I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and have a great weekend!
I have had an awesome opportunity to try a few Fruit & Nut bars from LARABAR and report back what I think about them.
LARABAR is a yummy blend of unsweetened fruits, nuts, and spices. Each are made from whole food, and each flavor contains no more than 9 ingredients.
I got to try 4 flavors:
Apple Pie - half a cup of fruit, 5 grams of fiber, spiced with cinnamon and raisins, almonds and walnuts, 190 calories
Cherry Pie - half a cup of fruit, 4 grams of fiber, 5 grams of protein, 3-ingredient mix of unsweetened cherries, dates, and almonds, 200 calories
Cashew Cookie - 2 ingredient mix of cashews and dates, 6 grams of protein, 20% of daily recommended value of Magnesium, 230 calories
Peanut Butter Cookie - 3-ingredient mix of peanuts, dates, and salt, 7 grams of protein, 220 calories
All are: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Non-GMO, Vegan, Kosher
Not to mention, I thought they were all absolutely scrumptious. The peanut butter and apple pie were probably my favorite, but I liked them all. I can't wait to try more flavors!
At LÄRABAR®, we believe that the foundation of a sound mind, body and spirit is derived from what you eat. And what you eat is most delicious and satisfying when it's in a whole, natural state.
As of this post, my goals with the November Challenges are as follows:
Runvember: completed 36.5 (running only) miles out of 30 (30 miles in 30 days was the goal)
Pile on the Miles: 44.5 (running/walking/etc.) miles - original goal is 60 miles between November 1 & December 1
Monday: 3 mile run
Tuesday: 3 mile run
Wednesday: 20 mins circuit training
Thursday: 35 minutes on the arc trainer
Friday: 20 mins circuit training
Saturday: 60 minute walk
Sunday: 75 minute walk (60 of that in the sand)
**and here is a little sneak peak as to why my workouts have been/will be way less caliber than normal - - enjoying this relaxing time to the fullest**
Have a wonderful weekend!
I have been drinking this smoothie not as a meal replacement (as it is low in calories), but as a pick-me-up, energizing snack. The caffeine in the green tea helps increase energy, cinnamon and green tea have metabolism-boosting properties, and honey helps to regulate blood sugar levels.
What you'll need:
1/2 cup green tea (brewed from 2 or more bags and chilled)
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon honey
A few ice cubes
Kale or spinach for more nutrients, without altering the taste
Blend all ingredients until smooth.
What are chia seeds?
Salvia hispanica, commonly known as chia, is a species of flowering plant in the mint family,Lamiaceae, native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala.
In the United States, the first substantial wave of chia seed sales came in the 1980s in the form of the Chia Pet.
Why chia seeds?
Fiber - 10 grams of fiber in 2 tablespoons of chia seeds is 1/3 of the recommended dailt amount of fiber.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids - Chia seeds are one of the richest plant-based sources of the fatty acids.
Antioxidants - Chia seeds last almost 2 years without refrigeration. This is mostly because they are rich in antioxidants, which can help protect the body from aging and cancer.
Feel full faster - This helps reduce food cravings in between meals with the combination of protein, fiber, and the gelling effect chia seeds have when mixed with liquids
Vitamins & Minerals - calcium, phosphorous, and magnesium are important for maintaining a healthy weight, energy, metabolism, as well as prevent hypertension - and healthy amounts are all found in just 2 tablespoons of chia seeds.
These are just 5 reasons I came across, but my research turned up several more health benefits of consuming chia seeds.
"Chia seeds have been in Whole Foods for a long time, but they're just now starting to grow in popularity," said Drew Rosen, nutrition and cooking teacher at New York City's Whole Foods Market Tribeca. "It's an ancient crop, but because the seeds are so flexible and high in omega threes, they are just blossoming all over the markets in all different types of products."
The results I found were enough to convince me . . .
I usually mix chia seeds into my smoothies, but they can be mixed into yogurt, salads, oatmeal, soup, and drinks.
I even put chia seeds on a piece of toast with some almond butter and banana slices...
And in my oatmeal with banana slices and almond butter...
Overall, this tiny seed, packs a big punch of nutritious benefits!
Have you tried chia seeds?
What's your favorite way to eat them?
At first glance, this might not look delicious, but I assure you it is! Or anyway, my husband and I think so. It is a very simple and healthy recipe, so try it out!
- 1 bag of cabbage / coleslaw
- 1 pound of ground turkey
- 1/4 onion
- 1 green pepper
- soy sauce (I used about 4 T)
- handful of dry roasted peanuts
- garlic powder to taste
- Brown turkey
- In a separate pan, cook pepper and onion until tender
- When turkey is fully cooked, mix in cabbage
- When pepper and onion are tender, mix with the cabbage and turkey
- Toss in garlic powder, soy sauce and peanuts
- Cook for an additional 5 minutes or until cabbage is tender