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Oh, America…

It was such a lovely day for baseball yesterday at Busch Stadium. Well, it was kinda hot and a little gross but since it was an evening game so it wasn’t incredibly bad.

Kyle and I only stayed till around the 6th inning. We had a long drive ahead of us and a walmart run to make. Also, it was kinda hot…. The Cards ended up beating the Dodgers 3-2 in the 12th inning.

For anyone who enjoys people watching, being at the ballpark is a nice post for just the occasion. I couldn’t help myself but I was just entranced by a family of five sitting a couple rows ahead of us enjoying the game. Now, before I go on, I know–we all know–that obesity is America’s number one health problem. I know that when you go to the ballpark, most Americans will enjoy a few overpriced beers and franks. I don’t know why, but it still shocks me to see when people who are overweight/obese scarf down the very items that have gotten them where they’re at weight-wise.

Back to this family, every single member was clearly over a healthy weight range. I’ve seen families like this before; it’s nothing new. Sometimes they’ll blame it on genetics or that they are big-boned. More often than not, it’s the lack of exercise and the unwholesome diet they consume that is the problem.

What really struck me was seeing the shape of the youngest member in this group, with the chubbiest of cheeks, chubby hand dimples, round pot belly…it was all there. Relatively speaking, she looked more overweight for her height and age group than a couple older members in the family. Start ’em out young, huh?

Seeing this bothered me so much. Why are you starting her out with this kind of destructive lifestyle at so young an age? I began to think about how it felt like for the little girl to be at her weight when most of her schoolmates are most likely within an appropriate weight range. I could imagine her running out of breath easily out in the playground–or worse, not even having the energy to play.

I continued to watch in disbelief as the girl so sweetly asked her dad for the bag of cotton candy sitting next to him. Without hesitation, he handed her a bag full of sugar and food coloring. The girl happily enjoyed about 2/3 of the bag, licking her fingers and all.

True, but sad story, folks.

I’m not sure why, but observing all this was just too much for me to handle. I honestly don’t know why it stirred up so much in me. It was probably pity. Pity for the poor girl who will probably have some serious health problems if nothing is done to better the quality of her food intake. She’s so young

This whole scenario made me value the effort I put into living a healthy lifestyle. It confirms that this is the best way for me to live my life. I just wish America would realize the importance of eating foods with nutritional value and the great impact exercise could have in one’s life. It would make a huge difference.

Oh, America…

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PowerMeal A Week Round 3

It’s Sunday! Time for a dose of PowerMeal A Week! Open-mouthed smile

I’ve seen some awesome recipes from checking out the link ups of recipes on PowerCakes‘ site. Definitely need to try some of them out!

This week I made a turkey sausage and bean chili. I made this once before and I guess it was so good that I got a request to make it again for dinner on Thursday. Winking smile

Side noteDoes anyone else eat turkey sausage? I kinda love turkey sausage now. I originally had been wanting to try chicken sausage and when I couldn’t find it at the grocery store, I settled for turkey sausage. It’s so delish! I have yet to try some chicken sausage, though. I’ll find some and come up with a recipe for it eventually!!

When I originally made this meal, I served it on top of some yummy rice. The rice was complimentary to the chili and it tasted so good. So I’ll include a quick how-to-cook rice in here. This is how my momma taught me! You guys are special… Red heart

I used white rice but since then I bought some brown rice. Use brown rice. Winking smile

Start off by “frying” or browning a cup of rice in a medium saucepan using EVO. Throw in any tomato, onion, garlic, cilantro you may want to use to give the rice flavor. Cilantro is awesome in rice, by the way.

After the rice looks “toasty,” add in anywhere from 1-1/2 C to 1-3/4 C of water. Quickly bring the water to a boil. Stir in salt or any other seasonings like garlic salt.

Lower the heat to a simmer and cover. Cook at a gentle simmer until the water is completely absorbed and the rice is tender. About 10-15 minutes.


Boom. There’s your rice.

You probably want to start working on the rice before starting on the chili.

For the chili, use whatever beans you’d like. I’ve used black, pinto and black eyed peas. I’ve thrown in some garbanzo beans aka chick peas to the mix as well. Having all those varieties of beans makes it easy to mix it up a bit every time you make this dish.

I used this turkey sausage.

Again, delicious.

To start off, cut up slices of the sausage. I used about a little over half a sausage link. I could’ve used more, though! Add in as much sausage as you’d like. Dice some tomatoes and onions. Throw these and the sausage onto a pan heated with EVO and cook for a few minutes.

Then you get crazy with all the beans you decide to put in. I used a cup each of black and black eyed peas in this recent batch. Add in a cup of corn. Stir it all together.

Yum. Now here’s one secret ingredient. Ready for it? Once you see the juices in the pan starting to simmer, add in this baby.

Trust me on this one. Winking smile I used 1/2 C of it according to my taste preference. Use as little or as much as you’d like. Stir in some garlic salt along with it. Let it simmer on low until it’s time to serve it!

Check out this end product. It’s sooo good, I’m telling ya!

This is what my plate looked when I first prepared this meal with rice.

Yeah, yummy.

This is a pretty simple and quick meal to make. The chili takes less than 20 minutes to prepare. Try it out for sure and don’t forget that secret ingredient. You can thank me later. Winking smile

Happy Prepping-Your-Meals-for-the-Week Sunday!

PowerMeal A Week Round 2

This week has flown by! It’s been a crazy week for sure so I haven’t gotten a chance to post anything since last week’s PowerMeal A Week. I promised myself I’d stay up to date with these PowerMeal posts, though, so here’s this one.

