Green…With Envy or Gratitude?

Welcome  In my I’ve Got a New Gratitude post yesterday, I mentioned that I did a Thirty Days of Gratitude Challenge in the month of December.  I learned so much about myself during this challenge and it really helped me to flex my “gratitude muscles.”  I’m going to share from day 3 in that challenge along with a crazy Wellness Wednesday recipe that combines the best of two worlds in dips!  Thanks for joining me today.  Note–I may receive a small compensation from affiliate links seen on this post.  For further information, please see my Terms and Disclosure page.

Green spring, SMNP
A green spring in Smokey Mountain National Park; Tennesee-North Carolina state line

Food For Thought  On day 3 of my gratitude challenge I was asked for what color am I most grateful.  I thought that was a strange prompt and I certainly had never given it much thought before.  I love all colors, in the right time and place, and I’m grateful for my sight and vision that allows me to observe the rainbow of hues throughout the earth.  I’ve been asked my favorite color plenty of times in my life, but a color for which I am grateful?  I ran through a list of colors and shades in my mind and looked around my home at the things I love most for inspiration.  As I did this, the color green kept coming to my mind.

Poor color green!  It gets a bad wrap!  People talk about being green with envy, which we know is not a positive personality trait and does not promote love (1 Corinthians 13:4).  In art-color representation, green is often associated with jealousy or greed.  If someone is ill or motion sick we might say they’re turning green…eww.  Mold is green.  The scum on a pond in the hot dry summer months is green.  And have you ever seen a baby’s diaper after they’ve eaten peas or spinach?  I doubt I need to explain any further.  So why on earth would I pick green as my color of gratitude?

Again, there are so many beautiful colors of this earth, each magnificent in their own way.  After some contemplation, though, I decided I was most grateful for the color green.  To me, green is the color of nature, of earth, of life, and the color of having plenty.  Green is a very calming color for me.  When my husband and I are on a mountain trail, there is an incredible lushness about the green surrounding us, especially if we are near water.  We are literally enveloped by the color of green and doused with a freshness and serenity that I cannot experience anywhere else.  And I cannot describe any other color with such passion.  As the rest of the world bakes in the hot sun, I can escape into the coolness of the forest and find refreshment for my body, mind, and soul.  And if I were to pick a shade of green, it would be the shade of the mosses and grasses that grow at the water’s edge, hydrated by the rushing waters that so many take for granted.  I have never wanted to preserve a color in my memory more than this one.

Something I noticed while doing my gratitude challenge is how many beautiful things I take for granted day to day, such as amazing colors and the emotions they bring forth.  I want to encourage you to take time each day to find beauty in something around you, something that you often pass by or don’t give much thought.  How about starting with the color you are most grateful for?  I’d love to hear your responses in the comments section here or on my Facebook page.

Fall Creek Falls base
Fall Creek Falls State Park near Cookeville, TN; base of the falls
Fall Creek Falls overlook
Fall Creek Falls State Park near Cookeville, TN; overlook; framed in green

Today’s Prayer  My Dear Heavenly Father, I am so grateful for this beautiful world you have created, all its wonderful shades and textures.  You give us so many precious sights, and I am so thankful that my eyes and mind work so that I can process them all.  Forgive me when I forget to say “thank you.”  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Today’s Scripture I love the following passage from Jeremiah 17, and always have, but I read it with a renewed spirit this morning. I think it reflects well the image I’m trying to portray.  As always, I encourage you to read the preceding and following verses to get the full context.

Jeremiah 17:7-8  “But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.  He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.  It does not fear when heat comes, its leaves are always green.  It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

Juney Whank Falls
Juney Whank Falls, GSMNP, Deep Creek/Cherokee Area, near Bryson City, NC

Today’s Recipe  My husband and I love hummus, and he makes a phenomenal roasted red pepper hummus.  My favorite store-bought hummus, however, is the jalapeno cilantro hummus that I have only been able to find at Aldi.  As we were talking about this particular hummus on New Year’s, I got a craving!  So I decided to try and make my own.  Then I decided to add avocado, too, and turn it into a guaca-hummus!  I loved the finished result…the best of both worlds…guacamole and hummus.  I ate it with tortilla chips and celery sticks.  I think it qualifies as a Wellness Wednesday recipe because the only fat is the “good fat” from the avocado and the slight amount in the beans.  There’s no artificial anything or “junk” in this recipe, just whole foods for healthy snacking.  It is most ideal to use a food processor to make this recipe.  If you are interested, you can check out this Kitchen Aid processor like the one I use. 

Guaca-Hummus (makes about 2 cups)

  • 1 15.5 oz can garbanzo beans (chick peas), preferably with no salt added
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1-2 fresh jalapenos, depending on if you want it really tame or more spicy
  • 1 small lime, juiced
  • 1 tsp sea salt
    Guaca-Hummus
    Get the best of both dip worlds in this healthy snack.

    In the bowl of a food processor, place beans that have been rinsed and drained.  Remove pit from avocado and scoop soft insides into bowl.  Add cilantro and lime juice.  Remove stems and seeds from jalapenos, dice, and place in processor.  Add salt and process until smooth.  Taste and add seasoning as necessary.  Place in container with lid or cover bowl with plastic wrap.  Refrigerate a few hours or overnight.  Serve with favorite chips and raw vegetables.

  • And if you want nutritional support for dipping into that bowl of hummus, check out this statistic: “Bowden explains that garbanzo beans have 12.5 g of fiber per cup, making them a dietary fiber heavyweight food. High fiber foods have a lot of volume, but often not an exceeding high amount of calories. The soluble fiber in garbanzos keeps your blood sugar low which keeps you from craving food as well.”  From “Garbanzo Beans for Weight Loss” at LIVESTRONG.com.

 

 

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