I Almost Did Not Make It

This morning I woke up at five in the morning as usual.  I made my veggie juice and prepared breakfast.  Great! that was part of the plan.  When I came home this evening, I had dinner.  I did not make my veggie juice right away, as I wanted some time space between dinner and the juice.

I then started playing with my baby (he is a toddler already).  He wanted mom’s attention and after not seeing him during the day, it was only fair that we had some us time before his bedtime. We had some quality time and then he asked for milk and we headed to bed. As usual I stayed by his side until he fell asleep…and then I fell asleep too.

My body did not want to get up to make the veggie juice.  I did not want to get up.  But then I heard my inner voice telling me “get up and make your veggie juice.” And just like that, I got up, walked myself to the kitchen and made my carrot, celery, apple and lemon juice.  I am so glad I did. I almost did not make it, but my inner voice told me to and I knew it was the right thing to do. I’m glad I listened to my inner voice. When you know immediately it is the right thing to do, listen to your inner voice.

God bless you, with love,

Querin

Just Do it

Excuse me Nike if this phrase has been trade marked. My produces were delivered from Whole Foods this morning.  Immediately I got in the kitchen and cleaned my carrots, celeries, apples, etc.  Right after cleaning my produces, I prepped my veggie juice and drank it.  There was not much thinking; I just did it.

I know healthy eating is part of healthy living. I don’t have to overthink these things…making, drinking vegetable juices.  I feel good when I drink them.  I know my body is super happy when I drink them.  If my organs could speak and make gestures, I could imagine my digestive system, my kidney, my liver, my lymphatic system, smiling and saying “yes! this is what I need!”

Then why do I sometimes overthink drinking my veggie juice? I know part of it is that my palate craves the processed foods over the whole foods.  But I also know that when I have my produces ready in my fridge; when I prep my veggies in advance and they are ready to go in the blender or the juice extractor at any time, it’s much easier for me to just make the juice and drink it. If I have to clean the veggies each time I have to make a healthy veggie juice, there will be a lesser chance of me making the juice. So I’ve discovered that cleaning all the veggies before placing them in the fridge, will increase my chances of being successful on drinking, and eating my veggies.  Because when I come home tired, I have less steps to take to make my healthy drink.

Planning and prepping are keys to have execution. When execution happens, success is achieved. Then just repeat the process each time.

God Bless you, with love,

Querin

KALE AVOCADO SALAD

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Hello beautiful people – I hope you’ve had a beautiful day.  When I opened my fridge today, I found this gorgeous green and crispy kale in it.  My appetite opened up.  I took the whole thing and prepared me this bowl of kale-Avocado salad.  I ate the whole bowl at once.  I know that my digestive system is thanking me for that; Kale has digestive enzymes which helps make digestion nice and easy.

Kale is an excellent source of carotenes, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and manganese.  It is a very good source of dietary fiber, as well as many minerals, including copper, iron, and calcium.  In addition it is a very good source of vitamins B1, B2 and E

Kale is an anticancer food and that makes it one of my favorite foods to eat — not because of the taste but because of what it does to your body.  Remember we eat for proper nutrition, not just for taste.  Kale has chlorophyl which allows the blood to transport oxygen to the cells, and brain in our body.

Oxygen is good for your body’s natural beauty.  Eating foods rich in chlorophyl such as kale and breathing properly will help us obtain the oxygen we need in our body.   All of your organs in your body and most of your cells need oxygen to function properly.  So do yourself a favor breath in/out deeply and consume foods that are rich in chlorophyl.

Do you now have a good reason to eat your greens, and specially to eat your Kale?

My Vitamix

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Good day beautiful people,

I just got my Vitamix!  I had wanted to get one for quite some time and I am excited that I finally got it.  Good quality kitchen tools are an investment for health.  I was able to prepare my smoothies in a regular blender.  But the reason I got a Vitamix is so that I can take making delicious healthy foods to the next level. With my Vitamix, I will now be able to blend harder veggies like beets and carrots, which can’t be done in a regular blender.  It comes with a seven-year warranty, a binder-book recipe, a manual, a dvd, and a book recipe with recipes from master chefs at the Culinary Institute of America.

