HOW CAN I EAT TO BE HEALTHY? — IS DINNER READY…

DINNER —
We keep dinner light at our house. We seem to sleep more soundly and have a good appetite in the morning. Even though some of these meals may seem unusual, I invite you to try them.  It is fun and very satisfying to enjoy juice or a green smoothie for dinner, and until you do you won’t know how delightful it can be and how much the body appreciates a lighter fare. Keep in mind we do these lighter meals when we’ve had our main meal at lunch.

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Cashew and Orange, Whole Grain Salad

Also, Movie Night is a time we really enjoy … and Popcorn is a must. There are photos that tell the whole story.

And Eating Out can be challenging for people who want to stay on a clean, healthy diet.  It’s easy using the tips we share. Interestingly, we seldom wish to go out with all the beautiful food available at home.

So, here we go–

DINNER —
Cashew, Orange, Whole Grain Salad—
This is a most delicious salad. Keep in mind that oranges can feed Candida.  It is a very satisfying meal and so gorgeous. This was the most flavourful evening meal for us.
   On Another day:
Baked Red Skin Potato, Baked Yam, Sweet Potato and Beets —
Serve these delicious veggies with Steamed Greens or a Salad with raw veggies.
   On Another day:
Baked Red Skin Potato—
Serve the potato this time with a little Butter, Sauerkraut, Steamed Greens and other Vegetables. Garnish  with diced green onion if you like. It’s delicious!
TIP: Red Skin Potato won’t feed Candida yeast, but yams, sweet potato and cooked beets can. Notice how you feel after eating them. If there is bloating or digestive issues, leave the yams, sweet potato and beets out until the yeast condition has improved.
   On Another day:
Whole Grains with Fresh Fruit—
Any grain works well with this dish, but these grains are gluten free and won’t feed Candida yeast: Brown Rice, Millet, Quinoa, Wild Rice, Buckwheat or Amaranth (cook no more than 2 of these together at a time). Add your favourite fruit. If you’re dealing with Candida, these fresh fruits don’t feed Candida: apple, kiwi and fresh or frozen berries.
   On Another day:
Fresh Juice —
This is the quickest and most satisfying dinner.  Or you can use this as a meal for breakfast or lunch. A very tasty juice recipe follows at the end of this article.
Or
Green Smoothie —
Green Smoothies are so delicious and very filling. They’re packed with High Nutrient Dense (HND) foods so your body just loves them. Recipe follows.

EATING OUT–
You may wish to eat out. It’s best to do this infrequently if you are wanting to improve your health.  When you eat out, one healthy choice is to order a large salad with olive oil and lemon dressing, and a broiled fish with steamed veggies. Squeeze lemon wedges over the fish and veggies for added taste.

When ordering in restaurants I ask them to use as little oil as possible in preparing my food. Salads I order without dressing and  request olive oil and lemon wedges for it, which they gladly provide. These I use for more flavour on the fish and vegetables too.  Sometimes I’ll order soup if it’s made without dairy, and a salad. Also, gluten free pasta is available in many restaurants now.  This I’ll order with lots of veggies and as little oil as possible, then I add a nice salad to give the leafy greens my body loves.  Another good choice is Japanese food, where I’ll order an avocado roll and a lovely salad. So enjoy eating out, and see how you feel after ordering what’s been suggested.

TIP: Take your own Umeboshi Vinegar and Olive Oil Dressing with you in a small bottle.  We do this often and order salad and veggies without any dressings, then add the dressing at the table. We feel great after the meal. One of the things about commercial food that is most challenging if we have a health condition is the low quality oils and additives often used in their dressings, so this Ume and Olive Oil tip really makes a difference on how we feel when we leave.

MOVIE NIGHT–
Also, I like to watch a movie at home with my wonderful husband, Bill, once a week. On that night I air pop Popcorn and drizzle  some melted butter over top.  I enjoy this as Dinner with a cold herbal tea and an apple.  Have you ever had an apple with popcorn? It’s fabulous! This dinner adds a festive note to a movie night for me.

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AND THERE’S MORE–
Some foods you can enjoy in quantity are: herbal teas, 2 to 3 fresh fruits daily (remember, apples, kiwi, grapefruit or berries don’t feed Candida), 2 Rice Cakes or Corn Thins with 1/2 teaspoon Umeboshi Vinegar and Olive Oil spread on each, all the lentils and beans you wish, and lots of steamed greens and beautiful salads.

