Category Archives: SOUP: Water and Vegetables

God’s Gatorade (part 2)

Most fruits and vegetables are 80-90% water, so they help hydrate your body as well as fill it with vitamins and nutrients. Here are three more highly hydrating snacks to quench your cravings.

035Field Irrigation: Watermelon and sunflower seeds. Sweet and salty, this snack satisfies both cravings. Just make sure you pay attention to which seeds you eat and which you spit.

 

036Mediterranean Berries: Greek yogurt and berries. Fill a small plastic container with Greek yogurt and add a few tablespoons of frozen raspberries, blueberries, or strawberries and your snack is ready to travel without refrigeration.

 

037newCooling Waters: Cucumber smoothie. Blend a peeled and de-seeded cucumber with fruit and milk. Refreshing, sweet, and a great way to consume the bounty of a too-prolific cucumber plant in your summer garden.

 

Therefore do not let your good be spoken of as evil;  for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.   Romans 14:16,17 (NIV)

God’s Gatorade (part 1)

What hydrates your body better than water? Better than sports drinks? Vegetables!

Most vegetables are 90% water or more and they contain natural sugars, amino acids, mineral salts, and vitamins. This combination does for your body what sports drinks advertise, but without chemicals. At 97% water content, cucumbers are God’s Gatorade.

Studies show that the food you eat provides 20% of the water your body needs each day. When you snack on vegetables, you get hydration, restocking of the minerals, acids, and vitamins your body needs, and fiber to move along what your body doesn’t need. Add a little protein to that snack and it’ll keep the energy flowing for hours.

Here are some super-hydrating protein-packed super-snacks. Any fruit or vegetable is going to have at least 75% water content, but the ones listed in these snacks are at least 90% water:

 

032The Aqueduct: celery with nut butter. This crunchy nutty combination is not just for kids. Let the water and protein flow.

 

033Muddle the Puddle: hummus and cucumber slices. Hummus comes in a variety of flavors to keep things interesting as well as hydrated.

 

034Bell Pepper Boats: half a bell pepper boat filled with tuna salad. This can be a snack, or two boats can be lunch. Easy to take on the go and they store well.

 

 

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6 (NIV)

Beverage Math

037newYou’ve probably seen Beverage Math on just about every weight loss episode of any talk show for the past ten years. An overweight guest stares hopefully at the host as s/he pulls up a power point slide showing that if the overweight guest stops drinking soda (or “pop” or “Coke” if you’re not a nor’easter), s/he will lose ten pounds in a year. I’ve always been envious of those guests and their Soda Math. Stop drinking soda and lose ten pounds?! That would be so easy! Easy for me because I only drink soda a few times a year.

My envy ended when it occurred to me that while I may not have a Soda Math situation going on, I do have Coffee Math: I take my coffee on par with melted coffee ice cream. Whether I add half and half, milk, creamer, sugar, or a combination of them all, each mug for me averages 100 calories apiece. And I drink it like that twice a day. Ready for the Coffee Math?

2014 Aug transformers 043One pounds = 3,500 calories. So 200 calories of coffee per day x 365 days per year = 20.8 pounds. Twenty pounds in one year simply by switching to black coffee. That would be so easy!

But I love creamy coffee. I don’t want to drink it black.

But twenty pounds? I want to lose twenty pounds.

What if I drank creamatose coffee once a day and black coffee once a day? That’s ten pounds in one year and twenty pounds in two. And I can still start my morning with creamy sweet caffeine.

When we drink our calories, we tend to savor them less than the calories we chew. I’m not saying that we should only ever drink water and water-calorie equivalents (black coffee, unsweetened tea, etc); I’m just saying that we should do our own personal Beverage Math. We all have that one drink we’d rather not give up. So don’t give it up. Cut it in half if you need to, but savor every drop.

“Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”” John 4:13-14

What Kind of Water is Best for Weight Loss?

The wet kind!

