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This Week in My World of Wellness

1 Mar

Happy weekend, happy March, happy almost spring!

Journey Update:

On Wednesday of this week, I coached for the first time in my life! In the fall, I became a Matter of Balance coach certified to encourage older adults to not be afraid of falling. As an Intern, at my local Health Department, I shadowed one of the Health Department’s dynamic Public Health Educators teach a Matter of Balance class to the residents of a retirement center. I know I’m in the right field when I become excited talking about this. So, on Wednesday I met up with the same dynamic Public Health Educator that I shadowed. We’ll be working together and I cannot be more thrilled! She is so incredibly helpful and willing to help me grow in every way possible as a coach. I cannot wait to share what I learn about being a coach along the way.

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. You may know of an older adult that has taken a fall and as a result, broke their hip or experienced a life threatening injury. Matter of Balance is there to teach participants to:

  • View falls as controllable
  • Set goals for increasing activity
  • Make changes to reduce fall risk at home
  • Exercise to increase strength and balance

This nationally recognized program was developed at the Roybal Center at Boston University.

If you’re interested in learning more, check out MaineHealth’s website to learn more: http://www.mmc.org/mh_body.cfm?id=3498#mob

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Product Find:

On my way home from work this afternoon, I stopped at the grocery store to not only restock on some goodies such as sweet potatoes, yogurt (Fage was on sale $1!), and pumpkin seeds. They didn’t have any flax seeds…boo. Anyway, I stumbled across this bread:

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Alvarado St. Bakery California Style Complete Protein Bread 100% Whole Grain made with organic sprouted wheat.

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The nutrition stats are awesome! I’m really looking forward to my next sami. Has anyone tried Alvardo St. Bakery Bread?

Friday Night AKA Pizza Night:

I was really in the mood for tomato sauce and something with a nice zing. I had just bought sweet potatoes, and opted for a sweet potato pizza! I’m going to have to start calling my blog for the love of sweet potatoes pretty soon!

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Sweet potato with Fage Non-fat Plain Greek Yogurt, tomato sauce, flax seed (there was still some on hand at home), a hickory smoked Primal Strip (these are delicious and a great vegetarian protein option!).

Cool tip to keep bananas fresh: Wrap the top of bananas with plastic wrap and they should keep 3 to 5 days longer. See more ways to keep groceries fresh longer.

Have an awesome weekend! 🙂

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WIAW- Amy’s Kitchen

20 Feb

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Jenn, this WIAW link up is too much fun for me to handle! Please be sure to check out Jenn’s blog- Peas and Crayons!

Amy’s is by far my favorite frozen food brand to buy from the store. A couple of years ago, I stumbled upon Amy’s from a Hungry Girl email. Their products sounded too good to be true, basically a dream for someone in love with fresh ingredients. The first product I tried was the Veggie Loaf Whole Meal. Thereafter, I was sold.

So many times frozen foods can taste far from the real thing, but the taste of Amy’s is so homemade to me, maybe because their food is real! On the box you’ll see it says: no additives, no preservatives, and no GMOs. You’ll also be able to read the ingredient list.

When I walk down the frozen foods aisle of the store, I tend to go a little crazy with Amy’s products, but I love being able to pull Amy’s out of the freezer at home. It’s a home cooked meal within minutes.

Although Amy’s wraps, meals, and lasagnas could be a meal on their own, I like to round them out with even more veggies (great for anyone veg-ifying their meals this month for Jenn at Peas and Crayons challenge!), soups, fruits, and other goodies.

Amy’s products currently in my kitchen:

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Organic Light in Sodium – Lentil Vegetable Soup, Medium Organic Chili, and Low Fat Cream of Tomato Light in Sodium Soup

All three are the perfect complement to a sandwich! The lentil vegetable and tomato are delicious on a sandwich or on top of a potato! 

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Tofu Vegetable Lasagna

This is where tofu entered into my diet.

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Vegetable Pie in a Pocket Sandwich

Perfect with lentil soup and a salad on the side.

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Cheese Pizza in a Pocket Sandwich

This may just be the best pizza!

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Non-Dairy Vegetable Pot Pie

Everything about this pot pie is delicious from the crust to the sauce! I don’t know how Amy’s does it!

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Asian Noodle Stir-Fry

When I’m craving Asian, I know what I’m having!

Amy’s meals that made it onto my menu this past week:

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Amy’s Feta Spinach Wrap with more spinach on the side, chicken, strawberries (making several appearances in the kitchen as well!), Kumato tomatoes, pure pumpkin, and balsamic vinaigrette.

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Amy’s Light and Lean Spinach Lasagna with spinach on the side (I must be on a spinach kick…I was eating a lot of kale!), chickpeas, chicken, strawberries, avocado, sugar snap peas, and balsamic vinaigrette.

