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YUMYUMYUM [Jan. 17th, 2009|11:49 am]
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Yesterdays Intake:
-3 cups of Green Lemonade
-4 clementine
-probably over a pound of crisp red seedless grapes
-sunshine joy soup with raw crackers
-raw veggie chili
-70%dark chocolate from trader joes 100cals

Sunshine Joy

1c orgabic alfalfa sprouts
6 organic dates
2c fresh pineapple
3 leaves fresh kale, removed from stem
1-2 tablespoons packed fresh mint


Veggie chili
2-3 bowls

A chunky chili with veggies and no beans. Very tomato-ey with a nice crunch from the peppers. Smooth and creamy from the avocados.

2 Medium Tomatoes
½ Avocado
¼ cup Sundried Tomato, soaked until soft
1 clove Garlic
1 Handful of Cilantro
1 tablespoon Chili Powder
1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
½ teaspoon Salt
½ Red Pepper, diced small
½ Green Pepper, diced small
¼ cup Green Onion
½ Avocado, diced large
½ Tomato, diced
1 Handful of Cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon Olive oil
1 teaspoon Lime Juice
1 dash Salt to taste
romaine lettuce


Puree tomato, half an avocado, sundried tomato, garlic, and one handful of cilantro in a food processor until pretty smooth. Blend in spices. I had to add a lot of chili powder to get this spicy, but be sure to taste as you add, chili powder may vary :)
Dice peppers and green onion and put into a bowl. Add in puree and give it a good stir to blend. Chop the other half of the avocado, half a tomato (or a whole one if you wish) and some cilantro, and mix this in to the chili. Add olive oil and lime juice, stir that baby real good and toss with romaine lettuce, add a little more salt if it pleases the palate, and you’re done! Bon Appetit!

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(no subject) [Jan. 15th, 2009|11:58 pm]
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salad with avo, grape tomatos, pea sprouts, and liquid gold elixir


Power soup

1 cup organic alfalfa sprouts
3 cups fresh straw berries
3 tbsp raw honey
2 packets of stivia(optional)
1 large head of romaine
1/4 medium beet(optional)

Blend in food processor and enjoy, it was freaking delicious!

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Vegetable Based Menus? [Nov. 17th, 2008|09:31 am]
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I've fallen off the wagon when it comes to nutritious eating over the past few months :-( I was evaluating what I need to do to get back on the right track last night, and it's going to take a lot of work. I wish I could go back in time and remember to write down the stuff we were eating when we felt good!

Considering I'm a pescetarian, our diet is sadly deficient in vegetables. Most of our dinners consist of carbohydrate in the form of whole grain pasta, rice, bread or potatoes and a protein. Sometimes I remember to heat up some veggies or put a salad on the table - usually not, though :-( Sometimes I'll munch on a piece of fruit for a snack, but I'm pretty low on the fruit input, too...

What do you guys do to get enough fruits & veggies in your diet?
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Canning Kit [Oct. 16th, 2008|09:27 am]
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I know there have got to be some canners on here ;-)

I know I'm a little behind the game, but I want to make some homemade preserves for Christmas presents this year.  I've never done it before, so need to get all of the equipment.  Are there any particular canning kits that any of you would recommend for the budget conscious shopper?

xposted  a little :-)
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Just joined... [Oct. 1st, 2008|12:00 pm]
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Newcomer here! I've always been interested in eating naturally - as I have always had problems with my stomach, and also found very obvious links between what I ate and how I felt. Right now I avoid dairy products (but am not strict on that) - due to mild lactose intolerance. Wheat and gluten also give me a bad stomach.

I'm actually interested on going on a Macrobiotic Diet. What are everyone's thoughts on it? Does anyone think that it's too limiting? Or perhaps are there any of you that would reccommend it, and perhaps let me know how it fits into your lifestyle?

I think I've always been too lazy to properly watch what I eat, because these days it seems like such effort to do the research, find the right food to buy and of course - who has time for cooking right?! Haha. Any encouragement is much appreciated.
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Homemade Ice Cream using Stevia ... [Sep. 23rd, 2008|09:51 am]
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Hi all,

I recently received a request for instructions on how to made homemade ice cream using Stevia as the sweetener instead of sugar. I apologize it's taken me a while to respond but we had a family emergency that arose.

