Chia Seed revelation

I have to tell you that I was honestly suprised when I found out that chia seeds have more fat & carbohydrates than protein.  I knew they were rich in fiber, but thought they were as righ in protein.  I found out about this b/c I asked one of my 30 Clean coaches & she gave me the facts.  I needed to do a little more research for myself…..

According to WebMD:

What Is Chia?

Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, grown in Mexico dating back to Mayan and Aztec cultures. “Chia” means strength, and folklore has it that these cultures used the tiny black and white seeds as an energy booster. That makes sense, as chia seeds are a concentrated food containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium.

Chia seeds are an unprocessed, whole-grain food that can be absorbed by the body as seeds (unlike flaxseeds). One ounce (about 2 tablespoons) contains 139 calories, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams fat, 12 grams carbohydrates and 11 grams of fiber, plus vitamins and minerals.

Should You Try Chia?

While there’s little evidence for the weight loss benefits of chia, it can be a nutritious addition to your diet. Nieman notes that people in his study tolerated it without any complaints for 12 weeks.

“Use chia seeds in foods, not as a supplement, but as an alternative to processed grains like white bread because it is a much healthier whole grain that is great-tasting in foods like muffins,” suggests Michael Roizen, MD, co-author of You Staying Young.

In the book, Roizen and Mehmet Oz, MD, recommend two daily doses, each consisting of 20 grams (a little less than 2 tablespoons) of chia seeds. The authors also note that the antioxidant activity of chia seeds is higher than any whole food, even blueberries.

Is there any downside to chia? Ulbricht cautions that if you have food allergies (especially to sesame or mustard seeds) or are on high blood pressure medications or blood thinners, you should ask your health care provider before adding chia to your diet.

How Much Protein Is Enough?

Adults in the U.S. are encouraged to get 10% to 35% of their day’s calories from protein foods. That’s about 46 grams of protein for women, and 56 grams of protein for men.

It’s not hard to get this amount if you eat two to three servings of protein-rich foods a day, according to the CDC.

A small 3-ounce piece of meat has about 21 grams of protein. A typical 8-ounce piece of meat could have over 50 grams of protein.
One 8-ounce container of yogurt has about 11 grams of protein.
One cup of milk has 8 grams of protein.
One cup of dry beans has about 16 grams of protein.

As a “mostly vegetarian” (I don’t even recall the last time I ate chicken), getting enough protein is sometimes a struggle, so when I discovered chia about 2 years ago, I was thrilled to find another easy protein source.  I’ve been eating chia b/c of all of the benefits, but namely for the protein that I thought it provided.  I’m still pleased that it has so many benefits & of course I’m still a “chia fan”, but simply look at it in a different light now.

Who Knew?


WIAW – What I ate Wednesday

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It has been a long time since I linked with Jenn over at Peas and Crayons  for a WIAW, so I thought it was a good time, as I’m in my first week of The 30 Clean.  I honestly can’t wait until I’m in the midst of The 30 Clean so I can start seeing some changes.  In the meantime, here we go….

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Breakfast = protein balls (chia, almonds, dates) & coffee with homemade almond milk.  I forgot to add dates to make the almond milk & was afraid it wouldn’t be as good, but it was just as good.  I really think it’s my frother.  I love that little powerful thing!


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Lunch = Perfect salad in a jar.  Herb dressing on the bottom, quinoa, salad, sprinkle of slivered almonds & white beans on top.  I had a small honey crisp apple as well.

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Dinner = Loads of roasted vegies with pinto beans atop a bed of baby kale.  I loaded the vegetables with chili powder, turmeric & dill.  It was a very filling/tasty dinner!


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Before bed, I’ve been enjoying chamomile tea.

What are you eating today?

Have a great day!




Meatless Monday

I have to tell you that I’ve been experimenting with a lot of new recipes lately, it was difficult for me to simply choose 1 to share.  But, there are a lot more Mondays and many more to share, so I’ll start with a soup for today.  I made a green minestrone soup that was absolutely wonderful!  I never made a green minestrone soup before & had no idea it would be so delicious.


