This time of year always makes me want to cozy up, enjoy my home and make simply yum comfort food. Today was a real fall kind of day…cool, sunny and crisp; just beautiful.  Will need to be a bit on the go this week so wanted something that would be hearty, yummy and of course simple.  Yes, I went back to the Blue Zones again…so much to work through in quality information, explanations and recipes. I also enjoy working with ingredients that are new to me and would never have thought of trying.  www.bluezones.com

Please remember too – making yourself a priority is not selfish…it is truly critical.  Whether it’s in food prep, taking a walk, taking a great rebound class  or reading a book…. take that moment for you.  Your well-being is more than food – it truly is body, mind and soul.  Some days you are on it and others…not so much.  Give yourself some Grace and simply go forward knowing you are worth every moment you give yourself.

I enjoy my food prep for a couple of reasons – it is a bit of a creative outlet for me.  It helps me immensely in keeping my food intake on track all week (most of the time), it insures I am eating healthy, and it stimulates my brain in my learning more about the impact of food on my body and my brain.  I don’t get it right all the time and I don’t not eat other things at time, but overall, I feel good about any steps I take to improve my health.

Do it for you if this is what is helpful to you.  I would love to learn more about what works for you.  What is that one thing you do for yourself to take care of you?

This week’s menu:

  • Breakfast:       Everyday Icy Smoothie (page 246 of Blue Zones)
  • Lunch:            Nicoya Chunky Tropical Vegetable Soup (page 148 of Blue Zones)
  • Dinner:           Basic Green Salad
  • Water:            Always

Everyday Icy Smoothie:  This is by far the BEST smoothie I have made.  It is almost like a think milkshake.  The consistency and flavor are so good.  I will definitely be making this again.  I amended the recipe just a little using my constant base of greens, chia seeds, a scoop of maca.  I also used cashew butter instead of almond butter and instead of frozen broccoli, used fresh broccoli.  The remaining ingredients include almond milk, frozen bananas, frozen blueberries, and a touch of honey.  Seriously, you will love this!

Nicoya Chunky Tropical Vegetable Soup:  I almost want to call this simply Big Veggie Soup….it is chock full of yummy goodness and a few of things I have not used often…like yuca, and a substitute for something I was not able to find – ayote squash.  This recipe is easy, just lots of chopping, but is hearty, healthy, and yummy. The recipe includes vegetable broth (I always go low sodium), garlic, onions, zucchini, yellow squash, acorn squash, carrots, celery, sweet peppers and salt and pepper.  I added a shake of hot pepper flakes as well.  Server this with some crusty bread and it will make you feel warm all over.

Basic Green Salad:   I knew the soup would keep me filled up so I wanted something ready for dinner that would satisfy me and be easy to grab.  I have a mix of kale and spinach, green apple slices, cherry tomatoes, scallions, and a touch of low-fat cheese on top.  Super simple.

Water:  I know you are likely sick of seeing this but STAY HYDRATED.  It is not just a summer thing.  I drink a lot of water but do get bored with it so try to spruce it up with various combinations of fruit.  This batch is lemon, line and pear slices with fresh mint added.  I also add some sparkling water to tap water.  When it gets down to half, I just fill it up again.  The fruit usually lasts near a week before I change it.

Be good to you – take care of you.

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Lentils with Roasted Veggies Ingredients
Lentils with Roasted Veggies Ingredients
Lentils and Onions
Lentils and Onions
Lentils and Veggies
Lentils and Veggies