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Green Phoenix Smoothie – It’s on the money! April 22, 2010

Filed under: Health,Lifestyle — Kazi @ 3:44 pm
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Here is another taste of ice chilled bliss from the smoothie vault. Before I can share the recipe, you have to take an oath of secrecy because ‘I will never reveal the ingredients, processing nor source of this smoothie recipe to anyone. So help me…..’

Ok. That’s out of the way. (some of you caught that and some of you didn’t. what’s done is done).  Let’s get busy.

1 banana
1/2 pineapple
8 tbsp pineapple juice
2 tbsp coconut milk1 tsp spirulina
4 cubes crushed ice

Place in blender or my smoothie fav, the magic bullet and viola.
(hey Jillymeg, check me out).  Smoothie bliss worth a kiss.

OK Kazi, sounds delish, but what’s the Phoenix got to do with it?  Never thought you’d ask.

The story of the Phoenix is centered around an ancient myth describing that phoenix habit of living for 500 years. After which it would migrate from it’s present home in Arabia to Egypt where it would build a nest, set it on fire and burn to death. Within days, a new Phoenix would be born from the ashes.

Well as it turns out, south of Egypt in Africa’s Great Rift Valley, there are volcanic lakes which are home to the lesser flamingo.  These lakes are so hot from deposits of volcanic ash, they are uninhabitable by any other any animal. This provides a safe environment for the flamingos.  It is believed that the story of the Phoenix originated from indigenous tales of the flamingos that inhabit these volcanic lakes. The the parents build a mud-cone nest that holds one egg, which males and females take turn incubating. When the chicks hatch, their parents must take care to keep the infants from falling off the nest into the caustic lake.

As nature would have it. These lakes are also the natural habitat of Spirulina. The only food eaten by the lesser flamingo. Thus, Green Phoenix Smoothie. Stay tuned for more of the random, useless information I have stored away in the curiosity box I call a brain.

Here is another smoothie recipe if you missed it.

PS. If you wondering about the Great Seal of the U.S. graphic in the upper right of this post.  The Phoenix was the original bird on the great seal.  How’s that for random.

muchpeace,
Kazi

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In Season April 17, 2010

Filed under: Food,Health,Lifestyle,Wellness — Kazi @ 9:46 pm
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Here is a tasty dish that you can whip up in about 10 minutes. It’s lite, nutritious and green (read PC).  It is rich in monounsaturated fat and full of protective phytochemicals and fiber. I would lean towards buying organic to avoid any pesticides or other chemical exposure, but you decide. Either way this is a great meal, especially during this time of year.

Avocado-Broccoli Salad

1 pound broccoli
1 ripe avocado
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon grainy prepared mustard

  1. Trim and wash the broccoli and cut it into bite-sized pieces. Steam or boil the broccoli in a large pot until it is just crunchy-tender and bright green, then drain it well, and cool.
  2. Peel and pit the avocado, then cut it into small cubes. Fold the avocado into the broccoli.
  3. Whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, and mustard together in a small bowl, until well mixed.
  4. Toss the broccoli and avocado with the dressing.

Simple – Quick – Tasty

muchpeace,
Kazi

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Magnolias, Lilac and Sage – Oh my! April 12, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kazi @ 9:30 pm
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Here I go again. Running my mouth about the spectacle of spring. I can’t help it. Ever since I was a child, spring always had a way of capturing my attention and giving and connecting me to the earth. It’s as if the world just becomes a much Kinder and Gentler (my favorite Bushism) planet, with unending opportunities for discovery.

So, I bump into my neighbor Joann today. She insist I come and experience the aromatic cacophony unfolding in her backyard. Her two big magnolia trees blossomed last week and are dropping the petals all over the place. Now if you have ever seen magnolias in bloom, I don’t have to tell you, it’s a beautiful sight. They are hot pink,white and large. The flip side is when the petals fall they decompose very quickly and turn brown. Not pretty. But the fragrance is fabulous. It takes over the air.

Next, we walk over to the lilac tree. You have to get very close to smell the fragrance, but when you get a whiff, man it’s heaven. Not to mention, the lilac flowers are some of natures eye candy.

