Happy New Year/ January’s Health Challenge

Welcome back…..Happy New Year!!!!

I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday celebrations as much as we did here. I have been doing a lot of sleeping in…6am is spectacular, getting in some fierce workouts, eating yummy food, and to top all this, we even had our son’s 20th birthday to celebrate. Christmas day was the best….we did what we do best as a family and went hiking all day. Our son had the best scenery to capture in pictures, my husband found a few geocaches and I was just happy to be outside together as a family.

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Now it’s time to turn a new leaf and stick with whatever resolution you all decided to make for yourselves. Last year I challenged you all to get up and move for 30 minutes a day. This year I thought it would be fun to change the challenge every month to something new. Some months will be harder to accomplish and some months will be very easy, but all in all, it will be a healthy change for each and every one of us.

Every month I will update you all with the next challenge. There is no need to sign up, check in, report what you did or did not do unless you want to. I just ask that you have an open mind, try to create a healthier lifestyle and enjoy each and every months challenge with me.

Let’s start with January’s Health Challenge: Eat Two Pieces of Whole Fruit Every Day

Pretty simple some may say. Although, others may struggle with this like I will. I am not a huge fruit lover. I would much rather eat vegetables. However, I will make an effort to accomplish this and I hope you will try the same.

Good Luck!

 

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Week Recap

I can’t believe it’s Friday already. My week started out pretty slow but shifted into high gear mid week. We got so much accomplished this week on the “to do” list that I would say we are ready to move into play mode during our weekends.

Monday we were finally able to finish landscaping our yard. This is the first year we will not have a garden. Sad I know, but I just could not find the time. At the end of the gardening season last fall we took down the fencing and planted grass. Now we just needed to add some landscaping pavers and transplant some hostas. I did the hostas with some help from our son during nap time one day. Then, when my hubby arrived home from work he laid the pavers and ta da, another job done. Of course, as you can see, he had a little helper.

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Lately, for some reason I have been struggling to come up with dinner ideas and stick to them during the week days, but this week I did a great job. We always plan a week in advance what dinner will be and depending on life, jobs, weather, etc. this can change very quickly. However, this week went according to planned. Our meals consisted of:

Monday: veggie stir fry with spring rolls

Tuesday: chicken pot pie and side salad

Wednesday: no boil lasagna and garlic bread

Thursday: sloppy joe casserole and sauteed zucchini

Friday: chicken quesadillas and with all the fixings

And I have to share something with you all. I have read so many smoothie recipes and have seen pictures of hundreds of different blends. I have never been a lover of fruit but thought maybe in smoothie form I would be able to consume a little more. So one morning I blended up some fruit (apple, pineapple, banana, greek yogurt, and a little almond milk) and the outcome was pretty tasty.

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I can’t say I would make this very often or be able to consume this as a meal. However, I think this would be a great way to help others get there intake of fruit, especially if your like me and don’t really care for many fruits. I guess I am just more of a veggie person.

I have also come up with a quick breakfast idea that both my husband and I have been loving lately. This is by no means a new thing, but it is something that is new to us. Breakfast at our house has to be quick because we get up very early for my husband to make his 45 minute drive to work every day. I took some clean jars, granola, greek yogurt and what ever berry/fruit mixture you prefer. (We change ours up) And just started layering in a jar.

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I will make a few of these up on Sunday and they are good for a quick breakfast all week long. Amazingly, the granola even stays crunchy.

Which brings us to the weekend. With no definite set plans I am kind of left hanging. Yes, I have the normal errands to run, I think my husband is going fishing with my brother, our son has to work part of the weekend and then it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday. Which means I should have plans, but I don’t yet. Sometimes those weekend where you just let happen what happens are fun. Hopefully this one will be.

Have a great weekend everyone.

And to all you mom’s out there, Happy Mother’s Day 🙂

 

Eating On The Road, River or Trail

Once the snow melts and we start venturing out to do our favorite outdoor activities one of our biggest obstacles is eating on the road. We are not big restaurant goers and let’s face it, after hours of hiking or paddling we probably should not be in a restaurant anyhow. I will let your imagination go where it wishes with that statement.That leaves me to figure out what to pack on our outings.

First of all, we are not always hot, sweaty, wet or stinking like wet suit funk after a long day. Sometimes we are just on the road and don’t want to have to make a stop for food. Or maybe we know we will be traveling for too long and instead of stopping for two meals on the road I will pack one of them. Recently, this was the case. We knew we would eat out on the way home, so I packed the meal we would need while at our destination for lunch. I threw together a quick orzo salad, sliced up some strawberries and kiwi’s packed some water and lunch was served.

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So easy, filling, healthier that restaurant food and at this time of year, easy to keep cold with a few ice packs in a cooler. I packaged the salad in three different containers so no plates were needed.

Now, when we kayak it’s a whole different story. We always tell everyone to eat before arriving and eat enough to last a few hours. We do carry one dry bag for just snacks that usually consist of nuts, Clif bars and applesauce pouches. Everyone is also told to have their own water bottle. We normally have this snack about half way down the river. Our meal upon completing our paddle is left in the vehicle at the takeout point.

After all the kayaks are taken out, emptied and gear laid out to drip dry some, we normally lay out our towels and feast. We are usually all hungry and tired.

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These “after paddling”  meals could consist of cut up watermelon, pineapple, boned chicken, shredded cheese, tortillas, crackers, nuts, turkey jerky, hot sauce, veggies and dip, string cheese, and gummy candies(a favorite river treat of everyone).

Some of our favorite places we have shared meals with friends have been on tailgates, atop kayaks and sometimes we even get lucky and there may be an actual picnic table nearby.

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Either way, the most important part of eating on the road in the middle of summer would be ICE! ALOT OF ICE. Pack more than you think you would need to be on the safe side. No one wants to share a picnic with friends after a great day of paddling only to be sick a few hours later. And truthfully, if there is too much ice, its always good for the bumps and bruises you may have after a great day on the river:)

Then we have our hiking trips. Sadly, it is almost always just the three of us. For some reason everyone says they could never hike as far as we do or they don’t want to hold us back. Only twice have we had people join us, once was my brother and his family and they did just fine. The second time was a friend of my son’s and she did pretty good also. With my brother we had coolers packed in the cars and grilled out food after our hike. The second time we climbed to the top of a beautiful cliff and shared lunch up there. My husband carried a pack with some ice and food.

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When it’s just us, we get a little braver and bring our ultra light stove and freeze dried meals. No ice needed, light weight and easy to prepare. We also pack snacks for along the trail like gorp, granola bars, dried fruit and veggies etc. Again, don’t forget the water.

So, no matter what you are doing either in the outdoors or just on the road traveling there are options for eating healthy.

What are some of your favorite things to eat while on the road?