Friday, October 12, 2012

The Theme of the Bible is Jesus

"The Bible is its own expositor. Scripture is to be compared with scripture. The student should learn to view the word as a whole, and to see the relation of its parts. He should gain a knowledge of its grand central theme, of God’s original purpose for the world, of the rise of the great controversy, and of the work of redemption. He should understand the nature of the two principles that are contending for supremacy, and should learn to trace their working through the records of history and prophecy, to the great consummation. He should see how this controversy enters into every phase of human experience; how in every act of life he himself reveals the one or the other of the two antagonistic motives; and how, whether he will or not, he is even now deciding upon which side of the controversy he will be found."

Taken from Education, p. 190

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Veggie Smoothies - Recipe 6

This is a smoothie from a few days ago, featuring prized ingredients:

I do not know very much about the health benefits of figs; but I love them! I enjoy black mission figs fresh, while I prefer Turkish figs dried. Either way, they are spectacular. I am aware that they contain substantial amounts of calcium (considering that they are fruits). Three dried mission figs provides approximately eighty milligrams (80 mg) of calcium. That's pretty good!

Recipe 6 - makes 5.5 cups

  • 2 cups of beet greens, stems, and beets
  • 2 cups of carrots
  • 1/2 of a lemon with some skin and all seeds
  • 1 cup of figs
Personal Take: Pretty good smoothie. It definitely tasted like vegetables, though the figs gave a slight sweetness. The carrots impacted the color again, but it did not bother anyone. I left more of the zest this time, and you could taste it. Again, not bothersome to me or anyone else (I think). My mom did mention the thickness; I am going to have to use more water. =)

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Veggie Smoothie - Recipe 5

Each day brings more and more benefits. Do it for yourself, and you will see. ;)

Here is the smoothie we had today:

Recipe 5 - makes 7.5 cups (why I made so much, I am not certain...)

  • 2.5 cups of spinach with stems
  • 1/2 lemon with some skin
  • 2 large carrots (about two cups worth)
  • 1 apple
  • 1 cup of mango
  • Lots of water
Personal Take: This smoothie tasted more like fruits -- it would be a great introduction to the realm of vegetable smoothies. However, I've already been introduced. Also, we have been on a nearly-no-sugar diet, so this tasted rather sweet to us (it is amazing how one's taste buds adjust).

Other than that, it was a great smoothie. The color was different because there were more carrots in this batch (it is usually only one cup). I still thought that it looked pretty though.

This required more blending (hence the suggestion for "lots of water"). I was able to manage though, because  I used part frozen mango; and that kept the smoothie cool enough to blend thoroughly. I believe that the nutrients need to live to be effective; so I would rather that heat did not kill them off.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Veggie Smoothie - Recipe 4

These smoothies are amazing! They really rejuvenate you and give you a good clean out. Just make sure to drink lots of water throughout the day -- at least five cup for children, and at least eight to nine for adults.

Recipe 4 - makes 6 cups

  • 1 1/2 cups of turnip greens / stems
  • 1 1/2 cups of spinach  / stems
  • 1 cup of purple carrots
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 lemon, with some skin
  • 1/4 cup of leftover cereal
  • about 4-5 cups of water (whatever it takes to blend it smoothly)
Personal Take: Pretty good. Turnip greens are pretty strong, but their taste was in the background. I think that it is the avocado that neutralizes it. The taste was mild -- it did not pull in any particular direction. It was thick, but not of a consistency that would choke you. =) I should have blended it a little longer, but it was relatively smooth. My favorite part was the green color! It is just a beautiful shade of green. It definitely looks appetizing.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Veggie Smoothies - Recipes 2 and 3

Note: This post was written 26 September 2012.

With each day comes another smoothie. I almost did not make one this morning, due to time constraints; but we forged ahead anyway. =)

This week, we are working on eating out the beet greens; so that is why they come up so often (besides, it's only the third recipe).

Recipe 2 - makes  6 cups (Yes, I am now saying the amount rather than the servings.)

  • 4 cups of chopped beet greens, with their stems
  • 1 cup of raw beets, chopped, and with their skin
  • 1 cup of chopped purple carrots
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 mango, peeled, and pitted
  • 1/2 lemon, partially peeled (keep the seeds, though)
  • 4-5 cups of water
Blend for at least two minutes -- three is probably better. Don't let the smoothie get hot! Heat will kill the nutrients. If you feel it getting warm, and you still need to blend, add some ice (and possibly some water).

Personal Take: If you noticed, I was a bit more specific about the water. The reason for this is the smoothie was thicker with that amount of water. I love thick smoothies. 

Anyway, it tasted pretty good. Presumably, the vegetable taste was stronger -- that is because there were less fruits in this batch. However, I must admit that it tasted good. I really enjoyed this smoothie. But all of my family said that it was filling, so having seconds is not likely. =)

Recipe 3 - makes 4 cups
  • 3 cups of beet greens, with their stems
  • 4 baby beets (I did not measure it this time around)
  • 1 cup of chopped purple carrots
  • 1 starfruit, with seeds
  • 1 banana
  • Not certain of how much water...
Personal Take: Rule number one says, "Do not forget the lemon." Oops. It did not change the taste, but the color was slightly more burgundy than usual. Lemon is a natural preservative. It slows the process of oxidation, which occurs when the food is open to the air -- when it is cut, pureed, torn, broken, etc. Lemon is important.

Other than that mistake, the smoothie was delicious. My brother said that he could definitely taste the banana, and that made it taste good. Frankly, I agree. It helped to mute the strong flavor of the greens. Which, by the way, was pretty strong.