A couple of weeks ago my friend Saul blended a fruit smoothie and added avacado to it. The result was a fantastic tasting drink! It mellows some of the overly sweet taste of the fruit and adds smooth texture. The next time you make smoothies give it a try!
This last week I made progress in focusing on my two passions – eating healthy and exercising. Why two? Because they go together. You won’t be healthy unless you balance the two in your everyday life.
To get started I applied to a local university to become a registered dietitian. I hope to start school in the summer. Eating healthy has changed my life so dramatically that I want to help others achieve the same.
I am also moving forward on starting a non profit that involves bicycling. The focus of the non profit is to create jobs around cycling here in the Denver area as bicycling and bicycle racing is very big here.
I hope that by combining my two passions I can live a balanced lifestyle and help others do so as well.
I sometimes volunteer on Saturdays to cook food to feed a group of people here in Denver. My friend Doris had me use coconut oil instead of olive oil while frying vegetables. The result was wonderful.
The coconut oil can be used on high heat without burning. The added plus is that it gave the veggies some added flavor. I’m not sure how expensive coconut oil is in the store, but I will look for it and post an addition to this one once I do.
At the SAME Cafe you pay what you want, or if you can’t you can volunteer for your meal. A Denver couple started the cafe around 5 years ago on East Colfax. People can get meals such as soup, pizza, salad, coffee, tea and other choices.
The food is healthy, tasty and organic. One may enjoy the quaint cafe style eating area inside or on a nice day enjoy their meal in the small sidewalk cafe area outside.
I like the idea that if people can’t afford to donate money for their meal they can volunteer to help out in the kitchen. Volunteering serves two purposes. It empowers people so they are not just getting a hand out and it gives them experience working in a kitchen.
If you have a chance stop in for a meal and help support this wonderful idea!
We are preparing for a weekend of snow here in Denver. A hearty soup made in a slow cooker using leftovers is a great way to stay warm. This soup was made with a variety of beans, chicken, carrots, and potatoes. You can add almost anything to a slow cooker to make a healthy and hearty soup.
My friend Janet made a delicious Orange-Blueberry bread the other day. The recipe called for fresh grated orange rind and blueberries. To make it healthier she altered the recipe by adding a small amount of orange juice to sweeten the bread and skipped the sugar glaze that was to go on top of the bread. The fresh fruit, orange rind and blueberries gives the bread enough flavor that the glaze is not necessary.
What have you done to make recipes healthier?
After moving to Denver I started volunteering at a local food bank. Little did I know at the time, but this experience would change my life in a dramatic way. You will not find the kind of caring, giving and generous volunteers and staff anywhere else.
Metro CareRing provides healthy food donated from places such as Whole Foods, King Soopers and local citizens and groups to residents of Denver and its surrounding communities. Besides providing food, Metro CareRing also provides assistance with referrals to other resources for their clients.
I am proud to be a volunteer at an organization that not only provides food, but cares about their clients health. Clients are able to choose the food they want and are given a wide variety of fresh organic produce and other organic food items to pick from.
Metro CareRing makes a huge difference in the Denver community and has exciting plans for a new facility which will begin construction sometime in 2012. If you would like to help support this wonderful organization please see their website on how to donate.
I struggle with keeping my weight down, so when I am looking for something to snack on I try and choose something that does not have a lot of carbs. My snack today is snow peas and Blue Moose of Boulder hummus. Snow peas are a good source of vitamin C and iron. Because the snow peas do have a lot of natural sugar, I balance the nutritional value with the hummus which contains protein.
I enjoy this snack because I can make it at home and it is also easy to take on the go. Because I am an avid bicyclist I am always looking for things that are easy to take with me.
Remember to snack healthy and have a happy new year!
Yesterday I walked a couple of miles to my local King Soopers grocery store. Not an easy task as we still have lots of snow on the ground, but the sun was shinning and I wanted to get outside to enjoy it. King Soopers is one of my favorite places to shop as they have good quality meat and produce and the prices can’t be beat.
The store offers a wide variety of both organic and non organic fruits and vegetables as well as fresh herbs. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on whole foods if you shop wisely, and I find that at King
Soopers I can eat my favorite foods on a tight budget.
My favorite things to buy at King Soopers are orange juice (the King Soopers brand), their packaged nuts and snacks (which are usually priced lower than anywhere else that I can find) and bananas.
Let me know your favorite places to shop for healthy food.
One of my favorite sources of protein is peanut butter. It can be used to make sandwiches or spread on apples and bananas or celery. I also use it to make sauces for pasta and rice.
There are quite a few brands of peanut butter on the market and they can be very different in terms of good nutritional value. Reading the ingredients is a way I choose what peanut butter to purchase. The ingredients should state “peanuts” as the only ingredient. If the ingredients label lists sugar or other chemicals or ingredients it may not contain much in the terms of nutritional value. The goal of eating whole foods is to eliminate chemicals used in the processing of foods which takes away its nutritional goodness.
Enjoy those peanut butter sandwiches!