I have a little advice for you this year on Valentines Day. Let me give you a little poke and prodding. You have 1day left to figure a way to express your feelings towards your loved ones. Let me help you get your creative juices flowing. Let me explain a few “do’s and don’ts” to Valentines Day.
Here’s a few ‘deal’ breakers:
Are you feeling lost and forelorn? no worries, I have a few ideas for you, and some you won’t even have to leave your desk to obtain.
A simple card will suffice, but only if personally picked out by YOU. Or how about making a card or write a poem? Flowers, although perfectly acceptable, bump it up. Instead of cut flowers, give a flowering plant/tree that will be enjoyed for years to come. A continual reminder of your love throughout the year.
A gift card for a massage or a manicure/pedicure… a little spa time. Show your significant other they deserve a little pampering.
Do you want your special someone to know they hold the moon and stars? … have a star in the galaxy named after them. Adopt a manatee/eagle/turtle in need of rescuing. Donate to a worthy cause or charity in your loves name.
No money… no worries…Take a stroll, hike, snowshoe, ski, exercise together. Watch a movie together. Quality time! While you are together, hold hands, steal kisses, whisper sweet nothings. Make every moment special. It doesn’t have to cost a thing.
Put a little thought into your gift this year. It should come from the heart, it’s not about a price tag, some of the greatest gifts cost nothing. There is truth to ‘it’s the thought that counts’.
Valentines Day is a chance to show that special someone how much you love and admire them. Its a day to throw a little romance their way.
Happy Valentines Day!
We've recently gotten in a new flavor of UMP (Ultimate Muscle Protein). Its graham cracker flavor and we have some delicious recipes to share with you!
Check out this Graham Cracker Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding that Coach Dean came up with. It will satisfy chocolate and peanut butter cravings!
Here are a few more recipes with the UMP graham cracker protein powder.
Dan's Dynamic Shake
Blend until smooth in a blender. If you use a fresh banana, add in a few ice cubes to chill it. Enjoy!
Marquita's Marvelous Shake
Blend until smooth in a blender.
Homemade Granola Bar
In a large bowl, combine all the oats, protein powder, walnuts, flax seed, sunflower seeds, salt, and raisins. Add in the vanilla, coconut oil, and then the water a little at a time. At first it will seem very dry but be patient it will blend up. Coat an 8x8 pan with coconut oil. Press the mixture on the bottom of the pan. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Cut into bars or squares.
The great things about these granola bars is that they are flexible. Some shredded coconut or cacao nibs would go great in here. Experiment with different protein powder flavors for a different spin, too.
It’s hot and its summer, so of course we are thinking of dipping into some of the cool stuff to enjoy.
Guess what? It doesn’t have to be bad for you! Try this delicious and easy to make recipe next time you need a cool treat.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Ice Cream
Add all the ingredients into a powerful blender (we use a Vitamix). Using a damper, blend for 30-45 seconds. Going longer will melt your ice cream. Scoop this out and enjoy – it is really good!
Look for more new recipes soon using UMP’s newest flavor Graham Cracker! Watch out, it is fantastic!
Enjoy your summer,
Sticking with our Handling the Holidays theme... I’m back at it with today’s topic: Too many sweets and temptations.
I’ve heard more than one person complain of all the sweets and baked goods that are around this time of year.
And unless you plan on checking yourself into an institution for the next two weeks, it's hard to avoid. There's the food YOU make at home (for your family or other people), the food that people give TO YOU, and the food that's brought into the office.
And that's not counting office parties and holiday parties that take place in the last 2 weeks of the year, either.
What's a goal-oriented clean eater to do?
Today we tackle the home environment.
1. Instead of baking cookies for others, consider other baked goods that you can give as WHOLE THINGS. For example, banana bread, pies, cakes. Most of these are less time-consuming to make than individual cookies, and you won't be tempted. I mean who's going to give a pie to someone with a piece cut out?
2. Consider GIVING away things other than baked goods. Fruit baskets are great choices and many people actually welcome them this time of year, when they've been inundated with other junk food. I opt for making my own for a fraction of the price of store bought.
3. When you are baking at home, those little BLT's add up. Remember, BLT stands for Bite, Lick or Taste. Don't start cooking until after you've had a protein rich meal. If you are baking after breakfast I suggest eating The Carlson Family Breakfast Hash . Your body will be busy digesting that breakfast for hours and you'll be less tempted to snack. If baking is an all day event, plan a decent lunch and take a break to eat. My pick would be a Veggie Pad Thai Chicken.
4. If you will be baking at home or you just have lots of goodies in the kitchen, brush and floss your teeth after every meal. A clean fresh mouth will make those treats less tempting. Avoid the kitchen when you are bored or craving a little something. Out of sight, out of mind.
5. Are you inundated with food related gifts from family and friends? I almost hate to say it, but re-gift. You can appreciate the thoughtfulness without having to "appreciate" it. Pass on the thoughtfulness to someone else.
Bonus TIp. What's your reason for NOT overindulging this season? If you don't have one, you need to come up with something that will make this a season that is defined by something other than the goodies you can indulge in. With no real reason for sticking to clean eating, you'll be much more likely to convince yourself a little bite here, and a little cookie there won't hurt.
The easiest place to control excess calories this holiday season is your own home. Watch what food you bring in, encourage company to take leftovers and goodies with them or give away what you can.
It's not the food that makes the holidays, it's the memories you make.
To your best health,
Stuffed Sweet Potatoes