Feeling Doughy?


I’ve been on a smoothie kick lately.  I ran out of all my greens though…and we’re leaving for vacation this weekend, so I didn’t want to buy any new stuff as I know it’d mostly go to waste.  So, I set out to find some new smoothies.

Kath over at Kath Eats Real Food has a recipe for what she’s dubbed, the Dough Boy Smoothie.  As a huge fan of anything doughy, that sounds right up my alley!  Kath puts the ingredients into the blender and then lets them sit overnight to let the oats and chia seeds absorb the milk and get all mushy.  Then, she blends it all into a thick, doughy smoothie. Yum!

When I created my version a couple days ago, I didn’t have time to let the mixture sit overnight first.  I compromised by dumping all my ingredients in the blender to sit before I took a shower and then actually blended it after I was done. That 10-15 minute window worked well…just a tip if you’re not one of those “plan ahead” types. 😉

Peanut Butter Banana Dough Boy Smoothie
Adapted from KERF’s Recipe

1/2 cup raw oats
1 cup almond milk
2 TBSP chia seeds
1 banana
Splash of Vanilla
2-3 TBSP Peanut Butter
Handful of Ice
Chocolate Sauce

Directions:
Put oats, almond milk, chia seeds, banana, and peanut butter in your blender’s pitcher. Let sit for 15 minutes to overnight…depending on how urgently you would like to drink this. 🙂

When you’re ready, add a handful of ice and blend.

Pour into a glass and drizzle with chocolate syrup – attempt to be pretty. 🙂

Enjoy!

These are a few of my favorite things…


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I know you’re singing the song right now…because I am too! 🙂

I’ve received texts from time-to-time from friends, asking me about things I buy and items I’ve used in various recipes.  I thought I’d dedicate a post to some of my favorite items to have on hand.  This post is completely un-sponsored…these are just my honest opinions.

Beginning with produce, I pretty much always have bananas, a tub of baby spinach, carrots – baby for quick snacks and regular to use in recipes, and apples.  Here and there, I’ll pick up a bunch of kale…since I do like kale! 🙂

In my pantry, I always have old-fashioned oats.  I buy them bulk and just re-fill the little tub I’ve got.  Through the summer, I’ve been adding oats to smoothies and recently found some Dough-Boy smoothie recipes over at Kath Eats Real Food.  So, for the past two days, I’ve been making my own variation to make a peanut butter banana dough-boy. It’s delicious! (I’ll have to post a recipe soon.)

I tend to have a variety of grains.

Brown rice is definitely a staple…then, as seen in this picture, I also currently have quinoa, millet, and farro (it’s like a fat brown rice)…and yellow peas, not a grain, but they’re in the pile. 🙂

I am a big fan of Muir Glen canned tomatoes.  The fire roasted variety add a great flavor to whatever you’re cooking.

Muir Glen and Eden Organics are the only companies that do not line their cans with BPA. WIth research pointing to BPA causing prostate and breast cancer, behavioral changes, diabetes, obesity, and a slew of other issues, it’s something I’d like to avoid.  For more info, you can check out that link.

Peanut Butter!!

We typically get the fresh ground stuff at the store to use in sandwiches, but I also like to have some Adams on hand.  It’s smoother and works well for baking.

I love agave nectar.  It has a similar flavor to honey, but has a low glycemic index…so it doesn’t cause a spike in your blood sugar like other sweeteners and sugar can do.

I use it in my coffee, oatmeal, and in various recipes.

I was getting frustrated when recipes would call for fresh herbs.  I’d use a small amount in the recipe and then the remainder would go bad.  Then, one day, I came across these Gourmet Garden tubes. They’re essentially toothpaste-tubes filled with different herbs!       
I have used the ginger, basil, and cilantro.  They stay fresh much longer and they’re already prepared.  You just squeeze out the amount you want!  No washing/chopping…they’re very convenient.

