Delicata “Squashes” all others.

Oh hello there folks! Happy holidays. 

I have been meaning to save future blog entries for nasty and rainy days.  Today it gorgeous. 60 and sunny in Portland. A bit odd but I’ll take it. 

 

Today I want to talk about one of my favorite autumn/winter vegetables.  the one and only…. DELICATA SQUASH!
As you can see in the picture the squash has a yellow and green rigged outside skin and orange skin inside like a sweet potato.  When roasted at a high temp, I think the skin is one of my favorite things.

It’s meatier than your average summer squash.  They are also easier to handle than a thick skinned squash like an acorn.  

Four easy steps to fall in love with this squash.

1. Wash and cut long ways.

2. Gut Seeds. ( I use a spoon to carve it out.)

3. Rub on EVOO, salt and pepper.

4. Roast at 425 until golden and just tender. Fork Tender.

 

This tasty guy has quite a bit to offer. Not only is this squash rich in beta carotene, but it’s great natural source of fiber and potassium. It is also a great alternative to a potato. Sub this squash for you next meal!Image

Flex for Flax!

Ah yes.  The beautiful NW is working on her make over for her big season of sun. We had a couple nice days in the 60s last week.  It has turned back into cold and rainy.  I am excited for the farmer’s market to start back up in a few weeks.  This winter is flying by.

Let’s talk flax seeds, shall we?
This nutty flavored power seed is packed with essential omega 3’s.  The same omegas found in salmon. The flax plant has been around since the stone ages.
They are available in most grocery stores and sold as an oil, seed or powder and look similar to sesame seeds. It’s best to keep the oil in your fridge because it is perishable.
Studies have shown they the most effective way to ingest the benefit is in a cold pressed oil form so that’s where we’ll concentrate our energy.

SUPER FLAX!
Flaxseeds are rich in alpha linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fat that is a precursor to the form of omega-3 found in fish oils called EPA.  It is a alternative to fish oils because of contamination in the seas.  It’s just a healthier option.
Flax is a anti-inflammatory which counteracts the not so favored Omega-6 that most Americans consume. (Omega-6 is found in animal fats and margarine and most fryer oils). Omega-3 is great for people suffering from asthma, arthritis, migraine headaches, and osteoporosis.

Oh the benefits are great and many… Here is a list of other wonderful reasons to consume the flax.

  • bone health
  • protects against cancer and diabetes
  • hacks away at health disease
  • helps control blood pressure
  • fiber rules!
  • say no to prostate cancer
  • reduces hot flashes (phew, it’s hot in here)
  • fear not dry eyes, flax oil is here

Flax is also rich in essential minerals including  manganese, vitamin b1, magnesium, tryptophan, copper and phosphorus.

Speaking of fiber, be sure to take correct amount otherwise you’ll be hanging out on the toilet all afternoon. Yikes. Also, there is very little information available for pregnant women ingesting flax. I’d consult with your doctor or holistic physician.

HOW SHOULD I ‘FLAX’?
Add a cap full of flax to your morning smoothie  or oatmeal.  Try using flax seeds in your next batch of muffins.

It is NOT recommended to use as a cooking or frying oil.

A detox graduate.

I made it. 21 days. It was technically Monday but haven’t had a chance to update my blog.
I have been continuing to eat about 2/3 raw. I am tying to ween myself back onto cooked foods. It’s been a little bit more difficult than I thought. Who knew that cooked foods could straining on your intestines over time?

I haven’t introduced milk quite yet. Im a little weary of it at this time. Getting back on the bread has caused a little distress on my stomach. I hope it’s nothing to worry about. I LOVE my gluten foods. I’ll try gluten for a few more days and then lay off of it.. We will see.
Well good night folks!

Day 11!

Howdy ya’ll! I am feeling bad ass. I just had my couple glasses of water and breakfast.  My meal was some raw buckwheat granola, strawberries and a kiwi. I am getting comfortable with this raw thing.  I definitely still miss a PB&J sandwich but i know i will have it again soon.  I’m gonna do it.  I’m gonna go for a full 21 days.

The meals have been working out just fine.  It gets a little awkward in social situations.  I would love to go grab coffee, food or a beer with my buddies but it’s not happening… at least for another 10 days.   I just eat before I leave the house.

I have always slept well but lately I have been waking up naturally and not needing a caffeine boost to function.  That is nice and could save me a couple bucks in the future.🙂

I’m about to take ol’ yeller for a hike.

More updates to follow.

Thanks for reading everyone… even if it isn’t about fun food nutrition.  I hope I inspire at least one person to eat something raw today.

Day 7

***Update! I just sprouted some quinoa betches! First raw grain… or.. seed. Whatever is it.

 

Day 7. I started feeling content and full on day 4 and 5. The dissatisfaction usually kicks in around 3 or 4 in the afternoon.  A snack doesn’t curve it and it’s too early for dinner.

My body feels physically great. I am not mentally tired despite the overcast skies. I AM feeling a little weaker though. Just a little more winded than usually.

I do feel slight I am irritable today.  No reason.  Just am.

My tastebuds have enhanced a bit.  Seriously, there is nothing better than an avocado with thinly sliced red onions and cucumbers.  SO good.

I marinated some zucchini and mushrooms for dinner.  I’ll probably eat them wrapped up in some kale.

Day 7

Day 7. I started feeling content and full on day 4 and 5. The dissatisfaction usually kicks in around 3 or 4 in the afternoon.  A snack doesn’t curve it and it’s too early for dinner.  

My body feels physically great. I am not mentally tired despite the overcast skies. I AM feeling a little weaker though. Just a little more winded than usually.

  I do feel slight I am irritable today.  No reason.  Just am.

My tastebuds have enhanced a bit.  Seriously, there is nothing better than an avocado with thinly sliced red onions and cucumbers.  SO good.  

I marinated some zucchini and mushrooms for dinner.  I’ll probably eat them wrapped up in some kale.

Day 4 update

Day 4 of the raw detox! It’s been interesting. Sarah and I have been force with getting creative with our foods. Oh did I mention she is trying it out too?
Let’s see.. A lot of collard greens, kale, carrots, cashews and other raw things.
Today I have been struggling with the water consumption. It is only 5:30 so there is plenty of time to drink up.

I had a slight headache Tuesday night and having a harder time feeling “full”.
I blame it on my brain. I am definitely stuffing my face with fruits and veggies yet my brain is signaling a carb panic.
The cravings aren’t too unbearable. I know it’s all mental.
Overall I am feeling pretty good. Energized and charged up!