Friday, June 3, 2011

a delicious accident

 Hello Lovies!  Here's a little quiz to test YOUR culinary knowledge....

What is this green vegetable?
Good, Good!  Now.......

What is this green vegetable?

I was getting ready to make Carne Asada the other night, and needed a few veggies at the market.
My DH volunteered to pick up what I needed at Kroger's on his way home from the golf course.

Don't know if you ever have experienced this phenomena of the DH going to market for the DW.
One time I requested this:

and DH came home 2 1/2 hours later with this:
to which I demurely replied and or requested him to kindly fire up the chain saw so I could add it to the 
evening meal which happened to be vegetable soup or some!

I KID YOU NOT!!!!!  Ask him already, it's a family joke!  

That's a background and history behind what happened at our house on Wednesday evening....
In any case, I was needing

and NOT 

although to his credit and the DIScredit to the 18 year old who checked him out and assured him that 
WAS even though the TEXT and picture DID INDEED SAY
and not only that, was also CERTIFIED ORGANIC this, and to boot,
I have 2 big plants of THAT growing as we speak in my organic garden!  LOL!

So you may be wondering the point of all this cyberbabble. but truly there is a point and a recipe!   

I duly Cut off Her Bottom stalks, and put into a big picture of cool water and set her on my counter,
not wanting to waste her!

So anyways, we are a Waste Not Want Not Family as are probably you these days, right?

Wednesday mornings are our one Big Breakfast Mornings.  More on why later.
So I got up and proceeded to make whole grained blueberry muffins, fresh yard eggs, bacon,
and fresh smoothies.   I always freeze bananas and have them ready for our smoothies and just happened to 
have some beautiful strawberries and yogurt and apple juice right there for the "smoothing"!

So I saw the Big Green Organic Green Vegetable Mistaken for This Other Green Mexican Vegetable and 
crinkled my brow, and said to myself....."I'll GET HIM!!!! Mwhuahuahua"! 
I said, "I think I'll throw some of that in and maybe no one will be the wiser!"

So into my Oster went:

  • Two frozen bananas
  • 4 Tablespoons Nature Sunshine's Colliodal Minerals
  • 3 Tablespoons frozen concentrated Apple Juice Concentrate
  • Big Handful of Ice Cubes
  • 3/4 Cup of Dannon Non Fat Non Sweetened Yogurt
  •  HUGE handful of snipped Mysterious Mistaken Identity Vegetable.

And I tell you.........
It was really really good!
Now, at  my house, I would ordinarily be reprimanded for such unseemly conduct, BUT no one complained or even fussed.  It was so cool and refreshing, and fruity and green.....

So here is the Case for Green Smoothies, and I think I will dream up some more recipes for you to enjoy!   But read below what a pack these nutrients punch when eaten raw and fresh:

"Phytonutrients (pronounced “fight-o-nutrients”), also called phytochemicals, are natural bioactive compounds found in fruits and vegetables that works together with vitamins, minerals, and fiber to promote good health.

The National Cancer Institute recommends eating at least 5 – 9 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Other reputable sources recommend at least 9 servings for men, 7 servings for women, and 5 servings for children.

Research shows that fruits and vegetables are powerful defenders of our health. The research supporting a critical role for fruits and vegetables in good health grows stronger all the time. Scientists now agree that fruits and vegetables should be the foundation of a healthy diet. In addition to helping you feel better eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can also help reduce your risk of many chronic diseases including cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and other diseases.

The sad part is that despite these benefits, only 10 percent of us are able to follow this advice. I for one, find it difficult to eat this many servings of fruit and vegetables on a consistent basis. For those of you in my situation, we are probably not consuming the necessary dosage of vitamins and minerals that our bodies need to stay healthy, unless we are taking some form of vitamin supplement. However, traditional vitamin supplements do not provide us with phytonutrients.

The bioactive functions of phytonutrients — or the way they work in your body — is an ongoing area of research. Some studies show that phytochemicals can:
  • Act as antioxidants
  • Stimulate detoxification enzymes
  • Stimulate the immune system
  • Positively affect hormones
  • Act as antibacterial or antiviral agents

Common Phytonutrients include carotenoids, coumarins, flavonoids, indoles, lignans, isoflavones (including genistein and daidzen) organosulfurs and phytosterols. Hundreds of other phytonutrients have been discovered, usually related to the color of fruits and vegetables — green, yellow-orange, red, blue-purple, and white.. This leads to the recommendation that you should eat fruits and vegetables of varied color each day.
Phytonutrient-rich foods:
  • red, green, yellow and orange vegetables (apricots, peaches, melons, squashes, sweet potatoes, yams, carrots, pumpkin)
  • cruciferous veggies (kale, broccoli)
  • dark leafy greens (spinach and romaine)
  • fruits (citrus and berries)
  • flaxseeds
  • whole grains and legumes
  • garlic and leeks
  • soybeans
  • green teas and other herbal teas

Are you concerned about getting the necessary phytochemicals? Juicing provides a great, natural way to get phytonutrients that you need. Remember to juice fruits and vegetables that have a variety of colors to maximize your phytochemical intake. Despite juicing, if you find it difficult to get the 7-9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day – especially in sufficient variety to give you a broad range of phytonutrients, I have recently found an amazing source of Phytonutrients from 24 fruits and vegetables, packaged in a convenient “on-the-go” approach.
For more information on phytonutrients and recommended daily consumption of fruits and vegetables, you can refer to the government's website called Eat 5 to 9 a Day for Better Health. "

What?   You still don't know?  

I sent him to the store for Cilantro, and he came back with Italian Parsley!

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