Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A commerical I like!

The other morning when I was getting dressed for work I heard this commercial and thought, "I have to find that on youtube and put it on the blog!"

Not that I'm a fan of Special K or anything, but I can't help but endorse ad campaigns that speak to the importance of self esteem. So many women (and men) in this country tie their self esteem to a number on a scale and that makes me very sad.

So, think of me when you see this commercial the next time you're watching morning tv!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Cool Stuff at Trader Joe's

Welcome back to another "Cool Stuff At Trader Joe's" post!

Have you tried EZEKIEL bread? Ezekiel bread is a little different tasting than others, but I love it, especially toasted. I've had trouble finding it fresh at my grocery store (it's at most stores in the frozen food department), so was happy to find it fresh at Trader Joe's!

From their site:

Ezekiel 4:9® products are crafted in the likeness of the Holy Scripture verse
Ezekiel 4:9® to ensure unrivaled honest nutrition and pure, delicious flavors.
"Take also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils and millet, and spelt and put them in one vessel…" Ezekiel 4:9®
It’s this special, unique combination of 6 grains and legumes that harvests benefits beyond what we normally expect from our breads, pastas, cereals, and other foods.
  • Source of Complete Protein - Rated 84.3% as efficient as the highest source of protein (comparable to that of milk or eggs)
  • Contains 18 Amino Acids - Including all 9 essential amino acids
  • Increased Digestibility - Sprouting breaks down starches in grains into simple sugars so your body can digest them easily.
  • Increased Absorption of Minerals – Sprouting breaks down enzyme inhibitors, so your body can more easily absorb calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc.
  • Increased Vitamin C - Sprouting produces vitamin C.
  • Increased Vitamin B - Sprouting increases the vitamin B2, B5 & B6.
  • Great source of Fiber - Combining sprouted grains and legumes gives a good amount of natural fiber in each serving.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Decoding our food

Recently I was flipping through a magazine at my kids' dentist office and saw a small article about the little stickers on our grocery store fruit, and how the numbers on the stickers had meaning. Who knew? I certainly didn't! I thought they were just there for pricing purposes.

If there are FOUR digits: It's conventionally grown.

If it starts with a NINE, it's organic.

If it starts with an EIGHT, it's genetically modified (i.e. yuck)

Pretty interesting stuff, no?

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

What I Ate Wednesday

Welcome back to What I Ate Wednesday, where we take a look at what I've been cooking up/preparing in the kitchen.

For breakfast I had a special breakfast guest (courtesy of my sweet daughter!) The big guy was dining on Shredded Wheat, Grapenuts, old-fashioned oats, grapes, banana and soy milk. Yum.

Lunch is now portable because (drum roll...) I am now working part time during the day! My go-to easy-to-prepare and quick-to-eat lunch is some carrots and dip (this here is a lentil hummus) and some whole wheat couscous with toasted pecans, chopped apricot and raw red pepper. Simple, easy and cheap! And to think I used to always eat peanut butter and jelly!

Snack was pure luxury (wink, wink, Tom!) and all antioxidant! A POM pomegranate and a couple squares of super dark chocolate. Yum times two. Yum.

Dinner was some baked buttercup squash, sweet potato mash, roasted shallots and brussel sprouts, creamy kale (made with tahini and lemon) and an apple cranberry bake.

Thanks for checking in today. Remember, most Wednesdays are "What I Ate Wednesday" days :)

Monday, January 7, 2013

Cool Stuff At Trader Joe's

After a long, lazy holiday break, I'm finally back!!! I missed writing my posts and apologize for my delay. Thank you for your patience!

It's hard for me to say goodbye to the holidays and the sweet decorations around the house, but I have to say, the fresh-start feeling of January is great in its own way, isn't it?

But back to the holidays a minute...

I made my favorite fall/winter dessert twice during the season, Oh She Glow's gingerbread, which you can find here:

And the perfect topping for the heavenly gingerbread is Trader Joe's Soy Creamy vanilla soy icecream. If you haven't ever tried soy icecream I think this is a good place to start. It's sweet and creamy and (in my humble opinion!) tastes great!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Cool Stuff At Trader Joe's

If you've been following me a while you know I love a smoothie in the afternoon. Even when it's cold outside (and it certainly is in New England!) I still try to make one each day. It's a fun snack and a nice way to get a good dose of nutrients.

My daughter's favorite smoothies are tropical: a mix of ice, frozen banana, frozen pineapple and frozen mango. Trader Joe's sells a good assortment of frozen fruits for cheap! Hurray!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Being Kind to Ourselves During the Holidays

Raise your hand (or glass!) if you can't believe it's already December. Maybe it's part of being a busy mom, but once Halloween ends, I feel like I blink and it's Christmas!

One of the great joys of the holidays is the food with make, share and eat with friends and family. Ask most people about their happiest moments in life and I'm guessing they'll say it was time spent sharing meals with loved ones. Food is one of life's greatest pleasures, and when we remember to savor our meals with a spirit of gratitude, there are few things better!

One of my pet peeves this time of year is listening to the media pushing sweets, rich foods (all good things in moderation, I really mean that!), but then quickly turning to "diet this, diet that" on January 1st. The old "I'm going to lose weight" New Year's Resolution is so boring to me.  Of course I'm a big proponent of taking great care of your health and often shedding a few pounds is a side effect of that, but it bums me out that people are focused on the negative. The weight. Focusing on what we don't love about ourselves. A "why did I eat that?" mentality.

It's too bad because negativity like that can rob us of an otherwise joyful experience.

So, this season, I say, why not choose self love? Yeah, yeah, I know I sound like a hippie (which I proudly am!), but I'm serious. Yes, you might gain a couple of pounds eating rich yummy foods this season, but instead of punishing yourself and setting yourself up for disappointment, just enjoy the holiday because you're lucky to be alive and lucky to be in the company of loved ones.