My favorite: nut milk & GIVEAWAY

I told you last week that I was so excited to find ways to use the leftover pulp from making almond milk.  Now, I’m certain that some of you are thinking it’s really crazy to make almond milk.  I didn’t make it for a very long time, as I always thought it was plain silly.  I thought it seemed too difficult.  There are so many varieties out there, why make my own?  Well, I’m not sure what made me cave, but maybe it was reading so many people’s testimonials about how good it is, so I had to give it a try.  I purchased a nut milk bag from Amazon (my favorite place to shop).  The bag was only $12 & I found a recipe on Pinterest. Not much of an investment, right?!  Well, I made it one time & I have to tell you I was hooked!  I do like to “indulge” with So Delicious Coconut Creamer now and again, but my preference now is making my own almond milk.  I add a vanilla bean (when I have one) or use pure vanilla extract & dates to sweeten it & give it some added flavor.  It really doesn’t take much time & for me it’s so worth the effort.  It’s creamy, thick like creamer & absolutely delicious.

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When I read that Melissa King developed a cookbook all about nut milk, I knew I had to have it!  I preordered it on Amazon & started using it immediately.

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I certainly haven’t made too many things, as I’ve only had it for a couple weeks, but I love it thus far.  Actually, I follow Melissa’s blog, My Whole Food Life & LOVE everything about it.  I entered a giveaway for her cookbook & won!  I also forgot I pre-ordered her book & bought another.  So, I have 2 extra cookbooks for YOU!  If you’ve never made nut milk, I suggest you try it.  Dont’ be intimidated, as I was to get started.  You’ll be so happy once you begin & will not find anything store bought nearly as good.

She has some fun varieties of nut butters in the book as well.  I have yet to try those, as right now, I’m stocked for now & still on The 30 Clean.

For your chance to win a copy, enter the rafflecopter below, I have 2 to giveaway!

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Even if you don’t win, I hope I’ve inspired you to give it a try…..

Meatless Monday, Using nut pulp & winner

I know I’ve posted here about my love for homemade almond milk.  There’s seriously nothing that compares to homemade almond milk.  I absolutely love it & when I froth it and enjoy my coffee that much more!

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One time I made a recipe using the leftover pulp from making the almond milk, but typically I throw it away.  Such a waste, but I never had anything exceptional to do with it!  UNTIL NOW!  I told you last week that I got this cookbook!  There are a few recipes in there that use the leftover almond pulp!  I was so excited to try one!  I made the protein packed balls & they were perfect!  I love balls for quick breakfasts or easy snacks (when I’m not on The 30 Clean).

Honestly, it took a little work to get the pulp ready to use for the balls, but wow are they tasty!

Here are some pics of the process:

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These balls are made with only 3 ingredients:  nut milk pulp, coconut flakes, dates!

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In the meantime, I want to share the nut milk love with you, so I”m going to be posting a giveaway for a Nut Milk Cookbook. I have 2 to giveaway!!!!

 

Brandi is the winner of the MYPROTEIN giveaway.  Brandi, I sent you an email.  Please let me know your mailing information so I can send your Whey Protein your way!

WIAW

I haven’t posted a WIAW & linked up with Jenn in SO long, but I thought it was time.  I’ve been posting my food intake on  The 30 Clean boards, so why not share with you….

As you know, this month, I’m doing another 30 Clean.  I’ve got to tell you that I never feel as good as I do when I eat clean.  My body is simply ridding itself of all the toxins from “eating dirty”.  I no longer get the “flutox” feeling when I’m on a clean, so I guess my body is really adjusting much more easily now.

Without further ado….

Here’s my WIAW eats from yesterday!

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Breakfast = 2 eggs on top of spinach with chia seeds, nutritional yeast & hot sauce along with coffee with delicious homemade almond milk.

Speaking of almond milk, check out what I got in the mail yesterday:  IMG 7673 225x300 WIAW

I haven’t even had more than 30 seconds to thumb through it yet, but I can’t wait!  Ooh, so darn exciting!

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May not look so appealing, but I had this green minestrone soup.  It was absolutely delicious & we’ve been eating it for days & it’s still not boring!

I was home with Truman in the a.m. because he’s sick AGAIN!  Only a little fever, but it’s the 3rd time this poor kid has been sick since November.  That just doesn’t happen in our house.  He needs to start eating the green soup!  That’s not happening anytime soon with him.  So, we’ll keep trying a variety of vitamins.  Yeesh.  Sorry about the rambling.  In the meantime, while I was home with him, I got this box delivered: IMG 7674 225x300 WIAW IMG 7675 300x225 WIAW

Love when we get fresh vegies delivered to our door.  Especially on cold wintery days.

After an afternoon of work & watching Stone score during his basketball game, I went home for dinner.

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Clean cole slaw (mustard, coconut aminos, apple cider vinegar, tumeric & paprika dressing) with salmon.

It was a great day of Clean foods.  Aren’t you tempted to do a clean with me?  I seriously can talk to you about it anytime.  It is a little work & prep. & thinking differently, but I definitely feel great!

Have a great day!

 

FitBit review with Sleep Doc Ap

Back in the summer I was asked if I wanted to try out a Fitbit along with a new app: the MobilSleep app.   Well, sure, I thought, why not?!  I have to tell you that I don’t have issues with my sleep (my husband has issues with my sleep, but I sleep just fine!).  But, what the heck, I find it interesting to discover what’s happening out there, so I gave it a try.  Honestly, it took me a while to figure out the “simple to use Fitbit”.  My steps were logging easily enough, but I couldn’t seem to get the sleep function to turn on.  Finally, my friend told me you had to tap it! Duh!  I had no idea, I was pushing & holding, but couldn’t figure it out.  Then, after she told me, I occassionally saw several people “hitting/tapping” their Fitbit.  Boy, that was the hardest thing for me!

Well, after I got the Fitbit to work, it was time to use the MobilSleep App.

It was much easier to use than starting up with the Fitbit.  I simply synced the Fitbit with the app. & the work was done for me!  Here’s what the app. does:

MobileSleepDoc v.2 has several new, innovative features:
MSD now syncs with the FitBit
Extensive in-app reporting is available for reference or to provide to a physician in support of treatment requests
Gamified fun helps users change their behavior to achieve good sleep!
Reward points can be redeemed for virtual prizes:
Adorable MSD Animal Dream Totems can be kept on a virtual nightstand
Soothing soundscapes have been recorded by Bay Area musicians exclusively for MobileSleepDoc users.

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What did I find?  Well, I thought I was sleeping soundly, however I was often groggy b/c I would wake up during the night a couple times (either from snoring or talking in my sleep, hence Benji has a hard time sleeping with me).  I do however get enough sleep during the night, but it’s not always quality sleep b/c of my “sleep behaviors”.

MobileSleepDoc asks questions about your sleep and based on your answers determines whether you show signs or symptoms of common sleep disorders. You can store your answers on the app and share them later with your provider. You can use these questionnaries to start a discussion with your provider about your sleep issues,and decide whether you need treatment and,if so, what type of treatment.

MobileSleepDoc also includes several therapies that guide you to better sleep. You can keep track of your progress in the Sleep Logs and the reports genertaed by the app. Our goal is to help increase the quality of your sleep in meaningful and lasting ways.

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So, If I were interested in going to the doc. to work on my sleep, it would be great to bring along this data.  For now, I’ll let Benji hear me sleep & I’ll continue to chat away, as I haven’t worked on changing anything yet.

It was an interesting tool & I do think that if anyone has real sleep issues, it’d be very interesting to track!

Meatless Monday – vegetable egg muffins

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I’m back with Meatless Monday & a great breakfast recipe that is CLEAN (30 Clean approved), tasty, easy & stores well!

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These egg muffins are green because  of the zucchini & parsley.  Below is the recipe I used for these, however, you can add any vegetable you like.  I like to have 2 for breakfast topped with dijon mustard & hot sauce.  They hit the spot, hold me over until lunch & taste good!

Meatless Monday - vegetable egg muffins
Author: 
Recipe type: breakfast
Cuisine: vegetable egg muffins
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 3
 
Ingredients
  • 2 zucchini
  • 3 scallions
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 C chopped parsley
  • 1 t chili powder
  • ½ t pepper
  • 1 t salt
  • 3 T chia seeds
  • 2 T nutritional yeast
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 350
  2. oil 6 large muffin tins with olive oil
  3. Dice zucchini & scallions & sautee about 6 minutes
  4. add vegetables to blender along with the rest of the ingredients
  5. blend until mixed well
  6. divide egg mixture evenly into 6 greased muffin tins
  7. bake for 25 minutes
  8. Enjoy

You can add any herbs you like, tomatoes, mushrooms, garlic, spinach.  The choices are endless & they’re all quite tasty!

MYPROTEIN review & giveaway

I was fortunate to be contacted by MYPROTEIN a while ago to review a couple of thier products.  Well, it was a no brainer & of course I wanted to do a review!!!!!  Their products all look great.

MYPROTEIN offers a variety of products to meet a variety of needs.

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I went through their website to find a couple of products I wanted to try & guess what I chose….

