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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Preparing to Jam

Posted on August 18, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

Did ya miss me?  It’s all good, you can be honest 😉     I am feeling better finally!  

I have seen enough of the hospital to hold me over for a year! 

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I can handle IV’s pretty well but, I would much rather drink my fluids 🙂

 The hives are still gone and I am managing the migraines with ibuprofen and hydration. 

My eats have been very redundant lately.

I have been following my dreams

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Oh yeah, that’s the stuff

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And just what accompanied this deliciousness?

 

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Stonyfield Organic yogurt, regular flavored Puffins ( I had missed these!) , and a splash of 365 chocolate soymilk!

Speaking of Puffins, check out this giveaway for Puffins and more!

I also have been all about some veggie pitas! Sorry for the blurry phone pix, the birthday is in a lil over a month now

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Organic teriyaki sauce (WF), red peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, nutritional yeast and Horizon cheese (I think the cheese was hiding, no?)

 

Snuffy has been teething on cold carrots

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I think she was actually pointing the carrot at Pedro here.  Snuffy and Pedro are partners in crime. 

He especially loves her when she has food.

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yup I wheeled her highchair to the bottom of the stairs so that I could keep and eye on her from the master bathroom while I got ready for work.  She loves it when I make her real breakfast.  Today was scrambled eggs with cheese and toast.  I put the eggs and cheese in the magic bullet to make them nice and fluffy before I add them to the pan.   Her “toast” was arnold sandwich thins, toasted in the same pan.

She needed a filling breakfast for a big day.  She had a birthday party to attend!  It was so hot that the main event was a huge water fight! 

Snuffy was soaked!

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Since she was already wet, she got to have a water bottle out of the “big kid” cooler.

She also accompanied me on a walk/jog on the trail this past weekend.

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All ready to go!

Now for the highlight of my weekend…

Everyday I had been singing,  “Oh no, wait a minute Mr. Postman”

Alas!

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Look what I won from Julie Go Lean !

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I love the artwork on the lids!

These are from Crofter’s! They are organic Superfruit Spreads!  I recieved the four spread named after the continents of Asia, North America , South America and Europe.  Each spread is made with different superfruits!  I will post more about them when I use them in some eats!! I can’t wait! Thanks Julie!

Did you grow up with homemade traditional breakfast each morning or were you a cereal and pop-tart kid?

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My New Dressing, Snuffy’s Old Favorite

Posted on July 15, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

Hello friends!  How has your week gone so far?  Mine has been fairly predictable:  crazy schedule, yummy natural foods, and a very happy little girl!  Snuffy has been even more of a joy than usual! She had been teething for soooo long.  She still doesn’t have all of her teeth.  But, when she isn’t teething she is a very happy, energetic, friendly girl.  She actually woke up singing this morning!

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Mallard told me he almost bought me a new gym membership yesterday.  But, he did remember that I am working on a new project for the next five weeks.  I will be gone 3 evenings a week from 5pm to 9pm!  This means I will have very little time to find my way around a new gym.  It also means that I will have to pack lunch and dinner!!  Please comment with any suggestions! 

I may resort to lots of wraps, fresh fruit with nut butters

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and Amy’s meals….but those may get too expensive! Amy, how I love thee!  You fill my belly and drain my wallet 😦

 

I did FINALLY get to make some kale chips 

 

 

 

 

 

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After

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Snuffy helped….kind of

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Lately, everything has been utilized as a hat….don’t ask me

 

And I tried my new salad dressing!! Remember this guy?

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The ingredient list was VERY short

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Because of the eggs and milk, it’s ovo-lacto vegetarian;  but, obviously not vegan.  😦  Still not a BAD list.

The nutrition stats weren’t too shabby either

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ONLY 1 gram of sugar!  If you don’t normally check out your salad dressing nutrionals, you may be surprised at how much sugar is in most of them.  Normally, if they are low in sugar they contain artificial sweeteners.  Not this guy!

I ate it on a HUGH JASS salad of spinach, cherry tomatoes, yellow squash, cucumber, crumbled Wasa flat-bread, brocolli and hummus!  Unfortunately, the pics were AWFUL

 Believe it, this was the best one

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Bad pix but fantastic dressing!!  It tasted like a creamy parmesan with Italian accents in the background!   I want to eat this on EVERYTHING.   I can’t wait to try their other flavors

 

I have also been indulging in LOTS of yogurt messes!

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This one contained 365 organic vanilla yogurt, cinnamon puffins, frozen-then-microwaved banana, Dark Chocolate Dreams PB and 365 Chocolate Soy Milk

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It wasn’t so pretty, but it WAS SO DELICIOUS

 

Snuff indulged in an Old Favorite

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Private Selection Organic (aka Kroger Organic) PB on locally produced Whole Wheat HCFS Free Bread

I always eat sprouted breads.  I guess I just assume that Snuffy won’t like grainy texture.  For the most part, I do feed Snuffy the same things that I eat.  We eat a mostly plant based diet that is low in processed food.  Her diet may be a lil more organic than mine though.  I know LOTS of moms who A) live on processed food and feed their children the same way or B) live on processed food but feed their kids a healthier diet.

Whether you have kids yet or not, what do you think your kids’ diet will consist of when you do have kids?

And for the mamas…what’s your philosophy on your kids’ diets?

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    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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