{The Healthy Mind Cookbook}

The Healthy Mind Cookbook: Big-flavor Recipes to Enhance Brain Function, Mood, Memory, and Mental Clarity.

By Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson


This is a great book to learn about how food affects our bodies! This book is a GREAT resource to find healthy and natural alternatives to modern day medicines.

The books starts off talking about illnesses and their connection with foods. She explains how eating affects our bodies and brains and how important it is to eat healthy foods.

Rebecca even provides an index off foods and their health benefits. She even provides information on local markets and farmers markets as well as Environment resources.

Check out Rebecca’s website @ http://www.rebeccakatz.com/

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~[P.S….I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review!}~

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{Grape-iwi}

 

Smoothie of the Day;

Grape-iwi

A VERY smooth + sweet smoothie!

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1 cup Grapes

1/2 Kiwi

1/2 Avocado

1/2 Banana

2 cups Spinach

1 Carrot

2 oz Coconut water

2 oz Cranberry Juice

Blend together, add some ice + enjoy!

{Berries + Bananas}

Today I am making an effort to start eating FRESH and HEALTHY food again!

Over the past few wintry months I have been indulging french fries, pizza, frozen meals and coffee!!! Winter is the worst season for me; between not wanting to adventure out in the freezing temperatures and not feeling particularly creative when it comes to cooking, I have been far from my A game!

I had a GREAT reanimate going with fresh smoothies for breakfast, salad for lunch, a light diner and no food past 8 pm!!!  Well……I am kicking winter in the face and reclaiming my healthy habits!!!

Starting with today’s breakfast,

Berries and a Banana with vanilla Greek yogurt!!!

I love fruit and Greek yogurt in the morning, it helps with controlling my appetite and aids in feeling energized!

What HEALTHY food do you like to eat in the morning to start you off your day!!!

And what is the one food that is a bad habit for you in the mornings?

{I indulge in WAY to much espresso}

{Healthy, Yes Healthy Smoothies}

Smoothies:

There are numerous cafes and restaurants that promote so called “healthy” smoothies however, most of them are chock full of chemicals and SUGAR!!! I have perfected yummy and healthy smoothies and if you stick to the guide below you will feel better and you might possibly lose some of that weight gain brought on from the holidays!!!

  • Start off with a base of spinach! Spinach is good for you and really has no flavor! Most people are off put by the color of the smoothies which are green however, they are tasty so don’t be scared! I use around 2 cups or 2 handfuls!
  • Next I add between 1-2 cups of carrots! I try to use shredded carrots so that way it mixes better in the blender and it will save you from having any chunks in the smoothie! Carrots are a good way to add a vegetable with out adding a funky or string taste/odor!
  • The next step is the most fun and full of many options….FRUIT!!! I like to use fruit that is in season as it will give a better taste and blend easier as well! I will mix it up and use a combination like pineapple, mango and melon! Mix it up and add different fruits to create your own favorite flavor combinations!
  • Additives: I really also like to add in an avocado! It creates a rich and creamy texture and is super healthy for you too!!! Also if you find your smoothie a little un-smooth try adding in a little bit of juice or even some ice/water to help loosen it up!

I hope you all enjoy your healthy smoothies! If you have any suggestions or find a REALLY YUMMY combination leave me a comment and let me know how it’s going! More tips to come!!!!