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Picnic Time

By | 2017-10-29T15:42:28+00:00 June 23rd, 2009|Health Tips|

Picnics are a favorite way for me to spend a sunny summer day with good friends or family – especially when it is a spontaneous! It can be in a park, by the riverside, at the beach or in a backyard – picnics are so much fun!

Healthy recipes for picnics

















In the past few weeks I have been on a couple of picnics in which I brought all of the food as a thank you to a couple of my friends for all that they have done for me. It is so much fun to sit out on the grass amongst nature eating real food.

Here are a couple of the recipes from my picnics and ones that will be in my first e-book.


1 ripe avocado, peeled & pitted
1 tsp. onion, finely minced
1 stalk of celery, finely chopped
1 – 2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tomato, chopped
Nori & Dsulse seaweed flakes to taste

1. Mash avocado.
2. Add onion, celery and lemon juice and mix in well.
3. Gently mix in chopped tomato.
4. Serve with corn chips or slices of vegetables.


3 potatoes (cooked and diced)
2 stalks of celery or ½ green pepper (finely chopped)
1 carrot, chopped
Chives or chopped green onions to taste
Hand full of fresh parsley or dill weed
3/4 cup mayonnaise
3 tsp mustard
3 tsp lemon juice

1. Once sliced keep aside as well as some parsley.
2. Mix mayonnaise, mustard and lemon juice together to make the dressing.
3. Mix all ingredients together with dressing.
4. Decorate the top with parsley.

Have you been on any picnics lately and what kinds of healthy foods do you put in your picnic basket???

Dandelion Moderation & More Smoothie Tips

By | 2017-10-29T15:42:28+00:00 June 18th, 2009|Health Tips, Recipes|

OK, so maybe I went a little overboard with my ‘Dandelion Madness‘, ….not with last week’s article – but with eating dandelions themselves!

It happened because I was out at the farm where the plants are so much bigger and there are SO many of them.  Instead of spending 5 minutes digging up a few young plants– I can go out with a knife and in 10 seconds gather a shopping cart of mature leaves.  After throwing a large bunch into the blender, and forgetting my article advise to just make the dandelions a small addition, I drank my supercharged mixture.

No I didn’t collapse, or even throw up. In fact, I finished the whole thing.  Those last few mouthfuls were getting very very strong though. I normally clean out the last few drops from the blender (Did I mention I was thrifty?) but this time I was glad to wash it down the sink.

I wanted therefore, to EMPHASIZE the part about moderation and add a few other smoothie hints and facts.  They are as follows: […]