Monthly Archives: April 2014

Looking a little green under the gills?

In your diet I mean……do you eat enough of the green stuff?  If you are like most of us you could ALWAYS add more greens to your diet.  Here are some tips on how to do just that.

Mix them in.  Ever try to add Kale or Spinach to your fruit smoothie?  It’s delicious and you get all the benefits and none of the work.  You won’t taste the greens typically, and an added benefit is that you get to eat the WHOLE thing!  Yup…that’s right…stems and all.  Try it with whole carrots and beets also to add some sweetness to your drink. (DON”T forget to add the leafy greens too)

Make salads standard fare with your lunch AND dinner.  Mix up the variety of the items you use in your salad to prevent boredom.  In a busy week you can always shop the salad bar at your local market to save some time.

Add and subtract.  You can add chopped broccoli to your pasta to enhance or replace some of the meat.  Be creative when adding veggies to your recipes.  Try blending sweet potato or carrot puree into your french toast batter…no one will know and it is SO delicious!

Enhance desserts.  You can add pumpkin or butternut squash to your chocolate mousse and no one will notice….its just rich and delicious.

Most importantly have fun, eat healthy and enjoy nature’s bounties….Yummmmm.

Not just for pickles……..

We all like to try new things, right?   Well how about a refreshing Dill Face wash?  Dill and it’s feathery fun fragrance has beneficial properties that protect against free radicals and bacteria.  For a truly moisturizing cleanser, combine it with naturally exfoliating milk and calming aloe vera.

For a green routine the milk and dill in this everyday wash rids the skin of dead cells…great for all skin types.

1.  Cut fresh aloe lengthwise down the middle and scoop out about 1 tsp of the clear gel.

2.  In a small bowl combine aloe with 1/2 cup milk and 1 tsp fresh chopped dill.  Stir until smooth.

3.  Massage the mixture on damp skin for approximately 1 full minute and rinse with warm, then cool water.  Pat dry and enjoy your day!

Beans Beans….they ARE magical

What are you ask?   Why BEANS of course!  Try to serve beans in some of the following forms a few times per month and enjoy the healthy benefits – quick serve and inexpensive to boot!

Quick or Slow, your choice.  Dried beans are the least expensive and most nutritious of foods.  Soak them overnight, rinse and simmer and eat.  If you are in a hurry then canned low-sodium beans are a great alternative.

Try a simple Buddha bowl for dinner.  Start with beans and whole grains then add raw or lightly steamed veggies and season to taste.

Whip up a new spread.  Cooked beans can become a delicious spread when whipped in your food processor.  Just add some healthy oil, herbs, nuts, etc and blend it up!  Use for a dip or on bread for a sandwich in place of Mayo.

Snack on Soy.  Edamame isn’t just for Sushi restaurants…try some at home.  Eat them just liked shelled peanuts.  Toss with sea salt or your favorite tamari sauce for some extra flavor.  Yummmmmmy

Why go to the beach?

I know I am not alone in my love and passion for the beach. A lake is fine. A river is nice. There is nothing like the ocean, though, to really get me rejuvenated.

Salt water: there is nothing more therapeutic for your joints and muscles than a soak in salt water. The ocean heals little nicks, cuts and scrapes, and if you take a minute to exfoliate with a little sand, your skin will be grateful for days. (Just remember to reapply sunscreen after time in the salt water and sand – it can eat away your suntan lotion).

Sense of stimulation: Go ahead and try to name one of your senses that isn’t stimulated by a day at the beach.

Recreate. I find there is nothing more cathartic than a long walk on the beach.

Unplugged. I really love it that the beach is entirely destructive to technology.

Sleep. Whenever I look around at the beach, I notice dozers everywhere. Rarely do I get more than a twilight and dreamy sleep while actually on the beach, but when I go home, I find that I am rested, relaxed, and ready to have the best night of sleep – it is truly therapeutic.

Bare feet. Having bare feet means freedom. It is nearly impossible to be formal without shoes on. If I am shoeless, I laugh more. I trip less. Bare feet mean comfort and I love being comfortable

Humanity. There is a lack of humanity in many aspects of my daily life. There is no patience, solitude, or connecting over the truly important things in life. At the beach I find people pull out more civility. Families connect. Friends play. Lovers relate and there is a different community for the day – one made up of people who are all out for a nice time. It is noticeable to me when I am on vacation or at a local beach for the day. I look forward to that.

Go out and enjoy the beach as soon and as often as you can!