Diana’s Oriental Mixed Vegetables

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This delicious dish you can have it ready to be mixed either with rice, quinoa,legumes or with any type of animal protein. Diana’s Oriental Mixed Vegetables Ingredients: 1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger ½ sweet onion chopped 2 cloves of garlic finely … Continue reading

Vegetarian Diana’s Quinoa Salad

If you are looking for a delicious/ fat burning recipe that’s easy; that you can make in 20 mn; something that is healthy, it’s a complete meal, has lots of color and flavor…..

Here I have the solution:

• It’s a vegetarian dish

• It has complete protein
• It has starchy carbohydrates
• Lots of vegetables
• And good fats

Quinoa Salad

 Ingredients:

• ½ cup quinoa (follow instructions on package and add 1 tablespoon of turmeric to the water)
• ½ cups steamed green beans
• 1 can of organic beans previously washed and drained
• ½ sweet onion chopped and grilled (no oil)
• 1 small yellow zucchini chopped
• ½ orange pepper chopped
• ½ cup sliced almonds
• 1/3 cup craisins
• 1 cup Sprouted beans
• ½ cup of boiled mushrooms
• 1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
• 1 teaspoon olive oil
• 2 tablespoon of fresh Cilantro chopped
• Salt and pepper
Mix all ingredients and enjoy!!!
½ cup of fresh avocado that you can add at the moment of eating.
You can make more quantity and leave it on the refrigerator for later.

 

Bon Apetit!!!
Eat Delicious, Eat Healthy…..We Live Once!!!

Diana’s Vegetable Soup

Being in shape and healthy  for some people it is a struggle, but the truth is, that it shouldn’t be. That’s why we have to work with trial and error to see what really works for us and be PATIENCE!!!

Here I want to share this recipe that just came into my mind. Today talking with a client that can’t find the time to cook and eat the right foods, this Yummii and flavored soup came into my mind, and “voila” it does have life, spice and a lot of taste. Hope you like it as I did.

Diana’s Vegetable Soup

(You can add any type of lean organic meat. organic chicken or turkey breast)
I did it vegetarian.
All vegetables are FRESH.

 Ingredients:

  •  1/2 cup Beans soaked overnight in warm water. Change the water a few times.
  • 1 medium sweet onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • ½ squash
  • 1 bag fresh French green beans
  • 2 tablespoon fresh ginger
  • ¼ fennel with everything
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1 medium yellow zucchini
  • ½ orange pepper
  • 1 leek (just the white part)
  • 2 medium parsnips
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 small sweet potato
  • ¼ cup Fresh cilantro
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • Indian curry
  • Salt

Preparation

Chop and grill the onion and the garlic in little oil in a tall pan.
Add water and cooked the beans for 20mn aprox.

While it cooks: take the squash remove the seeds and place it on an oven safe pan and bake it face down on 350 * with 2 tablespoon of water for 20mn aprox.. Take it out peel it and cut it.

While everything is cooking chop the rest of the vegetable, add them to the pan with the beans with enough water, add the squash, the cayenne pepper, curry and salt; boil everything for 20 more mn on low heat covered.

Let it cool, take ¼ of the vegetable soup and blend it, add it to the rest of the soup for a creamy texture.

I love eating, I love enjoying my food I love life!!!

Delicious Vegetarian Dish

DELICIOUS VEGETARIAN DISH

Becoming a vegetarian was one of my goals this year, eating as much whole natural foods as I can. So my search began to keep my body healthy and balanced to have all my nutrients in place.

As a trainer and a person that likes to exercise, lift weights and stay active I needed to find the right nutrition.
Being a certified Wholistic Kinesiology practitioner helped me with this path. This technique is a healing system that determines your very unique health needs. I have being using it to see what is beneficial to my health. This is done with Applied Kinesiology. By extending for example one of your arms and hold it straight and tight, let say you are holding some cleaning liquid like Clorox with the other hand, and I try to push it down, it won’t be able to sustain the push, your arm will go weak; and if I put an organic apple in your hand and do the same testing your arm will stay strong, meaning that the apple will be optimal for your body.

That way I could know what types of foods my body was in need and in which combination. So I started to play with different foods and I came across with a legume supercharged with all the beneficial nutrients I wanted.

