Hello again Dear Friends,
As you know, Bill and I just completed a 6-day road trip from Canada to California. Driving long hours and staying in motels can make eating healthy food a real adventure. And we learned some things on this trip that were very helpful.
The first is that we tucked our Vita-Mix Blender in the trunk. This way, every day we could begin our morning or end our day with a green smoothie. When we drive for hours and don’t get much movement during the day, eating lots of greens and high fiber veggies keeps us feeling great. Including our Vita-Mix was first and foremost in keeping us energized on the road. You can enjoy our favourite “On The Road Again” Smoothie recipe (from the Willie Nelson song by the same title) at the end of this post.
We were surprised and delighted to find how many major grocery stores now carry the organic ingredients we like when we’re on the road. Romaine lettuce, organic spinach, parsley and cilantro were available in most every larger town we stopped in. We also found organic ginger and lemons as well as organic sunflower and pumpkin seeds for our smoothies in a number of places. It seems times are changing with so many more organic options today. This is wonderful, surely a sign that more and more people want to eat organic.
We also found fresh or frozen organic berries and a bottle of organic pomegranate juice for our smoothies.
A small amount of pomegranate juice gives a nice flavor boost.
Next a heaping tablespoon of ground flax, and last, stevia for sweetness.
Another new discovery was the convenience of a 3-pack of Romaine lettuce. Pre-washed, packaged organic Romaine was easy to find and several times we just ate a whole head like eating an apple, even when we were driving. This works well to take on an airplane too. It is amazing travel food and delicious even without dressing. It supplied our greens for lunch to which we added hummus and cucumber, carrot and red pepper sticks. We had a sharp paring knife with us to easily cut sticks. And the stores were great about washing our produce to enjoy as we traveled.
Another tip is that when we take “pit stops” we often do some movement and exercise that stretches us out and gets the blood flowing. Wow, what a difference even 5 minutes of swinging our arms and touching our toes can make.
We were delightfully lucky in Sacramento. We visited long-time friends of Bill’s and they invited us to stay the night. We had a wonderful time together learning about their beautiful home renovation projects, their glorious fruit trees and garden. The next morning they sent us off with a bag full of persimmons and Meyer lemons from their trees. Are they ever delicious. Yum! Thank you Michael and Martha for all you shared.
Now we are looking for an ideal place to land and create a new home here in California. We will keep you posted.
We send our heartfelt love and wishes for Amazing Health to each and everyone of you.
“ON THE ROAD AGAIN” SMOOTHIE
1 bunch collards, or kale, or parsley, or cilantro or dandelion greens (or a mixture of any of these)
1/2 plastic box of fresh berries or 1/2 package frozen berries
1/2 lemon, seeds removed
2 inch piece of fresh ginger, unpeeled
1/2 cup pomegranate juice
handful of pumpkin or sunflower seeds
1 heaping tablespoon ground flax
1/8 teaspoon liquid stevia (strength of stevia varies by brand, please adjust to your taste)
Add all ingredients to blender and fill to half full with purified water. Blend well and serve.