Out Of The Loop and Into…A Rut?

Posted on August 31, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

Hey weekend warriors!!  How was your weekend?  Mine began with a a great yoga class.  It lasted almost 30 minutes longer than it was supposed to!

But, I felt so relaxed and grounded after!

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Seriously, is it possible to have a yoga high?

 

I have been wanting to go more often.  But, I was concerned about the difficulty of the yoga classes that will actually coincide with my fall schedule.  However, the instructors told me that I would have no problem moving on to a more difficult class.  I’m excited!  Eventually, I want to be in the habit of attending the HOT Vinyasa and Ashtanga classes.

After yoga, I picked up a few things that I had forgotten yesterday.  I was going to buy some more pink ladies.  But, I found some Gala apples that were actually grown in the US and they taste very similar.  I have issues with buying too many items shipped from overseas.  It’s not really a patriotic thing.  It’s more of a Save The Planet thing.  More shipping = more carbon emissions.  Not that I live such a model environmentally concious lifestyle.  I mean, I buy bananas every week!  I just try to make an effort. 

I did find this

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Coconut Water = natures Gatorade

I have been craving some serious chocolate lately. 

Many moons ago, I would have reached right for some Oreos and skim milk (moo). 

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But, now that I now that I am aware of what keep Oreos shelf -stable, I think I’ll pass. Did you know that they also contain artificial chocolate flavor? Wha??

Ingredients: SUGAR, ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), HIGH OLEIC CANOLA OIL AND/OR PALM OIL AND/OR CANOLA OIL, AND/OR SOYBEAN OIL, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, CORNSTARCH, LEAVENING (BAKING SODA AND/OR CALCIUM PHOSPHATE), SALT, SOY LECITHIN (EMULSIFIER), VANILLIN – AN ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, CHOCOLATE. CONTAINS: WHEAT, SOY.

So, I picked up these guys instead

 

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INGREDIENT LIST

Organic Unbleached Flour, Organic Sugar, Powdered Sugar, Organic Palm Oil, Canola Oil (Expeller Pressed), Organic Cocoa, Cocoa (Processed with Alkali), Organic Unsweetened Chocolate, Natural Flavor, Salt, Sodium Bicarbonate, Soy Lecithin, (an Emulsifier)

Not perfect, but better!

I have also run into a schedule issue.  I am on the run between school and work and meetings all day almost every day.  I love my eats but, I rarely have time to enjoy them.  I have never really been much of a bar fan.  For some reason, I would rather just make a small meal. But, it gets hard to pack 2 to 3 meals a day.  So, I reluctantly grabbed some bars to try.

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I will let you guys know what I think about them soon.  I was looking for mine LARA Bars but, I couldn’t find them anywhere! Mini Laras and Mighty Maple PB have been wiped out of the ‘Nati!

I did get a chance to try this

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It doesn’t have a definite soy taste.  But, I can tell it’s not dairy yogurt.  I really liked it!  I added it to my oats along with a serving (1 banana) of banana soft serve.

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The weather in the ‘Nati has been rocking awesome today! So, we had to hit the trails!

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Buckled up and ready to ride!

After the trails the puppies were still craving more outdoor excitement and so was Snuffy.  So, we hit up the dog park.

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I swear there were dogs on the other side of the fence.  In the picture, it looks like Snuff is eyeballing that nasty trashcan.

We arrived home and Mallard was craving something peanut buttery.  He requested something with a granola-esque crust, a PB layer and chocolate drizzle. 

I can’t post a recipe because I just kind of eyeballed everything and made it up as I went along.

I mixed oats with about 1/2 cup of honey and 1/4 cup of this guy

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and at least 1 cup of PB.  Now, if this was for me I would have used natural creamy PB…probably Naturally More or Bees Knees.  But, it was not for me so I used Mallard’s Natural Skippy Crunchy or Extra Chunky or whatever it’s called.

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I baked it for maybe 10 minutes at 400

 

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The fridge was packed so I ran a few inches of cold water in the sink and set the pan in the water so the crust could cool.  It floats so water doesn’t seep over the sides.

