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end of another era

You know those days when nighttime comes and you think back over the last 12 hours and say to yourself:

“wow, I had some good food today.”

Yep…I’m havin’ one of those.  And I’m likin’ it too.

Let’s get a recap of breakfast because it was just too purdy not to;)

beet, carrot, apple, pear and blackberry juice

For lunch I met up with my friend, Grace, at Panera.  I went with the garden vegetable soup + a whole grain baguette

After lunch I ran home and got a lot of work accomplished!  Jonathan has become more and more able to pass off Outbox work to me.  Right now I’m writing the copy for a brochure for one of our clients, and I’m loving it!  The combination of working for our own business, working from home and writing is so fulfilling to me.

I guess I was working a little too hard…because in a matter of just a few hours I had worked up quite an appetite!

Van’s light whole wheat waffle with natural peanut butter, half a sliced banana + chia seeds

Before I knew it, it was time to go have my last tutoring session with Mohammad.

So long, Mohammad.  It’s been real.

I’m really going to miss tutoring, but I told him to put in a word with his international friends, so maybe it won’t be the end after all!  lol.

Because I had yoga tonight, I spent some time this afternoon making a crock-pot creation to have for dinner.  I almost never use my crock-pot anymore, but when I do I always wonder why I let it sit and collect dust.  It’s so convenient!

Dinner turned out pretty tasty.

sauteed zucchini, spinach and broccoli slaw in 1 tsp olive oil with a dash of red pepper and garlic powder

Jon had this marvelous idea for breadsticks. For each stick, he used half of a Joseph’s lavash wrap, spreading a small bit of Earth Balance and pesto and sprinkling garlic powder before rolling it all up and baking at 400 for about 10 minutes.   I die.

And now for the sauce!

Easy Vegan Crock-pot Pasta Sauce

Ingredients

1 29 ounce can of tomato puree
1 15 ounce can of petite diced tomatoes
1/2 a real tomato, chopped (I happened to have it in the fridge and figured I might as well throw it in!)
1/2  cup of water
1 bell pepper, chopped
1/2 large onion, chopped
2 bay leaves
1 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tbsp basil

Directions

1.  Mix all ingredients together in the crockpot and allow to heat through all day!
2.  Pour over whole wheat spaghetti, bulgur or a huge pile of your favorite veggies as shown above:)

That’s it!  Amen to easy breezy recipes.

Note: don’t forget to take out the bay leaves before serving.  Also, next time I will not add as much water, if any.  I thought it needed thinning, but the sauce ended up a bit too watery.

For dessert I whipped up a little bit of blueberry banana softserve.

I love using my mini bowl and spoon.  Makes it last so much longer:)

I hope you all had a great day and did something nice for yourself – you deserve it!

See you tomorrow!

What was the best thing you ate in the last 24 hours? Mine was the breadsticks – I love me some garlic bread:)  Thanks dear!

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i’m in love

While this girl slept in this morning…

…Jon and I went for a quick run.  The Garmin was acting kind of goofy this morning, so I’m not sure about the stats.  What I do know is that it was hot…and sticky.  But it felt great once we got back into the a/c!  I’m not sure how we survived without it when we lived in Thailand.  It’s funny because I don’t remember it bothering me all that much.  I guess it’s all about perspective and what you’re used to!

For breakfast I made a new juice

1 beet, 1 apple, 1 pear, 1 large carrot and a small handful of blackberries

My stash is runnin’ low!!  No more juice until I make a trip to the store:(  And as I told you yesterday, that may be awhile…unless we break down.

I wanted to show you guys what it looks like right after it comes out and before I pour it into a glass.  I get giddy watching it come out because it’s so pretty! I gaze longingly into the cup…and my heart skips a beat.

Okay, now I’m scaring myself.

Back away from the juice, Candice.

Can you see me?

nice stems.  ow ow!

I kid. I kid.

If you missed my juicer review, don’t forget to check it out.  You won’t be sorry!

This morning I’m spending some time working on PiYo.  You see, getting the certification was the easiest part.  Now it’s time to actually put together a class.  I’m not gonna lie to you guys – it’s intimidating! Don’t get me wrong, I’m super excited about it.  But before I can teach I have to memorize the poses, the cueing for modifications and what to say to guide students through the poses.

PiYo is very flexible (in more ways than one!) in that you can either use one of the pre-choreographed lessons the company already created, or you can put together your own sequences of poses.  I keep leaning toward putting together my own so I can use the poses that I love the most, but it’s all a little overwhelming, and I think just learning the pre-choreographed class would be easier to begin with.  Ahh!

