For the Love of Veggies—and the Animals, of Course

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morning.  Lately, I have been into cooking fresh beets and adding them to my salads.  I was always intimidated by how to cook/peel them.  If you cut off the greens (yes, buy them with the greens and you get a bonus…you can cook the greens just as you would swiss chard, spinach or kale.  I tried them for the first time, sauteing them with lots of garlic and they tasted a lot like escarole, to me)  and cut off the other end, you can just scrub them like potatoes and wrap them in foil to roast them.  They will take about an hour (at least) but once done and cooled, the skins will come off easily.  The red ones are delish but rather messy.  If you can find golden ones, they are mess free.  I found organic ones at The Boys in Boynton Beach and they are often available at Whole Foods as well.  Beets, like most all veggies, are packed with nutritional value. If you cook the greens on side, you get twice as much nutrition, but I admit to eating them strictly because I really like them!

Did I mention that there is also a brand new vegetable which is bound to be hailed as a super food, any minute.  Carole told me about kalettes a couple of weeks ago and then I saw them in a nutrition newsletter.  They are a hybrid mix of brussel sprouts and kale and look like this:http://cdn.newsday.com/polopoly_fs/1.8955159.1407112037!/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/feature_730/image.jpg

I haven’t tried them yet, because I haven’t seen them yet, but they are supposed to become available at both Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.   I don’t know exactly what they will taste like but I am a big fan of both the veggies it comes from….and I do know they look pretty cute!

Last, but definitely not least, on this Vegan (Feast) Thursday, I am proud to announce that my boy, Pete, has started  something called Green Panther Press.   If I am the gentle hippie chick suggesting the lean into a more plant-based lifestyle, Pete is the hardcore, in your face, dude so expect that it will not be a gentle nudge, but will be very informative and I look forward to learning from him and his crew.  Info and merchandise about living life Vegan style can be found at:

http://greenpantherpress.bigcartel.com/

You can also find them on Facebook at their Green Panther Press page.

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Namaste

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-nWM4BSgFjEE/TX5i8vX9dcI/AAAAAAAAAkw/TRQHEnY3HRk/s1600/kids_yoga.jpgHaving been a kid who did NOT enjoy P.E. or sports, it warms my heart to see articles about schools offering Yoga as a P.E. option.  The only part of gym class I ever liked was gymnastics, and, I admit, square dancing.  Still, I dreaded that hour as so many students do.  Thinking I was not athletic because I didn’t do well in games like dodge ball (really?  how many of us really loved having a ball thrown at us?) just made it worse as the years went on.  Thank goodness for cheer-leading which often got me out of gym class.  I loved my years of cheering.

In many ways, I am still a cheerleader.  But I also love aerobic dancing, lifting weights, doing Pilates, jogging and yoga.  So this morning I salute the schools that are offering Yoga as an option to fulfill the P.E. credit.   The students who are taking these classes are getting so much more than just the credit, as any of that practice yoga know.  They are gaining confidence, learning useful tools to combat stress, increasing focus and concentration and of course, gaining strength, flexibility and coordination.

It is never too late to start adding yoga to your life.  If you are a parent, remember that we are the most important roll models in our children’s lives.  Namaste.

Honor Your Committment!

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Building and Seeding……….

There is so much going on in the world to be thankful for and happy about that I refuse to be frightened or angered by the news about viruses, terrorists, politicians, etc.

This morning, I am thankful to modern medicine and Dr. Murray Rosenbaum for (in the doc’s words, not mine) a PERFECT cardio ablation preformed on Mitch 2 days ago.  If you or someone you know, struggles with A-FIB (atrial fibrillation) and are NOT familiar with this option, please ask me questions!  While this cannot be considered a “cure,” we are feeling very optimisitic!

My gratitude list is too long this morning.   I have written and deleted several times.  I don’t want to sound like I am gloating.  I do have to say beyond being thankful for the obvious, how much it makes me smile that my boys still love Legos and that my girls deal with it and can bond about it across many miles.  All the pics and comments they shared these past few days on Facebook have made me grin from ear to ear.

I am not a preacher so I cannot tell you how much practicing gratitude can change your life, I can only tell you how positively it impacts me in my life.  A healthy mind helps keep a healthy body and vice-versa!

So for me, I choose to step away from the news which really is terrorism in it’s true form and instead focus on what I can control.  I absolutely LOVE this quote of the day from early this week and wanted to share before I leave for the park for my first workout of the day……..

“I will be generous with my love today.  I will sprinkle compliments and uplifting words everywhere I go.  I will do this knowing that my words are like seeds and when they fall on fertile soil, a reflection of those seeds will grow into something greater.”

–Steve Maraboli

Thank you to everyone who kept great thoughts for Mitch and I this week.  I have the most amazing support system and for that I am beyond grateful.

Have a beautiful day and remember you choose what you want to fill your 24 hours with…..