Posts Tagged ‘Vegetarian’
February 21, 2014
Good morning! Is today really the twenty-fifth week of Friday Favorites? Holy wow does time fly! But I guess that’s nothing new.
Hopefully your week was filled with plenty of fantastic and funny moments or things you are dying to share at the bottom of this post! And if not, then it can only get better with the weekend creeping up on ya, right?
Anyways, it is my favorite time of week where I share my random finds with you and display them in a traditional bullet point fashion. (Because I am a blogger and that’s what we do.) Happy Friday Favorites!
Friday Favorites #25: Week of 2/21
• Meyer’s Clean Day soaps and surface sprays
I have been using this line of cleaning products since I first discovered it years ago. While I would love to purchase the entire line, I cut down on cost and only buy three main things.
I swear, I clean more when this stuff is at my house. It all smells so, so good!
• PUMA invisible no show socks
I received these bright PUMA gym socks as part of my Secret Santa presents during the holidays. They came in a pack of three with neon yellow and orange from Home Goods and I fell in love with the fabric right away. Who knew cotton could be so cushy?
I love the look of low gym socks, and I don’t have a problem with them slipping down too much. They also have to be one of the most comfortable pairs I own! I feel like I have just been constantly washing and rotating them since I first put them on.
• Ross’s spray tanning fail
This gem was brought back into my life from a twitter conversation about what kind of spray tans I get!
— Heather Hesington (@hwglamour) February 20, 2014
Man, I love that show.
• Health Magazine subscription
I haven’t had a subscription to a magazine since college! My mom ordered me Health for Christmas and I have really enjoyed having it sent to me every month.
(And thanks, Mom!)
• Amy’s Vegetable Lasagna
If you have followed the blog for a hot minute, then you already know I have a thing for Amy’s Kitchen products. It is an all-natural, non-GMO, vegetarian, and organic brand that has saved me many a times!
My most recent obsession has been over their gluten and dairy free vegetable lasagna.
I would bet at least twelve of you cringed reading that. I tend to buy gluten and dairy free products every once in a while and I promise that half the time you don’t even know the ingredients are missing. At 300 calories, it’s not the most filling lunch in the world, but it perfectly curves any lasagna cravings I run into!
Yesterday I enjoyed it with an apple and a handful of wheat crackers.
• Twenty minute walks
I mentioned going on a long walk as part of a tip to help you stay motivated yesterday. Considering this weather has been less than stellar lately, I feel like I am doing good to even get Roadie to use the bathroom outdoors.
A few hours after pressing publish, I took my own advice and finally got the motivation to try a “long” walk with the pup again. Of course, as soon as we got outside it started raining/snowing, but I forced us to take the walk anyways. I bundled up and couldn’t help but take pictures of the gigantic snow piles and slush around our neighborhood.
Miserably wet weather and all, I still enjoyed our time outdoors and am really, really looking forward to a few months from now when I can get back to getting out there every day!
• This video on toilet posture Scott posted on my Facebook wall.
Informative, yet questionably inappropriate to draw attention to me from my husband via social media. Whatever. I did my part in sharing the info with you!
• wood wick candles
Scott seems to find and bring home some unique candles! While on a recent grocery shopping trip to Meijer, he stumbled upon this Wood Essence Afternoon Tea candle made of wood wicks.
The company is called WoodWick (<- I think?) and the wicks actually crackle as they burn! The first time we lit it, we couldn’t figure out what sounded like it was “cooking” for a good bit. I have been loving the sounds and smells in the kitchen this week!
And finally… (for my barre peeps out there!)
• the hilarious (but serious) truth about barre workouts
I miss that burn in my life on a daily basis. “If you’re shaking that means you’re doing it right!” was my go-to line when I taught classes. Ha. So great!
February 11, 2014
Last week I shared a glimpse of a vegetable pasta salad I whipped together for a Super Bowl Party. I have been promising this post for a week now and today I am here to deliver!
