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I think I need to start this thread for selfish reasons. I come on here and read posts about cravings most of which are sweet and decedent or savory and fatty. and I develop the same craving and eat way too much of it. I'm not going to name anything. But I also have a good friend I talk to a few times a week and her cravings are contagious too, but luckily they're things like tomato and basil salad, homemade cream of asparagus soup, sweet potato custard, smoothies, watermelon, etc.. So please post good-for-you-and-baby cravings you have or WISH you had here, with some nutritional info if you have the time. I hope to catch all of them!<br><br>
So this week I have been devouring naval oranges. So sweet and juicy. The smell of oranges and lemons usually helps when I'm feeling down. So here are some good things about oranges:<br><br><b>ORANGES</b> are delicious—and one of the most popular fruits in the U.S. (after apples & bananas)! Whether you prefer the fruit or its juice, one medium orange contains more than one day’s requirements of Vitamin C. Oranges also provide other key nutrients for health:<br><br>
* <b>Potassium</b> , which helps decrease risk of hypertension and stroke, and maintains proper fluid balance.<br><br>
* <b>Folic Acid</b> helps make red blood cells, keeps the heart healthy, and helps prevent birth defects.<br><br>
* <b>B Cryptothanxin</b>, a carotenoid that protects against oxygen damage that harms DNA.<br><br><b>Popular Varieties:</b><br><br>
Valencia oranges have seeds, thick skins and are medium-sized. These are great for juicing.<br><br>
A mandarin orange is a smaller variety with loose skin, making it easier to peel.<br><br>
Clementines, one of the most popular varieties, are basically seedless mandarin oranges.<br><br>
Blood oranges are small- to medium-sized, have thin skins, and few or no seeds. These have a beautiful red interior and great flavor.<br><br><b>Selecting & Storing Oranges</b><br><br>
Don’t disregard oranges just because of a little green on the skin! This is called regreening, where the plant makes chlorophyll to feed the fruit. They may actually be a little sweeter.<br><br>
Oranges are best stored in the refrigerator, but will maintain their flavor and nutrients for 2 weeks at room temperature.<br><br><b>Honey Glazed Citrus Salad</b><br>
Makes 6 servings<br><br>
Ingredients<br>
2 tablespoons olive oil<br>
2 tablespoons cider vinegar<br>
2 tablespoons honey<br>
4 cups torn lettuce<br>
1/2 cup chopped red onion<br>
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley<br>
4 mandarin oranges, peeled, sectioned & drained<br><br>
Directions<br>
1. Stir together oil, vinegar, and honey.<br>
2. Combine all other ingredients in a separate bowl.<br>
3. Pour dressing over the salad, toss to coat.
 

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lately I am all about APPLES! cold and crisp, from the fridge. mmmmm <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
also raw carrots and broccoli with ranch dressing.<br><br>
baked potatoes with steamed broccoli and some cheese melted on top.<br><br>
spanikopita (spinach pie)<br><br>
barbara's shredded oat cereal, and kashi's oat flakes with dried blueberries. mmmm <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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mmm I'm a spankopita fan also....been thinking about making spinach and mushroom lasagna too....
 

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I agree with the orange thing, but its for the juice...not the actual fruit.<br><br>
Watermelon seems to be my latest craving...yummy!<br><br>
Oddly enough I have felt the need for more water, so I have upped my intake to about 65oz, when I am normally at about 45-50oz a day. I have cut out all the juice I was downing.<br><br>
When I was at the store last night I saw artichokes! Guess what I am having for dinner!<br><br>
So, I guess I am on the right track...after my taco bell gorging fiasco a couple of days ago, I decided that i should start thinking healthy...so walking three times a week now and just started pilates last night. My DH is also going to help me do some weight training on my arms.
 

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I love watermelon but I can't find any in the stores right now...UGH!<br><br>
I am loving papaya with lime juice though...I can't get enough of it. I am sadly off oranges?! Other than fruit the craving I have almost everyday is almonds and raisins mixed...enjoying some right now!
 

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for me it's pineapple, something I rarely eat in general. but yum!<br><br>
unfortunately, I should eat more veggies, I should crave them because I NEED them, right, but I am close to having aversions to them -- even when I make myself eat them, I don't really want them. arghh!
 

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Mmmmm, oranges and apples.<br><br>
My KIDS are craving healthy stuff. Today for lunch they asked for carrots and cucumber <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I second the WATER craving. It's all I want.
 

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I'm not sure everybody really "needs" veggies as opposed to just needing plant foods - I know that is like crazy to say, but I'm just really skeptical that alot of veggies are as important as people make them out to be. I think if I needed them they would taste good to me. Fruits contain all the same nutrients as vegetables, they just have that dreaded sugar that makes them taste good.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wild.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wild">
 

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you guys are making me sad...it's too early in the year for local fruit up here, and the imported stuff is completely flavourless since it's picked so long before it's ripe <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> i can't wait for fresh BC cherries though...my neighbour has a mini-orchard, and he sets ladders up under the trees for people to pick cherries for FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Oooh, free local cherries! You are so lucky!!<br><br>
It is too cold for our local fruit too, so, of course, guess what I am craving. I have had to settle for frozen organic berries a few times, but it is just not the same.<br><br>
I can't wait till summer!!
 

