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Food on my Mind

You may be wondering why I have been posting so many food blog entries…

or not…

Well I’ll tell you anyway, 

I have been trying to find the right foods that are easy to digest for my sensitive stomach. I cut out red meat a long time ago, and dairy even longer ago. Now I am a vegetarian (since around December, 2011). I thought this would really help my digestion woes, but I still had bubbles in my stomach after eating certain meals. I kept on eating things without trying to pin point the culprits.

Enough is enough! 

I have decided to cut out soy and gluten (think I am gluten-sensitive).

Goodness! What can I eat???

Basically, fruits and veggies, and rice. 

I am also trying to find what foods trigger the inability to control high stress levels. I have lately been experiencing high anxiety, and riding an emotional roller coaster! I am almost certain is has a lot to do with sugar (all refined types)! So no more of that either, I have now cut back about 90%. It would have been 100% if I looked closer at my cereal ingredients, which read brown sugar. I have honey and agave nectar; I wonder if these are digested and metabolized the same as refined sugar??? I’ll go easy on these too. 

Anyway, there you go, now you know why my mind has been on food lately. This food trip also relates to my hair, big time! I’ll be making a hair video soon; I have seen some changes in my scalp that I must rant about! 

I hope you enjoy the food entries, more to come…

Are Strawberries in Season?

I don’t know, but I just bought 4 pounds for $5 at Sunflower Market!

Smoothie time!

4 large strawberries

a few slices of fresh pineapple

1 banana

a handful of whole flax seeds

a squirt of Holy Basil leaf liquid herb

3 ice cubes

about 3/4 cup rice milk

Avocado for Lunch

 I had about 8 ripe avocados, and needed to eat them right away. I usually just have one here or there with lunch or dinner, but after purchasing 8 at a time from the local supermarket (since they are on sale for 4 for $1!), ALL of them were ready to devour at once….

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Simple Guacamole with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

6 avocadoes

juice from 1 lemon

1 cup cilantro leaves

1tsp cayenne pepper

1/4cup sun-dried tomatoes (in oil)

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100 Best Health Foods #6: Mangoes

Yes, these are actual mangoes in my crisper! Yum! (they were 4 for $1 at Food City by the way)

Why mangoes?

 

Unlike other fruits, mangoes have a high Vitamin E content!

Healthy skin yall!

High pectin content: reduces “bad” cholesterol!

 

 

 

Mango Tango Tomato Salsa
6 medium ripe tomatoes
1 onion, chopped fine
1 large mango, halved, seeded, peels, diced (kind of hard to do with all that juice, smack lips…)
2tbs fresh cilantro, chopped
salt
pepper
tortilla chips

100 Best Health Foods #5: Apricots

APRICOTS

For the sweet-toothers like me!

High in

  • vitamin C

  • folate

  • potassium

  • vitamin E

  • beta carotene

Try adding dried apricots to a home-made trail mix for a boost of energy, and sweet flavor!

Interesting fact:
Cooking fresh apricots will increase the carotene and soluble fiber absorption into the body!

Apricot Breakfast Muffins Recipe (Substitute whole wheat flour, apple sauce, agave nectar, or soy milk for a healthier twist!)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange peel

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, combine the eggs, milk and oil; mix well. Stir into dry ingredients just until combined. Fold in apricots and orange peel. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full.
  2. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Serve warm.

100 Best Health Foods #3: Grapes

GRAPES! Yum!

Grapes are rich in polyphenols, which can help with cancer and cardiovascular disease prevention.

The skin in grapes are high in antioxidants catechin and resveratrol

Grapes (the darker the better) are good for antiviral and anti-fungal protection; they are also high in potassium and vitamin C.

Recipe: White grape and lemon foam

1 c grapes

3/4 sparkling mineral water

2 large scoops plain yogurt

1 1/2 tbsp concentrated frozen lemonade

Method:

  1. place grapes, mineral water, frozen yogurt, lemonade
  2. pour foam into glasses, top with a few grapes and serve