The Adventures of Kale and Avocado

I’ve never been one to go with the flow of popularity even in my eating. I don’t like kale chips, fat bombs, kombucha, kefir, or a kale salad. But I love adventures and experimenting with flavors. So let’s begin at the beginning The adventures of kale and avocado is my story of how I paired my least favorite veggie with my favorite fruit.

I Love Avocados

If I had only avocados to eat the rest of my life, I’d be one happy woman. I could eat them everyday and never get tired of them. They are good in so many ways. My favorite is a half of an avocado with a sprinkle of homemade taco seasoning mix. It’s like a party in my mouth!

Kale Ewwww

Kale on the other hand has to be hidden for me to really like it. I eat it because it’s the best way to get calcium that’s usable for my body. But even knowing that doesn’t do anything for my palate. So I’ve put it in my veggie smoothies, I’ve hidden it in meatballs (when I was eating meat), and even tried making it creamed like creamed spinach.

Then I thought how about pairing it with an avocado. And it hit me. I had a recipe for Kale Butter from the Engine 2 Diet book. I made this vegan recipe several times, but I could not get past its bitterness. In walks the Avocado and a couple my tweaks and this recipe is transformed into yumminess!

Kale Avocado Butter

Makes 12 servings

1 bunch kale, chopped and steamed 4 minutes (spinach, beet greens, or choice)

1 avocado, peeled and seeded

2 Tablespoons lime juice

2 Tablespoons onion soup mix (I make my own, recipe coming soon.)

1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt

1/2 cup chopped pecans (can also sub out for walnuts and macadamias or make it nut free by using pumpkin or sunflower seeds)

8 Tablespoons avocado oil

1/8 cup water

Whirl it in a food processor until smooth. Serve with crackers, veggie cakes, crudités or even as a topping on a sweet potato.

Enjoy

Nutrition Facts per serving

Calories: 164.4

Fat: 15.6 grams

Carbs: 5.1 grams

Fiber: 2.8 grams

Net Carbs: 2.3 grams

Protein: 1.8 grams

Cream of Veggie Soups

One of my favorite things about winter is having simple soups for either a snack or a second meal. While doing this plant based high fat low acid plan, I’ve been making several cream of veggie soups. They’re easy with simple ingredients and take only about thirty minutes total to make. I try to keep my soups a little on the plant based vegan keto high fat side but sometimes they take a different direction.

Tweaking recipes

Before we can make it, we need to make the powdered veggie bouillon. And this is where I took a recipe from another website, and I tweaked them to be something sustainable for my eating plan and palette.

I usually make this in batches every couple of months because it’s nice to have on hand for making these quick soups.

Ultimate Powdered Veggie Bouillon

(original recipe Super Veggie Mom)

Makes 2 1/2 cups

  • Mix all together in a blender until powdered.
  • Use 1 teaspoon for each cup of liquid.

    Nutrition Facts per 1 teaspoon

    • Calories: 10.8
    • Total fat: 0.2 grams
    • Total carbs: 1.4 grams
    • Fiber: 0.7 grams
    • Net carbs: 0.7 grams
    • Protein: 1.4 grams
  • Now we can make any soup we choose.
  • My comfort soup this week has been my Thai Cream of Carrot Soup. It’s warming and I can drink it by my favorite mug.

    Thai Cream of Carrot Soup

  • Makes 4 servings
    • 5 carrots washed and chopped
      small onion, chopped
      1 clove garlic sliced
      2 Tablespoons coconut oil

    Sauté until onions are translucent.

    Add:

      2 Tablespoons homemade veggie bouillon powder (recipe above)
      6 cups water (see note)
      2 teaspoons curry powder
      1 Tablespoon ginger orange marmalade made with no sugar (St. Dalfour is my favorite)
  • Bring to a boil. Lower heat to simmer for 20 minutes.

    With an immersion blender, blend the soup till a creamy texture.

    Add:

  • 1 small can coconut cream
  • Stir until cream is mixed in and heated through.
  • Serve with a topping of pecans or pumpkin seeds.

