RULE: Crowd Out

Salmon

If you’re like me, forcing myself to eat salads or fish, results in me NOT wanting salads and fish. (And then my eating lots of other things I enjoy because I’d felt I’d been depriving myself of them.)  Opting to eat something “because I know I should” robs you of the delicious meal experience.  Sound strange?

It’s like if your mom sets you up on a date with someone who could actually be quite fantastic, but because your mom suggested it, the guy has about the same chance as me becoming the starting center for the Trail Blazers.

But when you opt to eat something because you FEEL GOOD when you eat it, or because you know the ingredients make you look younger and sleep better, it gets a little easier.  And if you allow yourself to have what you really want (maybe it’s ranch dressing on the salad or butter on the broccoli) it’s all the more in enjoyable.

So, please don’t deprive yourself.  Just ADD healthy items to your plate.  A little wild-caught fish here, some extra greens there.  Sub quinoa for rice, and olive oil and lemon for dressing and OVER time you’ll CROWD OUT the “junk” for clean, good, cancer-kicking, weight-blasting foods. Because YOU WANT to, not because you have to.

RECIPE: Hemp Seed Pesto

Love Pesto? Is it weird to want to rub fresh basil leaves all over me? That fragrance, so crisp and clean.  I can’t help but pause and sniff it in once I’ve plucked off a fresh leaf.  But, I digress…

Pesto…it’s not just for pasta!  Make some to smear on sandwiches instead of mustard or mayo, scramble it in eggs, add a dollop to a cracker with a smidgeon of salmon, or smother it on shrimp or chicken.

A client recently sent me a clever recipe for kale and hemp seed pesto, that I reworked to retain my friend, basil.  This is a great option for folks with nut allergy!

Hemp Seeds are a protein rich superfood! Basil is an alkaline cancer-fighter, garlic lowers cholesterol and keep vampires away (2 birds, on stone) and lemon helps detoxify!

Hemp Heart Pesto

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup Hemp Seeds (hemp hearts)

1 Garlic clove, chopped or pressed

2 cups Basil, chopped

2 Tbsp lemon juice

1/4 cup Olive Oil

Sea Salt and ground Pepper to Taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a blender combine the above ingredients; start with hemp seeds and garlic, add basil , lemon juice and spices, finish with olive oil.  Use a spatula to scrape in to glass container for storage.

Makes about 1/2 cup (which is a lot of pesto!) Store what you don’t use immediately in a jar in fridge for a week or so. Freeze what you won’t use in near future. Or use as a facial masque. (not really…though maybe?)

RECIPE: Salmon and Quinoa Salad

Whether Steelhead, Coho, or Sockeye,

This Salmon Salad is a “MUST TRY”.

Phenomenal Health benefits from leafy greens:

Anti-aging, cancer-prevention and healthier spleens*!

Savory seasoning to suit your palate,

if you like-a da’ spice, up you can dial it!

Quinoa (“keen-wah”) is a healthy grain,

It’s good for your waistline and packed with protein!

Salmon Quinoa Salad

Let’s keep this simple:

Grill, bake or buy a cooked piece of salmon or wild fish or humanely-treated meat of your choice.

Add 1 cup Quinoa to 2 cups boiling water, add a bouillon cube or spices of your choice (thyme, sea salt, ground pepper, basil) cook on medium-low heat x ~ 10 minutes, until water is gone.

Cover dinner plate with arugula (or green of your choice)

Scoop out desired amount of cooked quinoa and place atop arugula.

Place deliciously prepared (or purchased) fish atop quinoa

Drizzle with lemon, basaltic vinegar and olive oil or your favorite dressing, if you prefer.

*I don’t know a scientific study based on greens’ impact specifically to the spleen, however every organ and cell is likely to benefit from nutrient dense foods like leafy greens.