Need my weekly prep to be mobile this week. I went back to the 30-Day Alzheimer Solution this week – https://teamsherzai.com/30-day-alzheimers-solution/ . Still learning so much in my read of this beautiful book. Becoming more comfortable in using ingredients I used to think were too much work…raw legumes, raw nuts and then processing them at home. The smells and flavors are so much better, and I have to say, I feel really accomplished when I do things myself and know fully what I am putting in my body.
The more I read about and try new ingredients and combinations of ingredients the better I feel. It is both fun and interesting and even when I have a food fail, I still learn something. Food really is preventative, curative and pretty amazing. I want to encourage you to give “new” a try. Healthy and good for you does not have to be boring, difficult or expensive. It also doesn’t take the fun out of food at all…quite the contrary. And yes, I do still do less than healthy from time to time and don’t beat myself up or apologize for it. I simply enjoy that too.
As we move out of restrictions and into whatever is ahead, I hope you will take some time to be grateful for what is, appreciative of those in our lives who have stuck by us, been there for us and are the real gifts in life, and understand more how precious time, health and well-being is and make yours a priority.
YOU MATTER….YOU ARE IMPORTANT….and YOU ARE VALUED.
It is up to each of us to take the steps to healthier life.
This week’s menu:
- Breakfast: Blueberry (and other stuff) Smoothie
- Lunch: Lentil and Roasted Butternut Squash Salad (page 202)
- Dinner: Fresh Fruit Salad
- Snack: Omega Muffins. (page 219)
- Water: Always
Blueberry Smoothie: I tossed this concoction together with blueberries as the focus. This has kale, spinach, ginger and turmeric along with a bit of cashew butter, unsweetened almond milk and chia seeds. For fruit I added a good quantity of fresh frozen blueberries with a smaller bit of blackberries and red raspberries. Really yummy and filling and easy to transport.
Lentil and Roasted Butternut Squash Salad: Simply roasted butternut squash and beets set the stage for this yummy salad. Lentils bring lots of additional healthy, substance and flavor. I added several different kinds of greens for the base of the salad – romaine, spinach and kale. Roasted raw hazelnuts for more flavor and texture. The salad also has fresh zucchini with a dressing made of Dijon mustard, tahini, balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, and shallots with a bit of salt and pepper. SO GOOD.
PS – I marinated the veggies prior to roasting in olive oil, lemon, garlic, basil with some paprika and ground turmeric..
Fresh Fruit Salad: I am trying to eat my larger meal mid-day and sometimes at night, I am not all that hungry but crave something. For this week, I grabbed lots of fresh fruit and chopped it up and made a big ol’ fruit salad. Super simple and tasty and it also gives me a bit of sweet I sometimes still crave. This one has watermelon, blueberries, pineapple, cantaloupe and black raspberries. I sprinkled a bit of the chopped hazelnuts on top for more texture.
Omega Muffins: These muffins have lots of good for you ingredients….oats, apple, banana, chia seeds, flaxseed, walnuts and almond milk. Not sure I made them exactly correctly…the texture is a bit dense but pretty good. Will definitely try them again. They work perfectly for mobile meals.
Water: Can’t go a week without fruit water. This week just added lemon, lime and grapefruit along with fresh ginger. Love it.
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