Three Things Thursday – the jars

Today is a jar day. Three jars for comfort, nutrition, and convenience.

1. Almond milk mixed with a tablespoon of vanilla protein powder for my morning matcha at work.

2. Blueberry-banana-spinach smoothie for breakfast.

3. Kale and chicken salad for lunch.

That should just about do it for today.

Happy Birthday to Carole and thanks for hosting our Thursday’s.

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Sometimes Mondays

are for making soup even when the forecast says the temperatures will climb into the 90’s today. But I can’t stop thinking about soup so I turned on the fan and set to cooking. I made two soups today. First up, sweet potato with apple and ginger. The second soup was a new one for me – butternut squash with sage fresh from my garden. The kitchen won’t be used today since we are hosting a BBQ this afternoon and now I have enough soup for the week!

Mondays in the kitchen – cinnamon


I have read that cinnamon can help stabilize blood sugar.  Okay.  I’ll try it.

My first attempt at adding cinnamon to my coffee was less than successful.  Apparently, cinnamon does not dissolve.  In fact, it gets kind of gooey, almost gelatinous.  Weird.  Next I tried putting it into my Ninja blender with a bit of milk and coconut oil.  That was much better.  But also more work.  This weekend I settled on adding a bit of coconut oil and cinnamon to the cup and then adding my coffee.  I think that will work.

I have been sprinkling cinnamon on sliced apples for a snack or toppping a piece of toast with coconut butter and cinnamon.  Last night I added cinnamon to my yogurt – yum!  I don’t eat oatmeal but I hear that cinnamon on top of cooked oats is good.  I bought some cinnamon sticks and plan to leave one in my cup of tea or even just warm water.  That seems a good option for work.

Any other ideas?

Monday in the Kitchen on a Tuesday


Yesterday was a blur and I just could not sit down long enough to tell you about my current kitchen adventure.  Spiralizing.  I have had this little gadget for a while but I forget to pull it out.  Now that we have launched into an 8 week meal plan to cut more sugar out of our lives, I think I need to find some space on the counter for this gadget.  It certainly jazzes up a salad and zucchini or sweet potato “noodles” make a great base for the evening meal.  

Spring break is turning out to be busier than I would like but things are getting checked off the list and today will include my first run since forever and a yoga class.  Breathe . . . .

Mondays in the kitchen – H2O


I have quite a collection of water bottles.  I keep a 20oz cup on my desk at work.  And every morning I fill one of my pretty water bottl s to take in the car – a lovely orange HydroFlask, a Mount Ranier bottle that was a gift from my sister, and my newest addition, a Lifefactory glass water bottle.  I make every effort to drink 64 or more oz. of water every day.  And while I like plain water, I also like to jazz it up a bit.  My favorite combo, a slice of lemon, a slice of lime, some fresh orange juice, and a chunk of ginger.  As we move into spring I will add some frozen cranberries or blueberries, apple slices, and maybe even cucumber to my water bottles.  

How do you make sure to drink your water?

Mondays in the kitchen – veggie time

 

I was listening to a podcast this weekend and heard the host say that the average American eats 1.5 servings of veggies a day! I am not sure there is agreement on the number but when I participated in a health challenge a few years ago, we were aiming for 7-9 fruits and veggies a day with the emphasis on veggies.  Lately I have been starting the day with a plate of steamed veggies topped with a poached egg, taking a green drink for my mid-morning snack, and making sure that a good portion of my dinner plate is filled with veggies.  I have learned how to eat “riced” cauliflower instead of rice and use my spiralizer to substitute squash for pasta.  It takes a bit of thinking but I am trying to make it a habit, veggies at  very meal.

How many veggies are you eating?

Mondays in the kitchen – yogurt or yoghurt?


I have seen this yoghurt but never tried it.  Then I heard about the blackberry with Serrano peppers and I knew I knew I needed to try it.  It took me a few weeks but it was with the wait.  I mixed it with my favorite plain yogurt – such a treat!

I won’t be spending time in my own kitchen today.  I will be with dad, helping him get set up in his new apartment.  I am looking forward to getting back to some regular meal planning and cooking once dad is settled.  

Happy Monday.  Hope there is good food in your day.