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Water is A Lifeline

Water is A LifelineOn days like yesterday and today when I drink a lot of water (8 cups a day), I feel much better. I am tracking how I feel based on water I drink but I am fairly convinced already that it is a direct correlation. Benefits of water:

  • curbs appetite
  • more energy
  • clearer thinking
  • in general feel better
  • need to hydrate when drinking coffee or wine

I was prompted to write based on today news item 12 Ways To Drink More Water Throughout The Day

Drink up!

turmeric

Get Turmeric into Your Daily Life

turmericToss with Roasted Veggies: this is a beauty because you can both roast turmeric to make it soft and full of flavour, or you can just sprinkle powdered turmeric all over your roast. Easy!

➞ Recipe: Simply add turmeric, chopped, to root vegetables when roasting, OR, sprinkle powdered turmeric over the veggies (or BOTH!)

Grate into Salads: this is my super-trick for practically anything (works especially well with broccoli – if your kids won’t eat broccoli, try grating it into stuff. They won’t notice and you can put heaps in!).

Love this post excerpt via Live Energized

dehydrate

Chai Granola

CHAI GRANOLA

gluten-free, grain-free, low glycemic indexspices

Soak 4 cups of nuts for about 8 hours (I use walnuts). Rinse and strain.

Add to a bowl with:

  • -1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • -1/2 cup almond meal flour
  • -1 cup applesauce with no added sugar
  • -20 drops of vanilla liquid stevia
  • -1/4 cup coconut sugar

In a separate bowl mix:dehydrate

  • -2 tbsp chia seed meal
  • -2 tsp cardamom (lower amount if it is really fresh)
  • -2 tsp cinnamon
  • -1 tsp ginger
  • -1/2 tsp sea salt

Combine the two bowls. Dehydrate (or bake in oven at lowest heat) at 115 degrees overnight, or until it’s dry and crunchy.

adapted from SpunkyCoconut

Ginger Elixir

Ginger Lemon/Lime Elixir

Ginger Elixir

  • -Juice ginger
  • -Fresh juice of lemons or limes
  • -Honey to sweeten
  • -Water to taste

 

This is our go-to drink. It is refreshing and anti-inflam. Great with ice cubes or hot water!

Ginger

Sample Foods for a Day

Breakfast and Snacks

  • Chai Granola and an apple
  • Squash smoothie (recipe link to come) with hemp seeds and protein powder
  • Iced fruit bowl with granola and honey (recipe to come)
  • VEGA bar
  • VEGA smoothie powder in almond milk or smoothie
  • Any leftovers found in the fridge
  • Soup
  • Oatmeal mixed with protein powder, cinnamon and pecans
  • Apple and almond butter or almonds

Almonds are a common snack in our household. I buy the big bags at Costco and then roast them and freeze what we don’t need right away to eat, make into almond butter or almond milk. Because we snack on almonds, I try to use other nuts as much as possible in recipes. Thus the pecans in the oatmeal and the walnuts in the chai granola.

Side note – I find oatmeal to spike my blood sugar some mornings. Recently I have been using it sparingly.

Salads

  • Lettuce mixes plus veggies plus protein (salmon, tuna, chicken, etc.)
  • Mixed beans with celery, onion, carrots, spices and Dana Shortt oils and vinegars
  • Sweet potato, onion and black bean salad (recipe to come)

Main Course

  • Rice of various descriptions (red, black, brown, mixed…)
  • Lentil Stew (recipe to come)
  • Sweet Potato Chickpea curry (recipe to come)
  • Soup
  • Salmon with rice and veggies
  • Chicken with rice and veggies
  • Brown rice pasta with protein and veggies

Beverages

  • Water! Drink more! Drink as much as you can. Few of us drink what we should in a day.
  • Pau d’arco tea with dehydrated ginger is an anti-inflammatory powerhouse. A friend swears by two cups of it a day to keep the arthritis symptoms at bay. Visit All Things Tea for the ingredients https://www.facebook.com/AllThingsTea
  • Ginger, lemon/lime, honey elixer – We found this near Collingwood and and have one we are now making ourselves. It is so so good. http://www.meredithsgingersyrup.com/buyAsupply.html
  • Soda Stream – we have a lot of fun with this in the summer. We love our bubbly water. I hope to have a ginger syrup created by this summer that we can use in our water.
  • Juicing! We have a powerful juicer that we are using more lately. It is easy to add ginger and turmeric to the juicer and the results are powerful.

airplane-travel

Healthy Airplane Travel

Our recent trip to Phoenix meant that we had a full day of travel and limited access to healthy foods.