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Once again, if this was mine I would have added dark chocolate drizzle and called it delicious.  But, it was not for me and Mallard requested a PB layer.  This meant he wanted something similar to the inside of a Reese’s cup or for you Ohioans, the inside of a buckeye.  So, kids, I did the unthinkable…

PB + confectioners sugar + oil

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I spread it over the cooled crust.

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Don’t forget, the man wanted chocolate drizzle!

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and he got his drizzle.

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Oh my sugar lovin’ boy! 

I guess I can’t talk.  He thinks my Indian food stinks

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But he deals with it

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I promise you it taste 5 million times better than it looks.  I can’t wait for the birthday fairy.  You know, the one that’s s’posed to bring me a decent camera?  That’s still about  3 weeks out though. 

I can’t believe it’s the second week of school already!  I had missed the regular school schedule.   But, going back made me realize how different I am from most girls my age.  I mean what 23 year old never goes to bars or clubs, rarely goes shopping or out to dinner and gets crazy excited to go to Whole Foods?  Sometimes Iwonder if I even know what’s in style anymore.  I think I do alright.  If I buy clothes, they are for work which means they’re from THE  LIMITED.  Do I dress like an old lady?  My casual stuff is from The Buckle…is that store still “cool”?  I have a few flowy, bohemian shirts that I love.  But, do they look stupid?  I don’t think I care.  I talk to one friend from high school on a regular basis.  Most of my friends did not get married or have children so young.  So, I am the odd woman out.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s absolutely worth it.   Sometimes, I feel like I have grown from my 20’s to my 40’s and missed the in-between.   It sure feels good to get back to the things I love.  Hopefully, I can start running again once my schedule gets situated.  I’m not saying that I want to go out with group of girls to the bars and clubs every weekend.  I would like a running buddy though! 

I’m also in a bit of a food rut.  I have been eating a lot of yogurt messes, oats with banana soft serve and yogurt, fruit plates with massive amounts of PB and AB, hugh jass salads and Amy’s meals.

So…

Are there any bars that you recommend (besides my Laras)?

What do you do when you realize you’re in a food rut?

Do you stick with your old stand by’s when you want a treat or do you seek out a more natural version?

I’m looking forward to your thoughts!

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Calories: Quality or Quantity?

Posted on August 24, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Hello all!  I had a meeting recently that really got me thinking.  The topic discussed was something that interested me and provoked lots of questions.  Does that ever happen to you in meetings?  I suppose that sometimes the point is for you to come away from the discussion still thinking about the topic.  The topic was nutrition and calories.  So that you may better understand the context of the conversation, I must tell you that the people in attendance were recovering from disordered eating and that the main speaker was and RD (Registered Dietician).  

We started with an explanation of why the body needs each form of calories ( carbohydrate, protein, and fat).  Now most of us are aware that our bodies need all of these.  But, there has been a bit of a carb scare during the past few years much like the fat scare in years prior.

  I must also advise you that one of the prominent behaviors of those suffering from an eating disorder is not only to restrict calories but also to restrict to only certain foods.  

 The dietician did advise that whether one is eating  a low-carbohydrate or low-fat  diet, it is calories in versus calories out that will determine whether you gain, lose, or maintain your weight.  The example given was :  If your body needs 1800 calories every day and you are eating 1600 calories a day in fried funnel cake you will still eventually lose weight.  In that same respect, if your body needs those 1800 calories every day and you eat 2000 calories every day in broccoli, you will eventually gain weight.  Basically, the point was that your body doesn’t care where your calories are coming from when it comes to maintaining your weight.  The dietician was aware that most of these girls had a lot of  foods that they were fearful to eat.  In the beginning of eating disorder recovery,  maintaining weight is a primary concern since most ED patients have trouble breaking the cycle of losing weight.  She made these comments so that the girls knew if they are having trouble maintaining weight and are still having trouble adding different foods, they can still eat enough calories in broccoli, oranges, or whatever their “safe” foods were to maintain their weight or even to bring it up. 

