Mean, Green, Eating Machine [July 22]


Hello everyone! I hope you enjoyed your bounty last week, all those leafy greens and juicy strawberries.

This week you will be receiving one head of a sunflower, and you know what that means? ….. You can roast your own seeds!

You can tell when a sunflower is ready to be harvested by a few signs:

  • The back of the head will have turned brown, and look very dry.
  • The leaves will look shriveled and many will have fallen off.
  • The seed shells will be black and white striped, and very full looking.

When is comes to roasting the seeds, it couldn’t be easier. Check out this great step-by-step recipe (with pictures!) to learn how to roast them,  salted or unsalted.

Anyone out there have a peanut allergy? Try making your own sunflower seed butter! It is a great replacement for healthy protein and fats, and does not take much time at all.

And let’s not forget about our friends the birds, who enjoy sunflower seeds almost as much as we do.

To make your own wild bird food, follow this simple recipe:

  • 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup cracked corn
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter

Mix these ingredients in a bowl, fill up your feeder and they’ll come flocking. Also, check out this premium bird food recipe with even more ingredients birds love… including worms!

 

CARROTS: delicious, crunchy and mega healthy. Studies have shown that these guys are packed full of anti-oxidants and other nutrients that battle cardiovascular issues, cancer and can help maintain your vision. If you’re interested, see here for a more detailed breakdown of all the good carrots can do for you.

While carrots are delicious all by themselves, they give a great sweet flavor when added to other things… like smoothies. Here are just a few examples [taken from incrediblesmoothies.com] :

  • Carrot-Apricot Smoothie

2 apricots
1 apple
2 cups fresh baby spinach (or other leafy green)
2 whole carrots
1/2 cup water

Calories: 176 | Fat: 0.8g (grams) | Protein: 4.8g | Carbs: 43.7g | Calcium: 13% | Vitamin A: 453% | Vitamin C: 77%

  • Carrot-Mango Smoothie

1 mango
2 cups fresh baby spinach (or other leafy green)
2 whole carrots
1/2 cup water

Calories: 205 | Fat: 1g (gram) | Protein: 4.5g | Carbs: 52g | Calcium: 14% | Vitamin A: 458% | Vitamin C: 150%

  • Carrot-Apple Smoothie

2 whole carrots
1 apple
2 cups fresh baby spinach (or other leafy green)
½ cucumber
1/2 cup water

Calories: 164 | Fat: 0.7g (grams) | Protein: 4.8g | Carbs: 41.3g | Calcium: 15.5% | Vitamin A: 430% | Vitamin C: 72%

This week’s bounty includes more basil, which can enhance almost anything with its strong herb flavor.

Try adding this light and fresh salad to your lunch or dinner [taken from peta.org]:

1/2 large cucumber, peeled, quartered, and sliced
4 fresh tomatoes, quartered and sliced
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
3-4 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
Fresh cracked black pepper, as needed

  • Basil can also be used for many other purposes besides cooking, including soothing and healing.

I hope these recipes and tips work out for you all!

 “A healthy outside starts from the inside.” – R. Urich