Meatless Monday
Recipe type: vegetarian green minestrone
Cuisine: soup
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
  • 2 leeks sliced
  • 2 celery stalks, cut into pieces
  • 3 C kale or spinach
  • 1 C frozen peas
  • 2 zucchini chopped
  • 1 C sliced mushrooms
  • 2 parsnips chopped
  • 2 C white beans cooked(your choice)
  • 8 C vegetable stock
  • 1 bunch green basil
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 T salt
  • 3 T lemon juice
  • 6 T olive oil
  1. Sauté the leek and celery in a large saucepan over a low heat for 10 minutes until soft.
  2. Add the stock, kale or spinach.
  3. Simmer over a gentle heat for 10 minutes.
  4. Add the peas, zucchini, mushrooms, parsnip.
  5. Simmer for another 5 minutes.
  6. Add beans.
  7. Season with salt & pepper to taste.
  8. Combine basil, parsley, garlic & salt in food processor, add olive oil & lemon.
  9. Add the herbs into the soup pot.
  10. Serve & enjoy!

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I hope you enjoy as much as I do!



Friday 5

I haven’t posted a Friday 5 in a while, so I thought today was a good time to start again!


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I’ve been watching Mad Men while cooking in the kitchen lately.  I really am enjoying it.  It’s weird how I started watching it a while ago & wasn’t interested.  However, I think it was probably because I couldn’t really hear it, as I was on a treadmill & they all talk pretty softly on the show.  None the less, I heard good things about it, so I thought I’d give it another shot & I’m enjoying the show.  It’s not SO compelling that I can’t turn it off, nor do I NEED to watch it.  I watch it at my leisure & find it to be quite interesting!


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Friends, I’m prepping for The 30 Clean.  I was actually trying to start a week early, but wasn’t 100% clean.  Well, I will be 100% clean from here on out…. Anyone want to join me?


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This is the 2nd time I’ve ordered from Instacart now & I’m definitely a fan!  In my zip code, I’m able to choose from 4 different stores.  Last time I chose Mariano’s.  This time, I chose Whole Foods.  Let me tell you what happened: I ordered 3lb hemp seeds.  The “shopper” called me when he was at the store to ask a couple questions & I wasn’t able to answer the phone, so he left a message & I called him back.  By the time I called back to answer his ?’s, he had already checked out.  At that time, he told me that the hemp seeds were $18/lb & didn’t know if I wanted them.  Well, of course  I didn’t; that’s insane!  He had already made the purchase, but assured me he would take care of it!  There was a different delivery man who came to my house to give me my groceries in the above reusable grocery bags & he made sure that I didn’t want the hemp seeds, he was correct.  So, he took them from my bag & said he’d credit my account so I wouldn’t have to pay for them.  By the time I looked at my order online to preview my reciept, I had already been credited for the hemp seeds.  I have to say, not only is the service so convenient; but, they have amazing customer service.  I’ll definitely be shopping with Instacart again.  Oh, I also keep kosher & one of the questions they asked was about one of the kosher symbols on a product, making sure it was alright with me.  Love That!

If anyone is interested in trying, you can enter this code:  You’ll get $10 off your order & I’ll get $5 off mine.  Thanks :).

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I LOVE Kombucha!  LOVE Kombucha, which I’m sure you already know.  This was my first multi-green & it’s quite tasty.  The gingerade is still my favorite, but they were out & it’s good to switch it up sometimes (Right?).

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My sweet niece  & her fiance are in town from Israel for the week, so it’s been loads of family time this week.  So sweet to see such young love.  There’s a lot of sweet young love in our family.  She’s the 3rd person to get engaged this year & they’re ALL getting married between December -February!  Lots of great things happening here!


What are your Friday 5 shares?

Have a great weekend.  I’ll be prepping for my Clean & helping Samantha move out.  She’s moving out this weekned with friends in the city.  So many changes….


Last week I posted about MESTRENGTH, but oops forgot to include a giveaway!

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Getting fit after a marathon with exercise & Clean eating!

