I don't get it. I mean, it's okay. It tastes pretty similar to vanilla soy milk if you ask me. It was much better in my oats this morning than drinking it out of a glass, but still. I like oats just fine plain with a little splenda so I don't know why I'd add the extra calories just to have some almondy-ness in my oats.
So if any of you out there just LOVE almond milk, please tell me why. Are you allergic to something that prevents you from drinking regular milk? Lactose intolerant maybe? Let me know.
Work is getting insane with things that need to get done before we leave, and I know the million-bajillion emails waiting for me when I return will be even worse.
How do you balance summer vacation and motivation?
Making things at home, without preservatives, also applies to adult beverages in my household.
Here, we have some orange flavored vodka my hubs is "cooking" right now. He made pineapple a few years ago and this weekend decided to try a new flavor. He loves pineapple orange juice, so his goal is to make pineapple orange vodka eventually, but he wanted to try plain orange first.
If any of you out there want to try this at home, just cut up your favorite fruit and throw it in a jar with some vodka for a week or so in the chill chest. Then strain it through some cheesecloth and voila!
So I broke up with WW today. They said they'd take me back if I call them.
It turns out very like the consistency of ice cream. It does have a very strong banana flavor, so I put a bit of chocolate syrup on mine, it was delish!! Definitely worth the 2points a banana is alone. I didn't add enough milk to make it more than 2 points, but the chocolate sauce is extra.
This was my first ever attempt at making spaghetti sauce, from either can-scratch or real-scratch. I also bought my first onion ever for this recipe. That's how often we eat onions. This was even better the next day too, so make sure you have enough for leftovers. The hubs gave my first try as a 7 out of 10. I'll take it!
It turns out that our baby is becoming an old man (he'll be 6 in December) and has a slipped disk in his back.
So he has some pain meds and steriods to help, but the real struggle will be the 6 weeks of no jumping or running... How do you tell a dog he can't play?
So my new goal is to make an edible, made-from-scratch spaghetti sauce. My very-Italian coworker has provided me with her family's recipe. We'll see how it goes.
Aside from feeling a little over-carb'ed today, I do feel really productive! We moved into this house about 15 months ago, and I finally cleaned out the boxes that were thrown in the 3rd bedroom closet. I even cleaned out our file cabinet that lives in that closet. I don't know about you, but I always feel better when I get rid of some clutter.
Does anyone have a really good "diet" brownies recipe?
I used a Weight Watcher's recipe to turn that medium-sized zucchini (from the hubs' grandma's garden btw) into mini muffins, I'm estimating them about 1.5 points per muffin.
So I basically followed this recipe, but I only have 1 loaf pan, so I through the rest of the batter in the mini muffin pan. I actually ended up liking the little bite-sized ones better than the loaf. They were easy to grab and go for breakfast and cooked more evenly, so if I were you, I'd skip the loaf pan business and go straight to the mini-muffin pan. WW calls this a dessert recipe, but who doesn't love to eat dessert for breakfast?
POINTS® Value: 3
Preparation Time: 15 min
Cooking Time: 60 min
Level of Difficulty: Easy
|2 serving(s) butter-flavor cooking spray|
|2 cup(s) whole wheat flour|
|2/3 cup(s) all-purpose flour|
|1 tsp table salt|
|1 tsp baking soda|
|1/2 tsp baking powder|
|1 Tbsp ground cinnamon|
|3 large egg white(s)|
|1 large egg(s)|
|1 cup(s) sugar|
|2 tsp vanilla extract|
|1/3 cup(s) canola oil|
|2/3 cup(s) unsweetened applesauce|
|2 cup(s) zucchini, peeled, grated, and drained*|
|1/2 cup(s) chopped walnuts|
|1/2 cup(s) raisins, finely chopped|
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Coat two 8- X 4-inch loaf pans with cooking spray; set aside.
- In a large bowl, sift together whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon; set aside.
- Using an electric mixer, in a large mixing bowl, beat egg whites until frothy. Add egg, sugar, vanilla extract, oil and applesauce, and beat until thoroughly combined; beat in zucchini.