    Note: If using store bought veggie broth, omit the veggie bouillon powder and water. Use 6 cups broth.

    Enjoy!

    Nutrition Facts per serving

    • Calories: 150
    • Total fat: 14.7 grams
    • Total carbs: 14.9 grams
    • Fiber: 3.2 grams
    • Net carbs: 11. 7 grams
    • Protein: 2.4 grams

    First Meal

    Most people equate first meal with breakfast. Breaking the fast of sleeping eight to ten hours. I’ve never been one for eating first thing in the morning and now that I am implementing an 18 hour intermittent fasting plan into my lifestyle breaking my fast later in my day makes sense for me.

    What you eat for your first meal will create the kind of day you will have. Since being on a sometimes raw vegan high fat (keto) plan to having a cooked first meal of flax seeds, essential mix, protein bowl, I’m creating the desired impact for my day.

    Think about it for a moment

    What’s in your first meal/breakfast? Sugary cereal (insulin rush and cravings for more) , a venti vanilla latte (insulin overload and belly fat ignition), a plain coffee with butter or coconut oil (pure acid), or how about that bottle of cola (rust remover and weapon of mass destruction). These are all acidic and will shave years off your life.

    Having a first meal that’s alkaline and filled with nutritional ingredients helps your cells create energy by giving them what they desire most. Be good to your cells and your cells will be good to you.

    You don’t always have to have a smoothie for your first meal, but with the limitless combinations of veggies and fruits you’ll never run out of ideas. You can have a nice warming porridge as your first meal that’s vegan, plant based, high fat (keto), grain free, and good protein.

    Creamy Raspberry Protein Porridge

    Makes 2 servings

    Ingredients

    • 2 Tablespoons coconut flour
    • 2 Tablespoons ground golden flax
    • 2 Tablespoons vegan protein powder (Warrior Blend by Sunwarrior is my favorite)
    • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
    • 1 cup + 2 Tablespoons almond or alternative milk (Ripple is my favorite)
    • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
    • 1/3 cup frozen berries of choice
    • 1 Tablespoon unsweetened sunflower butter (my favorite is Once Again)

    Directions

    1. In a small saucepan, whisk together the first five ingredients, making sure there are no hard lumps.
    2. Add the 1 cup of milk.
    3. Turn burner on medium low.
    4. Stir till thickened about 5 – 8 minutes, depending on desired constancy (I like mine a little runny because out will thicken up as it cools).
    5. Remove from heat.
    6. Add in the berries, stevia, sunflower butter, coconut, and the 2 Tablespoons of milk.
  • Enjoy!

    Happy First Meal whatever time you have it!

    Nutrition Facts per serving

    Calories: 226

    Fat: 14.4 grams

    Total Carbs: 12.8 grams

    Fiber: 9.1 grams

    Net Carbs: 3.7 grams

    Protein: 15.45 grams

    I’m Sorry

    Ho’oponopono is a Hawaiian word representing the mantra “I’m sorry, Please Forgive Me, Thank You, I Love You. I find it’s easier to say these words to others, but to myself it’s extremely difficult. Maybe by practicing this we can obtain the health benefits that come from its practice of forgiveness and reconciliation.

    Ho’oponopono literally means ‘to put to right; to put in order or shape, correct, revise, adjust, amend, regulate, arrange, rectify, tidy up, make orderly, or neat.’ It’s a practice of reconciliation, forgiveness, and cleansing our minds of wrong thoughts.

    Wow, this sent my mind to my favorite childhood book, Peter Pan. This passage from J.M. Barrie in Peter Pan, “Mrs. Darling first heard of Peter when she was tidying up her children’s minds. It is the nightly custom of every good mother after her children are asleep to rummage in their minds and put things straight for the next morning, repacking into their proper places the many articles that have wandered during the day.”

    Tidying up our minds before we go to bed helps us fall asleep easier and stay asleep. It’s common knowledge now that letting go of what has happened during the day is the best way to lay our heads down and get a deep sleep.