We all know that there are people who live entirely on junk and maintain a healthy weight.  But, that does NOT mean these people are healthy.   Brendan Brazier does a great job of explaining the value of nutritionally dense food in his book.  Our bodies do need foods from each group.  That is the bottom line.  But, for me ( and most of you ) that’s not enough.  Our diets should be a combination of protein, carbs, and fats.  A good portion of those carbohydrates should come from fruits and veggies.  Yes, fruits are carbs and so are most vegetables even if the vegetable does not have a high carbohydrate content.  So, protein, fats and carbs using whole grains, lean proteins and plant based food.  That’s a pretty basic pyramid.  However, there is more to it than that.  We need our Omegas too!  This is where we bring in our nuts, oils, fish, seeds and avocados!!  I have discovered great ways to add these healthy fats into my diet through the blog world.  But, my very favorite way to get good fat and protein is through nut butters.  I eat between 3 and 4 servings of nut butters every day.  That’s roughly 6-8 tablespoons.  When other women hear this they tend to look at me as if I have 3 eyes.   “If I ate that much peanut butter, I would be the size of a house!”, they say as they munch on their nutritionally void 100 calorie packs.  But, the truth is that  I’m not  “as big as a house”.  I’m not even close, I’m at the low end of my healthy weight range. I won’t post the number since it may be triggering to some bloggers and friends 🙂 

We know that our carbohydrate choices should involve whole grains as well as fruits and vegetables.  I like to stick with sprouted tortillas and breads or grains that look very similar when we eat them to what they do when they are growing.  I am talking about quinoa, brown rice, steel cut or regular oats and so on.  Of course many other nutrients come into play too.   We must consider antioxidents, vitamins and so much more.   I get most of my nutrition advice from the RD that was in that meeting and from another RD I know.

 

Do I allow myself the occasional indulgence?  Absolutely!  But, it has to be something that I really love and really want to eat.

This past weekend, my mother-in-law came to watch Snuffy on Saturday.  She loves sweets and always raves over my baked goods (hopefully, she’s not just trying to be nice).  So, I made on of her favorites:  banana bread.  Now, I could easily have healthified this recipe.  (It was straight out of my BHG cookbook that I recieved as a gift from Mallard when we were newly engaged…yes, it is the pink one.)   But, like her son, Mallard’s mom often requests “the original recipe”.  You see, I wasn’t always such a healthy baker and many of my family members and co-workers remember a specific treat that I have made in the past that they loved. 

So, I peeled my bananas …

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Notice, the banana is “upside down”.  I learned to peel my bananas this way from Gena’s blog!  It’s much easier, especially when one is peeling 5 bananas for bread.

Mash and mix!

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And the finished product

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My MIL was in love. 

 Snuffy has been sick and refusing to eat! For most toddlers this may be normal but, Snuffy normally eats like it’s her job.  She did ask for “bites” of banana bread though.

On Sunday, Mallard had fantasy football draft day!! So, he requested guy food. 

Translation of guy food:  carnivorous, preferably high in saturated fat and not at all good for one’s body but, utterly delicious to the male palate.

What was his selection?  Sausage balls and a man-sized pizza roll!

For the sausage balls, I mix 2 cups of baking mix, 1 roll of sausage , and 3 cups of shredded cheddar.

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Yup, that’s my beloved Kitchen-Aid mixer covered in animal fat….I am reminded of why I eat a vegetarian diet. 

I popped them in the oven at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes and wah lah!

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Saturated Animal Fat : check!

I didn’t get pix of the pizza roll 😦  But, I will tell you how I make it since it’s more of an idea the a recipe.

  I spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray and stretch a refridgerated pizza crust to about 11in by 9in.  I like to make my own pizza crust per this recipe.  Mallard prefers Pillsbury 😉

Next, I spread about 1/2 cup of pizza sauce to about 1in from the edges of the crust and sprinkle 2 cups of shredded mozzerella . Mallard likes pepperoni and I stick with sauce , goat cheese and veggies.