This product is called Mung Beans, when sprouted; mung beans are usually just called bean sprouts.
Like many other legumes, the mung bean can be eaten raw when sprouted, or else eaten cooked with the skin on or off.
Unlike many other beans, the mung bean is quite easy on the digestive tract and doesn’t usually cause a gassy reaction.

Mixed with quinoa or brown rice will give me a complete protein. According to modern nutrition, mung beans offer 14 gms of protein per cooked cup. Mung beans are also a good source of dietary fiber. They also contain thiamin, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and copper, and are a good source of folate.
Mung beans can be eaten on their own, or combined with rice or combined with vegetables and greens to make hearty soups or ground into flour to be used to make crepes or added to breads. Turmeric, cumin, dried ginger and coriander are some spices that work very well with mung beans.

Recipe: High Protein and easy to digest Mung beans with rice

Follow indications on package on the Mung beans before cooking.

  • ½ cup mung beans rinsed
  • 2- cups of water boil them for about ten minutes
    Add:
    Ingredients:
  •  1 teaspoon peeled and chopped ginger root
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¾ teaspoon crushed red chilli flakes

Have this ready:

  • 2 cups cooked white basmati rice, follow package indications
  • 1 onion chopped and grilled with
  • 5 to 7 cloves of garlic, sliced or chopped
  • 1 or 2 cups of any chopped vegetables, preferably green, such as
  • asparagus; celery; broccoli; zucchini, Swiss chard.
  • You can also add carrots and /or mushrooms or you may prefer to keep it very simple and only use one or two green vegetables.

At the end combine the mung beans, the rice, the onion with the garlic and the vegetables let the vegetables cook for 10mn.
Bon Apetite, and Keep on Moving!!

Let Food Be Your Medicine.

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Starting a diet doesn’t mean you have to deprive or starve yourself; on the contrary it means eat good and healthy frequent meals during the day and in moderation. “Food is the medicine” as Hippocrates once said. I have got … Continue reading

Diana’s Meatballs with Peanut Sauce

Yesterday after having a busy day it was almost 6:30pm, I had to start thinking fast what to cook to my husband and me. (We do not eat the same type foods)
My rules are that even though he is a good eater, I have to prepare meals that contain his enjoyable foods but with the healthy touch.

RULES:
1- Has to be an organic and lean protein
2- Has to have some type of vegetable on the side or mixed
3- He likes to eat carbohydrate like: rice, pasta or potato.
4- And it has to have flavor (any sauce)
I already had some ground meat thawed, green beans on the refrigerator, and a sauce that he liked; also some leftover of basmati rice with mushrooms and almonds on the freezer from the day before. So I decided to be creative and this is what came into my mind. Easy, fast and he said it was DELICIOUS.

Ingredients:
• 1 lb 90% fat free organic grounded beef
• 1 organic egg
• 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
• 1 tablespoon of baking soda
• Salt and pepper
• Spices (used: paprika; chilly; garlic)
Mix everything; make small balls wetting your hands in water so it’s easier. Place them on a greased pan, and bake them on the oven at 350* these will take 20 mn to 25mn.

 

 

 

On the side mix:
• 2 tablespoon of water
• ½ cup Organic Peanut Sauce from Whole foods (if you want to know why organic go to: my blog; Michelle’s blog; Bryan’s blog)
Once you take them out of the oven, mixed them with the Peanut sauce and water, place them on a pan covered and let them cook on the stove in slow temperature for 5 to 7 mn.

Accompanied with:
• Steamed Green beans with grilled onions and garlic
• And basmati rice with mushrooms and toasted almonds

Voila!!!!! Try them, enjoy them and let me know 🙂

Porqué Orgánico?

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Porque orgánico? Porque lo orgánico es más costoso? Porque lo orgánico es más saludable, y se piensa que ayuda a bajar de peso? Porque todo lo que dice orgánico es de mejor calidad? Antes de contestar a estas preguntas, quiero … Continue reading

You Have the Power to Heal, It Is all in Your Mind

After two months of living with a lightly damaged knee I decided to go for the process of seeking doctor expertise.
That’s not me….I do not like doctors, drugs, injections etc. But I knew that if I didn’t seek for the science I might end up with a non movable knee.( For the record I did holistic healing and it did work at some extend, but having a folded meniscus I decided that I needed someone to unfold it.)