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Oooh, that sounds yummy!! What brand patties do you buy?
 

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I LOVE this thread!<br><br>
Okay, greens, which is weird bc I am naturally a greens hater. I have aquired a taste in the past couple months for spinach cooked with some onions and paired with scrambled eggs or omelette. OR, raw in salads. Also, the "field greens" salad that's all the dark greens and purples. AND, last but not least, kale. Shredded finely like coleslaw with low-fat mayo and some sesame oil. Or, like today I sauteed in olive oil a bunch of garlic and green olives, set aside when starting to brown around the edges, then sauteed (stir fried?? Don't know the terminology. I cooked it on med-high heat quickly, stirring a lot<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ) strips of kale till just limp and brown on the edges (you have to do it quick on high heat to avoid over-limpening them).<br><br>
Aside from the greens, it's been mangoes, strawberries, apples....<br><br>
And, yogurt. Dannon's "nothing added" plain, live active cultures yogurt, with a small spoonfull of all-fruit (no sugars added, OR artificial sugars) jam, essp apricot. I wont' tell you how many times today I ate this. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:
 

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Well, cooked veggies (except corn) still have a tendency to make me gag, which is odd, since usually I love them, but I have been loving raw greens!<br><br>
Trader Joe's sells a salad mix that has spinach, dried cranberries, candied pecans, blue cheese, and raspberry vinegrette dressing. Yum!!<br><br>
I have also been putting raw carrots, raw snow peas (mmm), celery, and tomatoes on my salads. And thinking lately that jicama and radishes would be tasty, too!
 

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I've been craving lots of fruit! Pineapple, apples and strawberries. Cherries will be in season soon too and I can't wait!!<br><br>
Craving milk and peanut butter too. Like I did with DS..Maybe this is a boy!!
 

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Mmmm cantaloupe, cherries, peanut butter! Made peanut butter balls with the kids yesterday (peanut butter, oats, raisins, wheat germ, honey, coconut, and/or crushed cereal in whatever amounts make you happy, roll in one of the dry ingredients, put in freezer until firm)<br><br>
Spinach, okay so I take a lot of cheese on cooked spinach with some onion. There is this salad that I love love at Whole Foods, it has spinach, glazed walnuts, cranberries, and mandarin oranges. Not sure what the dressing is though. Should save myself some money and attempt to make it sometime. Also I like to make red lentils, add some curry or turmeric or both, garlic, onion, and add cut up spinach when the lentils are just about done. Drizzle some olive oil +salt. Very yummy.<br><br><b><br>
Spinach</b><br>
Power Veggie bursting with <b>Lutein</b> and <b>Folate</b>:<br><br>
What is lutein?<br><br>
* Helps prevent macular degeneration<br>
of the eyes<br>
* Protects skin from the sun's damaging rays<br>
* Powerful antioxidant<br><br><br>
What is folate?<br><br>
* One of many heart healthy B vitamins<br>
* Helps body produce new cells<br>
* Crucial in a woman's diet -- helps prevent neural tube defects during pregnancy<br><br><br>
Time Saver: Purchase bags of pre-washed and ready-to-use spinach leaves. Toss leaves into your next salad!<br><br><br>
Try to incorporate 3-5 servings of vegetables a day into your meal plan -- Spinach is an excellent place to start! 1 serving = 1 cup raw or ½ cup cooked vegetables. Also try: cherry tomatoes or mini carrots!<br><br><br><br><span style="color:#0000FF;">I just ignore all the lowfat references in this recipe.</span><br><b>Spinach and Black Bean Enchiladas</b><br>
Makes 6 servings<br><br>
Ingredients<br>
Several quarts of water<br>
8 cups fresh spinach leaves, steamed<br>
Olive oil spray, if needed<br>
15-oz can black beans, drained<br>
½ cup salsa<br>
¼ tsp ground cumin<br>
¼ tsp chili powder<br>
6 6-inch corn or flour tortillas<br>
½ cup non or low-fat sour cream<br>
1½-2 tsp lime juice<br>
4 oz shredded low-fat Monterey Jack cheese<br>
2 Italian plum tomatoes, diced<br>
2 green onions, thinly sliced<br><br><br>
Directions<br>
1. Bring water to boil in a large pot. Rinse spinach, add to boiling water and cook for 1 minute. Remove with slotted spoon and drain. Press out as much liquid as possible.<br>
2. Preheat oven to 350°F, spray casserole dish with vegetable oil, set aside.<br>
3. In medium bowl, combine spinach, black beans, salsa, cumin, and chili powder.<br>
4. Spoon ¼ of mixture down the middle of one tortilla and roll tortilla around filling. Place tortilla seam down in casserole dish.<br>
5. Repeat with remaining tortillas.<br>
6. Bake enchiladas, uncovered, for 15 minutes.<br>
7. Combine sour cream and lime juice.<br>
8. Remove enchiladas from oven and spread mixture over enchiladas, top with cheese, tomatoes, and green onion.<br>
9. Bake 5 more minutes. Enjoy!<br>
(From: American Heart Association Low-Fat, Low- Cholesterol Cookbook, Second Edition, 1997)
 
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