Let’s be real for a minute. We know it’s better to eat at the table so you can put your focus squarely on your meal, but that isn’t always how things go. We eat at our desks, in the car, and while watching tv. While protein shakes and smoothies are a great option for mobile meals, those don’t always do the trick. My question is this: what kinds of things do you reach for when you need something more but don’t always have both hands available?
When I need to eat at my desk, easy-to-eat fruit and nuts is one of my favorite combos. Apple slices or strawberries with a serving of mixed nuts on the side makes me happy.
When fruit isn’t what I’m feeling at that moment, muffins make me smile. Blueberry, oatmeal, apple spice, pumpkin or sweet potato muffins are blissful one-handed goodies that don’t always leave a mess on my clothes or keyboard.
You can never go wrong with a good old fashioned sandwich. I make sure it’s not made with messy fillings so I don’t have to worry as much about a gloopy keyboard or stains on my tops.
What are you favorite meals or snacks when you eat on the go or in the office?
It doesn’t matter if the books are from the library or part of my personal collection. I have one within reach daily.
By the way, if you’re in or near Charleston, SC, you can meet Happy Herbivore herself, Lindsay Nixon at the College of Charleston on Thursday! I missed her back in 2012, but will be there this time. Hope you can make it, too!
Note: I received the Victoos Nut Milk Bag free of charge in exchange for my honest review. Anything I say is not influenced by the product. My views are my own and I will not recommend anything I don’t believe in.
I used to just kind of like milk. I had it over cereal and used it in recipes, but as far as drinking it straight, I wasn’t a fan. I found out later in life that milk did not like me. At all. It smiled in my face and kicked me in the back. Hard. Milk gave me gas, made me bloated, and gave me headaches. Any milk or milk product had the safe effect. As much as I loved my yogurt, cheese, and ice cream, dairy had to go. While that made me a little sad, it sent me on a mission to find delicious non-dairy alternatives that like me as much as I like them.
Non-dairy milk was first on my list. While I can find soy, nut, rice, hemp, flax, and coconut milks on store shelves, my budget does not always appreciate the hit when they’re not on sale or when I go on a baking binge. Learning to make my own was not difficult at all. For quick soymilk or cream, I add water and to a package of silken tofu and whip it until I get the consistency I want. Sometimes I want to mix it up. When I want nut, seed, or grain-based milk, I blend the item with water and go. while I get a smooth consistency, the milk usually isn’t as smooth as a store-bought product. This is where a nut milk bag comes in.
The Victoos Nut Milk Bag is a lightweight nylon bag designed for straining. Just blend your nut, seed, or grain milk, pour into the bag, and strain. Squeezing the bag will strain out all of the liquid and leave pulp I use in smoothies, oats, or in baking. I haven’t tried drying the pulp out to use as flour yet, but that’s on the list of things to try later.
Cleaning the bag is a breeze. I give it a good rinse if I need it again right away and toss it in the wash with kitchen towels if I don’t. By the way, a nut bag is excellent for people who want to juice but don’t have a juicer. Just blend the juice ingredients and strain through the bag. If you want a Victoos Nut Milk Bag, snag one on Amazon while it’s a great price – just $8.95.
What non-dairy milk will I make next? I’m thinking a coconut-flax milk might be lovely. Why that blend? Because I’m obsessed with making tofu mousse and yogurt and saving my silken tofu for those uses.
This goodie is inspired by an older recipe from Happy Herbivore. I added blueberries to the ‘yogurt’ recipe to snack on as-is or on top of fruit salad for breakfast. Want some?
I’m glad to see January 2015 go. It was a craptacular month and I don’t think I could easily handle a second month of it. An annoying reason I hated the month is the setback. Grr, the setback. But, January is over and February is here. I’m ready for it.
I tried to post this yesterday, but the January Kick Ass continued for an extra day. My saved pots disappeared three times. I was not amused.
My goals this month are to get my eating back on track and learn more about what ails me. Research might drive some people crazy, but it helps me feel like I have more control. The Fibromyalgia quirks and tummy issues don’t bother me as much since I have an idea what to expect. I hope that makes sense. I wonder sometimes if it does. If it doesn’t, I blame Fibro Brain.
And speaking of research, I picked up this goodie a few days ago.
Ricki Heller‘s blog is one of my favorite stops and I know the advice in this book in my hands will make a huge difference. I’ll share more about the book and recipes here and in my Examiner column. If you need sugar-free, gut-healing whole food recipes, take a look.
I was advised to consider the possibility of candida overgrowth a little over a year ago. I took the assessment and scored in the top range before I completed the whole thing. Oy. Overachiever, I am. These recipes work with my eating plan. I just have to tweak things here and there.
For fitness, I’m starting another round of 21 Day Fix starting on February 8. 21 Day Fix Extreme drops today, but I am not ready for that one. Both 21DF and 21DFX are designed to get you on track with 30 minute workouts (yes), an easy clean eating plan, and quick results. All moves include a modifier front and center and only minimum equipment is required. I’ll use resistance bands and my favorite exercise mat. If you’d like more information on either program, give me a shout or visit my store.
Do you have specific plans or goals for February? If you need or want support and encouragement, give me a shout. If you’re following a different program, it’s all good. This is all about support for whatever your goals are. Swing by Facebook and say hi.
Until next time, be good to yourself. Remember that you are not alone and that you are your competition.