Most things you consume in a liquid state will keep you hydrated; some just have extra benefits or extra pitfalls that come with them. For example, juice has all of the vitamins and sugar found in fruit, but none of the fiber and mandatory chewing that slows down calorie consumption.

So here’s a quick 4 question quiz to see if you know how to keep your body hydrated and on the track to good health! I’ve included a few hints to help you along the way.

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1. What percent of your body is water?
a. 30% like a gila monster after a day in the desert sun.
b. 60% One man actually lost 25 pounds of water weight in 48 hours to “prove” that scales are useless. That’s approaching gila monster humidity and he was promptly rushed off to get an IV drip.
c. 90% like a jellyfish.

water glasses2. How many ounces (total) of water should you drink each day?
a. 8 ounces – your blindingly bright yellow or orange colored pee should tell you that this is not the correct answer. Bad blog reader, bad! Most water bottles aren’t even that small.
b. 8 8 ounce glasses – correct, but don’t be lazy, do the math.
c. 64 ounces. Correct! (8oz x 8 glasses = 64) That’s 8 cups of water, or 4 pints, or 2 quarts or one half gallon, or three hours sipping at a water fountain. (I’m glad fountains exist, but when you’re thirsty, they’re maddeningly slow to drink from. Some sort of wall hose would be preferable.)

coffee3. Which of the following beverages count towards your 64 ounces?
a. Coffee and tea. It’s water with natural brown food coloring. Don’t believe me? Check out this myth-busting research.
b. Juice and lemonade. It’s still mostly water, just watch the sugar intake. Sip and savor, but save the chugging for water.
c. Soda. Nope, not even close. It’s liquid, but your body has to use all the water it contains to flush out all of the chemicals it also contains, so you end up not hydrated.

4. Which of the following are benefits of drinking enough water?
a. Flushing out toxins. This is obviously good, right? No commentary needed? Why am I still typing?
b. Energized muscles. Not feeling up for a little exercise? Drink some water; dehydration causes muscle fatigue.
c. Hydrated skin that looks good. Eat your heart out, Maybelline! Moisturizers create a barrier that helps keep moisture in your skin, but if the moisture isn’t coming from the inside out, that barrier is ineffective.

Two footnotes:
drop1. If you need an answer key, leave a comment and I’ll contact you; I have some magic beans I’d like to sell you.
2. Gila monsters have more like 70% water in their bodies, not 30%, but they LOOK so darn dry! And in the dry months they survive by not urinating for months. Gross, but so very cool too. The point is, you are not a gila monster. Raise your glass and drink up! A toast to your health!

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14

 

Images are from:

http://www.volusia.org/services/public-works/water-resources-and-utilities/

https://beccasbyline.wordpress.com/2011/09/

http://diabetesdailypost.com/learn-why-you-need-to-drink-8-glasses-of-water-per-day/

http://savenaturesavehuman.blogspot.com/2012/05/gila-monster.html

http://www.precisionnutrition.com/coffee-and-hormones

Eating Colorfully in the New Year

20180106_152344This New Year my desire to set lofty goals didn’t last past January 2nd. “Meh,” I shrugged, “I don’t feel like it.” Then I noticed what was bringing me joy in the kitchen and I came up with a resolution I can get excited about: I resolve to eat colorfully this winter. (Yes, I said winter, not year. Realism is key when setting goals, right? One season at a time.)

When outside it’s white as snow or dull brown dreary, it cheers me up to cook and eat colorful things. I first noticed it when I came across cold-pressed organic canola oil. I wasn’t so excited about the organic part as I was about the color: bright yellow, just like the rapeseed flowers it’s made from. Every time I pull it out of the cabinet, it makes me smile. It’s beautiful. It’s that same feeling that made me want to eat Playdoh as a kid.

20180106_122613I got excited the first time my Mom showed me purple cauliflower (she was excited too). When I found purple and pink potatoes, it made chopping feel more fun.  Orange or yellow tomatoes make a salad seem exotic. The list goes on! There are more colorful foods to discover, so it’s a good thing I eat every day.