I knew that by the time I’d see the doctor’s option he would suggest me to go for surgery :0(
NO GOOD!!!!
So I decided to put my mind and my nutrition in order to be prepared for the process.
• Meditation is the best tool, it reconnects you to your inner self and guides you trough the best path.
• Then with my nutrition, I knew that by avoiding refined sugars and high saturated fats my body would stay out stress.
I incorporated: lots of water, vegetables, fruits, and carbohydrates like beans, quinoa, squash and greens
And then the party starts, from the doctor’s office unexpectedly on Wednesday the 8th of December I received a call telling me that Thursday the 9th same month is the only day the doctor could make surgery on me……OMG….. Goose bumps in my belly, feelings of anxiety, happiness….I don’t know it was a mix and match. “Diana, you have to prepared everything, buy food, organized house, work etc in half a day” I said.

On the 9th at 6:30 am I was getting ready on the waiting room of the hospital, nurses coming in and out, lots and lots of questions about my whole life.
And then one of the nurses said she was going to give some drugs to relax me before the surgery….”No please” I said.’ I am totally relaxed; I don’t need drugs into my body”. If I ever take a Tylenol is for extreme cases and it makes me sleepy. So I ask them to go easy on the medicaments.

Thank God the surgery went well; the anesthesia they gave me was in a small dosage, which was good. And after the surgery I knew I had to eat soft food.
• Water: it cleans and washes the anesthesia out
Protein shake: the one that I’m having is a vegetarian one. Protein speeds healing wounds and aids in collagen formation.
• Fruit: some energy to go through the rest of that day
That day for the first time in my life (I’ve had many surgeries before) the post recovery was amazing, no dizziness, cramps, or any major consequences. The process I did on me before the surgery worked…YES!!!!!!!!!!!!

Even the doctor prescribed me some pain killers and anti inflammatory remedies which I didn’t buy, for the same reason described above. What I had was some Advil just in case and Traumel and an anti- inflammatory, Analgesic Homeopathic Medication.

Relatives started calling me to ask me how I was feeling; in some calls these were their words:
-”Diana after the anesthesia is over, you are going to be in pain, I know Diana, you have to have the pain killers.”
– WHY??? Why do I have to put in my mind negative thoughts when all I’m doing is healing me with the good stuff…..and it is working??

So here I am, writing this blog with my leg up, rolling around the house with a wheel office chair and with crutches to walk. I know that exercise is a NO NO right now, so eating healthy is a MUST.

Keep Moving, Keep Smiling, WE LIVE ONCE!!!

Do You Know the Main Reason for NOT Loosing Weight? It’s simple.

Sometimes people come to me with this statement:” Diana, why should I eat breakfast if I’m not hungry in the morning??
Breakfast; as the word says it means BREAK THE FAST. You have been sleeping for 6 to 8 hours, you need to start the day by putting some fuel (energy) onto your body, that’s the way our bodies will run and at the same time it will speed your metabolism.
Now…..not all foods are made the same, you have to choose wisely which foods are the ones you are going to consume, the ones that will be optimal and which will give you all the benefits, the nutrients your body needs to run smoothly and safe. And by just changing this habit you will be able to burn more calories during the day…isn’t it amazing???? O yes it is!!!!!!!

As an example: is not the same to have first thing in the morning a donut with an orange juice, as a bowl of regular oatmeal with some egg whites.
Excuses: I don’t have time :(……. If we want, we always can find 3-6 minutes, how?
1-Take the blender, pour 6 ounces of water, ice cubes, a scoop of good organic quality protein powder, some berries, ¼ cup of regular oatmeal, cinnamon (optional) ,1 package of stevia, blend it and Voila!!!!!!!!!!!!! You’ll have an amazing Smoothie.
2-You have time?? Good…… ……Egg white Omelet
Ingredients:Organic egg whites
1 whole organic egg
Vegetables: peppers, onions, tomatoes, spinach, broccoli (you choose)
Sea salt and pepper

Sautee the vegetables in a pan, pour the egg mix and cook. That easy!!!!!

Keep handy some Ezequiel bread (you’ll find it at the refrigerator at your local supermarket) the one I like is English Muffins they taste yummii, but always toast it a bit.
And Keep Moving; WE LIVE ONCE!!!