Monday, October 8, 2012

Update with Guest Post

Hi all - wanted to send along a link to Dr. Fuhrman's blog post from today where he refers to G-BOMBS. This is his acronym for the foods to eat to boost immunity.  I had thought it was GOMBS but maybe he added to it while I wasn't watching.  Sorry for any confusion.  Please check out his blog as well as his Super Immunity book for more info.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Shifting Gears Once Again

Welcome to our third day on the Dr. Joel Fuhrman "Eat For Health" program.  I encourage you all to check out Dr. Fuhrman's Website as well as his blog: Disease Proof where you can find a ton of information on all sorts of health, medical and nutritional issues.

One of the things I wanted to discuss is Dr. Fuhrman's memory trick to remember what to include in your diet everyday.  He refers to these foods as the GOMBS.  Garlic, Onions, Mushrooms, Beans and Spinach. Very often if I'm making something for dinner I'll just throw in some Garlic, Onions and Mushrooms for good measure whether its part of the recipe or not.

So - now for the gear shifting title.  Make no mistake - I LOVE Dr. Fuhrman and his recipes.  They are all so good and so tasty.  But I'm finding it really difficult to alter them to one serving.  If I wasn't doing the blog and trying to have interesting menus to write about each day I'd just throw the left overs in the fridge or the freezer and take a break the next day.  But, the good taste and the opportunity is encouraging me to over eat these delicacies!  Yikes!  So - once again too much of a good thing is still too much.

Since I have less than two weeks before I head off to meet MSB in Europe I'm going to segue back to the raw / juicing diet I started with last month so I can hopefully shed a few more pounds before I head off to merry olde England!

On to today's menu:
Breakfast: Chocolate Smoothie
Lunch: Roast Veggie Pizza
Dinner: Quick Veggie Bean Medley and Cauliflower Mashed "Potatoes"
Dessert: Mixed Berry Freeze

For breakfast we had a terrific shake that is perfect for travel called a Chocolate Smoothie  This terrific drink is made with chocolate, frozen blueberries, spinach as banana and some flax seeds along with some Almond milk.  Mix it up and drink chocolate perfection.  It could be a bit more dessert like than one might want for breakfast but I really loved it.  Gets an A from me.

For lunch we had another winner.  Mushrooms and peppers are sliced up and mixed with some Bragg's liquid aminos, balsamic vinaigrette and garlic powder.  The veggies are marinated in this mixture for a bit and then roasted.  Fortunately for me - I have a terrific microwave that has a cooking and browning function.  It's called the GE Advantium Microwave Halogen Oven since it was crazy hot here again and firing up the oven or even the grill was just not going to happen today.

After roasting the veggies, we spread some spaghetti sauce on a tortilla, add some spinach, the roasted vegetables and top with soy cheese.  Pop back in the microwave and eat.  My only criticisms of this is the thinness of the tortilla makes it a little hard to eat.  There's probably too many veggies on top to roll it up and eat it like a pizza burrito but might be a better option if one topped the pizza a little less vigorously.  This tasted really terrific and and it also gets an A from me.

Finally for dinner we have a Quick Veggie Bean Medley with a side of Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes. 
The bean medley is pretty uninspired - sort of something one could throw together for a week night meal.  At our house we call this "edible but forgettable".  It's some broccoli, mushrooms, peppers, a few herbs and just sauteed.  OK - but I wouldn't make this again unless these are the only ingredients I have on hand.  It gets a C.

The "Potatoes" on the other hand are quite inspired.  The cauliflower is steamed and then processed in a food processor with some almond milk, cashew butter, garlic, and some Mrs. Dash type seasoning.  I don't think this puree will fool anyone into thinking they are actual mashed potatoes they are very good and quite filling.  I think I'll give these a B+.

The dessert is a Mixed Berry Freeze a frozen dessert made of mixed frozen fruit, frozen bananas, flax seeds and almond milk.  The banana gives the frozen dessert a nice creamy texture.  I used to make banana bread with over ripe bananas but now I just throw them in a zip lock bag and stick them in the freezer.  Yum.  This easily gets an A from me.

Here's the summary of recipes.  So sorry for those of you that may have been wanting to see what I thought about more of his recipes but I'm looking forward to the break from the regimentation.  Hope you've found some recipes that you'd like to try.  Thanks for reading.

Name Category Diet Day Page number   Rating
Banana Cashew Wrap Breakfast Eat For Health One 111 C
Veggie Garbanzo Wrap Eat For Health One 249 B
Pistachio Dressing Dressing Eat For Health One 138 B
Veg and Bean Soup Soup Eat For Health One 179 A
Strawberry Dressing Dessert Eat For Health One 160 B
Thai Veggie Curry Stir Fry Eat For Health Two 245 A
Chocolate Smoothie Smoothie Eat For Health Three 104 A
Roast Veggie Pizza Pizza Eat For Health Three 236 A
Quick Veg Bean Medley Stew Eat For Health Three 233 C
Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes Side Dish Eat For Health Three 218 B+
Mixed Berry Freeze Dessert Eat For Health Three 267 A