Almond milk, almond milk, almond milk.  Oh, how I love almond milk!
Almond Breeze’s Unsweetened Vanilla is definitely my favorite.  I typically use it on cereal, in smoothies, or in recipes, so the subtle vanilla flavor has never bothered me.  I have tried several varieties and have found them either too thick or too sweet.  I always come back to Almond Breeze.

Cha-cha-cha-Chia!

Chia seeds are a great source of fiber and Omega-3’s.  I throw them in smoothies, on top of yogurt, in cereal, or make a cup of chia pudding.  They don’t have much of a taste by themselves, but when they’re mixed with liquid, they create a gel-like coating.  You have to be careful because they’ll totally get stuck in your teeth, but they’re a great way to get some awesome nutritional benefits! 🙂

What are some of your favorite foodie things??

A Little Manifesto

I realized this morning that it has been a year since I became really food-conscious and vigilant about trying to eat healthy and live a healthy lifestyle.  The turning point for me was on our vacation last summer to Wallowa Lake.  I had gotten Jillian Michaels’ Master your Metabolism and read it in a few days.  In the book, she discusses the havoc created in our bodies by many of the ingredients that are commonplace in the normal American diet. I went through pages of that book with my mouth agape. Several times, I shouted, “Are you kidding me!?!?” as I pushed the book in Mike’s face, demanding him to read it.

Shortly after that vacation, we watched Food Inc.

I love this film, but if anything, it made me angry.  Angry at the businesses who supply our food, angry at our government for allowing such atrocities to happen – heck, they encourage it, and angry at the system that we, as consumers, have created.  After that, I was fully on-board to go against what our government and food corporations have been telling us is “OK” and “healthy.”

I am doing something about it by making the choice, as much as possible, to buy organic food so that we aren’t loading our bodies up with pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, growth hormones, and antibiotics.  Now, like most people, I don’t have an unlimited food budget and, unfortunately, organic food is not cheap.  I love that it’s not as bad as it used to be though.  For instance, this week at Safeway, peaches are on sale for 99cents/lb.  Organic peaches are ALSO 99cents/lb!  There have been many times I’ve been at the grocery store and find conventionally grown apples for $1.29/lb and then organic ones will be 99cents/lb. You just have to shop around and watch for deals!

When it comes down to it, I definitely follow the “dirty dozen” list.

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These are foods that, when grown conventionally, either have the most amount of chemicals used on them…or they absorb the most amounts. Regardless of how cheap conventionally grown foods are from the “dirty dozen” list, I won’t buy them.  If the organic variety is too expensive, I just go without.  The most common things I end up just having to pass on are strawberries and bell peppers.  I had read that, this past December, California approved a known cancer-causing neurotoxin to be sprayed on strawberries.  So, it became a joke this summer when strawberries were on sale and Mike wanted some…I was like, “Those are neurotoxin strawberries!”

On the other hand, things like bananas, onions, avocado, and mango I rarely, if ever, buy organic.  They are on the least contaminated list and do not really concern me.

When it comes to prepared/boxed foods, I always check labels.  I’m mostly on high alert for high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils.  SO many of our foods have these two items.  After reading Master your Metablism, I cleaned out my pantry and fridge as soon as we got home from vacation.  I threw away anything that contained HFCS or hydrogenated oils.  There was very little left in my kitchen.  Things you wouldn’t even suspect – like, the coffee creamer I mentioned in an earlier post.  Ketchup. Salad Dressings. Almost any cookie, cracker, or commercially baked item. It is crazy.

We recently watched King Corn. (It’s able to be streamed on Netflix if you want to watch it!)  This was a great documentary that shows two newbie college grads who decide to plant an acre of corn and trace what happens to it.  I really enjoyed the film, but what amazed me was that they go to a college researcher and he takes a strand of their hair.  From their hair, he is able to break it down and essentially find what their bodies are made of.  Spoiler alert…


It’s CORN!  Due to the fact that corn is in almost everything we eat in some form or other (HFCS, corn starch, corn syrup, corn syrup solids, beef/chicken/and even fish are being fed corn), the carbon that makes up our bodies is the same as corn.  That’s just not right!