Next, I start at at short side and roll it up. I wish I had the pix as this is a bit of a tricky process. Once it’s rolled, I pinch the seam closed and fold over the ends before pinching them closed as well. 

I brush the top with a bit of olive oil and sprinkle about 1/4 cup of the mozzerella over the roll.  Then, I bake it at 425 for 20 to 25 minutes.

 Once it cools, I slice into 1 inch servings.  I always set out extra sauce for dipping.

Enough of the guy food! Onto my new favorite oats!

Most of you have probably run accross the banana soft serve by now.

 Well, it did change my life.  I used to freeze my extra ripe bananas and then microwave them and mash them into my cooked oats.  No more! 

Enter Magic Bullet

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This guy is on his last leg but he manages to whip some frozen ‘nanas into shape!

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Next step, add to cooked oats.

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Yogurt, courtesy of Stonyfield’s happy, grass fed cows!

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All together

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Another tasty snacklet

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3/4 cup Fage mixed with 1 tsp honey, 1/2 cup mixed fruit  and 1/2 cup Kashi Go Lean Honey Almond Flax…

It is divine.

… and here is the staple of my evenings

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This was a mixture of Naturally More with flax, White Chocolate Wonderful and Maranath Raw Almond Butter.

With celery, apples and pears MMMmmmmmmmm

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Hey I have told you guys how much I love nutbutters.

Up Next:  This Fun Lil Questionaire Floating Around The Blog World!

I Want –  to be the best possible version of myself.  I want to be healthy and happy.  I want to be a good mother.

I Have – A lot of hope for the future.

I Wish – I was closer to being finished with school!

I Hate –  leaving Snuffy at the babysitter so often during the school year.

I Fear –   the day when Mallard’s beloved pup passes away…that will be a tough day.

I Hear – the fireworks from King’s Island every darn night.

I Search –  my soul for my true wants and needs.

I Wonder –  what the future will bring!

I Regret –  not putting forth my very best effort the first year that I attended college at SIU in 2004

I Love – watching my daughter grow!

I Ache –  When Snuffy is sick and I have no control over her suffering.

I Always –  try to step back and weigh my options before making a big decision.

I Usually – do my hair the same way almost every day…boring.

I Am Not – afraid to be a strong woman.

I Dance – when Snuffy and I are alone at home!

I Sing – because it makes me feel great!

I Never –  wear my old high school cheerleading shirts when I know I will see other moms.

I Rarely – drink pop (soda)

I Cry –  when I am extremely frustrated.

I Am Not Always – so personable before 7 am.

I Lose – my inhibitions if I have too many glasses of wine…this is why I rarely drink 🙂

I’m Confused –  about what is the right decision sometimes

I Need – a large sum scholarship!

I Should –  go to bed much earlier than I do!

I Dream –  about all of the wonderful things my future may hold!

I hope – that I can raise my 3.4 to a 4.0 GPA this semester!

I feel –  much older than 23!

I appreciate –  My family and of course my fellow bloggers and readers…I ❤ you guys!

Questions

Do you have carnivorous, processed food lovers in your life?  How do you co-exist?

What is your favorite evening snack?

Do you give thought to the quality of your calories?

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Bees Knees And Hives

Posted on July 30, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

 

Hey ladies …and gents!  Do I have any guy readers?  What a week!  Mallard was going to be out of town for 4 days but, it turned out to only be two! 

So, we spent some family time on Sunday!  Where did we go?  What did we do?

 

To the flea market of course!  What a great place for overpriced, unnecessary knic knacks and people watching!  Next time we go, I will take pictures of the diverse array of junk food available.   Mallard is just warming up to my habit of taking pictures of everything for the blog.  Plus, I hate to take so many pictures on his work camera. 

We had fun…

 

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Hmmm…this sign was just hanging randomly near some jewelry and sunglass vendors…              Um…what???

