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Happy, Happy Wednesday!

It’s been several weeks since I’ve shared my eats, so here we go.

Smoothies are my go to breakfast, because they can be loaded with so many power packed foods to give me real energy.  I used leftover bananas and kiwi from last week that I froze in the freezer, in addition to kale, spinach, hemp seed, almond milk and juice from one orange.  If you have fruits or veggies you can’t seen to eat before they are past their prime, just freeze them, but do peel your bananas before freezing.  Frozen fruits, simply make smoothies taste better.

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I couldn’t think of a better way to use leftover vegetarian chili, than on top of some oven baked potatoes and topped of with red onions, tomatoes, jalapenos and a sprinkling of cheese. Such a wonderful lunch.

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Leftover kale, mushroom and onion saute was paired with bulgur to make the most delectable dinner. I added chickpeas and sprinkled with some 21 seasoning salute from Trader Joe’s and dinner was ON!

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One of these leftover brownies, I made on Sunday, hit the spot about 2:30pm Monday, before picking up a bus load of school-age children.

Click HERE for the recipe.

Brownies

Snacks were the only meals I didn’t use leftovers. When I first tried these almonds, I wasn’t sure I would like them, I’m not a big, big chocolate eater.  It was kinda like you eat one and you think, that’s OK and then you think, that’s really OK, I want more.

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How creative are you with your leftovers?

Have a great Wednesday and visit Jenn and all her friends at Peas and Crayons for more WIAW.

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A Wonderful Labor Day Weekend

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Happy Labor Day!

If you have the day off, I hope you are having fun.

My weekend started off with a early morning run Saturday, and after my run I refueled with a Mean Green After Workout Smoothie.  Loaded with kale, spinach, kiwi, bananas, hemp seed and spirulina, and Vega protein powder.

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Here in Texas the temperatures were in the triple digits, to help cool down I made some tasty Zip ice-pops, using Zipzicle bags. These bags are wonderful, because I control the ingredients, no worrying about dyes or sugar.

Zip Bags

Turn your healthy smoothies into ice-pops, using fresh fruits and veggies, yes, I said veggies.  This is a great way to get in those extra fruits and veggies. You can load them with powerful disease fighting foods, turning an empty calorie treat into a good-for-you treat.

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                                Click for Ice-Pop recipe

Something else pretty good this weekend was a grilled zucchini and avocado quesadilla.

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Sunday, I had a fun time with my family. Whenever there’s a Monday holiday, we get together on Sunday to celebrate, so everyone can use Monday to relax and prepare for the week ahead.

I had fun with my daughter, my niece and nephew.

Fun with family

It was good seeing my brother, Alphanzo and his wife, Schulanda again.

Al and Schulanda

I hope everyone is having a Wonderful Labor Day Monday !

This post was shared on The Naptime Review, All She CooksGloriously Made, My Fashion Forward Blog, and This Motherhood Is Brought To You By Xanax, for Mom’s Monday Mingle, check them out.

Making The Alkaline Shift

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This summer has been super busy and in the past few days I’ve started to feel a little run down and not quite myself. I really don’t like taking a bunch of meds, so I took a look at my diet, I’m a firm believer, we are what we eat.  While in Florida I wasn’t able to eat quite the way I wanted and since I have returned I haven’t gotten back into my food groove.

So now it’s time to make the shift back to the alkaline side. On a ph scale from 0 to 14, the human blood should be 7.35 – 7.45 on that scale for optimum health, below or above this can throw our bodies into symptoms and disease.

Our bodies can be thrown into an acidic state from, an acidic diet, emotional stress, toxins, and when our cells are deprived of oxygen and proper nutrients, the body starts to use the alkaline minerals in the body, and if the body doesn’t have enough there will be a build up of acids in our cells.  This will result in the body’s inability to absorb minerals and nutrients and decrease the energy production in cells and the body’s ability to repair damaged cells and detoxify the blood.  When our bodies are in an acidic state we are more susceptible to fatigue, illness and cancer cells thrive in an acidic environment.

The best way to correct an acidic body is to clean up your diet. To restore your health you should have a diet consisting of 80% alkaline and 20% acid foods. To maintain health the balance should be 60% alkaline and 40% acid.  Below is a list of the top alkaline and acidic foods, from Kris Carr’s book, Crazy Sexy Diet, one of my favorite books, it’s loaded with so much valuable information about eating for optimum health. To test your bodies ph levels, you can purchase test strips from any health food store, I purchase mine from Whole Foods.

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Today’s What I Ate Wednesday, journals my eats from Tuesday and I’m taking it back to the alkaline side.

It was an early rise at 5:45 and I started with a warm cup of lemon water. Citrus fruits are acidic, but they have an alkalizing effect in our systems. After the warm lemon water I had a banana before heading out for an early run to beat the heat. After my run I prepared a super Alkaline Green Protein Smoothie.  I loaded the smoothie with kale, collard, chard, frozen bananas, fresh lemon juice, hemp protein and two pitted dates. So yummy and loaded with nutrition, a great way to start any day.

Alkaline Me Smoothie

My morning snack was a bowl of fresh blackberries.

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Lunch was a fully loaded Kale-Romaine salad.

Kale Romaine Salad

Afternoon snack was carrots and yogurt dip, this was my first time trying this dip, I like it but next time I will add a little red pepper to spice it up.

Oikos Dip with Carrot Chips

I ended the day with Eggplant Lasagna topped off with a little kale. Although eggplant is not on the list above, it is an alkaline food and cooked tomatoes are acidic, while fresh tomatoes are alkaline.

Eggplant Lasagna

Make the alkaline shift with me, add a few more foods from the alkaline list to your diet and consume the acid foods in moderation for balance health.

Don’t forget to check out Jenn and the others over at Peas and Crayons for some more WIAW.

Have a great Wednesday!

WIAW #5

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It’s Wednesday and you know what that means!  It’s What I Ate Wednesday and these are my eats from Monday.  I got my day started with an early 5:30am high-intensity interval workout.  I recovered with a Very Berry Protein Smoothie.  After I showered and dressed for work I had my cuppa joe.

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One hour later at work I had a delicious cup of smooth creamy yogurt with fresh blackberries. Can you tell blackberries are one of my favorites!

A little later I enjoyed  Wasa 7 grain crackers and a Laughing Cow Mozzarella Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Basil cheese wedge.

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For lunch I prepared what I call a flatbread salad. I simply spread heated flatbread with hummus,(Sabra Roasted Pine Nut Hummus),

top with salad and enjoy!

Dinner was baked sweet potato with greek yogurt and nutmeg sprinkled on top with a salad on the side.

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Earlier in the day at work there was a birthday celebration for one of the pre-k students and I said yes to one cupcake.

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Thanks again to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting the weekly food sharing party. It’s nice to see what others are eating, it gives me inspiration and ideas for creative ways to experience food.

Question for the day!
What’s your favorite food?