My number one goal with this recipe was to make it light and healthy without compromising taste. Most pasta salads are drowned in not-so healthy dressings and include at least a few not-so-great-for-you ingredients.
Instead of making substitutions, I stripped it down and started with veggie noodles, then added any vegetable that made sense.
I finished it off with an easy homemade dressing and after a few spoonfuls, looked forward to indulging in leftovers for days to come!
2 12 oz. boxes vegetable pasta of choice
1 medium red pepper, diced
1/2 zucchini squash, chopped
1/2 yellow squash, chopped
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
3.8 oz. can black olives, sliced
15 oz. can garbanzo beans
1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste
cook time: 30 minutes
servings: 16 sides
1. Cook pasta according to package directions, then drain.
2. While pasta is cooking, chop your vegetables and measure out ingredients. Make sure noodles are cooled. If necessary, run cold water through noodles while they are draining.
3. In a large bowl combine pasta, red pepper, squash, olives, tomatoes, and beans. Sprinkle in cheese. Pour dressing over pasta mixture and toss gently or store in refrigerator until ready to serve.
With the addition of black olives, you might not even need to add much salt to the salad.
I recommend adding the cheese gradually, and decide how much you want according to who will be eating it. I threw a little extra in knowing it would be served at a party, but would have held back a little if it was just being made for my household.
Store the leftovers in the refrigerator and enjoy as a meal, a side, or even on top of salads for days!
By keeping the dressing on the side, I was able to enjoy the pasta longer and even added black beans and feta cheese to it a couple of times!
Feel free to go nuts and create your own vegetable pasta creation. If you do, please share your added ingredients in the comments section below.
August 10, 2013
Happy Saturday! Scott and I are currently staying in Scott’s hometown of Branson, MO, the “live music show capital of the world.” We arrived yesterday afternoon and plan to spend today out on a boat with his family. Let’s hope the weather is on our side!
But, more about my weekend later…
Today we are talking about GMOs! Do you remember a few weeks back when I shared my concerns about soy products? How ever since I have become aware of how some brands I rely on to “eat healthy” also include chemically altered ingredients? How a little bit of my heart has died a little?
These days, I have been trying my best to educate myself on how to look for real natural ingredients, sans GMOs. But how does one completely change over? And why should we?
Instead of rambling and trying to figure out the best way to describe it myself, I have turned to a new friend of mine for the answers… someone who has made this discovery long before me, and has done her best to share her story.
Tanya is a healthy living enthusiast who enjoys running, yoga, any classic episode of Friends (which we have obviously bonded over), and label reading. She has been a loyal reader of the blog for a while, and when we realized we had a mutual friend in “real life”, I actually met her in Chicago!
She’s awesome to hang out with and although she doesn’t blog, has agreed to step out of her comfort zone to help a sister out on this subject. She has some great tips to share with you, so show her some love will ya?
Take it away, Tanya!
Hello, Housewife Glamour readers!
Wow, still can’t believe I just typed that, and it’s real life. I’ve been following Heather’s blog now for a little over a year, and when she approached me about guest posting my journey with GMO’s I literally almost fell out of my chair with nervousness excitement.
Loving the WIAW series, I always look forward to reading what bloggers eat and comparing it to what I usually eat. I get a lot of great ideas from them and I like to use these lovely ladies as my accountability, (since many of my “real life” friends don’t always share my healthy passion). A few weeks back, Heather posted on many different soy options, and I decided to ask her thoughts on GMOs.
The first thing I found out? Not many people are aware of GMO’s. I wasn’t for a long time. I literally cleaned house at a Borders closing sale a few years back, and one of the books I picked up changed my life. So, here I am today to give you a little of my research, while trying not to bore you to death in Heather’s absence. Ready? Let’s get started.
GMO stands for “Genetically Modified Organisms” and is something that haunts our society today. But what are these little buggers?
“GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.” Source
I know. I didn’t get it either. Basically what this is saying is that the food your grandparents grew up on is not the food you are currently eating.
So, why should you avoid them?
