Easy Healthy Breakfast….

Are your mornings as crazy as mine?  You always hear or read, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, right?  So what are most people stuck eating because they don’t have time to prepare a healthy meal?  SUGAR, SUGAR, SUGAR!  Prepackaged junk, like cereal bars, etc… Drive through options, donuts, microwaved breakfast sandwiches etc….  What happens after you eat that junk?  Stomach ache, crash & burn, no energy and hunger pangs an hour later.  You’re consuming empty useless calories.   Continue reading “Easy Healthy Breakfast….”

Easy, Filling and Fast….

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Easy! Healthy & Filling

So, what’s for dinner tonight?  A few things I always have on hand:

  • Cooked Brown Rice
  • Salad 
  • Roasted Veggies

Brown rice is great.  Packed with iron.  It’s good right after you cook it warm or as left overs cold.  I buy it in bulk at the Honest Weight Food Co-op in Albany.  I actually buy all of my grains, flours and nut butters there.  If you live in Albany NY area, check it out.  You don’t have to be a member.  The membership is worth it if you exclusively shop there, but otherwise it’s not mandatory.  There are food co-ops everywhere you go.  When I traveled for work and Vermont was part of my sales territory, I knew where every co-op was in the state.  They always have excellent deli’s with delicious vegan options, soups etc…   Continue reading “Easy, Filling and Fast….”

Finding what’s right for you….

When it comes to exercise, it’s all about finding what’s right for you.  The key is to get moving!  For me, I like to try just about everything out there!  I’m fortunate to live in an extremely active community.  The town of Bethlehem has so many options!  There’s simply no excuse not to get out there and try something!  We have a beautiful paved rail trail for walking, biking, running etc….  Plenty of places to take an array of classes.  Foundry Fitness for all types of H.I.I.T (High Intensity Interval Training) classes.  Stephanie is a great instructor, I took her “Power” class this morning.  365 Fit for Yoga, Boot-camp & Spin. I’ve tried them all & they’re all fantastic.  Revive is fairly new to the area and they offer so much variety!  I love H.I.I.T Flow (Yoga Pose Holds), very Yin / Restorative.  I am also a fan of Barre!   Continue reading “Finding what’s right for you….”

Coffee Station

I’ve created a coffee station in my dining room.  I wish I had a before picture of the small dresser that I rescued from my mother in laws basement.  It was a mess!  It was chipped and covered in dirt.  I buffed out some of  the cracks and added chalk paint.  Chalk paint is amazing! You can paint any kind of wood and give pieces a complete face lift.  I had planned on changing the knobs, but once I cleaned up the originals, I decided I liked the white on white. I also pained the mirror.  It was silver so I went with the blue and distressed the edges.   The shelf was previously in the 1/2 bathroom I made over last month.  I decided to use it for the coffee station instead. That shelf was made by my brother when he was in high school.  I found it in the corner of my fathers basement probably 5 plus years ago. It was a little worn and coming apart.  The carved out heart just drew me to it.  I knew I’d be able to fix and transform it somehow.  My brother is a talented craftsman.  He can build anything.  When he was visiting with his family over the holidays, he couldn’t believe I rescued the shelf.  He said, “that was the first thing he’d ever built”.  Anyhow, I love how my coffee station turned out.  Otherwise, this was just a small corner of wasted space.  
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Farmers Market Fun…

 

Great Saturday morning!  The season has begun!  Yesterday was the opening day of the Farmers Market where I live in the town of Bethlehem.  Farmers Markets are a great community resource.  They provide many introductions in regards to local farmers, craftsman, restaurants, musicians and more….  Regardless of where you live, more than likely you can find a farmers market within a fairly close proximity.  Take advantage of it!  If you attend the Delmar Farmers market on Saturday mornings, you know what a treat and social event it can be.  My son loves it!  He loves going early in the morning with me, trying all of the samples!  One of his favorites is “Puckers Pickles”.  We always leave with a huge jar of the horseradish pickles.  They are Delicious!  Puckers also makes a great Kimchi and Pak Dong.  I make my own which I will discuss in a future post, but if you have no interest in making your own, buying it from a place like Puckers is well worth it!  The health benefits of Kimchi are phenomenal (packed with probiotics).  New to the Delmar Farmers market this year is brilliant artist, Pam Collins.  Pam is a close friend, so I’m fortunate to own a few of her pottery pieces.  Her work is unique and absolutely beautiful.   Continue reading “Farmers Market Fun…”

Starting slow with Herbs

I’m starting slow with herbs, since I’m not familiar with planting anything!  I figured I could turn it into a decorative piece for my deck.  I have this cute little bicycle planter that I used to actually keep fake flowers in.  Anyhow, I grabbed cilantro and basil to start with because they are my favorite. I basically add them to everything!  I’ve got some other ideas I’m planning on trying.  I like the idea of using decorative planters rather than an actual herb garden.  

  • What do you prefer planters or a garden?
  • What are your favorite herbs?

Delete the word “Diet”….

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Delete the word diet

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The word “diet” should not be part of our vocabulary.  Portion control and choosing the right types of food to me are what’s important.  Easier said than done, right?  Become familiar with what food actually tastes like.  I find that American cuisine is too often masked with melted cheese, tons of salt, and of course sugar! Pay attention to your kids taste buds.  For example, when kids are small, they haven’t been introduced to extra flavor (salt, sugar, gravy, etc…). They eat food in its natural form.  My kids love steamed broccoli, salad without dressing, raw veggies & every kind of fruit.  Everyone’s going to be exposed to the junk on occasion.  But, we can control what’s available at home. 

In terms of portion control, not so much measuring specific amounts, but slowing down, chewing, enjoying the taste and stopping when you feel full.  I’ve been guilty of not doing any of that!  When my husband and I first started dating, I remember hanging out at my apartment eating pizza.  He commented that, “he’d never witness anyone eat a slice of pizza so fast”.  I still have to concentrate on slowing down when I’m eating.  It’s tough not always being in a rush.  Especially during a meal. Breakfast, get out the door school, work, etc… Lunch, working lunch (stinks but reality for too many of us) and Dinner, hurry up we’ve got to get to practice / game! Unfortunately one of the biggest mistakes we all make is grabbing the prepackaged,unhealthy, fast food option for all of our meals.  I will be sharing some tips and recipe’s that have worked for me and my family soon.  Stay tuned…  

Lastly, about that nasty word “diet”.  Get it out of your mind!  Like everything, eating clean is a choice.  But it’s a choice you can make without making your life miserable!  A “diet” never lasts.  Another thing, eating clean will not break the bank.  You’ll be surprised how much $ you’ll actually save when you cut back or eliminate the junk and replace it with fresh / natural items.  

Where have you made some positive changes in your eating habits? 

Getting active with your kids

When my son got home from school today, we went for a 30 min. bike ride.  Sometimes we run around the neighborhood, shoot hoops, play catch, kickball etc…  If you can’t figure out how to get a workout in, play with your kids.  They are a great source of exercise!  They are always full of energy, and it’s a way for you to spend time with them doing something fun.  Even if you have an infant, taking them for a walk is great.  You can even move it up a notch and build your strength with the stroller.  When my kids were stroller age, I used to do forward lunges.  The stroller helped me keep my balance.  You can always come up with  excuses on “why” or “not” to exercise, including “the kids take up all of my time”.  I know, I’ve been there!  I’ve probably used every excuse in the book at some point. The best thing you can provide for your family, is “being healthy”.  Believe me, once you decide to make the necessary changes, you’ll never go back.    

What are some fun activities you do with your kids?