Learning to eat …

January 19, 2013

No honey in the house means it’s time to cut back on even natural sugars

Filed under: Challenges, Health — Tags: , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 12:36 pm

In the last few years my family has never gone long without honey, and usually lots of honey. This fall we bought a gallon of honey from the farmers market thinking it would see us through the winter. It’s mid-January and even with honey gifted from a family member now keeping bees we are out of honey.

To say we go through a lot of honey in this house seems to be an understatement. On the other side of that statement is the realization that we had gone to using honey almost exclusively as our sweetener of choice for baking. This means if I was doing a lot of baking for my family, we would go through a lot of honey.

But we also used it daily in tea, coffee and other goodies.

I think I need to use this time of not having honey in the house to just go with it and do a cleanse of all sweeteners, even natural ones for awhile. I’m not going to set a certain amount of time right now but just see how it goes.

Already I seem to notice the natural sweetness of foods coming out more and more, and that is a good thing. I will continue to take advantage of the sweetness found naturally in foods as I explore this time of not adding concentrated sweeteners to my food.

What have your experiences with honey and other sweeteners been?

January 2, 2009

Raw Cravings and The Importance of Greens

Filed under: About Me, Challenges — Tags: , , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 3:32 pm

I have just returned from vacation, and like all vacations it meant vacation eating. It was pretty healthy all things considered, but vacation eating none-the-less. And now that I am home I am craving all sorts of raw food goodies — and especially fresh raw soups. In fact it was interesting to see the broccoli soup as the last post on this blog because creamy broccoli soup sounds so good right now. I’ve also been dreaming up some celery soup as well. I think I’m seriously addicted to celery.

I learned a lot while on vacation. I learned a lot about myself in general and a lot about food and my eating of food, and how it affects me. I will write more about that later; however, today I had one simple little ephinany that I want to share right away — the greens are it when considering the MOST important food type you can eat!!! Much research shows the importance of greens, but I just confirmed this for myself. I think eating an ABUNDANCE of greens is more important than being raw foodist (70% or more raw food consumption), eating vegan, eating low fat (or more importantly “right fat”), or just about anything else I can think. Besides the nutrients involved I know that greens help in keeping the body correctly PH Balanced (alkaline instead of acid), and I’m sure this is also important for my personal health.

So, what led to this ephinany? Well, lots of little things as I looked back at the foods I’ve eaten over the last few weeks and the result of how I feel and look (I have pimples again for the first time in months). Yesterday I decided that I would start the year out 100% raw, and I did. But I was tired and in the evening I went to bed with an upset tummy. Now this is likely due to either plain over consumption (loved those jicama sticks a bit too much), using too much spice (chili powder), or just bad food combining. But … it made me realize that I also hadn’t had any greens all day as I had started the day with a mono-meal of “melon milk” (blended cantaloupe … yummy but no greens). And shortly after that my eyes started to itch the familiar allergy itch that I haven’t felt in MONTHS except for days that I haven’t eaten my greens … so this time it clicked that it was indeed the missing greens as the culprit. Proving again to me that often it is as much what one is NOT eating as what one IS eating.

This is probably why consuming green smoothie daily as my start int raw foodism and PH balanced eating was so important, and how I was able to see such dramatic results.

Someone once said that they start their day with greens because they never know what the rest of the day will bring. I think this is very wise, and something I should do my best to follow in 2009! 🙂

I’ll be off to the store this evening to stock up on the makings for various raw blended soups, green smoothies, green juices, and more. And I’ll be getting ingredients for one more complex raw meal as well, this week likely pizza, as Shawn has practically requested that I experiment each weekend with a raw meal for the entire family because he so loved what he ate that at the Ecopolitan in Minneapolis. 🙂

Looking at recipes and raw food blogs has been a great inspiration for me — here’s to a great 2009!!!

December 9, 2008

Monday Weigh in and Surviving the Holidays (Weight Loss in December with Raw Food)

Filed under: Challenges, Saturday Morning Weigh In — Tags: , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 12:18 am
Basil and tomatoes in the blender

Basil and tomatoes in the blender

So much to share, and so little time.

First, I did to a quick weigh in this morning, and crossed my fingers that it wouldn’t be higher than last week. Whew! The official stats for this week are: 179.8 pounds and 39.5 body fat%.