In the back of the yard are three tall pine trees. Because the one in the middle is the tallest and they are so close together, the actually look like one huge pine from afar. When we walked up to the pines, the scent of pine needles made a bee line for my olfactory nerve. I got a rush that any drug addict worth there salt would die for. Ok, my secret is out. I am a certified tree huger. I’m not ashamed to claim it. I’m secure in my masculinity 🙂

Last on the list was the herb garden. The leaves of sage and thyme were just making their appearance, but their odor was already strong. I found the thyme to have a spicy odor. The sage reminded me of an astringent type of sour. Fresh herbs added to your food (at the right moment) in addition to the nutrients and flavor the contribute, bring fragrances that supplement the saying of grace They alert the taste bud and the digestive system to prep the house for the family reunion that is about to occur. We are what we eat.

So Kazi, that all sounds real nice and natury (I made that word up), but what does it all have to do with health and fitness. Well, whole health goes beyond working out and eating a balanced diet. A healthy lifestyle attunes you to the gifts, wonder and downright awesomeness of the everyday world around us. The ability to appreciate the simple things, the natural things, is a sign of a healthy body and psyche.

We spend so much time looking for happiness in things that have to be acquired or achieved. As if happiness has to be earned. I know this is the common sensors view of the world. And I agree that happiness can be found in our achievements and acquisitions. But the foundation of our happiness is in our ability to Be. Be-hold the miracle that is the earth. Be-hold the miracle of the creatures of the earth. Be-hold the miracle that is you and I. Be-hold the happiness shared by a flower dying. Grateful to have lived for just a few days. Just to remind us that we all have our time to shine and open the way for the next performance of natures show.

Let’s show our gratefulness for our common home. When nature smile on us, smile back.

muchpeaceluv,

Kazi

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Smoothies Back In Season March 17, 2010

Filed under: Health,Medicine,Uncategorized — Kazi @ 12:38 pm
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Here is a little somethin somethin to keep you stoked when the 2 O’clock brain fade invades your productivity parade:

Blueberry Blitz

1 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup frozen pineapples
1 tbs Berrie Greens (or another green supplement)
1 tbs hemp protein powder (or your fav protein powder)
1/3 eye dropper of  stevia extract

place ingredients into Magic Bullet blender and blend until smooooooooth.

Wallah.

Tell me what you think.

 

Guess who’s coming to dinner? March 16, 2010

Filed under: Detox,Health,Lifestyle,Uncategorized — Kazi @ 5:03 pm
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When we last tuned in,our hero had been fasting for about 2 days and was experiencing symptoms like voices encouraging him to “just say no” , grab a pizza and stop trying to act like a monk.  Well by day three that all passed.  I fact, I was feeling so good on day 4 (which was my day to break the fast on raw food) that I decided to go an extra day (to teach my self a lesson. Ha).  So on saturday I broke the fast and lived on raw food for the next three days.  Needless to say, I feel great.

Eat Me

I did workout on the third day of the fast.  I was able to get about 1/2 way through the strength training routine I had planned.  But started to feel a bit lite in the head, so I cut the workout short to be on the safe side.  I tried this once before and ended up with the same results.  So, I would concur with most who advise against any type of strenuous activity on a liquid fast.  When you can feel your heart beating in your hands and feet.  It’s not really a good sign.

I broke the fast on simple raw food detox diet of spinach, snow peas, and mushroom salad.  I supplemented this with a miso broth.  These are nutritious, easy to prepare, tasty and have enough fiber to get the old GI system up and running again.  I also took some acidopholus tablets to restoring some good bacteria to my bowels.  The day after I started eating, I began having bowel movements again. Oh yeah, forgot to mention; I didn’t have a bowel movement for about 3 1/2 days.  This is common when fasting if your not also taking some type of laxative.  Or should I say, it’s common for me.

So that’s about it. Not exciting stuff, but I hopefully gave you some insight into what to expect on a short fast/detox (4 days fasting and 3 days raw).  If your interested in incorporating fasting or seasonal detoxing into your lifestyle and would like a personalized program, hit my inbox at  ibnallahskazi@gmail.com

 

stay tuned for some “ain’t necessarily so” pearls of wisdom March 6, 2010

At 50 years of age I am seeking, experimenting with and embracing ways to use emerging wisdom to balance waning strength.  Juggling with ideas sacred, profane, fun and sometimes frightening. Playing the role of child, brother, father, friend, neighbor, coach, educator, activist, researcher, therapist, wilderness guide, entrepreneur and wanna-be blogger. This blog will serve as a place for me to share thoughts, experiences, experiments, results, questions, stories, encounters, insights, conflicts, confusion, obstacles, progress, plans, images of  the unknown.  About Life, Wisdom, Health and Wealth.  Enjoy the ride.

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