It’s your choice what you put in your body and what you feed your family. Unfortunately, you can’t just sit back and expect our government and food corporations to ensure that our food is healthy and safe.  All they care about is MONEY.  How can they make the most food for the cheapest price?  It is sad that, due to that mindset, our country has the most unhealthy generation being raised right now and for the first time in history, our children’s generation is expected to have a shorter life-span than their parents.  That is wrong and it’s our responsibility to do something about it.  Be educated about your food and vigilant about what you choose to eat!

 

 

Real Food

It seems like all I ever talk about eating are carb loaded breakfast and dessert things.
They’re definitely my favorite.  I love to bake!  But, we definitely do eat “real” food. 🙂

Today, for lunch, I had leftovers from dinner a couple nights ago.  I made a recipe from Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s Appetite for Reduction.

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I thought I should maybe crack another cookbook.  I’ve definitely been stuck on Peas and Thank You for a while now.  The recipe I tried was a Black Bean Mole…that I served with sweet potatoes and plantains over millet.

I love plantains and they are really not used in enough recipes.  If you’ve never had a plantain, they look like big bananas…but they’re more starchy and less sweet.  I loved this dinner.  It reminded me of my favorite frozen meal from Kashi – their Mayan Harvest Bake. Unfortunately, Mike doesn’t like sweet potatoes.  I’ve tried sneaking them in to various recipes…but it’s always an immediate turn-off for him.  So, I probably won’t be making this one again.

Today, I had some leftover kale that needed to get used, so I steamed it with some lemon juice and salt…and then put the millet and other stuff on top.

I got busy cleaning and doing laundry around the house today.  It got down to “cooking time” and I had no idea what to make.  I didn’t want to go to the store so I was on a mission to make something with what I had.  Mama Pea came to the rescue! Haha… 🙂

I made her Chickpeas and Dumplings.

It’s like chicken and dumplings…just veganized.  Carrots, celery, chickpeas, and lots of herbs make up the base…and then there are these YUMMY herbed dumplings you drop on top.  It was SO good!  Mike loved it…and Aaron even ate a few bites.  He’s my ULTIMATE critic.

I’m not looking forward to tomorrow.  I’ve got a cracked molar that I’m having to get a crown for.  I will be grateful to have it fixed and not have to deal with the pain I’ve been having…but I’m dreading the crown prep.  Ugh.  So, if you happen to think of me tomorrow around 11-1pm, please say a little prayer for me!!

Lazy Sunday

Yesterday was so much fun!
For various reasons, Mike’s Grandma gave me her ticket to Les Miserables that’s currently playing in Seattle.  So, I got to go with Aunt Amy! 🙂  (Thanks, Grandma!)

We really enjoyed the show and having the opportunity to hang out together.  It’s kind of weird that she’s Mike’s aunt because I really just think of her as a good friend. 🙂  We had some fun shopping looking at ridiculously expensive stuff that would be fun to buy if we had several more 0’s in our bank account balances.

I have drooled online over Christian Louboutins for a couple years…and they had them just sitting out there on display in the Seattle Nordstrom! I picked one up and half expected a big guy in a suit to clobber me to the ground.  I was like, “OHMYGOSH, I’m holding a Louboutin!!” I would be scared to death to wear those shoes!  I’m sure I’d break a heel in less than 5 minutes…and then, there goes $700!

Of all the stuff we looked at (Chanel sunglasses, Coach purses, Tiffany’s stuff…so fun!!) Lululemon had the most realistic stuff for ME. I would be MUCH more comfortable in some awesome yoga pants and super cute tops & sweaters.  I added a few items to my “once I start working” wishlist. 😉

After we hung out in Seattle for a while and met up with Mike & Aaron for dinner downtown, we came back to our house and stayed up late watching movies.  I made Mama Pea’s Double Chocolate/Single Chin Brownies for dessert. (Probably the coolest recipe name ever!!) They’re yummy!! You should definitely try them.

