Green smoothie, breakfast, and tonight's dinner out...
Jan. 21, 2011 9:24 pm
Updated: Jun. 28, 2011 2:46 pm
Alright, I'm doing better with my 'healthier-eating resolution', if that's what you'd call it.
I made a green smoothie yesterday that just pumped me up. I hadn't blended my veggies in a while, so I decided to get back in the habit to kick my healthier eating up a notch. I looked in the fridge and ended up tossing a carrot, a whole celery stalk, half
a head of romaine, and a few handfuls of spinach into the blender. I added water to get it thin to my liking, tossed in some ground flaxseed, and then decided to plop in a little non-fat plain Greek yogurt while I was at it. Ultimately, it tasted like celery,
but my body sure let me know it was a much appreciated tonic.
I've been making a point of ensuring I get some fiber and protein to properly fuel my body at breakfast. I have to say, Cream of Wheat is a surprisingly good source of Iron for those of us who need to add it into our diets. I've been making a lot of oatmeal
(not the artificial flavored in a packet, try this instead: http://allrecipes.com/PersonalRecipe/62592573/Apple-Pie-Breakfast-Oatmeal/Detail.aspx), and Bob's Red Mill Mighty Tasty Hot Cereal. The Bob's mix is loaded with good stuff and is gluten-free too.
I also try to eat a banana or apple with breakfast, and drink some green tea.
Tonight I went to dinner with my hubby at the golf course down the street, kinda expensive. We each had one drink, shared one app, and had an entree each. The veggie du jour was green and yellow squash with a drizzle of what tasted like roasted red pepper
sauce. Other than the tiny drizzle, the veggies were flavorless. Man, when I make squash, I can feed it to people who hate it and they ask for more; this had me thinking 'no wonder so many people are scared!' For the main dish, I had chicken breast stuffed
with prosciutto and provolone with a garlic butter basil sauce. It was good, but not 'Mmm, mmm, mmm'. I had a choice between garlic redskin mashed' or basmati rice. I should have seen what they did with the rice because the mashed I make tastes way better;
theirs were only slightly garlicky and very starchy-at least my potatoes cook in chicken stock for a nice, full flavor. Overall it wasn't bad, but it had me thinking how much I could charge for MY dishes if they were served in such a restaurant.
I do occasionally dream of someday opening up a lunch diner, but it would be a little health food cafe. The menu would have salads, slaws, green smoothies and other raw choices, soups, grilled chicken and other healthy cooking methods like steaming and poaching,
with maybe lamb, turkey, tofu too...I don't know...now I'm just rambling...
I'm trying to get a nutrition degree anyway, so "lissa's healthy lunch cafe' can be a driver for my studies.
Hope all is well in your kitchens and bellies!