Succeeding in your dreams is all about pushing through when things are scary or hard.  And I’ll be the first to tell you that it’s scary and hard when you step out to pursue something that you love.  I used to think it’d be easy, but it’s not.

I’m starting to change my perspective to look at intimidating challenges as a chance to get that rush from accomplishing something that you didn’t think you could accomplish rather than backing down when fear rears it’s ugly head.

Well, I gotta run.  I’m meeting a friend for lunch today, and I’m cuttin’ it close!  See you all later on:)

How do you tend to handle fear and intimidation?  Are you good at tackling challenges head on?

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knowledge is power

It seems that the Candwich got quite a rise out of you guys this morning!  Can you even believe it?  What will they come up with next?  It really just made me sad when I first saw it.  It seems that there is sometimes no concept of understanding in our country about how to eat healthy food that is medicine to the body rather than poison.

After I posted this morning, I was on the Candwich website, and there is a video of an Australian morning show interviewing the CEO of Candwich.  One particular question they asked him was what the nutrition profile was of this new product.  My ears perked up!  He replied “well, it has about 450 calories once you put it all together.”

Doh.

That’s it.  That’s the only nutritional info he felt was important to provide.


What about the ingredients?
Or how much protein?
Or what about how much sodium??

Nada.  Just 450 calories.  What a deal, right?

One thing I just learned in the past couple of years is how to read ingredient lists.  In the past I would never even look at the ingredient list on products…I just went by whatever the product said on the front.  Scary!  Now I always check out the ingredient list on any product before I even think about buying it.  You’d be amazed at what’s in some of the stuff we are so accustomed to eating! Even things as simple as peanut butter have sugar and oils that you don’t even think about.  Btw…Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter is my favorite!  And I’m not getting paid to say that ;)

Basically, if you can’t pronounce it…you don’t want to put it in your body! Always go for ingredients that are whole foods…as close to the ground as possible.  And really…it’s always best to just skip the middle aisles in the store as much as possible and stick to the perimeter for fresh produce and whole foods.

Rant over.

As I’ve mentioned, Jon and I are really trying to cut down on our budget.  You know, since I quit my job and all;)

Anyway, we’re trying not to go to the grocery store until the end of the month, even though we are out of almost everything!  So I decided to challenge myself tonight by creating a dish using only the random ingredients we had in the cabinets.

The result?

The thing that comes to mind as I post this pic is a song I often attach to certain things I love…and sing it loud…all around the house.  Drives Jon crazy. muahahaha :)

I’d sing it for you if I could.  Actually I could post a video…but I’d like to have you guys hang around for awhile.  So, I won’t.

But this meal was simple.  Simply EPIC that is!

Ingredients

8 – 10 red potatoes
1/2 large onion
1 cup frozen edamame
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 can diced tomatoes, drained (or fresh if you aren’t lazy like me:)
3 tbsp evoo (extra virgin olive oil)
1/2 tbsp seasoned salt
1/2 tbsp basil
1 tsp rosemary

Directions

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees
3.  Cut potatoes into small, bite-sized pieces and place in large casserole dish
4.  In a small bowl, mix olive oil, seasoned salt, basil and rosemary
5.  Pour oil mixture over potatoes and stir until potatoes are coated
6.  Chop onion into medium sized pieces and add to dish.  Stir well.
7.  Add tomatoes, frozen edamame and chia seeds.  Stir well.
8.  Roast for approximately 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes until potatoes are soft.

Serve alongside your favorite steamed veggie!  Makes about 4 – 6 servings.

The one problem is that I can’t seem to come up with a name for this dish.  I’m stumped!  Any ideas??

I also snacked on a slice of Ezekiel bread with natural peanut butter about an hour befor din.

Well, I’ve gotta hit the mat and get some PiYo practice in before bed tonight.  I hope you all are having a lovely week so far!

What do you think I should name my potato dish?

Do you pay a lot of attention to ingredient lists?  What caused you to start thinking about what was in your food rather than just trusting the slogan on the front of the box?

On that note, have you read In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan?  I love this book, and I really think it is crucial for everyone to read.  It made me really understand how twisted the food system in our country is.  Not to be a negative Nancy, but we have to watch out for and take care of ourselves! Ya know?

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what next?!

Happy Tuesday morning ya’ll!

