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NUTS!

I probably shouldn’t give away how excited I am about this but I just put in an order for some awesome stuff from nuts.com! 

I want to start making some bomb ass smoothies for breakfast and being more creative with my healthy options, cook/bake more, etc. I tried to look for things that had a good carb/protein ratio. It’s probably impossible to get anything low carb on the site but there are some lower carb and high protein options. I would post all of the nutritional info on here but that would be really long plus they have all of that information plus more for each product on their site plus recipes!

Several interesting things here...we'll see how this goes :)

Several interesting things here…we’ll see how this goes 🙂

Organic Sunflower Butter: I’ve heard this is delicious so I’m excited to try it as a substitute for butter! This would probably be awesome on those flaxseed waffles I mentioned earlier too…Ingredients – Dry roasted organically grown sunflower seeds, organic cane sugar and salt

Sea Salt & Vinegar Kale Chips: I’ve been a little weary of this whole kale chip fad…I mean I remember when the only thing I knew about kale was that it was used as a garnish at Texas Roadhouse…BUT it has become more popular and these ARE salt & vinegar so they can’t be terrible! I’ll give a full report 🙂 Ingredients – Kale, raw sunflower seeds, nutritional yeast, white vinegar, sea salt.

Organic Flax Seed: Very healthy addition to any diet! Lots of omega-3 fatty acids, lignans (antioxidant qualities) and fiber. Careful with this one though…excessive consumption without liquid can result in intestinal blockage AKA constipation. 

Organic Chia Seeds: Tiny seeds with big health benefits! Omega-3, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber. Fun fact: chia seeds gel when wet and the gel helps prevent some calories  from getting absorbed into our system and helps you feel full faster.

Black Currant Tea, Japanese Sencha Green Tea & Peppermint Tea: I’ve always been prettyyyyy good about not drinking pop but it was because I drank a lot of Crystal Light and other low cal drinks, which as we’ve heard, can actually be pretty bad for you. So recently, I’ve switched to water and tea and only drink pop if I go out to eat. This is one of my favorites and they have great inspirational quotes on their tea bags.

Organic Red Quinoa Puffs: I think these will be good for a snack or to grab quickly for breakfast (eaten like cereal with unsweetened almond milk!). I could probably season them as a snack to spice em’ up too! High in protein, dietary fiber, magnesium, iron & a pretty good source of calcium!

Gluten Free Rice Bran: When I first came across this crazy rice bran stuff I was a little skeptical if I would put it to good use because I thought it was just for baking but it can be added to smoothies and cereals and I guess whatever you want to add it to! Fun fact: Rice bran accounts for 60% of the nutrients found in each rice kernel. Low in fat & calories, good source of dietary fiber, iron, magnesium, phosphorous. 

Organic Hemp Seeds: Although on the expensive side, these are one of the world’s most nutritious seeds. High in protein and low in carbs, packed with omega-3. They have a nutty taste and can be added to pretty much anything.

Now of course I’m not saying go out and spend $80 on rabbit food but do some research, figure out what you’re not getting in your diet, what you need more of, etc., and grab some flax seed to throw in this week’s meatloaf or casserole. Put sunflower or almond butter on your toast instead of margarine. All of the little changes you make will add up!

As I depart for the gym, I will leave you with a great quote from my Yogi tea today:

“Patience gives the power to practice; practice gives the power that leads to perfection.”

No one is perfect but we can get close 🙂

Here’s to livin’ the dream,

Aud

 

 

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Day 1 – Week 1

To help keep myself on track for my yearly goals, I am going to start making weekly goals!

  1. Go to the gym at least 4 times this week! I’ve been going to the gym on and off for about a month but I need to stay consistent. 
  2. Only eat out a max 2X this week. It kinda sucks cooking for one, just throwing it out there! I do love to cook once I get going but it’s a pain in the ass to figure out how much food will be too much and by the time I get home it’s already 7pm or later and I don’t want to cook for an hour and eat at eight. But those are also just excuses…. awkward…. So through this whole thing, I will be trying out new recipes and ways to cook ahead of time and try to get on track with cooking at home (and therefore saving $$$ too!).
  3. Get my business page thing up and running. Remember when I said I had just taken on a new money making opportunity? Well an ole’ friend from summer camp reached out to me about this health and wellness company, It Works! I know I use a lot of exclamation points but that one is actually part of the logo so get used to it. Moving on…I was skeptical at first but she talked me into it and now I’m in it so I need to embrace the opportunity and make the most of it! The more I hear and learn about their products, the more I’m hooked so bear with me friends! I will report my progress and such with the different products on this here blog too, so if you ever see or hear anything you’d like more information about, let me know!
  4. Drink smarter, not more. Usually I only go out about one weekend night a week and I try to stick to vodka/soda but sometimes there are shots (especially Fireball, a personal fav) and one night out can end up costing a LOT of calorie so if I do go out this weekend, I will do my best to stick to the basics!
  5. Apply for five jobs. It’s no secret that I’ve been (slowly but surely!) trying to find a job back in MI. I really do enjoy my current job and I’ve grown to like it even more but I would like to eventually get back to muh roots! Despite the ups and downs, I will never look at my time in Memphis as a bad thing and I’ve come to love the city. But as they say, “there’s no place like home!” As I’m sure most of you know, trying to find a job is a long and grueling process. Updating your resume, linkedin, writing a cover letter for every position you want to apply for, googling your name to make sure nothing bad pops up, you get it. Another painful but necessary task of life!

It’s actually been an eye opening and confidence boosting process for me. Having to think back at all that I’ve accomplished in the past few years has allowed me to step outside of the box and look at it from an outside perspective so that’s cool!

Stay tuned for some tips!

Here’s to livin’ the dream,

Aud