Monday Link & List Love [01.21.2013]

I have found some interesting links lately that I wanted to share:

Monday Link Love

  • The Nitrate & Nitrite Myth: Another Reason not to Fear Bacon: This article “debunks” the idea that nitrates and nitrites can cause serious health problems (cancer, heart disease). Honestly – I want to believe it; I just don’t know if I can. Apparently nitrates and nitrites are found in much higher amounts in natural foods like celery and even in our own saliva than they are in hot dogs, bacon, and other processed meats. Even if they are – aren’t they different? Wouldn’t our bodies treat “natural” (whatever that means) nitrates/nitrites differently than artificial ones? I have no idea. I’m not a food scientist but I would really like to know the truth behind processed meats. (Because I love bacon. Who doesn’t?)
  • Breaking the Cycle of Emotional Eating: Just some goods tips for leading a happy, healthy life. I especially like #5 – Unleash Your Creativity and Do Something You Love Every Single Day.
  • Homemade Lotion Recipe: I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks like it really couldn’t be simpler.
  • Slow-Cooker Squash Stew: Butternut squash, chard, and parmesan? Count me in.
  • 7 Ways You Might Be Inadvertently Sabotaging a Good Night’s Sleep: I may not always agree with him, but Mark Sisson just about always has an intelligent, well-thought-out response to just about every question or problem anyone could possibly have. In this case I do agree with him. The article is from November but particularly applicable now that I’m trying to sleep earlier. He makes good points – 1) are you getting natural light during the day? 2) are you eating too late? 6) do you have a nighttime ritual? and 7) are you simply staying up too late? –> These 4 all right true for me.
  • Vow to Get More Sleep in 2013: Another sleep article. Tips include 3) turn the heat down, 4) unplug (what I should be doing now!), 5) meditate, 6) do yoga (OK!), and 7) stop puttering! (That means no chores after 9pm, yes I am talking to you my fellow type A’s.)

And I also just wanted to share some other random things…

Monday List Love

  • Wanted to share this pic of dinner the other night. I was out of the city all day Saturday and when I got home, Bobby had prepared this beautiful meal! It’s a salad with hard boiled egg, bacon, onion, and homemade dressing. I had no idea he could cook – he totally outdid himself. He also made butternut squash ravioli (from TJ’s) with sauteed veggies and he cooked up a cheesy mushroom flatbread (also courtesy of TJ’s). The salad is served in a really beautiful dish from my mom.
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  • Bobby used this salad recipe for the dinner salad and dressing. It was supposed to be spinach but I prefer romaine as a salad base.

That’s all I have… I’m off to do some reading and relax before I go to sleep (early). Hope your week is off to a good start.

Quinoa: 10 Reasons to Love It

First, happy Friday! I know I’m excited for the weekend. Work has been crazy as usual so it will be nice to get a rest. I have a Guster concert tonight that I’m really psyched about and tomorrow I am going to my hometown in NJ for my bridesmaid’s baby shower (it’s a boy!). On Sunday Bobby and I are going to a family dinner here in NYC and I’m also hoping to find a way to get in at least two yoga classes this weekend (haven’t been in over a week). But anyway, onto the topic for today…

Here are 10 reasons to start eating quinoa – NOW.

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(source)

1. It’s filling. The protein + fiber in quinoa will satisfy your hunger and keep you full longer.

2. It’s packed with protein. One cup of cooked quinoa has just over 8 grams of protein (source). Divide your body weight (in pounds) by 2 and that is approximately how many grams of protein you should aim for. For women, between 50-75 grams is probably plenty.

3. It’s delicious. I will never say no to a big bowl of quinoa.

4. You’ll stay slim eating quinoa. What helps me lean out when I’ve been over-indulging? Filling grains like quinoa. I can’t get full on veggies alone and quinoa stops my cravings on the spot.

5. Quinoa is a great alternative to other typical grains. Bored of rice, oatmeal, and whole wheat bread? Cook up a batch of quinoa for a chewy, hearty, delicious side dish.

6. It’s versatile – have it for breakfast! Mix quinoa, Greek (or regular) yogurt, some peanut butter, and slice a banana on top. OR try using quinoa flakes to make a healthy breakfast cookie.

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(^^my breakfast cookies^^)

1 quinoa cookies Womens Work and a Recipe: Quinoa Flake Cookies (Gluten Free)

(^^i also have made gluten-free cookies with quinoa flakes^^)

7. It’s versatile – have it for lunch! Mix quinoa, seaweed salad, a chopped hard-boiled egg, and some lettuce together for a protein-packed & Asian-inspired meal.

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(^^or maybe some quinoa tabbouleh?^^)

8. It’s versatile – have it for dinner! Make burritos filled with chili meat (cook chopped onions + turkey + pack of chili spice + can of tomatoes), quinoa, lettuce, cheddar cheese, and avocados.

