Nutrition Humor – Keep It Simple

I almost fell out of the chair laughing at this one.  It’s almost exactly like Pinterest when there are incredibly, and frankly abnormally graceful, recipe results with an “easy recipe” paired with it… Doesn’t happen.  ISN’T that simple, people.

Nice try with the “simple” breakfast bull too. 

Nutrition (And Martial Arts?!) Humor – Choose To Live Healthy, by Oscar Ramos

I stumbled across this artwork, “Choose To Live Healthy,” by Oscar Ramos completely by accident (Behance, by the way, has a TON of badassery (and info about artists who create it.))

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anyone so vehemently illustrate the idea of sticking to a healthy diet. . . 

(C) Oscar Ramos (Behance - https://www.behance.net/piensapositivo)

(C) Oscar Ramos (Behance – https://www.behance.net/piensapositivo)

Or, maybe I should say, illustrate healthy foods so unapologetically leveling poorer nutritional choices with what appears to be a mix of Ninjutsu-esqu Martial Arts techniques… (I’ll admit, the body slam *is* a little WWE.)

(C) Oscar Ramos (Behance - https://www.behance.net/piensapositivo)

(C) Oscar Ramos (Behance – https://www.behance.net/piensapositivo)

I’ll tell you, I wouldn’t want to go head to head with that banana, see that corncob in a dark alley…or…heaven forbid…make the mistake of purchasing those sneakers. 

(C) Oscar Ramos (Behance - https://www.behance.net/piensapositivo)

(C) Oscar Ramos (Behance – https://www.behance.net/piensapositivo)

I mean…I don’t know… It makes ME (AND my popcorn) think twice.

Wildly humorous, a wee bit terrifying, and gorgeously rendered!

 

Nutrition Humor – The Omelette Attempt

I’ve managed a *few* times to get a lovely, half-circle with jazz in the middle. But the flip is dicey.  Sometimes. . .

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Incidentally, I make my eggs the microwave – ALL the time.  Scrambling eggs in the micro is incredibly easy – in a microwave safe container, you don’t have to clean up more than once either. Pair them with steamed veggies and VOILA!  Healthy, satisfying meal without a stitch of hassle. 🙂

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Ahhh..simplicity!

Nutrition Humor – Heinz Haunted House(s)

Ummm…where were these when I was a kid?!  I’d have been ALL OVER THEM!  

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I wonder if they make these in high protein, low calorie, moderate carb, low sugar, BPA-free?  Well…if they don’t, they SHOULD.  

Happy Halloween fix!

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Nutrition Humor – Carbs

You know when you go low carb…and then anytime you even SMELL a carb you morph into Pavlov’s dog?

Or a heady, raving lunatic who would propose to the next bagel you see?

 

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Yeah…something like that.

Eating Clean All The Time

It isn’t as hard as it sounds.  There can be little treats here and there, absolutely…but clean eating “all the time” means it’s a lifestyle, not a fad or “diet.”

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Family gathering

I don’t take whole days off from eating well – it matters to me what I put into my body as fuel, and I know that if I get OFF track, getting back on will be much more of a challenge.  So I stick with it all year round, every day – it isn’t a “summer thing” or a “after-holiday revamp.”  When you maintain ANYthing, the difficulty drops substantially – less catching up to do!

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Breakfast and Snacks on vacay

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Breakfast and Snacks on vacay

A FEW TIPS for when you aren’t home, or you have a gathering?

  • Go for the cleanest preparations: Grilled, broiled, steamed, roasted, baked.  While you are at it, ask them to go light on (or eliminate) any oil or butter they might *think* they need to add. 
  • Instead of heavy dressings or condiments, ask for lighter substitutes: lemon, vinegar, olive oil on the table (so you can control the amount), coarse salt etc.
  • If the dish sounds enormous, ask for a smaller portion…OR, take half home. If you’re at someone’s house, just take a little – no one is forcing you to overdo it! 
  • Ask that any sauces be brought “on the side” so you aren’t at the mercy of the heavy-hand kitchen’s often have, or just skip it if you are at a party.
  • Drink your H2O – it will help fill you up!
  • Ask for a double order of steamed veggies on the side…another “fill you up” helper, or munch on some salad before you dive in.
  • Have fruit or berries instead of other desserts.  I know, I know, less fun.  BUT, it does help the sweet tooth (and you feel better about it later.) 🙂

If you do want to stay healthy, it’s a lot easier these days than it once was – most places (and people!) are used to it, so don’t be too hung up on that.  How you feel physically and otherwise is numero uno, so take care of YOU however you need to. I got a few looks ordering plain grilled chicken and steamed veggies at a bar while out watching UFC with grappling buddies…but whatever.  I even pulled an organic apple out of my bag.  No funny looks with that though, except for the jealous friend who wanted one too! 🙂

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Yes…even at a bar watching UFC fights…it’s possible!