Anyway, I make my homemade ice cream using whatever regular recipe I decide to use and the below converions for the Stevia vs sugar:

Note: I use the white powdered extract form of Stevia
1 teaspoon sugar = dust on spoon Stevia extract powder
1 tablespoon sugar = 1/2 pinch Stevia
1/4 cup sugar = pinch Stevia
1/2 cup sugar = 1/8 teaspoon Stevia
1 cup sugar = 1/4 teaspoon Stevia

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Newbie Naturally [Sep. 3rd, 2008|10:57 pm]
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[mood |chipperchipper]

Hi Everyone!

I have always said that I would be a vegetarian if it weren’t so expensive. Of course I'm completely obsessed with fish, so I don't think I could be accepted in the vegetarian community anyway! LOL

However, eating more naturally has been on my mind these last several months since watching my father-n-law loose a lot of weight by cutting out all processed foods from his diet with only minor exceptions. It dawned on me, just how much food is processed, and this really made me think about what really is on my dinner plate.

One good thing however is that I'm not totally ignorant on eating naturally, as I do look for the USDA approved organic options even though the price is higher. I really look forward to reading the past posts and meeting all of you, as I know I have a lot to learn.

Thank you very much for reading this far.

Tonia.. aka Jah Rose
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Using natural sweeteners [Aug. 1st, 2008|03:24 pm]
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Hi everyone,  I'm new to this community.  I like natural foods, organic when possible.  Veggies are my favorites, and I also grow herbs in the summer months.  Unfortunately, my oregano kicked the bucket due to the seriously hot temps in Colorado this summer, and the lack of rain.  The basil, rosemary and peppermint are doing well though.  I like to trim the peppermint and steep tea from it.  

One of the more difficult areas for eating natural is dessert.  Especially if you like to bake and eat sweets.  I came across a chart for measuring out natural sweeteners (substituting) instead of refined sugar.  The less processing the better, right?  You can link to it in the following article:   http://buzz.prevention.com/community/138/a-naturally-sweet-recipe-to-satisfy-the-sweet-tooth

Hope it's helpful to you!
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Hello all! I'm new! [Jul. 17th, 2008|07:55 pm]
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I'm Victoria and I was browsing around LJ for "organic" groups. I know it's rather broad, but I'm glad I found some potentially good groups. The low-down on me was that 3 months ago I was stuffing my face with fast food juicey hormone injected burgers and downing gallons of cokes and loads of snicker bars like there wasn't a tomorrow, but tomorrow did come...in a different sense. In the back of my mind I thought that tomorrow I would start eating right or tomorrow I would workout, but many times tomorrow never came. 
However, it all changed when I came back to the states from my month long enlightening journey in China and my rainforest adventure in Costa Rica. I wouldn't know how to best describe it, only that those trips seriously changed my life and now I noticed that I brought back a lot of the customs particularly in eating manners and lifestyle choices. 
I think I've become more open to things around me and I feel more complete and less depressed. I'm glad the transition is going well because my best friend is vegan and she's really supporting me in my choices to eat healthier and to swing by the farmer's market more often than I do wal-mart. Like I said, it's something new to me and I love it! So I just wanted to say HI and maybe I will see you in other groups I'm checking out. 

I'd love to hear some advice too. I recently, in fact today I made my very first batch of homemade soy milk straight from the seed to drink and it took me while to strain it all out, but it was definately worth it. I also have been planting some veggies with organic mix and I'll be getting a pound of wheatgrass seeds so I can start juicing. :)  

Thank you and have a nice day!
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Favorite Inexpensive Meals [Jun. 11th, 2008|01:28 pm]
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[mood |happyhappy]

What are your favorite meals/recipes for thrift?  I've seen all kinds of articles lately on how to feed a family of 4 for under $10.    I keep getting drawn in until they start with their major uses of processed "foods" or unhealthy cuts of meat.  Granted, I wouldn't use most of the meat ones anyways since we're pescetarian in my home, but it's the reliance on low-quality (from what I understand) meats that disturbs me.

One of my recent favorite cheap recipes is for fish tacos with radish salad.

The changes we made to feed my family of three are:
Just use one 12 oz package of flounder instead of a pound and a half of tilapia (I hate tilapia, though :-P)
Omit the water puree and double the lime juice. 
Only use 8-10 tortillas.  I microwaved ours since we don't have a gas range and they turned out very nicely.

We did end up with too much "salsa verde" but the radish salad ended up being just about the perfect amount :-)   I figure the dollar amount for all the ingredients most likely came up to about $11or $12, so not too shabby, but still not under $10

Comment please!  I'm in severe need of cutting my grocery bills :-P
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