9. Quinoa is vitamin-rich. I like to get my vitamins from whole-food sources, not a pill. Quinoa has iron, manganese, riboflavin (B2), magnesium, lysene, and more. You can ditch the daily vitamins if you just eat real foods.

10. It’s a prebiotic – good for the digestive system (feeds good bacteria). Your belly will thank you. For those of us with IBS, it’s so important to eat foods that nourish the stomach and intestines. And even if you don’t have IBS, it’s still good to nourish yourself.

So… what are you waiting for? Go get some quinoa! I recently discovered the tri-color quinoa at Trader Joe’s and it is awesome.

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

Thanksgiving Food & Recipes Round-Up

  • Eating Bird Food’s Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe Round-Up. In particular I like the look of the Vegan Walnut Loaf and Maple Roasted Brussels. There are also a few squash recipes in there and I think you all know how much I like squash.
  • The Yummy Life’s Make-Ahead Cornbread Stuffing. Cornbread? Stuffing? I’m in! (Maybe you call stuffing dressing?) I will likely add extra broth if and when I make this because I like really really moist stuffing. I like it best when it’s cooked right inside the bird.
  • J3nn’s Grain-Free Gluten-Free Bread Rolls. I’m not gluten or grain free but these still look delicious.
  • My RDealistic Diet posted a simple recipe for Sausage and Cauliflower Spaghetti this week. Do you guys remember Self’s blog, “Eat Like Me” by an RD named Cristin? Well, Cristin is back with a new blog and this is it! I remember reading her blog years ago – over 4 years ago actually – and that is how I got hooked on healthy living blogs. She is one of my favorites.
  • Mark’s Daily Apple posted a really cool recipe for Raw Butternut Squash Slaw. I have so many butternuts from my CSA that I think I will have to make this!
  • Lest you doubt my love for squash, here is a Healthy Butternut Squash Muffins recipe by Live and Love to Eat.
  • I didn’t post about this when I should have, but Veronica recently hosted a bake sale to benefit a fellow blogger, Suzie of Two Dogs in the Kitchen, to help pay her medical bills. All of the baked goods at the sale looked awesome and most of them have links to the recipe, so here is the Baked Goods post. I am very interested in the Wookie Cookies.

Best Healthy Recipes of 2011 from Salad Maggie

Before you go out to celebrate I wanted to stop in a wish everyone…

Happy New Year!

If you’re looking for some last minute recipe ideas for tonight, or trying to think of your healthy meal plan for next week, check out some of the options below. In the meantime, enjoy the night and stay safe! I’ll be back in the new year with regular posting. Yoga teacher training is over and I am a free woman.

What are you doing for New Year’s Eve?

Bobby and I are heading over a friend’s place for a relaxing evening. There will be wine, champagne, cheese, burgers, guacamole, board games, and good company.

About the recipes: all except the Oaties have no added sugar (or weird freaky sugar substitutes), most are paleo-friendly, and most are vegan or vegetarian.

Potluck BBQ RECIPE: Mexican Couscous and Bean Salad

Cobb Salad

Low-Calorie Tofu Pudding (yum – vegan and sugar free)

Asian Butterfied Oaties (Based on HEAB’s original recipe)
Indian Brown Rice (Whole Foods Inspired)

Butternut Kale Salad (also Whole Foods Inspired)

100-Calorie Cheesecake

Homemade Unsweetened Applesauce

Creamy Cucumber Dill Salad

Peanut Butter Vinaigrette Dressing

Vegan Tomato Peanut Stew

 Hot-Cold Salad with Rutabega

Strawberries and Cream – All That’s Missing Is the Blue!

Last week I picked up these beautiful local strawberries from Whole Foods in Columbus Circle. They were perfectly ripe. They were small and sweet and I think if they had been left out another day they would have gone bad – which means that they were at their absolute peak.

I can’t have fresh, local strawberries without whipped cream and this time was no exception. A while back I gave up processed food and that includes whipped cream from a spray can. So I got heavy whipping cream instead, and made it in my food processor.

Strawberries & Cream

Ingredients

  • Fresh strawberries
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • A few teaspoons of sugar or the equivalent of stevia (stevia is optimal – I try not to eat much sugar at all; note if you use liquid stevia it is probably best to add it at the end or else it will interfere with the cream’s ability to whip up right)

Method

  1. Whip the cream and add some sugar (or stevia), to taste.
  2. Slice the strawberries.
  3. Mix together.
  4. Eat 🙂

This is a sweet treat that I learned from my mom. It’s perfect for breakfast or dessert. Or a snack. Or for dinner.

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Happy Fourth! Enjoy this Red and White treat with something BLUE. Like BLUEberries or BLUEs music.