Sunday, June 7, 2009

Wishing good health and fun for June!

Sweet red strawberries are in season here!! We are excited that our local farmer's market has started up. Soon more berries will be plentiful, along with other great summer produce. Summer fruits and vegetables and sunny warm days means refreshing, light, nutritious, easy meals!

The local strawberries were delicious as is, but we also enjoyed them in a raw buckwheat porridge, sprinkled with a little raw wheat germ and hemp seeds.

We also enjoyed a light, healthy, refreshing, and creamy GREENS smoothie! Most of the green smoothies we have enjoyed (and need to make more often) include some or all of the following: bananas, greens, cucumbers, blueberries, non-dairy milks, hemp protein powder, spices, and other fruits and juices.

Any suggestions on how to make these smoothies WOW and change them up frequently would be greatly appreciated! We need some greens inspiration. Also, if you purchase or know of any high quality nutritious greens/fruit powder mixes, please let us know. We have been enjoying hemp protein powder, but once it is gone, we want to try an even healthier blend with greens and fruit in it, such as Amazing Grass brand. Has anyone ever tried this blend? Which greens brands do you recommend that have fresh, high-quality, low-sugar, natural and organic ingredients??

Another healthy alternative to fresh food is freeze-dried food! We love freeze dried peas to snack on - a healthy snack with a nice crunch. The freeze-dried mangos are delicious in cereal in the morning, and the freeze-dried edamames are a handy addition with dinner. We usually get freeze-dried peas, corn, fruit, and tomatoes from Just Tomatoes at our local grocery store, but we decided to buy from Harmony House Foods for different freeze-dried products. Unique freeze-dried or dehydrated products, like sweet potatoes, pears, green beans, etc.... The only thing we weren't crazy about was the kiwi - was really tart. They even have really good vegan vegetable soup mixes.We are overall thrilled at Oregon summers, so much more fun and refreshing than Texas' summers! It's wonderful to enjoy farmer's markets, Oregon landscape (coast, hills, forest, waterfalls, etc..) and to savor fresh nutritious foods!

As Hippocrates says, "A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessing." "He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything."-Unknown

P.S. We found this great website to be creative - wordle. Express yourself, your thoughts, your desires, your joys!

Wordle: Vegan Nutritious Food Phrases

Wordle: Sunshine in my Life
Happy June!


Mihl said...

Yay for summer and berries!

Andrea said...

We've been enjoying local strawberries, too - so juicy and delicious.

I've gotten freeze-dried food from Emergency Essentials -the blueberries are very good - but really prefer fresh and frozen.

I wish I could get into green smoothies - they sound so healthy- but just can't do it. Even wheat grass juice makes me gag!

Anonymous said...

making green smoothies differently? add in some nut butters for creaminess

Yesterday I added a tablespoon of oldfashioned oats to the blender and it turned out pretty good too

iRaw said...

Hi, your raw buckwheat porridge sounds awesome!

Vegetation said...

Ooo I'm liking your raw buckwheat porridge!

We don't really get freeze dried foods in Australia, but I found some freeze dried apples once and they were amazing! I wish we got more!

aTxVegn said...

I love strawberry season so much. Enjoy your weather cuz it's already 100 here!