Healthy doesn’t have to taste bad

It’s no secret that I like to eat lots of fruit and veggies.  I’ve been called Peter Rabbit at plenty of dinner gatherings because I’ve eaten 2 salad courses.

My brother asked me if  I did all of my grocery shopping at Whole Foods (WFM) and when I said ‘no’ he asked if it wasn’t “healthy enough” for me.  Ha, ha, ha.  He’s a real character.

I was at WFM over the weekend and was feeling intrepid with my shopping choices – and the in-store coupons didn’t hurt.

I’d read a bit about this product and WFM had a $5.00 off coupon so I thought I’d finally give it a try.

I eat a good amount of fruit and veggies on any given day but thought that incorporating this into my daily routine might alleviate trying to pack everything in.  The Perfect Food RAW Organic Superfood product info says:

Each serving of Perfect Food RAW contains over 17 nutrient-dense veggie juices that are freeze-dried using a gentle process that maintains nutrient potency and freshness.

Perfect food RAW also contains over a dozen organic raw sprouts. Sprouting is a term that refers to the process where you unlock the nutrient potential within a seed and is a great way to increase the digestibility of seeds, nuts and legumes while maintaining their raw nutrient density.

I talked to a WFM employee about the product – she said she drinks it and always feels really energized after drinking it.  She said they sell a lot of this stuff–it also comes in capsule-form but the suggested serving size is 6-8 capsules/day.  You’re supposed to mix this into water or juice.  I mixed one scoop with really cold water and ice and gave it a good shake.

After having taken one tiny sip of this concoction, all I can say is thank goodness WFM has a return policy.  Oh my goodness.  I spit the tiny sip right out–this stuff tastes like what I imagine a pile of grass, leaves, and compost might taste like if they’ve been cooking in the sun all day.  I am a huge fan of the Garden of Life RAW Protein Powder (use it in smoothies, baking, etc.) but the greens just aren’t my thing.

I’ll take real-deal greens any day.  Healthy and tasty.  If you’re looking for me this week, I’ll be working my way through this super-sized bag of spinach.  Recipe ideas?

What’s something ‘healthy’ that you’ve tried to incorporate into your diet that just didn’t work for you?

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Noshing: Healthy Birthday Cake

Today’s my birthday.  In preparation for the upcoming weekend birthday celebrations, I am prepared to BMOC (Bring My Own Cake).

I’m in the minority…I just don’t have a sweet tooth.  I am not craving cupcakes or cake.  However, I still want to celebrate and blow out a candle.  We’ll just leave it at 1 candle–I don’t need the cake to catch on fire.

As I scoured my collection of heart-healthy cookbooks, I cracked open Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease:  The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure by Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn.  I know what you’re thinking–that book does not scream yummy birthday cake recipe.  Well, I gave the Birthday Cake recipe a try (with my own tweaks, of course), and I’m happy with the cake.  I’ll serve it at a family dinner on Saturday night (if it lasts that long) with a fruit salad.  I kind of hope my family doesn’t read this post – sometimes it’s better to serve healthy cake to an unsuspecting audience.  The Quality Assurance Guy wasn’t sure what think of this one–he thought it lacked the “characteristically rich chocolate flavor that” he has “grown accustom to over the last X # of years”.  I told him to put chocolate chips on his piece of healthy cake and call it a day.

Healthy Birthday Cake
Tweaked from the original recipe in Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease

Ingredients
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup (or less) sugar–note:  I did not use any sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 cup vanilla flavored nonfat dairy milk
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tblsp vanilla extract
1 tblsp blackstrap molasses
egg replacer for 2 eggs (2 tblsp ground flaxseed meal mixed with 6 tblsp water)

Making the egg replacer

Directions
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease pan (for thinner cake use a 9×13; for a thicker cake use a 6×8 or 8×8 pan).
*Mix dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
*Mix wet ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
*Pour dry ingredients into liquid and stir with a spoon or spatula.
*Spread batter evenly into baking pan, dust top of cake with cinnamon (optional) and bake for 28-30 minutes, or until a toothpick or knife inserted into the center comes out clean and cake is not sticky to the touch.
*Cool before removing from pan.
*Serve with fruit and enjoy!

Healthy Birthday Cake

As you can see, I couldn’t wait until it cooled to try it out.  I’ll report back with more cake feedback post-birthday celebrations!

Happy weekend everyone!!

Question:  What’s your favorite birthday treat?

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