“Did you know… genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not safe? They have been linked to thousands of toxic and allergenic reactions, thousands of sick, sterile, and dead livestock, and damage to virtually every organ and system studied in lab animals.” Source
After I read Jillian Michael’s book “Master your Metabolism”, my bargain bin find, (Please don’t tell her it was $4) I went through my entire kitchen. Sure enough, I was guilty of “toxic” products on multiple accounts. I couldn’t believe it. I’m not one for change, but armed with these facts, how could I ignore it? I immediately researched until my eyeballs almost fell out. Lucky for you (and your eyeballs) I have summarized my findings in this post.
There are six common sources for GMO, and I was guilty of having all of them in my kitchen. Canola Oil? Yep. Soy? Oh yeah. Processed foods? Let’s not even go there.
I’ll be honest with you. Label checking sucks. Just like becoming gluten free or dairy free, there is a learning curve and research required before you feel comfortable in your routine again. For me, it was a very emotional break up with some of my favorite foods. But guess what? I’m surviving. I have my days still where I find out things I love are GM, and I get so discouraged, (Naked Juice). But there are still good products out there, you just need to make yourself aware of them.
For example, when you’re buying fruits and veggies, check the PLU number. I was totally blown away by this. Never in a million years would I ever have known this (thanks, Jillian!) and now I am very picky about my produce.
The only problem is that few states have passed a GMO labeling law, so it’s not required to label just yet. So to be safe, I stick to organic produce.
For meat, go grass fed, or 100% Organic. If it’s not, that means the animals have been typically fed GM feed, which they then digest. That, my friends, ends up on your plate. Not to mention the hormones they use are also harmful to you. This goes for eggs too.
Stay away from processed foods as much as you can. High fructose corn syrup is genetically modified. When you first start label hunting, you will feel like it’s in everything. That was a tough one for me. I liked convenience because of my demanding work schedule. I swore to myself I didn’t have time to “make” anything. Ch-ch-ch-channnges.
As if trying to get food without corn syrup wasn’t hard enough, soy is what actually blindsided me. I ate protein bars. I had just ventured into Tofu. Morning Star spicy black bean burgers were dinner 1-2 times a week. I thought I was being healthy, and they were all culprits!
The good news is that a lot of manufacturers are coming around to the non-GMO, and clearly label it. But until everyone does, here are a few good tips for the grocery store:
Have I lost you yet? I hope not!
Cutting out processed/GMO foods was not an overnight thing. But trust me, it gets easier. You feel better. And then you get to be a guest blogger on Housewife Glamour!
I’ll leave you with a few helpful tips I’ve learned along the way:
- Trader Joes Brand is GMO Free
- My new favorite brand of protein bars is Genisoy. The chocolate mint is ridiculous.
- Whole Foods will be GMO Transparent in the next 5 years
- Cascadian Farm Cinnamon Raisin Granola is my favorite ever!
- The App Fooducate is really helpful.
- Annie’s dressings are GMO free! (Thank goodness!)
- If you can help it, try to prepare your food at home. But if you are like me and love to eat out, just try to choose the best option on the menu.
- This is a helpful list of manufacturers that label GMO-Free
- The Non-GMO Project is a good place to start
Again, I would like to thank Heather, for giving me the opportunity to share with you what I have learned in my GMO journey. I hope this inspires you all to take a look further into what you are putting into your body!
July 14, 2013
Happy Sunday! I love Sundays. It’s not my favorite day of the week, but it’s right up there behind Saturdays.
As I was going through some emails this morning, I ran through a few questions I wanted to share public answers to. If one person is wondering something, maybe some of you are too? (You people do, in fact, care!)
That’s what I’ll just keep telling myself, anyways.
I have been quite fond of bowls lately. Smoothie bowls, rice bowls, veggie bowls… basically anything I can throw together to taste half way decent, I am all about.
This morning, my yogurt bowl was ready to enjoy in two minutes time!
Per usual, I washed it down with an extremely large cup of coffee, which brings me to the first question I want to address:
How you drink your coffee every morning? I have been trying different ways and am still searching for a way that I love!
