I was watching a documentary on Netflix about the obesity problem in America. There was a scene with a mother and daughter discussing their difficulties with losing weight and their health problems that go along with it. They were sitting at a kitchen table talking about their struggles and I watched in disbelief as they pulled out a bottle of some sort of creamy dressing and then used a LONG squirt on a HUGE bowl of salad! This was the entire dinner! As she's squeezing the bottle I'm pleading in my head, "Pick up the bottle! Pick it up and read the label please, pleeeeeease!" I have picked up those bottles and read the label...EDTA, artificial ingredients(??), monosodium glutamate, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate...guany-what? How does our body know how to process this stuff?
I don't know how many times in my life I've heard people say, "I'm not eating rabbit food." Eating well doesn't have to mean sitting around eating lettuce all day. You just need a variety of "nutrient dense" foods. This is a term I learned recently and I've been throwing it around a lot lately ;-)
I have to admit, I do like salad, but I rarely eat it. When I do, I usually pour a little olive oil, squeeze on a little lemon or lime and throw on a pinch of salt. Yum! The first time I tried it I couldn't believe how something so, so simple could taste so, so good! Sometimes the simplest things ARE the best things.

Chicha Morada


I just made a fun drink called Chicha Morada and it's extremely high in antioxidants. A very good friend from Peru introduced me to this drink. Yum!  It's made with maiz morado, which is a purple corn grown in Peru. In Peru you can buy it in bottles and it is considered to be a soft drink. The purple corn is simmered in water, and comes out with this amazingly deep, dark purple color. I was thinking about all of the different uses for this, including using it as a dye in other recipes.  I'm going to work with the ingredients, and come up with a version using only natural fruit juices and no other added sugars. When I  get a good combination I will post the recipe, and add photos too. Wish me luck!

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