lately my days have been cray-cray, so sir blog gets ignored. sorry, blog.
Here are a few things I am loving:
I haven’t done steel cut oats in quite some time because they take forever, but I read somewhere (I can’t remember where) to try doing them in a slow cooker the night before. I tried it last week and it works marvelously and it couldn’t be easier.
makes 4 hearty servings
- put 1C steel cut oats into slow cooker
- add 3 cups water (you could also do milk for a creamier version)
- add 1T ghee (optional- could also use butter)
- add 1T maple syrup (optional)
- add 1t vanilla (optional)
- add 1t cinnamon (optional)
- set slow cooker on low right before turning in
- upon waking- enjoy with toppings of desire
My only complaint with doing it this way, is it makes a lot. My hus does not enjoy oats, so this amount of oats requires reheating on everyday, but the first day. The re-heating just grossed me out because the oats get all clumpy. So when I do this I would do 1/4c oats to 1C water and just make one serving. This seems like a lot of equipment for such a small amount of oats. However, if you are feeding a family, this is a great method.
I discovered these gems:
These are sweet potato, kettled cooked chips. I have seen sweet potato flavored corn chips, but never sweet potato, potato chips. These are so darn good and they have such a teeny, tiny ingredient declaration. I am reading the book the Slow Down Diet, by Marc David and in it he mentions that if you are going to eat “junk” food, eat the best version of it. I do believe these count!
I am back on the coconut water train. Lately, I have been spending a good amount of time in the sauna after a workout, so when I get home I have a thirst that water just can’t quite quench. I found Taste Nirvana’s coconut water that far exceeds the taste and quality of other coconut waters. I also love that they come in glass bottles. I feel superb after drinking this goodness. Side note: if you ever find yourself hung over, this stuff will blow Gatorade out of the water.
We close on our house in a few weeks and I am already starting to sleuth for decorating ideas. The bathroom on the first floor has a pedestal sink and I am just not a huge fan of those guys, so this is my dream sink of the moment (except a single version of it with different hardware). I love the idea of doing the outside fisherman’s light above the sink. J’adore!
I am also loving on the Burt da pug
he is giving me the stink eye because he is about to moved into his own bed
noshing on some kale. He eventually spit it back out. Not a fan.
And with that I am off to study and vacuum.
This post is full randomness- proceed with caution.
1. Some dreams are not meant to come true. I ordered Lance from Proform on 01/27/2012 under the guise that he was to ship out on 01/28/2012.
2. On 02/01/2012 Lance still remained comfortably in Proform’s warehouse. Nobody could really explain why he still resided there, so the fellas at Proform threw in a free bike mat and a lovely 5% off of sir Lance with an assurance that Lance would be venturing my way on the following day with an email to confirm such endeavors.
3. As of 02/07/2012 and a few conversations with the folks at Proform, Lance still had not shipped. Again, I never really got an explanation as to why Lance was not on his way to my humble abode. Apparently, Lance was just not interested in leaving the warehouse, so I let Lance live there and decided to cancel my order.
4. A few hours later on 02/07/2012 Proform gives me a ring and asks me if I really want to let Lance live in their warehouse. Proform generously offers me the very same discount they previously offered with promises to ship Sir Lance tomorrow or the following Monday. I decline due to sheer annoyance. I was done with that silly little dance.
5. On 02/10/2012 a rectangular box arrived. In Mr. box is the mat that Sir Lance was to reside on, so I have a bike mat but no bike. A very sad day.
On to more uplifting things. Burt’s dream did come true when I graced him with a very large beef stick. Hmmm that sounds a little naughty.
Side note: I spy an old man slipper in both pictures. They might be one of my favorite articles of clothing.
I had eggs for breakfast yesterday and didn’t hate it. This deserves a notable mention because I do not eat eggs for breakfast and I have always wanted to be one of those gals who could eat eggs for breakfast. Big dreams.
I bring you one baked sweet potato & 1 egg +1 egg white.
I became ambitious yesterday and replenished my egg stash with a dozen more eggs, assuming I had just transformed into an eggs-for-breakfast gal. Yesterday’s breakfast was great, but I did not want a repeat today. Turns out I really am not an eggs-for-breakfast gal. I am an ezekiel-peanutbutter-banana-for-breakfast gal. You can’t win ‘em all.
I also had big dream of drinking Dandy blend instead of my normal caffeinated cup-of-joe.
Dandy Blend is a caffeine free beverage that tastes remarkably similar to coffee without any of the negative side effects that traditional coffee offers. I really enjoyed the taste of this beverage; however, it will not replace my caffeinated friend. I will, however, enjoy Dandy in addition to coffee. I realize I completely missed the point of this beverage, but, again, you can’t win ‘em all.
That is all of the randomness I have to offer today. I am off to the gym to use their spin bike and lift some heavy things.
A few of my close friends were asking the other day about my thoughts on what supplements to take, so I decided to do a lil’ post on it.
Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or a doctor of ANY sort, so please take my words here as any sort of medical advice.
Here are my thoughts:
I honestly think supplements are a tricky beast. I also think they are over used and I do not know how necessary they are because, we get so little of what the actual vitamin promises. In most supplements there are the vitamins and there are binders and preservatives, which inhibit some of the actual vitamin absorption. And most times the cheaper the vitamin is, the more binders, fillers and preservatives it contains, which means you are getting less of the goods. In an ideal world, people should just get their vitamins through diet and lifestyle alone, but I know the standard American diet is a far cry from ideal. With that said, I would minimize your supplement usage. I remember a few years back I was taking 7-10 different supplements and I felt no different and saw no change in symptoms; however, my wallet took a hit and I developed a ridic schedule around consuming them. Do not do this. I think most people can do with a good quality multi-vitamin, but make sure you choose one appropriate for your age and gender. If you do not feel like taking a multi-vitamin, I personally support that. The only supplement I really think is important is a great quality fish oil. Fish oil is just so dang important and most people, unless they are eating sardines and salmon everyday, are not getting adequate amounts of it. My favorite brand of supplements is Thorne. I also am a big fan if vitamin D because studies are showing several cancers forming because we are becoming more and more deficient in vitamin D, due to lack of sun exposure. If you live in a place that is pretty sunny year round, then just get 15 minutes of unprotected sunlight exposure before 10:00 AM and no supplement required for you. If you are not so fortunate to live in a year round sunny place (like myself) then I would use a liquid form of vitamin D and make sure to get 1,000 IU’s of it. The last supplement that I think most people would benefit from is a good quality probiotic, especially if you have just had the flu or been through a round of antibiotics. There are other times supplements come in handy, like if you’re a vegan. Generally the way to get B-12 is through animal products, so if you’re not eating animals a B-12 supplement is not a bad plan. Ok those are my very deep thoughts on supplements. If you have questions regarding my thoughts, please do not hesitate to ask!
Just for giggles
I am off to walk sir Burt.