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Good Morning!

Happy Friday, I am so glad its almost the weekend!!

On Wednesday I told you I was prepping some breakfast for the rest of the week and that was indeed what I did.   I had it Wednesday and Thursday morning and it was so delicious, it was like a treat 🙂  My friend, who doesn’t have a blog,  gave me this recipe so I have to give her the credit, thanks Tessa!

Many of you had some very clever guess, and close guesses, so good job.  Some guessed quinoa, some guess chia….

breakfast

So here is the secret ingredient:

CHIA

And the Recipe:  Paleo Yogurt Crunch

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Ingredients:

  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 4-5 drops liquid stevia-  Or honey (or sweetener of your choice, but then it may not be paleo)
  • Strawberries cut into bite size pieces (I didn’t measure)
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Toppings:

  • More strawberries
  • Nuts of Choice
  • Coconut Flakes

Directions:

Mix chia seeds, vanilla,  stevia, berries, and coconut milk together in a bowl.   Soak for at least one hour.  I let it go overnight.

In the am add nuts, more fruit, and coconut flakes.

Makes 2-3 servings.

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Enjoy!

While were on the topic of making food, let me show you a little bit of what else I’ve whipping up in the kitchen!

protein pudding

acorn

Recipes to come 🙂

Do you like coconut milk?  Coconut Flakes?  

Overnight recipes are so easy because when you wake up in the morning all you have to do is EAT IT!  Do you love overnight recipes like I do?


Good Morning!

We are rounding third base and heading home aren’t we? I mean It’s almost Friday!

Recently at work there has been some changes in the cafeteria that are stirring up some major emotions if you ask me.  Now, I don’t really go to the cafeteria at work because I usually pack my lunches.  On an odd day I might go visit the salad bar or get an iced tea or something like that.

We have a Larosas Pizza along with a Gold Star Chili, and a grill that makes all kinds of fried foods.  Word around town is that all the fried foods are going away, and the restaurants will be closing.  I could care less because I don’t enjoy fried foods on a daily basis anyway but some people are mad!

gold star collage

Another change is that packages are smaller, and contain only one serving instead of 3-5 servings.  I kind of like this actually because before if I wanted a pack of almonds I would have to buy a huge bag and it came with more than one serving and I would just munch away and before I knew it the whole bag was gone!

The other day I bought these cashews and I was actually glad it was a smaller bag but it was still 2 oz.

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A lot of people don’t know what one serving is so if you familiarize yourself with these charts below you can get an idea of how much you should be eating.

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I think it is especially important to look at the package and read to find out exactly what one serving is.  I don’t eat straight from the box or pack or jar either because I will definitely consume more than I need!

For example:  2 tbsp of nut butter = 1 serving.  I’m telling you not to eat from the jar because this can add to more fat and calories than expected!  Been there, done that!

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Here are some food groups with examples of what one serving should look like.

FATS:

Almonds:   1/4 cup of almonds = Golf ball (or 23-28 almonds, depending on the size)

Avocado:  This is a tricky one.  1/5 or 1 oz is one serving (about 3 slices).  1/4 of an avocado is 1.24 servings and 60 calories.  1/2 of an avocado is 2.5 servings!   Be careful with your good for you fats 🙂

Avocado on fork

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Nut Butters:   2 tbsp or size of a ping pong ball.

MEATS:

Chicken/lean beef:   3 oz= deck of cards

FRUITS:

1 medium apple or orange

Banana:   About 8 inches or the size of a pencil

Strawberries:   About 12= 1 Cup- or the size of a baseball

Some people say a serving of chopped fruit is 1/2 cup and others say it is 1 cup.  I say eat whatever you fee like because either way you are eating fruit and that is good 🙂

VEGGIES:

2 cups leafy vegetables (spinach)
1 cup of raw vegetables

Of Possible Interest:

Here are some other sites that I found interesting with lots of good information relating to this topic!

8 Tips for controlling portion sizes

Health Trek- active journey for exploring fitness and nutrition



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