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Mango-Banana Gelato

08/09/2011 2 comments

First and foremost, let me confess…

The sinfully rich looking creaminess you see above is not really gelato, and it’s not ice cream either.

Guys and Dolls…This is BETTER!

This is a virtually sugar-free, dairy free, healthy dessert that can be made within five minutes and will have your taste buds (and the little voice inside your head…or is that…just me? ;-)) convinced that you are sinning BIG TIME.

As you know from my juicing adventure, Sam and I have committed to eating healthier, which means getting creative and producing alternatives to typical desserts.  After dinner we either skip dessert entirely or have some fresh fruit plain, or with some vanilla yogurt.  Nevertheless, that doesn’t always satiate the craving for a sweet, creamy gelato/ice cream.

I guarantee that if you love gelato and ice cream the way I do, you will L-O-V-E this Mango-Banana (pseudo) Gelato.

It’s basically a mango and banana (already pre-cut and frozen) with just a little vanilla yogurt (I used soy yogurt) and a handful of walnuts pureed in a food processor.

I tell you, the mango and banana combination totally works! As Sam and I indulged last night, we kept commenting on how delicious our “gelato” was and how it easily competes with the real thing (like the one we had not too long ago), without all the extra fat and sugar.  I don’t know about you, but for us, it doesn’t get any better than that.

In the past I’ve pureed frozen bananas (I got the idea from here), which is really good on its own.  But of course, I had to take it to another level and added either mangos or (fresh, not frozen) strawberries to the frozen bananas with a little agave nectar, a few semi-sweet chocolate chips or sprinkled with cocoa powder.  However, this one is by far the best.  I can’t wait to continue experimenting with other fruits and nuts, nut butters, etc. (using the frozen bananas as a base for the “cream” factor).

You owe it to yourself, regardless if you’re trying to eat healthy or not (you can even have it for breakfast), to give this a try, and if you do, please feel free to share your thoughts.

My only concern now is, will my ice-cream maker feel lonely??

Thanks and have a great day!

“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.”  – La Rochefoucauld

Mango-Banana Gelato

Yields two servings

1 pre-cut frozen mango (skin removed)

1 pre-cut frozen large ripe banana (skin removed)

1/4 cup vanilla soy or greek yogurt

small handful of walnuts (or any nut)

To prepare:

Place first three ingredients into your food processor (or blender) and pulse continuously (scraping down sides as needed) until you start to get a lovely creamy texture, then add nuts and pulse for about 20 seconds.  By the way, the frozen pieces of fruit may clump up, and it’ll feel like it’s not going anywhere, but don’t lose faith.  Just continue to pulse.  I sometimes pulse in 10-20 second increments a few times and then as if by magic, it all comes together beautifully.

Enjoy!

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SamCyn’s Juicing Adventure: Day Five

07/27/2011 1 comment

Day five has been by far the best day, thus far!

I got out of bed at around 5:45am (I was awake much earlier) to kiss my honey goodbye, then I checked my tongue and I’m happy to report, there was no white fuzz (AWESOME). Since I had to go to work, I started to prepare juice #6 for breakfast and lunch.

Because it was my first day back at work since I started this adventure, I was feeling a tad bit nervous.  It’s so weird, even though I’ve been juicing during the day for the past few days, I felt apprehensive about not packing any lunch and only bringing juice.  It’s like I felt “naked”.  So, I brought along some blueberries and strawberries as back-up.

I managed to get through the day, without eating any of the fruit.  I drank the remainder of my juice at around noon and then I went to Whole Foods Market and got myself a shot of wheatgrass.  Though not reliably substantiated, It has been argued that wheatgrass helps blood flow, digestion and general detoxification of the body.  For more information on wheatgrass, please see here.

OMG! All I drank was a 1 oz. serving and as soon as it hit my system…

POW!

It was as if I drank an 8 oz. cup of espresso.  I was wired (in a good way), I was ready for action and most of all, I felt no hunger.