 

I still haven’t decided whether I feel that this was funny or not

 

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One will quickly realize that the flea market is NOT the place to shop for clothing

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Kudos to the bad ass mamba jamma that pulls this off!

 

 

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This was something I would expect to find at a market of fleas…check out the disinterested guy in the background.  I would be bummed too, Buddy.  Can’t say I blame ya.

 

Thou shalt not buy purses at the flea market either.

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Snuffy  had fun just taking it all in

 

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She was content and quiet.  Then, I heard her say  “Duck!  Duck!”  I was confused. 

But, wait…

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Okay, so it’s a goose.  But, any kind of water fowl is a duck in Snuffy speak.

By the end of our excursion, Mallard had found a leather case for his new blackberry (I’m jealous as all get out)

and I found some cheap sunglasses.  I haven’t had sunglasses to wear all summer.  Snuff accidentally broke them and I was too lazy indecisive cheap to buy another pair.  Snuffy has two pairs of her own, what gives?!

 

 

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Simple, cheap…works for me!

 

Of course, they won’t last long for obvious reasons.

 

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After we got home, I realized I HAD to go grocery shopping.  We were out of almost everything!

I didn’t take pix of all my groceries like I normally do because it was literally repeats of the last two grocery trips. 

I did pick up a jar of heaven …Oh how I love PB and Co!!!

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And just what did I do with it? 

 

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Mix it with some plain Oikos and defrosted ‘nana.  Then, I stirred my delicious concoction into my oats!

And ya know I’ve been seeing lots of my friend HUGH

 

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Hugh Jass Salad

cherry tomatoes

Lots of Spinach

Hummus

zuchini

broccoli

cauliflower

steamed carrots

Creamy Yogurt dressing

 

So, you saw the Bees Knees…

This will be graphic:  but check out what happened to my knees! and arms, legs, stomach, back and face, hands ….

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Ewww!!!  I have had AWFUL hives off and on for three days!!! They raise up all over my body and itch like crazy!! I couldn’t get into the doctor so I finally went to Urgent Care (basically like an ER clinic) last night.  Their answer was that they had none.  I haven’t change ANYTHING at all lately.  I have had the same shampoo, soap, detergent, fabric softener, food, drink, blankets, mattress, pets, ….and I haven’t gone anywhere new!  I hate to take meds because I am currently on no medication and I would like to keep it that way.  However, I made an exception and took the prednisone, benadryl/zyrtec and pepcid that I was prescribed.  The hives subsided and then returned at 3am all over my wrists and palms!  Today, I saw my regular physician for a follow-up and my hives began to break out again while I was in his office!  So, he raised my prednisone dosage.   Blah! 

Prednisone is actually a steroid prescribed quite often for hives and other histamine reactions.  Side effects include stomach upset, headache, dizziness, trouble sleeping, or weight gain may occur.   Fan-freaking-tastic.  I am reminded why I do not regularly take medication.  But, at this time, I just want to stop swelling and itching!

Have you ever had an unexplained allergic reaction?  Do tell!

Question for all of you runners out there:

Do you own a wrist-mounted GPS watch? Which one?  I am thinking the Forerunner 50 may do all I need.  It is soooo much less expensive than the others!  But, I wonder if the difference in cost means a difference in quality as well.  I want something to measure distance, heart rate, count cals and tell me where in the world I am if I’m running on a trail.

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Shall she drink?

Posted on July 21, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Hello my loves!  How was your weekend?  We stayed in.  Mallard rented “The Curious Case Of Benjamen Button” and “My Best Friend’s Girl”.  I really liked “The Curious Case Of Benjamen Button”.  I kind of knew that I would like it though.  I had heard great things about it from my girls at work.  “My Best Friends Girl” was what I expected it to be:  fairly funny with an okay storyline.  It wasn’t quite as much of a chick flick as I had thought it would be though. 

Of course, Snuffy and I went grocery shopping on Saturday! 

She had a great time…

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Let’s hope she’s a better driver than her mommy

 

She snacked on a mixture of yogurt raisins and organic plain raisins

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You know the routine

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    Yes, I have my own reusable venti cup…what? I’m saving the earth!

