There are some perks to living in Mexico, especially if you get excited about things like fresh produce. Sam and I have always been health conscience, but this year I really went all out crunchy granola with our food. We were traveling and we didn't always have control over what we ate, but when we did it was 2/3 raw, green smoothie, all natural sins sugar and white flour. We just couldn't afford to be sick, and Sam's cholesterol had gotten a little out of control, just to name a few reasons I'm so weird about food. I don't want to live forever, but I do want the time I do live to be able to do all I can for God. So naturally finding good food sources was a high priority here in Mexico and I am always budget minded. Sunday was one of my first opportunities to get out a really look around. Sunday is the big market day for Jerez. I can't believe all the healthy things I can feed my family for a fraction of the cost I would pay in the States! Hence the title The Extraordinary Becomes Ordinary.
Avocados are the other thing I'm really excited about. I paid less than $2 for over 2 lbs at the market. In the States, I was happy if I got 3 avocados for that price. They are so good for you and now I don't have to ration them as much!
We also had are first experience cooking nopales (cactus) out at the children's home last week. It turned out really well, if I do say so myself. It was Bro. Steve's recipe and he called it Prickly Pork...too fun. The children's home is actually surrounded by a Nopales farm and later this year they will bear tasty fruit called Tunas, which an adventure, but I'll save that for another blog. Maybe I should have titled this blog, Everyday Exotic.
I think I will be able to get back to my food log. So today we had green smoothie for breakfast, about a cup each. It had 5 stalks celery juiced ,1/3 coconut oil (a tbsp for each person), 2 cups homemade Kefir (that's another blog), plenty of spinach (at least 7 cups), and 4 1/2 bananas. It turned out really yummy. We had watermelon and a boiled egg throughout the morning. Lunch was a big salad with avocado :), nuts, flax seed, a few olives and olive oil and vinegar. I added a little red onion today and expected rioting, but the only one who said anything was Hannah. We had coconut and a good handful of nuts and pumpkin seeds for snacks this afternoon. For dinner we are having Paco's Fish Tacos in Lettuce Wraps with quinoa. Yummo! It's a Rachel Ray recipe. You can find it here. Quinoa is a Latin American grain that is very high in protein, but I haven't seen it here yet. I brought some I had from the States. I'll miss it when it's gone. :)
Oh and Sam made homemade ice cream, so I'm sure we will all have a bowl of that in a little while. I consider homemade ice cream a health snack in moderation, especially when it's made with raw milk. We haven't tracked down a milk farmer yet, but I know there are raw milk sources.
I feel like a Laura Ingalls Wilder's book. Not sure if you've read those in awhile, but a good portion of her writing is about food. How they grew it, scavenged, or hunted for it and how they prepared it. I think it was because it was so hard to come by. So thankful that is not the case for us.