Healthy tidbits

As I continue on my quest for healthiness I thought I share a few things that are yummy, beneficial or both!

My Target started carrying Larabars! If you read health ‘zines or watch Biggest Loser then you know what I’m talking about. If not then let me share…

Larabars are :

Gluten Free

Dairy & Soy Free

NON-GMO

Vegan

Kosher

So if none of that means diddly to you then let me share the ingredient list of the Apple Pie bar. Dates, Almonds, Unsweetened Apples, Walnuts, Raisins, Cinnamon. THAT”S IT Folks! No funky artificial anything! Woot! I recommend if you like snack bars as much as I do, then you need to check these out!

Next up Ch-ch-ch CHIA!

So I came across a blog Chia Seed Me not too long ago and I’m hooked. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Candice’s posts and I’m so curious about these Chia Seeds. And guess what??? I won some from her bloggy giveaway. I felt that when I won it was a positive nudge in the healthy direction that I’m heading. So when my chia seeds arrived and I saw how large the bag was and how tiny the seeds are I was hit with sense of overwhelm. I didn’t know the first thing about these mystery seeds. So they sat on my counter top for days! Then I finally decided it’s now or never and I opened them up and put a teaspoon helping over my waffles topped with banana and maple syrup. I didn’t really notice any taste except for my banana waffle.

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They have a fun little crunch too. However since they’re so small, they easier get stuck in my teeth. Now here’s the interesting part…when the seeds soak in water (or other liquid) they release a gel-like substance which has a super high nutritional value. So when these little seeds get stuck in your teeth, eventually they crack open and release their gel which is kind of a weird feeling, like when you put on Crest whitestrips and the gel squishes out. It’s a small price to pay for all the good they do. If you are interested in Chia Seeds check out Monterey Bay Spice Co‘s page.

***I was also reading Happy Foody and she has a little post on chia.***

In other news I’m on a mission to find a new way to enjoy coffee. The Nestle Coffee Mate Hazelnut creamer has got to go. I’m really sad about this because it it my FAVE way to enjoy coffee at home but with an ingredient list of water, sugar, and partially hydrogenate soybean and/or cottonseed oil I knew this couldn’t be a good thing. I’ve been turning a blind eye for so long and then I wonder why the scale is stuck. So if you have any tips let me know. I’m open to spices, raw sugar, etc. I have started sprinkling cinnamon in my coffee and I LIKE IT! BTW I highly recommend Penzeys Vietnamese Extra Fancy Cinnamon!

And my blog post wouldn’t be complete without an appearance from my adorable children.

I took these photos after a hard day of swimming and no naps.  Here’s one of Kate vegged out on the couch, fighting the urge to close her eyes.

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And here’s Colin and a REAL smile. I don’t get a lot of his genuine smiles but this time I did!

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Usually I get something like this

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or this

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~Happy Eating & Swimming~

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One Response to Healthy tidbits

  1. Melodie says:

    ok, the coffee thing is convicting. so i had completely given up coffee after reading my book and then i was having overnight company. so i bought more coffee for the house. and now i am back to drinking 1-2 cups each morning (with flavored creamer that contains who knows what). and artificial sweetner. i know. shame on me! let me know what other ideas you come up with. i’ve got none. my sister just bought organic sugar at costco. 10lb bag for $8. not bad at all!
    the chia seeds interest me. gonna read about those sometime.

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