My coffee cups usually include the following: flavored coffee, some kind of organic skim, soy, or almond milk, and a small serving stevia in the raw. <- I also use this as a sugar substitute for baking.
If you aren’t a true coffee lover, you may need to dress it up a bit more, but that is just the formula I have grown to love.
I discovered the wonderful world of flavored coffee a few years ago. I had an obsession with Dunkin’ Donuts Hazelnut for a while, and eventually bought the bags of grounds from the grocery store instead of driving thru every morning to get it. (Hello, wallet drainer!)
Expanding my collection, I have also grown quite fond of Dunkin’s French Vanilla, Starbucks Blonde Roast (for more of an original coffee flavor), and will give any kind of chocolate mix a try. Don’t even get me started on the holiday flavors, either. Pumpkin, Gingerbread, Peppermint… I die. (Missing Fresh Market Coffee right about now.)
While writing this post, I literally just stumbled upon these seasonal coffee flavors from Dunkin’ too. Cocounut, Strawberry Shortcake, Triple Berry? Excuse me while I abandon my computer to go to the grocery store…. have any of you tried these? They sound delicious.
Over the years of drinking coffee, I have learned that if I buy flavored grounds, I use less milk/cream/sugars to doctor it up. Plus, no cup ever has to taste the same, if you don’t want it to.
At any given time, I have at least a few variants of milk on hand. Since I started experiencing a few stomach issues this year, I have been trying to substitute soy and almond milk over regular whenever I can.
I usually don’t have two soymilks on hand, but these cartons happened to be on sale at the store. Usually, I have some kind of almond milk added into the mix. Also with my sensitive stomach issues, I have started substituting gluten and dairy-free products into my diet.
While on my bowl kick this week, I found that Amy’s has a whole line of them!
This week’s purchase was the Black-Eyed Peas & Veggies Bowl my mouth was watering over in the freezer section. After a long day of Pistons work (can’t wait to share more about that with you!), I returned home unmotivated to cook, remembered the bowl and went to town.
Amy’s Bowl + 1 MorningStar Farms Spicy Black Bean Burger = pure delight.
I have also received questions about my thoughts on processed foods and genetically modified soy products (GMOs). To be honest, I am very naive on the subject and haven’t even heard much about it until recently.
With a simple Google search of “does morningstar farms use genetically modified soy” I quickly found my answer from numerous articles, including this one dating all the way back from 2001. The answer is a clear yes.
Soy + Genetically Modified Product Concerns
I’m sure that one reader is not the only one who has been wondering about this subject, either.
Here was my answer:
“To quickly (and kind of vaguely) answer for now, I try to stay away from as much processed food as I can. I have only recently heard about the negative effects of soy, so it looks like I need to do some research. For now, I do love soy products and eat them often! I read labels, but not as much as I should.”
Knowing I have at least five boxes of MorningStar products in my freezer at all times, where is one like me to go from here?
First Step: Acknowledge that soy, and especially products meant for meat substitution, can come genetically modified (include GMOs). Do some research and take note of brands that don’t include this.
Second Step: Try to transition away from products that carry GMOs. (This is going to be really hard for me, considering I live on a handful of them!)
Third Step: Keep track of what you learn along the way, and share it with friends, i.e. you guys!
Like I mentioned above, I am completely new to this area of information. As a healthy living blogger, it is important for me to educate myself and others on knowledge of products, with facts both positive and negative.
I plan to take this concern with soy products seriously, and share ways to eat around GMOs with you as much as I can.
Now, since some of you probably know a lot more about this than I do…
I have some questions for YOU!
• What are your thoughts on processed/genetically modified products?
• What are some easy ways to stay away from them?
I need to get better about reading labels and keep an eye out for brands that advertise “GMO-free”.
And, of course, I’m curious…
• What’s in your coffee cup?
All right, I’m off to clean up around here for a little, then headed off to an appearance tonight. This week is going to be jam packed with dancer auditions coming up next weekend. I’m getting very anxious and ready for it to get here already.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!