That lasted for close to two hours and by the time it was quiting time, all I could think of was the veggie stir-fry we had planned for dinner.  I tell you, I couldn’t get home fast enough.

I basically tossed in a bunch of veggies into a large pan (I don’t own a Wok) along with some sesame oil and low-sodium tamari sauce.

YUM!! It was delicious! Sam loved it and said we should definitely have it at least once a week.  Mind you, there was no rice or noodles and yet it satisfied us both.  How can you go wrong when you have such a beautiful array of colors and textures from such guilt-free ingredients in every bite? As an end to our lovely meal we ate the blueberries and strawberries.

Well ladies and gentlemen, this post concludes my minimum of five days of juicing/eating only fruits and vegetables commitment and adventure.  It’s been a wonderful, eye-opening experience and I thank you for letting me share and I thank God for allowing me to survive it without any issues.

While I (and Sam, of course) do plan to continue this path of primarily eating fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and whole grains (minimum of 80% of the time) and exercising 4-5 days a week (like I used to), I will not be posting daily.

Instead, I will update you once or twice weekly and share any notable changes that may occur (like my return to my pre-wedding weight).  I will also share healthier and delicious dishes.  Although…I am likely to include some naughtiness…like dessert ;-).

Oh, and another thing…I truly feel really, really great!

“Those who think they have no time for healthy eating will sooner or later have to find time for illness.”  – modified from : Edward Stanley (1826-1893) from The Conduct of Life

Juice #6

Yields about 2 quarts

4 granny smith apples

1 beet

5-6 celery stalks

4 medium carrots

ginger (approx. thumb size portion)

To prepare:

Wash all veggies, cut apples in half, insert into your juicer.  Enjoy!

Veggie Stir-fry

Yields approximately 4 servings

1 stir-fry veggies package (broccoli, snowpeas, etc)

3 garlic cloves

1 small onion

2 small yellow squash

1/2 red pepper

1 package of snow peas

1 zucchini

1 package of mushrooms

1 1/2 tablespoons of sesame oil

1 1/2 tablespoons of low-sodium tamari sauce

To prepare:

Wash, dry and cut up all veggies.  Toss into pre-heated (very hot) pan with sesame oil and tamari sauce.  Stir all ingredients around for just a few minutes, serve and enjoy.

As mentioned in previous posts, I journaled and shared the past five days of this experience to make myself accountable.  I am not a doctor, or a professional in the field of nutrition.  Therefore, I DO NOT, I REPEAT, I DO NOT RECOMMEND ANYONE TO FOLLOW WHAT I’VE DONE.  If you’re interested in fasting, detoxing, juicing, etc., please consult your doctor.

Thank you and God Bless!

SamCyn’s Juicing Adventure: Day One

07/23/2011 3 comments

Yesterday was day one of my juicing adventure and so far I’m doing okay.

Have I been hungry?!?

That would be a big fat YES!

I started my day at around 7:00am with a glass of warm water with 1/2 a lemon.

Then at around 10:00am, I made juice #1 containing the ingredients you see below.

Can you say, YUMMY? 😉

Actually, it’s not bad at all…believe it or not, I’m actually into these type of things.  Sam on the other hand is not too keen on trying the veggie drinks.  However, he’s willing to try (what a guy).

I drank about half of the portion, drank some water and went out for about a two-mile walk.

At around 1:15pm I finished the remaining juice, and thought to myself, this is easy.

Then at around 4:15pm I’m feeling pretty darn hungry 😦

I had taken a cat nap and woke up feeling just a little “pissy” because I was hungry and remembered that I couldn’t eat.

Anyone that knows me, KNOWS that I am not a happy camper when I’m hungry.

Still…I had no intentions of giving up (not so soon!).

So I made myself juice #2 consisting of these lovely ingredients and it was really good.

