Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

I go to the grocery store a lot. We’re talking three to four times a week. Even more depending on the week. I used to do the once a week thing, but in my quest for clean eating, I find myself shopping more often. Why? Usually it’s because I hate buying a bunch of asparagus on Saturday and not cooking it until Thursday. Weird, I know. Anyway, here’s what a trip to the grocery store looks like: steak, chicken breasts, ground chicken breasts, chicken sausage, eggs, greek yogurt, oatmeal, quinoa, fresh ground peanut butter and almond butter, asparagus, peppers, butternut squash, avocado, kiwi, local whole wheat bread, organic tomato sauce and almond milk.

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I’ve been getting extras with my Bountiful Baskets recently. A few weeks back I got a flat of strawberries. I decided to make some freezer jam using Powercakes chia jam recipe. I trimmed up the strawberries, cooked them in the microwave for a few minutes, put them in the blender, threw in some chia seeds, along with agave nectar because I haven’t gotten the husband off sugar yet, then poured the mixture into my plastic freezer jars.

 

paleo, heard of it?

Posted: May 15, 2012 in Health

It’s another food lifestyle. Takes you back to the way the cavemen used to eat. Leave out processed foods and only eat foods like lean meats, veggies, fruits, and healthy fat that come from sources like nuts. A complete guide to paleo eating can be found on Dual Fit.

Took dinner to the grill last night. Salmon, carne asada, and shrimp.

As Shannon Clark says, “The choices for supplements are seemingly endless.” She’s right. Just walking in a GNC store for the first time is overwhelming. Her recent article on BodyBuilding.com talks about the how’s and why’s of protein powder. It’s a quick and easy read. Enjoy!

oh, are you on a diet?

Posted: April 24, 2012 in Health

If I could lose a pound every time I’ve heard the phrase, “Oh, you’re on a diet?” I’d weigh nothing! When did paying attention to what you eat become the abnormality? I used to just answer, “Yup, I’m on a diet.” That was easier than trying to explain that I don’t “diet’ in the sense they are thinking. I choose to eat certain foods (along with choosing to not eat others), therefore I spend a bit more time planning my meals, shopping and deciding what I’m going to eat when visiting a restaurant. No one questions anyone who sits in the McDonald’s drive-thru daily. Yes, sometimes you’ll even find me sitting in that McDonald’s line! Regardless, I “try” to stick to clean eating. In other words – I try and stay away from processed food. I focus most of my time on the outside isles of the grocery store. Buying fresh produce and meat. If you want to learn more about clean eating, check out “Clean Eating 101” over at The Gracious Pantry. It’s a good read.

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and a calorie, fat counter. You only get the joy of eating peanut butter when you have enough “calories” left. Let’s be honest, 190 calories consists of half my breakfast. I can’t use all that up for two tbsp of peanut butter! Okay, I can and have, but that’s not the point. And no, I’m not a calorie counting freak. I eat when I’m hungry, but I do enjoy tracking what foods go into my body. Anyway, in my many hours of fitness, healthy eating blog and forum reading. I started noticing people talking about PB2 (powdered peanut butter). Not just talking but raving about fewer calories, less fat and sodium. I put my order in over at Amazon and a few days later I had my PB2. Now, I will warn you. If you’re used to the “normal” peanut butter on the market the PB2 might seem bland to you. I recommend working your way in by trying some Adams 100% natural peanut butter. Yup, the kind you have to stir before using. I switched to PB2 in my protein shakes and absolutely love it. (Just a heads up, there is a chocolate version too and it’s just as fabulous.)

Here’s a label comparison between PB2 and a “well-known brand.”