Good Morning Strawberry Mango Plus Smoothie

By Jodee Weiland

Getting up in the morning and grabbing a healthy smoothie is a great way to start your day! A smoothie, done right, can be a high-fiber breakfast, which can help you lose weight if that’s a personal goal. But even if you are not looking to lose weight, a healthy smoothie has all sorts of health benefits, like reducing the risk of heart disease. My Good Morning Strawberry Mango Plus Smoothie does all of that for you, and it tastes delicious as well!

http://learnfromyesterday.comIn my smoothie, I intentionally wanted to make sure I had at least 200 calories because anything less is not substantial enough to substitute for breakfast. Everyone needs fuel for their bodies to function properly. I wanted to make sure I had minerals and vitamins included, plus some protein and at least five grams of fiber. It was for these last two reasons, I included fruits, a vegetable, and almonds.

http://learnfromyesterday.comGood Morning Strawberry Mango Plus Smoothie 

  • 1 large carrot, peeled and cut up
  • 3/4 cup fresh strawberries
  • 3/4 cup fresh frozen mango, cut up
  • 6 whole almonds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon organic honey or more to taste, if preferred

http://learnfromyesterday.comBlend all of the above ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy. I did not add honey, but for those who prefer a sweeter flavor, add the honey as well. Pour into a glass to serve. This recipe makes one serving.

http://learnfromyesterday.comMy Good Morning Strawberry Mango Plus Smoothie is a great way to start your day! This smoothie is both healthy and delicious, while giving you seven grams of fiber along with five grams of protein, as well as numerous other vitamins and minerals. This smoothie is 202 calories and has 0 trans fat, reducing the risk of heart disease. What a great way to start your day, especially if you want to lose weight. Make yourself a healthy smoothie that fuels your body wisely, and enjoy!

Fresh Homemade Cranberry Sauce

By Jodee Weiland

If you’ve never made homemade cranberry sauce, when you decide to do so, you will be pleasantly surprised. Making homemade cranberry sauce from fresh cranberries is so easy, you’ll wonder why you never did it before. The flavor is sweet but tart and will make everything you serve with it taste so much better, because of it’s crisp rich flavor. My Fresh Homemade Cranberry Sauce is so flavorful and delicious, it will make any can sauce pale by comparison!

Cranberry Sauce I used to think making cranberry sauce was a lot more complicated. Once I found out how easy it is to make, I couldn’t wait to try it. But the best part of this learning experience was the burst of rich delicious flavor in Fresh Homemade Cranberry Sauce! It’s sweet tart flavor just explodes in your mouth as you savor the flavor that only fresh cranberries can give you. As a side to turkey, it really is the best and will not disappoint you or your guests!

http://learnfromyesterday.comFresh Homemade Cranberry Sauce

  • 16 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup raspberry acai juice from Trop 50 (or any fruit juice)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar


http://learnfromyesterday.comPut all the above ingredients in a sauce pan and mix together with a spoon. Do not cover the sauce pan. Cook this mixture over a medium high heat for 15 to 20 minutes or until most of the liquid is reduced and the cranberry sauce is the desired consistency. You do not want to burn it, so stir occasionally while it is cooking. As it cooks, it will bubble and the cranberries will burst, letting their rich flavor blend into your cranberry sauce. When done, remove from the heat and let it cool down. Then serve with your meal. The cranberry sauce may be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a week.

http://learnfromyesterday.comMy Fresh Homemade Cranberry Sauce is so flavorful and delicious! When it comes to the holidays, cranberry sauce is always a favorite with turkey and even ham. We love it any time of the year with a wide variety of meals because it adds such fabulous taste to so many meals. It is so easy to make and will be a family favorite. Whenever you decide to have Fresh Homemade Cranberry Sauce, you will love it, so enjoy!

Get Back on Track Healthy Cabbage Soup

By Jodee Weiland

Years ago I made a great cabbage soup whenever I felt the need to eat a vegetarian meal…a meal that would be healthy and delicious! Sometimes when we travel, it’s hard to stay as healthy as we would like when eating out. Cabbage soup is my way of getting things back to where they need to be after traveling. I love cabbage, and there’s no doubt I love soup, but this cabbage soup has so much more value for me because it is one of the healthiest soups I make. My Get Back on Track Healthy Cabbage Soup is my version of the old Cabbage Soup Diet with some kick!

The old Cabbage Soup Diet had a day by day formula to follow for seven days. Since I’m not big on seven-day diets or any diets for that matter, I love the idea of cabbage soup, but done my way! For one thing, I believe that if you eat healthy most of the time and consistently, you will get to and maintain the appropriate weight for you. Of course, you may also have to work out, either walking, jogging, aerobics, or something, but keeping weight down can be achieved. If you eat right and exercise, you can be the weight that’s appropriate for your age and gender. But once in a while we get off track, like when we’re on vacation, and that’s the time to eat even healthier. That’s when I pull out my Get Back on Track Healthy Cabbage Soup!

Get Back on Track Healthy Cabbage Soup

  • 1  tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup celery, cleaned and sliced
  • 2 cups carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 small to medium yellow onions sliced
  • 2 small or 1 large garlic clove chopped
  • 5 fresh basil leaves, cleaned and chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1 cabbage head, cored and cut up
  • 2 – 14.5 ounce cans diced tomatoes with juice
  • 5 – 14.5 ounce cans chicken or vegetable fat-free broth
  • Fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • Hot sauce to taste (optional)

Heat olive oil in a large pot, and saute the celery, carrots, onions, garlic, basil leaves, and parsley until slightly cooked. Add the cut up cabbage to the pot and mix together. Then add the diced tomatoes with the juice, and the chicken or vegetable broth. Add ground black pepper to taste and if you choose to do so, add hot sauce to taste. With hot sauce, remember that it can always be added later to meet the preferences of all who are eating.