So, I can officially say that I’ve lost over 40 pounds n That is the good news. The not so good news, is that that is the lowest amount I’ve lost since I started keeping track. I have been told not to stress about this, and I’m not. Weight loss on a raw food diet may fluctuate a bit anyway because of the water content of  the food. I’ve become pretty good and realizing when I’m actually retaining even just a bit of extra water though, and I try to naturally release all of that before my weigh -in each week. (I release the retained water with foods like cucumber, watermelon, dandelion root tea or other forms of dandelion, and of course lots of great water.)

But this week I would say that the bigger culprit would be the easy spiral that happens when I indulge in a bit of cooked food, and then eat more than I should because I find it harder to read my fullness cues when I eat cooked food. And then there are the times we eat even if we know we’re not hungry — ahh, the holiday parties.

It really hasn’t been too bad, but I have been eating more rich foods (nuts, agave nectar, and so on) than I typically do because I make some special foods to share (and eat!) and holiday parties and gatherings. Just like with cooked goodies, a little goes a long way with these foods! I’ll be posting some recipes soon too, but caution one to remember these are treats and not necessarily to be eaten on  a regular basis.

If I wasn’t continuing to feel energetic, and as if I was continuing to release weight, I may research into other health issues, but I think this is just normal Holiday food issues. 🙂

I just spent the last hour listening to a Dr. T. teleseminar (The Truth About Your Food), so I’m even more inspired now to continue to nourish my body with healthy food! My New Year wish to everyone is that they are able to also nourish their bodies and feel healthy in return!

November 30, 2008

No Wonder My Pants Were Falling Off! (weight loss and more at the end of the Body Enlightenment System)

Filed under: About Me, Challenges, Health, Today I ..., weight loss — Tags: , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 11:19 pm

groth_34-2Whoa! Time to check in with my Learning to Eat blog because I have certainly been learning to eat! The BES ends tomorrow, and it has been an incredible month. It’s truly the beginning of permanent changes for so many wonderful people. For me personally it has meant a refining of what I eat and how to eat it, AND at the same time it has been full of emotional processing and release. While I’ve lost weight and inches, I have GROWN in the many important ways.

I’ll share the numbers with you first. I want to point out the completeness of the numbers and encourage any of you that are interested in weight loss (remember my primary goal is total health), to measure more than just weight. I’m glad that I have the scale that measures body fat as well. Even if it’s not the most accurate BF calculation possible, it still shows that even when the scale isn’t going down as fast as it seems it should that I am indeed loosing fat. Also I’m SO glad I started the month with taking measurements because now I have concrete numbers to look at about what is changing with my body. For those of you not inclined to take measurements, then simply looking at how your clothes fit can be a great guide as well … my measurements confirmed what my clothes had already been telling me – I was loosing inches off of my hips, butt, and belly!!! This is good because this is where all my fat went the last few years. J So, off it comes now!

Month of the BES (Body Enlightenment System) by the Numbers

  • Weight lost: 7.2 pounds
  • Percent Body Fat Lost: 2%
  • Inches Lost: 11.75
  • Clothing sizes change: -2 (from sizes 18/20 to sizes 12/14! … no more XL!)

Official Measurements on 11/30/08
Waist: 37 (-2)
Chest: 41 (same)
Hips: 43 (-3)
Right Thigh: 21.75 (-1.75)
Left Thigh: 21.5 (-2)
Right Arm: 13 (same)
Left Arm: 13 (-.5)
Belly 43 (-2.5)

Date

Weight

Body Fat %

Inches Total

May 2008

220

10/16/08

194.0

43.7

10/25/08

191.0

42.9

11/1/08

187.6

41.7

245

11/15/08

184

40.8

11/22/08

181.8

40.8

11/30/08

180.4

39.7

233.25

Loss to Date:

39.6

4%

11.75

But I have to tell you that the weight and inches that are coming off is truly only a fraction of what is happening. For me personally I am also gaining so much insight into my health in so many ways, and even more than that my emotions and spirit are evolving in ways that feel really good.

Abundance of greens and veggies!

Abundance of greens and veggies!

So, if I was learning about raw foods, the importance of eating greens, and a alkaline diet before the BES program, what did BES do for me? Well, first there was a HUGE amount of support both personally and as part of a community. That support and sense of community was so helpful at this point because eating such a unique diet can be isolating, especially as the holidays approach. There was also a sense that someone would always be there to reach out to with questions or for support—someone that understood the process I was going through, and likely someone armed with information to help.

