Monthly Archives: July 2013

Yummmmmmmm…..Ice Cream

Now that it’s in the 80’s in Boston ( March 21st!) I am reminded of my long dormant love of ice cream.  I don’t seem to crave it in winter as much as summer or spring, but with this early arrival of the warm weather I am in full ice cream mode.

Recently a friend discovered that she is lactose intolerant.  There seem to be more and more people today with some sort of food sensitivity, and the number of options for recipes catering to these sensitivities has skyrocketed.  She sent me a recipe for “5 minute ice cream” that isn’t ice cream at all.  I was very skeptical at first but I tried it and it was DELICIOUS!  I have made it twice so far.  It tastes great with cinnamon and fresh blueberries.

This is the fastest, easiest, and most nutritious ice cream you can make.  What’s more, not only does it taste great, you don’t need an ice cream machine to make this yummy treat.  As long as you have a fairly high-powered blender, you can enjoy this soft-serve dessert.

2/3 cup raw, unsalted Brazil nuts

2/3 cup  dates, pitted (about 8 dates, more if you prefer a sweeter ice cream)

1/2 cup water

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

20 medium-sized ice cubes

1.  Blend the Brazil nuts, dates, water, and vanilla together until smooth.

2.  Add the ice cubes and blend until smooth.

Serve immediately.

Options:  add fresh strawberries or blueberries for a real treat.

Try it and enjoy!

On the grill again……

How about going veggie for your cook out this weekend?  I do it a lot and its delicious!   The obvious choice is to grill the veggies….brush with a little olive oil, ground black pepper and sea salt.  Try;

Tomatoes, peppers, squash, kohlrabi, eggplant, onions, green onions, the sky is the limit.

What I have really come to love though is veggie burgers grilled and topped with hummus.  I love BOCA, Amy’s, and Gardenburger,

Brush with a little olive oil first before grilling then cook like a normal burger.  They are hardy, flavorful and vegetarian.  Check the labels if you are looking for vegan, gluten or wheat or dairy free.  YUMMMY!

 

Summer Sun protection

Today’s sunscreens do more than block the rays that burn, they should also protect against the invisible rays that cause damage.  Sunscreen should also contain antioxidants to further protect the skin from free radical damage.  Vitamin C, vitamin E, alphalipoic acid, green tea and grape seed extract are all examples of excellent antioxidants you can find in sunscreens today.

For sunburn relief after any prolonged sun exposure the use of moisturizing lotion with antioxidants as well as soothing ingredients such as aloe vera and calendula is recommended.

For sun blocking the most skin friendly sunscreens use zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide to protect against both UVA and UVB rays.  These substances do so by providing a physical barrier on top of the skin rather than chemicals that penetrate the skin surface and can possibly cause irritation.

It is recommended to look for natural, water resistant sunscreens with at least an SPF of 30 or higher.

When were you last quiet?

Meditation can be a period of quiet self-reflection that allows the mind to slow down and offers us an opportunity to simply feel.  Many eastern philosophies believe that we have an inherent openness, characterized by kindness and compassion.  Finding time to meditate can allow us to access these traits and then embody them in our every day lives.

In today’s society we are always on the go, go, go.  From a physiological standpoint meditation gives our mind and body the permission to stop and reflect.  Some people find it hard to stop, or to stay still.  Focusing on your inner energy field, or breathing, or just allowing the mind to race until it is quiet are all good ways to initiate the meditation.

Try it a little bit at a time and see how it feels.  We cannot be present for others if we don’t take care of ourselves.

Don’t forget the stretch….

I thought it was only for when I wake up, or before or after I run?  No?   Why should I stretch all day?

If you have an exceptionally tight area in your body, like your hamstrings or shoulders, I give you an A-plus for stretching after your cardio or strength training. Unfortunately a few minutes of stretching once a day is not enough time to really loosen those chronically inflexible areas. It is important to take the time to stretch and lengthen those troubled tight zones at least a few times a day.

Try to incorporate stretches into your daily routine at least three times. Why not take a stretch break along with your coffee breaks?

Don’t overdo it and if you feel pain stop the stretch immediately.  For this or any other exercise routing please consult your physician or expert for advice on proper form and safety.