Green, Green, Green!

Green has really been my focus lately when choosing and preparing food.

Simply focusing on the “diet”, better yet MY way of eating that makes ME (US) feel best. That in summary is as below and  in that order of consumption (anyone want to make a nice graph?):

Veggies, protein at almost every meal but in small portions, fruit (in the form of avocados and a 1/4 to 1/2 a banana almost every day) carbs in the form of potatoes and rice ,beans and some occasional bread (gluten free and fresh baked only), fats in the form of butter, olive oil and coconut oil. Small tip to share, measure your fat when using. I use no more than 1 tablespoon of olive oil per person to dress salads as an example.

Dinner last night:

Veggies with venison sausage:

In a large pan on medium heat, 1/2 teaspoon butter or olive oil, saute up some onion and venison sausage (or chicken,beef,shrimp or fish or…. tempeh, hey why not?)

When done remove from pan. Now add another 1/2 teaspoon of fat and add more onion. When translucent add your veggies and garlic. My veggies: 5 cloves garlic, 7-10 asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, 1 smallish zucchini, 1 purple carrot. While cooking, use about 1/3 of a cup of veggie or chicken broth to keep veggies moist and shiny. Just add intermittently during cooking. Don’t over cook…you want just the right amount of crunch for the veggies. Cut your broccoli and cauliflower small and that way you can cook everything together and the process will be quick….as in easy breezy. 🙂

In your mixer or Vitamix, make some sauce. I love love love doing this by the way. It adds so nicely to the meals and if you are watching your waste line…veggie based “sauces” are the way to go. I used 1 avocado, 1/2 to 3/4 cup of fresh cilantro, 1 SMALL clove of garlic, squirt of lime juice, salt and pepper and 1/4 cup of veggie broth (chicken broth will work beautifully too). Blend/mix until creamy.

Filling, satisfying and lots of flavor. I’ve noticed that I sleep better without the carbs for dinner.

Connecting some dots…when I was young and lived in Italy, the big pasta meal with bread was eaten at lunch time. Dinner was always protein, veggies/salad and beans… hmmm.

Like I said before, the French eat their salad AFTER dinner…I believe there is a reason for that as it relates to our cool little “gut buggies”. (Do some research if the interest is there)

Lastly more GREEN:

24 oz of green goodness 🙂

My beautiful wifey and I have come to really love and appreciate starting our days this way. It’s my go-to breakfast  during the workweek. Recipe:

1 cup unsweetened almond milk (organic is only a few more cents, go for it)

(I switch this up often with 1/2 cup kefir and 1/2 cup almond milk)

2 handfulls of organic frozen greens. This is a mixture of swiss chard, kale and spinach. Keeping it in the freezer allows you to keep it on hand without spoiling and allows for no ice in the smoothie but still a bit chilled.

1/3 of a frozen banana. Again keep bananas frozen and the keep long and no ice needed for your smoothie.

1 tablespoon chia seeds. Not sure on the hoopla about this supplement, but it’s a wonderful source of fiber, great for your digestion/poops.

1 teaspoon Spirulina. I tried this stuff years ago (late 1990’s and then read that I was paying for pond scum) The more I read now and the more I research, the more I’m blown away by the power of this stuff.  take a look at THIS SITE for a great starting point. It’s in my links on the left also. My wifey and I really like this brand, quality is important for this supplement I believe.

1 scoop of whey protein isolate (about 25 grams of protein)

1 raw egg

In the vitamix and ..voila! Most days I add a few vit D3 drops with K2.

 

Life is good if you choose it to be so…enjoy every day…BE HAPPY

 

 

 

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