Manage Motherhood: January Food & Cooking Newsletter

In this Issue

Green Drink: The Anti-Cleanse Solution!
Perfect Smoothies

Another Way to Use Chia Seeds!
Quick Tip: Super Easy Hand Scrub
Help Us Name Our New Puppies!


Green Drink: The Anti-Cleanse Solution!

Try This Instead of a Cleanse: A Fab Green Drink

I know there is an entire camp that believes in the power of cleansing or a good fast, I don't happen to occupy that camp.  

My body just doesn't do well when it goes to extremes and a 21-day cleanse or a 24-48 hour fast fall into those categories.  For me these are strategies of the hare and I'm a big believer in the "slow and steady" approach for true long-term success.

Our kidneys and liver are our body's filters and I don't think they need to go through a reboot in order for us to receive the benefits that cleanses and fasts promise.  But I do believe in the power of nutrition which is why I have a big green drink 4 or 5 days a week as part of my regular commitment to healthy eating (90% of the time).  

You don't need an expensive juicer to pull this off.  Here's what you'll need if you don't have one.

Mmmm. Just like mom used to make!

Mmmm. Just like mom used to make!

Equipment:

  • Blender
  • Bowl
  • Fine Mesh Strainer
  • Ladle

Ingredients:

    Water - 1/2 cup
    Cucumber - 1/2 peeled, cut
    Celery - 2 stalks, cut
    Spinach - 2 handfuls
    Kale ( I like baby or Lacinado aka Italian Kale) - 2 handfuls
    Flat-Leaf Parsley - 6 to 8 sprigs
    Lime - skin removed, cut into quarters

Method:

  1. Layer everything in the blender in the order it appears above: water, cucumber, celery, greens, lime.
  2. Whiz it up until it's nice and smooth - about 2 minutes..
  3. Place strainer over bowl and slowly pour mixture through strainer using the back of the ladle to push it through.
  4. Pour juice over ice into a big drinking container.

I like the tang of lime to off-set the strength of all that glorious chlorophyll which works miracles on my complexion.  But if the juice is too tart, just use half a lime. I often eat a handful of raw almonds with this drink as a snack.

WARNING:  Be careful, if you are unaccustomed to having lots of green foods in your diet as this drink may make your tummy a bit rumbly at first.  So make a batch and drink 8 oz. to begin.  Save the rest for another day.  It will just need to be mixed-up to reincorporate and will last for 3 days in the fridge.  

Perfect Smoothies

Now that are blenders are out for our green drinks, let's take a look at how to make a perfect smoothie.

No recipes, just ratios and your imagination.  Are you ready for the secret formula? 1/3 + 1/3 + 1/3 = Perfect Smoothie

So easy. But let's take a closer look.

  • 1/3 liquid ingredients
  • like milk (coconut/almond/rice/soy milk), yogurt, kefir, juice
  • 1/3 solid ingredients
  • like fresh fruit, peanut butter, protein powder, flaxmeal, hemp seeds, chia seeds
  • 1/3 frozen ingredients
  • like frozen fruit, ice, juice cubes

Tips:

  • For ingredients like flaxmeal, hemp seeds, chia seeds and peanut butter, use 1 Tbsp. per 8 oz. serving.
  • Add a splash of vanilla extract - really brings out the yum factor.

Great Combos:

  • Milk (milk alternative), Fresh Banana, Frozen Strawberries (1/3, 1/3, 1/3)
  • optional add in's: 1 tbsp. flaxmeal, splash of vanilla extract
  • Vanilla Yogurt, Peeled Orange, Frozen Pineapple (1/3, 1/3, 1/3)
  • optional add in's 1 tbsp. chia seeds, splash of vanilla extract
  • Soy Milk, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Protein Powder, Frozen Banana

Remember to serve a protein with some healthy fats along with your smoothies which are packed with nutrition but tend to be higher on the carb side.  Balancing carb, protein and fat is super important for maintaining proper blood sugar levels.

Another Way to Use Chia Seeds!

Chia is such a powerhouse and if you ended up buying some based on my previous newsletter, then here is another simple way to incorporate this ingredient.

Add 1 tbsp. per 8 oz. of yogurt and allow to sit for several hours or overnight.  It's almost like eating pudding.  Top with some delicious fresh fruit for a quick snack.  The chia seeds add some extra fiber and protein.  

Quick Tip: Super Easy Hand Scrub

Oh!  Those dry winter hands.  Here's a quick technique to keep them smooth and hydrated.

  • Healthy Pinch of Salt
  • Glug oil

So scientific, I know.  When I'm in my kitchen and I notice my hands are dry, I grab a healthy pinch of Morton Kosher Salt and add a glug of Avocado oil (but any neutral oil even olive oil will work).

I rub this combo all over my hands and wrists for a couple of minutes and rinse with warm water.  The oil will leave a protective coating on your hands and quickly absorb.  If it's too oily then just blot off a bit more with your hand towel.

Help Us Name Our New Puppies!

We lost our dog last April and we have all had gigantic wholes in our hearts ever since.

As fate would have it, puppies found their way into our lives over the weekend and it took two to replace our beloved dog, Tank.

Help us name our puppies.  We are really struggling to name these boys.  

rachel@managemotherhood.com

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