I have said before that my kitchen is my laboratory where I prepare healthy foods.  I also find a special enjoyment when I make my own meals.  I prepare my meals with love and in addition to all the healing properties that the products I use may have, my meals also have the love I put in it.  I believe love is a key ingredient on any meal.

Have a lovely day,

Querin

 

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Iron Bar In Time Square – New York York City

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I left work at around 11:30pm, Tuesday night, June 17th. I took my usual E train and as usual got off on 42nd and 8th Ave.  As usual, I then take the bus and go straight home to West New York.  But this time I did not go straight home. I was hungry and so I walked to Kodama sushi, my favorite sushi restaurant. Unfortunately (or fortunately I should say), Kodama sushi was already close. But I was hungry and determined to find a place where I could eat something healthy and delicious at the same time.

I know that as a healthy eater, eating close to your bedtime is not ideal and definitely not recomended.  I regularly try to have my last meal three to four hours before my bedtime, however not tonight. Tonight I was hungry and wanted to eat. Since Kodama sushi was closed, it’s not like I had many options at this hours of the night (it was past midnight), but then again, I was in New York City—the city that never sleeps. I stepped into Iron Bar. Many times before I have passed by this place, yet I had never attempted to go in, but tonight I did. They serve food until 2 am. Yes, I know we are into healthy eating and not eating very late, but sometimes we eat late.

What was so special to me about this place, was that as soon as I walked in, Pierro, the host was so naturally hospitable. I am very critical of hospitality as it is my field of expertise. Pierro handed me a menu; I took a look at the options. I noticed that among their selection of dishes, they had some salads and gourmet pizza with smoke salmon. I wanted to eat some fish (that’s why I had originally headed to Kodama sushi), but I definitely did not want to eat pizza, especially at this late hours. So I asked Pierro if they could do a salad for me with the smoke salmon.  Pierro very kindly asked me which salad did I want and he even suggested one of the options—the beet salad.

Once I decided to go with his suggestion, he then introduced me to Jason, the restaurant manager. He asked Jason if they could make a special order for me. Jason shared this was the first time they were making this change (the salmon is only used on the pizza with smoked salmon), however, he did not hesitate and immediately sought to make the special order—the beet salad with the smoked Salmon.  Jason then had a server assist me to a table. When I received my salad, I was not disappointed. They exceeded my expectations.  This is one of the best salads I’ve ever eaten.  I also enjoyed the ambience of Iron bar; it is very inviting. The décor is an open floor plan with tall windows; wide doors that make you feel the outdoor is part of the indoor, and high ceiling. On the bar side, it has a series of TVs aligned for sports fans.

Thank you to the team at Iron Bar for accommodating my needs, to Pierro in particular for giving me such a warm welcome when I walked into the place.  I for sure will be back.

Thank you,

Querin

A healthy choice on the go

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When I’m strolling the city, NYC that is, I try to look for healthy choices meals. Le Pain Quotidien is a good option. This particular store is located on 70 West 40th Street ( between 6th and 5th Ave.) It is right across from Bryant Park. Their bread is gluten free and their ingredients are organic and of high quality.

Almond butter

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Ingredients:

-Organic raw almonds, organic first pressed cold olive oil, 1 clove of garlic, half or one lemon, sea salt to taste.

Directions:

-Place almonds in a glass container and let soak over night.  The next morning, peal the almonds.

-Place almonds in a food processor, add salt to taste, squeeze the lemon, add olive oil (you may keep adding as needed while processing in the food processor).

Keep processing until the almond reaches a paste like consistency.  Once done, place in a glass jar and keep refrigerated.  Use it as a spread on bread and crackers.  Eat to your health!

Enjoy!

Querin