BES also has a fitness component and I’m sure that is why my bottom has begun to disappear. As I’ve both done my 20 minute minimum each day and also started integrated more activity throughout my day (squats, push ups, etc. throughout the day). And Tera makes the fitness component SO fun with fun names and challenges for everything. I feel I’ve made a breakthrough with fitness again because I realized yesterday, when I didn’t do my 20 minutes on the rebounder, that the day just didn’t seem quite right. I now know that I feel and do better when I start my day with that 20 minutes (or more) of heart-pumping activity.dcp_5757

And something I had no idea before starting the BES program is that it includes not only LOTS of encouraging affirmations, but also daily worksheets and a commitment to make changes. I found the daily worksheets were very empowering as they showed me daily all of the great choices I did make with meals and fitness, AND they gave me the opportunity to list the things I plan to do, check them off when I did them, and list what to improve on tomorrow.

The most powerful line on the sheet though is the one that lists one thing you could do today that you’ve been putting off. So each day I was encouraged to do something I had been putting off. For me, and especially this month, was HUGE. This alone could have transformed my life this month. It’s a process and there are still a couple of things left for me to list on that line this next week before I even have to think hard about what I might be putting off – but I have accomplished so much. And in the process I’ve let so much of the negative energy attached with procrastinating things! J (Praise God!)

A Wonderfully Savory Green Smoothie

A Wonderfully Savory Green Smoothie

And then there is the hardest thing to talk about – the emotional processes of the BES program. I think it should be called Total Person Enlightenment Program! And I learned how these things go together. I learned that processing emotions and digesting foods are two things that each take a LOT of energy. In fact that can take so much energy that your body often can’t do both things at once – this means you can effectively stop your emotional processing by eating – hmm stuffing our emotions quite literally! This also means that when you don’t eat as much, eat things that are easier to digest, or do a fast (we do water or juice fasts on BES for partial days) – well, then the emotions are free to flow! This can be overwhelmingly surprising for someone that thought the emotions were already dealt with! But no we have many layers of emotions and I think I’ll have to do much more fasting (and then praying/meditating) before I’ve peeled off all of the layers!

The BES program gave me the support I needed to go ahead and start feeling and processing some complicated emotions. Those that know me know that my daughter’s birth/death anniversary is November 10th and November has been a really, really hard month for me for the last seven years … I went into this November with all positive affirmations and feeling really great. I thought I was just going to peacefully remember my sweet girl, but no my spirit, now free to emote away, had other ideas. So, for a few hours I was thinking maybe this was not the time to be doing the BES program, but then I realized that I maybe would not even have been able to access those emotions if it were not for the BES program. Now that is powerful!

Now that the program is over, but the evolution of me continues. I will be part of a continued coaching program with Tera from The Raw Divas, and I will continue to post on the Green Smoothie Blog, and I’m sure I’ll do another live session of BES in the future. Additionally, one of my post-BES goals is to stop ignoring this blog. J I’m going to get back to posting nearly every day simply about what I’m eating no matter how mundane it sounds to me. I want to do this for future reference for myself as well as so that everyone knows what I’m eating. I’ll also occasionally update my fitness activities, and hopefully do some really juicy posts all about vegetables and how I’m continuing to learn to eat!

Yours in health ~ Tami

P.S. Are you joining me on the 24 Day Green Smoothie Countdown to Christmas?

October 31, 2008

Some Goals (Weight Loss)

Filed under: About Me, Challenges, Health, weight loss — Tags: , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 9:39 am

I mean goals other than feeling well — healthy, vibrant and all that. 🙂

Why wait for New Years?!?

I’ve been encouraged that even during this challenging week when I’ve done very little for exercise and have had a mini chocolate bar or two (mostly fair trade at least), that I’ve still dropped a little weight … and the Body Enlightenment System is just starting this Saturday so things should just get better and better!

So, I started thinking about what could happen if I kept losing weight a couple of pounds a week on average.

And I decided that if that happens, these would be reasonable goals:

  • By Christmas Vacation (December 17th is approximately when we leave) — be at 170 pounds or less
  • By Easter be at 145 pounds or less (April 12th; lent starts Feb. 25th)

Earlier this week I verified via medical records that according to the scale at the clinic I was at 220 in May 2008, so I’m going to use that as my “highest weight” even though I think it may have been a tad higher before that. So, according to that I’ve lost 30 pounds so far!

According my my medical records the weight was slowly starting to come off about the same time I slowly increased my percentage of raw food. Looking back I would guess that it was about August when I became about 95% raw, and started actually paying attention to it closely. I’ve also discovered that I feel the best with primarily fruits, vegetables and greens. This means I do eat some nuts and sprouted grains, but that isn’t my daily diet at this point.

