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Berries. Berry cubes. And berry smoothies.

It’s summertime, which means lots of delicious berries.

I recently attended a training on nutrition and mental health (for counselors), and it got me thinking about how I could easily introduce more healthy foods into my day. I don’t like fish, and tree nuts are out because of the food allergies, which means I don’t get a lot of omega-3s. (It’s okay if you want to tune out the nutrition nitty-gritty details here, I usually do). Anyway, those of us with food restrictions and picky palates can easily miss out on important aspects of our nutrition. For me, an easy fix to this is adding in ground flax seed to my diet. Doesn’t bother me, and it tastes kind of nutty, so I’m all for it! Also, blueberries are really good for you. So I decided I should eat more blueberries.

If there’s something you find you are missing in your diet, there may be an easy way to introduce it.  Even for the most complicated of eaters.  (One more complication for me: in the summertime, I get Oral Allergy Syndrome, which means that fresh fruits and veggies can make my lips swell up with hives because of the pollination process. The solution? Cook the fruits and veggies first.)

I don’t love the idea of adding supplements instead of real food, but I do love the idea of making healthy food easier. Which is why I decided to do some berry-smoothie prep.

So here’s what I did: cooked up some berries in a delicious manner, immersion-blended them, and froze the results in ice cube trays. It’s amazing what you can do with ice cube trays. The freezer is a lazy healthy person’s best friend. Now I can make healthy smoothies that won’t give me Kardashian lips!  And I don’t have to rush to eat 30 smoothies in a week before the berries go bad.

Here’s how it’s done:

FIRST, the berry cubes.

Heat a bit of vegetable oil in a pot with a dash of cinnamon and a little splash of vanilla. Add a bunch of blueberries and strawberries, simmer on low for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Next, either use an immersion blender to puree, or transfer to a blender to puree.

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Let the whole thing cool and then pour into ice cube trays to freeze.

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SECOND, to make Johanna’s healthy berry smoothie:

Into a blender add several berry cubes, a glug of milk, a healthy squirt of honey, a cup of your favorite yogurt, and 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of ground flax seed. And a bit of peanut butter if you’d like. Bananas optional. Blend, add some more water or milk for the right thickness, and YUM.

Berries. Berry cubes. And berry smoothies.

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No But’s! – Latest Huffington Post Piece

My latest contribution to Huffington Post is up.  It describes five ways for you to put aside your excuses to get yourself cooking.  I admit, sometimes it is really, really hard to get cooking.  In my opinion, getting started is often the hardest part… Although there are other steps along the way where I often get derailed.

Check it out at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/johanna-bond/no-buts-5-ways-to-get-yourself-cooking_b_7699510.html

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BurgerBurgerBurger

Tonight, I’m grilling out.  I’m grilling a “BurgerBurgerBurger” (said with excitement and sometimes jazz hands).  I’ve discovered that I can make a really delicious burger.

To please A, I will try to buy ground beef that comes from farms where cows live happy lives (he’s vegetarian).  Then, I make burgers using a recipe similar to meatballs, and A and I will sit with a beer or a glass of cream soda, depending on the evening, and watch the sun set as my meat-burger and his veggie burger sizzle on our little grill.  You can smell the bits of onion cooking in the burgers on the grill, and watching it all cook in front of you makes you salivate to contemplate the juicy (and in my case, well-done) burger in front of you.

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Have I mentioned that I don’t often get to eat burgers, unless my dad makes one for me or I make one for myself?  (Aside: my father is truly the grill master, shoveling out through snow to the grill in the wintertime.  I aspire to grill at that level).  Because of cross-contamination on grills, burgers are not a safe choice for me at restaurants… which is why they have become so exciting to me at home.

Here’s the recipe for Johanna’s burgers:

In a bowl, mix up ground beef (85% lean works well) with ½ a yellow onion, diced.  Add a healthy shake of bread crumbs, 1 egg, and a few shakes of oregano, basil, garlic, and then add one more shake of garlic for good measure.  Mix it all up and then form patties roughly the size of your palm.  Go outside to put your burgers on the grill, and take a minute to enjoy the summer evening as they cook.

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