We have found a church that we really like and they have a 5pm service on Sunday evenings that we’ve been going to.  I LOVE being able to go to church at 5pm because we can sleep in and have a relaxed morning.  Amy spent the night at our place, so this morning I wanted to make a special breakfast.  I really enjoy being able to cook for people.

I had several peaches that were just about to become over ripe.  So, I decided to make a breakfast peach cobbler (i.e. more healthy and less desserty).  Since I also have a bunch of blueberries that Aaron and I picked earlier this week, I threw some of them in as well.  It ended up being really good…and, since I tweaked another basic recipe so much, I feel like I can claim this one as my own and share it with you!!

Breakfast Peach Cobbler
Serves 4-6, depending on how big your servings are. 🙂

About 2 lbs of peaches, chopped up (peel is optional) or you could use frozen
Optional: 1/2 cup berries of your choice (blueberries worked really well for me)
3 TBSP lemon juice
1/4 cup honey (I didn’t actually measure this…just do a generous drizzle all over)
2 TBSP corn starch mixed with 2 TBSP water
2 TBSP butter or margarine

1 cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup flaxmeal
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup almond milk (or soy…or regular, depending on your preference)
1/4 cup agave nectar

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and spray a pie plate or 8×8 square pan with some cooking spray.

Put chopped peaches (and berries, if using) into pan. Pour lemon juice and cornstarch/water mixture over peaches and mix well. Generously drizzle honey over peaches and dot butter all over the top.

Now, make the topping!
Put the flour, oats, flaxmeal, baking powder, and spices in a large bowl.
Cut butter into little pieces and use a pastry blender to mix it into the dry ingredients until it is broken up into pea-sized bits and well incorporated into the dry ingredients.


Combine your milk with the agave nectar and then pour it into the dry ingredients/butter mixture.  Stir until combined and you’ll have a thick batter.

Drop spoonfuls of the batter onto the peaches.  You can smoosh it out a little bit, but it will spread while baking.  Don’t be too OCD about covering the fruit – it’s pretty to have some showing through. 🙂

Bake for about 30 minutes, until topping is golden brown.

This was so easy to throw together and tasted delicious!

Juicer Junk & Tutu Dreams

This morning, I enjoyed a little cup of heaven.
I juiced some carrot, an apple, and a little hunk o’ ginger.

It was FABULOUS!  I’m thinking I might pretty easily become a juicing addict.

Then, when I was cleaning the juicer, I was getting ready to dump the pulp tub when I remembered Mama Pea’s carrot cake (scroll down on that link for a pic) that’s in her book!!  The real recipe calls for steamed/puree’d carrots…but I just added a splash of water to the juicer pulp (it’s really dry) and subbed it into the recipe.  Worked like a charm!
So, we had a yummy dessert that was essentially made from juicer junk. 🙂 Haha…

When we lived in Newberg, Mike worked in the Pearl District in Portland.

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I love the Pearl. There are so many cute shops, my favorite coffee place (Caffe Umbria), my favorite bakery (Nuvrei), and of course – Powell’s Books. Several years ago, I noticed a new exercise studio open up that was called Barre3.  I was very intrigued when I found out that their methodology is a combo of ballet, yoga, and pilates.

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I briefly pursued my dream of being a ballerina when I was in the 8th grade.  Now, I’m pretty sure most of my readers know me in person…but, if not, you should know I don’t have the ballerina body type.  I’m 6’2″, 200ish pounds, and have never been what you’d call petite.  I’d probably have a better shot as an NFL lineman than a ballerina. Still, oh how I’d love to be 1980’s-Barbie-doll thin and gracefully dance around in a tutu.

