Recipe for Summer Wellness

This week I seem to have caught a mild version of the plague, giving me lots of time to relax in bed, soul search, and consider my overall health.  In light of recent exam period, senior week, and my college graduation, I’m actually shocked that I am still standing (somewhat).  Alchohol, pizza, cheese, and chocolate have tipped the scale 6 lbs, My fitness goals have been set back by a shocking bacterial infection that has left me bed ridden for 5 days now, and I am ashamed to even check what my A1C currently is.  All in all, I’d say that something needs to be done differently.  My recipe for wellness is not only packed full of vitamins, but also satisfying enough to get a sick diabetic foodie back on track.

Recipe for Wellness:

Andalusian Gazpacho (Adapted from Yolanda’s recipe): When its winter and your sick, hot soup is the best cure, but what to do when its 85 out and sunny?

  1. Blend these ingredients in blender until smooth
  • 2 lbs very ripe tomatoes boiled and peeled (I used roma tomatoes…  less juice more meat)
  • 1 green pepper finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic peeled
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar (apple cider vinegar can be substituted)
  • 2/3 cup olive oil (I used more like 1/2 cup)
  • 2tsp salt
  1. Garnish with:
  • 1 small shallot chopped
  • 1 ripe tomato finely chopped
  • 1 green pepper finely chopped
  • 1 hardboiled egg
  • 2 oz. cucumber peeled and finely chopped

Banana Pear Smoothie: My cravings for milk were satisfied with almond milk, which is high in both protein and fiber, but doesn’t increase sinus congestion as milk does.

  1. Blend these ingredients in blender until smooth
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 pear
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1 hand full ice

Power Breakfast:  The morning is when your metabolism is in full swing, and as a diabetic I find that I am most insulin resistant first thing in the morning.  This means a low-carb high protein breakfast is usually my best option.  Eggs are also loaded by choline, which is a compound known to block fat absorption.

  • 2 egg whites, 1 egg
  • 1/4 onion
  • 1 tomato
  1. oil pan with a tsp of olive oil.  Saute onion and tomato and then scramble eggs.
  2. Serve on a piece of low carb high fiber bread (I buy Smart Carb #2 by Julian Bakery from Whole Foods) http://www.julianbakery.com/
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