If I meat my goals, I’ll have lost 50 pounds by Christmas and a total of 75 by Easter!!!

After that I think my goal will just be to increase my physical fitness and stay healthy. I think that will mean continueing to eat a high raw food diet, but I’m not sure what percentage that will be. I may include more cooked whole grains in my diet at some point, especially in the winter, but remain low/healthy-fat vegan (wild and brown rice, potatoes, etc. — macrobiotics or McDougal eating plan?),  and still eat a high percentage of raw foods including green smoothies daily. I can’t imagine going more than a short while without green smoothies at this point. 🙂

I’m also thinking very seriously about doing a juice/Green Smoothie fast during lent, but I’m not committing to specifics yet at this point. I do feel very strongly about doing something like this though. Having a juicer at my house before that would be a requirement though. 🙂

OK, now that this is out there in the public world, I just need to make some reminders around my house. 🙂

Looking at it this way sure makes those couple of pounds a week look good!

In Health and Happiness —

October 27, 2008

Saturday morning weigh in … and prep week for Body Enlightentment System (BES)

Filed under: Challenges, Health, Saturday Morning Weigh In — Tags: , , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 3:31 pm

OK, so as you’ll notice I don’t always POST on the same day the information is recorded. My goal is to have Saturday be my weigh in day, and then to post it as soon as possible after that. I may or may not weigh myself between Saturdays, but I won’t be posting it.

The weights and body fat percentages are from my home scale unless otherwise noted. I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to do any kind of before or after picture. I will likely do measurements when I get around to it. 🙂

Stats for Saturday October 25, 2008

  • Weight: 191.0
  • Body Fat %: 42.9

Well, now it’s out there for the whole world to see! (I’ve done scarier things though.)

And the exciting news is that this is the prep week for the BES. I’ve very excited about this as I could really use some encouragement and inspiration on this journey to wellness and releasing weight. I have certainly noticed that I feel better when I stick to eating simple fruits, vegetables, and GREENS! I think my body would love me if I lived on green smoothies … but old habits are hard to break.

My big accomplishment this week has been learning to not eat too much. Even with eating only salads, raw soups and smoothies, I was sometimes simply eating too much. So I’m practicing learning to eat simply until I’m not hungry anymore or have enjoyed a small portion of food rather than continueing to eat. For example, I usually would eat the entire blender full of soup that I made, but instead I now eat one bowl full and save the rest for later (sometimes I dehydrate it so I have a fast and easy meal when not at home). I then try to slow down and really enjoy my food. Sometimes this is difficult to do when eating with young kids or at the office, but I’m trying!

Have you checked out the new posts on the Green Smoothie blog? Yum!

October 24, 2008

Weight Loss as an Incentive, the Body Enlightenment System and why you should join me!

Filed under: Challenges, weight loss — Tags: , , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 4:45 pm

First the important note —

You only have 24 hours left in order to take advantage of
the new weight loss version of the Body Enlightenment System
with Angela Stokes and The Raw Divas. This program is being
called, “The Healthiest Weight Loss Program on the Entire
Internet,” and for good reason!

SIGN UP NOW

The registrations for this 30 Day Raw Food Weight Loss
Program close on Saturday (October 25, 2008) at noon! This program is truly
transformational! Check out all the dozens of success
stories here:

Body Enlightenment System Details and Success Stories! (scroll down for success stories)

Who knows? Maybe your story will be next! 😉

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Now, WHY, on a personal level, should you sign up for BES? Well, I want to say because I want as many people as possible to be totally transformed in how they look and feel. I want more healthy people in this world! I want to part of that energy and want you to be too.

I’ve been meaning to mention weight loss as an incentive for changing my/your eating, and will write more about in detail throughout the upcoming weeks. I started down the path of drinking green smoothies and eating a high raw food diet for health reasons — because I was sick of being sick and tired! BUT when the weight started slowly but steadily dropping off …. well the fact that all of my jeans are now falling off (must find time to shop!) couldn’t have come at a better time! I had kind of gotten used to feeling good and maintaining a clean diet didn’t seem quite so important so I would cheat more here and there. Add to that the fact that in general I have more energy so I could experiment with more complex “raw food” foods (desserts and richer meals made primarily in the dehydrator), and it was easy to stray from my simple and very effective diet of primarily raw fruits, veggies and greens … when I could no longer ignore the weight loss I decided it was time to embrace it! So I bought a scale, and plan to take my body measurements  — and then I plan to SHARE it here!!! 🙂