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Wait…120 Calorie LAVA CAKE!?

I came across this recipe on FoodieFiasco the other day and nearly fell over.  120 calories for the awesomeness that is lava cake?!  SIGN ME UP!

Let’s just be clear from the get-go…because my jumping for joy chocolate dance may seem a little strange, especially to those who regularly indulge in sweets.  For starters, I don’t eat sugary foods – Fresh fruit and maybe whatever is in my coconut creamer constitute the bulk of my regular intake.  I never order dessert when I’m out, and I haven’t in years – if it isn’t in front of me, it’s much easier to behave.

I have the kind of willpower that would have the Gods (take your pick of the Pantheons) emerald with envy, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to cuddle up to all things warm and chocolatey sometimes!  I also work my ass off when I’m in the gym, doing cardio, or attending my Martial Arts classes, so the idea that I’d be negating those efforts for short-term, short-lived deliciousness doesn’t balance out.  “It smells better than it tastes!” I remind myself.  

Often.

My crazy habit – and total “cheat” – is snagging a Dr. Praeger’s chocolate chip muffin in the middle of the night.  But the prospect of a lava cake for the same amount of calories?  I’m not going to lie, it’s more than kind of tempting to whip up the ingredients and have it ready when I wake up…

Anyway, this is designed for one person – I rather like that idea since you don’t end up with more than one serving (that will – make no mistake – be heard calling even when the fridge door is shut.  Amazing how those voices work!)  A little bit annoying from an ingredient prep standpoint but whatever – once you get the hang of the recipe, maybe it will be easier! 🙂

I don’t really cook much, but I might be willing to give this one a go… Volcano cakes are probably the one dessert I actually WOULD break down and have…were my Olympian self-discipline to falter.  Which (furrowing brow into a determined look) it won’t.  (And thanks to this rockin’ recipe, I don’t have to chance it either!)

PS, check out my Low Cal Yums board on Pinterest.  Ohhhh, the shenanigans! 

 

Rainy Day Fun

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This weekend we had a whole smattering of rain… After our healthy breakfast, we thought we might go visit a farm, just for some fun and sunshine.  But, those water drops came down early, and our trip was out rather suddenly!

It’s been a long time since I visited the amazing sites around my old college campus (the White House WAS my neighbor!) so rather out of the blue, we chose to hit the road – sitting around makes me feel lethargic!  (Active rest CAN include walking for a few hours, even if inside…)

We decided we’d visit one of the Smithsonian complexes on the mall (nevermind the St, Patrick’s Day parade we didn’t realize was going on simultaneously!) because really, what better place to explore when you can’t be outside?  

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I haven’t gone into a Natural History Museum in ages, and I have to say…it was an incredible joy.  As a little girl, I wanted desperately to be an archeologist – the prospect of discovering some meaningful antiquity, coming face to face with a mummy, or finding precious rocks had me enamored.  

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Maybe it was the idea that I’d be close to Earth…and in finding such things, I would have “touched” history in a way – like time travel, albeit not temporally!  

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Anyway…it always amazes me to see the wonders of the Natural World, and it was a perfect activity for such a gloomy day.  After the visit, my cloudy white cowboy boots (to jive with the grey skies) and all-black attire marched to a Hard Rock cafe for some fuel.  Most people would say you can’t fin anything healthy in a restaurant like that  but…I did!  Admittedly, the first time it didn’t come out as I asked…but…we managed!

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You can always ask for plain, grilled fish (I usually ask for this instead of chicken, which often is overly marinated already) and steamed vegetables.  My plate came with mashed potatoes, but I just ignored them (had I known they came in tow, I would have requested they save the food!)  It was exactly what I needed after a lengthy afternoon – protein works wonders to stabilize you, and keep you full longer.  I always as for veggies too because I need volume.

