Sunday, April 27, 2014
Yesterday my family and I decided to venture down to the Santa Monica Promenade since it was a nice (but windy) day in So Cal. One that wasn't too hot or crowded since it's not yet the summer months. Anyway, we went into the Brookstone store and saw this incredible "Sand" that all of us fell in love with! It's a 98% sand with 2% polymer blend that makes that sand sort of stick together. It never dries out (as long as it is used then put back in the jar), dust free, gluten free, easy to clean and the options for pretend play are endless!
It feels like moist stand and does not separate much or stick to your hands. It's sort of like a granular play dough and my daughter wouldn't put it down. She played with it for at least 30 minutes and it never got on her clothes, the counter or her hands. Brookstone kept it in a small wooden sand box that they also sell. The sand itself is $20 for the 2.2lb jar or $14.99 for the 1lb jar. The 1lb jar is also on sale for 2 for $25 but the large 2.2 lb jar is still a better deal.
Friday, April 25, 2014
(Trimmed & sliced down the center. I like
mine thin. Quantity depends on how many
you want to make)
--Light balsamic vinaigrette dressing
(Any brand you prefer)
--Mrs Dash no salt seasoning
(Any flavor you like)
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
--1 package of Jennie-O Taco Seasoned Turkey
--La Tortilla Low Carb tortillas
--3 medium tomatoes
--1 head of romaine lettuce
--1 can Rosarita Green Chile & Lime Refried beans
--4 oz of shredded cheese (any type you like)
Friday, April 4, 2014
For the most part, my diet is made up of lots of healthy protein and vegetables with some healthy carbs and dairy mixed in. Protein can be difficult to eat as a snack since most protein consists of meat, poultry and fish. It takes lot of preparation and planning.
One of my favorite on the go snacks with lots of protein in it plus healthy omega fats are these salmon burgers! They are so easy to make and I can take them with me anywhere wrapped in a little aluminum foil. I just pop them in the toaster oven for a out 20 minutes and they're ready. I usually make a few at a time and keep them in the fridge ready to go.
If you live near a Costco or Sam's Club, they sell them there or you can probably get them at your local grocery store.
So, next time you reach for a slice of bread, a sugary granola bar or an unhealthy treat think about trying to add in some protein instead.
Need some more low carb snack ideas packed with protein, healthy fats and fiber? Try some of these:
--celery with peanut butter
--jerky (beef or turkey)
--handful of almonds
--nitrate free cold cuts rolled with a slice of cheese
*Recipe is on the blog. Click the "Recipes" category link along the right side to find them.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Here's another way to make lettuce and spinach last a lot longer in your fridge. This will allow you to buy it in bulk at warehouse stores like Costco and Sam's Club and save money! First, open the bag and cut the tips off the heads of romaine. If it's iceberg, no need to cut anything.
Then wrap each head of lettuce in paper towels so the entire head is covered and nothing is exposed.
Then place it back in the bag you got it in (if it comes in bags of 2 to 3) or, if you buy in bulk such as bags of 6 at Costco, place them in Zip Lock bags. You can usually git 2 to 3 heads of lettuce in each.
Then place in your crisper drawer and they should last at least 2-3 weeks! That's MUCH longer than if stored as they come.
This also works for large bags of spinach. We buy the large bags of spinach for smoothies but it can go bad in just a few days. In order to help it last longer, I spread out paper towels on the counter. Usually two rows of 3 full size paper towels in each row. Then I pour out the spinach inside and wrap it up in a ball covering it all with the paper towels. I then place it back in the bag I got it in or separate it into a few Zip Lock bags. This helps it last weeks as well!
So, shop in bulk and don't worry about these items going to waste! I've been using these tricks for years and they work every time! Check out the link on bananas lasting longer & a few other tips as well! Click here to see that blog entry!