On a major mission to NOT throw food out (my mom must be doing a dance of joy…Mitch and I will always remember how upset she got when we tried to throw out the turkey carcass one Thanksgiving many years…what were we thinking?) With some fruit leftover from the weekend, inspired by Kim Lyons (ex Biggest Loser trainer) recipe for a fat flushing water, I filled a pitcher with some cucumber slices, some fruit and a splash of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and drank it down all day, and will be making a fresh pitcher this morning. Carole, you are right about the cucumber slices–they make the drink so refreshing! Kim’s recipe, FYI, was for a pitcher of water, fresh cucumber slices, a slice of grapefruit, some slices of tangerine and fresh mint. She recommends drinking at least 3 big glasses (1 before each meal) for 10 days as part of a fat flush or weight loss jump start. I also made a smoothie before class using some almost ready to be trashed blueberries and pineapple, a half of a frozen banana (I freeze those whenever they are about to go bad, first peeling them, then breaking them in half and freezing in plastic wrap.) I used soy milk as the base, but only enough to blend. With some chia and flax seeds and just a little bit of peanut butter, it was a perfect snack before heading back to the gym last night. Finally, I have been saving leftover scraps of veggies in the freezer….the stuff you trim and ordinarily throw out. I made a big pot of veggie stock from it (cooking on the stove for about an hour and a half) and after straining, used half (about 4 cups, using another 4 cups of plain water) of it as the base for a barley/lentil and vegetable soup. Busy in the kitchen a good part of the afternoon, I made a lot of food that would have otherwise ended up discarded. It saved me a lot of money, was all low in calories and healthful and it just plain felt good! Earth day is everyday.
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