I’M A HAPPY NIBBLER

I hate to be hungry for a long period. Who does? If you know me well, you can attest that I’m a nibbler. I’m like a traveling pantry. I’m not leaving home without some form of filling bites to munch on. This move enables me from indulging in the wrong type of foods.

Sometimes, I do feel like a squirrel. They are always seeking out and nibbling on bits. Come to think of it, eh, they often try to be in my proximity. They and those birds are quite smart. They see me reach for those nuts and I’m happy to share a few with them.

But anyway guys, I stave off those hungry pangs by packing in small zip lock bags:

  • dried fruits and nuts (unsalted)
  • ripe banana or any fruit
  • apple along with a dollop of peanut butter
  • water

These types of healthy and filling foods aid me to keep my blood sugar in check because they keep me satiated for hours until to get to a substantial meal.  Moreover, they save me a few dollars because I try to prep them in advance. I do this  by purchasing bigger quantities like nuts and pack same in baggies.

I never leave home without ‘good old’ water. A few sips, provides me with the hydration I need throughout the day while I’m away from home. The potassium-rich banana is also very filling. I can never give up my fiber-rich apple bites. Sometimes, I pair same with a dollop of peanut butter.

No one should go hungry. A few of these food moves keep me in check and make me a happy camper.

 

 

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TRYING TO KICK OFF MY DAY RIGHT #BERRY AND BANANA SMOOTHIE

Trying my utmost best to do it right. After I kicked it up on the outskirts, I ventured to my humble kitchen and whipped up a refreshing morning cocktail. As usual, my handy and reliable standing blender was patiently waiting for your truly. I had a little work for it.

I grabbed me some frozen berries in the form of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries and added them to blender. I also input a half of a ripe banana which I also had in the freezer. Whenever my ripe bananas become a little mushy and over-ripened I chop same and store in freezer.

With a splash of water and a piece of watermelon, I  pulsed and pureed my morning cocktail to sweet and fiber-filled finish. I poured into margarita glass and topped with a few blueberries. Just I had expected, it was thick (not overly), smooth and full of natural sugars from all the fruits. I was super-happy.

Cheers!

TIPS FOR FOOD PREPARATIONS/SUPPLIES FOR THE HURRICANE SEASON

As we enter the peak of the hurricane season and continue to watch Tropical storm Erika, I’ve decided to reblog a previous post I did on the onset of the season. I think it’s relevant then and moreso now.Be prepared.

“The merry month of May made its rapid exit, and in comes the month of June.  I can’t help but to ponder what lies ahead. I hate to be the bearer of bad news; however, its reality. Like it or not, but the hurricane season officially begins June through November. Needless to say, mother nature sometimes says otherwise. Thus, a hurricane can develop outside this period as long as the weather conditions are suitable for same.

For those who reside in the typical hurricane regions, this period can leave them anxious, stressed and fearful especially when it comes to securing necessary food supplies. But, there is no need to be stressed. With a little planning and preparation in advance, anxieties and fears can be abated. Waiting to shop for food and other supplies when a hurricane  strikes isn’t the way to go. It’s imperative that a list is prepared and the supplies are purchased in advance or as soon as possible.

Shopping early will enable you to secure competitive rates as the supplies will be plentiful. This move will enable you to shop with ease, calm and comfort. Do remember that perishables are not your aim in view. Some of the main non-perishable food supplies to secure are:

Non-perishables:

  • Water – for drinking, it is recommended that one gallon, per person, per day
  • Canned fish – sardines, tuna, salmon
  • Canned meats/poultry – corned beef, chicken
  • Canned beans – lima, red, black, garbanzo, etc.
  • Canned vegetables – carrot, green peas, corn, creamed corn, etc.
  • Canned soups
  • Peanut butter
  • Fruit preserves or jams
  • Crackers, bread, rolls,cakes,nuts, etc.
  • Dried milk
  • Dried cereal

Apparatus:

  • Manual can opener – great for those cans that don’t have flip-up lids
  • Ice cooler – ice could be purchased and preserve so as to keep drinks and water cool for hours until power returns
  • Disposable utensils – plates, knives, forks, spoons, cups, etc.
  • Sanitary wipes and extra paper towels
  • Hot plate that uses small propane tank. This is excellent for heating water, soups or quick meals.
  • Charcoal or propane gas for outdoor grill – If you are lucky to have a backyard or outdoor grill, this is ‘king’ after a hurricane season.