It’s obvious that not only do I feel better and have more energy when I stick to those fruit, veggies and greens, but I also loose weight faster. And while I’m not in a huge hurry, it sure is nice to just melt it off. And I realize the weight loss incentive may be just what I need to stick to a diet that is healthier for me in every way! I don’t know why as humans it is so hard for us to do something because it is good for us — to take pleasure in nourishing our bodies, but we rarely do. But weight loss, that is an easy incentive in our culture. But if you’re going to do it, do it right! Do it in a HEALTHY way that will also help you long term both in keeping the weight off and also being a healthier individual. 🙂

So, that’s where I’m at in regards to weight loss. Stay tuned to see what the scale and tape measure actually says. I’ve lost 25 pounds so far which is what give)s me the encouragement (and courage! to do this, but I have a LONG ways to go.

Also, I’ll be sharing a lot more intimate details of my BES journey on the Raw Diva BES forums, so if you join me you’ll be able to participate as well. I am SO looking forward to it as it’s exactly what I need right now (THANK YOU RAW DIVAS!).

To your health —

Tami

P.S. If you just can’t do the Body Enlightenment System right now, please look at what you can do to move to a healthy weight and a healthier lifestyle. After reading about the BES system, look around at what else the Raw Diva site has to offer. There are many free articles, and some FREE programs as well (I’ll certainly be talking more about The Truth About Your Food soon!).

xoxo

October 23, 2008

100% Raw, Sick, Gluten Contamination, More Sick Days, Back to 100% Raw and more

Filed under: Challenges — Tags: , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 10:23 pm

I have about a dozen posts to write about various things the past few weeks, but I want to get a brief outline out here first — something to document my own challenges.

First a side track — during the last few weeks I was busy posting and helping to coordinate the Green Smoothie blog, and I’m loving it. We’re also promoting the Body Enlightenment System (last day to sign up for this session is Friday October 25th!!!). Remember though that the Raw Diva’s have many, many resources, including many free or inexpensive ones, so check out their blogs and other resources.

Now that is one of the things I was doing when I was feeling well and not working or spending time with family, but there were also a lot of ups and downs with food and health. Going in reverse …

Just before starting this post I was thinking “ugh, why does my stomach feel so heavy NOW?” I made a mock Tuna recipe (Alissa Cohen’s book) which uses bean sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, sunflower seeds (and pumpkin seeds for me since I didn’t have enough sunflower seeds), and almonds as well as the onion and celery found in just about any tuna recipe. And I also replaced the raw soy sauce it calls for with Bragg’s Liquid Aminos. I made this before and it not only tasted awesome, but I don’t remember feeling poorly (is it just a poor memory?), so what is up this time. I think I put more Bragg’s in it this time, and I think I’ve decided that Bragg’s just isn’t good for me personally. Or was it something else that I’m sensitive to? or did I just eat too much? Or is it combined with the fact that I ate a bit of dairy earlier in the day? Hmm … yes, this is the obsessive questioning I do. The trick is to do just enough of such questioning to actually figure out a bit about what my body needs and yet not go crazy. 🙂

Before supper though I felt AWESOME today. I realized at about 1 p.m. that I had only drank about half of my green smoothie that I brought with for lunch, and I was NOT hungry. I also realized that without even thinking about it I had been eating 100% raw, and almost entirely green smoothies (and soup) for 48 hours. And I was (re)energized and felt SO great. That was such a good feeling. So why exactly did I have to go and mess that up? These are the things that make me wonder at my own decisions … and yet it just is. It also makes me think that I really could just go on a green smoothie fast any time I wanted to guarantee feeling well. 🙂

Now, Monday night. That was misery night. 😦

To make it worse I had been sick with gluten contamination off and on for a few days. It  started with going out to lunch with Megan when she was off of school last Thursday and noticing some spices on my salad, and sure enough later that afternoon the bloating and general feeling of being unwell was there. Before I even recovered from that I decided to eat oats. They were gluten free oats but now I still wonder what I was thinking. To make it worse I combined them with chocolate (raw cocoa, but still), so I can’t be entirely sure that it’s the oats I’m sensitive to, but based on the reaction, I’m pretty sure it is the oats. 😦 I also ate a salad with LOTS of cesear dressing (gluten free high quality, but still bottled). Ugh, in a digestive system already dealing w/ gluten/grain reaction, this was not good (even with enzymes!). Oh, yes it briefly was yummy in my mouth, but in my tummy — not so much. I need to remember this. And stick to things I find yummy in my tummy as well. 🙂

So in summary, the last couple of days I felt on top of the world in contrast to Monday night when I could barely make it through a theatre performance Shawn and I went to. I kept thinking I felt like crawling under a rock and not coming out. I also realized I didn’t even feel as bad as I did on a REGULAR BASIS before starting to drink green smoothies and eat a diet high in raw foods!?!