It’s my preparation of flounder, and it’s a super easy meal to prepare!

To cook the frozen flounder, I used seafood seasoning and coconut oil.

You rub down the fish with coconut oil and sprinkle the seafood seasoning on it. Grill or cook on the stove top for about 10-15 minutes or until the fish is thoroughly cooked. The cuts of flounder I had were a little thicker so it took a while longer to cook fully through.

After the fish is done cooking serve it on a plate of spinach leaves and squirt some lemon juice on it for an extra kick of flavor.

I served the flounder with a side of corn but you can use any vegetable for a side! Asparagus would be delish with some fish. Oh hey, that rhymed. Open-mouthed smile

Enjoy!

PowerMeal A Week Round 1

So after finishing up with June’s PowerMeal A Day challenge where each day had a topic and you had to highlight that topic in any one of your meals for that day, I’m starting PowerCakes’ PowerMeal A Week Challenge. Today is week 1!

For this challenge, you showcase POWERMEALS or recipes you want to share with others that are clean eats. I love finding and trying out new recipes so this will be fun! I did a good job keeping up with all my powermeal a day posts on IG so since this is just a weekly deal I’m sure it won’t be too difficult to keep updated. Open-mouthed smile

For this week, I made a wrap. I love wraps; they’re my go-to meal.

I’ll call it….a Chickpea Tuna and Rice Wrap–I could very easily give it a longer title because of all the yummy ingredients!

Speaking of yummy ingredients, here are the ingredients I used:

  • Spinach Garden Herb Tortilla
  • Greek yogurt
  • Brown long grain rice
  • Chick Pea Tuna salad:  1 can tuna, add in diced tomatoes and onions, corn and mix together with lite mayo
  • 2 T salsa
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Feta cheese

I started by spreading Greek yogurt (substitute for sour cream) on the tortilla so a nice layer of rice would stick to it.

Then I added the tuna salad on top.

Top it off with salsa, lettuce feta.

Wrap it up and it’s a wrap! Winking smile

Happy Sunday!

“Magic Seeds”

I have a new staple in my life. Chia seeds.

Ch-ch-ch chia. You remember that annoying late night infomercial, right?

Not what I’m talking about. This is what I’m talking about.

The little I knew about the chia seed was enough to make me want to look more into what makes this seed so much cooler than other seeds like flax. Flax is still cool, though. We’ll give flax seed one point. Chia gets two in my book, though!

I wanted to research more about why this seed was as “magical” as its been referred as. Do research. Always do your research. Always know what you’re talking about. I’m gonna go ahead and make that my motto now. Winking smile
With that said, I figured I’d share this wealth of knowledge that I, as I chia seed expert, now possess. Open-mouthed smile

Yeah, we think about chia pets when we hear ‘chia’  but what’s cool (and there will be a ton of cool things…heads up) is that the seed was used hundreds of years ago–way back before the the chia pet craze–by the Aztecs and Mayans as a way to keep up their endurance and energy levels while hunting. Ingenious sons of guns. They somehow figured out that the seed is filled with so many nutrients. It’s highly rich in soluble fiber, omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, calcium, potassium, and it provides an abundance of antioxidants.

Each individual seed is surrounded by a case. When the seeds are hydrated, the coat swells up and turns gelatinous-like.

Endurance runners actually use these seeds because of their ability to absorb water easily, lengthening hydration and the retention of electrolytes. I’ve  actually been putting about 1 tablespoon into my 20 oz water bottle, squirting lemon juice into the mix and adding a little bit of stevia. It makes for a yummy and interesting lemonade.

Another cool fact about seeds…you don’t just have to eat the seeds plain to benefit from their nutritional value. They are so versatile and take on the flavor of whatever you combine them with. You can eat them in oatmeal, blend them into smoothies, throw them on peanut butter toast, even make jam with them.

I finally tried a recipe over at PowerCakes‘ blog. I’d been wanting to make chia jam filled power muffins for the longest time and I finally got around to making them. They’re relatively easy to make. I followed the recipe exactly…except I used regular flour instead of coconut as the recipe called for…but the batter turned out pretty thin. I threw a banana into the batter and mashed it up pretty good. That helped hold the batter a little more and resulted in super moist cupcakes!

Here’s the recipe. Find it here on PowerCakes’ site.

For the jam:
  • 1 1/2 C frozen or fresh fruit of your choice (I made mixed berry chia jam)
  • 1/4 C chia seeds
  • 1 T water
  • Stevia to sweeten (if desired…the fruit may already be as sweet as you want it to be)
Instructions:
  • If fruit is frozen, place in the microwave for 2 minutes.
  • Add fruit into a blender.
  • Pour blended fruit back into a bowl.
  • Stir in the chia seeds, water and stevia.
  • Place in refrigerator for 1-2 hours to cool off and thicken a bit.


For the muffin mix:
  • 3/4 C flour
  • 1/4 C protein powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 C applesauce
  • 1 C almond milk (any milk of your choice)
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • A few packets of stevia (sweeten to taste)
    • Banana for a more moist, sweeter muffin
Instructions:
  • Mix all the dry ingredients
  • Stir in wet ingredients
  • Line a pan with cupcake liners and fill bottom with batter
  • Spoon chia jam into the middle (~1 T)
  • Smooth over the remaining batter to fill out each muffin
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 min

Such a delicious result. I’ve eaten them to power me before and after workouts! Thanks again, PowerCakes.

Have you tried chia seeds? Ever own a chia pet? Winking smile

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