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Making a Great Smoothie for a Green Smoothie Diet

Have you ever tried to make your own green smoothie hoping to go on a green smoothie diet so that you can gain the benefits that these smoothies can offer you. Have your smoothies turned out just the opposite of what you expected them to turn out like? Did your green smoothie end up tasting a little bit bitter? That actually can be quite common if you’ve never made them before.

If you are serious about your green smoothie diet and want the smoothies to taste great also, here are a few simple rules that you can follow that will help you make great green smoothies and help your green smoothie diet be a success.

Choosing Your Greens

There are plenty of greens that you can pick from when it comes to making a good smoothie for your green smoothie diet. Two of the best ones that you can pick would be Swiss chard and kale. However, another one that many tend to skip over would be dandelion greens, something people have been using in recipes for centuries. If you are afraid of making your smoothie too bitter here is a short list of greens that are not bitter:

•    Bok choy
•    Napa cabbage
•    Beet greens
•    Broccoli
•    Butter lettuce
•    Mustard greens
•    Watercress
•    Spinach

A Healthy, Happy, Giving Fall

A Healthy, Happy, Giving Fall

After the oppressive heat of the last month of summer, I am so happy when that first chill of fall is felt in the air early in the morning. It is so refreshing. I begin to think of colorful leaves, apples and pumpkins. By this time I have usually been slacking a bit where my workouts are concerned because of the intense summer heat where I live. I rarely poke my head outside. As I fantasize about caramel apples and sweet potato pie, my nostalgia gets a rude awakening when I spy the scale in the corner of the bathroom. Time for a reality check.

This is also the time of year when it seems to be one holiday celebration right after another. It’s not just the season for colorful leaves. It’s also the season for over indulgence. Charlie Brown may have his Great Pumpkin, but, come December, if I’m not careful, I could very well be dubbed the Great Plumpkin.

Is there a way to indulge in traditional holiday eating and do it in a healthy way?  Well, pumpkins are full of vitamins A and C. The seeds are packed with phytosterols which help lower cholesterol levels. Roasted pumpkin seeds can then be an official healthy holiday snack. They can also be used to garnish dishes like soups and salads.

Football Party Finger Foods

Football Party Finger Foods

Football season is here which means on weekends I usually have a houseful of hungry young men clamoring for delicious finger food they can consume by the pound as they gather around the television set. I try to keep my recipes simple so I can quickly whip up massive amounts. These are a few items that are always among the top favorites:

Turkey & Swiss Sliders

Ingredients

  • 24 dinner rolls (I get pre-packed white, wheat, and sweet Hawaiian then mix it up)
  • 24 thin slices of oven-roasted turkey
  • 24 thin slices of Swiss cheese
  • 2/3 cup of mayonnaise

`Poppy Seed Dressing

  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce

Preparation:  Separate rolls into halves and spread mayonnaise on each half. Place a slice of turkey and cheese on bottom of roll and top with other roll half. Place sandwiches touching into a pan. Mix all dressing ingredients and spread most of it over tops of sliders. Save a bit for dipping. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes. Serve and enjoy.

Hearty Fall Foods

Hearty Fall Foods

I can feel the change of the seasons in the air. It won’t be long now before I arrive at the Farmer’s Market and see a colorful selection of seasonal squash and pumpkins. I can’t wait. I am already imagining a fall menu for the upcoming months being churned out of my kitchen for the family to enjoy.

If you join me in preparing some of these dishes, here are a few tips. Although most squash varieties look tough, if overcooked they still get mushy. However, don’t despair and toss out that mushy mess. Mix it with some chicken or vegetable stock for delicious gravy to serve over your favorite noodles.

Here are just a few recipes I can’t wait to try out:

Spaghetti Squash Soup with Chicken and Lemongrass

Ingredients for 4 servings

  • 3 pound spaghetti squash
  • 1/2 pound shredded cooked chicken
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 thinly sliced lemongrass stalk with tough outer layers removed
  • 3″ nub of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced thin
  • 2 finely chopped garlic cloves
  • 8 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1/8 cup roughly torn cilantro
  • 2 sliced serrano chilies,
  • 1 lime sliced into wedges
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