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Wanna Be Sneaky?

This morning I landed up watching and, of course, sampling the green smoothies the Vitamix rep. was demonstrating at Costco.  Feeling inspired, as soon as I got home, I prepared this green smoothie with the fresh organic baby spinach and mangoes I had picked up while I was there:

1 cup Coconut water
1 cup Organic Baby Spinach
3/4 - 1 Mango cut into 1 inch pieces (can use frozen)
1 Tbsp. Coconut Cream
1 Tbsp. Coconut Flakes (optional)
1 tsp. Flax Seeds (optional)
1 Medjool Date
Ice

Easy Part: In Vitamix or strong blender, blend all of the above ingredients. If you want it to taste like a slurpie, add more ice.  It's a cold, damp day here today so I just added about 7 ice cubes 'cause I didn't want a very frozen drink. The spinach gave it color and vitality, while the coconut cream gave it character, and the not too ripe mango yielded a pineapple type of sweet and sourness. Yummmm!  (Add more mango or coconut cream to your taste.)

Hard Part: What should we call the concoction…

Tricks to Eat Less

Shhh!  Here's my secret!  Chopsticks and a small bowl!  You'll eventually get tired of picking up those seeds and grains of rice!  It's true the larger the cutlery and plate size, the more you eat! Write with experience.

When I moved to Germany, I was appalled at the size of the plates.  They were more like PLATTERS not PLATES!  The spoon was so large that the first time I put it in my mouth, I felt like I was at a dentist's office and had to pry open my mouth wide, really wide. It took time getting used to, after all I had just moved from Hong Kong where I was used to eating with chopsticks, in which I had to barely part my lips.  Surely, weight gain was inevitable, along with excellent, hearty food.  It was almost impossible to finish every thing on my plat[t]e[r].

If only I had known then what I know now, put half the food aside to pack up to take home. This way you only eat half 'cause you know when you are engrossed in a juicy conversation or batting eyes at …