Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Green Monkey Milk

3/1/2015 - In THIS POST I mentioned that I feel compelled to update some of the posts on this blog. This is one of those posts. This green smoothie would be way too sweet for me these days. Rather than pump it full of sugar with 4! Bananas I'm much more likely to add a cup of blueberries and a cup of strawberries or an orange and some lemon juice or a grapefruit or a half cup of mango and a cup of berries or if I want banana a half a frozen banana with a cup of berries would work well. Now that I got that cleared up feel free to read the original post below.

 I had gotten away from Green Smoothies for a while. I used to have one for breakfast and often another for lunch. Then I dropped to having one a few times a week.

It's funny how some people will feel almost challenged by eating that is different. It was a fairly innocent, though admittedly barbed comment from a coworker that I allowed to push me away from Green Smoothies. "Don't you ever eat real food?" and then on another day "Am I the only one who eats?"

Hindsight, I'm shocked that I allowed comments from someone else to impact me that way.

So for the record I'll say that Green Smoothies (GS) are most certainly food! They are more food than much of the junk that masquerades as food in the grocery store! The reason they're blended is to break the cell walls of the plant foods in the smoothie. This makes the nutrition they contain more readily available. It also make it easier to eat - er drink - a  large volume of leafy greens at one go.

There are a lot of pretty complicated GS recipes out there. Many add nuts, seeds and even protein powder to the mix. My search for simplicity has extended to my GS and I'm finding them more refreshing and less time consuming to make.

So on that note I'll share one of my most favorite and the most simplest GS to make.

I call it Green Monkey Milk

4 bananas
4 cups spinach or other green leaf veggies
8 ounces of water
Optional sprinkle of nutmeg, cinnamon or allspice
Blend it all up

Note the 4-4-8? You can easily alter it by using 2-2-4  or even 1-1-2

Using the 4-4-8 I listed above you'll get 2 quart mason jars of smoothie. It's great freshly made but in a pinch you can refrigerate for the next day.

Note: If you're new to Green Smoothies you might want to cut the greens in half the first time you make this recipe and then add more and more each time you make it after that. Spinach is the mildest green and the one I believe you taste less.


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Doggy Antics

Sunday was quite a cool day. We haven't been using our heater yet. That meant for chilly little dogs. When they're chilly the dogs will let me know by constantly wanting to be picked up and held.

Soooo I got out all of our doggy sweaters and coats and proceeded to see who fit in what. Fionn is so huge compared to the others that there was only one sweater he could wear. The other three being more of a similar size fit into quilted coats that Velcro under the neck and stomach.

Once they were suited up and looking all dandy I went upstairs to finish some chores. Imagine my surprise when I came down a few minutes later to find all the coats lying scattered around the living room. Fionn was still wearing his sweater.I decided I'd put them back on everyone and surreptitiously see how they got out of them.

Fionn proceeded to make the rounds and undress everyone. First he would reach under their belly and grab the Velcro tab and pull it loose. Then he'd pull it up over their head and they would assist him by backing out of it. He went from dog to dog until all three coats were once again lying strewn on the floor and he stood there grinning, tail wagging, as if to say, "Wasn't that good mom?

At that point I decided to get a blanket, gather them onto the couch and share some snuggles. After all, what are Sunday afternoons for?


Monday, September 9, 2013

Banana Peel for and Insect Bite?

The story is pretty simple. I get terrible welts which itch for days on end whenever I am bit by any type of insect. I got a bite and it was driving me crazy so I decided to try the banana peel method. I simply peeled a banana and wiped the white inner part of the banana on the bite. The itch relief lasted about 16 hours! I repeated the procedure and the bite never bothered me again.

Having had so much luck with a bite I decided to try it on a patch of eczema that rears it's ugly head when I'm under a lot of stress. Voila! Itching gone and eczema fades away over a couple of days.

I'm not sure where I heard this so I can't credit them. It's also late in the season to be posting it but there's not time like the present.

The best thing about using a banana this way is that it gives you an excuse to snack on a banana!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Thought for the Weekend

"Aging is simply another word for living." Cindy Joseph

This is one of those obvious simple truths that most of us probably never think about.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Healthy Brown Bagging Ideas

I received a link to THIS article by Joel Fuhrman and just had to share it. It was written with children in mind but the ideas would work for anyone brown bagging it. The best part of the article is that it's imbedded with links that will take you right to the recipes.