Friday, April 26, 2013

Food of the week: UNREAL

Maybe I have been watching too many food documentaries.  I have been taking a hard look at processed foods.  There are far too many processed foods in the world and I am trying to be more cognizant of the foods that I put in my body and my family.  Now, I know I won't be one of those people who will cut all processed foods out of my diet but I certainly can reduce it.

My kids love M & M's and Peanut Butter cups...heck, who am I kidding?  We all love them.  I came across these little gems and was very pleased with them.  They are kid approved and contain no artificial ingredients, no hydrogenated oil, no corn syrup, no preservatives and no GMOs.  Even the coloring for the candy coated chocolates come from beetroot juice, turmeric root extract and purple cabbage juice.

I wouldn't call them healthy candy, but I can feel good about the fact that my family is eating food and not some Frankenfood.  Give them a try!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Food of the Week: NuttZo

I LOVE peanut butter!  That is no secret.  I have even been known to just pass through the kitchen to get a spoon full of the nutty goodness.  I found Nuttzo at Earth Fare (you can get it at Whole Foods as well).  The Original Blue Label is an Organic Omega-3 seven nut and seed blend.  There's only 2g of sugar  (2T), 50% of your daily value of Omega 3 ALAs (2T), and a complete protein –so eat it right out of the jar (You don't need to tell me twice)!  There is no added sugar or hydrogenated oils and it is also vegan and kosher.  

NuttZo Original for 2Tablespoons
There are 3 different kinds of Nuttzo.  The Original Blue label that has Peanuts, Cashews, Almonds, Hazelnuts, Brazil Nuts, Sunflower Seeds,  Flax Seeds and sea salt.  The peanut free red label kind has Almonds, Cashews, Brazil Nuts, Pumpkin Seeds, Chia seeds,  Flax Seeds, Hazelnuts, and sea salt.  There is also Chocolate Nuttzo!  It has Peanuts, chocolate chips (organic cocoa liquor, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, organic cocoa powder), Cashews, Almonds, Brazilian Nuts, Sunflower Seeds, Flax Seeds, Hazelnuts, and Sea Salt.

I just want you to know that this stuff is not cheap.  At $12.99 for a 16 oz, I still think it is worth it.  I'm not making sandwiches with it.  I'll eat it with apple slices after a workout or as a snack in some celery. It is really delicious.  Give it a try!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

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Apple Cider Vinegar

Before every meal I have been having a full glass of water with a couple of tablespoons of Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar to aide in digestion.  It is rich in vitamins and minerals, eases digestion and washes toxins from the body.

If you feel like you are coming down with a cold, add it to your water and drink it 3 times a day.  It is an immunity booster.  I have read that it helps with lice, warts, and reverse aging.  There are so many uses for ACV.  What are some ways that you use it?

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Hi German Visitors!!

I was just reviewing my site activity and noticed that I had almost 1000 new visitors from Germany in the past 48 hours.  They are landing on Blogger's mirror site

That is a huge increase from my normal daily visitors.  What brought you to my site?  Please leave me a comment and let me know!

Thanks so much for visiting!!

Food of the week: Quest Protein Bars

I know.  I haven't posted much lately.  Our kitchen is being renovated and it is not a big motivator to try new recipes.  We should be back to normal soon.  Hang in there with me.  All I wanted was a new backsplash and it has snowballed into something much bigger.  We are all waiting on the new counter tops now.  :)

In the meantime, I found my PERFECT 3pm snack!  Quest Protein bars!  They are HIGH Protein (20 grams!!), high fiber and gluten free!  They are the perfect snack to get me from lunch to dinner.  Plus, they are yummy!  There is quite a selection of flavors.  The only downside is that I can only get them at my GNC.  They aren't available in grocery stores.  Check out the link and see the flavors and the nutritional info.  You will be surprised all this great stuff can be found in one bar.  I love them!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Les Mills Combat

As some of you may know, I am trying a new workout.  I am familiar with the BeachBody programs.  I have dabbled in P90X.  You may have heard of some of their other workout programs like INSANITY, Turbo Jam, 10 Minute Trainer, Les Mills Pump, Les Mills Combat, etc.  These programs are complete workout programs that come with multiple workout
DVDs and a schedule to follow so you know which workout to do on what day.

I am currently on day 10 of Les Mills Combat.  It is a 60 day workout of DVDs that are based on martial arts.  I must say, I am loving it!  I was very worried that I would get bored doing the same type of workout every day.  That being said, I typically workout for about an hour a day and some of the Les Mills Combat workouts are 30 minutes, so I can add some of my other favorite workouts for the rest of the time.  I love not having to think about what workout I am going to complete that day.  There is a schedule that I follow that comes with the program.

Things I LOVE....
-I am, and have always been, a fan of punching and kicking.  This workout is right up my alley.
-I love the motivating trainers.  Each workout is high energy and challenging.
-Each workout has someone doing the workout with modifications as well as someone who does more challenging moves.
-The workouts are different!  One day you are doing a purely martial arts workout, another day a plyometrics workout and then the next a strength workout with weights.
-The only equipment that I need are hand weights.

Things I could do without...
It is difficult to believe that I am training to be a warrior when the trainers are singing the workout track during the workout.  :)  Evanescence and Fall Out Boy are not on my kick butt playlist....

I am already dabbling in the thought of doing Les Mills Pump next.  Who knew I would enjoy working out this much....certainly not this girl!

I absolutely recommend Les Mills Combat.  It is definitely an awesome workout!  It is a great self confidence booster and who doesn't want to feel like a bad ass?  :)

Feel free to let me know if you have any questions.  Also, feel free to follow Missy-Fit on Facebook.  She is a Beachbody Coach and she helped me decide on which program would work best for me.  She is very motivating and knowledgeable.

So, if you are looking to change things up or just get bathing suit ready for the summer, this might be a great option for you!