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Archive for March 2nd, 2010

While I was running around, I took my juice and drank it all while I was out. And by the time I got home(12.30pm) I was starving. So I had visions on eating my Vegetable Salad from last night, but Mike made something too.

Vegetable Salad Lunch

Vegetable Salad Lunch

He noticed a couple of Yellow Squash had been sitting in the Vegetable Tray for a while(I had every intention of making something with them today or tomorrow.!)

Roasted Eggplant

Roasted Eggplant

So he roasted them up outside in his Coleman Grill with Olive Oil. And while he was at it, he did the same with a couple of Eggplant we transported from Maryland to Florida.

Roasted Yellow Squash

Roasted Yellow Squash

So I had a couple of pieces of each on a Whole Grain Wheat slice along with my Vegetable Salad. I went into the refrigerator and realized we didn’t have any Hummus, so I put a Roasted Raspberry Chipotle on the bread with the roasted veggies…Yum! Yum! Yum!

Then I took my Banana Orange Plum Smoothie from last night and have been drinking on that ever since.

Banana Orange Plum Smoothie

Banana Orange Plum Smoothie

I will soon have to get up to get my Carrot Celery Apple Spinach Juice to drink before dinner.

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This morning I got up and looked outside the window and saw the rain… thought there go my walking plans. All day today, the forescast says it’s supposed to rain.  So I will have to figure out something else for a workout.!!!

But until then, I made my Juice in my VitaMix Juicer.:

Carrot Juice:

Ingredients:

 4 Carrots

 4 Celery

2 Handfulls of Spinach

1 Apple 

Directions:

Cleaned and Chopped up Vegetables, add water and ice. Turn on VitaMix on Variable 1 and turn up speed to 10 and mix for 1minute or until desired consistancy.

Barley Max Mix

Barley Max Mix

Then I went ahead and pulled the Barley Max container out of the cupboard and mixed a glass of water with 1 spoonful of the powder.

What Is Barley Max??

BarleyMax is a barley juice product, which is grown from specially selected seeds on fields that are certified organic in a pristine area of the USA.

Alfalfa juice is blended with the barley juice to optimize the nutritional values and achieve the highest macro and trace mineral content possible.

WHY  CHOOSE BARLEY MAX?

BarleyMax has a balanced and richer amount of macro minerals and trace minerals. Higher mineral content gives more cofactors for higher enzyme activity and building blocks for the living cells, tissues and organs of the body.

Vitamin Content – Tests and research indicate higher vitamin content in BarleyMax. This may be due to growing conditions, but also to lower heat and oxygen exposure during processing.

Antioxidant Capacity – Green drink powders are a rich source of antioxidants. In a measure of total antioxidant capacity, this product is the leading green drink juice powder. Levels of beta-carotene are highly dependent on storage time and light exposure.

Looks Fresh – BarleyMax is green. When mixed BarleyMax has a deep, rich green color. Even if it sits on the counter for a while, it does not separate. This indicates true solubility. It mixes easily and stays mixed.

No Maltodextrin – Though we have believed for years that maltodextrin preserves the sensitive nutrients from damage, our recent laboratory tests indicate that this product, over a year old, without maltodextrin, still has most of the enzymatic activity remaining. This is also good news for those who believe they are sensitive to Maltodextrin.

No Brown Rice and Kelp – BarleyMax is a pure juice product whose mineral and micro mineral values are as good if not better without the use of these additional ingredients. No MLM – What more can you say? This is just a straight purchase. You get what you pay for. You will actually get a better product, more servings, and a lower price. It’s simply a great deal.

Tastes Fresh – BarleyMax tastes fresh. The flavor is full of vitality and has an aroma of freshly squeezed juice. If you put BarleyMax juice, beside the freshly squeezed juice, you will have a difficult time telling the juices apart.

BarleyMax Nutritional Content Trace Minerals:

BarleyMax contains 100% organically grown barley juice concentrate and a small amount of enzyme-rich and nutrient-dense alfalfa. Alfalfa plants have roots that reach deep into the earth, drawing out precious trace minerals that are not found in other grasses. Enzymes are the life force of raw foods.

As we age our body’s ability to produce enzymes weakens resulting in poor digestion and elimination leading to acute health issues and chronic illness. We can conserve our enzyme potential by utilizing raw foods rich in enzymes.

