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Category: Wednesday Cleanse Day

Life’s a Beach!

by kerryabdow

Haaaaaaaaaappppppppppyyyyyyyyy Wednesday Cleanse Day, y’all!

Well, it appears that we’re just running from one food-focused “holiday” to another- Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!  I feel like Christmas was just last week… sheesh!  Mom and Dad were right – TIME FLIES!

Like yours, my time is PRECIOUS and I want every little bit of help I can find to help me save some, especially in the kitchen!  So starting tomorrow – February 9th – I will be getting amazing and SUPER HEALTHY meal planning tips from Taryn at Phyto Foods!  She’s offering an introductory price of $35 for three months, which includes her mouth-watering recipes, daily and weekly meal planning ideas and live interactive calls where you can ask questions and get inspiration!  I’m super excited!!  Let’s do it together and we can share our own ideas, too!  Click on this link and check it out – Yummy!

In the meantime, it’s time for a smoothie!  This one was inspired by a recipe called “Flex on the Beach”, that I found on that cute Peas and Thank You blog.  The coconut water and pineapple make me feel like I’m sitting on a beach somewhere warm and remote… *sigh.  Who needs Calgon?!

Anyway… I switched it up a little, and added my Juice Plus powder for some extra oomph!

  • 1 c. coconut water
  • 1/2 c. water or almond milk
  • 1/2 c. frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 c. frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 c. frozen banana chunks
  • 1/4 of a large avocado
  • 1 T. chia seeds
  • 1/4 t. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 t. tumeric
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1 T. Vanila Juice Plus+ Complete (This is a whole-food based, vegan protein-rich shake mix)Combine all ingredients in your blender with a few ice cubes and… you know what to do… let ‘er rip!!

All you need is a grass skirt and a paper umbrella!

Well I guess it’s time to say Aloha!  Hope you have a day that is warm, sun-drenched and not at all wrenched!

Cheers, dears!

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It’s Ferris Buel… Umm… I mean… It’s Kathy Welsh’s Day Off!

by kerryabdow

And Wednesday Cleanse Day!

Have you seen the Super Bowl commercial with Matthew Broderick yet?  The one where he’s doing an old-yet-still-adorable-man version of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”?  SO cute!  Here’s the link, in case you’ve been under a rock this week…

http://www.ifc.com/fix/2012/01/matthews-day-off-commercial

Don’t you love it?!  Can’t wait to see the rest of the Sunday lineup!

Well, with the exception of my sports fanatic husband, everyone I know will only care about three things this Super Bowl Sunday:  commercials, Madonna, and food.

The Material Girl is certain to put on quite a show, but I’m pretty sure my table of Super Bowl snacks will be getting most of the attention!  I’m making “healthified” versions of my favorites (recipes to come on Fast Food Friday!), but even with vegan/vegetarian/natural options, I will still probably eat more than I usually do and take in a lot more calories.  It’s hard not to, right?!  Well, before you throw me a penalty flag, let’s get in a huddle so I can share my defensive strategy:  I’m going to lighten up my intake BEFORE the party!  That’s right!  No tortilla chip is going to sack this quarterback!

For two days – today and tomorrow – I am going to have my usual breakfast of a smoothie or oatmeal, and then eat from a big pot of a delicious, nourishing and satisfying soup for the remainder of the day.  I’ll incorporate a couple of pieces of fruit – maybe an apple and a Cutie tangerine –

and, of course, take my green food capsules to make sure I’ve got the whole nutritional field covered.  *No Hail Marys necessary!*  By the time the weekend rolls around, I’ll be ready to sprint to the end zone – or the snack table!

Kathy’s Lighten-Your-Tail(gate) Super Soup

  • 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 cups chopped cabbage
  • ½ yellow onion
  • 2 chopped carrots
  • 1 cup green beans (I use frozen organic)
  • 1 cup chopped zucchini
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning or fresh basil and oregano- ½ T. each
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

Spray pot with non-stick cooking spray, or use a little veggie broth to sauté onions, carrots and garlic for five minutes.  Add broth, tomato paste, cabbage, green beans, basil, oregano and salt and pepper.  Simmer for about five to ten minutes, until all the vegetables are tender.  Add zucchini and simmer for another ten minutes.   And then… soup for you!

What’s YOUR favorite healthy soup recipe?

Well, I’ve got to sprint off to work, so I will now bid you a Happy Wednesday Cleanse Day!  See y’all on Fast Food Friday where I’ll be sharing recipes for delicious and nutritious snacks sure to please the whole team!

Cheers, dears!