RANT: Airplane Seats

airplane seats

Is it me or could there be more ergonomic airplane seats? Who designed these frigging things? Unless you are 6’3″, the headrest thrusts the back of your head forward, forcing your chin toward your chest like you are monitoring your cleavage.  While I so enjoy the jolting head bobbing that goes on when I hit deep REM’s on a plane,  I have often wished I could somehow unscrew my head and put it in my lap for the flight’s duration–that’d allow for some serious zzzz’s.  Realizing it’s unlikely I’d ever be able to safely unscrew my head and, upon landing, re-attach it effectively,  as a frequent flier, I had to take action.

And by the way, neck “pillows” don’t work– I’ve tried them all–whether it’s a $20 u-shaped bean bag or the inflatable kind (even a turgid pre-inevitable slow leak).

My husband thought it absurd when I asked him to get me a c-spine collar, you know the type they put on patients with a neck injury.  But I was snoring like an 80-year-old in a rocking chair when I donned that thing on a transcontinental flight; and then again on a transatlantic flight.  Once I got over the fact that it felt as if I was feigning injury, I slept like a hibernating bear.  Plus the chin support keeps your mouth from open mouth breathing on your seat-mate.  Which I kind of miss.

I’m telling you, if I could think of a clever name and make the c-collar look a little sexier, I’d never have an uncomfortable flight again, because A) I’d have on my “Neck-Mate” and B) I’d be traveling on my own jet, paid for by all the “Neck-Mate” profits.  Plus I’d be banking REM’s,

Is it pertinent to include this rant in a healthy nutrition blog? Um, yes. Do you make healthier choices when you’ve slept well? You’re gosh darn right you do!

RECIPE: Kale, Ginger and Pineapple Smoothie

Planes are a funny thing.  You can get stuck with 5 hours of elbow wrestling a hairy, super-sized, deodorant-boycotting beast or you can meet the most interesting people.

Luckily for me, my last flight landed me not only in the bulkhead, just inches from first class, but next to a recently showered, lovely girl, who was just visiting her violinist boyfriend, who plays his stringed instrument on a cruise line.

Having seen the shattered screen on my phone  (damage sustained by dropping my phone while texting my husband that I had just stepped in dog-poo) she offered the helpful advice of a place that replaces iphone screens quickly and affordably.  She also offered up this smoothie recipe, with which she turbocharges her health each morning. Thanks Melanie!

pineapple smoothie

3 kale leaves with stalks

2 cups ice

1 cup water

1 squeezed lemon

1/2-1 banana

1 cup pineapple juice (I sub frozen 1 1/2 cup pineapple cubes and 1/2 cup water for both ice and pineapple juice)

2-4 slices of shaved ginger (more or less based on your taste)

2 tsp Stevia (I sub honey, because of it’s healing properties)

Mix together in a blender and feel your cells de-aging!

 

 

photo stolen from crunkish.com

1, 2, 3 DETOX CHALLENGE

Detox Meal Plan Challenge

detox

Many of us have a few extra lbs to shed and most of us could stand to clean up our diet.

I’ve created the following Detox Meal Plan Challenge to get “right” this Spring. It consists of a toxin-free, dairy-free, alcohol-free, caffiene-free, gluten-free, low-fat, low-carb, alkaline, vegetarian, vegan**, macrobiotic*, kosher, REAL FOOD diet.  So all are welcome! And, it’s as easy as easy as 1, 2, 3!