Of course, I chose the Peanut Butter for my 1st choice.  If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know I’m a nut butter fan!  So, if there’s a new brand to try, I’m all in!  I also chose the maple & pecan protein bars.

Neither disappointed!

The peanut butter was just like I like it: 100% peanuts.  No additives, nothing else!  A great source of protein and healthy fats.  Made with 100% whole skin peanuts.  Great for using in your cooking, as a spread or in your protein shakes.  Benji was the 1st one to open up our jar & it was really oily on the top.  He didn’t have the patience to stir it & simply said it was too oily to try.  Well, do you know the trick of turning your pb upside down so the oil distributes?  I did that for a day & then gave it another try.  I stired it up easily & it was creamy perfection!  Absolutely delicious!

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Next were the maple & pecan protein bars.  I loved the texture & the flavor alike.  I shared with some of my friends & they had a hard time with the texture, but they weren’t used to eating protein bars.  Protein Chox are luxurious tasting high protein bars perfect for a snack throughout the day to help increase daily protein intake. These bars come in 5 fantastic flavours and have over 22g of protein sourced from milk protein isolate.  I liked the fact that there are 22g of protein in 1 bar.  That’s hard to find & there are days that I simply don’t get enough protein.  So, for me, they’re perfect!

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Off to a fresh start in the tundra

Hello.

I haven’t been here in so long, it’s hard to know where to begin.  I took a little blogging break b/c I was busy with family stuff & lots of work, etc. over the past month, so something needed to give.  I also have been struggling with my running, etc.  But, things are less hectic now & I hope to resume my “blogging post” here with all of you.

I believe I told you that I was starting another “30 Clean” this month.  Today is day 3 of the clean & again, I’m loving it!  As I sip on my green smoothie, I will catch you up on what’s been happening.

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I was quite “dirty” in December & feeling “off”.  Just not myself b/c my eating was terrible & I was struggling with running, etc.  I slowly have been working on my running & feel so much better now!  Also seeing the podiatrist monthly will help.  I know I can’t push it off anymore b/c my darn foot pain just gets worse, so I make the appointment & keep it!  I’ve been wearing my orthotics more, which may also be helping, so I’m trying to take better care of my feet!  As for the Clean,  I love it!  It is time consuming.  I spent a few hours in the kitchen on Sunday prepping so that I would have a successful start & it’s certainly worth the time!

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That’s not even all my prep work, only some!

I’ve got a really good giveaway for you tomorrow & want to catch you up on the FitBit I’ve been testing out, so I will certainly see you soon!

Thanks for your patience while I’ve been away.  Feels good to be back!

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Stay warm today.  It’s 0 here in Chicago.  It’s terribly cold.  I’m off to the gym for a good run while watching The Closer.  I know it’s years old, but I really enjoy the show!  Keeps me running!

Well, Hello

Hi Friends,

I know I’ve been MIA for a while now.  Let me explain!

 Well, Hello

To begin, I’ve been crazy busy.  I don’t recall this time of the year being so hectic for me, but for some reason, it’s been quite nutty between work & family stuff.  All is good, everyone is healthy, good things are happening, just super busy!

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Benji started a new job, Rachel is in town, I’ve been attending a training at work & hired a new person, and the boys are on break, we were busy most days of the week with Chaukah happenings, we’re bunny “sitting”, and I’ve been playing with a Silhouette Cameo which is a blast!

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 So, needless to say, it’s been BUSY.  All good, but something had to give, so it was this blog for a bit.  I’ve also been struggling with my running, as you know.  It’s been really tricky for me!  I was doing some videos, which I do love because I see such an immediate increase in my strength & it feels great.  However, I’m not a big fan of the new definition I am getting.  It sounds really wacky, but my chest & back seem to get the strongest first & things (my bras) were fitting me snuggly & I don’t like that!  So, I added running back into my routine & I’m so much “happier” now.  I say so often there’s nothing like running for me.  Nothing has ever done it for me the way running does.  So, I’m “trying”.  Have yet to run more than 4 miles, but I’ll take what I can get!  Time is crunched & my shins are such an issue.  For the shin issue…..

