Hi everyone and please click on the title of this post to read more. Welcome back to school and work as usual in 2009. Well, you may be wondering why I posted a photo of myself from the summer with my son on his first day of Kindergarten on my site. I’m not going to lie; I stumbled upon this photo when my husband was uploading some photos from our camera. I was struck by how healthy I look, compared to my pasty white and bloated winter evil twin. The photo made me think about how I take care of myself more when I am feeling like I am healthy and looking good. It can’t be just me, can it?
If we try to begin our day in a healthy fashion such as exercising or planning to exercise, eating a healthy breakfast like a green shake (recipe on the blog), wearing a flattering outfit, putting Morrocan Oil Hair Product on our otherwise frizzy, curly hair (thanks for the tip, Jocelyn), and being positive and grateful in our everyday interactions, we may be more inclined to continue our healthy behaviors like cooking homemade, healthy meals. It is all too human to wallow in the negatives of our life and let negativity take over but it is also human to want to build on the positives if we have a foundation of positives upon which to build.
So, let’s get moving in 2009 and start building that foundation with some healthy, homemade food. If you need some inspiration to get started, watch Bailie with her new tools in the video below-it’s a beautiful thing.
The following is a Babaganoush recipe that I created and served for our friends today at a reunion for my husband’s Grad school buddies. It is a great snack to add to our repertoire when we may otherwise try to reach for a bag of Doritos or Oreos. Yes, I did serve it alongside the jalapeno popper dip made with artery clogging butter and cream cheese, but at least there were some healthy options for those of us with risk factors. Here it is, Julie!:
Eggplant Dip ( Babaganoush)
3 Medium sized eggplants,split in 1/2, laid on parchment paper over a cookie sheet and covered with tin foil. Roasted for about one hour at 475 degrees
2 TBS Joya Brand Tahini (sold at most supermarkets)
2 TBS Olive oil
2 pinches of salt
1 clove of garlic
1 TBS lemon juice
Remove eggplant from skin with your hands or a spoon and puree with all the other ingredients until smooth. Add more salt or other ingredients if you wish.