Archive | February, 2011

Spring Time Detox

28 Feb

Just like spring cleaning your house… it’s time for us to spring clean our bodies.

Today starts a month-long detox of crap.  It seems as though it has been a continuation of the holidays through February… how is that okay?  And while the sun is shining a little longer and the birds are chirping a little louder, my body is screaming for help!

Okay, okay, so I’m not that bad, but I do feel bogged down by wheat and sugar and it feels a bit overwhelming.

I did a little bit of researching and have chose to do a basic healthy food cleanse to rid myself of those unhealthy addictions to wheat and sugar.  I’ll still eat everything I like, but I plan to reduce my wheat cravings by cutting out bread and all of wheats yummy little products (and I’m also cutting out yeast and gluten).  But first, starting today, I am cutting out sugar.  Baby steps!!!

My day so far:

Breakfast = yummy smoothie filled with spinach, hemp seeds, old-fashioned oats, blueberries and a banana

Lunch = salad topped with sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and pine nuts plus some broccoli florets dipped in hummus

Snack = an apple with 1 Tbsp. almond butter

And now here comes the true test.  Can I get through a shift at Whole Foods Market smelling the yummy cookies all night???  We shall see…

But on a lighter note: I’m growing broccoli sprouts!!!

The other day Ryan and I ran to Home Depot to pick up some organic potting soil since I really want to start growing some food from our apartment.  (There will be more to come when the Spring is officially here and I can show the amazing flowering box he built me for Christmas <3)  Then we got home and I soaked the seeds for 6 hours.  After soaking the seeds I set up the planting area in our living room (:

Oh hey Betty…

I love the book Ryan got me called Grow Great Grub!  It has great tips and ideas.  I can’t wait until I can plant more!

Growing sprouts:

Fill your container 3/4 the way full of pre-moistened organic potting soil and evenly scatter the seeds.  Top with a thin layer of soil, lightly water, and place in a warm area.

The plants don’t need sun until they sprout.  The top of the fridge is always the warmest part in the apartment haha!

< Well, it’s been 4 days since I planted these suckers and they are already poking their little heads through!! Yay!!  I’ll update more when my camera can actually capture the tiny little sprouties (yes I’m baby-talking about sprouts… deal). >

Sub Shop Italian Grinders… mmm

27 Feb

Okay so no… we didn’t really have Italian grinders, but we did have the most amazing sandwiches.  And seriously I mean this when I say it was THE MOST AHMAZING SANDWICH I’ve had in a really, really long time!

Hummus and Basil Grinder

Serves 2

1/2 French baguette, divided and sliced horizontally

1/2 cup original hummus tahini, divided

3-4 cups spinach

1/4 cup basil, chiffonade cut

1/2 small white onion, slivered thin

1/4 cup roasted red pepper strips, divided

1/4 cup Ryan’s herbed oil and vinegar dressing

Directions:

Spread 1/4 cup hummus on to each baguette half.

In a small bowl add the spinach, basil and onion and toss to coat with the herbed dressing.  With the sandwiches lying open-faced, place the dressed spinach onto the bread.  Top with roasted red peppers and close the sandwich.

SERIOUSLY ENJOY! (but I know you will…)

Eating at Work

25 Feb

As may have been mentioned before, Julie and I work at Whole Foods Market!  This makes snacks, dinner and lunch quite easy… but this isn’t always a good thing.  The other night my dinner was fantastic and I just had to share it!!

Ryan and I are trying to save money and not waste food, very important right?  Well since we had a giant container of Olivia’s Organic Mesclun Mix we were determined to eat it all waste free.  And yes, this means a lot of salads for the week.

Ryan put this one together for me:  mesclun mix, chopped carrot, leftover chives (from the potato chive soup), and his homemade herbed dressing (which will have it’s own post soon!).  Then when I got to work I added a few things… a few blobs of hummus, a handful of dried cranberries, and a small handful of roasted cashews/peanuts.

This was so satisfying and really helped me get through the rest of the busy shift!!! It’s amazing how full you can get from a salad. I also love how fast they can be to throw together… when you get your salad stuff just wash, dry and store it in easily accessible containers! And don’t forget the toppings!!  Sometimes I pre-measure toppings and store them in small glass baby food jars; these are also good for nuts/seeds/dried fruit for traveling snacks!

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