Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Recipes for Life

After being diagnosed with breast cancer, I became keenly aware of what I was putting into my body.  At first I was afraid to eat anything.  This wasn't so great as I was 8 months pregnant, and my little girl needed some food!  I ate very little and it had to be nothing but a whole/super food.  (No sugar allowed!)   Well, I have relaxed a bit and do enjoy a goodie from time to time .... especially a piece of Dove's Dark Chocolate :)  But, my goal is to give my body all the nutrients it needs to be healthy.   So, I have kind of come up with a daily routine.  For breakfast, I most always have a big bowl of quinoa or oatmeal, an omelet or if I am in a big hurry, I will have a bowl of Cherrios with nonsweetened almond milk and a BIG (like have a little cherrios with your blueberries kind of big) handful of blueberries.  It is so yummy!   Thanks to my dear friend, I have also gotten hooked on "Green Shakes"  except for mine turn out purple because I add so many berries.  They are so delicious and you KNOW you are doing something great for your body!
For lunch, I most ALWAYS have a HUGE salad.  I can't believe how much I crave them now.  It fills me up all the way until dinner time.
For dinner, I am a little more flexible depending on what I make for my family, but I do only use whole grain pasta, bread, chips and tortillas now.  They have gotten so good.  I try to always have a salad in addition - even if it is just lettuce, cucumber and tomatoes.  I would say that my go-to ingredient would be BEANS.  Any kind of beans.  I love them and put them on everything.  They are so good for you, too.
I have felt a big difference in my body as I have become very selective about what I eat.  I know that I am giving it what it needs and that is a great feeling!  I love my body - every stitch of it!

Huevos Rancheros
Pinto beans, seasonings, poached egg, tomatoes, avacado and Cholula

Breakfast Shake
kale, cucumber, parsley, banana, triple berry mix

Cooked quinoa, unsweetened almond milk, fresh berries, chopped nuts
cinnamon and toasted shredded coconut.

Veggies about to be roasted

Kale, turkey, bell peppers, asparagus, cheese
tomatoes, green onions and Cholula

Romaine, Arugula, black beans, tomatoes, avacado, bell peppers, parmesan cheese
Dressing:  Fresh Lemon, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a LARGE clove of garlic, s&p.

"And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones; and shall
find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures;
and shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint."
D&C 89: 18 - 20 (A revelation given to Joseph Smith on the Word of Wisdom - a health guide) 


  1. Danae,
    I too have discovered that what I eat makes a huge difference in how I feel. I have also started eating more fresh fruits and vegies. My body actually craves them. I'm planting many things in my garden to make salads with and want to have a winter greenhouse. I will have to get some recipes from you.

  2. Its so ironic that you are now on the healthy eating path. I did the same thing after chemo. I met with a nutritionist and started eating right. My body feels so much better. I don't take my body for granted anymore!