Suggestions Please – Food

I have some lentils and pearled barley in my pantry.  Does anyone have a yummy suggestion for me to try (and a recipe or rough guidance) using either of these ingredients in a simple dish?

If I try your idea then I will post about it afterwards (with pictures).

I figure it is the best time for me to experiment with unfamiliar foods while my daughter is gone.  If I have the slightest frown on my face she will never taste the food.  If it is good and yummy for my tummy I can continue to move her toward trying new foods.

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Healthy Eating

I have been talking about healthy eating for a good portion of my day so why not do a post on it!  This is your non-traditional post on healthy eating.  Plenty of information to share with you but I know my readers enjoy challenges so two challenges I give each of you on your quest for healthy eating.  Ready??

In no particular order, try to implement these two for as many meals as possible and you will be well on your way.

- Eat with friends or family.  I do not typically eat with blood relatives because I move around so much but the family that I adopt (that accepts me as their own) and friendships that I establish… I enjoy eating and great conversation with each and every one of them throughout the many years and moves of my life.  We do not rush while eating and the atmosphere is just right for fine dining.  If you are reading this and I have shared any time eating with you then “thank you”.  Eating is one of those sacred times for me.  I do not want to ever eat in the company of anyone who upsets, stresses, or brings me negative energy.  I can go on but try to increase the number of times you eat WITH someone.

- Take the time to enjoy your food.  This one is fun!  With each bite you take, enjoy every aspect of your food.  See if you can identify the seasonings used to flavor your food.  If you have no seasonings on your food (like my orange) then describe each food.  Have you ever tried to describe your food in detail?  Have you ever checked in with yourself to see if that food energized, hydrated, dehydrated, drained, or left you feeling any other way after eating it?  While this one takes time, it also helps you with portion control.

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A Smooth(ie) Compromise

I am so happy that my daughter is making great strides to eat healthier.  Yes, I could be one of those parents that make their children eat this and that but I was raised that way and refuse to raise my daughter that way.  I DO educate her on her eating habits and make her do essays on the effects of eating and exercise habits of several countries (including the United States).  I want my daughter to be an informed eater.

Back to the topic of this post…

Today my daughter was eager to share a smoothie with me but I did not want HER type of smoothie.  I do not like any type of sweetener added to my smoothies but as she adjusts her tastebuds she likes about one tablespoon of sugar in hers (I think it’s mental).  She wanted a plain strawberry-mango smoothie while I wanted extras in mine.  I did not want the sugar but I was compromising.  Once I poured her 16oz serving, I added about 3/4 cup of oats and a handful of cashews into the Vitamix, blended it together and had my own yummy treat.

After a quick meeting and mall run we came back home where I fixed a smoothie and added a cup of uncooked oatmeal to it.  I had to get my unsweetened smoothie in for the day.

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Transforming Minds and Lives

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Living In The Moment

How many of you truly live in the now?

You maximize each moment and take whatever steps you desire to move forward in your life.  You do not focus on the future and you do not dwell on missed opportunities of your past.

Be aware of your emotions, actions, reactions, and even your breathing as much as possible today and see how it affects your day.

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Daughter’s Birthday

I have to update everyone on what I have been doing as it has been a minute since I have posted on this blog.

Another picture of food would be the cake I did for my daughter.  She wanted her “doll cake” that my mother has fixed for two or three other birthdays in the past.  I had to surprise my daughter and step in and fix the doll cake since we would not see my mother for her birthday.

I really CAN cook and I had to decorate this cake in under 30 minutes (that included me making the icing and figuring out which flavors would match the cake and agree with my daughter’s tastebuds).  I picked almond flavor for the cream cheese icing.  The smooth texture in such a short time was courtesy of my Vitamix.

Note the sections of her dress…Those ended up being my daughter’s guide for how big she cut our slices because she loved the cake.  I may make another for her before the year is out.  It was a simple task but the real treat was seeing my daughter smile.  I wonder if the reason for the smile was because she now has her own doll cake maker in the house.  Should I have stayed undercover?

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Green Onions

Here is a picture of my yummy green onions.  One of those gifts that keep on giving (and growing fast)!

I keep them in fresh water on my kitchen counter and snip the ends when I want to add it to my food.

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