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First Request for Persona Paper - On the Topic of Eating Healthy

  • First, thank you to the creators of Persona Paper for accepting my application and to those who have already given me a warm welcome. :)
  • Second, I found Persona Paper through social media networking through a friend of a friend. So, it works. Keep posting your referral links to friends.
  • My first comment received comes from Glenn where he stated that he is most interested in eating healthy topics. So, I thought I'd start there.

A Little Background:

I created and run a site called Vegetarianism and Sustainability. It's new and in its baby stages, but I hope it grows, creates awareness and helps people. I'm not vegan or even vegetarian (although I was vegan for a number of years in the mid 90's). However, I believe that eating more and more plants vs. animals is both sustainable and healthy. As omnivores, I believe we need more plants than animals in our diet. I'll be sharing and writing more about this specific topic here on Persona Paper.

For now, let's look at what I'm having this afternoon as a snack between lunch and dinner to jump right into "eating healthily."

I am having several dark leafy greens from an organic mix of lettuces, a couple of handfuls of fresh blueberries, 4 large fresh strawberries with the green-leaf tops on, a teaspoon of raw local honey, a generous sprinkling of cinnamon, a heaping teaspoon of raw shredded coconut, a small handful of raw cashews, about 1/2 cup of pure coconut water and a teaspoon each of the following: organic raw crushed hemp seeds and organic raw crushed cacao beans. Sometimes, I add a teaspoon of a mix of milled flax, black sesame and chia seeds.

I throw it all in a Nutri-bullet and let in blend for about 30 seconds. Then, I drink it down pretty quickly. This is my own creation, and you would not believe how great it tastes! The process is quick, easy and loads me full of all beneficial superfoods. Each ingredient included is packed with nutrients.

After I have mine this afternoon, I'll come back and post a photo of my blend for you. You'll see that it looks appetizing too. It has a great burgundy color (vs. all the icky looking brown creations. -eheh). I will also post an official recipe too.

About the Intro Photo -

photo by melaniekaren

The photo is of clams (called quahogs by many) that I dug out myself at a beach in Rhode Island (sore muscles and ripped my fingers up pretty good!). I dug them myself, brought them home, prepared them for steaming, steamed them, laid them out on a platter, garnished with green sea lettuce and Irish moss that I also harvest from the ocean myself and then shared them with family. They were awesome!!

I decided to use the clam photo as my starting photo so that I don't turn away readers with a "rabbit food only" photo. The nutrients packed in those clams and seaweeds is mega high. For a seafood lover or "paleo" dieter, the photo is heaven. My point is that my eating healthy articles are for everyone. No one is adversely judged by his or her eating lifestyle.

Everyone is welcome to share and learn.

I leave you with this photo -also taken by me and also my creation. If you don't have a nutri-bullet, this salad shows a lot of the same ingredients as what I put in the blend. Believe it or not, berries and green leaves taste awesome together. Please keep watch for this salad recipe too here on Persona Paper. photo by melaniekaren

Until soon, thank you for reading. #eatinghealthy

Image Credit » photo taken by melaniekaren

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Glenn wrote on January 10, 2015, 3:00 PM

This is right up my alley. I also have the magic bullet, same thing as the nutri-bullet. And I use it every day to make similar things to what you described here. You're right that green leaves go well with berries. I also put Broccoli into the mix sometimes.

An interesting side-note about eating more plants vs. animals that you had mentioned -- I have a friend who is on a plant-based diet. He recently came down with a really bad case of pneumonia and was in the hospital. His doctor said anyone else would have had to be in the ICU with a monitor, but his body was fighting the disease and he just needed to be in a regular room. His doctor said his strong recovery was all due to the plant-based diet keeping him healthy.

Anyway, glad to see you did so well with your first article here on PersonaPaper Melanie. Well done.

k2705 wrote on January 10, 2015, 4:14 PM

This sounds yummy, your website sounds interesting I am a vegetarian and have been for a number of years.

iwrite28 wrote on January 11, 2015, 5:06 AM

Good post. As a vegetarian, I do believe it is a very healthy way of living. I will visit your site for more tips and recipes from you :)

zaib009 wrote on January 11, 2015, 7:27 AM

I dont know what does it taste like , but by the image it looks very tasty

lionpaw wrote on January 18, 2015, 1:11 PM

The salad looks really delicious. I am not a huge fan of seafood and am trying some fish to find hopefully a few I like so they can be added into my diet.

melon1234 wrote on January 19, 2015, 6:55 PM

I've never had muscles they creep me out a little but I've heard they're pretty good for you

Glenn wrote on January 29, 2015, 10:42 AM

melon1234 - I don't care for muscles either, but did you read the second half of Melanie's post about the leafy greens with a mix of blueberries, strawberries, etc.? That's a healthy meal!

melon1234 wrote on January 29, 2015, 1:32 PM

Yes I did read it! I do like strawberries and berries, make a healthy meal or a healthy snack depending on how you put it together!

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 17, 2015, 12:32 PM

Those are tasty looking foods in your photos. I hope you come back here and write more so I can get to know you better.