So, I always thought Barre3 would be a fun, more-realistic way for me to do some pliés and get a workout in at the same time. 🙂  Plus, I’m a big fan of yoga and pilates! Unfortunately, the timing for attending a class never worked out…and, honestly, I kept having flashbacks of my 8th grade ballet class where I was the chubby girl in a leotard with a teensy 4-year-old twirling circles around me.  Even as an adult, the self-image issues are still there.  I didn’t want to show up at an exercise studio in the Pearl and feel like that ungraceful chubby girl surrounded by the über flexible “beautiful people.”

In the meantime, Barre3 has sort of gotten really popular!  They had several studios open up around Portland…and now they’re franchising all over the world!  Sadie Lincoln, the founder, was picked up by Madonna to be her personal trainer…and that got some buzz for Barre3 in US Weekly and various fitness magazines.

Recently, Averie – over at Loves Veggies & Yoga reviewed a Barre3 workout DVD and had a 20% off coupon code! (The code is good until the end of August, so there are a few more days if you’d like to get it!!)  You mean I can wear my tutu and do this workout in the privacy of my own home?!?!  I totally ordered that DVD and it just arrived yesterday!!

Jillian Michaels’ 30-Day-Shred, Winsor Pilates, and a Crunch Fitness Yoga are my favorite DVD’s that I tend to rotate through.  I’ve been shredded, worked my “powerhouse,” and done many vinyasas…but Sadie Lincoln still kicked my butt.

Sadie is a sugar-plum princess version of Jillian Michaels. She’s cute, encouraging, non-judgemental…and just seems like she has a super fun personality.  I loved the way she organized the workout and explains each move very clearly.  It goes through some (hard-core) leg work, arms, buns, and abs.  This program is focused on toning and lengthening the body.  Not much, if any, cardio – so you don’t really get sweaty…but you’re SORE!  Still, it’s not like it was too hard.  I only had to pause once during the leg work portion…and, otherwise, was able to stay with her for the entire video.

It’s fun and I’d totally recommend it. The DVD comes with a little squishy exercise ball you use during the video.  Then, you use a chair in place of the ballet barre.  Tutu is optional.

Juicy Juice

My grandma recently gave me her Jack Lalanne juicer and I just got around to using it for the first time today.  I’m on the fence when it comes to juicing.  I feel like you lose a lot of the nutrients and fiber by simply extracting the juice from foods…so, I’ve been more of a smoothie person.  However, some nutritionists swear by the health benefits of juicing…so, I thought I’d give it a shot.

I found a recipe in Whole Living magazine that I decided to try.  You simply put the following things through a juicer: some honeydew melon, a couple stalks of celery, one granny smith apple, a bunch of kale, and a little chunk of ginger.

I was a little skeptical of the ginger, but decided to just go for it.  It was really good!  The apple and honeydew added a lot of sweetness and the ginger gave it a subtle zing.  I loved the dark green color that the kale juice had.  I had no idea kale would produce so much juice either!

Aaron was very interested in the process and loved watching the juice come out.  When it was done, he was very eager to try it so I gave him a little shot glass.

(I love the froth on top!)


He drank it!  I’m finding a lot of truth in tips I’ve heard to get kids to eat healthier.  Letting them be involved in the cooking process and allowing them to make choices really gets them interested in trying new foods.

What I loved about the juice was how I felt.  It was so light and refreshing…and I definitely felt an energy boost.  Plus, I didn’t have anything else for breakfast and was completely satisfied until lunch!

Today, we joined Mike’s Aunt and Grandma at our county fair.  I took a risk and pre-purchased an unlimited ride wrist band for Aaron, not knowing whether or not he’d actually ride the rides.  We definitely got our money’s worth!