I loved hearing all about your fur babies last night – thanks for sharing!

This morning started off with a quick 15 minute walk with two of my favorite people (humor me here;)

Aren’t they cute?

After we got back home, I rushed around to give Jon a haircut and inhale a Larabar.  Have you guys tried the new flavors yet?  I tried carrot cake the other day during PiYo training and loved it!  I’ve loved the carrot cake Clif Bar for a long time, but I like the ingredient lists of Larabars so much better!  I’m a happy girl now!

Today I had the chocolate chip cookie dough flavor.  Honestly…it was delicious.  Better than I expected.  With small, glorious surprises of chocolate all throughout. Unfortunately, after a few heavenly bites, it dawned on me that it most likely wasn’t vegan.  Hello!

You all know that I do make exceptions to my vegan diet on occasion – organic, free-range eggs, greek yogurt etc. But only for really special things that have benefit to my health (ie. protein).  So, I probably won’t be having many more of this flavor…but if you aren’t vegan you MUST try it!

Finally, with about 3 minutes to spare, I flew out the door on my way to PiYo.  Class was great today…very challenging.  PiYo is a type of class that progresses as you go from week to week.  So, the class I went to this morning actually began in May, so it’s really starting to get intense.  I love it!  Now I just have to work on being able to teach it;)

When I got home, I made a green monster

tall and proud!

2 handfuls of spinach, 1/2 banana, 1 cup almond milk, 1/2 scoop Amazing Grass, 1 tbsp chia seeds, ice

this pic is either kind of cool or really bad…you decide:)

My husband sent me this email yesterday…and I was so appalled that I just have to share it with you all.

Enter the Candwich

[source]

I haven’t researched this product enough to slam it, I suppose…but I would love to see an ingredient list.  I just am so appalled because this is the epitome of where our country is headed as far as our food supply.  It is the antithesis of what we should be fueling our bodies with – fresh, whole food that is as close to the source (ground) as possible.  Very bothersome, methinks.

What do you think about this?  Had you heard of this before?

I gotta run because I’m helping set up for a baby shower for one of Jonathan’s coworkers.  On the menu – nachos involving beef, tortilla chips, and Rico’s cheese!  Eek!

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second time around

Thank you all for the wonderful comments this morning!  You guys totally made my day!  Well…you and Foodbuzz :)   lol.

I really do appreciate your support tremendously.  ChiaSeedMe would not be the same without you.

After yesterday’s 7 hours of driving and 8 hour certification class, I just could not pull myself out of bed on time this morning!  I slept in until Jon left for world at 8am, then finally lured myself out of bed by envisioning a refreshing and energizing juice. mmm.

1 beet, 1 apple, 1 pear, 2 carrots

Totally did the trick:)

I also managed to make it to the gym and crank out a 5k on the treadmill.  It was a tough run…but I’m really trying to start pushing myself more.  Instead of focusing on the discomfort, I want to focus more on the satisfaction of sprinting that last mile….or running it 20 seconds faster. Whatever it may be.  It really worked today, and I felt so great!

Lunch was leftovers from the other night.

stir-fry veggies with bulgur, chick peas and chias

I had mentioned before that this stir-fry sauce I made was a total fail…but honestly, it tasted better today than it did the first time.  I kinda liked it!

Later on I snacked on a brown rice cake with natural pb, sliced banana a chia seeds – one of my favorite snacks:)

Dinner tonight was leftover enchiladas.  muahahaha.

Today when I met with Mohammad for our tutoring session, he had some bad news to tell me – he’s moving!  This was totally out of the blue.  Basically (we learned that word today:) he just isn’t happy with the classes he’s taking at the institute here, so he’s moving to OKC to attend a different one. Wednesday will be our last meeting together.  I’m really going to miss it because I’ve been enjoying tutoring a lot!

So, you guessed it.  That leaves me jobless once again.  And once again, I’m just trusting that God has something better for me. It’s not easy, but I’m turning away from lies and believing truth.  Something that I’m getting to work on a lot lately:)

In other news…

…this little guy left us yesterday.  While Olive certainly has a little more peace in her life, Jon and I are kinda missing him.

Well, I’m off to cuddle with the husband.  What a great day it’s been; let’s try to top it tomorrow!

And a couple questions for you guys because I love getting to know more about you!  What better way to find out more about you guys than hearing about your lovable fur babies? Or lack thereof;)

Are you a dog person or a cat person? Or neither?
What kind of pet(s) do you have and what are their names?

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