I heard on the news yesterday that the average American consumes 4000 calories on Thanksgiving Day. Yikes! As I posted earlier, we made some healthier swaps for our meal to help keep our meal and waistlines I check. We had mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes, turkey breast instead of a whole turkey, a side of Brussels sprouts and only a half batch of stuffing. Oh, and no dessert. Besides eating a little more than normal yesterday, I have been eating more than normal for about the past two weeks due to wedding festivities and being on my honeymoon. On a normal day, I eat more then 5 servings of fruits and vegetables. Well, Iceland doesn’t have the best climate for growing produce, so fruits and vegetables are extremely expensive there and to be honest, the quality isn’t that great. For example, a side salad at a restaurant was about $18
I am going to write a quick Thanksgiving wrap up , before I start what will probably be an extended series of post on Icelandic adventures and food. We arrived home from our honeymoon early Wednesday morning to a very messy house and an empty fridge. With plans to have a simple Thanksgiving dinner with a friend at our house, getting to the grocery store was top priority. Then came doing a deep cleaning of the house. Fortunately, all got done. My friend Katie and I did a Turkey Trot 5k at 7:30am on Thanksgiving morning. It was a cold run. They handed out mini apple pies at the finish line. Even though Brian didn’t run the race with us, he thought that apple pie on Thanksgiving was an outrage. I think his exact words were, “Apple pie? This isn’t the 4th of July!” After showering, face timing with my
These are a satisfying but easy throw together lunch or dinner. I spread a little bbq sauce and mayo on a wrap shell. I’m not a huge fan of mayo, but I don’t know what it does when it mixes with the bbq sauce and pineapple in this wrap, but it’s a little magical. Then I added some shredded mozzarella and some sharp cheddar. Layer on some cooked chicken and fresh pineapple. Add lettuce and any other veggies you want. I would suggest tomato and cucumber. Roll it up. Stick a toothpick on each side. Slice down the middle. Serve with healthy sides.
One of my quick and healthy go to meals is tuna melts. They have healthy omegas, lots of protein and we always have some tuna in the pantry. Brian likes his tuna on the slightly sweet side. I like mine savory. The other thing about tuna salad is I like tuna heavy tuna salad, not too much sauce. Start by turning on the oven to 400F. Drain one can of solid white albacore tuna in water, very well. Spit can of tuna in to two separate bowls. For a sweeter tuna salad, add 1 tablespoon of mayo, 2 tablespoons yellow mustard, 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds, squeeze of lemon juice and either 1-2 tablespoons of sweet relish or 1 small break and butter pickle(finely chopped). Mix ingredients well. Salt and pepper to taste. For a more savory tuna, follow the same recipe but add one small chopped dill pickle instead of
I am always looking for new at home, natural remedies instead of medicine. One of my favorites is drinking 1 tablespoon of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar in a glass of water. I feel like it is very effective. I’ve also blogged about this detox tea as well. This past summer, I went to camp reunion with some of my former fellow camp counselors. There, my friend “Q”(camp name) was telling me about some natural remedies that she used growing up. Years ago, she had taught me the wonders of tea tree oil, so I trusted any advice she gave. She encouraged me to take turmeric and honey together if I started feeling sick. Already knowing the benefits of turmeric(antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and liver detoxifier) I knew I would be trying it. Fast forward to this past weekend, when I was feeling like I might be coming down with something. I
In case you hadn’t heard, we got an early Christmas present of a VITAMIX on Thursday night. I opted to not wash my hair in the shower Friday morning so I had a few extra minutes to make a green smoothie. That was a great choice. I think I have had a green smoothie every day since receiving the Vitamix. I named her Scarlett. I love her. Don’t worry. Brian is not being neglected. I made him chocolate, peanut butter and banana smoothie in it. I also made some butternut squash soup in it. I had an unusually boring and therefore undocumented breakfast on Saturday morning. However, on Sunday morning I had a really delicious fajita pepper, onion, tomato and egg open-face sandwich. I also took a spare baked potato that we had in the fridge and made it into cubed breakfast potatoes with lots of fajita seasoning and sriracha. So
Why the -ish? It also included a very productive Tuesday. I had my final wedding dress fitting Saturday morning. We had a a BBQ chicken and pineapple wrap for lunch. I got up early on Sunday morning and cleaned out my garden plot. The end of season garden is such a sad looking thing. The pulling of plants was fueled by a lot of hot coffee. When I got home from the garden, I picked 55 pears off the tree in our back yard. Then I made myself a large, hot breakfast and more coffee. Ham, egg and cheese on an everything bagel thin with lots of fresh fruit. After that, I got to work using some pears by making cranberry pear bread. I already talked about staying home sick from work on Tuesday. I used it to my advantage by doing meal planning for the rest of the week and
How am I blogging Thursday Things when I haven’t even done a weekend update yet? I’m still going to have to get around to doing an extended update, because I have spent the more time in the kitchen this past week than I have in the past 6 weeks! Kitchen time was long overdue. It also helped to cure my boredom while I was home “sick” on Tuesday. This is going to sound way more dramatic than it is, but I was home from work because I have some sort of under the skin inflammation and swelling on the right side of my chin. It has been swollen and sore for 5 days now and the first round of antibiotics weren’t making a difference so I had to go back to the doctor today and switched antibiotics. With single digits until the wedding, this is not the ideal situation. Fortunately,