Brussels’ sprouts and cabbage salad

Brussels’ sprouts and cabbage salad

Ready to leap from a plant-based foundation in 2017? This recipe is ready to take you on a colorful journey. Prep time is about 20 minutes, for all the chopping, yet it yields enough for a couple of meals. Thumbs up worth it!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups Brussels’ sprouts, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups red cabbage, finely chopped
  • 1 red Honeycrisp apple, thinly sliced and halved
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 2 large celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 8 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (make your own if Paleo)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Preparation:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, mayonnaise, maple syrup and salt and pepper to taste.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the Brussels sprouts, red cabbage, apple, carrot, celery, and walnuts.
  3. Pour the dressing and toss well until well combined.
  4. Refrigerate and serve chilled.

Anticipating the good

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Change will occur in almost every aspect of our lives, we can learn to embrace it while releasing the past with grace.

When we find ourselves going through any kind of change in our lives, our natural response may be to tense up on the physical, mental, or emotional level. We may not even notice that we have braced ourselves against a shift until we recognize the anxiety, mood swings, or general worried feeling toward the unknown that usually results. There are positive ways to move through change without pushing it away, however, or attempting to deny that it is happening. Since change will occur in almost every aspect of our lives, we can learn to make our response to it an affirmative one of anticipation, welcoming the new while releasing the past with grace.

One thing we can do is change our perspective by changing the labels we use to identify our feelings. We can reinterpret feelings of anxiety as the anxious butterflies that come with eager expectation. With this shift, we begin to look for the good that is on its way to us. Though we may only be able to imagine the possibilities, when we acknowledge that good is there for us to find, we focus our energy on joyful anticipation and bring it into our experience while allowing the feelings to carry us forward.

We can also choose to do a ceremony to allow our emotions to process. Every culture has created ceremonies to help people make the transition from one phase of life to the next. We can always create a ceremony too, perhaps by burning written thoughts to watch the smoke carry them away, thereby releasing them, or we can welcome new endeavors by planting flowers or trees. Some ceremonial activities such as a farewell send-off or housewarming party, we may do automatically. Society also has built-in ceremonies, like graduation and weddings, which may satisfy the need we feel. Sometimes the shift from denial to acceptance is all that is needed to ease our anxiety, allowing us to bring our memories with us as we move through nervousness to joyful excitement about the good to come.

By Madisyn Taylor (Daily Om)

Happy anniversary, Love

The pathNature breathes. She inspires spring. Expires summer. Inspires fall. Expires winter. Even within a season, pulsations move within the earth as nutrients are taken up, moisture drives itself into leaves and roots, rain sweeps in to cool, wind tosses leaves to receive sun, energy quivers within the entirety of the living, current life ebbs away then rejoins when it’s time.

Joseph Rain said, “Every event in nature has a unique harmony and rhythm.” Being in the Adirondacks lets me see this clearly. Pulsation dances before my eyes in the stream outside our temporary home, the flickering of fire in the outdoor pit, the breathtaking colors of autumn reminiscent of the sweetness in transition knowing that which is to come is cold and ice and white and bundling up.

This beautiful place holds the worship of eleven years with my love. Pulsation is ever present within that celebration – year to year the depth of love grows, the trust deepens, conversation is sweeter, touches more tender, and life unfolds and expands and holds us.

Slowing down is essential so we capture it all. Riding a trajectory of what we’re ‘supposed’ to do leaves no time for reflection, inner pause, connection, creativity, and just the simplest act of being curious. Slow down. Breathe. Be a copy cat of all that nature reflects to us. Love one another even more intentionally. There’ll be more to come in the most unique and harmonious rhythms.

Myths that mire

Perdue Perfect PortionsPerdue® Perfect Portions® infuriate me. You should see the steam coming out of my ears. First they broadcast on their package front “No Hormones or Steroids Added.” So how’s this – taken directly from the USDA: Hormones are not allowed in raising hogs or poultry. Therefore, the claim “no hormones added” cannot be used on the labels of pork or poultry unless it is followed by a statement that says “Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones.” Oh yes, I see that little symbol on the front of the package now! Sneaky Pete.

Another reason I’m pissed. Look at the weight of this chicken. 1.5 lbs. Count the boneless, skinless chicken breasts. 5. Divide. Each portion weighs in at 4.8 oz. Perfect? The DASH diet recommends 6 ounces or less of lean meats, poultry and fish per day for a 2,000 calorie intake and usually suggests a 3 oz portion at lunch and dinner. The perfect portions are almost at an entire days’ worth of this food category. Yikes!

Oscar Mayer is super excited about their Natural Slow Roasted Turkey Breast and boast in their ad that “Some things are full of hormones, we’re not!” Well  now, re-read the above – hormones are not allowed in raising poultry, aka turkey, period per federal regulations. Did they think we didn’t know turkey is poultry??

Fifty 50 Peanut ButterFifty 50 brand low glycemic peanut butter (without added sugar, appropriate for low glycemic diet). Hmph. Well, I give them credit for giving half their profit to fund diabetes research and adding no sugar, yet hydrogenated vegetable oil (rapeseed, cottonseed, soybean) is the 2nd ingredient. Aren’t hydrogenated fats bad for us? Also at issue for dietitians are foods that target a particular population. Who even knows what a low glycemic index diet is? Not picking on this brand alone …

Another caveat. Reduced fat peanut butter adds, wait for it, sugar! And Skippy’s 25% reduced fat peanut butter is not peanut butter at all. Federal regulations mandate there be a certain amount of nuts in the jar to be peanut butter. If not enough nuts, it’s known as peanut butter spread or peanut spread. Peanuts contains polyunsaturated fats (and no, there is never cholesterol in plant foods except palm and coconut oils), known to be healthier than saturated fat so there’s not too much to worry about unless you eat the entire jar!

Watch for other sugar names in nut butters like corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, and molasses (just because the label touts ‘organic,’ remember, sugar is still sugar), and look for added fat, usually palm oil, which is a vegetable-based saturated fat source or those fats listed above. Watch, too, for fillers like soy protein, and unnecessary vitamins like folic acid, zinc, and magnesium.

Natural is another label word that entices consumers to purchase without a guilty conscience but what does it really mean – besides pissing me off again? According to the USDA, natural is “a product containing no artificial ingredient or added color and is only minimally processed. Minimal processing means that the product was processed in a manner that does not fundamentally alter the product. The label must include a statement explaining the meaning of the term natural (such as “no artificial ingredients; minimally processed”). Well, I prefer my products to be close-t0-the-source in the first place – leave off Natural, it’s confusing.

Last, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) just busted Simply’s juice drinks that brad “all natural, simple ingredients, honestly simple.” Yep. Sugar is simple. So is water. That’s 90% of their beverage. 10% is juice and natural (there we go again) flavors. Also blasted Jimmy Dean’s Rise and Shine On breakfast sandwich’s real ingredients – glad to know the mostly white flour, tapioca starch, carrageenan, and caramel color, among other ingredients, are REAL. Special K cereals are more white flour than whole grain and filled with 2 teaspoons sugar per serving despite their not-so-special ads.

There you have it. Just a few examples of misleading the public, enticing spending money on false pretenses. Send me more! Scour your grocer’s shelves and send more erroneous label statements.

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