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An awesome wrap

By Nate LaClaire —  May 1, 2010 — Leave a comment


So, I have been contemplating what I might write about in my first post-detox blog post. A sensational experience earlier this week answered the question. I read on Monday that Square Root Natural Foods, Poland’s new natural food store, is now selling wraps and sandwiches. I had planned a stop at the store on Tuesday, so I had to check out the wraps. Now, I don’t know about you, but curry tuna just did not sound appetizing. However, after being told that it was Zakk’s personal creation, I decided to give it a try. “You won’t regret it,” I was told. He was right! Albacore tuna, ranch dressing, canola mayonnaise, capers, onion, celery, curry, cumin, lettuce, tomato, swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and a whole wheat tortilla combine to make a truly amazing wrap. I wasn’t surprised today to learn that they can’t keep them in the store. I shared mine with the rest of my family and everyone agreed: absolutely delightful. By the way, I’m not a fan of sauerkraut or capers, and my youngest sister doesn’t like curry, but we agreed that the combination of flavors was wonderful. The picture above shows just half of the wrap and the whole thing only cost $4.25 – a decent price considering how much food it was.

I also purchased a bag of Bare Fruit Organic Dried Fuji Apple Chips to go along with the wrap (see the pictures above and below). Another excellent purchase! Yummy!

So, if you’re within flying distance :-) of Poland, Maine, get yourself over to Poland Crossing at 1399 Maine Street and ask at Square Root Natural Foods for their Curry Tuna wrap. Let me know what you think!

Hello to my friends in Central Maine (especially Poland, Maine)! This Saturday (March 20) we have an awesome opportunity to support a great new local business and also support our favorite public library! Square Root Natural Foods is a new natural food store opening at Poland Crossing, where Poland’s Dunkin Donuts is located (the store is between Northeast Bank and Family Dollar). Being very community-minded, the owners have chosen to donate a portion of the opening day’s profits to the library, to be used to improve the library’s ecology and agriculture sections. As a library trustee and friend of the library, I’m excited about what this means for the library. As a lover of my hometown, I’m excited about what this means for Poland. As someone who supports the local economy by purchasing locally-grown foods, I’m excited about this great new place to get local and natural goods. Please join me in helping to make their opening day a huge success while also supporting Ricker Library! The store had its soft open a few weeks ago, so I’ve had the opportunity to visit and I can tell you that they have a great selection. Also, I had a long talk with the owners and am very impressed with their attitude regarding the business and the community. For more information about the event, visit the Friends of Ricker Library web site at http://rickerfriends.org/.

The Full Plate Diet

By Nate LaClaire —  October 15, 2009 — 2 Comments

As a member of Medi-Share, I was invited back in July to request a free advance viewing copy of a book being published this January by the Lifestyle Center of America called The Full Plate Diet. Since I’ve been gaining weight like it’s going out of style and since I’ve also been feeling miserable for months and wanting a change, I jumped at the offer. Knowing a little bit about LCA already, I had a feeling that this was not your average diet book. I was right. The book promotes a change in thinking: a fully sustainable high-fiber diet. Who would have thought that the nutrient that experts are promoting for its digestive health benefits will also help you lose weight? Okay – yeah, I already knew that. Actually, I already eat a lot of high-fiber foods, although when I’m not ingesting high-fiber foods I’m ingesting absolute trash, so I don’t think that my diet counts as high-fiber, nutritious, or even safe. Hmm…

Back to the book: nice, colorful pictures. Lots of them. Easy-to-understand concepts introduced using language that won’t make you feel stupid and on pages containing a healthy amount of whitespace. And, the diet itself isn’t a crash-and-burn diet, but a gradual ascent into a sustainable lifestyle of healthy eating. Although the book promotes vegetarian eating, the authors stress that the diet itself is not vegetarian. If you like meat, eat it. Just make sure that you get your fiber, too. The book provides lots of comparisons between raw foods (like the “Top 5 Vegetables for Your Diet”) as well as Fiber Face Offs, which show you how to take a yummy low-fiber dish and make it a high-fiber one (know how to make a high-fiber bowl of tomato soup? I do now!). The book also features lots of good-looking recipes as well as tips for eating on the road.

So, why am I telling you this? First, because this is a great book that you will be able to get in print in January and can view in its entirety online for free today. Second, because starting today I’m diving in and adopting the book’s principles. I’m also beginning an exercise regimen. And, I’ll be posting regular updates about what I’m doing, how I’m feeling, etc. to my blog. Hopefully that final piece will keep me on track and perhaps even encourage someone else to do the same. After all, I’m living proof that just taking the stairs isn’t enough. :-) Join me for this voyage, won’t you?

A Great Smoothie

By Nate LaClaire —  February 17, 2006 — Leave a comment

I promised some friends from the library last week that I would give them the recipe for an awesome smoothie that I have been drinking, so I decided to post it to my blog. This is based on the recipe for a smoothie called “The Green Gorilla.”

  • 1/2 package frozen spinach
  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tbsp flax seed
  • 1 peach
  • 1/2 cup water – use more or less depending on desired consistency

Yeah, you read the first ingredient correctly. What’s wrong, not feeling adventurous? Trust me – you’ll love it. I recommend letting the spinach thaw at room temperature for about 10-20 minutes before you try to cut it. You don’t want it to thaw too much, though. Blend the whole thing as much as you want (I thoroughly liquify it) and enjoy!

I don’t taste the spinach at all – what I taste is the fruit. I eat this and only this for lunch 6 days a week. It’s tasty and filling! And, just look at all of the servings of fruits and vegetables that you are getting out of the way in that one meal (I believe it comes out to 3 servings of fruit and 2 of vegetables). Enjoy!