I was seriously tempted by all the fair food.  I was craving a veggie corn dog and was bummed that there were none to be found. 😦  However, now I have a recipe that I’m going to have to attempt.  I ended up getting a veggie sandwich for lunch and shared an elephant ear with my Aunt in-law and Grandma in-law.  So, I did get in some requisite fried goodness. Hehe…

I’m definitely curious to try some other juice recipes.  I’ve heard carrot, apple, ginger is good. Who knows…tomorrow, I may have to bust out my blue spandex jumpsuit!

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My New Toy

I have been wanting a Keurig for quite some time, now.  I used to have a 12-cup coffee maker, but since I’m the only coffee drinker in the house, I’d always only make a couple cups – just covering the bottom of my coffee pot.  It seemed silly.

A friend loaned me her single-cup maker that used the Senseo pods and that did a great job holding me over…but I returned it to her when we moved.  So, for the past month, I’ve been getting by with Starbucks Via instant coffee.  (My hubby got two boxes in a “welcome basket” when he started his new job, so that got me started.)

My frugality kept me from just cashing out for the $150ish Keurig at this time, so I was prepared to wait until I started working and had it on my “wish list” (along with a Vita-Mix). I kept my feelers out on Craigslist though and kept looking for a Keurig.  Not just any Keurig though – I wanted the platinum model.  (I think I’ve mentioned before – I have Pottery Barn taste on a Target budget.)

Well, I just about peed my pants was thrilled to hop on Craigslist the other day and find a PLATINUM Keurig…for $75, and in my area! I emailed her and offered $50…and she took it!

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For my first box of the K-Cups, I chose Green Mountain Coffee’s Nantucket Blend.  I got it at Target because I also picked up the “My K Cup” that lets you use your own ground coffee.  They didn’t have a lot of options, but I’ve had a few cups of this type and have really liked it.

I haven’t tried the “My K Cup” yet…but the ease of the little K-Cups is SO nice!  You just pop it in the holder (they’re about twice the size of those little individual creamers).  Then, it pokes a hole in the top and bottom to let the water in and out.


You fill a water reservoir and then turn the machine on. It takes a minute to heat the water, and then tells you when it’s ready to brew.

This model lets you choose which size of coffee you want.  So, you push the button for cup, mug, or jug travel-size mug…and voila!
I LOVE IT!
For the longest time, I was a Coffee-Mate addict.  I loved many of the flavors, but hazelnut was pretty much my staple. Unfortunately, one day, I decided to look at the ingredients.
  • INGREDIENTS: WATER, SUGAR, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN AND/OR COTTONSEED OIL, AND LESS THAN 2% OF SODIUM CASEINATE (A MILK DERIVATIVE)**, MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES, DIPOTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, COLOR ADDED, CELLULOSE GEL, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, CELLULOSE GUM, CARRAGEENAN, DEXTROSE.
I have really tried to read the ingredients on things I put in my body.  I have pretty much completely gotten rid of anything with high fructose corn syrup or hydrogenated oils (aka trans fat).  From there, I try to avoid things that, essentially, I can’t pronounce or haven’t heard of before.
I do appreciate the fact that CoffeeMate has come out with a new “Natural Bliss” line of creamers – whose list of ingredients are much more “real.” I have used the Caramel flavor and really liked it.
  • INGREDIENTS: NONFAT MILK, HEAVY CREAM, SUGAR, NATURAL FLAVOR
When I’m at home, I always use Raw Agave Nectar to sweeten my coffee.  If I’m out somewhere, I’ll use plain sugar over any of the artificial sweeteners.
Since I haven’t been using much dairy, I’ve replaced creamer with vanilla almond milk or So Delicious brand’s Coconut Milk Hazelnut creamer.  This has become my favorite.
Along with my delicious cup of coffee this morning, I enjoyed a cup of granola with some vanilla almond milk.  I found this granola on sale at Safeway last week – Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Heaven.  It is heavenly!
I ate my way through a whole bag pretty quickly, so with this second bag, I’ve been limiting myself to a small cup. I have issues with portion control.  My trick for eating smaller portions has been to use smaller cups and salad plates instead of huge cereal bowls and dinner plates.  Even though I KNOW I’m just playing mind tricks with myself, it seems to work.
So, tell me…how do you like to doctor up your coffee?
…and, if you have a Keurig, what are you favorite K-cup flavors?

