Natalia Rose book and what I ate yesterday

I just read a book called Raw Food Detox Diet by Natalia Rose. I highly recommend her book. It teaches about food combination and goes into many facets about detoxification like fasting, colonics, and quick exit foods.

I like that she helps people transition into whole foods through easy steps. She has a scale from 1 to 5 that says where you are and where you want to be. The number 5 is basically the standard American diet, and 1 is someone who only eats raw. I am a number 2, which means I eat raw most of the day with some cooked foods with my dinner.

So, being a number 2, here is what I ate yesterday. Oh, and it is this style of eating that has me within 9 pounds of where I was when I was a fit 17 year old!

Water until noon.

Noon- Green Lemonade

2:00 pm    big bowl of watermelon
(I would have had more fruit but my day got busy at this time)

4 pm   I had a cookie and a yogurt ice cream on my date with my 10 year old boy.

7pm   Guacamole salad   and a cooked bok choy with cashews side dish      

I lost almost a pound today after that day of eating. I love it and I don’t feel deprived or hungry!

Happy Healthy,
Elisa

Kids 'Eat Any Time' LIst

I like to have my ingredients handy when I make dinner. Sometimes a kid will eat something, not tell me, then when I make dinner I am missing a key ingredient! Argh! 

I am a big fan of lists, so of course I have a list that solves this problem. At the top of this list is a header that reads, “Eat Any Time”. That is just what it is. If a kid, or whoever, is hungry between meals then they can have something from the list. I do not snack, but I let the kids choose that for themselves. I love giving the kids choices that aren’t huge but make them feel like they have some control over themselves.

First I make sure that breakfast, lunch, and dinner are packed full of fruit, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds. Then I don’t have to feel bad about what they might have between meals. Everything on my list is not high end nutrition but moderation in all things is one of my motto’s.

So, here it is.

Eat Any Time 
Lettuce
Potatoes (I keep baked ones in the fridge, individually wrapped in tin foil)
Carrots
Celery
Frozen Burritos
Canned Chili
Oatmeal 
Leftovers
1/4 cup nuts a day
Bread (My 14 year old son bakes this)
Bananas
1/4 cup raisins a day 
1 smoothie a day
Garden veggies
Apples
Canned Beans
Frozen Peas

Smoothie Ingredients available any time:
Strawberries
Frozen Mixed Fruit
Tablespoon flax
Almond milk (kid has to make it)
Tablespoon a day of honey
Apples
Protein Powder
Greens
Vanilla
Cinnamon

Sometimes I will have a tray of veggies on the counter with hummus to dip them in. Usually that is the first thing they go for when they get hungry. I like to have mushrooms, celery, green beans, snow peas, carrots, sliced peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, green onions, radishes, avocados, olives, cucumbers, tomatoes, etc. 
Happy Healthy,
Elisa

7 layer dip

This is a family favorite. I have healthified it over the years and I am proud to chalk this one down as a healthy hit!  It is fast, easy, and yummy.

7 Layer Dip

2 large cans non-fat re-fried beans
16 oz. jar low sodium salsa
10 oz. bag spinach
quinoa cooked in broth or other low sodium, low fat flavoring
10 chopped roma tomatoes
3 chopped bell peppers
6 chopped green onions
3-4 cubed avocados

Chop the spinach very fine and stir into the re-fried beans.
Layer everything into 2 9×13 pans.
Eat on tortillas, with chips, or dip sliced green peppers.
I eat mine with a fork and no chips or tortillas but whatever floats your boat!

Busy Day Food

2 cucumbers diced
5 roma tomatoes diced
16 oz.guacamole
8 oz. garlic/artichoke heart hummus
2 large handfuls sunflower sprouts
16 oz. bag mixed vegetable slaw

I mixed all of the ingredients together in a big bowl, then each person put the mixture on a whole wheat tortilla, and enjoyed! It was very yummy and filling.
I like this lots because there is no cooking involved! 🙂 Great for a busy day.
We also had some kettle style chips with lunch per request of my almost-birthday boy.

Breakfast today was bananas and a handful of almonds. We also each had a granola bar later on for a fun snack.

We ate the wraps for lunch and dinner.

We ate pretty good, but I’m not gonna lie: we ate miniature snickers and almond joys on our drive home! I know! A day of great food and we ruined it!!! The good thing that came from it was the increased desire to do better. My 13 year old insisted that we start a cleanse tomorrow, so we stopped at the store on our way home to get apples for juice in the morning. I seriously doubt that a full-on cleanse is going to happen though because it is my soon- to-be 8 year old’s birthday tomorrow which means cake….

Happy Healthy,
Elisa