Wednesday, April 24, 2013

How Do You Get Your Selenium?

Selenium is an important trace mineral that I never gave any thought to, up until now. Have some time to read a few medical studies on the subject? Click on this link!

It wasn't until I began my new health journey 4 years ago that I truly learned about proper nutrition.  I am learning more and more each day about essential nutrients our bodies need. But the important thing that I have discovered along the way is that we must find ways to get these nutrients in their natural state whenever possible. Easy to do IF you follow a plant based diet, right? Well not always; there are so many sources out there trying to convince you that their supplement is THE WAY to go. It is easy to get confused and sucked into their persuasive claims. Keep it simple and then things look much clearer. I say try nature first--simple whole foods in their unadulterated state.
For instance, Selenium. By simply consuming 2 Brazil nuts a day one can get their dose of this crucial element. The easiest way I have found to remember my nuts is to pop them into the morning smoothie. Here is a delicious recipe that the entire family will enjoy. I add 2 Brazil nuts per serving. So in this recipe, which serves 5, I added 10 Brazil nuts. Make sure you are using raw, unsalted Brazil nuts--never use roasted/salted.

Selenium Rich Green Smoothie

by Elizabeth @
(serves 5)

10 Raw, unsalted Brazil nuts
2 T chia seeds
1 C purified water
1 C dandelion greens
3-5 large leaves of purple kale
6 frozen bananas
1 C frozen peaches
1 capful alcohol-free, vanilla or a vanilla bean

Blend everything in a high speed blender and enjoy!
+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for tomato plants spontaneously growing in my square foot garden!

Friday, April 19, 2013

5 Drawbacks to Being Vegan

I read this article this morning and it put a smile on my face. It is so true, everything that Patti stated, I just had to chuckle out loud. Hope you enjoy it too! At the bottom of the post I share my easy vegan salad recipe for  Greened Up Apple Salad.

Five Drawbacks to Being a Vegan

Patti Breitman | 04/18/13

What do vegans complain about when they are among themselves?  I thought it was time to go public with the private thoughts of many vegans.
Bathroom Blues
Whereas most people we know can flip through a magazine or check their email while on the toilet, vegan food is so high in fiber, we don’t spend enough time in the bathroom to get any reading done.  Despite going sometimes two or more times a day, we are on and off the seat in no time, and there is no reading in the john for us.  Also, we spend more than non-vegans on toilet paper, which we use at a rate that would shock the people who keep laxatives in their medicine cabinet.  You might say we are number one at number two. But it’s not something we can talk about in polite company.
No Second Helpings
At gatherings where food is served family style and non-vegans are in the majority, the vegan dishes are always among the most popular.  Hence, when we go back for another serving of the vegan lasagna, the salad that doesn’t have cheese in it, or the vegan brownies, they are invariably gone.  We would love to take another helping at the pot luck dinners and picnic lunches, but the vegan food seldom lasts as long as the meat and dairy offerings.  If you are reading this, please bring a vegan dish to your next event.
Stuck in the Middle
Statistically, vegans are more slender than our meat eating friends. So when five people ride in one car, we are usually designated as the middle passenger in the back seat. We don’t mind too, too much. But just once in a while we would like to ride shotgun.   Drivers: Please dig out that middle seat belt for us before we are cheek to cheek with the other two passengers.
Vegans have too many options when we buy milk.  We have to decide if we want almond milk, rice milk, soy milk, rice/soy combinations, coconut milk or hemp milk. And as if that’s not enough, we have to choose among vanilla, chocolate, original, no sugar added or enriched. So while our hearts are breaking for the cows and their babies, we are sometimes befuddled by the variety of non dairy milks that leave us breathless with indecision.
Hearing Confession
When people know that we are vegan, they feel compelled to tell us what they ate at their most recent meal.  Frequently, vegans are thrust into the role of confessor as friends confide in us, “I hardly ever eat red meat any more,” or “I thought of you last night;  I had the most wonderful salad with my dinner. Oops, I did eat fish.”   And while we try hard to be supportive of any move toward more conscious eating, we really wish these people would imitate us rather than confess to us.  I suppose it’s a good thing that others seek our approval and our blessing, as it probably means that they think we’re on the right path.  But we want to tell these people: It’s a wide enough path for everyone!  Join us!
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Author Patti Breitman’s next book, co-authored with Carol J. Adams, and Virginia Messina, is Never Too Late To Go Vegan; The Over 50 Guide to Adopting and Thriving

Greened Up Apple Salad

by Elizabeth @
Serves 1
2 Organic pink lady apples, diced
1/4 C organic raisins, soak for 30 min. then drain
3 large organic romaine leaves, torn
2 organic purple kale leaves, torn
1/2 C organic parsley, rough chop
2 T raw pine nuts
sprinkle of cinnamon
Dressing: Juice of 1 organic lemon, zest of the same lemon, 1 tsp raw honey (optional, if you are a strict vegan)
Whisk dressing ingredients together, pour over salad and sprinkle with the cinnamon. Enjoy the simple goodness!
+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for organic berries popping up at the store--berry recipes to come!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Satisfying My Craving for Mexican Cuisine

Every now and then I get a really bad craving for Mexican food. Of course I do not crave the sour cream, cheese, or animal flesh aspect of this type of food but I crave the general flavor that Mexican food has. So when that craving strikes I have two go-to recipes and this is one of them.
 I adore raw corn combined with tomato and cilantro. Add some cumin, hot sauce, a few other ingredients and I say, let's eat some RAW, vegan Mexican cuisine. It is basically a spruced up salsa that can be served two ways.

Let's get started with the veggies. I soaked my onion in some raw apple cider vinegar and water because it was really strong. Drain off the soak water and discard or keep for a non-toxic window cleaner. And I always soak the sun dried tomatoes in some purified water for about an hour, to plump them up.

 Next I used the food processor to chop the grape tomatoes. I added those to a mixing bowl with the raw corn.
Next step is to chop the cilantro in the food processor along with the white onion.
Finely dice the sun dried tomato with a very sharp knife and add those plus the onion and cilantro to the mixing bowl.
Lastly add some cumin and hot sauce to taste, and stir well.

You could serve this dish two ways. One way is to slice up 2 large cucumbers and use them as your "chips" to scoop up this amazing mixture.

Or you could stuff some raw red, yellow or orange peppers. I actually had it both ways!

Loaded Salsa

by Elizabeth @

2 C organic Grape Tomatoes
1/2 C raw organic corn, cut off cob
1 small sweet white onion
6 sun dried tomatoes, soaked in water for 1 hour--drain well
1 C fresh cilantro
cumin to taste
hot sauce to taste (technically not raw--could use red pepper flakes)
2 organic cucumbers, sliced into rounds
1-2 organic red, yellow or orange bell peppers, cut in half and remove seeds

With a sharp knife cut the corn off the cob. Next, in a small food processor, pulse chop the grape tomatoes. Pour the tomatoes and corn into a mixing bowl. Next pulse chop the white onion in food processor adding cilantro last and pulse a few times. Add these to the mixing bowl. Using a sharp knife, finely chop the sun dried tomatoes, add to mixing bowl. Add some cumin and hot sauce to taste, stir all of the ingredients well. Serve with cucumber rounds as a salsa dip or stuff the bell peppers with the loaded salsa. Enjoy!

+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for family night out this past weekend. We all were together celebrating hubby's birthday. Happy Birthday honey!

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