Inspired

Several of the bloggers I enjoy reading were at the Healthy Living Summit last weekend.  Next year, I want to go!  The idea of being with a couple hundred people who are all interested in fitness, nutrition, and healthy living (duh) really excites me. So, reading their posts about the event has inspired me to get to blogging.

That, and someone actually told me that they look forward to new posts. Hehe…

So, to be honest, I’ve had a hard day.  Didn’t win the “Mother of the Year” award for today’s performance, that’s for sure. However, a little nugget of sunshine I had today came when I stumbled upon a U-Pick blueberry farm!  Aaron and I picked a couple pints of blueberries and I can’t wait to use them to fix something tomorrow.

Speaking of blueberries, I recently found a recipe for a Cucumber Blueberry smoothie.  I’ve made it twice and LOVE it. I read the recipe in my aunt’s Vegetarian Times magazine and couldn’t quite remember the exact ingredients…so I kind of made my own concoction:

1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 a cucumber, peeled and de-seeded
1 cup of vanilla almond milk
A few ice cubes

Blend it really well until smooth and enjoy! 🙂

 

 

Blocked.

…or depressed.  Either way, I haven’t felt like writing lately.

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The hubs and I have always used a Lego analogy regarding our personalities.  He’s not super social.  He can be perfectly content hanging out, playing guitar.  He says he’s like the little two-spot Lego piece.  He doesn’t need much to fill his  social “tank.”I, on the other hand, am like one of the big green Lego boards.

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I am very social and need a lot of interaction with people.  I am used to having several close friends nearby, along with numerous acquaintances that I see on a regular basis.  So, this move to Seattle has been a huge change for me.  I knew this would be an issue – but I wasn’t quite prepared for how hard it would hit me. It’s HARD to make friends as an adult.  You can’t exactly just walk up to someone at the grocery store and be like, “Will you be my friend?”

So, I’ve been really mopey lately.  For some reason, Aaron has been sleeping in until 9ish…so, I’ve been taking advantage of that and sleeping in as well.  I haven’t been working out…and I’ve been on a carb binge as I’ve been trying to entertain myself by baking.  Of course, my weight – which was at an all-time low (well, since my freshman year of college) is now creeping back up.

I love the “healthy living” blogs and that was my intention for my blog…but how can you have a “healthy living” blog if you’re overweight, eating like crap, and not exercising??

Well, yesterday, I decided to pull myself out of this funk and at least move forward…instead of sitting on my chubby butt.  I started the day with Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred DVD and followed it with a Crunch Fitness Yoga/Pilates combo DVD that was on my Netflix streaming.  I ate fairly good (we ended up having pizza for dinner…but I had lots of veggies on mine).  At the end of the day, I felt SO much better!  It’s amazing what changing your outlook and taking baby steps can do.

I really want to get back to running consistently…and so does Mike. We’ve discussed it and it’s hard (probably more so for me) with the munchkin.  He’s 55lbs and even when I had my BOB stroller (I sold it before we moved), that was like pushing 65ish lbs while trying to run.  Neither of us are “morning” people, but evenings don’t work for working-out because when Mike gets home from work, we do dinner…and then typically just want to hang out.

We decided to sort of FORCE the morning thing….with the plan to encourage one another.  This morning, Mike got up at 6 and went for a run while I got up, got ready, and made him a yogurt parfait for when he got home.  When he got back, I left.  Then, I just knew I had to be back within about 40 minutes so he could leave for work on time.

It worked great…we’ll see if we can be consistent with it.  I just know for my own health/well-being, I need to exercise regularly and eat better.

How do you fit a work-out  into your day?  (Especially if you stay home with kids…)