Wow- I alwasys forget how 1 dimensional running is for your body.  It’s really amazing about how amazing my endurance is when running, but yet when it comes to other exercises, well, that’s something else that needs to be discussed!

Well, as I’ve said before, I’m trying to figure out what to do next…  I must admit that I know that I NEED exercise in my life.  I also know that the winter “dread” makes it difficult for me to keep motivated.  It’s much easier for me to go to my basement & workout than to get myself to the gym when it’s cold & dark outside.  For now, I’ve decided to start slowly & I’ve been working on my strength.  I love push ups, planks & ab exercises with a stability ball.  That’s where I’ll start & continue to keep you posted what transpires from here….

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In the meantime, the Jewish holidays are now over! While they’ve been amazing, lots of great time with family & friends.  My eating has been so “off”.  I’ve been feeling like a big slug.  I’ve been eating loads of stuff that I haven’t eaten in so long just because.  Not because I crave it, not even because it’s been so good, but because I guess I just WAS….  I even ate pizza 2 days last week.  What’s up with that?  Not only do I never eat pizza anymore.  I don’t even know the last time I ate pizza, but I ate it 2 days in a row.  The 1st day it was amazing, but the second, I ate b/c I hadn’t prepped anything for lunch  & work sponsored a pizza lunch, so I embibed!  Well, friends, that’s the end of that!  I felt so bloated  & not myself.  Not really worth it if you ask me.

 Getting fit after a marathon with exercise & Clean eating!

Make sense?

So, now I’m back on track.  I’m starting anothe 30 Clean & sticking with it.  I’ve already begun my clean eating with proper food prep so I’m not tempted.

So, I’m off to a Clean start & am already feeling better!  Anyone interested in joining me on The 30 Clean this month

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(starts Oct. 27)?   I’m not in any way being compentated for sharing this with you, I simply wanted to share my passion with you because I love how I feel when I eat clean.   

I’m off to an engagement party for my niece.  There’s so much happening in our family this year.  All good!  All exciting!  I’ll be sure to keep you posted!

Loving my dog

I write snippets about Nemo here & there.  When I was offered a chance to do a review for Pedigree Stackerz, I jumped at the chance.  She should some special goodies & I was thrilled to giver her the opportunity!

Well folks, it didn’t take long to figure out if she was fan or not!

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Given the opportunity, she would have eaten the entire bag in one sitting!  I had to save some for another day!  But, she sure loved her tasty treats!

Thank you Pedigree #Stackerz for making my sweet dog so darn happy!  We’ll definitely be purchasing these in the future!

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I received the product complimentary to test and/or review.


I was sent a variety pack of ME STRENGTH to review a while ago & was so happy that I saved it for marathon time to review.  I know they say to NEVER try anything new for the marathon.  Well folks, I broke that rule & it worked out for me! Phew!

Let me share some facts about MESTRENGTH:

MESTRENGTH Formulation overview

Muscle cells require two essential ingredients to function properly – fluid and energy. MESTRENGTH provides in a zero calorie, sugar-free beverage that combines 5 key electrolytes for hydration with 5 grams of creatine for performance to help athletes get the most out of their workout.

Here’s how MESTRENGTH’s unique formulation benefits all athletes:

When a beverage has sugar in it, the intestinal cells need to work to transport the sugar (and fluid) from the intestine into the body, delaying the availability of fluid and sugar to the cells that need it. By using a sugar free sweetener (all-natural Stevia), MESTRENGTH does not require this active transport, resulting in quick rehydration. As an added benefit, the concentration of electrolytes in MESTRENGTH are in the same concentration as what is present in the blood (“isotonic”) – if the concentration was different, replenishment would be delayed. The end result? Rapid hydration.

The addition of creatine to this electrolyte mix takes MESTRENGTH to the next level. Muscle cells require a chemical called Adenosine Triphospate (ATP) as a source of energy and creatine is used by the body to create ATP. Therefore, MESTRENGTH helps muscles to build and replenish their supply of ATP, providing them with the energy needed for prolonged activity. The end result? Increased muscle energy.