How to cook and preserve foods:

Some of the ways to preserve and lengthen the shelf life of your foods during the hurricane season are:

  • Pickle vegetables like cucumbers, carrots, etc. This is done by using vinegar, salt, sugar, and spices. Pickled foods can survive without refrigeration for a certain time period. Place in bottles and other containers.
  • If you have fish in the freezer before the hurricane strikes,  try making  a Jamaican escoveitched fish dish. This can remain on the counter for days without refrigeration.  This involves frying fish and making a pickle consisting of root veggies, spices, vinegar, seasonings, etc. and spreading generously over fish.

Before Storm arrives and day of storm:

  • Turn down the thermostat in fridge to the lowest
  • Make extra ice by emptying trays/containers into plastic bags and make room for setting more.
  • Fill up all available containers like pots, pans, etc for drinking,  prepping, washing and cooking of foods.
  • When electric power shuts off, avoid opening the fridge unless needed.

Without a doubt, before, during and after a hurricane, it can leave one frazzled and stressed when it comes to prepping and planning for food supplies. However, with the above tips and others, one can be reassured that there will be enough to keep you satiated throughout the season.

COLON HAPPY DRINK ##CUCUMBER JUICE

It doesn’t take much for yours truly to celebrate. There’s no need to wait for once per year. For me, every day is a celebration. So, what did I do? I fetched two of my champagne chutes and went to town. By the way, these two are gifts from a good mate. Seems like we’re always in a celebratory mood. Thanks to her……yeah!!

Had a couple of medium-sized  cucumbers.  But, I know their shelf lives are very low. Can’t afford to let them go to waste. Never felt like having them in a garden salad or pickling them. So, yours truly opted to chop them up and make a refreshing cucumber juice.

MAIN INGREDIENTS FOR CUCUMBER JUICE
MAIN INGREDIENTS FOR CUCUMBER JUICE

Ingredients:

  • Cucumbers (2 med)
  • Lemon (1 Large) (lemon would be perfect)
  • Ground Ginger (1 tbsp)
  • Honey (a generous squeeze) (any sweetener is great)
  • Water (1 pint)

Method:

  1. Thoroughly rinsed my cucumbers under tap water.
  2. Further did a quick rinse with boiling water to remove any residual dirt or pesticide and cooled with cold water.
  3. Chopped cucumbers in sizable pieces to accommodate blender (standing).
  4. Used my knife to mince ginger.
  5. Added water, juice of lemon and all the other ingredients in blender and pureed same to a smooth finish. (I made sure to further liquefy honey with a little boiling water)

Guys, I served my  cucumber juice in my champagne chutes. I had both chutes (just minutes to chug down). It was refreshing and quite tasty.  I knew for sure that I started my day just right. I’m over the moon knowing that I had incorporated great fibers and other beneficial nutrients to my body. Salud!!

KICKSTARTERS TO GET MY DAY RIGHT – #BLACK/STRAWBERRIES/PARSLEY

On this blessed and beautiful Saturday morn, I opened my eyes and gave thanks to the Powers that Be. At a quick glimpse on the outskirts, I realized that there was fog in sight. I didn’t make that deter me from looking ahead. Ahead, there’s brilliant sunshine to kiss my chocolate cheeks.

So, like a true trooper I went to my kitchen. There, yours truly made an awesome concoction. It was made up of fresh black and strawberries. With a handful of parsley I made I drop in my standing blender. Added a generous squeeze of fresh Florida lemon and a cup of cool water.

Amazing black/strawberry/parsley smoothie
Amazing black/strawberry/parsley smoothie

With gusto I blended and made my smoothie ingredients fully acquainted. It was thick yet smooth and possessed just the right amount of natural sugar. I garnished with fresh strawberry and a sprig of mint. Then, it was time for a few close-ups. Within a few minutes, I devoured the fiber goodness I created. Me and my dear palate smiled knowing that we were satisfied.

Now, it was time to hit the speed walking trails. It didn’t take me much time to build up great speed. What do you know? I started a run. I took off quite rapidly and maintained speed.  Usain Bolt, the fastest man on planet earth couldn’t catch me. Well, it’s all in my head. I guess that’s the power of my smoothie.

Guys, I hope you have a wonderful and spectacular day. As always, be kind to your loved ones as well as your beautiful palates.