All in all, it was a wonderful day – I enjoyed being out and about, and doing something new and different. I know many folks go to Museums for their children, but it is equally as enriching as an adult…plus, even when it’s pouring, you get to walk round and stay active.  Win, win, win! 🙂 

Snow Day Snacks

Depending on where you are, you may have gotten some snow the other day – for many locations in the US, it was a nice, wintery foot and a half or so.  

Now I realize it isn’t as easy to get around in inclement weather (or the aftermath)… And I, too, have to stand on those horrific impending-apocalypse lines at the supermarket.  But I LOVE the Seasons, and I LOVE snow – it changes things up and gives us a chance to SLOW DOWN (rest days?  What are those?!)

My man and I decided to venture out during the blizzard (I mean, why make it easy for ourselves!?)  The pubs in the area had promised to stay open and sure enough, they were.  We wandered (er, were wind-blown!) into one we hadn’t yet tried, and were delightfully surprised – there may have been only four of us in the entire place, but they were incredibly accommodating.

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Not only was I able to get coffee with almond milk (how many pubs have that, you ask?  Not many!), but I was also able to order something clean and delicious for lunch – sliced, roasted turkey.

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The menu was very limited but the bartender didn’t bat a lash when I said I didn’t drink, and that I wanted turkey…minus the sandwich part!  It seems like a small thing, but it is the kind of accommodation and consideration I truly appreciate – while the world has become more conscious overall, offering healthy options at restaurants, it still can’t be expected that every establishment is on board.  

I’m not as flexible with my nutritional choices as most people and I am always and ever thankful to be met with “no problem” or even “let me double check for you!”  

The turkey happened to be UH-MAZING, and I made a point to tell the owner that if I liked it…it is DEFINITELY good!  

Yes indeed, Mrs. Particular LOVED it – it was just what I needed for a snowy day.

Traveling Nutrition III

When I travel, I am always prepared – from an hour car ride to a several-hour flight, I am guaranteed to have snacks on my bag!  My other half is, as I’ve enumerated in the past, a great sport about it all – it’s not unlike traveling with a five year-old! 😀

The other day I had to head to NYC for the day – I probably spent about five and a half hours on the train, and a good two stuck at the train station.  At first I was thinking “UGH…this is just like an airport, only smaller with fewer options!”  Despite that I had my snacks, I was hoping for something more filling…so I scoped the scene.  

Fortunately, there was a deli in the terminal!  Most people ordered like normal folks – sandwiches and salads.  Then I get to the counter and ask for a half pound of sliced turkey!  I was so excited that there were healthy options available, and that I didn’t have to resort to buying a sandwich and removing the majority of it (including its exoskeleton, very likely!)

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But even without having the deli nearby, I was prepared!  I had one bag with all of my reading materials, and another for my snacks:

  • Fresh fruit is a great option because it contains fiber, nutrients and water…not to mention natural sugar to satisfy any I’m-traveling-let-me-just-grab-a-candybar-cravings. I brought a sumo orange, an organic fuji apple, and red grapes
  • Pistachios are another good option – the bag was small enough that I wouldn’t have gone crazy even if I ate it all (portions matter, especially with nuts!)  The fat and protein was helpful so I could feel full and not like I needed to devour something I’d be unhappy about!  I get salted and roasted because I do need a bit of extra salt, and the roasted flavor is delicious.
  • Seaweed chips in Barbecue are a favorite of mine… I don’t eat them every day but they are a nice crunchy option instead of having potato chips or crackers.  Sometimes baby carrots aren’t enough!

The sliced turkey was a great idea in addition to all the other goodies – it turned out to be a long day and the protein was just what I needed to stay satisfied.  (I did eat breakfast, by the way – egg whites and vegetables!)

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It’s better to be prepared with some healthy snacks if you are out and about, lest you order something unhealthy that you feel unhappy about later on – it isn’t hard to do, and there are items you can take without refrigeration.  

If you DO forget, most places these days have fresh fruit to buy, or at least fruit salads, as well as cut veggies (if I buy those, I get the ones with hummus, not a creamy dip!)  I was really excited to see the deli, though, and so appreciate how many more food shops are adding nutritious foods to their shelves….even in a dingy train station (no offense, PENN!)