How could you not feel fabulous on a winter day like today? I woke up feeling great, not too hungry and looking forward to my JOOS breakfast. My first test of the day came after making creamy scrambled eggs and cinnamon toast for my son and NOT eating the leftovers! Ok, now I know why I got a puppy! She was most appreciative and I drank my Chia Vitality JOOS. (Still had a half cup of coffee- tomorrow 1/4 cup!)
It worked! I felt full and satisfied. It lasted me right through work and my mid-day dog walk- a mild 55 degree sunny one! Had an apple and some walnuts, another JOOS, lots of water and that kept me going till about 5:00. When I got home by 6:00 I was getting pretty hungry. I had a tall glass of water first, and fortunately I had lots of food ready to heat- delicious Indian Lentils with Brown Rice, roasted celery root sticks, and our new favorite house salad of Napa Cabbage, Watercress, and Walnuts with Curry Dressing. (See below for nutritional benefits) Actually, make a batch of the dressing if you like Indian food and lots of flavor and use it on any salad, even grains. It definitely helped me to have the foods prepared or I would have been tempted to start picking at whatever foods were handy- the cheese, crackers, pasta,… Since I didn’t have a chance to drink my 3rd JOOS earlier in the day (I should have remembered to take it with me this afternoon) I am sipping it now after dinner. So far, the discipline and planning have made the cleanse easy to stick with.
Best of all for me today is that I did NOT have my usual late afternoon waves of tiredness and still have energy by 8 p.m. Thats a change I can learn to live with!
One of my very favorite salad greens is watercress- and its a nutritional powerhouse! Watercress is higher in calcium and magnesium than milk, gram for gram contains as much vitamin C as an orange, contains more iron than spinach, beta-carotene, vitamin A, K, lutein and zeaxanthin (shown to reduce or prevent macular degeneration) and all this and only 4 calories per cup, if you are into counting! Its health benefits have been known since ancient times. It is a member of a family of vegetable superstars- the brassica family which includes broccoli, cabbage, and kale. All of these are now known to be excellent sources of cancer fighting phytochemicals.
Curry Salad Dressing:
4 T extra virgin olive oil
3 tsp cumin seeds
1 3 inch long piece of ginger, peeled and minced or grated
2 tsp Madras curry powder
Juice of 1 lemon
2 Tbsp fresh orange juice (or more as needed)
1-2 Tbsp honey or agave
salt and pepper
In a small skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add cumin seeds and stir until they become fragrant, about 1 minute.
Add the ginger, curry, lemon, orange juice, and honey. Season with salt and pepper. Taste and adjust with lemon or orange.
Any combination of your favorite greens and chopped vegetables are great.
One of our favorite combinations :
chopped Napa Cabbage, watercress, cilantro, toasted walnuts, diced pears or mango and cherry tomatoes
Toss with some dressing. Enjoy!