Kale is one of my all time-favorite veggies. Okay, maybe not ‘all-time’, as I really only discovered its existence about 5 years or so…but during that time, it has since taken top position in my veggie repertoire. What I love most about it, is its simplicity and versatility- I adore eating it raw, sauteed, juiced, blended (with other goodies), or baked- plus it is one of the easiest and hardiest veggies to grow in your home garden (I swear this stuff would grow through a snow storm). Above, you can see two varieties of kale that my husband grew in our garden this summer. My personal fav, is called dinosaur kale (it’s the kale with the long and narrow leaves).
As you may have figured from my post earlier this week– I am kind of a major super-fan of the mighty pomegranate. Not only are they a nutritional powerhouse, but they are simply one the tastiest fruits I have ever eaten. Unfortunately, pomegranates are also one of the most annoying fruits to eat, as they are a) tedious to pick through, and b) so juicy that the red stuff often stains my clothing, making me very sad :(
Well, if you find that you are in the same dilemma, let me show you the best way I have found to seed the fruit in about a minute, without getting any stains, anywhere! Yes, the pomegranate Gods have answered my prayers :)
I decided to start off this post with that awesome quote by Allison Tannis, author of Feed Your Skin, Starve Your Wrinkles (a great read for anyone interested in how food makes you beautiful) because I think it is such an important concept that most of us tend to overlook. I am always shocked by the amount of money some people will willingly spend on an anti-wrinkle cream in hopes that it will bring them the fountain of youth (…but to no avail), and yet they chow down daily on garbage that comes from a processed source. Where is the logic? Here is the simple fact. You are what you eat, and what you eat has a major role in how youthful you look.
The only thing I knew about chia seeds (before I found out they were healthy to consume) was that I used them back in grade 4 to make my beloved Chia Pet grow long and luscious grassy ‘hair’. In case you didn’t already know, these little seeds do more than just grow chia hair, they are actually an amazing Superfood that have been eaten for centuries by the Indians of the south-west and Mexico. They were even consumed by Aztec warriors during their long conquests to increase their endurance- and I figure, if chia was good enough for the Aztecs, then chia is probably good enough for me. You can eat chia seeds in your daily smoothie, baked goods, or even in a glass of water (soaked for about 20 minutes, see below).
I know a few people who are Holistic Nutritionists and I swear that everyone of those individuals has told me that the first thing they were taught in school, was to drink lemon water- first thing, every morning, every day.
Before I even started delving into the reasons why adding this drink to my morning ritual was so beneficial, I went out and bought a bunch of lemons and started drinking the stuff everyday, as I figured it seemed like a pretty simple, cheap (probably less then 25 cents a day, give or take) and beneficial thing to do for my health. I have personally always loved lemon water- its’ refreshing quality, its’ zestiness (is that even a word?), and its’ tanginess, were all qualities I had always adored- but once I got into the habit of freshly squeezing half a lemon into a glass of water each and every day- I noticed something…I felt more energized! I now drink lemon water in either hot or cold water, first thing when I wake up, before I start my day. Below are just a few of the beautiful reasons why I think fresh lemon juice in your water will rock your world too: