C25K, Week 1


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Happy Exercising,

Starting Over


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It was a bit of a teary journey, but a much-needed one.  First day in this gear since October 2012.
Happy memories.
Love you,
Dad!

xoxo,

The Feel Good Tummy Smoothie {Recipe}


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There's been some kind of yucky stomach bug going around in my area.  Thankfully I haven't been a partaker of that virus, but I do know a thing about having a case of the terrible tummy from time to time.

Papaya, ginger, and mint have long since been known for their medicinal properties in aiding digestion and calming down the stomach.

I found the original recipe on the Women's Health Website entitled "The Tummy Soother."  You can read the original recipe here.  Continue reading for my modified version.


The Feel Good Tummy Smoothie {Recipe}
4-5 Servings

Ingredients:
  • a handful of baby spinach
  • half of a papaya
  • 1 mango
  • 1 cup of frozen or fresh peaches
  • 1 cup of plain greek yogurt
  • 1" piece of fresh ginger (or less for a more subtle ginger taste)
  • a handful of ice
  • 6 mint leaves
  • a dollop of agave
  • a little water to get the blender going (or none if you have a super powerful blender)
Directions:
Layer it all up and blend it.  That's all.  Well, enjoy!

* I did make two batches of this, like I always do, but when I made the one for me, the mango had gone bad, so I substituted some of the leftover pineapple I had from a previous smoothie.  I had frozen it, so it worked perfectly.  Because of the sweetness of the pineapple, I didn't need to add any agave.


Health Benefits:
  • Spinach - protects against inflammatory problems, oxidative stress-related problems, cardiovascular problems, bone problems, and cancers
  • Papaya - is a rich source of antioxidant nutrients such as carotenes, vitamin C and flavonoids; the B vitamins, folate and pantothenic acid; and the minerals, potassium, copper, and magnesium; and fiber; may be very helpful for the prevention of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease; helpful in the prevention of colon cancer; help lower inflammation and to improve healing from burns
  • Mango - helps to lower cholesterol, aides in digestive function by breaking down proteins, has a low glycemic index, aides in elimination process
  • Peaches - contain high amount of fiber and potassium that reduces kidney related diseases and lessens the risk of ulcer; great source of Vitamin C which is widely used for skin care;
    a rich source of beta carotene that improves vision health by increasing circulation of blood in the all body parts
  • Greek Yogurt - excellent sources of calcium, potassium, protein, zinc, and vitamins B6 and B12; contains probiotic cultures and is lower in lactose and has twice the protein content of regular yogurts
  • Ginger - educes all symptoms associated with motion sickness including dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and cold sweating; anti-inflammatory; may also inhibit the growth of human colorectal cancer cells; can help promote healthy sweating, which is often helpful during colds and flus
  • Pineapple - high in Vitamin C, anti-inflammatory & digestive aides, boosts immune system support, aides in protection against macular degeneration
  • Mint - aides in digestion, helps with nausea and motion sickness, clears up congestion, inhibits release of histamines that cause allergies & hayfever

Teacup Exchange {Reveal}


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Not too long ago I participated in another "Teacup Exchange" hosted by Stephanie of The Enchanting Rose blog.  This time, I packaged my teacup and accessories and sent them off to India.  I hope they make it there intact.  What I didn't know was that while my package was off crossing the Indian Ocean, my own package was coming to me from Ontario, Canada!

I recently went to a conference for two days and when I returned, my teacup package was awaiting me.


When I saw this cup, I instantly imagined myself having a cup of tea with the Queen of England.  That was my first impression.


The teacup was accompanied by a bag of coconut tea.  I have never heard of this flavor of tea, so it'll be interesting to try.


My swap partner also sent a kitchen towel decorated with teacups/tea pots and teacup notecards!  I love stationery, and teacups are so sweet.

Thank you, Stephanie, for hosting another amazing teacup exchange.  Thank you,  Anne, for sending an amazing package.  :-)


ETA:  Yay, my package made it safely to India.  To see what I sent Sarah, stop by her blog here.

xoxo,

Birthdays, Bowling, and Thrifted Goodness


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Recently two friends celebrated birthdays on the same day.  Some friends from church and I decided to help them celebrate by having a Girl's Day Out.  We met at the bowling alley, did a little window shopping, and finally went out for dinner.


That was my first experience bowling and I must say that I enjoyed myself.  Dinner was a hoot too.  There were some mixups and failures on the part of the restaurant, but one of the managers made it all right in the end.

I truly enjoyed myself and look forward to celebrating future birthdays with this special group of ladies.