On a side note, I did find some uber healthy options at Chicago O’Hare, but you can never count on finding good food when you need it.

Here’s what I did to ensure that we were well nourished:

Before we left, we had a substantial breakfast of rice and some lentil stew. Tim is not an early morning eater, so he packed his in a take-out container and munched on it during the line-up to check our luggage.

snacks

I packed snack bars, protein powder (it felt like our day was sponsored by the BC company) and an empty shaker cup. We purchased water in the airport and drank as much water as we could throughout the day. When we got hungry, the stewardess on the plane was kind enough to fill the shaker bottles half way with water and we added our powder (http://myvega.com/product/vega-one-nutritional-shake/) and had an instant meal. Tim had mixed berry and I tried the chai vanilla. I think my current VEGA favourite is the coconut almond. Yummy.

At the Chicago airport, we had enough time to grab a coffee, tea, more water and a burrito bowl.

Burrito bowl

Burrito bowls are my latest and greatest fast food find. No wheat or corn wrap is required and you add what you want to the bowl. Rice, beans, guacamole, grilled veggies, meat or no meat, salsa, etc. etc. It’s a great option.

On the final leg of the journey, I pulled out the chocolate covered sacha inchi seeds (http://myvega.com/product/vega-saviseeds/) and the mixed nuts and chocolate and sea salt bar. (http://myvega.com/product/vega-snack-bar/)  We ate these with the beverages offered by the stewardess. A little chocolate helps the journey. 🙂 The saviseeds are palatable only with chocolate in our opinion. They are powerful little units, but a bit of an acquired taste.

Home at last (we had some delays in Chicago – what a surprise) and we went out for dinner with the folks. I had pickerel and mixed vegetables and Tim had steak, shrimp and mixed vegetables.
We felt well nourished and full the entire day. Yeah for planning ahead and not buying expensive and non-nutritious food!

organized kitchen

Kitchen Organization

Changing your way of eating requires the addition of new and different dry ingredients to your kitchen cupboards.

The best way to do this is to plan a kitchen clean-out and clean-up! If cupboard organization is not your thing, find a friend for whom this is a great joy. You must know someone who thinks that a label machine is the best invention on earth and loves to put things in containers and add a label!!

organized kitchen

You don’t need all tupperware containers or containers that match or are the same size. The key is labels that allow you to identify the contents and easy access to the vessels that you require when cooking.

A few suggestions for storing dried goods:

  • Cut out the cooking instructions from the side of the package and put them into the container or tape to the side (rice water quantities and cooking time, for example)
  • Glass mason jars work great for storage – buy a flat of them for a good price
  • Try different kinds of rice or lentils! At one point, we had green, brown, blue, red, and yellow lentils in our cupboard!
  • Take items that you do not regularly use and put them in a cupboard away from the everyday section.
  • If your package of an item doesn’t fit into the container, put the extras in another area and from time to time, fill the containers. Don’t clutter up the top of a container with a part bag of the remainder. This makes the area less appealing to use.
  • Store your spices in an area that is easy to access and identify. Sort through them regularly and update any that appear stale or have lost their flavour.
  • Make sure the space works for the person doing the most of cooking. You want useable space for maximum efficiency!

Any kitchen gadgets that we don’t use regularly are removed from counters. Now that we aren’t eating any toast, we don’t need the toaster oven. We can easily remove it from a cupboard if guests are over. I was making almond flour pancakes regularly and so we had the electric frying pan within easy reach. I got away from making those and now the juicer has taken the place of the pan.

Create a binder or area for new recipes and make them easy to locate and use. A bad habit of mine is to stick new recipes that I want to try in with the everyday. Keep them separate! You want your old faithfuls easy to access.
Do you have other suggestions of kitchen organization that has worked well for you?

Fall Community Dump

Our Journey

Fall Community Dump

Stumbled on the discovery of this new menu by doing a cleanse and then feeling better the second day! Deanna and Tim did this 10 day cleanse that involved fewer carbohydrates, more ginger and turmeric i.e. ayurvedic Fall community dump c/o Sara Bradford