TIP: To support health, eat a wide variety of high nutrient dense (HND) whole foods, including 2 large servings of greens daily–Kale, Collards, Dandelion, Bok Choy, Romaine Lettuce, Mixed Salad Greens, Arugula, Parsley, and occasionally Spinach and Chard (Spinach and Chard have higher levels of oxalic acid that can pull minerals from the body so use them judiciously.)

Okay, this gives you new ideas you can enjoy. Try them and see how your body responds. All of it is very simple to prepare. It’s an adventure in traveling to the country of Healthy Eating.  Every step you take can open up to a whole new world of Great Health, Energy and Confidence.

RECIPES

CASHEW, ORANGE AND WHOLE GRAIN SALAD (Serves 2)

Arrange mixed salad greens on 2 plates and top with the following vegetables:
Carrot, radish, green onion, cucumber and tomato, all cut in beautiful shapes.
Garnish each salad with 1/2 an orange peeled and cut in chunky pieces.
Add 1/2 avocado sliced to each salad.
Top with cooked whole grain.
Dressing:
20 whole cashews
2 tablespoons brown sesame seeds, washed, cooked in a fry pan, stirring frequently until they begin to pop
1 orange, juiced. Then add pulp of orange to your blender
4 tablespoons brown rice vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon Umeboshi Vinegar
Combine all dressing ingredients in blender. Blend well and serve on each salad.

BAKED POTATO, BAKED YAMS, SWEET POTATO AND BEETS (Serves 2 to 4)

red skin potatoes, wash and remove any brown marks or blemishes
yams, wash and cut off both ends so steam can escape 

sweet potato, wash and cut off both ends
beets, wash, cut of both ends and hairs or rough parts of skin
green onions, wash and cut in thin diagonal slices for garnishing potato

small amount of butter for garnish
Place in covered baking dish. At 350 Farenheit, cook vegetables for 20 minutes. Then turn heat to 250 and cook until tender when pierced with a knife, approximately 30 minutes.  Cut the potato, yam and sweet potato open in a bowl or on a plate, add a small amount of butter and the green onions to the potato.  Also, the potato is wonderful with added homemade sauerkraut. Serve with the cooked beets, steamed greens or a large salad with lots of raw veggies.

WHOLE GRAINS WITH FRUIT (Serves 4)

2 cups brown rice, washed until water runs clear, drain, add to pan
1/2 cup amaranth, add directly to washed rice without washing amaranth. It is very clean and so tiny it slips through most sieves
5 cups purified water
pinch of sea salt
3″ piece of kombu sea vegetable
1 apple, washed and cored, cut in pieces to serve with cooked grain. Use 1/2 to 1 apple per serving.
1 kiwi, peel and cut in pieces to serve with cooked grain, use 1 kiwi per serving. (Some leave the peel on)
sprinkle of frozen blueberries per serving
After rice is washed, place in pan and add amaranth. Add purified water, sea salt and kombu. Bring to a boil, cover, turn heat to low and cook 50 minutes. Do not stir or lift lid and the end product will be very inviting. When the grain is cooked, cut the kombu into small pieces and return to the grain. Serve the grain in individual bowls and add apple, kiwi and frozen blueberries. If you have questions, refer to the photograph above. 

TRY THIS JUICE

3 medium collard leaves, wash,  remove tough lower part of stem, cut leaf in half along stem to make juicing easier
3 medium carrots
1/2 English cucumber
3 stalks celery
1 Granny Smith or Red Delicious apple, core and cut in slices
1/4 lime with skin
1/2″ fresh ginger
Run all ingredients through the juicer.  It will yield 2 full cups and is very delicious and energizing.

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Juicer Juicing
Glass of Juice

 DINNER GREEN SMOOTHIE

4 collard or kale leaves, or 1/3 bunch dandelion leaves, or 1/2 bunch parsley, or 1/2 arugula mixed with 1/2 salad mix
1 apple
2/3 cup frozen berries–raspberries, strawberries, blackberries or blueberries
half English cucumber
1 small piece fresh ginger
2 tablespoon ground golden flax
1/2 cup sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, or almonds
1/2 avocado to add creaminess (optional)
Put all ingredients in blender and fill 1/3 full with purified water.  Mix and enjoy.  

Smoothie Ingredients
Smoothie in the Blender
Smoothie in the Glass

To your amazing health.

Love, Connie