I haven’t done a smoothie post lately. I’ve pretty busy with a school project. So, I wanted share my smoothie for today. I used fruit and veggies.
Fruits: Kiwis, Blackberries, Strawberries, Cranberries, and Bananas.
Veggies: Kale and Collard Greens.
I added 1/2 tsp of flaxseeds
I wanted to update those of you have been following my vegetarian journey. I made a post almost two months ago about returning back to eating vegetarian for various reason. Primarily for the discipline and the health benefits. I would definitely have to say that transitioning seemed easier the last time around because I took my time eliminating meat out of my diet and I also ate more gluten and dairy last time.
This time around I have been doing a lot more research about what is beneficial for my specific health needs. I also suffered from severe acne when I finally removed meat out of my diet last time. This actually freaked me out because it was pretty awful. I found out that going vegan and vegetarian can cause serious acne issues. So, I am taking my time in my transition into this lifestyle. So, that my body can adjust to the changes.
Is the meat gone? No, almost. I transitioned last time for about two to three months eliminating meat. I am almost at the two month mark. I don’t buy or prepare meat in my home ever since the last time I went vegetarian. I cook and prepare only vegetarian friendly meals. I may have some fish and lean meat if I go out to eat on occasions. I have found only a few take-out and dine-in dishes that are vegetarian and gluten-free friendly where I live. It has been trial and error. But all in all, I am making great progress.
I haven’t noticed any significant weight loss or anything like that. I have to say that I don’t feel as bloated. I feel better and my cholesterol and blood pressure are excellent. I am shooting to be totally meat-free by May 1. My initial plan was to stop cold turkey, but I am pacing myself and not pressuring myself to become vegetarian. I’m allowing myself to adapt to it so that it becomes my way of living. I have a goal and it’s becoming a reality.
Taking My Time,
I have been pretty swamped in my research course. This means late nights, a lot research, and a lot of hours in front of the computer. The past two weeks have been challenging. So, I have to make sure I’m fueling my body. I have been guilty of skipping breakfast or lunch because of my schedule. I’m doing a lot better with that.
Here’s a tasty, nutritious smoothie I made with a cantaloupe, blueberries, kale, flaxseeds, and chia seeds. I made sure that my fruit were frozen. I used apple juice for blending.
I also eat a lot of apples because they are easy to prepare and are good for on the go. Here’s how remixed my apples. I sliced them and sprinkled a little sea salt and cinnamon. I also added organic peanut butter. It’s a great mix of sweet, salty, and crunchy with some spice. It’s super delicious and filling.
So, I was going through what I had in my refrigerator to make a smoothie. I used cranberries, carrots, kale, bananas, blackberries, and oatmeal. I also used some grape juice as well. I have a recipe book that suggested using oatmeal in smoothies. The smoothie actually tasted pretty good, but consistency was like apple sauce. I’m not sure why, but maybe next time I can blend it longer.
Hey everyone! I have been doing a lot more cooking and experimenting with veggies. I have recently added kale to my menu. I wanted to share what I came up with in my exploration of kale.
My first adventure with kale was cooking it with other greens like collards, mustards, and turnips. I am a fan of collard and mustard green. It is a southern dish that is usually cooked with pork (or turkey). Last spring, I search the internet for a vegetarian friendly version of cooking greens that still had the southern flavor. I found a recipe that I actually liked. After that, I took that recipe and changed it up a little made it my own. I took the butter element out and now it’s vegan friendly. By the way greens are gluten-free.
Last week cooked some greens using the following ingredients:
Not pictured is my olive oil and fresh onions.
The green were really delicious and tender.
My next endeavor was kale chips. I heard nothing but great reviews on how tasty kale chips are and I heard that they were easy to make. I made some this past Sunday using olive oil and salt. I have to say that they were okay. Not nasty or super delicious. I am a fan of potato chips, so I am kinda comparing. The chips are super thin and crispy. I let my parents try the chips out and they loved. I may try them again using other spices and seasoning.
On yesterday, I made a kale, strawberry, and banana smoothie. I added 1/2 teaspoon of flax-seed and some apple juice to help the frozen fruit blend well. I didn’t add my raw sugar.
I have to say that the smoothie was really good! I have tried spinach and other veggies before but I like how kale blended with the fruit I had. I will be trying kale out with other veggies and fruits in my smoothies.
I just wanted to share my kale experience. If anyone has any tips or ideas please share!