Friday, April 29, 2016

Health Hacks

I was told about this great site, Cotopaxi, (named after a volcano in Ecuador) that donates a percentage of every sale to different organizations across the globe to advance health and other livelihood initiatives.April 7 was World Health Day, but isn't it good to celebrate our health every day?

They've shared some of their health hacks and asked if I'd share some of mine. How do I live a healthy lifestyle every day? 
I eat a healthy breakfast.  Make sure to see the beauty in the world around you. Even if you are having a bad day, look for the beauty. Move your body purposefully every day- a run, a hike or a short walk. Let someone know you love them. SMILE! 

Now, go have a healthy weekend!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Nutritive Cleanse

I tried this a couple of weeks ago. I lasted 3 days. It was hard to do in the midst of half marathon training.
 I do like YoungLiving products and the balance complete was delicious.... but it has 11grams of sugar in each shake and the ingredient list includes fructose! (no wonder it was delicious! right?) I also noticed my hot flashes increased, but am not sure why. (sugar maybe?)
I'm a fan of the ningxia red. (2-4oz daily)
What I discovered is that with the pup and a morning routine I'm finding it harder to fix breakfast and eat! I generally don't like doing smoothies for breakfast, but I actually enjoyed a meal replacement shake. At least for now while the morning schedule is crazy.
I picked up Vega One to try. It has great ingredients, but I have  a hunch it won't taste so delicious. I may need to add some blueberries.

Make it a healthy week!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Amazing Weekend Hiking

The weather was too perfect to not get out on Sunday! Elsa went on her first hike, too!

 We were rewarded with a beautiful view of the Cascade Range.
 The trail-head starts at an old homestead- only trees left standing.
 And an orchard.
So many little signs of spring; if you are looking.

I hope more hiking is in our future this spring.

Friday, March 18, 2016

What's in My Box?

I've been out so many evenings I've hardly had a chance to cook. I really do like to cook dinner for my husband- he has been working 70 hours a week and this is one thing I can do for him. He never complains either, which is a bonus! 

He isn't a big greens eater, which we know the produce boxes come on strong with greens in the spring. Here I have beautiful rainbow chard, butter lettuce and kale sprouts. The chard I'll use in smoothies, the butter lettuce will make an awesome salad and the kale sprouts I'd like to try and bake.
I also have potatoes, beets, shallots, and a bunch of green garlic. Pot roast is on the menu this weekend. I like that because we usually have leftovers which can easily be eaten on a busy weekday night.

Make it a healthy weekend!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016


The swim center got rid of their water aerobics instructors! Can you believe it?! 

Guess I better start running!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Water Aerobics

This is another new-to-me activity I've been doing. As a participant in the Moving Mountains town challenge I got free access for 5 visits to my local pool so another friend and I decided to try it together. There is 3 different evening classes and they are all a bit different.
I was at Costco recently and found bathing suits for $20! Double bonus! Now that I've used my 5 free visits they also make a heck of deal to join until the challenge is over in May. Although I need to start running more, I'd like to keep this up for awhile.

Have you tried water aerobics?

Monday, February 29, 2016

Cabbage Rolls

Remember my last produce box? My neighbor gave me the suggestion to make cabbage rolls. (she got the same produce box)

She uses these wraps.  There is about 20 in a package. 

I browned 1 pound of ground beef with garlic. While that cooked I used my food processor to shred the head of cabbage,  about 1 cup of carrots and one onion. I added it to the browned hamburger. I also added soy sauce, ginger and salt and pepper to taste and cooked it until starting to get soft. 

Here's my filling. 

I filled and wrapped them according to the package directions. I used the whole package and all of the filling. 

I baked them about 15 minutes in an oven that was preheated to 425 degrees. I calculated the calories to be about 100 per roll. Hubby and I both loved them!
You can vary the filling depending on what you have on hand.

This was my first time making cabbage rolls and it was so much easier than I expected.

Have a wonderful  day!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Pound Workout

I went to a pound class last night. I thought it was SOMETHING the instructors made up, but when I did a google search I found out otherwise. 


Using Ripstix®, lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising, POUND® transforms drumming into an incredibly effective way of working out.

Instead of listening to music, you become the music in this exhilarating full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and pilates-inspired movements.

Designed for all fitness levels, POUND® provides the perfect atmosphere for letting loose, getting energized, toning up and rockin’ out! The workout is easily modifiable and the alternative vibe and welcoming philosophy appeals to men and women of all ages and abilities.

Here is a video with the co-founders. Two women who were drummers!

I am completely uncoordinated, but the instructor is very sweet. I'm not sure I'll be in this class for the long haul, but it is always fun to mix it up!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Do you Like Cabbage?

I've never been a big fan of cabbage, until recently.

Since I've been getting organic, Oregon grown produce boxes, I've experimented with cabbage and now am quite happy eating it. I made egg rolls last night! My produce box contained cabbage, carrots and onion and it was the perfect mixture to start.
My friend and young mom turned me on to making them and I couldn't be more surprised at the results. I put most everything in my food processor to chop it, and that was the messiest step.
I'll post how I did it soon.
For now, look at the great benefits of cabbage!

Friday, February 19, 2016

What's in My Box?

Okay, I actually ordered the mixed salad greens, but everything else came in my box:

red potatoes
mini spaghetti squash
carrots (lots and lots, not pictured)
fresh tumeric, which smells like dirt. LOL

I'm not sure how to use the tumeric and I haven't had a chance to look it up.

Can't wait for early spring veggies.