27 Jul

Good Eatin’ in the Summertime

A friend of mine told me the other day that she has been studying Holistic Health Counseling through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (www.integrativenutrition.com). She’s on her way to earning a certificate to be a Holistic Health Counselor. This is very exciting and I’m so proud of her. She is starting to offer Nutrition and Wellness counseling and coaching to clients. If you find that you’re in need of some health & wellness advice, take a look at Jessica’s website. www.CloserToRealHealth.com

Jessica sends out monthly newsletters and the last one had some great recipes from her school. They look perfect for a cook-out this summer!

Bok Choy Apple Slaw
Prep time: 7 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

6 stalks bok choy (about 1/2 head), thinly sliced
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 granny smith apple, sliced
1/2 cup toasted sunflower seeds

1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice)
1/4 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons honey or brown rice syrup
salt and black pepper to taste

1. First make the dressing by combining all the ingredients and whisking well.
2. Chop all the salad ingredients, leaving the apples until last. Mix in a salad bowl.
3. Toss salad with half the dressing. Add additional dressing if desired.
4. Eat immediately, or chill for up to one hour and then add the apples just before eating.

Asian Watercress Salad
Prep time: 7 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

1 bunch washed watercress
1 cup grated carrots
1 cup baked tofu
1-1/2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
2/3 tablespoons plum vinegar or other vinegar

1. Tear watercress into desirable size pieces.
2. Mix with carrots in a salad bowl.
3. Drizzle sesame oil and vinegar over salad and toss.
4. Dice tofu into bite-size strips.
5. Serve in individual salad bowls, sprinkle tofu on top of each and serve.

Here’s to yummy food and good nutrition!

13 Jul

Uninterrupted thoughts

Several weeks have gone by since last posting. I think I’m finally coming up for air. Part of the busyness of the last couple of weeks was flying with my kids out to South Carolina to visit with my parents. Now, the reason why I feel like I can breath is because I flew home last Thursday – sans kids! They’ll fly back with my mom in about 10 days. I catch myself aching to be with them – I miss them a lot and at the same time enjoying the quiet solitude of my life as I know it right now. I know it’s short lived! My time has been spent catching up on work, sleep, meditation, exercise and hanging with hubby and friends.

I realized yesterday that since having kids, my life has felt like one big interruption. AND I actually got to complete that thought – which is how I came to that realization. Oh, the irony! I remember thinking when I was a teenager that my mom and all my friends’ moms were a little off their rocker (and it wasn’t just the whole know-it-all teenager thing that I had going on – haha). I was actually pretty spot on and it’s come full circle. Moms ARE a little off their rocker and it’s because they can never have a complete thought! There are always interruptions. More times than not, they’re good interruptions- but interruptions, nonetheless. Like, Mom come see what I painted! or Mom, come outside and play soccer with me! or Mom, come jump on the bed with me! I don’t mind those interruptions so much. It’s the interruptions that sound more like this that I can do without… MOM! we need more toilet paper! or MOM! I can’t find my other shoe! or MOM! it’s my turn! It comes with the territory, but really? really? Did the universe intend for moms to go crazy?

It really is great being a mom and truly a blessing. I mean, really… how could you not get all sappy over these two?

Just wish me luck in maintaining my sanity!