One day this week I was hungry ALL DAY LONG. I was actually getting sick of eating so I told my husband that I wish I could just drink food. I was literally sick of finding snacks to consume and just wanted a magic pill to fill me up.
Well, I didn’t drink my food that day. I ate regular meals and snacks, even if sick of them. And I think I was still hungry when I went to bed that night, but had given up so fell asleep to tummy growls.
What was the deal? Well, I have a current condition that I am not ready to share on the blog yet that keeps me hungry A LOT. So, it is time to mix things up and find fill-me-up drinks too.
Heyyyyyy smoothie! You’re looking pretty fine right now.
Yes, bring on the smoothie recipes. I have been going Pinterest crazy a bit lately to find some good ones. In fact, I think I shared a few faves on a guest post for Nature’s Bakery that should be up on their site soon. I haven’t tried them all, but it is my goal to!
Today I experimented with a refreshing pineapple smoothie! I rarely measure things, but here is what I grabbed out of the pantry and fridge:
- Frozen pineapple
- Frozen spinach
- pHenOH 7.4
- Chia Seeds
- Shredded Coconut
- Pineapple Juice
- Mint Leaves
- Sprinkle of Ginger, Cinnamon, & Cardamom
It is SOOOOOOOO GOOD! Definitely up my alley, but I am in love with mint and it definitely has a hint of it. If you are up for a similar smoothie, keep in mind you can take some of the ingredients off and it’d still taste the same I bet (like the pHenOH 7.4 since I doubt many peeps have this just laying around). Also, I start with just a little of the liquids and add more in if it is needed after I blend. I also use just a tad of spinach, because I am not into the very green-tasting smoothies.
I am joining in with the Fit Dish link up today with The Fit Switch and Jill Conyers. Do you like smoothies? If so, what is your favorite ingredient to add into smoothies?
Try something purple today. Why not? The color is beautiful (well, to me anyway, since it is my favorite), there are many tasty options, AND the blue/purple fruits and veggies offer some unique benefits.
The dark blue and purple fruits and veggies contain phenolics and resveratrol. You may have heard about resveratrol before with all of the positive press around red wine the past 5-10 years. The dark grapes can be thanked in part for that! Phenolics and resveratrol help reduce the risk of cancer, stroke, and heart disease. They can also help improve your memory.
See if you have one of the following in your fridge today or pick one to try this week:
- Black Olives
- Black Currants
- Dried Plums
- Purple Asparagus
- Purple Cabbage
- Purple Carrots
- Purple Figs
- Purple Grapes
I always have raisins on hand. They are easy to throw in morning oatmeal, toss in a salad, or sprinkle on top of peanut butter toast. In order to try something new this week that I have not had in awhile, I will give eggplant a whirl. Central Market (and HEB for the Texans that have it) has sliced eggplant in the freezer section that is really easy to heat up over the stove or in the oven. I like a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese on top and it’s done.
What purple fruit or vegetable will you try today or sometime this week?
The more colorful your plate is, the better! I love that fruits and vegetables (the foods that are the BEST for us) are so colorful. That alone makes them fun to eat. Am I right? To some of you, at least, I’m sure.
Another exciting fact about fruits and vegetables is that unique benefits come with each color. Today’s color is RED. Go for it! Find a favorite red fruit or veggie… or be adventurous and try one you have not tried in awhile.
What is so great about the red fruits and vegetables? I am so glad you asked. Here is the breakdown:
- Lycopene is in tomatoes, red grapefruit, and watermelon. Lycopene helps reduce your risk of many different types of cancers (especially prostate cancer- men take notes!).
- Lycopene is best absorbed in foods containing cooked tomatoes, as opposed to raw, with a small amount of fat (think spaghetti sauce).
- Anthocyanins are in other red fruits and veggies like strawberries, raspberries, and red grapes, to name a few. Anthocyanins act as a powerful antioxidant that protect against cell damage. And get this? They keep the heart healthy! So yes, once again, think red for your heart!
- Red fruits and vegetables also promote healthy aging and memory, as well as urinary tract health.
There are so many to choose from, but here is a short list to get that noggin’ of yours full of ideas on what to choose for today:
- Red grapes
- Red grapefruit
- Blood oranges
- Red Apples
- Red Bell Pepper
What is your favorite red fruit or veggie?