Come to think of it, I could have had this for breakfast since it’s a lot fruitier than the first one.  The strawberries had a strong enough flavor, that I couldn’t even taste the spinach (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

Then I finished up some housework as I waited for Sam to get home.  Usually on a Friday night we’ll either order pizza, drink wine, watch a movie and finish up with dessert or go out to eat.

Instead we caught up on each other’s day as I fixed myself juice #3 and Sam had a couple of bananas and cereal (this is his way of joining me and it’s okay).

Juice #3 was not as yummy…I don’t like beets and unfortunately, even though I only added one, it still overpowered the other ingredients.  Nonetheless, I drank my juice (s-l-o-w-l-y) and tried to ignore the headache I had developed and the slight nausea.

At this point (it was around 8:00pm), it had been 24 hours since my last meal and at least 36 hours since my last cup of coffee.  As you may or may not know, if you’re a regular coffee drinker, and you stop drinking coffee – the caffeine withdrawal can cause the blood vessels of the head to dilate, leading to an excess of blood in the head and causing headache and nausea.

I knew this wouldn’t be a walk in the park, but it’s part of the process of detoxing and riding my system of the toxins that come in the innocuous looking form of; a nice hot cup of coffee with sugar and powdered cream(so bad), a couple of glasses of wine, bacon, pizza, sausage, burger and fries, cookies, frosted cake, etc., etc.

I think you get the picture.

So what does one do when they’re not feeling too hot? you go to bed, to sleep it off and pray that tomorrow is a better day.  Though something tells me this is just the beginning ;-).

By the way, just thought you would want to know, drinking this much liquid will make you go to the bathroom A LOT!

p.s. I weighed myself and I’m at 161 lbs, which is about 13 lbs more than when I got married two years ago.  Gee, and I wondered WHY my clothes didn’t fit.

Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.  ~Doug Larson

Juice # 1 (don’t have names for my juices, just yet)

Yields approximately 22 oz.

4 granny smith apples

6 medium carrots

3 celery stalks

ginger (thumb size portion)

Approx. 1/4 cup of watercress

To prepare:

Wash all veggies, cut apples in half, insert into your juicer.  Enjoy!

Juice # 2

Yields approximately 16 oz.

3 handfuls of spinach

1/2 a papaya

10 strawberries

To prepare:

Wash all veggies, hull the strawberries and remove papaya skin, insert into your juicer.  Enjoy!

Juice # 3

Yields approximately 12 oz.

2 granny smith apples

1 beet

4 medium carrots

ginger (thumb size portion)

3-4 handfuls of kale (next time I’ll use whole leaves, I think it’ll juice better)

To prepare:

Wash all veggies, cut apples in half, insert into your juicer.  Enjoy!

Strawberry-Banana-Pumpkin Smoothie…YUM!

11/19/2010 2 comments

Do you like Smoothies?

I do!

In fact, my morning doesn’t feel complete unless I’ve had my…

A – Strong cup of CAW-FEE (I’m from NY). 🙂

B – Some form of exercise…I like that there are different forms of exercise to choose from 😉

C – A smoothie packed with lots of fruit and protein.

After all, how else can you guarantee fulfilling your required amount (at least a portion) of  daily fruit intake, while on the run?

So this morning after making a batch of pumpkin muffins (yes, again),

I had some leftover pumpkin puree, so I decided to add it to my smoothie mix.

My, my was it TASTY!

The best part is that it’s simple, quick, filling AND healthy.

For me it’s a no brainer…

Strawberry-Banana-Pumpkin Smoothie

1 cup of light vanilla soy-milk

1/4 cup of vanilla low-fat greek or organic yogurt

3/4 scoop of vanilla protein powder

Approx. 6 frozen strawberries

1 banana

1/4 cup pumpkin puree

1/8 tsp. cinnamon

Put all ingredients in a blender and…..yes, you guessed it…blend for about 1 minute…

Viola!

 

You’ve got yourself a YUMMY, HEALTHY breakfast on the go.

Never work before breakfast; if you have to work before breakfast, eat your breakfast first.  ~Josh Billings