another day

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:

DSC00321I use filtered or spring water, but unsweetened coconut water is also an option.

DSC00325Another option is to sub chia seeds for flax seeds.

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pesach

101204_sweet_potato_latke_panI 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.

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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.

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fishy

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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.

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liquid courage

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.

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Easy-peasy: kale (1 or 2 cups) + spinach (1 or 2 cups) + a choice of a banana or some pineapple chunks + water.

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Drank it at 8am, followed by a 9:30 cappuccino, and it lasted me until noon.

greenery

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.

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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.

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Some jasmine green tea to boost the digestive process (I chose Numi), and voile! An all-green dinner is served.

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