So, I guess you wanna see the loot…

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Grapes and Spinach…

 

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I saw cookies n cream through that frosty freezer door and I HAD to have it!

 

DSC01250  Produce!! Bananas, pears, apples, carrots…

 

I bought some celery too…

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But, I had to take it back! At first, I thought this was just the usual celery dirt but then I looked more closely and saw that these tiny black specks had moving legs!!  EWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!  Kroger’s produce department has let me down once again.  Last week brown holes in my kale and this week bugs in my celery!  I took it back to Kroger and the customer service girl  acted like it was no biggie…she just wanted to know if I wanted to pick out another bunch of celery or if  I preferred a refund.  When I told her I was afraid that another bunch from the same place may have the same issue AND that I had gotten bad kale last week, she was completely unapologetic! 

I was not a happy girl

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Now I remember why I love Whole Foods!  After I recieved my $2.00 refund (lol) I trucked over to Whole Foods to get some decent celery!!

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Kroger did have some decent steamers though

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Remember the new dressing I bought last week? 

Well, I love it!  So, I picked up two other flavors by that brand…and another flavor of Amy’s BBQ.  The Amy’s BBQ that I have is a lil too acidic for me.  I will letcha know how this one tastes 😉

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I plan to take my Ezekiel tortillas out of the freezer this week and make some bean burritos with organic sour cream, spinach, salsa….and whatever else seems to fit!

 

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Okay, so I don’t normally ever buy tuna because tuna fishing is so awful for the environment in so many ways: everything from the fuel used for the fishing boats and transportation of the fish to the tuna fishing itself.  But, I have been really craving tuna salad lately!! So, I decided to let myself step out of tree hugging mode for a moment (just a moment) and buy a can of tuna (just one can).  I also bought some Nasoya “mayonaise”.  I’ve never tried it before but I will let you all know how it goes.  I will probably use my standard “throw it in” tuna salad: tuna, mayo/dressing, celery (for some crunch!), relish and a bit of paprika!

 

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I know you saw that coming!! I have found that my beloved AMY’S MEALS are great for my dinners that I must pack three nights every week now.

 

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The nuggets are for a quick and easy main dish that Mallard can make for Snuffy on my long days.  The ground crumbles are for sloppy joes or Hugh Jass salads!!

 

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Snuffy will love some organic tots with her meatless nuggets!

 

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My regular dairy and non-dairies…and something I haven’t tried:  Tofutti cream cheese!  It’s going to be slathered on some Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin English Muffins!! YUM

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I didn’t get to Trader Joe’s for their Raw AB.  So, I fell back into the arms of  The King of Raw Almond Butter.

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LOVE IT!

 

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Snuffy and I love our ‘nanas!

 

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These will come in handy!  I love that they are just a bite!

 

MY BIG FIND

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I haven’t been able to drink wine for 6 months because of migraines! But, organic wine has few sulfites which equals less chance of migraine if any!

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I will definitely let you all know how it turns out!

 

I also found these ON SALE!

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You know what comes next…

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and the finished product…

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Grocery shopping wears Snuffy out!

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When we arrived home I made Snuffy a special sandwich

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PLUS

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EQUALS

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PB and J Panini!

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Snuffy chose to eat it with a fork

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and with kale chips mixed in …lol don’t ask me!

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Kale Chip Face!

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and for mommy’s snack…

1/4 cup of oats cooked in 3/4 cup of water with these mix ins

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DSC01225   FROZEN  ‘NANA

 

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I swear this Cinnamon Raisin PB and Co is the best yet! So, fragrant and comforting…

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So, what’s your favorite oat bowl?  I know ya got one!

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  • Whole Disclaimer

    Please understand that I am not a physician or Registered Dietician. Yet, I have learned about health, nutrition and wellness through my own experiences with physicians and RD's. For serious health concerns, please contact your physician. For friendly, knowledgeable advice, contact me at jennarosew@gmail.com.

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