I’ve learned a lot in this past few years about the importance of a happy and healthy gut. Probiotics play a huge role in the process. I treat my body like a lab at times. One experiment involved cutting the use of a probiotic for 30 days. That was a huge mistake. The bloating and, um, irregularity were painful. Use of the wrong probiotic wasn’t good for me, either. My gut is pretty wrecked after years of antibiotics and other medications along with previously unknown food sensitivities. Limited peanut butter, coffee, and wheat, and no more dairy, period. The peanut butter and coffee hurt the most, but that’s another story for another day.
I noticed that my daily dose of nutrition in a glass wasn’t giving me enough gut protection, so I went back to a separate probiotic. Number One Nutrition’sAdvanced Probiotic fit the bill. It’s vegetarian-friendly and dairy-free!
I gave Advanced Probiotic a try and it made a big difference. It worked as well as more expensive brands I’ve tried and I felt the difference almost immediately when I ran out for a few days. Finding a good probiotic without dairy is huge when dairy is an issue. I picked up a bottle of a different brand for comparison and will go back to Advanced Probiotic as soon as I finish this jar. When I find something that works, I stick with it.
It’s the time of year when people make grand resolutions after looking back at the current year. I’m not making any grand resolutions myself. Goal setting seems to work better for me. I’m happy to have reached the majority of goals I’d set for myself and plan to do more of the same in 2015.
I’m ending this yer on a healthier note than I started it. I have more answers than questions about my health and am on the healing track. I’m not 100% there, but I am much better than I was. I still hurt daily, but I hurt a lot less.
I’m still working on my fitness. Yes, Beachbody programs play a huge rule, but walking and flexibility training are in the mix. I plan to take on Body Beast in 2015 and hopefully hubs will join me.
As for family stuff, I plan to keep doing what we do. I’ll love and accept them for who they are as people and not just because of ties. and I’ll beat the girl in her games, dammit. I can’t help it that I’m a dedicated PS person and shen bounces around.
As for swearing, that’s not going to change. I know when to reign it in and when to let loose. Letting loose is when I’m lifting heavier or tripping over the dogs.
Here’s to you. Set goals, work toward them, and live well. Do your thing. Compete only with your former self. Love yourself as you would anyone dear to you.
**The link will take you to my Beachbody page. If you need a coach, suggestions on a program, or just want to hear from someone who gets it, give me a shout.**
Switching from an omni to vegetarian way of life can be easy, but if you want to keep it healthy, don’t do what I did. Let my mistakes be your guide.
When I first made the switch, I replaced all meat with additional bread, cheese, and fat. I thought I could eat anything I wanted in large quantities because I wasn’t eating meat. Unless the cheese is made with vegetable rennet, it might as well be meat. And those calories add up. I lost weight because I was working out five days a week. The minute things slowed down, the weight came on.
Another big mistake I made was not eating more vegetables. I ate the same handful of veggies I’d always eaten, but most of them were either starchy or smothered in cheese or butter or both.
And don’t get me started on the sweets. I feel into the ‘woah, this is vegan?’ trap and tried everything. Lots of everything. I still try lots of vegan sweets, but not all at once.
If you have any questions about my missteps, feel free to ask.
Hello. My name is Sherrie and I have a chocolate problem. I could eat it every day and never get tired of it. I like it sweet, dark, mild, straight up or in recipes. Cutting out dairy meant cutting way back on store-bought chocolate goodness and getting back into the kitchen for my fix. That wasn’t a problem necessarily, but it wasn’t exactly the best thing for me to do. You know, since I have that problem.
When I was asked if I’d be interested in trying Freedom Superfoods Organic Raw Cacao, I was not opposed. Well, more than that. I was excited; giddy, even. I know that good quality chocolate has health benefits (it’s rich in antioxidants and minerals), but it seems this stuff is even better. According to the folks at Freedom Superfoods, their raw cacao is alkalizing and energizing in addition its fiber, magnesium, potassium, copper, and iron that help keep my blood pressure and energy level on point. It’s non-fermented, organic, raw goodness.
The first thing I did when I received the bag was make a mocha. It was late morning when my shipment arrived and I needed caffeine. I noticed how smooth and fine the powder was. This was not the cocoa powder I was used to. It blended perfectly into my mocha and made my chocolate-loving self smile. I think the flavor did more to lift the afternoon slump than the caffeine.
Freedom Superfoods Organic Raw Cacao has adds rich dark chocolate flavor in anything its added to. When you order a bag, Freedom Superfoods includes an e-book with recipes to try. Instead of following their recipes, I used the raw cacao the way I usually use cocoa powder. I mixed it into smoothies and oatmeal at breakfast, coffee and coconut milk for afternoon lattes and mochas, chili at lunch and dinner, and for dessert, everything. I made raw banana chocolate ice cream, chocolate syrup for topping and dipping, chocolate mousse, and, my current favorite, homemade coconut dark chocolate candy. Thanks to Angela Liddon (Oh She Glows) for that one. she inspired me and sent me on a candy-making spree.
The recloseable bag helps keep the cacao powder fresh until its all gone. At this rate, I’ll finish it by the end of the year. Yes, I plan to give chocolate goodness as holiday presents. If you want your dark chocolate goodness throughout the day like I do, Freedom Superfoods Organic Raw Cacao is the way to go. Check them out on Facebook and see why I love this stuff. The company stands behind their products and offers a 60 day money-back guarantee.
If you’ll excuse me, I have a raw banana chocolate smoothie to finish while I work. I’d share, but, you know, you’re not here with me.
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