"Good chefs, like artists, are visionaries. You have to have a vision of the taste, the look, the smell of your masterpiece; you hold it in your mind and make it materialize."

Onid Jatteri

Friday, September 4, 2009

Good report!

I had some blood work done this week, during my yearly Well Woman check up. I didn't go in fasting, so when the blood sugar was 82 (down 14 points from 8 months ago), I was very happy. The nurse commented, "That's really good, for a non-fasting result. When did you eat last?"
Of course when I told her I had been drinking a Green Smoothie while driving to the appointment (about 40 minutes from home), I then had to explain what that was. She was very interested. Wanted the "recipe". Told the phlebotomist about it. SHE wanted the recipe! I told them both, to go online and look up "green smoothie", there was a ton of info out there.
What really impressed me about that particular test result was, the smoothie did not spike the blood sugar. Fruit, even good fruit, definately affects blood sugar, and usually quickly - ask anyone with diabetes how much fruit they eat... Anyway, that was a point of interest.
Here's the cherry on top: after about 10 years of fighting high blood pressure with a variety of meds, and never getting it below about 140s over 90s, it was 123/76!!! Can I just say how totally satisfying that was??!! I know it is the raw foods and green smoothies, doing their good stuff in rebuilding my health!
Oh yeah. The photo. That's one of my stand-by salads, I love love love this stuff. I try to always have a container of it in the fridge, and some small containers to grab-n-go if I need them on busy days. I like to sprinkle some pinenuts on umm good!
Beets 'n Carrots
Use a food processor to grate a pound each of fresh beets and carrots. Put in a bowl, mix well with dressing (adjust amounts to suit your taste...):
1 T. Basalmic vinegar, 3 T. olive oil (or whatever kind of oil you like - walnut is delish with this), 2 cloves chopped garlic, 1 tsp. dijon mustard, salt and pepper to taste.
Good health tastes sooooo good!!

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