If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with –Stephen Stills

Day 5: Happy Cinco de I- can’t -have -a-margarita-or -nachos-Mayo!! Well, delicious homemade guacamole with veggies and seasoned meatballs did very nicely instead. The trick to these things is not focusing on what you cannot have but really celebrating and optimizing what you can. So at the beginning of this journey, I bought a popular paleo book called, Well Fed. It’s full of flavorful recipes for those of us who love to eat.

It’s definitely an adventure in shopping, planning and cooking in specific ways and because I cannot rely on my good old friends, butter and flour, the creativity must be honed and heightened! A good thing. I am in the habit now of having some protein in the morning as soon as I can (after coffee of course, I’m not a freak), so eggs have become a big go-to in this process. Oh! That reminds me, I’m out of eggs. I have made a few extra trips to the store this week to fill in with creative items and on my To Do (after I get my mom’s Mother’s Day gift) is to buy some more empty spice jars as I have definitely beefed up my seasonings cabinet. Without fat, goes flavor, so lots of spices and herbs are essential.

I am vibrating along despite life’s little curve balls. Feeling good is what it’s all about; without that, all the money in the world can’t help you.

avocado

How to pick a perfectly ripe avocado: Look at the stem (the little nub on one end) and try to remove it gently. If it doesn’t come off, it’s not ripe. If it comes off and the hole is black, it’s overripe. If it comes off easily and the hole is green…It’s perfect.

Guacamole:

I’m a purist when it comes to this healthy snack, side or appetizer: Perfectly ripe avocados, lime juice, sea or kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. That’s it. Mash and enjoy. I have been known to add: small clove of crushed garlic, cilantro, a dash of vinegar and/or olive oil and a really fun surprise addition: pomegranate seeds.Some people like to add chopped onions or scallions and even diced tomatoes. Do what you like.