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I was going to the podiatrist every 3 months, it recently swichted to every 2 months & on my last visit, he told me I needed to see hime every 4 weeks.  YEESH.  I knew I was pushing it & waiting too long in between visits, but it’s time consuming to get there & blah, blah, blah.  So, I will go every month for him to “cut out my corns” , which are caused by my bunions b/c I get so much relief when I go!  As a matter of fact, he always asks me how I’m doing while he’s cutting away & I say just fine b/c I feel the relief as he’s cutting.  It’s really crazy!  I guess it’s probably compared to putting ice on a burn, feels so good with the ice.   What does this all mean?  Well, my gait has been so off which is causing me other issues (shin splints, deeper corns, etc.), which is making running a challenge for me!  So, we had a serious bunion surgery conversation.  I’ve always “blown off” the conversation, as I wasn’t ready & didn’t think I needed the surgery b/c I wasn’t having “so” much pain. Well, I’ve been a bit uncomfortable, it’s affecting my running now, which is #1!  Besides some other things happening b/c of the darn bunions!

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So, it’s in my head & Benji & I are trying to figure out the best time for me to have the surgery!  YEESH!  I said it!  Don’t yet know when:  We have a wedding in February, Stone’s bar mitzvah in March,  I really need to run in the summer (it’s my favorite running season), the Jewish holidays are in the fall.  Is there ever really a good time?  We have to figure it out.  However, for me, when I start to say it out loud, that’s when things happen!

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And, I’m going back on The 30 Clean.  Can’t wait!  It begins in January & I need to clean out this body from the “poison” I”ve been consuming.  Honestly, it goes hand in hand with my running.  When I run, I eat better & it’s been a lot better lately, but I need to get clean, because that’s when I feel best.

I have another review coming up & I’ll keep you posted on things happening here during this very busy time.

Boys are home for 2 weeks & Rachel is in town, so we’re spending lots of family time.  I’ll post when I can.

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This cracks me up!  Nemo took her bone out of the bag when I got home from the pet store with food & treats for all our animals & she won’t let go of it.  She carries it around with her & brings it to show everyone!  Guess she likes her treat!

Enjoy your families & holidays.

 

Yum Yum Yum, #CandyCaneHacks

Well folks, as I told you yesterday, I’m not “clean” yet, so here’s a delicious treat for you.

As a Yum Squad participant, I was asked to put together a holiday treat with any PeanutButter & Co. pb, well, YES, I did!

I’m a pb LOVER & I got to play around with White Chocolate Wonderful & candy canes.  I was in from the get go…  This a quick & easy 4 ingredient treat anyone will enjoy!

Here’s my tasty & “mostly” healthy #CandyCaneHacks candy cane White Chocolate Dreams PB protein Ball.

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Yum Yum Yum, #CandyCaneHacks
Author: 
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: #candycanehacks White Chocolate Dreams PB Protein Balls
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • ½ C White Chocolate Dreams PB&Company PB
  • 2 candy canes
  • 1 T cacoa powder
  • 2 T protein powder
Instructions
  1. Blend together in food processor.
  2. When completely mixed together form into balls.
  3. Store in refrigerator or freezer & Enjoy!

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*You can also use PB&Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams for an extra chocolaty treat!

This is a super quick super tasty super easy treat!

I hope you enjoy.

Peanut Butter & Co. is also offering all of my readers a special holiday treat – 25% off our online store for the month of December!  Simply use the code YUMSQUADLOVE at checkout for your discount!

Peanut Butter & Co. is giving away 2 jars of their delicious pb so enter the rafflecopter below for your chance to win!!

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Join me this time!

Guess What?  Well, I’m in for my 4th 30 Clean & I can hardly wait!

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The next one starts January 5, 2015!!!  I know it’s about a month away, but it’s a good time to start thinking about getting clean.  When I’m not part of the Clean, I really don’t do well.  I’ve told you so many times how I love the accountability it offers.  Well friends, I NEED the accountability.  I can’t even tell you how many cookies, candy, JUST PLAIN GARBAGE/POISON, I’ve been embibing in of late!  I don’t have my usual energy, my skin doesn’t look good.  I need to be clean.  Since I’ve done 3 “Cleans”, I know how I feel when I eat clean & when I don’t .  I really don’t like how I feel when I’m not clean & It’s simply not worth it for me. However, I do seem to require the extra support  I get from the daily emails of encouragement & the Facebook group as well.

They’re even trying to have an entire vegetarian clean board in January, which is something they’ve never done before!  I sure hope there are enough 30 V Cleaners for that group!  Don’t worry, there’ll be the regular “carnivore” boards as well!

So, will you join me?  I feel as though this was a PSA, but honestly, I do love it!  Want to try?

 Join me this time!

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I seriously know you’ll love it & will crave clean eating! REALLY!  I’ll help you through it.  JOIN ME!  Give yourself a gift of health.

Please let me know if you sign up!

Tomorrow I’ve got a fun recipe & giveaway.  I haven’t had a giveaway in a long time & this will be a fun one (hint, it’s a nut butter).

 

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