Friday, June 25, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Just until recently I found out that I haven't even been pronouncing it properly. I was saying "kwuh-NO-uh" but learned the correct pronunciation of "KEEN-wah" from some friends (thanks D and L).
So I have been feeding it to my babies for awhile but just recently started making it for the whole family. It is a great replacement for rice. Especially for those who are gluten intolerant and would like more variety in their diet. Quinoa is a complete protein and is high in fiber, calcium, magnesium, and many other vitamins. It only takes about 15 minutes to cook...less time then rice! It is recommended to first rinse quinoa and then soak for about 8 hours before cooking. In order to aid proper digestion.
I have made chicken quinoa soup, quinoa pilaf, and stir fry with quinoa. Blend it in with your veggies when making baby food or just give chunks of cooked quinoa straight to your toddler.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Just wanted to say thanks to Angela over at Domestic Godliness and Wall Worthy for the awesome Wall Worthy giveway. I never seem to win these kinds of things...I am so excited! I recently checked out Wall Worthy's website and liked what I saw, so now the only problem is choosing what to order for our home:)
Monday, June 7, 2010
1 C almonds or other nut(chopped if not using a food processor)
1/4 C sunflower seeds
1/4 C flax seeds
1/4 C unsweetened coconut
1/4 C carob chips
1 t or more cinnamon
1 t vanilla
1/4 C almond butter
1/4 C coconut oil (melted)
1/3 - 1/2 C honey (a 1/2 C makes them pretty sweet...I usually do 1/3 C)
Combine all dry ingredients and process until desired nut size.
I chop mine pretty fine for my nutbars.
Add in wet ingredients, process until mixed...
...and you're done!
Press into a small pyrex...top off with shredded coconut.
Keep in fridge or freezer (they will get gooey and won't taste as yummy at room temperature).
A great idea for kids is to roll them into balls and then roll them in the coconut.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
1 ripe avocado
1/2 C cocoa or carob
I finally achieved a goal of mine and completed a sprint triathlon last summer. But ever since then (almost a year) I have been in a work-out schlump. Just not really sure what to do...mixed in with plenty of illness between the kids and I this winter, along with many visits from family. I just haven't been in a groove at all! It is starting to freak me out...so I am determined to achieve this little goal.
The atmosphere is wonderful! There is upbeat music playing and often times prizes and food are handed out after the event. It's so great to be there with friends and family and share the achievement with them. Everyone is there to have a good time...there really isn't any competition, except maybe with yourself and achieving some personal goals along the way. That is the great thing about having a friend by your side. Not only will they motivate you and help you achieve those goals, but they will chat with you the entire way, making the time just fly by.
There are also events for the kids as well. Usually a half mile or so. My kids have done a few of these, which are usually free or little cost. It is such a fun way to introduce the mindset that exercise is fun and a necessary part of a healthy lifestyle. Something I hope I am teaching my own kids. Parents are more then welcome to run along side the kids or push the little ones in strollers (we always run with ours) It's a great family activity, full of fun and exercise!
The only downside (if you want to call it that) is the fee to register...prices range from $20-$80 depending on what type of event you are doing. The plus side is that the money usually goes towards a good cause such as AIDS, breast cancer, etc. The event fee also usually includes a small gift bag and commemorative t-shirt, which is always fun:)
If Michael from The Biggest Loser can do it, I'm pretty sure anyone can do it. So find an event in your area, grab a friend, your spouse, your nutbars...and just do it! You know you want too.