Additionally, the byproduct of rigorous exercise is an accumulation of lactic acid which is responsible for muscle soreness; however, because MESTRENGTH helps replenish ATP, muscles produce less lactic acid. The end result? Decreased muscle soreness.

There are many studies that help to substantiate these physiologic effects, one of which was conducted in 2012 by a group from the Centre for Sports Science and Human Performance (UK) who looked at creatine supplementation with specific view to exercise and sports performance. Their findings were quite beneficial to the endurance athlete: “its [creatine] supplementation increases creatine storage and promotes a faster regeneration of ATP between high intensity exercises. These improved outcomes will increase performance and promote greater training adaptations.”


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MESTRENGTH’s key advantage is simple: we rely on safe, natural, and time-tested ingredients. Unlike other sports drinks, MESTRENGTH does not have preservatives, stabilizers, stimulants (no caffeine = great for an evening workout), or high fructose corn syrup.

We recommend that you drink MESTRENGTH 30-60 minutes before any physical activity to ensure that your electrolytes are balanced and you’re ready for the work ahead. Additionally, MESTRENGTH is great afterwards to help you replenish what you lost through sweat and recover more quickly. Ultimately, though, how you use MESTRENGTH is up to you.

I drank it prior to the marathon on my way, in the car which was 60 minutes prior to running & again afterwards.   I enjoyed the taste, was happy it doesn’t have sugar nor additives & if it’s really the reason or part of the reason that my recovery has been so easy, well folks, I’m a fan!

A couple of summers ago I had read a lot about creatin, and it was it was in a hydration mix I was using & I have to tell you that I really thought it made a difference.  My training was smooth & my marathon was wonderful.  I do believe that for endurance training & electrolyte replacement, this is a great “tool”.  The added bonus is that it’s also quite tasty & natural!

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This is my true opinion & I would definitely recommend MESTRENGTH to endurance athletes.

Race Recap

I set out to have a good day & it was just that!  I actually had a good night of sleep Saturday night, which I typically don’t do the night before a race.  I woke up earlier than my alarm & felt rested, so I got out of bed at 4:20 to get ready for the marathon!

I got dressed, sent a picture to my “running mate” & then had breakfast.

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I’ve never taken Arnica pre race before, but have heard that people do that to help alleviate some pain, so I decided to this time, why not?!  I had my favorite breakfast: almond butter, date, hemp seeds & frozen banana blended = delish!  I remembered to put on my calous cushions & mission balm on my bunions!  I was ready to go after some coffee!  Took a picture of kombucha, thinking I would want it, but didn’t!

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I picked up my friend at 6:10am, enjoyed MESTRENGTH in the car to get in extra electrolytes & we were all excited & ready to run!  We had plenty of time (so we thought) to go to the bathroom, get to where we wanted & absorb all of the days festivities.  Well, there were so many street closures & of course neither of us did our proper research, so the parking lot in which we had intended to park was inaccessible, so we wound up driving around for about an hour looking for a place to park.  We were then getting nervous b/c it was cutting it close with time.  We still had to go to the bathroom & get to our starting corral!  We barely made it to the start of the race when they made an announcement that you must be in your starting corral, as they’re closing them in a couple minutes.  So, what did we do?  We hopped the fence to get in!  Yup, we sure did!

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Well, we were in.  EEK!  I found it interesting that for the 2nd wave, they didn’t play the National Anthem.  I have been starting up in the 1st wave & they play it there.  So, there wasn’t “that start of the race feeling” that I usually get at the beginning.  We were off after a few minutes of walking to get to the front.  The beginning of the race was so crowded, I felt like I was going to trip, so I simply watched the legs of the runner in front of me for fear that I was going to trip.  It  did ease up a bit after about 5 miles, but honestly not too much.  I started later & was running with the 4:30 pace group for a while.  I had a plan to meet up with Sarah, a girl who I was mentoring via Team DetermiNation at mile 13, so I wanted to keep the pace I thought she was running.  I got to mile 13 & Sarah wasn’t there yet, so I went to Starbuck’s to go to the restroom & then cheered on the sidelines along with the other spectators.  I have to tell you that I loved that!  I had so much fun cheering my fellow runners.  Sarah came along & we kept her pace.  We chatted a bit, walked a bit, ran a bit, we kept going.  I was enjoying high five all of the incredibly supportive spectators & taking in the sites.  I was running this race to help Sarah complete & had no desires of my own other than support Sarah & enjoy the day.  I did both!  Sarah finished & really looked great running.  I loved the day.  I’ve never been more proud to help someone complete a race that they may not otherwise have finished.  I also never really enjoyed everything that race has to offer the way I did this one!  There were spectators the ENTIRE duration of the marathon.  There are alway a lot, but there were a TON this time.  Everyone was wonderful, supportive & kind!  It was definitly a special race!