On this vlog, you can see some of the other events of the day...and you can watch us in action.  :-)


Until next time,

Beet It Smoothie {Recipe}


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This week's smoothie pays homage to the root vegetable - the beet.  Yes, the beet.  Now, I will admit that I've never really had beets before.  I sampled a piece of the pickled kind you see on salad bars a super long time ago.  So long ago that I don't even recall it's taste.  The only impression left in my mind was that I never wanted to taste beets again.  But here I am, some odd years later, making a 5-week supply of beet juice.  Time brings about a change.

Now I read somewhere that beets had a sweet taste of sorts, but before you try this recipe, please note that this juice isn't sweet.  Kind of rustic tasting.  Maybe it's the beets, maybe it's the kale.  Who knows.  I'll probably try it again with some sweeter fruits to see if it makes a difference.  But the redeeming factor is that is chock full of good things for you.  That, I can live with.  :-)


Beet It Smoothie
(4-5 servings)

Ingredients:
1 medium sized beet (peeled and sliced thinly)
a handful of raspberries (I used frozen ones)
a handful of kale
1 banana
pineapple and some of the pineapple juice (if your pineapple is canned) (I used 3 rings)*
water
a dollop of agave

* If you cannot use fresh pineapple, then try frozen pineapple chunks or canned pineapple that is in pineapple juice, not heavy syrup.


Directions:
Place all ingredients in a blender.  Add enough water to reach desired consistency.  (I added enough to make a blender full of smoothie drink.  (At first this drink is the consistency of a juice, but as it sits, it thickens...or you could use less water.)

If all ingredients are room temperature, then pour smoothie over a glass of ice.  To create a cold smoothie, use frozen bananas or add crushed ice to blender instead of water.


Health Benefits:
  • Beets - a powerful antioxidant that provides benefits to eye health and overall nerve tissue health, has anti-inflammatory properties, aides in detoxing the body, anti-cancer and has dietary fiber
  • Kale - antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, lowers cholesterol, aides in detoxification
  • Pineapples - high in Vitamin C, anti-inflammatory & digestive aides, boosts immune system support, aides in protection against macular degeneration
  • Raspberries - antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, aides in the management of obesity and Type-2 diabetes, anti-cancer benefits
  • Bananas - one of our best sources of potassium, an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function, protects against stomach ulcers and ulcer damage, eases constipation, protects eyesight, builds better bones by improving the body's ability to absorb calcium, promotes kidney health

After all that, the lasting impression on my mind was, I wonder if I could dye fabrics or yarn with the pretty red juice from beets?  SMH

Green Tropical Smoothie {Recipe}


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My coworker and I decided to switch places - I will be making breakfast smoothies and she will make the lunches.  This week I started searching for something involving produce that was on sale this week and was easy to find.  I knew I wanted to add the veggie factor to balance the natural sugars present in fruit.  I wanted to add a few spoonfuls of chia seeds, but mine had expired.  Ahh, next time.  :-)


Green Tropical Smoothie
(4-5 servings)

Ingredients:
4 oz. spinach
3-4 mint leaves
4 pineapple rings and half the juice in the can (or fresh pineapple - even better) *
2 tablespoons of cream of coconut
1 mango
2 bananas
water

* If you cannot use fresh pineapple, then try frozen pineapple chunks or canned pineapple that is in pineapple juice, not heavy syrup.

Directions:
Place all ingredients except the mint leaves in a blender.  Add enough water to begin blending process.  Add enough water to reach desired consistency.  (I added enough to make a blender full of smoothie drink.)  Add the mint leaves last and blend until mixed thoroughly.

If all ingredients are room temperature, then pour smoothie over a glass of ice.  To create a cold smoothie, use frozen bananas or add crushed ice to blender instead of water.


Health Benefits:
  • Pineapples - high in Vitamin C, anti-inflammatory & digestive aides, boosts immune system support, aides in protection against macular degeneration
  • Spinach - protects against inflammatory problems, oxidative stress-related problems, cardiovascular problems, bone problems, and cancers
  • Mango - helps to lower cholesterol, aides in digestive function by breaking down proteins, has a low glycemic index, aides in elimination process
  • Bananas - one of our best sources of potassium, an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function, protects against stomach ulcers and ulcer damage, eases constipation, protects eyesight, builds better bones by improving the body's ability to absorb calcium, promotes kidney health
  • Mint - aides in digestion, helps with nausea and motion sickness, clears up congestion, inhibits release of histamines that cause allergies & hayfever
  • Coconut - improves heart health, improves digestion, provides a quick boost in energy