    Putting things in their right place.

    Personal Experience

    From personal experience, I can tell you that I sleep better when can forgive others and myself instead of rehashing every word I spoke and overthinking every situation or decision I’ve made during the day. Plus, I feel better and more energetic when I let go of the reigns of holding on to everything. But I’m warning you now once you begin on this journey of ho’ponopono/forgiveness you’re going to have several questions arise when you do this…some of mine follow.

    Why am I sorry?

    What did I do to be sorry for?

    Do I need forgiveness?

    What did I do today where I need to be forgiven?

    Am I also grateful for this forgiveness?

    What is in the way of me loving myself?

    Asking myself these questions became a nightly ritual because they came up on their own as I laid down all the baggage of my day into my journal. Letting go and tidying up my mind turned into a lifelong component never really going away but always helping me to get to the bottom of my life. When I stripped away everything that was holding me down, and forgave myself for not being that perfect daughter, that perfect friend, or perfect wife and mom I was able to work with myself and create the person I wanted to be. Each day is a new day to go after that person.

    I’m sorry: Apologize for all the things you’ve done and words you’ve spoken that don’t go along with your vision.

    Please Forgive Me: Forgive yourself for not accomplishing perfection and any other thing you’ve thought that isn’t moving you toward your vision.

    Thank You: Being and living in gratitude helps you see all the blessings in your life and gives you a healing perspective.

    I Love You: Loving yourself where you are is the only way to move forward in your health and life journey. Loving yourself needs to come first before you can love anyone else.

    Be in Ho’oponopono on a daily basis. I’m sorry, Please forgive me, Thank you, I love you will help you move forward on your health and live journey. Remember, it’s a daily task that takes us to our next word..

    Change Your Life in One Simple Step

    Can you change your life in one simple step? I think we can. It takes one simple step. It may be difficult at first, but each day as we cultivate this step into every aspect of our life it will get easier. What is that step?

    LAGOM

    This is probably why Sweden is listed as one of the happiest places on earth. They’re work-life is in balance. They also have a high standard of living. So what does this Lagom mean that it helps the Swedish people stay in balance?

     

    Lagom means “just the right amount!” Many people think it means in moderation but when you look up “in moderation” you find that it doesn’t mean the same thing. Merriam-Webster defines “in moderation” this way, “in a way that is reasonable and not excessive.”

    Lagom

    In my view “in moderation” does not even come close to lagom. Moderation is an area where we can get lost in relativity. For instance, is it fine to speed down the road 40 miles over the speed limit, if you don’t do it all the time and it’s just “in moderation?” Of course not. Can a person who is allergic or have food sensitivities eat them in moderation without a reaction? Probably, but it’s not advisable because you’ll end up getting sick.

    BALANCE

    Lagom’s translation of “just the right amount” makes more sense when we look at the word balance. Is your life in balance? Are you working just the right amount of hours? Are you sleeping just the right amount of hours that is optimal for your health? Are you in balance with your life?

    Let’s go back to Merriam Webster again. “In balance” means to bring into harmony or proportion. This definition makes me think of “just the right amount.” When our work life and family life is in harmony with each other we are working just the right amount of hours and spending just the right amount of time with our family.

    Lagom is a way of life for the Swedes. They apply it to frugality, stress reduction, striking a balance between work and play, environmental concerns, and sustainability. Swedes don’t obsess about things, especially happiness.

    While I was reading the book, Live Lagom: Balanced Living the Swedish Way by Anna Brones, I realized that living where I do we’re always looking for the next best thing, or trying obtain that newest piece of technology or material possession. The Swedish way is totally opposite from materialism and consumerism.

    HARMONY, BALANCE, LAGOM

    • When was the last time your life was in balance or harmony with your beliefs?
    • When was the last time your health was just right?
    • Do you work too much?
    • Stress too much?
    • Spend too much?
    • Sleep too much?
    • Sit too much?

