Stay Cool and Hydrated with Coconut Water Fruit Popsicles

coconut-water-popsicleThe temperature has been very hot in Georgia. The temperatures have been in the 90’s and the 100 degree mark is coming; it’s only a matter of time.

A coconut water fruit Popsicle is a healthy treat and is a good way to stay cool and hydrated on those hot summer days.

My daughter enjoyed helping make these Popsicle. I had never done anything like this before, but she was a good helper.

One of the things I made sure to do was to use one of her favorite fruits (strawberries) and colorful Popsicle molds.

Why Coconut Water?

Coconut water:

  • is low in calories
  • is cholesterol free
  • is fat free (the brand I used)
  • has less sugar than most sports drinks, sodas and fruit juices
  • is high in potassium
  • is very hydrating
  • helps keep the body cool

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How To Make A Spicy Mango Salsa

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Spicy Mango Salsa

The mango is a juicy, delicious fruit that you can eat any way you like.  The mango is my favorite fruit and there is nothing better than a juicy mango on a hot summer day.

The mango has the flavors of orange, pineapple, coconut and a little hint of apple rolled into a beautiful fruit.  The mango is not only a tasty fruit, but it is also one of the healthiest fruits you can eat.

I was inspired by a fellow You Tuber, Lee Gaines to make a mango dish.  Check out Lee Gaines’s Quick Refreshing Raw Vegan Snack for the Summer.  He makes you laugh, but he also shares helpful information about the ingredients he uses in his recipe.

I came up with a delicious mango salsa and today I share it with you.  Below are the key ingredients and a few health benefits of the ingredients: Continue reading

The McDougall Diet Update – Week 3 (August 15-21)

fruit-smoothi-mustacheThis is my update for the McDougall Diet, week three.  If you want to learn more about the McDougall diet, click here.

I usually share with you what I had for each day, but I will not do that in this post.  These  are the foods I ate during week three of following the McDougall diet:

Grains
Oats
Barley
Pasta (Jerusalem Artichoke Flour)
100% Wheat Bread

Vegetables
Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes
Broccoli
Mustard Greens
Spinach
Romaine Lettuce
Tomatoes (technically a fruit)
Cucumber
Carrots
Red Onion
Mushrooms
Artichoke
Olives (technically a fruit)

Beans/Peas
Split Pea and Barley Soup (Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods)
Black Bean and Lime Soup (Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods)
Kidney Beans
Garbanzo Beans

Fruit
Bananas
Strawberries
Grapes
Nectarines
Apples
Lemons

Milk
Soy Milk

Seeds
Chia Seeds
Hemp Seeds

Other
Nutritional Yeast
100% Wheat Bread
Real Salt
Agave Nectar
Organic Kelp with Cayenne Seasonings
Onion Powder
Garlic Powder
Cumin
Chipotle Chile Pepper
Black Pepper
Pasta Sauce
Tamari (low sodium)

Snacks
Synder’s of Hanover Sourdough Nibblers/Snaps

Supplements
Vitamin B-12

My Fast Food Experience

I started the McDougall Diet on August 1, 2013 and since then I have not eaten out at any restaurants.  I cook my own food and enjoy it.

Dr. McDougall does not recommend eating out, especially while following the diet, but I ran errands one day and needed something to eat.  I stopped by a fast food joint, that I used to frequent.  I always order the veggie burrito.  The burrito has black beans, rice, corn, avocado, lettuce, and their secret sauce.

The first bite I took of the burrito tasted awful.  I could not believe that I used to eat this and think that it was the healthier choice on the menu.  There was a bad aftertaste that I had never noticed before, but I continued eating, because I was hungry.

I learned that after you give up fast food for a while and start eating whole foods that you prepare and cook yourself, that your taste buds change.  I do not have any desire to eat at that fast food joint any time soon.

fruit-smoothie-cinnamonBest Tasting Smoothie, Ever

I got tired of eating oatmeal and decided to make a breakfast smoothie. I made a smoothie that blew my taste buds away.  I had no idea the smoothie would be a success and I had to share it with you.  Below is the recipe for my quick breakfast smoothie:

Banana Strawberry Smoothie with an Oats and Cinnamon Twist

Makes one serving.

1 Frozen Banana
1/2 Cup Fresh Strawberries
1 Cup Organic Soy Milk (or any milk of your choice)
1/2 Cup Oats
1-3 Dashes of Ground Cinnamon (to taste)

Blend until creamy and enjoy.

*If you want to make more than one serving, double the recipe.

Final Words

Overall, I am still going strong following this diet.  I have started walking on my treadmill and doing a little strength training.

I really like the McDougall Diet, because it is not hard for me to follow.  It is very filling as well as economical.

Well, I guess that’s it.

Until next time…