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Amy’s Bean & Rice Burrito- Non-Dairy is perfect with a dollop of yogurt and salsa! Avocado on the side! I should’ve put tortilla chips with this too!

Oh, and don’t forget desert!

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What’s your favorite frozen food brand or Amy’s product?

A Complete Meatless Lunch and Dinner to Go

3 Feb

Going out to restaurants is one of my favorite things to do with friends and family. I’m loving seeing more and more healthy options every time I’m out, but, when it comes to when I need to have a lunch with me or buy a lunch, and I’m just by myself, I’m always using my favorite celebrity chefs lunch tote to carry a homemade breakfast, lunch, or dinner for later.

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Rachael Ray gives the word lunch box new meaning!

After a Whole Food’s trip on Friday, I whipped up two Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy meatless meals using these two ingredients for my complete protein:

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For lunch I made a let’s see how else I can incorporate this chile into a meal today chile sandwich:

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The inside included kale, chile, Chobani plain non-fat Greek yogurt, avocado, tomatoes, and sunflower seeds. I used Ultimate Grain All Natural Whole Grain Heart Healthy bread.

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For dinner, I used both the chile and sunflower seeds again in a salad of a chopped baked potato, kale, strawberries, pineapple, raisins, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, avocado, and Chobani plain non-fat Greek yogurt.

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Other forms of meatless complete protein include: tofu, quinoa, peanut butter spread on whole wheat bread, rice and beans, seeds and beans (as in this post), and hummus and pita bread.

What’s your favorite meatless complete protein?

For more on complete protein and why protein is important for the body, click here.

Be sure to check out Meatless Monday on Twitter and Facebook!

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing the Healthy Monday tip for the week of February 4th.

I hope everyone had a great weekend and enjoyed the Superbowl!

The Healthiest Meatless Meatball Sub EVER!

27 Jan

In prep for Healthy Monday, I present to you a sweet potato boat of goodness.

The all-star ingredients:

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Sweet Potato!

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Nate’s Zesty Italian Meatless Meatballs– easy, healthy, and soylicious.

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Chobani Plain Non-Fat Greek yogurt for a sweet potato topping.

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Peas

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…and some more greens! Spinach and avocado!

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Tomato!

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Garbanzo beans! 🙂 Whole Foods also sells beans with no sodium! Go 365 Everyday Value brand!

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Strawberries for a little something extra sweet.

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Raisins for an extra punch! Please pardon my dry, dry hands from this cold weather. From the amount of lotion I put on, you’d think they’d be as smooth as a baby’s bottom!

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A salad can never go wrong with Bolthouse Farms Classic Balsamic.

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The final product with onions on top! I ended up putting everything on my sweet potato. Flavor explosion.

Please feel free to share your favorite meatless meal!

Be sure to check out Meatless Monday on Twitter and Facebook!

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing the Healthy Monday tip for the week of January 28th.

Have a Healthy Monday

15 Jan

Happy Healthy Monday everyone!

For the past two years, I have celebrated Healthy Mondays. It all started when I took a role as Peer Educator through the Office of Health and Wellness in college. My Alma mater is a part of the Healthy Monday movement. According to the Monday Campaigns the day all health breaks through website, “Healthy Monday can be used as an umbrella campaign over a wide range of wellness initiatives. By using Monday to unite health messaging, organizations can create a culture of wellness that motivates people to join together and start the week off healthy”.  Kudos to all who encouraged each other to be healthy today!

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Wellness initiatives include:

  1. Meatless Monday
  2. Quit and Stay Quit Monday
  3. The Kids Cook Monday
  4. Move it Monday
  5. Man Up Monday
  6. Caregiver Monday

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The Healthy Monday campaign will forever be in my blood

One of the ways that I celebrated Healthy Monday today was by going meatless. Meatless Mondays says, “Cutting meat one day a week can reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease while saving precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel”. What’s your favorite meatless meal?

Below is one of mine.

A Warm and Savory Vegetarian Dinner

In the mix:

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Gardein brand Tuscan breast

Bolthouse Farms Balsamic vinaigrette

Gerb’s toasted onion and garlic pumpkin seeds

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Tomato slices

Spinach

Amy’s Split pea soup (can not pictured)

Chobani nonfat plain Greek yogurt of course!

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I enjoyed my Balsamic on my Gardein Tuscan breast, salad, and potato. My potato includes a dollop of Greek yogurt on top. Yum!

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My split pea soup included a dollop of Greek yogurt as well and pumpkin seeds for a crunch!

How did you celebrate Healthy Monday? What is one of your healthy goals?

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