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This cure/tonic for IBS has come to me from my mommy. Recently, I discovered that I've inherited my cloggy guts from her. So one random day, I mentioned feeling particularly IBS-Cy.
And this, from a woman who is VERY picky about her greens.
What I tell her is this - it's SO easy to incorporate greens into the diet. She doesn't wanna hear it, because she likes what she likes and that's that. She's got her way of eating greens and sticks with it. So! Since I can't lecture her anymore, I'll lecture YOU.
This is a spinach and sweet potato parfait - that tastes like vanilla and chocolate. Here's what I did - the green parts are spinach and yogurt with stevia. The chocolate parts are cacao, maca, mesquite, and sweet potato with stevia. Slops of almond milk made everything smooth.
Layer this jawn up - and you've got sweet greens for breakfast. If you can believe it, the green layers were the tastiest part.
Kale chips are my new favorite breakfast food. In the mornings, it's hard for me to digest anything too hearty - like oats. Kale chips, sprinkled with nooch and sesame seeds, have just the right amount of heft to wake me up and sustain me, without making me feel weighed down. If you follow me on Facebook, you've heard me cry that kale chips are great happy mood makers.
Here's one of my favorite weekend breakfasts. It's scrambled eggs with spinach, tomatoes, onions and mushrooms, topped with Kimberton Whole Food hummus. There's lots of good tummy-friendly spices on the scramble - like cumin and paprika. Stevia-sweetened cacao milk pairs up GREAT with the savory scramble too.
Check out my mommy's sexy leg in the background!
Here's the standard breakfast scramble - the greens doubled up with a collard wrap. Double your greens and double your energy and double your number twos!!!
GREEN AT LUNCH
I love broccoli sprouts! They are very chill sprouts, not too bitter, but still with that crunchy watery sprout taste. Here, I've got sprouts wrapped up in homemade raw flaxmeal bread with spinach and brazil nut butter. With a little sea salt and pepper, this is a refreshing light sammie for IBSsers.
I don't know about you, but I'm mad particular about my greens. Give me spinach raw. Give me kale dehydrated. Give me collards as wraps. Swiss chard? It's gotta be sauteed with tomatoes and large chunks of garlic. Often, I'll make some for dinner. Then I'll toss it in a jar and cart it along to school for lunch the next day. After a day of sitting in garlic and evoo, the greens are so savory, falling apart in my mouth with deliciousness.
Whole foods salad bars are so expensive. But they are also totally worth it. Where else can you get a salad with field greens, kale, swiss chard, red onions, brussel sprouts, and artichokes - ALL IN ONE? Answer: Nowhere.
Very rarely do I have enough room to stomach a sandwich for lunch. When I do, I make it a socca sammie. Socca is chickpea flour flatbread, and it can be made in numerous ways. Here, I've got raw mozzarella cheese with broccoli and socca. It's not exactly easy to eat, but the flavors complement each other, in a Frenchy Italian type way.
Since I've got horrible IBS, I try to not eat between meals. When I do get hungry, I try to drink my snacks. This trick has made an enormous difference in my digestive health.
This fresh juice contains only a massive amount of kale and chard, cucumber, and parsley. When I picked it up at Whole Foods, I wasn't expecting much. I hate cucumber, to be honest with you. But this juice - WOW!!!! This juice made me like cucumber. It's that good.
Here's one of my favorite green drinks - spinach, basil, and coconut water. Like the juice above, this is an incredible refresher in the summer months. It's also very taming for the stomach. As I've said before, herbs like basil, parsley, and thyme have been much more effective for my IBS, rather than the often hailed savior peppermint. Screw the peppermint. Go basil. Look how bright and limey it is!
GREEN AT NIGHT
Lately, in an effort to get more work done, I've been eating two dinners. First dinner is always green. It's roasted brussel sprouts...
When I'm really hungry and want a full meal for dinner, I'll mix and match grains and greens. Grains are almost always necessary for me to eat at the end of the day. If I don't, then I don't sleep.
Insomnia I've battled far longer than IBS, and is much more of an enemy to my sanity.
This is just a simple peppery brown rice and collard wrap... quick and easy... on the go, especially, as you can tell by the guest appearance of Yoshi the Yaris in the background.
Here's a classic toasted sandwich, made with Udi's bread, hummus, Amy's Sonoma burger, and ripped up collard leaves. Eating bread is okay sometimes, I think, as long as I stuff it with lots of greens!!!!
Lastly, one of my prettiest creations ever - roasted portabello with torn collards inside chickpea curry pancakes.
If you think about what you love to eat and greenify it - it is SO EASY to incorporate them in every single meal. So if you are looking to get things moving in your guts, think green. But make sure you enjoy what you are eating! Goddamnit!
What's your favorite way to eat greens?