Intention in the New Year

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Welcome 2011

So how can we ensure our desires for the new year manifest?

There are as many techniques as there are people.

One of my favorites are the cultures that use foods.

Feeling lucky? Good-luck foods to give delicious start to new year Every country, each nationality seems to have a food or group of foods and often a special symbolic dish to celebrate the New Year. Think of them as wishes: for good health, for a prosperous year, a favorable harvest, a wish for love, for children, for shelter, for harmony — for peace.

Cooked Greens

Cooked greens, including cabbage, collards, kale, and chard, are consumed at New Year’s in different countries for a simple reason — their green leaves look like folded money, and are thus symbolic of economic fortune. The Danish eat stewed kale sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon, the Germans consume sauerkraut (cabbage) while in the southern United States, collards are the green of choice. It’s widely believed that the more greens one eats the larger one’s fortune next year.

I personally use a version of the recipe below:
basil (for its reference to money – basil)
tomatoes (major health benefits – tomatoes)
a creamy rich cheese (any cheese that encourages your feelings of richness will intention that into your year)
salt and pepper (very valued spices – pepper)
olive oil (for it’s health benefits – olive oil)

I often serve these an individual appetizers though tossed in a bowl it is a marvelous salad.

TOMATO, BASIL, AND MOZZARELLA SALAD

1 lb. pearl or cherry tomatoes (though any slicing tomoato with great flavor will work as well), red, very ripe tomatoes (2-3 tomatoes)
2 oz. cheese – mozzarella is most commonly used but I love this with a strong Irish cheddar, a Gruyere, even goat cheese or brie.
8 leaves fresh basil
2 tsp. olive oil
Dash cracked pepper

Slice tomatoes crosswise into 1/2 inch thick slices; 4 slices per tomato. Arrange 2-3 slices on each salad plate. Sprinkle Mozzarella on top of each tomato. Cut fresh basil leaves into strips and top each tomato with basil. Drizzle olive oil over the tops and add a dash of pepper. Enjoy!

FISH
In Japan, herring roe is consumed for fertility, shrimp for long life, and dried sardines for a good harvest (sardines were once used to fertilize rice fields).

For my house salmon is or good luck fish along with oysters. Beginning the New Year in good health and starting the new year with healthy food choices is a great way to start the New Year “right”.

Oysters N Salmon

Salmon of course is rich in Omega3’s but also are amazing in their focus. Salmon travel thousands of miles throughout their life cycle returning to their original location to spawn as they end their lives.

It is believed oysters are aphrodisiacs thus a great one for intention love into one’s life. They also though increase one’s zinc. It is said that zinc deficiency leads to acne, eczema and rough and dry skin. They also represent the power of the pearl – considered to offer the power of love, money, protection, and luck. Pearls are thought to give wisdom through experience, to quicken the laws of karma and to cement engagements and love relationships. They are thought to keep children safe.

Mushrooms
Another personal favorite. We are blessed with the ability to gather wild mushrooms locally. Found in the rich black humus during the break from winter rain they decompose oak and other woods back into soil. Many “wild” mushrooms are now farmed to ensure our safe eating pleasure. Health wise mushrooms are low in calories, have no cholesterol and are virtually free of fat and sodium. They also contain other essential minerals like Selenium, which works with Vitamin E to produce antioxidants that neutralize free radicals which can cause cell damage. Potassium is also found in mushrooms. It has been suggested a diet with potassium may help to reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. Copper is another essential mineral found in mushrooms. Copper aids iron in making red blood cells and delivers oxygen to the body. Mushrooms also contain three B-complex vitamins; riboflavin for healthy skin and vision, niacin for aiding in the digestive and nervous systems, and pantothenic acid which helps the nervous system and in hormone production. The vitamin content of mushrooms is actually similar to the vitamin content found in meat.

What Not to Eat

In addition to the aforementioned lucky foods, there are also a few to avoid. Lobster, for instance, is a bad idea because they move backwards and could therefore lead to setbacks. Chicken is also discouraged because the bird scratches backwards, which could cause regret or dwelling on the past. Another theory warns against eating any winged fowl because good luck could fly away.

Now that you know what to eat, there’s one more superstition—that is, guideline—to keep in mind. In Germany, it’s customary to leave a little bit of each food on your plate past midnight to guarantee a stocked pantry in the New Year. Likewise in the Philippines, it’s important to have food on the table at midnight. The conclusion? Eat as much lucky food as you can, just don’t over indulge — your new year will include a large exercise program.

Welcome to 2011

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About Smoothie Essentials - ShelleRae

Welcome! I am ShelleRae and I am very excited you are here. I joined the Smoothie Essentials team about 5 years ago now. Always health conscious and into prevention versus medication it seemed natural when the opportunity came up to take on the creation of this blog and the MatchaGT blog as well. As mother to three and surrogate to many more I've practiced much of what I write on sometimes with great success and other times with a bit less. My friends and family are my test kitchen and my facts are most often from WebMD - they seem to have a fairly accurate and conservative approach. The Smoothie Essentials product is a line of boosts that add functionality to one's daily foods without adding flavor or colors. (except for MatchaGT and green blend) making it easy to "hide" them from the finicky eaters we all know and love. From stirring them into yogurts, smoothies, frappes and even juice drinks it all come out with the original flavor being center star.. My inspiration comes from others who also are striving to live a better life through lifestyle changes. More information is available at www.SmoothieEssentials.com or by emailing shelley@juicesolutions.com

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