My Goal is to maintain it for 30 days…I will also be taking a detox supplement 3 x day

Throughout the day enjoy a total of up to 1, 2, and 3 of the following:

Choose 1  smoothie

NUTTY BUDDY

3 Tbsp almond butter

1 cup almond milk

1/2 banana
1 cup spinach
(1 tsp maca powder–optional)
(1 Tbsp chia seeds—optional)

HEALTH KICK:

1 cucumber
1 clementine
1 celery stalk
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
(1/4 tsp cayenne–optional)
(3 large basil leaves–optional)

BERRY BLAST:

1 cup frozen berries
1 cup almond milk
1 zucchini
1 cup kale or spinach
1 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp honey

Choose 2 of following:
sweet potato* (technically unless you eat it raw or slow cook it at less than 116 degrees, it’s not raw/macrobiotic)

1 green apple (low glycemic index)

1 orange

1 avocado

1 cup berries

 

Choose 3 of following:
hard boiled egg* * (animal product, vegans omit this option)

1/2 cup walnuts, almonds or sunflower seeds

1/2 cup beans

large leafy green salad containing greens + any vegetables listed below (dressing must be from list)

1 cup cucumbers

3 celery stalks

chopped onion

1 cup mushrooms

1 red, yellow, or green pepper

Beverages (at least 100 ounces daily):
water
hot green tea

RECIPE: Quick Grab Mini Quiches

Do you know the Muffin Man? He’s quite rotund. So fill your muffin pans with something healthier, tasty and custom made!

These mini quiches are great to grab and go! And they keep for several days in the fridge.

Nosh on these instead of a high sugar ‘protein’ bars!

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Whisk together 6 eggs and a Tbsp of filtered water.  Add a dash (~ tsp) of salt and pepper to taste, and a Tbsp of milk or olive oil if you like.   Then choose your green, choose your cheese from list below, or add you own combination (add onions, mushrooms, hot sauce, ham, tofu or bacon if you like)

2 cups of your green and 2 cups of the cheese you choose:

Spinach + Cheddar

Arugula + Parmesean

Green Peppers + Feta

Chives + GoatCheese

Broccoli + Mozzarella

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5-6 small eggs

1/4 chopped red onion

2 cups chopped greens

1/2 cups cheese

1 Tbsp water + optional olive oil or milk

1 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp pepper

Pour mixed concoction into a lightly greased 12 muffin pan

Bake on 350 for 30 minutes, then let cool for 10 minutes, if you can stand the wait!

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Photos ganked from thekitchn.com and mandyeats.com

RANT: The Horse and the Donkey

1848R-318272That title makes it sound like this is going to be a pretty funny blog.  Well, it’s not.

It’s actually quite sad.  This blogspot is a glance at the different eating habits of the two animals.  I could have most or all of the details mixed up, but I’m pretty sure I remember my mother telling me, that if you were to leave an entire week’s worth of oats for a horse to eat it will eat it all at once and become sick and its stomache can twist around on itself and the horse can even die from it. It’s called founder. I think.

The donkey however, can be given its entire week’s worth of food, and it will parse it out as needed.

Just comparing the stereotype of a virile, athletic, powerful horse vs the clown-like donkey, you’d think it would be the reverse… 

Although you do hear (at least I do, often, usually as I’m wolfing down my meals) “She eats like a horse!”

I wish I were a donkey.  But until then, Could someone help me with this feebag?

RECIPE: Ice-Coffee, Banana and Almond Butter Smoothie

spiach smoothie 

This should be called: You’re not gonna believe this tastes this good Smoothie

In a Blender (or Vitamix) Combine:

1/2 cup -1 cup milk (Cow, Almond, Hemp–your call–these days I’m using hemp milk, because it’s a superfood and seriously delicious)
1/2 cup ice (just a handful really)
1/4 cup coffee beans or grounds
1/2 banana
1 cup spinach (trust me, you wont taste it! quit doubting and get your greens on!)
1 Tbsp (heaping tablespoon) of almond butter (optional)
1/2-1 tsp sweetener of choice (I use honey, agave  or a splash of Oregon Chai tea mix)
dash or two of cinnamon

 If I called this a coffee and spinach smoothie, you wouldn’t try it, but it is seriously good—as with all my smoothie recipes, tweak it to how you like it.  More milk less sweetener, more almond butter less coffee. Do your thang!

(photo stolen from Joy the Baker)