I am very serious in my devotion to the regular consumption of dark leafy greens. Since today is the day that the rest of the world seems to wake up and realize the joy of eating/drinking green things I thought this would be my chance to be on the same bandwagon as everyone else.
The last time I tried to join the crowd I ended up wearing a funny hat and speaking in a high-pitched voice (I hope things will be different this time).
Anyway, back to the greens. As I mentioned in my last post I am working on a review of Clean Food. Last night I enjoyed a big bowl of kale with pine nuts and currants. I love the rich flavour of kale when it is quickly sauteed with garlic and onions. I enjoy raw kale but this recipe reduces the bitterness of the pungent green and balances the dish with creamy pine nuts and sweet currents. The entire meal took about 10 minutes to prepare. Perfect for a nutritious week-night bite.
Kale is not the only green I crave. After the brief appearance of Shamrock shakes in my childhood (I think I only had it once but I remember really liking it) I automatically associate green coloured food with mint flavour. Since I have no intention of visiting the golden arches to procure their seasonal shake (do they still make it?) I decided to prepare something that would satisfy my craving and support my well-being. I came up with this mint coconut yogurt.
I blended the ingredients until they were fairly smooth (my Blendtec is acting up) and then put the container in my dehydrator at 95 degrees overnight. In the morning, I moved the container to my fridge.
It now has a lovely, tangy flavour. I have enjoyed the yogurt as a topping with numerous fruit options and on its own by the spoonful. This yogurt would also be a great way to assist your digestive tract today if you decide to indulge in some of the more traditional St. Patrick’s day delights (remember…Guinness is not vegan!)
As a personal update:
- Over the next couple of weeks I am exploring a number of different workouts. I am trying something different everyday. I will be starting a new structured training program on April 1st. I am attending a triathlon workshop in mid April and am considering training for my first 30k race.
- As I review Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina’s new book Becoming Raw I will share my experiences in following their suggestions, meal plans and recipes. It has become my bedtime reading this week.
- I am registering for a photography class this Spring. I’m really excited and I hope it will improve the look of things around here.
- I decided to cancel my trip to Kaua’i. It was a really hard decision. I cried a little when I made the call. But, for a number of reasons, I knew it was the wrong time for me to go. I’m still planning to spend a month in Thailand this fall but for now, I will have to experience the beauty of Hawaii in my dreams.