Another green smoothie. This is such an easy and delicious way to incorporate leafy greens into your daily diet, that it’s a shame not to do it. The combination options are endless, and completely customizable to your taste buds.
Spinach + banana + fresh blueberries + frozen blackberry / blueberry mix + chia seeds:
I use filtered or spring water, but unsweetened coconut water is also an option.
Another option is to sub chia seeds for flax seeds.
I am not a religious person, and even if I were, my family is a hodgepodge of all faiths imaginable, so I would have a difficult time choosing a denomination that I identified with the most. My life has been shaped by various cultural traditions — from cuisine to music and art — and I enjoy them all equally and thoroughly.
In honor of Passover (ends today), I thought I would make potato latkes, but ‘modernize’ it with sweet potatoes. I found a very simple recipe here, and 15 minutes later, I had the most delicious, nutritious side dish. Not going to claim their authenticity, but, trust me, your taste buds will thank you. Even after Passover.
Sweet Potato Latkes
- 5 cups grated sweet potato
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons onions, minced (sub for scallions, if you want)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Sea salt and black pepper to taste.
Mix all ingredients together. Melt a spoonful of coconut oil or olive oil on a griddle or a skillet. Place small batches of the mixture onto the hot griddle, cook for 3-5 minutes on each side or until golden brown and crisp. Enjoy anytime.
I first ‘met’ Briohny Smyth (whose story is just as compelling as her skills) via an online video (below) that blew my mind. Everything about her was where I wanted to be — flexible, toned, confident, graceful… I watched it at least 12 times since then, and I am still mesmerized. Love it:
Fast-forward a couple of years, and she is back at it… but with her significant other (the same guy who was sleeping in her bed? not sure). Pretty dope. AcroYoga has interested me for a few years now, but outside of being silly with my husband or toddler, I have not actually taken a class. This may have changed my mind.
For those paired up with a stranger, I found a few AcroYoga etiquette tips that will make it a pleasant experience for everyone involved.
If possible, take a shower before you show up to classes or jams. If not, at least freshen your breath, and wash your armpits and feet. Your other acro yogis will greatly appreciate it.
Avoid strong perfumes and colognes.
If you have long hair, bring something to tie it back.
Trim your fingernails and toenails.
I’ve been on a fish kick lately – lox, sushi, tuna melts, smoked white fish, you name it, I’ve craved it – the following easy (and delightfully healthy) tilapia is a solid idea for lunch or dinner.
1. Sear some white fish filets (I used tilapia, but cod would work nicely as well, I think).
2. Add some soy/ginger dressing or marinade ( I used this one from TJ’s).
3. Let the filets soak up the flavor a bit.
4. And voile! Serve over a bed of greens for lunch, or add some brown rice for dinner.
Those summer days of 90+ degree heat call for more liquids, fruits, and frozen things. Behold the power of a homemade treat that is healthy, easy to make, and deliciously refreshing! The ingredients are really up to you — just combine your favorite fruits and berries, add water if needed, freeze, and enjoy. I use the following combo:
1. Combine pineapple and blueberries in a blender. I used equal parts of both, but the proportions are completely up to you. If you have any pineapple juice left, add that in as well, otherwise add some water.
2. Blend, freeze, serve! Couldn’t be any simpler or healthier!
Breakfast has always been a touchy subject for me. Since it’s the most important meal of the day, I feel like it cannot skip it — especially now that I am a mom trying to set a good example. Yet, I have to admit, starting my day with a coffee and a water seems to work just as well until lunch as starting it with oats or omelets.
Anyway, bring on the green drink that is a low-cal, leafy addition to your coffee, tea, cappuccino or mate, and is a respectable breakfast in terms of A.M. nutrition.
Easy-peasy: kale (1 or 2 cups) + spinach (1 or 2 cups) + a choice of a banana or some pineapple chunks + water.
Drank it at 8am, followed by a 9:30 cappuccino, and it lasted me until noon.
It’s summer, it’s sunny, and it’s the perfect time to introduce healthier choices to your diet. So much produce is in season, so save the meat for special occasions and colder times, and focus on greenery and colorful veggies.
1. Salad: arugula, cucumber, tomato, cilantro, avocado. Dressing: olive oil, a pinch of salt and pepper, and a squeeze of lemon juice (optional). Best part? No portion control needed.
2. Lightly steamed broccoli (no more than 5 minutes), crushed raw almonds or raw sunflower seeds (or any other nut, really), some salt or garlic powder if you’d like, and a drop of flaxseed or coconut oil.
Some jasmine green tea to boost the digestive process (I chose Numi), and voile! An all-green dinner is served.