Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween Pics & Camera Suggestions

Happy Halloween Everyone!!!
Here are some pictures from a Halloween party I went to last night:

Snooki from Jersey Shore

My Boyfriend & I dressed up as a cave man & woman

I am very bad about taking pictures! Everytime I go out I always forget to take pictures! Plus, when I do I am never happy with the way the pictures come out, and I think thats because I really need a new camera! A few years ago I got a Fuji Digital Camera for Christmas and the only reason I asked for this particular camera was because it came in Hot Pink (yes, silly reason, I know). I didn't even do any research to find which camera worked best, I just went by color lol. Well now I am regretting that decision because the pictures come out TERRIBLE! So I am looking to get a new camera and would love any recommendations!!

I can't wait to see everyone's halloween costume pictures!! :)

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Staying Healthy on Halloween?

Is it possible to stay healthy on a day that is dedicated to overloading on sugar? Well assuming we are all a tad old to go trick or treating, we are still going to have candy all around us. So how to we enjoy the holiday without all the post-sugar guilt?

Made your own goodies- this is exactly what I'm doing! Instead of eating candy with tons of yucky ingredients, I am baking my own Halloween treats. I am baking pumpkin spice cookies and brownies for my boyfriend and I as well as to bring to a Halloween party and share with friends. I love to bake, and when I do I do not use any white sugar or flour, use almond or rice milk instead of dairy and use "flax eggs" or other vegan egg replacers. I would much rather eat yummy homemade goodies instead of candies with High Fructose Corn Syrup and other junk!

Pick the healthiest options. Find candies that have the cleanest ingredients. Have dark chocolate instead of milk and look for candies that are sweetened with organic raw cane sugar as opposed to white sugars.

Indulge, just a little. Pick one or two candies you really love and enjoy them, just don't go back for seconds, thirds or fourths! One piece of candy won't kill you!

Hope you all have a Happy Halloween!!!!

Friday, October 29, 2010

No such thing as Vegan

I came across this picture the other day and wanted to share it will you all (if it is too small to see, you can view it here).

While I do not like to label myself, it is simply a fact that I follow a vegan lifestyle as much as possible. So I definitely find this image a tad disturbing. I try and respect every living thing on this earth, and by refraining from consuming animal products I feel like I am making a difference, no matter how small is may be. This picture is very eye-opening and a little upsetting to me. While it won't change my beliefs, I think its important for people to be aware!

I would love to know what you all think!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Inside my grocery bag + a soup recipe

Happy Monday!

So, lets talk about grocery shopping. When I want to be economical, I will purchase the majority of my food at Trader Joe's and my local supermarket. However, they don't always have everything I am looking for, especially since I try and buy organic as much as possible. So when I can't find something I need, I will go to my local health store or to Wild by Nature (if you guys aren't familiar with it, it is very similar to Whole Foods, but doesn't have the bakery or the hot bar and they have slightly less options; but they still have most of my hard to find healthy products, for the same insane prices as whole foods of course!) I am very lucky to live less that 10 minutes away from all of these places. I don't go to Whole Foods as often because its A.) its pricey, B.) its about a 30 min drive for me and C). Wild by Nature has most of the same stuff.

Today I was running some errands and was close to Whole foods so I decided to go a little out of my way and make a pit stop. Here is what I got:

-Cacao Nibs
-Organic Steel cut oats (I ran out)
-Mary's Crackers (love them)
-Kardea bar in chai spice flavor (I have been wanting to try this bar forever)
-Some Ginger Granola from the bulk bins
-Tuscan White Bean Soup
-Packet of Almond butter
-Unsweetened Organic Rice Milk

Normally my grocery bag is 80% vegetables and fruits, and the rest is grains, beans, peas, hummus, and things like rice or almond milk. But I am not about to spend all that mula at whole foods when I can buy that stuff elsewhere for cheaper!!

I particularly bought the soup to make for dinner tonight since I knew I am going to go to the movies and wanted something fast and easy. Unfortunately, the soup tasted AWFUL and I was not about to settle on yucky soup for dinner. So I made a super quick and easy butternut squash soup with some pre-cut cubes I bought from trader joes. I followed this recipe, but only did half of it and used only enough water to cover the squash (I like my soups thicker). It was quick, easy and delicious!

Now, I am off to see The Social Network, I've hear good things about it! I'll let you all know how I liked it!

What do you normally buy at Whole Foods? How do you purchase healthy foods while staying on a budget?

Also, what is everyone doing for Halloween?! I want to hear what costumes you are all wearing!!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Treat your body like your best friend

We are so busy listening to "health professionals," the latest diet trends, etc, that we forget to listen to our own bodies! Your body is far more capable of telling you what it needs, and it does so by constantly sending us signals. The problem is that we are not listening! Every time you get pains, aches, any discomfort in your body, etc, these are messages. Your body is saying, "Hey, listen up!" Unfortunately, most of the time we ignore or bush off these messages. We need to treat our bodies like our best friends. If a friend comes to you saying they are unhappy, or uncomfortable, hopefully you listen. Hopefully you give them compassion and understanding. Hopefully you help them and try and make them feel better. Your body is your best friend. It allows you to live your day to day life, digests the foods you give it (even the unhealthy junk foods!), and it does it's best to remove environmental toxins. However, just like a friend or spouse, if you do not take time to appreciate all the hard work it does and pay enough attention to it, you will not do what is in your body's best interest. So listen up! Treat your body with the same love and kindness you would treat a best friend or significant other. Stop looking outside yourself for the answers, and start looking within.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Fermented Foods

I came across an article in Delicious Living Mag that I wanted to share. It's about Fermented foods. Yes, they sound weird, but are actually good for you. Fermented foods are full of probiotics (friendly bacteria) and nutrients, which can improve your overall health. Here are some examples of fermented foods:

Kefir is a fermented-milk product similar to yogurt that filled with probiotics to help with digestion, and also contains calcium, protein, and potassium.

Kimchi is a traditional Korean dish is made up of pickled vegetables such as cabbage and radishes and contains beneficial bacteria.

Kombucha is a drink made from blending a colony of bacteria and yeast with black tea and sugar and then allowing it to ferment, this tea is rich in enzymes, probiotics, and antioxidants!

Tempeh is fermented whole-soybean product that is rich in vitamin B12, fiber, and protein. The fermentation process makes tempeh’s iron more bioavailable and easier to digest. It is a great food for vegetarians and vegans to ensure they are getting adequate B12!

I love Kimchi, Kombucha (which I have seen back on the shelves! yay!) and Tempeh. They are both delicious and full of nutrients!