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This Side of Ninety: Yvonne’s blender drinks and other goodies

Talking to a friend recently, I was asked what kind of supplements I am taking.

Talking to a friend recently, I was asked what kind of supplements I am taking.  None, I truthfully answered but forgot to mention  the Blender Drinks my daughter, Yvonne, makes for us every morning.  They are not only good tasting but perhaps more health-potent in a natural way

than a handful of supplements.  Today’s drink, for instance, consisted of unsweetened Almond Milk, unsweetened yogurt, something green such as spinach or salad, avocado, or banana  and for taste:  a sprinkle of cinnamon, a teaspoon of turmaric and a tablespoon of natural, unsweetened peanut butter.  I should mention that Turmaric is an antioxidant, credited with being a cancer fighting agent.  Yvonne does not put any sugar into these drinks but perhaps a little bit of a natural juice to sweeten it.  Ruthy and I just had a big glass of it each.  It was a rich and creamy drink, light green in colour and very tasty and refreshing.

Yvonne’s drinks are, of course, never the same since she uses whatever is on hand.  Basically, however, they all have one thing in common:  they are healthy, tasty and provide us with everything we need to stay in shape.  In addition, Ruthy and I like to have fruit and yogurt with berries for snacks.  Nuts, too, are great snacks unless we eat too many!  Personally, I like walnuts and pecans the best, but Ruthy prefers peanuts!

At one time I read that we can survive on three walnuts per day, but we never tried it out.  Why be tough on ourselves?!

Recently, we found a really nice bread that is not only healthy but pleases our taste buds:    It is a light rye bread that is made from unbleached wheat flour, rye sourdough and water, salt and yeast.  We usually top it with butter (unsalted, of course) and whatever draws our fancy, as long as it is healthy.  We think that whatever food we eat we must like it – to force ourselves to eat food we dislike will not do us much good!  We think!

Today, looking at the calendar, we suddenly realized that we are soon approaching the first day of summer!  A time to forget all things worrysome, take time off to sit on the balcony or in the garden and let the world go by!  Listen to nature and the sounds coming from the beach, the lake or the Festival.  Have friends over for a nice talk and something to drink and/or to eat.  A Blender Drink,  a la Yvonne, perhaps, or a glass of wine with some walnuts (a perfect taste combination as anybody who tasted it can confirm)!

But then we realized that we better take some time off if we want to do all this!

Of course, we will be back in the Fall – we just like it too much to stay in touch with you all!  In the meantime, be healthy and enjoy the season!