I’m also wondering if it’s a coincidence that I was just plain old sick this weekend after my body was dealing with gluten. Granted there are viruses going around, but I just seem to not have those symptoms if I stay close to 100% raw. But Sunday I was totally out of it with cold/flu symptoms (aches, pains, congestion). Luckily it didn’t last long (thanks to green smoothies?). I also realized that during the past weeks it has only been when I have eaten something that disagrees with me (as noted above!) that I experience any of my typical allergy symptoms, even airborne allergy symptoms. I have NOT missed the insanely itchy eyes I get most years in the fall!

I, and my health, continues to evolve. Thanks for sharing the journey … lots more in depth topics hopefully appearing here soon.

September 29, 2008

So now that I’ve eaten it, please tell me what was in it.

Filed under: Challenges, Health, Today I ... — Tags: , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 5:19 pm
 
This is the kind of requests I got from my husband and older daughter over the weekend. I’ve decided to go ahead and hide veggies in more than smoothies. I’m even hiding veggies in their cooked food. 😉 I’ve been thinking about it in theory for awhile, but I haven’t been doing much of the cooking for everyone else as just keeping up with my food has been enough most days. Over the weekend I was inspired to finally try some of the recipes from the cookbook, Deceptively Delicious, that I received for my birthday. Well, I’m impressed. I think I’ll follow a few more of the actual recipes before trying the general theory much on my own.
 
I want to be clear that I want my family to learn to love their fruits and veggies, especially raw fruits and veggies in their full raw glory. But I also realize that this is a transition, and I also have to be realistic. So, I was pretty happy when Nessa (3) dived into her chocolate fondue with fruit with full abandon, and I smiled even more when Megan (11) was shocked to hear me tell our guest that the fondue contained carrot and avocado as well as chocolate and sugar. Now I just have to get them to love it without so much sugar! The yummy muffins and puffy eggs also had veggies in them too. The eggs were the ones that surprised me the most. I’ve hid some things in sweet baked goods before, but never in other types of dishes so I’m looking forward to exploring that aspect of getting kids to eat their veggies. The eggs were wonderful even though I removed the cheese (did add some nutritional yeast and other flavoring) and used gluten free flour in them as well as adding the squash puree.
 
I alwaysalmost always try to include lots of fresh veggies and fruit with the meal as well (we all have not so great days!) And everyone is encouraged to take a “no thank you” bite as I try to be patient to see if introducing them to something more than ten times will have any (positive?) affect at all. In the meantime it is kind of fun to hear them go on and on about how yummy something is while knowing it’s at least a little bit good for them. And it’s especially fun knowing that it contains something that they would *never* eat otherwise. Everyone except the 3-year-old realize I’m doing it so I don’t feel that deceptive, nor do I want to be. The interesting thing is that I don’t think Nessa would even mind if she saw me put orange and green things in her food as long as the final product fit her expectations. With green smoothies she loves putting the greens in, but she won’t ever put unblended greens much past her lips. I don’t know if it’s truly texture or more than that, but there are some things she is convinced that she doesn’t like. And we all know that that argument is useless with a 3-year-old.

September 26, 2008

Mom, does this have greens in it?

Filed under: Breakfast, Challenges — Tags: , , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 11:50 am
Megan in the way to school: “Mom, does this have greens in it? Because it doesn’t taste like it does. And it tastes like raspberries and banana, but I don’t feel the seeds. Usually I have to put the straw back farther in my mouth when I try to drink a raspberry green smoothie, or even a regular raspberry smoothie.”
 
Me smiling: Yes, it has greens in it, but not enough to cover the red of the raspberries or take over the flavor. (What I didn’t tell her: Kale and beet greens to be exact, and the beet greens had some red in the stems which I’m sure helped a great deal. And there was also my now usual 3 T. of chia seed meal as well. Score!) The raspberries were frozen maybe they blend better that way, plus I blended it longer than usual because I added that second banana after tasting it.
 
Megan has become so picky (age 11) that being able to get her to drink 12 oz of green smoothie on the way to school is a huge accomplishment. I was smiling for awhile!
 
I hope I can repeat it for her and her sister this weekend!
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