Energy Foods Recipe! Black Bean Soup makes you feel better – FAST.

Feel better and have more energy - FAST!

Over the years I’ve developed a couple “foundation” energy foods recipes. They’re called that because 1) I can eat them anytime or season and they will increase my energy and help me feel better – immediately. 2) The recipes are super easy to make and use just about anything from your panty or fridge and 3) They are extremely economical and can be eaten, in a variety of ways, all week long if need be. And sometimes they need to be!

BTW – Energy foods are economical. I’ve cut my food bill in half since I stopped buying pre-packed, sugar and preservative laden, cereals, crackers, breads and other “fast-food” prepared meals and fancy sauces. I’ve also lost ten pounds and my husband dropped forty pounds! Anyway … back to my easy Black Bean Soup recipe!

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Pantry Ingredients:
1 Can Black Beans
1 Can Pinto Bean
1 Can of Lentils
Baby Portabella Mushrooms (I buy these “dry” – great time saver!)   
Seaweed (ditto above)
Italian Seasoning. (Emeril’s Italian – preservative Free)
Garlic Salt
Sea Salt/Kelp Mix * (I mix Sea Salt & Kelp 50/50 and keep a bowl of it handy by the stove.)
1 Can of Spinach
1 Can of Green Beans
1 Can of Lentils
Dry Sherry
Refrigerator or Freezer Ingredients:
Chopped Garlic

Fresh Ingredients:
Potatoes Baked with Skins or Sweet Potatoes Skinned
Red Onion
Daikon (Specialty Grocer if you can)
Organic Chicken, Sausages, Turkey or Meat

Mestemacher Bread (Sugar and Preservative-free bread)

Black Bean Soup Directions

Step 1:  You will want to use a large sauce pan that has a tight fitting lid. This is a one-pot meal!

Sauté the below together for two to three minutes, or until the onion is clear.

2 Stalks Celery Chopped
4 Cloves Garlic Minced
½ Red Onion
Let dry mushrooms “revive” by soaking in a bowl or glass of water. Just a few minutes will do.
(Of course, you can always use fresh mushrooms.)

Step 2: Add to the pot and sauté until light brown
5 Baby Portabella Mushrooms chopped

Step 3:  Add to the pot, raise to a boil then lower to a simmer for 90 minutes.

2 to 3 carrots chopped into small/medium size pieces
1 Can of Black Beans with the water from the can
1 Can of Pinto Beans with the water from the can
2 Rounded TBSPs of Dry Seaweed
2 TBSP Dry Sherry

Step 4:  Add final spicing and allow to simmer for 30 more minutes

2 TPSP Italian Seasoning. (Emeril’s)
½ tsp Garlic Salt
1 tsp Sea Salt/Kelp Mix * (see below)
1 tsp. Tumeric

Step 5:  Serve it while it’s hot!

There are many serving options which is why I call this is an energy boost “foundation” recipe!

* Pour in bowl and eat “as it” with a slice of toasted Machmeiker bread and a serving of Goat Cheese
* Have a small bowl with a grilled gourmet cheese sandwich. (M bread plus Goat Cheese and basil)
* Pour it over a baked potato and sprinkle the top with parsley
* Pour it on top of a bowl of brown rice
* Add in a couple sausages or chicken on or off the bone
* Have it as a “starter,” just a small bowl, for any meal.
* Add in extra fresh or canned veggies according to your own personal preference. For example, I love spinach and add LOTS of spinach into mine. My husband hates spinach so I leave his alone!

The final ingredient to any delicious meal is a loved one. If you are not living with a companion, please make this an occasion to invite a girlfriend or guy friend to break bread with you!  Or, take it to them. Make it an hour and a half visit – even someone suffering from fatigue would enjoy that. Yum.

For more information about how to boost your energy please read this recent article: How to Boost Energy Naturally  You can feel better faster with these energy foods, drinks and supplements.

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Feel better and have more energy – FAST!
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Beat fatigue the old fashioned way … eat right and sleep tight.

Fatigue … so often the root cause of fatigue is traced back to something as simple as poor nutrition and sleeping habits. I use the word “habit” because whatever we do regularly, be it calling a cup of coffee “breakfast” or staying up late to catch another CSI show, becomes a habit. Habits are so easily formed – just twenty-something days – and so so hard to break. Don’t even try, simply form news ones to take their place. May I suggest …

New Fatigue Busting Habit – Feed your tired adrenals the “good stuff.”

It is time to get into seasonal fruit and veggie shopping. Fresh produce tastes better, will improve your appetite and entice you to eat more and eat healthier. Stock up this weekend at your local Farmer’s Market, and then join in our Monday Fruit and Veggie Day.

July’s produce bounty includes:

* Fruit:  apricots, blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, cherries, honeydew melons, limes, nectarines, peaches, plums, strawberries and watermelons.

* Vegetables: corn, cucumbers, lettuce and radishes.

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There is one major reason why so many of us are tired all the time, sleep deprivation. Sometimes it’s because we allow ourselves to turn into zombies in front of the boob tube. Other times a metabolic imbalance can trigger insomnia. Ah, I know this one too well. Here are my favorite insomnia-busting tools and tricks …

1. The 10:00 p.m. bedtime hour. It is critical that people with fatigue and sleep problem be in bed and well on their way towards sleep by 10:00 p.m. Why? There is a dreaded adrenal gland “second wind” that kicks Continue reading

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Finish what you start. A taxing weekend is part of your recovery from fatigue.

One symptom of Adrenal Fatigue is that we sufferers are easily overwhelmed by everyday tasks. We operate in an exhausting world of “brain fog,” hyper-sensitivity and poor short term memory. It is easy for us to lose track of bank balances, anniversaries, personal commitments and to feel constantly “behind,” frustrated and angry.

overwhelmed feeling feed adrenal fatigue

overwhelmed feeling feed adrenal fatigue

Then, add in an unwanted seasonal project like … tax preparation … and in comes the rage, insomnia, anxiety and extreme a.m., can’t-get-out-of-bed, fatigue.

Have you seen that stop smoking commercial about how “quitting smoking sucks. “product name” makes it suck less.” I encourage to follow my lead and have one sucky tax preparation weekend then to put of off (but never out of mind) and drag it through weeks of evenings. That’s what I did last year and the year before and the year before.

This time I will gather everything I need in one room. (and avoid the Zig Zag Syndrome. See below.) I will close the door – light the scented candle – have all my favorite music and pets near at hand and FINISH what I started three weeks ago. My husband can take over breakfast, lunch and dinner duty (as I did for him last weekend and the weekend before and …) Did you know that most people stricken by Adrenal Fatigue tend to be “Type As” who have a difficult time asking for help? True.

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What’s in a serving?

I keep heclip-art-question-mark1aring how we should be eating four to five servings of fruit & vegetables daily BUT I honestly haven’t known exactly what constitutes a “serving.” Do you know what I mean?

A new friend who is a RD (Registered Dietician) helped clear this up and I’d like to pass it on to you!

One serving = 1 cup and, generally speaking 1 piece of fruit = one serving  i.e. 1 apple * 1 pear * 1 banana

When it comes to veggies and smaller fruit …

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STOP. Ask for help …

Energy Tip # 6. STOP. Ask for help.
You don’t have to do everything all by yourself. Do you?

Have you heard the saying, “Pride goeth before the fall?” Loosely interpreted it means you may fall flat on your face if your need to “look good” gets in the way of your body’s right to “feel GREAT.”

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