Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Fresh North Carolina Air

I'm still taking it easy on my ankle but HAD to get out for a run while on Buck mountain, North Carolina. It is so fun to see other areas on foot.

And the views were pretty amazing as well!

Friday, January 23, 2015

What's in my Box this week?

This weeks produce!

Smoothies, salad and pot roast veggies.
I'm leaving for a week so am doing my best to eat up the fresh produce since hubby would rather cook up a steak or frozen pizza while I'm gone and not mess with fresh veggies.

Here's one of the farms that we are getting produce from:


Monday, January 19, 2015

Sugar Savvy Solution

I've always been interested in new "diet" books. This has resonated with me for some time now so when I saw it at the library I had to pick it up. 

 It all makes great sense and it only encourages me more to continue this path of no added sugars. (except what occurs naturally)
It also encourages more fluids, so I'm concentrating on that. Cucumber and lemon make it much more fresh. What do you like to add in your water to liven it up?

Friday, January 16, 2015


I've been using a new app this week that I like. It helps you learn about the social impact of products you are buying. 

Choose what is important to you. (they are all important!) 

I'm saying NO to GMO's. (Oregon narrowly lost a ballet measure this past fall on the labeling of GMO's)  Join the "campaign" of your choice, then start scanning bar codes of your favorites and see if you want to continue to support them!

I'm trying out many new brands this week because I'm letting my dollar speak for me.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Power Smoothie

 Hemp is a wonderful healthy addition to any smoothie or oatmeal.
"They are a complete protein. Hemp hearts also contain the essential fatty acids omega 6 and omega 3. In addition, hemp hearts are a good source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. They are also packed with vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, B1, B2, D and E, as well as the minerals calcium and iron. Hemp seeds contain 25 percent protein, 35 percent fatty acids and 27 percent carbohydrates (primarily fiber)." ` from Livestrong.com

Hippie Butter Hemp protein powder is another addition I enjoy. It is not as processed as many other protein powders.

One of last week's smoothies, was banana, apple, pear and greens. So refreshing!

Friday, January 9, 2015

What's in My Box?

I am volunteering to pick up produce in a neighboring town every other week and that means free produce! I'll drop it off at the pick up place in my town. 
Here's my produce this week. Does anybody know what kind of squash that is? I looked online and may need to cut into it to figure it out. I'm thinking spaghetti squash

Have a happy and healthy weekend!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Flax Seed in Smoothies

Today's morning smoothie: 
Kale and spinach (kale alone is too bitter for me)
banana (makes it smooth)
protein powder
ground flax seed.
I liked today's more than yesterdays.
Flax seed has many benefits. But in order to reap the benefits it must be ground. You can purchase it ground but it tends to go rancid faster. I buy a bag of whole flax seed and keep it in my freezer. 

 When I want to use some, I clean out my coffee grinder. 
Pour in the seeds.

And grind. I actually leave them in my grinder and take out a few tsp to add to my smoothie.

Try some today!

  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids, "good" fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.
  • Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods.
  • Fiber. Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Berry Blast

This morning's smoothie: 
Beet greens
Greek yogurt 
Chia seed
Protein powder
Coconut water 
Delicious and pretty!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Monday Morning Plan

 It feels great to have a plan and ready to get back into healthy eating!
Used my Nutribullet to make my morning smoothie: spinach, banana, pineapple,strawberry, blueberry, coconut water, a little chia seed and protein powder.  It doesn't seem to matter how I change up my smoothie too much it always works out to be about 300 calories.
I baked a few ingredients last night to have handy- butternut squash, sweet potatoes and beets.

My ankle is still bothering me a bit, but am at least hoping to go for a walk to test it out.

Let's make it a healthy week!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

I got a Nutribullet for Christmas and it sure beats dragging out the blender every day. I thought I'd learn a few tricks and get my year started off right by joining the 5 day Fresh Start Cleanse. It's not extreme, just a way for me to jump start a healthier new year. I'm making my grocery list today and will be ready to start on Monday. Check it out!