THE BENIFITS OF DRINKING GREEN SMOOTHIES


Green smoothies may not look tasty, but it is extremely nutritious and beneficial to the body. It is easy to get your vitamins and nutrients in for the day. High in vitamin A and C.  Shopping  in your fridge for ingredients will save you time, money, and an unnecessary trip to the store. Green smoothies will help keep you hydrated throughout the day. Also, green smoothies are an excellent alternative to drinking fruit juices from the market that are loaded with sugar and other additives.Try  a GREEN SMOOTHIE  today, you just might like it. Don’t knock it until you TRY it.

GREEN TEA RECIPE


  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 3 green tea bags
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups sake, divided
  • 4 stalks lemongrass, for garnish

Preparation

  1. Combine mint leaves, tea bags, honey and boiling water. Let steep for 5 minutes; remove tea bags. Refrigerate until chilled. Divide among 4 large ice-filled glasses. Add 1/2 cup sake to each glass. Garnish with a stalk of lemongrass.  Non-alcoholic variation: Omit the sake.

VEGGIE BURGER


  • 4 sun-dried tomatoes,  (not packed in oil)       
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth, or water
  • 1/2 cup millet, rinsed  (see Ingredient note)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cups lightly packed baby spinach, stems trimmed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Olive Ketchup, optional  (recipe follows)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 2/3 cup fine dry breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 7 whole-wheat English muffins, or whole-wheat buns
  • Arugula & sliced tomatoes, for garnish
  1. Place sun-dried tomatoes in a small saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let soak until softened, about 30 minutes. Drain and finely chop; set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, bring broth (or water) to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir in millet and salt; return to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until the millet is tender and liquid is absorbed, 25 to 30 minutes. Let stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork; transfer to a plate to cool to room temperature, about 20 minutes.
  3. While the millet cooks, heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until softened and light brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Gradually stir in spinach; cover and cook, stirring, until the spinach is wilted, 30 to 60 seconds. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Transfer to a plate; let cool for about 10 minutes.
  4. Prepare Olive Ketchup, if using.
  5. Place the millet in a food processor and pulse to mix lightly. Add the spinach mixture and pulse until coarsely chopped. Transfer to a large bowl; stir in the feta, basil, breadcrumbs, pepper and the reserved sun-dried tomatoes; mix well.
  6. With dampened hands, form the mixture into seven 1/2-inch-thick patties, using about 1/2 cup for each.
  7. Using 2 teaspoons oil per batch, cook 3 to 4 patties at a time in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until browned and heated through, about 4 minutes per side. Toast English muffins (or buns). Garnish the burgers with arugula, tomatoes and Olive Ketchup, if desired.

NATURAL HAIRSTYLES YOU CAN ROCK WHILE EXERCISING


These are low maintenance  hairstyles :

  1.  Two- strand twist styles are excellent for workouts.  This style will survive the most intensive exercise routines.  If you aren’t comfortable with sweaty hair, pre-poo hair with inexpensive conditioner and let hair air dry. SIMPLE.
  2. Afro- puffs are great with a nice headband.
  3. Flat twists can be worn for a week before shampooing.
  4. Braids with extensions added  will last for 6-8 weeks.  Depending how much you sweat during exercise, cleanse your scalp with sea breeze  and oil afterwards.
  5. Consider getting  LOCS. Very low maintenance.
  6. Fake ponytails added to your hair. The hair supply stores have different textures that will blend with your hair texture.
  7. Cornrows  will lasts for a week or more if  synthetic hair is is added to your hair.

NO EXCUSES FOR GETTING YOUR WORKOUT ON IF YOU ARE ROCKING  NATURAL HAIR LADIES!!!

The Benefits of Being Yourself


It’s been said that “God don’t make no mistakes”. If ever there was a true statement, this would be one.

So if The Creator doesn’t make mistakes, then why do so many act as though they are just that? It’s because they have

succumbed to lie that if they don’t look, act or believe a certain way than they are not acceptable or good enough.

This belief usually leads to a person getting in lock step with what is popular versus what is right and fulfilling to the individual.

In turn people who are not strong enough to be themselves, overtime live their lives according to what’s best for them as determined by others.

That’s why it is critical that we be true to ourselves and do what we personally desire to do, as long as what we want to do is non destructive, morally correct

and rewarding.

It takes courage to be yourself. Especially if doing so causes a person to run the risk of being out of “the loop’ and outside of the group. But remember, happiness

is the true reward. Our level of happiness is determined by our level of fulfillment that we experience on our jobs, in our relationships and other important areas of our lives.

In addition to our personal satisfaction, we must remember that others are watching and waiting to see if we are going to be true to ourselves or not. When we do we provide

inspiration and courage to the timid to rock that new natural, go vegetarian, wear white in winter, start a family after 40 or commit other harmless forms of human expression.

So go ahead and thumb your nose at unreasonable conformity. Stop being afraid of rocking the boat. At the end of this life have no regrets or apologies for being yourself.

For it is better to have lived a life that you loved living, than to have not lived it at all. Enjoy!

Clarence Thomas, Jr. is the founder of Visionary Communications. The company specializes in public and media relations, strategic marketing, freelance journalism, photography and event planning. He is also the supportive, loving husband of the creator of this blog site. Contact Clarence at thomas4111@cox.net or thomasjr63@gmail.com