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Grocery List: 04/28/2013

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I really didn’t need but two or three things this week, so I did some exploring. I think next month will be about exploration as opposed to sticking to one thing. Should be fun! I will make my sister’s wonderfully amazing gourmet chicken salad recipe tomorrow, I will of course share the recipe. I plan to make sandwiches, wraps, and as a compliment to flax crackers.

The List

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Craisins

Kind Maple Walnut Cluster

Kidney Bean’s

Chopped Walnuts

Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain High Fiber Hot Cereal with Flaxseed

Chicken Tenders

Oikos Greek Yogurt

Seeds of Change Madras Sauce

Baby Spinach

Miracle Whip

Helman’s Mayonnaise

Fuji Apples

Meal Options:

Delicious Chicken Salad

Clusters for Snacking or in Yogurt

Salad

Bean Curry

Smoothies

Snacks

April Challenges: Weekly Update

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This past week I was pretty good! I ran out of green tea, believe it or not, so I bought some Yogi Pure Green Tea. I was not sure I would like it, but with the addition of a little honey and lemon, its all good. This combo aids in digestion and so many other things, so I decided to start drinking this tea with breakfast. I make one cup of tea, add the juice of half a lemon and 1/2 teaspoon of raw organic honey. It tastes just fine and I feel great all day, plus I feel fuller from breakfast, which is a good way to start the day. Now I want some peppermint or spearmint tea to see if it will help with my acne (I have annoying adult acne), so those would be my two daily teas. Food wise, its been great, I made my first healthy dessert last week and I LOVED it!!! I will make it again and perfect the recipe.

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Sauteed Apples, Greek Yogurt, and Rolled Oats + Dessert Wine

On the fitness side of life, I am still going as strong as ever. Zuzka is kicking my little tush and I like it!!! I have lost 1 inch around, which probably means I lost weight, but I do not plan to weigh in until next week. This week I did:

ZWOW #5: 4 rounds

ZWOW #8: 18:22

ZWOW #9: 2.5 rounds

ZWOW #10: 2.25 rounds

ZWOW #11: 5 rounds

ZWOW #12: 3 Rounds

This week I hope to keep up the green tea, stay away from excessive sugar and figure out what I want to do for next month. I will definitely continue with Zuzana, but I have yet to decide whether I should maintain with food or challenge myself to make another change, hmmmmm.

Grocery List: 04/22/2013

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I did not need much this week, as I bought plenty last week because things were on sale. I bought fruit because I eat at least one piece of fruit every day, stuff for the next week of the Greem Smoothie challenge, and a few odds and ends. All in all, this trip was only $15.

The List

Florida’s Natural Orange Juice

Fuji Apples

Pears

Tomato

Sweet Potato’s

Lemons

Chobani Greek Yogurt

What’s In the Mason Jars?

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My Grains, Beans & Seeds

 

From left to right: Flaxseed Mill, Chia Seeds, French Couscous, Israeli Couscous, Tri-Color Quinoa, Rolled Oats, Red Lentils, Garbanzo Beans, and the last two are popcorn. I plan to buy a large airtight container for the popcorn, I have so much that my quart Mason Jar’s are just too small. I do go through a whole lot of popcorn as it is one of my favorite snacks, so I must accommodate its quantity in my life by getting a large/long jar. Putting everything in Mason Jars is one way to get these foods out of the bulk bags and into preservative storage. I also make sure to use something from a Mason Jar with each meal, for example today:

Meal 1: Cream of Wheat + 1 tbsp Chia Seeds

Meal 2: Turkey Sandwich + Vegetable Stew (includes garbanzo beans)

Meal 3: Green Smoothie with 2 tbsp Flaxseed Mill

Meal 4 (in the oven right now): Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, 1/2 cup Israeli Couscous, Asparagus & a Sweet Potato

Before I put everything in the Jars, it was an out of sight out of mind situation, now that everything is in the jars, I simply take a peep at them and make a choice of what to use. I bought a box of 12 Jars from Walmart and I do plan to use them all eventually as part of challenging myself to eat healthier. I will be emptying the popcorn jars, so I will have 4 empty jars. So far I plan to put kidney beans in one of them and my own cream of wheat mixture in another, other than that I do not know what to put in the last two jars. Any suggestions?

Recipe Review: Tuscan Couscous Stew

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I made this wonderful recipe this past weekend, and all I can say is holy food batman, its delicious!!! I only made half of her recipe and I used chicken thigh’s for meat. This dish is so flavorful for one with only a few spices, it has tons of veggies, beans and protein plus semolina meaning its an incredibly healthy, yet tasty meal. I have never made couscous in this manner before, so I was quite surprised at how great the semolina came out without going through the whole boiling in water process. I really think its the mixing of spices with the semolina that takes this recipe over the top!!! I only made half of the recipe, but the veggie portion came out to be so much that I froze half for another batch of the full stew in the not so distant future. I ate it that day and Monday-Thursday this week for a total of 5 servings from half the veggies, the full meat portion and the full portion of semolina. This recipe is definitely going in the favorite’s column. After adding the recipe to myfitness pal, each portion that I ate came out to 315 calories, plus each portion is a very filling full meal, so no sides were necessary, making this an A+ recipe.

My Grains, Seeds, & Beans

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I have been eating many more grains, seeds, and beans lately, so I figured that I better find a good way to store them all. I had been just leaving in the bulk bags that they came in, well that won’t work, so I went to Walmart and bough Mason Jars. Can you guess what is what? One hint, the dark powder is a ground seed.

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Hint: First jar on the left is a ground seed