Oh The Baby Brussel Sprout!
For years and years I have been doing the onions, garlic and pancetta in olive oil sauteed with Brussels sprouts all topped with balsamic vinegar.
Really I was doing that more than 10 years ago.
Yeah I am on the cutting edge of the mini cabbage movement...8-)
This year I changed it up a smidge.
Here is a great recipe for a Brussels Sprout with Gremolata.
Wow I want more!
Sauteed Brussels Sprouts in Gemolata!
1 Tablespoon olive oil1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts, halved2 Tablespoons parsley, broad leaf, finely chopped1 Tablespoon lemon juice3 medium garlic, minced (1 TBS)1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest
1. Heat oil in the skillet and saute the Brussel sprouts. Add 1/4 cup of water or chicken broth. Cover and cook for 5 to 7 minutes.
2. Stir in all the other ingredients and heat through.
3. Season with salt and pepper to taste
4. Transfer to a serving bowl or like me start eating out of the pan!
More about cruciferous vegetable in an upcoming issue - just a hint, they will put your immune system in overdrive!
This recipe is from the November issue of Vegetarian Times.
Wow That Was Soo Easy!
Wow That Was So Easy!
Okay a show of hands, who feels that knowing what you are supposed to eat to be healthy is just, way to confusing?
Come on put that hand in the air, don't be shy!
Well I want to spend the next three minutes convincing you that it is really very easy to have better health, more energy, a powerhouse immune system and a digestion that purrs like a kitten.
Here are the top 10 things you need to do to:
Have more energy
Boost your immune system
Avoid serious disease
Improve your digestion
Have less aches and pains
Think more clearly
Do you want me to go on?
Reduce or eliminate caffeine.
The ups and downs of caffeine include dehydration and blood sugar ups and downs, making mood swings more frequent.
Most Americans are chronically dehydrated. Before you go to sugar or caffeine, have a glass of water and wait a few minutes to see what happens.
Caution: Soft drinks are now America’s number one source of added sugar.
Eat dark leafy green vegetables.
Green is associated with spring, the time of renewal and refreshing, vital energy.
Greens are full of vitamins and nutrients and great for improving circulation, lifting the spirit, purifying the blood and strengthening the immune system.
Broccoli, collards, bok choy, kale, mustard greens, broccoli rabe, arugula and dandelion greens are some of the many to choose from.
Use gentle sweets.
Avoid sugar and chemicalized artificial sweeteners.
Use gentle sweeteners like maple syrup, brown rice syrup, agave nectar and stevia.
Also eat sweet vegetables such as yams, carrots and beets.
Get physical activity.
Start with simple activities, like walking or yoga—start with 10 minutes a day and increase.
Get more rest and relaxation.
When you are tired or stressed, your body will crave energy.
These cravings are often a result of being sleep-deprived, going to bed late, waking up early, for months and years on end.
Evaluate the amount of animal food you eat.
Eating too much meat, dairy, chicken and eggs can lead to low energy. So can eating too little! Experiment. Respect your body’s individuality.
Take time for yourself.
Find activities that restore your energy, such as a walk, a bath, a museum, a movie or whatever you enjoy, and schedule a weekly date with yourself to do these things!
The vast majority of people are lactose intolerant and do not know that the health issues that they are experiencing are caused by their dairy consumption. If you have sinus issues, skin problems, headaches, acne, digestive distress like bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea and eat dairy, then the solution to your problems maybe closer than you think. Couple that with the issues that dairy causes in women and the fact that dairy products do not protect you from osteoporosis makes giving up on eating dairy products very compelling.
Get rid of relationships that drain you.
People can drain you of your energy. It doesn’t mean that they are bad, but it is good to notice who drains you and why.
See if you can transform those relationships by communicating and setting boundaries, or end the relationship.
Yep I have just ruined my reputation of being the all knowing nutrient coach that is able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.
I can make it even easier if you'd like....
Drink 8 glasses of water
Eat leafy greens with at least two meals a day
Limit your protein to 8 oz of "clean" protein a day
Avoid dairy products
Avoid sugar and use only gentle sweets.
Exercise every day - go for a walk, for 30 minutes, that's it!
Down to six! Come on that is way to easy!
Pick one thing today and do it for a week, then add another, then another.....easy!!!
I know what you thinking, "Well Mindy, it's not that easy to drink water, eat salads, cut back on protein, not eat cheese, milk and yogurt, substitute honey, agave or stevia for all the sugar I am eating and jeeze walk 30 minutes a day, you must be crazy!"
See I've got your number. You know what to do...you just aren't doing it.
You are looking for this magic bullet like acai berries, chia seeds, kale chips, or flax seeds. These are great foods that will enhance your health but come on.....stick to the basics!
Hey it seems a heck of a lot easier than giving yourself insulin shots, going to doctors that never make you feel better, have aching joints, digestive issues that keep you from enjoying life, missing work and feeling miserable from having a cold or the flu, heart attacks and cancer. A heck of a lot easier.
Set your intention to be healthy today and get moving!
I can't wait to hear you say, "Wow that was really easy."
You deserve to be Healthy!
I am a digestive health coach. I help my clients have more energy and a eliminate digestive problems by eating food they love!