Chia Me!

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I hate to admit it, but I think I am addicted to Chia, I love it! Big Train Spiced chai. I love the smell, I love the taste. I enjoy it hot, even now in the dog days of summer. It seems so exotic, so decadent, like a grown up version of hot chocolate. Seems like a wonderful break in the middle of the day to just relax for a moment with a warm comforting cup of chai! An afternoon delight! I am really trying to cut back on my sugar intake, so I am convinced I should cut it out of my diet. I know it is not healthy, I know it’s loaded with sugar, I know it has caffeine. Always on a diet, always doing without, I feel like a naughty, rebellious kid when I sit down with my vice, my cup of chai!

I justify it by feeling that it curbs my appetite and gives me some much needed energy at 2:30pm. So maybe, just maybe I can work off the 170 calories! Is this ok? Am I just kidding myself? I think I would be willing to give up a meal just to have it! Ok this is starting to sound like an addiction! I suppose it could be worse…I only drink one small cup a day. I don’t drink coffee. I don’t drink Starbucks. I drink only water the rest of the day. This sounds desperate! So silly! I think I need a cup of chai!!!! Ahh

Get Fresh!

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I am totally in love with the movement towards eating healthfully, locally, and sustainably. I enjoy using fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables. You can transform everyday meals into seasonal celebrations! Cooking, for me, is a creative adventure! I grow some of my own fruits and vegetables and I have quiet an extensive herb garden. But making great finds as you forage at farmers markets, supermarkets, and roadside stands is all part of the adventure. The amazing colors and textures, tastes, and smells engage all of your senses! It is like a scavenger hunt as you search for purple heirloom tomatoes or the perfectly ripe avocado. You can even receive weekly boxes of handpicked produce from your local Community Supported Agricultural Programs or Co-op which is so much fun because you never know what kind of wonderful new things you will find to expand your culinary sense of adventure!

My cooking is produce based, so I start my meal planning around what fabulous, flavorful foods I can find. I am very fortunate in that within a few miles of my kitchen I can pick my own strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries. Right across the street is a wonderful little farm, Delightful Acres, that sells free roam chicken and duck eggs, raw jersey cow and goat milk, and they make amazing farmers cheese, delish!  About a mile down is an organic produce farm, Fernandos, where you can find all things produce, he even grows wheat grass. Fernando actually picks and washes the lettuce as you buy it. Can’t get any fresher than that! A little further up the road is Pasture Prime and they offer grass fed Wagyu beef and grass fed pork. These things may cost a little more, bu t if you have never tasted a grape picked right off the vine or a farm fresh egg where the yolks are huge and a beautiful bright orange, you are missing out! I am so grateful for these little treasures!

I am passionate about making a positive social and environmental impact while creating and eating deliciously healthy foods!

OMG!

Oh My Yog! I just tasted this yogurt from Stonyfield Organics and it is the best yogurt I have ever tasted! No lie. I am one of those people that think I want yogurt, you know it’s supposed to be good for you. I don’t do much dairy so I figure I could use the calcium. I buy it all the time and then it gets shoved further and further to the back of the fridge until it is old and expired. And I end up throwing it out or giving it to the dogs. I hate wasting food so this does make me a little crazy!

I used to enjoy Dannon fruit on the bottom yogurt when I was a kid, especially the apple, but all these new yogurts, Greek, whipped, light, etc. just don’t do anything for me. And Dannon yogurt just doesn’t seem the same. So I guess I have been secretly searching for some yummy yogurt. Well let me tell you this is it! Oh My Yog! Is delicious! It has three voluptuous layers, the first is a wonderful thick layer of cream with a touch of honey, then a layer of velvet smooth yogurt, and last but certainly not least a delectable layer of juicy fruit on the bottom! I tried the wild Quebec blueberry one and I must say, it was the most velvety, creamy, and delicious yogurt I have ever tasted! Not to mention it is organic, contains live active cultures(good for your tummy) and is gluten free. I think I just found my new favorite treat! Ps don’t forget to read the everyday moments inside the containers label!

Food Fight!

Ok so as I mentioned before I have had a love/hate relationship with food basically all my life. I remember always being chubby as a kid, not terribly fat but never thin either. I always loved food and was never a picky eater. I think I knew how much cooking meant to my Mom so I never wanted to disappoint her and I always cleaned my plate! And as I said before what she made was good! The best food, lasagna, stews, soups, apple pie, we even used to get a bunch of my friends together to pull taffy! My mom made amazing sourdough bread, she made cannolis everything from scratch of course. The most delicious stuff you can think of! So how do you watch your weight? You watch it go up is what you do!

How could it be wrong? Delicious food lovingly prepared. Eat it up! My weight was a constant struggle, always self conscience, always wanting to keep mom happy, unhappy with the way I looked. Always active and athletic I wanted to look that way. The battle rages on. I love to cook amazing food but don’t want to eat, what! Crazy I know!

Feeding people is one of the greatest ways of nurturing them. It is very satisfying to cook something wonderful and have people truly enjoy it.  And after many, many years I think I might have a clue…I think I am learning to nurture myself by making healthy food fabulous and only eating small amounts of absolutely delicious food. I will let you know how it goes.