Snow Bunny

In light of the snow storm in New York, I thought it appropriate to make a “Snow Bunny Smoothie” today.

I see that at this point, the Green Binge is getting “greener” and it’s less about the fruit and more about the veggies. My smoothie had a large focus on carrots, ginger and red leaf lettuce and a small amount of banana.I loved this smoothie and the name was so cute, I can’t wait to try this recipe again. The ginger gave it a nice spice and kick and surprisingly, it made me feel cozy on this cold, snowy day. What is it about carrots and ginger that make you feel so warm and cuddly?!

I made another wonderful meal with mandarins and baby spinach. I’m showing you a photo of the blender, so you can see how much green to put into the blender. The more baby spinach, the more nutrients in your body. And the mandarins are so sweet, they cover a lot of the taste of the spinach and only make it a richer flavor. Yum, yum, yum!

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Lemon is the Key

Today’s meals were a blast, as long as I didn’t look out and see the snow falling. Then, my cold drink made me shiver. Luckily, I was bundled in a hefty sweater for most of the day. It makes me wonder how many Californians are raw foodists versus….well, the population in every cold part of the country. There’s something to be said for 70 and sunny and a nice, ice cold green smoothie!

The meals were all wonderful. My favorite may have been my purple smoothie this morning. The recipe actually calls it a Pink ‘n Green Smoothie because you’re supposed to use raspberries, but I used what I had –wild blueberries, which made it a deep purple. Added to that were a bunch of celery stalks.

Now that I’m on Day 2 of my “Green Binge,” I’ve gotten a bunch of tips, so I used an excellent tip I learned. I had done it in my smoothies for the past few months, but wasn’t doing it this week because I was trying to follow the recipe as much as possible. But forget that, I had to try something new to make the taste better and it […read more…]

Video in Preparation for my First Meal

If you can’t see the video above (likely if you’re on an iPad or iPhone) click here

I have to admit that today was tough. I’m used to eating a lot more calories of solid food. I also love to consume bread and oatmeal on a daily basis, so it’s hard to change that habit. Somehow, even though I’m not a big coffee drinker, starting last night when I told myself that I would do this vegan/raw diet, I had such a craving for coffee with skim milk and sugar. It seems like when you try to make a change, even a small one, you become bombarded with delicious smells of mystery meat from the street carts or your friends posting on your facebook wall about tasty hot chocolates “you must try” all over the city! Why is it that whenever you give something up, you want everything, even things you don’t really have in your regular diet?

I prepped last night for some of my meals and I made a video of one of my preparations. My morning meal was an Apple Smoothie. Why is it called an apple smoothie? I think it’s because if they called it […read more…]

My Green Binge

For the next week, I will not only be eating “green,” but will also be eating completely vegan and raw. I should backtrack and tell you a bit of what inspired this plan.

About seven months ago, my sister-in-law, Lisa, told me about this blog she started consistently reading called Green Smoothie Girl. At first, I was quite skeptical. Lisa told me she bought a blender and started making smoothies that were tasty. I couldn’t believe that you could combine fruit and SPINACH and make that taste good. So, when I went to visit my family during my dad’s knee operation, I had a chance to try one of Lisa’s smoothies. It was incredible! I knew that they would be a hit when I saw my nieces and nephew devouring their smoothies, just like I devour ice-cream. As soon as I came home, I bought a Blendtec Total Blender, (trust me when I say that a Blendtec is a must have. No other blender compares to what this one does!) bought spinach and lots of frozen fruits and began having smoothies at least 5 times a week.

A couple of weeks ago, Lisa did the week long “detox” that Robyn […read more…]

A Fresh Fridge

I came home, completely soaked from the freezing rain. Though, I was shivering and probably should have hopped in the shower immediately, I decided that this evening I needed to clean out the refrigerator. I was tired of it being disorganized and needed to clear out things that had been there for years. I found a can of peppers that expired in 2006. How did I happen to move that from Chicago?

If I had shown you the fridge a week ago, you would have seen a suspicious amount of condoments and a lot of space. Gone with the old New York lifestyle and in with the new, healthy and frugal ways! There still are jams and jars in the fridge, but they are organized in the door. And, yes, I still have some guilty pleasures and why not, it’s all an evolving process, not an overnight change.

So…here’s my final result along with fridge analysis…ta da! (Click on the photo to see a larger version.)

The Making of a Staycation

I feel a little reluctant posting about this — I’ve been laughing at the idea of a staycation (a vacation while staying at home) since I found out about this concept about two years ago.

My hubby and I had a long weekend ahead of us and we toyed with the idea of going somewhere. I found out about this wolf conservatory and wanted to go there or just upstate to a cabin and try out snowshoeing. I had planned a big trip recently, then had done all sorts of holiday traveling, and with our hectic schedules, the weekend was quickly approaching and neither of us had the time or energy to plan a weekend trip. One thing was clear, we both needed to get away, but it would be nice to just be at home too.

So, we made a decision to shut out most of the world, canceled plans with our friends, turned off phones and email and just decided do stuff with each other (there were times where we allowed ourselves to check messages, just to make sure there wasn’t something time sensitive going on, but held true to not doing too much online stuff. We are […read more…]

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