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I just made another smoothie with my VitaMix and it was so great… Now I actually have a reason to eat more fruits. I’ve been neglecting my fruit intake, but not anymore!!!!

I made something that wasn’t in the handbook/cookbook. 

Banana Orange Plum Smoothie

Banana Orange Plum Smoothie

 Banana Orange and Plum Smoothie:

Ingredients:

1 Banana

1Orange

2Plums

1Cup Ice

Directions:

Throw all the fruits into the VitaMix and then add Ice. Turn mixer on Variable 1 and increase spead to 10 quickly and mix for 45 seconds or until you get desired consistancy.

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I begged Mike for a warm weather weekend excursion… and I got a trip to Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, only to find out it wasn’t as warm as I thought it would be.
Ft. Lauderdale-Hotel View

Ft. Lauderdale-Hotel View

We had enough of the cold and snow from up north and when we drove back down to Florida, it was still cold. So I thought, a trip south would warm us up. But temps in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale were only 10 degrees warmer putting them in the 60’s 😦
Ft. Lauderdale-Hotel View

Ft. Lauderdale-Hotel View

Regardless, we hit the road Saturday morning and I packed the left over Hibachi Vegetables for lunch which I ate as soon as I got in the car. I did manage to juice two Carrot, Celery, Spinach, Apple drinks with the new VitaMix Juicer, and I made a Fruit Smoothie too!

Dinner was the usual Pier 66 culinary excursion. The food, atmosphere, and service are so amazing, it’s always a treat to go there. Each time I go there, I get the same Green Salad with out any Feta Cheese and this weekend Oil and Vinegar instead of their creamy dressing.  To spice things up I added a Baked Potato too in addition to a couple of Glasses of White Wine.

Sunday we got up to head down to Miami and found out the Food Networks Wine & Food Festival was taking place on the beach in South Beach. We decided to have lunch on Lincoln Street at a Rustic Pizza Restaurant we visited in November with my cousins when they came in town for the cruise. Mike and I split a 16″ medium pizza.

Rustic Pizza Vegetable Pizza

Rustic Pizza Vegetable Pizza

My half was the Vegetable side with no Cheese on a Wheat crust and Mike’s side was the Mushroom Pizza with Cheese.  

Then we continued walking toward the Ocean, where we scoped out the Wine & Food Festival. It turns out, in order to get on the beach to walk around and sample wines, foods, etc. we had to pay $230 per person. A price a little to steep for a couple of hours of testing.! So we went across the street and sat at The Carlyle and had Daquiries and an appetizer dish of Chips and Calamari.

Sunday Morning was a tough ride home….. tooo many Daquiries last night and a bad diet all around. We stopped at Einstein Bros. Bagels for a Whole Grain Bagel with Butter and the middle scooped out and to drink I got a Frozen Mocha Latte.  As we were driving north, I begged Mike to stop in Palm Beach, to see how the other half lives.

Palm Beach Ocean View

Palm Beach Ocean View

We drove up along Ocean Ave (A1A) and saw the mansions facing the ocean and then we stopped at the Breakers Hotel. It’s where some of the “Heartbreakers” movie was filmed. And the hotel is also supposed to be a famous, historic resort as well. 

The Breakers Hotel-Palm Beach

The Breakers Hotel-Palm Beach

Further north we stopped outside of Titusville for lunch, which turned out to be Long John Silver’s Fish and Fries Combo with a couple of Hush Puppies. I’m still having feedback from all that grease I ate earlier.

Long John Silver - Fish Meal

Long John Silver - Fish Meal

But hopefully all my bad choices were canceled out with this evenings Vegetable Salad I made

with a Oil and Lemon Dressing.

Vegetable Salad

Vegetable Salad

Vegetable Salad:

Ingredients:

1Red Bell Pepper

1Cup of Green Beans

1/2Bunch of Broccoli

1Carrot

3Celery Sticks

1/2Can White Beans

1Avocado

1Bunch Cauliflower

2Tbls. Olive Oil

1/2 Lemon

1Tsp. Basil

1Tsp. Paprika

1/2Tsp. Crushed Peppers

1/2Tsp.Cumin

1Tsp. Celtic Salt

Directions:

Wash and cut up vegetables. For the Beans, I took the left overs I put in the Refrigerator or you can crack open a new can. Add Oil, Lemon and other seasonings to the salad and mix.

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