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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Beet and broccoli salad with coco-cheeze dressing

Beet and broccoli salad with coco-cheeze dressing





Beet  and broccoli salad

Ingredients:

edible flowers
1 head romaine lettuce
1 head broccoli (florets only)
wakame, soaked
1 beet

Preparation:

1. Peel the beet, and cube or slice.
2. Tear the romaine lettuce into bite-sized pieces.
3. Shave the blackened portions of the broccoli. Save the stem for a different recipe.
4. Rinse the wake.
5. Arrange on a plate or salad bowl.

Coco-Cheeze dressing

Ingredients:

1/2-1 cup buko meat/coconut meat
1 garlic clove, mashed
nutritional yeast to taste (I usually eyeball mine and don’t measure)
2 tablespoons buko juice/coconut water
1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
salt


Preparation:

Place all ingredients in the Vitamix and pour onto the salad.




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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Pineapple blueberry green smoothie






Ingredients:


1 pineapple (leave in the core if you’re using a Vitamix)
250 g blueberries (mine were from the freezer)
3 or more seeded dates
optional water or crushed ice (if not using a Vitamix)
a few leaves of malunggay
3-4 leaves of basil
a few leaves of Romaine lettuce
edible flowers for garnish
Irish moss (optional)

Preparation:


1. Blend and enjoy.
2. For the tiny flower with the stem, only eat the petals. The stem tends to be bitter :)


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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Banana Run Baseline Statistics: 3 Years Younger

I'm fixing the index for my recipes so that they could be easily found, and I saw this draft that never got posted!

The Banana Run was a race I signed up for back when I was working in Bangko Sentral! Thanks again to the organizers!


I talked to one of the trainers at the gym.  I was hoping he would
recommend ab crunches to improve my midsection but nooo. He said cardio would get rid of it.

That’s why I am excited we have a 6-month running clinic at work. It’s
called Banana Run and I am super excited. We get a banana each time we
complete a session. And it’s not going to be just runs. We’ll have
calisthenics (with a bit of ab work, so it’s a blessing. Got my wish!).
Some people think doing calisthenics is tougher than the actual run.  I just want those abs!

Since it's not a one time thing, I thought it would be perfect for training
for the zombie run a friend signed me up for. I also have this dress that I
want to wear!  And lastly, (though it ought to be first on my agenda!) I
want to correct my running form. One of the speakers at the launch last
Tuesday said speed comes later. Proper form first!
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   - A friend corrected my arm swing, and another corrected how my feet
   land and how I’m supposed to push the foot up so I spring to make longer
   strides, etc. Love all my friends who push me beyond what I think I can
   handle! Iron sharpening iron!

Proverbs 27:17 As *iron sharpens iron*, so one man sharpens another. http://bible.cc/proverbs/27-17.htm

and I've been getting advice on how to run. Go running!
I woke up earlier than usual today too!

We got our baseline statistics last Tuesday, and my Real Age is 3 years
younger than my chronological age! The gal doing the orientation said we
ought to aim for 5 years younger. So hopefully, at the end of six months,
I’ll be reporting better muscle composition, and two more years shaved off.
There was also a chance to check the levels of our antioxidants but I
didn’t do that anymore. Hopefully, I’ll get to that again.

I forgot to buy some wakame. I’ll  need to pick some up because I can feel
some sodium cravings coming up!

Thursday, we'll get to see and  hopefully meet Coach Rio.


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Monday, April 17, 2017

Alabango smoothie








Kamusta? Here's a smoothie recipe that uses Indian mangoes. I call the recipe Alabango (pronounced Alabang-go) smoothie because the mangoes are sourced from Alabang, Muntinlupa. Their variety is called Indian mango though. These mangoes are soo good, our dog Vaughn (rest in pup-peace) and some of our other pets love to eat them.


These mangoes are green but a few of them are ripe. The texture and smell will clue you in as to their ripeness. 





Ingredients:

2 ripe Indian mangoes (I know non-Pinoys will find it weird that I included the word ripe, but it's a must because lots of Pinoy looooove unripe Indian mangoes)

1 papaya

2 bananas

the juice of 3 calamansi

1 coconut (juice and white flesh)

1 sprig basil

a few edible flowers for garnish

Instructions:

1. Blend in a high speed blender.

2. Pout into glasses and garnish with edible flowers


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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Composting Ver. 2017


Loved walking around with the grass under my feet. I need to do more of this! #loucorona #4principles

Composted soil broken down










Transferred to ready-to-be-used again mineral water bottles.

Next week:
I'm hoping to
-Plant avocado
-Plant celery








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Monday, February 13, 2017

Berry Date Smoothie


Ingredients

14 dates (depending on the type, they may need to be soaked in water first until they are softer, especially if using a regular blender. deseed).
1/2-1 cup berries (freeze them beforehand if you want a cold smoothie)
1 cup water, buko juice, or a combination of the two (add more if using a regular blender)
1 teaspoon Maca powder

Procedure

Blend everything in your Vitamix!





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Sunday, February 12, 2017

How to tell you have an analog soul #1

#1 You wake up to an analog alarm clock and you don't check your phone first thing in the morning. 

I used to wake up to my cell phone but when I switched to a smart phone less than two years ago (yeah, I'm such a late bloomer) I found trouble sleeping again, which bugged me, because I knew that switching to a super healthy diet cured my insomnia in 2010!

It wasn't until I read an article about radiation coming from cell phones interfering with our body's own cellular division during the body's REM sleep that something just clicked. 

I tried an experiment: I started sleeping without the phone in my bedroom. I also bought an analog alarm clock (the kind with metal bells!). I wish I could say it was the wind up kind, but that would have cost more. This one was just Php299.75. 

The switch made such a difference! I got to sleep earlier and I also woke up earlier. I am liking that I'm back to being insomnia-free.

I could also tell who among my friends and family used their cellphones as an alarm clock or checked their phones first thing in the morning because when I would reply late to their messages, they would assume that I woke up late. 



So what do I try to check first thing in the morning?  That's another blog post :)

Happy Valentine's Day!






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Papaya Ampalaya Smoothie

Literally and figuratively cold February? Don't be bitter! Be the bist!

Papaya Ampalaya Smoothie
serves 2 (or 1 HCRV!)

The flesh of a ripe papaya
2 sliced rounds of ampalaya, seeds removed
Optional: leaves of spinach or kangkong

 Place everything in a high-speed blender and enjoy!
 If using a regular blender, add in a cup of water or even buko juice to ease the process along.

Make it for your friend running her first marathon!







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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Remember Mr. DHS, my friendly neighborhood picker-upper?

Back in August when I was training for my 42k, I would often bump into someone who was such a blessing to me. Although we didn't interact, I'd see him picking up someone else's trash in the park, and that made such an impact on me.

I told myself (and you guys, for accountability) that  I'd tell him so the next time I saw him.

Well, the first time I saw him again, I lost my nerve and didn't push through with it. What a chicken! Bukbukkuk! So the next time, I thought I had to get over myself and fulfill a promise.

I finally did. He said that when he blesses someone, he asks that person to pass it on! So here I am, not knowing how but letting you guys know that the baton is with me. 

What are your suggestions? Should I pick up someone elses' trash too? Volunteer to help someone out? Make a raw veg meal for someone with cancer? Or something else? Let me know! I'll make a decision a month from today: February 6.

Click here for the survey










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