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This is my girl Sarah!  She did it & doesn’t even look winded!  Sarah, you’re a rock star!

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Bumbed into these 2 friends!  Allan ran his 2nd marathon ever at the age of 62.  Pretty darn impressive!

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My sweet friend Gitta who always has a smile & makes me laugh.  She rocked her race!

We finished running to the finish & clocked in at 5:12.  I have to say that I’m absolutely fine with pace.  Glad both Sarah & I finished!  My feet are so darn achy & my darn heel is a bit swollen (good thing I have a pt appt. tomorrow).  I can’t believe I got 2 blisters on my darn bunions (hasn’t happened in over a year).  I may have to wear my slippers to work tomorrow.  I do however think that running around my regular pace & finishing a marathon around 3:50 (ish) is a heck of a lot easier on your body, as you’re not on your feet so long.  So, while I may not pushed myself to run at my “typical clip”, my body appears to be a bit achier than usual.  Well, at least my feet!

I decided to have pizza for dinner last night!  It was delicious!  It did have whole wheat crust, but had real cheese, which I haven’t had in over a month.  It was the best pizza I ever had!

Have a great day!  Thanks for your support & can’t wait to hear about your race results.


Tomororw is race day!

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This is why I’m running tomorrow.  As you know, I’ve been teetering back & forth about running or not tomorrow.  Well, I’ve decided to run.  I’m definitely NOT running for a PR nor am I running to qualify for Boston again this year.  This year, it’s about cancer & determination!  I chose to raise money again for American Cancer Society & because of so many of you, I’ve reached my fund raising goal!  Now, tomorrow will be for me to reflect on all of those who I know who’ve been affected.  As you can see from the ribbons above, it’s many people whom I love or have loved who’ve been affected!  We are making a difference.

I will walk/run, simply enjoy myself tomorrow.  I’ve never entered a marathon with this frame of mind before.  I’ve always entered to run, get a good time & push myself.  There is so much positive energy at the Chicago Marathon that I’m going to soak it up & enjoy it all along the way.

There is a young woman who I’ve been mentoring via Team DetermiNation & I’m meeting her to help her get through.  We’re both going to support each other to finish with smiles on our faces & remember why we’ve entered the journey!

I will certainly give you an update afterwards, certain that I’ll be feeling happy & relieved that it’s over!  While the marathon is so darn exciting, it’s also so darn nerve wracking!  EEK!  I hope I get some sleep tonight.  However, it’s really the night before that counts most & I did get a great night sleep Friday, so I should be in great shape!

The past few days have been Sukkot & I decided to stop my Clean Eating so I can carb. load & not worry.  Well, can I tell you that I had the worst stomach ache on Friday night!  It was horrible!  I was so bloated, it was terrible.  I finally got some relief from a hot water bottle.  I can’t wait to get back on my clean eating, as I do feel so much better when I eat clean!

But, I’m not clean now, so I’m going to have a beer, it’s full of good running carbs, right?!

Not sure if I’ll watch The Spirit of The Marathon or not tonight.  That’s my typical routine the night before.

Here are my goodies, gear, fuel, hat, etc. so I’m ready to roll tomorrow a.m.

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I’ll post an update afterwards & again, thanks for all of your encouragement!  You’re the BEST!

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Just relaxing & excited for tomorrow!  Goodnight Friends.

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