Ages ago, MDA did a post with almost the same title. ^^ (He did 10 foods.)
So, being the copycat that I am, here are my 8 foods! (They change all the time, but really, these ones are here to stay for good.)
1. Kabocha Squash (you knew that was coming)
Kabocha, also known as Japanese Pumpkin, has been a favorite of mine for several years now. I even turned orange at one point because I was eating so much of it. It’s high in beta carotene and vitamins C, B1, and B2. For more on kabocha, read my kabocha FAQ.
Bacon is the food that always keeps me from being a vegetarian. At the moment I am assuredly not a veg-head, but I’ve flirted with vegetarianism, veganism, and macrobiotics in the past. And then I remember bacon, and it’s all over. One important thing to note about bacon though, is that you have to eat the kind without nitrates and nitrites, and preferably organic/hormone-free/antibiotic-free. The nitrates and nitrites especially can contribute to stomach cancer later on in life (something I am genetically predisposed to).
3. Broccoli / Brussels Sprouts (it’s a tie)
Apples with Brussels Sprouts
I love cruciferous veggies! They’ve been linked to cancer and heart disease prevention and they’re filled with vitamins and nutrients. Plus, they taste really, really good. When Bobby and I first started dating I turned him onto Brussels sprouts. After hating them his whole life, it turns out that he just didn’t like the mushy kind. When I cook them now I steam or saute them so the inside is barely cooked – no mush.
4. Sunflower Seeds (and sunflower seed butter)
Ahh, sunflower seeds. Growing up I would eat these at my dad’s softball games so they always conjure up that image for me – sitting on the bleachers, reading, but staying alert enough to avoid stray foul balls. Sunflower seed butter is a more recent discovery of mine, but it ranks up there as well. (Aside: I would have put peanuts up here until a week ago, but after keeping a food log for a week – doctor’s orders – it looks like some of my stomach issues come from eating peanut butter alllll the time. Oops.)
Maggie picks and eats an apple
My favorite fruit. Should have in moderation because I break out from eating too much fruit (or sugar in general). However, bad at moderation = lots of apples (wah, skin).
6. Dark, dark chocolate.
My favorite dessert. Also should have in moderation because I break out from eating too much chocolate (unless it’s 99% dark – which probably just means I break out from the sugar in it). Lots of antioxidants, lots of deliciousness. You know what’s really good? Bacon chocolate.
I also like them fried, hard-boiled, and in a salad.
Of course I need something to cook all of the above in. Love butter! Hooray for healthy fats.
I am now off to a yoga class.
What are your top 8 foods?
Body Rock Workout
Yesterday Melissa from The Delicate Place clued me into a site with a ton of at-home workouts – BodyRock.tv. Holy moly. I just did this one: Amazing Fat Burn Workout. It took me 16:45 to complete and I was pooped at the end. I was actually feeling the burn about 2 minutes into it (the first 4 minutes are mad intense cardio intervals) but I just kept panting and grunting all the way through. Instead of a sandbag I just held 2 3-pound weights in my hand (so 6 pounds total).
I don’t have a sandbag… who does?? I don’t know anyone that has this piece of equipment but they seem all the rage on the internets. I cannot imagine how nutso this workout would have been if I’d been holding 20 pounds of sand over my shoulder instead of these light weights. MDA has a tutorial to make your own so maybe I should try that.
Also - I used this for my interval timer. (You need 16 sets of 9 seconds followed by 6 seconds = 4 minutes.)
I was browsing the site and I came across some food challenges – for example, this one – you pick one thing that you know is not good for you, or not helping your routine, or whatever, and try to avoid it for a week. Maybe diet soda is your weakness. Recently my weakness has been no-sugar-added chocolate =/ It’s not necessarily bad, but I’ve been eating it in large quantities because my mind thinks that no sugar = unlimited quantities okay! So I think I will avoid it for a week. Are you guys in? Do you have any bad food habits or indulgences that are becoming just a bit too common? After the week I’ll be back to eating my sugarless chocolate, but hopefully with more moderation.
I don't even like this brand much - Trader Joe's "Simply Light" is way better - but this is the only picture I have of no sugar added chocolate.
Psst. Regular posting is what you get when I keep waking up and going to sleep early! I’m enjoying it. I’m going to go putter around the house before I get ready for work.
What could be better than the breakfast I mentioned on Sunday? Well, let’s see… that was coffee and chocolate. (Psst – Heather and Sophia are fellow coffee + chocolate breakfasters.) What about… adding bacon?!
Yes, I think that’s better.
Coffee, Bacon, Chocolate. (Honestly not as “bad” as it sounds.)
This wholesome breakfast includes no-sugar chocolate (it’s sweetened with maltitol because I’m watching my sugar intake – it’s really quite good; Trader Joe’s sells a version as well and that is my favorite – it’s called “Simply Lite” I believe), coffee with half & half plus stevia in the raw (I think I prefer NuNaturals in general but Stevia in the Raw is fine for coffee), and 2 slices of bacon. I do want to say something about eating bacon – if you are going to partake in bacon-y goodness, please avoid bacon with added nitrates and nitrites. I get mine without these nasty little additions at Trader Joe’s. One reason that bacon is generally viewed as unhealthy is due to these harmful preservatives and chemicals. (They’re probably in your jerky, hot dogs, salami, etc… as well.) I eat a fair amount of meat these days but I try to be mindful of other crazy ingredients that may come with it.
Oh, this was Bobby’s breakfast:
That’s coffee (with a smidge of honey; no cream because he’s semi-lactose intolerant), blackberries, and 3 slices of bacon. I don’t think he loves chocolate quite as much as I do.
Neither of us are big breakfast eaters. I don’t like pumping myself full of 500+ calories of carby oats and heavy nut butters when I get out of bed, but I do enjoy the simple things.
Now, a CamelBak giveaway!
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A few weeks ago CamelBak sent me this awesome water bottle to review and I finally started using it last week. I love how this picture came out! I don’t know how to make all my pictures this good.
It has a cool filter inside it so you always have filtered water (I think you have to replace it every 3 months or so – it comes with one to start). To drink the water you bite on the spout and suck it out. It’s very spill-proof. I’ve been bringing it to yoga, on walks, basically anywhere that I go.
CamelBak is going to give away these “Groove” water bottles (a $25 value) to two (2) lucky readers. You can get an entry for each of the following (please leave one comment for each entry):
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