Thursday, October 13, 2011

Live Well

Health is more than the absence of illness.  It's a vibrancy that gets you up in the morning without an alarm clock.  It's energy for work, play, exercise and making love, all in one day.  It's getting sleep that is refreshing.  It's having clarity of mind where things get done easily. 

Food is just one component that creates this.  It is an important piece of the puzzle that really can't be ignored.  I laugh when I see what is being sold as healthy because it is easy to be convinced when you want something.  Candy bars have given way to more and more "health" bars.  I even saw a service today that for only nineteen dollars per month you get a box of snacks delivered to your door.  I guess nineteen sounds better than twenty and seems like a reasonable amount for food delivery until you think about how useless and ridiculous a box of refined and processed items that can make you tired, gain weight and potentially unwell really is...

Snack would suggest something small to get your blood sugar up and have brain power until the next meal.  Your brain needs that glucose but that doesn't mean you need to eat sugar.  Somehow it only took two generations of brain washing ideas to sell an enormous amount of people on snacks that are designed for people to make money and touted as good for you.  Grab a piece of fruit, a few seeds or some slices of jicima, kolrabi or cooked kabocha instead.

If you have a habit of coffee, cereal, "energy" bars, or anything that you know is really draining instead of creating living well, just replace one habit at a time.  Start incorporating one new vegetable, grain or bean each week.  Keep playing and stay inspired until you get yourself to a level that you can thrive with.

Here is something for a very hearty snack or appetizer:

Plantain chips

These are fun and crispy but not sweet.  Add them into a salad, eat

like potato chips or use as a crunchy addition.  They go great with
beans or even dip them in guacamole.

Green plantain
Oil (olive, safflower or coconut are all good)
Sea salt

Pre-heat your oven to 350°. Peel the skin off the plantain with a
small sharp paring knife.  Slice into 1/4" slices or thin strips and place in a bowl.
 Toss with enough oil to just coat the plantains.  Arrange on a baking
sheet. (I line mine with parchment paper.) Sprinkle with sea salt
lightly over the top.  Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for
15 minutes.  Turn each slice over and then place the baking sheet back
in the oven for another 15 minutes or until crisp.

4 bean dip

 1/2 Cup Aduki beans
1/2 Cup brown lentils
1/2 Cup yellow split peas
Good quality water
Sea salt
Shoyu or Tamari (organic soy sauce)
Ume vinegar
garlic powder
1 onion, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 Tablespoon olive oil

Garnish: Chives, chopped fine
1 container WildWood plain soy yogurt

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth using your herbs and seasonings to your own taste.  Garnish with the chives and soy yogurt.  

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