship applications and searching for all these new hard to find foods the computer is still taking up much of my day.

I am slowly transitioning to natural cleaners. As I use things up I replace them with a natural alternative. One thing I can’t figure out how to switch is laundry detergent, the natural cleaners are way more expensive that all free and clear. So I’ll have to do some research into that.

Today I tried to pick up some inexpensive conditioner at CVS and I thought I would try to find one that said they didn’t test on animals. I could not find one, so that’s another thing i need to research. Sometimes it’s so hard just to get through the day.

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