- Add sifted ingredients to egg mixture and mix well; fold in nuts and raisins. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake in middle of oven until a toothpick inserted in center of bread comes out clean, about 50 to 60 minutes. Slice each bread into 10 pieces and serve warm or at room temperature. Yields 1 slice per serving.
Most of the time, the hubs and I buy 99 percent, which is ground turkey breast. It's a lot more dry than the 93/7, especially if you are making turkey burgers. But if you are going to make any soup or sauce, like spaghetti with it, it's great and so much better for you! I want to tell you that it's good for meatloaf, but the only recipe I've tried for meatloaf was horrible, so I can't.
What is your favorite way to cook ground turkey?
This is a photo I took for work of actual hearts (I work at a hospital) at a seminar given by a dietitian. She was teaching people the difference between what a healthy heart looks like (on the right) and an unhealthy heart (the big guy in the middle). Your heart should be the size of your fist. The heart on the right was bigger than my fist, but I have pretty slender hands, and I don't know what that person looked like. The unhealthy heart is obviously that of an overweight or maybe even obese person. When you are overweight, your heart has to work harder to pump the blood because your arteries are full of junk and the blood can't flow freely. So it is forced to get bigger to work harder which is not a good thing, folks. Also, that whitish stuff on both hearts is fat. Keep that in mind next time you want to order fried food.
And that's why I love Saturdays. I can sleep in AND still go run - usually much farther than I do on weekdays because I don't have to watch the clock to go get ready for work.
The other shot I had of the beehive had several bees swarming it, but you couldn't see the "door" and I thought that was more important.
The bees are just one more way the FIL "lives off the land" out in the country. I'm not sure if he actually does anything with this hive, but I know someone* comes and makes some delicious honey out of it. A jar of that honey is sitting in my pantry right now. The hubs has terrible allergies and we've heard that eating local honey can help prevent some seasonal allergies. While this honey is not made in our backyard, it's closer than that bear in the supermarket, I promise.
*someone = the hubs' dad's friends' father.
My FIL has tons of land, though, and puts it to good use! He has a LARGE garden with a variety of plants. The things I know he's growing: asparagus, zucchini, yellow squash, tomatoes, green peppers, grapes and green beans. Last year he grew cantelope and pumpkins, but I'm not sure if they are there or not this year.
The awesome part about all of these tomato and pepper plants is a little process called canning. Later this summer the hubs and the FIL and I are going to pile up all of our tomatoes and peppers to "can" together.
The great thing about these eggs is that they are made from those lovely chickens who have plenty of room to move around, and are not fed any steroids or other drugs.
And those are just some of the benefits. The true benefit for me is the taste. The yolks are more yellow than the store-bought eggs we have to buy when we can't get to my FIL fast enough, and they just taste much better.
Do you know where the chickens lived to produce the eggs you eat? Something to think about.
"WHR is the ratio of the circumference of the waist to that of the hips. It is calculated by measuring the smaller circumference of the natural waist, usually just above the belly button, and dividing by the hip circumference at its widest part of the buttocks or hip. The ratio is applied both to women and men, and is used as a measurement of obesity, which in turn is a possible indicator of other more serious health conditions.
A WHR of 0.7 for women and 0.9 for men have been shown to correlate strongly with general health and fertility. Women within the 0.7 range have optimal levels of estrogen and are less susceptible to major diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disorders and ovarian cancers.Men with WHRs around 0.9, similarly, have been shown to be more healthy and fertile with less prostate cancer and testicular cancer."
One of the things I kept track of in the 12 weeks of Biggest Loser is my WHR. It went from .82 to .77.
I have the first number of that decimal, but I think I still need to work on this one.
This here cow part was raised somewhere in southern Illinois by some dude and it went from him to a friend to my fridge.
The squash is from my backyard.
- Lost 10 lbs or 5.1 percent of my weight
- Lost 0.4 percent body fat, an improvement of 1.6 percent
- Dropped my BMI by 0.4 or 1.5 percent
- Decreased my hips by almost 2 inches or 4 percent
- Decreased my waist by more than 3 inches or 8 percent