Studies show that colorful foods have important vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in them. It’s good for me and it makes me happy? Now that’s a resolution I can keep.

 

We write this to make our joy complete. 1 John 1:4

 

Eat More Vegetables with VISIBLE VEGETABLES™!

Eating vegetables is important, but how can you be sure you’re eating enough of them? New from the makers of VISIBLE WATER™ come VISIBLE VEGETABLES™! VISIBLE VEGETABLES™ are nutritious, delicious, and naturally inspire the hand to mouth motion that guarantees VISIBLE VEGETABLES™ will end up in your stomach where they belong.

placereadytoeatveggiesVISIBLE VEGETABLES™ are easy to use! Simply place VISIBLE VEGETABLES™ on a table or kitchen counter or inside a lunchbox or cooler and watch them disappear! As you pass by VISIBLE VEGETABLES™, your hands will automatically reach for the bright colors and cool textures. You’ll enjoy hours of happy crunching!

Don’t settle for invisible vegetables that cower in refrigerator drawers and plastic containers. You deserve vegetables that are VISIBLE™!

VISIBLE VEGETABLES™ come in a rainbow of colors like Red Pepper, Orange Potato, Yellow Squash, Green Spinach, and Purple Eggplant! You can match your dinner to your outfit, your table setting, or your mood ring.

VISIBLE VEGETABLES™ provides bowel-cleansing, disease preventing fiber and health-promoting vitamins and nutrients! Add VISIBLE WATER™ for an extra health boost!

packaged veggiesVISIBLE VEGETABLES™ come in two nifty varieties: Pre-Prepped™ and DIY™!

Enjoy our Pre-Prepped option straight from the store. Dine on carrot sticks, bites sized peppers, and ready-to-sauté zucchini, mushrooms, onion, and more! VISIBLE VEGETABLES Pre-Prepped™ are even available in easy-serve party trays for family snacking.

VISIBLE VEGETABLES™ also offers handy Do It Yourself kits for the adventurous consumers. VISIBLE VEGETABLES DIY™ comes complete with vegetable peeler, paring knife, and a variety of whole vegetables like carrots, celery, bell peppers, and zucchini. Simply peel, chop, see, and eat!

IMG_5283VISIBLE VEGETABLES™ are great for night binging in front of the television and mindless munching during long car rides. VISIBLE VEGETABLES™ are portable, eco-friendly, filling, and satisfying. Display your VISIBLE VEGETABLES™ today and feel the benefits!

VISIBLE VEGETABLES™: If you see them, you eat them!

Don’t forget to try VISIBLE VEGETABLES for KIDS™! They stop the “I’m hungry! When’s dinner?” mantra. Plug those complaining mouths with growth promoting goodness!

 

“For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible.” Colossians 1:16a

 

Images courtesy of: (veggies in container) https://celebrate.hy-vee.com/Health/articles/25936/11-ways-to-eat-more-fruits-and-vegetables.aspx, (packaged veggies) http://www.foodprocessing-technology.com/projects/himalaya-food/himalaya-food2.html, (DIY kit) Katie Robles

God’s Gatorade (part 2)

Most fruits and vegetables are 80-90% water, so they help hydrate your body as well as fill it with vitamins and nutrients. Here are three more highly hydrating snacks to quench your cravings.

035Field Irrigation: Watermelon and sunflower seeds. Sweet and salty, this snack satisfies both cravings. Just make sure you pay attention to which seeds you eat and which you spit.

 

036Mediterranean Berries: Greek yogurt and berries. Fill a small plastic container with Greek yogurt and add a few tablespoons of frozen raspberries, blueberries, or strawberries and your snack is ready to travel without refrigeration.

 

037newCooling Waters: Cucumber smoothie. Blend a peeled and de-seeded cucumber with fruit and milk. Refreshing, sweet, and a great way to consume the bounty of a too-prolific cucumber plant in your summer garden.

 

Therefore do not let your good be spoken of as evil;  for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.   Romans 14:16,17 (NIV)