Bring the mixture to a low boil, and then cover the pot and lower the heat to simmer. Simmer for 40 to 45 minutes or until all vegetables are cooked. Once done, you are ready to serve the soup. NOTE: If you’re not using this soup to get back on track, you can add some peeled potatoes cut up or some rice.

My Get Back on Track Healthy Cabbage Soup is not only healthy, it is delicious as well. This is a great way to get back on track, and you will have enough for lunches or dinners within the next few days. This meal and some regular exercise should make it easy to get back on track. I like to have my soup at dinner with a nice Chianti, which I feel only serves to enhance the flavor, but with or without, you will find it satisfying and full of great flavor. For those who don’t need to get back on track, a nice multigrain loaf of crusty bread goes well with this soup. You may even want to add some grated Parmesan Reggiano cheese. However you choose to have it, you are going to love this soup, so enjoy!


Eating Out at Emeril’s Fabulous Table 10 in Las Vegas!

By Jodee Weiland

Eating out in Las Vegas is always a delicious experience because there are so many wonderful restaurants and venues to choose from for every meal. Emeril Lagasse has four restaurants in Las Vegas to choose from when eating out, whether you are looking for a casual meal or a fine dining experience! Emeril’s Table 10 at the Palazzo is definitely a fine dining experience for eating out deliciously. When making our reservations, Emeril’s Fabulous Table 10 in Las Vegas is one of our first choices and without a doubt, fine dining at its best!

We have eaten at most of Emeril’s restaurants in various cities, and Emeril’s Table 10 is definitely one of our favorite restaurants in Las Vegas! We always request to eat at the Chef’s Food Bar, where we are able to sit and watch the various chefs cook our meal. From the chefs preparing the soups and salads to those preparing our main meal, watching them create each dish is as wonderful as eating the fabulous dishes they serve you! Each dish is prepared flawlessly, and it is always fun to watch as the professionals prepare all the meals being ordered on any particular evening.

On this particular visit, I ordered the Cauliflower Soup of the Day, while my husband ordered the Fried Great Lakes Smelt with preserved lemon mayonnaise to start. I chose the Filet Mignon, Lobster Tail, and Shrimp, a delicious surf and turf dish with green beans and potato puree for my main course. My husband ordered Steak Frites, a sixteen ounce Angus rib eye steak with crispy red potatoes and classic peppercorn. Both of our meals were absolutely delicious and done perfectly!

For dessert, we had Emeril’s famous Banana Cream Pie with chocolate shavings, caramel sauce, and whipped cream. This is one of my absolute favorite desserts at any of Emeril’s restaurants, so this choice was a must for me! But I should warn you, one slice of Emeril’s Banana Cream Pie is so large, that many times my husband and I will share one serving between us. No one will ever go away hungry from Emeril’s restaurant because all of the portions are more than generous. Everything, as usual, was so delicious and prepared perfectly!

What can I say? Eating Out at Emeril’s Fabulous Table 10 in Las Vegas was eating out deliciously at its best and as always, we were treated like royalty! Whenever someone eats at one of Emeril’s restaurants, they are made to feel like there is no one else in the room but them. The staff, from the hostess that seats you to the chefs, who prepare every part of your meal, to the waiter that serves you, are the best, and each one does their utmost to make you feel as if you are the most important guest there! So the next time you’re in Las Vegas, treat yourself to a gourmet experience by Eating Out at Emeril’s Fabulous Table 10, and enjoy!

Thick Green Smoothie Magic with Almonds

By Jodee Weiland

Lately, I’ve been trying out some thicker smoothies that would be filling and could take the place of a meal while being nutritious and healthy as well. One thicker smoothie I put together was especially tasty. I think this smoothie was so good because of the addition of almonds. It’s much thicker than my regular smoothie, but the almonds also make it more filling. Almonds are heart healthy and since I love them, I felt certain they would add something great to the flavor. I was right, and the result was my Thick Green Smoothie Magic with Almonds!

This smoothie has fresh mango, apple, and unsweetened pineapple juice, all of which have numerous vitamins and nutrients. It also has frozen spinach for a green vegetable, which gives it even more nutritional value. By including almonds I’ve add protein, because an ounce of almonds contains about one eighth of our necessary daily protein. The inclusion of almonds make this smoothie heart healthy and gives it the thick consistency I was looking for, making it more filling and a possible substitute for a breakfast or a mid-day meal without bread. That is exactly what I was trying to create with this new smoothie!

http://learnfromyesterday.comThick Green Smoothie Magicwith Almonds

  • 1 Granny Smith apple unpeeled, cored, and cut up
  • 1 cup fresh frozen mango slices
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1 and 1/2 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1 cup frozen spinach

In a blender, blend together the apple, the mango, the almonds, and the juice until smooth. Add in the frozen spinach and once again blend until smooth, but thick. This recipe will make approximately two ten ounce servings. It can also be made less thick by adding additional juice, if preferred.

My Thick Green Smoothie Magic with Almonds is delicious and very healthy! This thicker smoothie could easily take the place of a breakfast or a mid-day meal without bread, while still satisfying your hunger. It has great nutritional value, which includes twelve grams of fiber and about 15 grams of protein. There are 404 calories in one serving or half of the recipe, but for a meal this is relatively low. High in fiber, protein, and nutrients, this smoothie will satisfy your hunger, while keeping you healthy, so enjoy!