Sometimes I take the last doughnut no one wants and put it in the bird feeder… I mean squirrel feeder. So I see this one guy going to town on it and I tapped on the window. He just kept circling around to see if someone was going to take that snack from him. I passed by later and it was gone. What does an entire doughnut do to a squirrel’s cholesterol level? I don’t know why, but I was expecting a flock of birds would share that whole doughnut. I wonder if animals at the feeder make New Year’s health resolutions.
Here’s some ideas to work on your own good health resolutions:
Easing being green
My mom declared 2014 to be the year she purchased and experimented with a napa cabbage. She became inspired while perusing Green Smoothies for Every Season: A Year of Farmer’s Market-Fresh Super Drinks. I will say right here she was not inspired enough to try a green smoothie. While author Kristine Miles, who also wrote “The Green Smoothie Bible,” is going on about what greens are in season and the nuances of color they create to make your freshest drink, most people seem to be at that “ewww, cabbage in your drink?” stage.
Miles suggests fresh spinach to start out with, because it is so mild.
Because it is winter, she suggests a Heart Starter with tangelos, fennel juice and tops and chia seeds or a bone builder with bananas, kiwifruit, tangelo, water and radish tops.
I actually do know a couple of people who are already into green smoothies and juicer drinks. This book full of creative combos is bound to inspire someone who is on the verge of going green.
I like the following recipe, which is actually from the spring collection. Here are ingredients for:
Rock Me, Baby
1 and one half cups diced cantaloupe
1 cup unhulled strawberries
1 cup water
3 to 4 leaves napa cabbage
Voga is offering Baby Sparkling Wine in half-sized bottles at 155 calories. I’m in. I very much enjoyed this satisfying serving of flavor, and knowing the choice kept portion control in mind, it tasted all the better. You know alcohol adds hundreds of calories and often seems to make people eat more. One of these bottles is the answer to several dilemmas. Makers also point out that red wine adds about 10 calories a glass, so those really, really counting may opt for a rose or white. (www.vogaitalia.com) has more info on the sparkling libations’ “golden color and fine effervescence” that gives way to “aromas of white blossoms and ripe fruit.”
You don’t have the follow the 5:2 plan to enjoy the quick, healthy and adventurous (for some) recipes in “The 5:2 Fast Diet Cookbook: 150 Easy Fat-Burning Recipes Under 300 Calories.”
But Samantha Logan will explain “the secret of intermittent fasting” and give a pretty good case for eating healthy five days of the week and cutting back on calories for two other days of the week that you choose. The idea is to metabolize your intake and stay steady. Nutrition and flavor are not missing from this book with recipes like Not So Shabby Crabby Bisque, Cheesy Spinach Portabellos, and Pecan-Chipotle Chicken Fingers. Remember, these are for the low-cal days. Choices for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are designed so you won’t feel deprived. In some cases, these “diet” foods could be more creative that what you’d gorge on before you were getting fit. I will be craving the sweet potato curry this fall and honey chicken will sweeten my lifestyle. Here’s an example of on-hand flavors I would not have thought of on my own:
Lemon Dijon Pasta
8 ounces pasta, rotini or penne work best
8 ounces haricot vert, roughly chopped (French-style string beans)
2 tablespoons oive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
The zest of one lemon
2 ounces Parmesan cheese, shaved
Cook pasta in large stock pot according ot package directions. Drain and rinse and pour into a large bowl, tossing with haricot vert
In a separate bowl, whisk together the olive oil, Dijon mustard, garlic, lemon juice and lemon zest. Toss with pasta. Shave cheese into pasta. Toss lightly together and serve.