Tripping Over Pumpkins

Tripping Over Pumpkins

Recently while my husband Darryl, was dumping a full wheelbarrow of garden debris into our Mulch pile, he quite literally ‘tripped over the largest pumpkin’ we have ever grown.  It was magnificent and ready to be picked right at that moment! So he brought it up to the house with a proud look on his face, and I was delighted to take delivery of our wild, homegrown creation.

On close inspection around the banana trees and pumpkin patch, we could see there were more pumpkins developing. This got me thinking about our garden and the extraordinary growth and advancement that has taken place, particularly over the last 16 months. They say that ‘every problem of the world can be solved with a garden‘.  I agree with this sentiment so much, as I have felt the therapy of my garden on many an occasion.  I find myself preferring the company of my plants for longer periods of time.  As I draw in the vibration of the green leaves and aesthetics of the flowers and their scents, there is no better place to be.  What about you?  Do you have a garden?

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The Power of Greens

The Power of Greens

When I was growing up, I had a very simple menu and very simple food choices.  My first meal of the day was cereal and If it wasn’t cereal it would be peanut butter on toast.

My dear mum meant well, but the cereal wasn’t the best choice and certainly is not what I would suggest today.

Our bodies are up against a lot of stress and a lot of ‘free radical’ attack, so if I can get some insurance and protection against the ravages of life, I’m going to chose green food every time.  You will see there are many ways of incorporating green food into your day.

One of the priorities of ‘My lifestyle choices now’ is eating and juicing and including green leafy vegetables into the family everyday menu.  It’s about getting the green on your plate!

While most of us know that lean protein and healthy carbs (like whole grains) give us energy, many are unaware of a group of superfoods that help our bodies process and unlock the energy from the foods we eat. These nutrition-packed veggies are easy to find, delicious, and have one thing in common—they’re all green!

Leafy greens and green veggies are filled with nutrients and power our health. Dark leafy greens, for example, are rich in vitamins A, C, E, and K as well as the B-vitamins essential to converting food into usable energy. With fibre, iron, magnesium, potassium and calcium, in addition to other beneficial antioxidants, these greens are true superfoods that can help you unlock the energy you need to tackle your to-do list.

Here are eight easy ways to add more green food on to your plate and into your life!

  1. Start your day with green by including veggies in your breakfast, like with a broccoli and cheese scramble on whole-wheat English muffin or by adding green vegetables to your omelettes.
  2. Place a bed of sautéed greens underneath your main dish, Veggie bake or quiche.
  3. Add natural sweetness to green veggies by combining them with fruit, like in broccoli salad with dried cranberries, or by roasting veggies to bring out their natural sugars.
  4. Amp up your side dish game by experimenting with new sauces or fresh herbs for green vegetables, like with asparagus salad with lemon-garlic dressing or crunchy cucumber-dill salad.
  5. Add kale or spinach to your soup or smoothie.
  6. Add lettuce and wild greens to your juices.
  7. Make sure you grow some fresh greens and make it easy for cultivating and harvesting.
  8. Use a powdered green of choice for when you are travelling or away from your usual routine.  We use Jade Green Zymes and/or Barley Life and several other brands.  Whatever your choice, just be consistent with it.

No matter what I always start the day with something green.  This simple habit has kept me well and happy for years!  Enjoy!

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