Monday, January 31, 2011

Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Chocolate Milk

I love this stuff. Having grown up on dairy farms and seeing what cows are put through in order to produce milk, well...I've never really been a milk drinker.

I decided recently to switch from regular soy milk to almond milk, simply because I wanted to reduce the soy intake for my body. I love this chocolate flavor and have been using it in EVERYTHING! I add it to my peanut butter and blueberry smoothies for a rich flavor, and it gives my morning coffee a sweet taste!

I find the almond milks better than the soy milks for someone trying to give up milk because it has a thicker consistency and a richer, buttery taste that would be similar to traidtional cow milk. Give it a try!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Dancer's Pose - Natarajasana

One of my favorite Yoga asanas to do is Dancer's Pose or Natarajasana.

This pose helps to create mental concetration and of course balance. It's a great stretch to open the hips, leg and thigh as well as the arm and shoulder and helps to tone the legs. Dancer's Pose strengthens the spine and the entire leg.

From Mountain Pose, concentrate on a spot a few feet ahead of you on the wall. Take a deep breath and ground yourself down into the standing leg, while you lift the other leg. Drop one hand (the same as the leg you are lifting) down to your side and grab a hold of the ankle of the foot you are lifting. As you exhale, slowly tilt the body forward while pushing your leg up into the air.

I need to work on getting my leg a little higher in the air! Ideally your arm and leg (where the knee ends/folds) should create one long lean, straight line.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Kind Diet on Osteoporosis

"In 1994, a report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that when people went from a standard American diet to a Vegetarian diet, they had OVER 50% LESS bone loss!" - The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone.

Tempeh Curry

Last night I tried a recipe from my new Whole Foods Recipe App for iPhone. Here is the recipe, and it turned out delicious.

Ingredients:
1 cup Quinoa cooked or soaked
1 8oz package of Tempeh
1 1/2 cups of Vegetable Broth
1 medium yellow onion chopped
2 cloves of garlic
1 tblsp of grated ginger
1 tblsp of curry powder
2 tsp of ground cumin
1 can of coconut milk
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1/2 lb of green beans
Sea Salt to taste

Prepare Quinoa to directions and set aside. Steam tempeh and set aside

Bring 1/2 cup of vegetable broth to simmer in a large deep pan over medium high heat. Add the onion, garlic and ginger and cook for 5 minutes or until onion is translucent. Add curry and cumin and cook for 1 more minute.

Add coconut milk, potato, tempeh and remaining vegetable broth. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a low simmer, cover and cook for another 10 minutes. Add green beans and simmer for another 5 minutes.

Serve over the Quinoa.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Raw Zucchini Pasta

Last night's dinner of a Raw Zucchini Pasta was so quick and easy! Here is fast and easy meal that everyone will love to eat! It's flavorful, healthy, and fresh tasting!

Peel the skin off of a Zucchini ( I use one Zucchini per person) and then with your peeler, peel off the Zucchini into strips that becomes your "pasta" and place the strips onto a pile in the center of the plate.

In a food processor combine all the following and process/blend until you reach your desired consistency. I like my sauce a little on the chunky side, so I just pulse the food processor a few times to achieve the perfect pasta sauce.

1 Cup of tomatoes ( I use the little cherry tomatoes)
1 Cup of soaked sundried tomatoes
1 Tblsp of chopped Garlic
1 small onion, peeled and chopped
1 Tblsp of Hemp Oil
1-2 Tblsp of Balsamic Vinegar (based on your tastes)
1 Tblsp of dried Rosemary
1 Tblsp of dried Thyme
Sea salt to taste
Freshly ground pepper to taste
The juice of one lemon

I added fresh mushrooms to the sauce once it was blended, and topped the whole thing with raw Sunflower Seeds. Enjoy!