    I asked my the questions above and found out some pretty interesting things about myself. I decided to take that simple step and move into lagom in all areas of my life. You know what happened. I changed my life in one simple step. You too can change your life in one simple step. Try to exercise lagom and see how your life changes.

    The Sisu Way to Success

    Sisu is a Finnish way to success in life, in love, and in every other area of your life. Sisu is really a word that can’t be translated into English, but many people have tried to translate it and relate it to our lives. The Sisu way to success includes guts, perseverance, will power, determination, and courage.

    When we break down this word, Sisu, it means inner or inside, which is probably where the relation of guts appears. The Finnish definition means inner strength. In her book, Sisu, The Finnish Art of Courage, Joanna Nylund explains that everyone has sisu. It’s deep within each of us just waiting to be reached.

    Sisu The Finnish Art of Courage

    Sisu characteristics

    Have any of these?

    • Stoic determination
    • Hardiness
    • Courage
    • Bravery
    • Willpower
    • Tenacity
    • Resilience
    • Beyond Perseverance

    These are action-oriented mindsets. Your example shows your Sisu.

    Sisu is alive among the Finnish people but how do others cultivate this determination to gain a more health filled life and live the Sisu life? It takes patience and the small goals and steps to become an example of Sisu.

    When you make the decision to cultivate these characteristics you’ll use Sisu as the basis of every part of your life and your life will change. You’ll be a participant in your health and your life.

    Starting Questions

    • Are you leading an active, healthy life?
    • Are you communicating with others in your life?
    • Are you raising your kids to have these traits?

    With Sisu, you can  use it’s leverage in the accomplishment of every goal you may have and inspire others to do the same. The Sisu way to success can very well be the end all for what ails us and helps us turn our wellness journey into a triumph.

     

     

    Think Do Succeed Repeat

    Do you know where you want to go? Do you set goals for the new year and throughout the year? Success comes from how we think, goals we set, and actions we take.

    Think Do Succeed Repeat

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    Think

    Better thinking is the result of better health and better health is the result of better thinking. It’s all connected. If you feel better you are able to think clearly. Think about where you want to go , who you want to be, what you want to do this year.

    Set Goals

    After you’ve given some thought to how you want 2019 to be better than last year, set some goals. These are your goals, they can be whatever you want. Remember we set D.U.M.B. Goals not smart ones.

    D: Dream driven – Think about your dreams beyond your normal scope of reality. Think Big! Think Magical!

    U: Uplifting – You are so thrilled about your dream you want to do it now! You’re connected to your dream.

    M: Method Friendly – You can navigate your goal easily, and you’re able to identify the habits around the goal that make it possible!

    B: Behavior Driven: You can tie your goals into your habits to make them permanent. This process internalizes your goals.

    Do/Take Action

    Take action on your goals. You can’t reach any goal unless you take action. This may be the most single important action you can take. You can think about your future, you can set goals, but if you don’t take action all will be for nothing. Do something each day that propels you closer to your goal.

    Take Action it’s the only way to succeed at anything you want to accomplish.

    Succeed

    Once you succeed at accomplishing a goal, you can celebrate or you can repeat this method and ride the momentum of success. If we celebrate too early, we run the risk of a short burn and possibly fall back into our old ways. Remember it takes 66 not 21 days to create a new habit and make it a part of you.

    Repeat

    One your goal is accomplished, set another goal while this momentum is fresh in your mind and consciousness.

    2018 Goal

    One of my goals last year was to weigh 20 pounds less at the end of the year than when I started the year. Well, I surpassed that goal by 11 pounds. I lost 31 pounds last year. I am ecstatic and set myself another goal for 2019 and it’s based on the momentum of achieving that one goal.

    2019 Goals

    • I will weigh 50 pounds less than what I weigh today.
    • I will have another published book or possibly two.

    These are just two of my goals. I’ve broken these down into 12 smaller increments. This breakdown helps me make these goals habit forming. I’m looking forward to the continuation of this healthy journey.

    Think Do Succeed Repeat