I’ve accidentally landed into an experiment involving green smoothies. It’s day #4 of an unexpected adventure, and I’ve started writing about it on my author blog at DianeKidman.com. I would love to have you follow along, because as early in the game as it is, it’s already taken a few surprising turns. I’ll be keeping you posted as to my progress, and I’ll even share some smoothie recipes along the way. So grab your bananas and your blender. We’ve got some health to whip up.
I asked for salad recipes from my readers, and I’m happy to share the first with you from Jo of From the Plow. I must admit, it sounds great to me, and I intend to try it. Jo says:
“I have a favorite salad for you that Aaron and I eat at least 3x per week. Not sure if it’s exactly the healthiest salad – but you could leave some things out to make more healthy.
1/2 and 1/2 combo of romaine lettuce and baby spinach
tomatoes (we like grape best)
garlic bagel chips
served with 1:1 ratio of olive oil and pomegranate blush vinegar dressing”
Jo claims it’s to die for, and I’m thinking I believe her! Thanks for sharing, Jo!
Anyone else, feel free to email me your favorite salad recipes to themommyspot(at)gmail(dot)com.
Whether your goal is to shed some pounds or give your family more nutrient-rich food, the first thing you need to do is get more greens on the dinner table. The best way to accomplish this is through vitamin-packed salads; but if this makes you envision a tasteless bowl of iceberg lettuce with carrot curly-cues and no dressing, you’re not alone.I was never a fan of the salad. It seemed like a “filler,” something used to round out a meal and make it look bigger. Restaurants, wanting to attempt to serve courses, would plunk down that bowl of lettuce and cucumber, and I’d end up picking off the croûtons and leaving the rest.
But now I can scarf down a salad with the best of them, because I’ve learned the trick of variation. It’s not all about the iceberg, baby. Here are a couple of my favorite salads:
Mix together spring mix greens (I like Earthbound Farms Organic), chopped Campari tomatoes, sliced cucumber, onions, alfalfa sprouts, pomegranate seeds, and chopped walnuts. Dress with balsamic vinegar and a good olive oil.Here’s a recipe my friend recently shared with me, and I love it! Mix together baby spinach, orange slices, and pine nuts (my addition). Combine 3 Tbs. honey, 1 1/2 Tbs. lemon juice, 1 1/2 Tbs. olive oil, a pinch of salt, and 1/8 tsp. cumin. Mix well and toss with the greens.You might want to make these salads in size extra large, because they’re so good your family will want more! Chop the veggies into a variety of shapes and sizes to entertain the kids as well as yourself! Also, if you have leftovers, these greens tend to keep just fine until the next day, unlike the wilty iceberg.
Got a favorite salad recipe you’d like to share? Email it to me at themommyspot(at)gmail(dot)com and I’ll post it here!
It’s January, the month of the diet. Resolutions are made and broken this time of year, and I’ll dare say most of them revolve around the waistline. There is so much I could share on this topic that I know it will never fit in one posting. But I’ll give you my very best advice in a condensed form, and in later posts I’ll expound on some things.
If you have weight to lose after your pregnancy, or if you just plain want to get healthier, the most important thing to remember is that what you eat while you’re trying to lose weight needs to be something you can comfortably eat for the rest of your life. I have known people to attempt to lose weight through all sorts of extreme eating measures – rice and chicken broth for 6 weeks, cabbage soup at every sitting, or meals made up of nothing more than grapefruit and bacon! While these may work temporarily, who wants to eat only grapefruit and bacon for the rest of your life? The big factor for weight loss is not cutting back on food take – it’s increasing the food! Increase the high-nutrient stuff you were meant to eat in the first place. If you can focus as much of your eating attention on fresh fruits and vegetables, you’ll be amazed at not only how much weight you lose (and fast!) but at how much better you’ll feel.
When I found out I was pregnant, I started eating healthier and healthier, including as much large salads, fresh fruit, and raw vegetables as I could. I managed to gain only the needed amount of pregnancy weight. After pregnancy, I continued my healthy eating because I was nursing. Combining nursing with my new eating habits knocked off that post-pregnancy weight in record time. Dr. Joel Fuhrman gives lots of science-based advice in his books, one of which I have reviewed here (Disease-Proof Your Child). His books, including Eat to Live (look for an up-and-coming review on that one), totally changed the way I look at food. I’m not a vegetarian – not completely – and I still eat things I used to, but I eat a lot less of them. In fact, the more I add fresh fruits and vegetables to my meals, the more I crave the healthy stuff! The most fun part of eating like this is you can stuff yourself silly on the days you feel like you want to eat all day. And you can stuff yourself silly on all the other days too. In fact, you should. Keep a big container of cleaned fresh veggies onhand, and grab those first if you feel like reaching for the Ding Dongs. Make big elaborate salads to go with every meal, and eat until your heart’s content. Keep big bowls of fruit, with a large variety, cleaned and ready to eat. You’ll find the more easily accessible the fresh food is, the more you’ll reach for it. And pick up a copy of Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman if you really mean business! (For the record, Dr. Fuhrman isn’t paying for or aware of any of my blogging about him – this is strictly based on my own experiences with what I’ve learned from his books and website.)
Whew! This is my “How to Lose Weight” information in a nutshell. I’ll cover more over the coming days, so check back! In the meantime, whether you have weight to lose or not, have yourself a salad feast in the coming days. Experiment adding all the goodies you can to it, and eat till your heart’s content. To make sure you don’t miss any postings of dkMommy Spot, please subscribe in the right-hand column.
Read Part II of How to Lose Weight.