Ah, nuts


I love Oregon.  The people here are amazing.  For instance, my husband and I are often the benefactors of garden overflow from two lovely people, who we’ll initial M and B, who have a spectacular 2 acre garden in Woodburn, OR.  I went there once and  felt like I was in the garden of eden.  We sampled fresh figs, got to tour the filbert groves in M’s classic convertible  and I left with about 7 (no kidding) boxes of produce.  Jackpot!

Well this week, another bounty: Walnuts, and lots of them.  Not only walnuts, but a recipe for roasted walnuts to accompany my treasure.  Now that is full service generosity.  So,  I’m naming the recipe: “M and B”‘s.  Its like “m&m”s, but healther and no sugar.

4 C walnut halves
2 tsp salt
Filtered water
Mix nuts with salt and water and leave in a warm place for at least 7 hrs.  Drain.  Spread on a baking sheet and place in a warm oven (150 or less) for 12-24 hrs.  Turn occasionally until completely crisp and dry

Spicy walnuts
2 Tbsp butter
2 tbsp dried rosemary
1 tsp sea salt
½ tsp cayenne

Melt butter with rosemary, salt and cayenne.  Toss with nuts, spread on a baking sheet.  Bake at 250 for 10 minutes.  Store in airtight container

I am however, happy to report that I remained nut-free today, on day two of my detox.
Today’s feasts included:

Protein shake w/banana
stir-fried Swiss chard/Onions (hardly felt like a cleansing day, the food was so good)
baked spaghetti squash, eaten with a tomato sauce that had nothing but veggies/herbs
spinach salad
a handful of dates  – I tell ya, they really help give a ‘treat’ to the experience.

I also topped off the day with a cup of nettle tea, which helps the liver and GI  tract in general.

It amazed me how tasty eating light can be.  Why do I always want “big” meals?  granted, I can’t keep up this way forever, but my body does feel good and my mental energy is spectacular, and in only 2 days.

Tomorrow I’m snowshoeing and doing a little birthday shin-dig for my hubby, so I’m back to solid food, but no wheat/gluten/dairy/sugar.  Weird thing, I don’t even miss the sugar and that is normally my biggest vice.  Maybe all those long stretches of being free of sugar really have helped…who knows?  Or maybe I just want to fit into my skinny jeans again (I’d be lying if I said that losing a few pounds isn’t also a motivation) and therefore have no desire of things that sabotage my efforts…

Okay, TTFN, time for bed.  Tomorrow is an early day!