Tea for your tummy

Anytime my stomach is upset I turn to tea and ginger. This tea is my favorite…

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The soothing camomile paired with calming spearmint. This tea is gentle and has properties to aid in healing upset stomach. I love both teas separately, but together they do wonders.

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When Diverticulitis Strikes!

It is important to know what stomach pains are linked to diverticulitis, and which may be more serious. Knowing your body and what is temporary discomfort versus something a little more permanent is vital for those with digestive health issues and for anyone who is new to this type of thing. Here’s a pretty relevant chart to help you diagnose your severity.

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Cucumber Melon Smoothie

This would be great for summer. And even though it’s snowing here, I was feeling summery.

Scoop out 1 half of a seedless watermelon. The small kind. And add to blender.

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Add 1 can coconut milk.

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Blend.
Add 8-10 mint leaves. Make sure you slap your mint leaves to bring out the flavor.
Add 1 skinned, cut up English cucumber
Add copious amounts of sea salt.
Blend.

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Thanks for reading, and happy eating!

In memoriam…foods I will never eat again

Thanks to diverticulitis there is a list of foods that I am no longer able to enjoy. I have been craving a few of these lately, and I feel as if time will not heal this wound. So I just wanted to give some recognition to the passing of some of my favorite foods. In no particular order, whether by being cautioned or finding out on my own what to avoid, RIP the following items.
* Nuts of any kind
* Seeds of any kind
* Popcorn
* Corn and corn on the cob
* Tomatoes
* Cucumbers (regular)
* Raw cabbage, coleslaw
* Snickers candy bar/ Snickers ice cream bar
* Fig Newtons
* Raspberries
* Mulberries
* Coconut
* Raw broccoli
* Beans
*Chunky peanut butter
* Lettuce wrapped chicken at Taiwan 101
* Grapes
* Pineapple
*Strawberries
* Dill pickles
* Red meat in excess
* Trail mix
* Kiwi
* Burger King burgers
* Fresh cut fries
*Home fries with skins
* Potato skins
* Poppyseed dressing
* Peanut M & M’s
*Pistachio pudding
* White chip macadamia nut cookies
* Strawberry, blueberry, mixed fruit, pineapple or pin a colada yogurt
* Zucchini and yellow squash
* Fiddle Faddle
* Crunch n Munch
* Candy bars with almonds
* Pretzel salad
* Pasta salad
* Whole apples
* Figs
* Strawberry, raspberry jam
* Dried cranberries
* Chunky spaghetti sauce
* Almond Joy
* Mounds
* Baby Ruth
More things will come to me as I bump into certain foods I can no longer have, or when I find out the hard way. So I am sure this is the first in a series of food memoriams.
I ate pickles and tomatoes more than most. I could easily eat 2-3 jars of pickles and eat just as many shells of grape tomatoes in a week. I crave these and popcorn or regular corn more than anything lately. 😦  It is very hard to give up things that you love cold turkey. It hurts a little extra when you know these things were also good for you. I have been getting my cravings fix by eating English cucumbers, Dill Pickle potato chips, tortilla chips, and tomato sauce or juice. But it is NOT the same. I do not want to hurt my body or provoke the disease, but I am always looking for ways to get a taste of the foods I miss. One day maybe there will be an alternative way to safely eat the foods banned from the diet of those with diverticulitis; until then I will try and have good judgement and will power.

Lemon Pepper Spinach Pasta

Prepare 12 oz pasta as directed. And reserve 1 c pasta water.

Meanwhile:
Sauté 4 cloves minced garlic and
1 1/2 c sweet peppers

In a separate bowl:
Mix 1 c ricotta cheese
3 tsp lemon pepper seasoning
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes (more for added spice)

Once peppers are soft add ricotta mixture to pan,
3 c  organic spinach
And some pasta liquid until spinach wilts.

Toss with cooked pasta. Add the rind of 1 lemon, 1 tbsp more of lemon juice and parsley. Toss and serve. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.

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Thanks for reading, and happy eating!