Thoughts For Thursday

I’m at a loss for an intro, so let’s get right to Thinking Out Loud, shall we?!

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  • Tomorrow can’t get here soon enough! Peter Island, we’re coming for ya!

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  • That pedicure I mentioned yesterday? A-mazing. My feet are ready to play on the beach!
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  • Have you seen This video by Weird Al? I love it. Maybe more so than the original.
  • The other night I made Iowa Girl Eats Sun-dried tomato & basil stuffed chicken breasts. These are my new favorite! I mean, check out that ooey gooey cheesy center!
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  • I have my reading material all set for vacation – Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, The Fault in our Stars, and The Hunger Games. I’ve already read HP & The Hunger Games but they’re just so so good, so we’ll see which ones I get around to! Any other book recommendations I need?
  • Max found his new favorite stick…I think it’s just a liiiitle bit big for ya buddy! But who am I to say so? He’s obviously in doggy heaven.
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  • Adam and I redboxed Heaven is For Real the other night - eh, it was just okay. I read the book and loved it, but I felt like the movie skipped so much of the book and didn’t flow together. Another one where proof that the book is always better than the movie! Anyone else seen it?
  • I forgot to mention it a while back, but back at the beginning of July when Dave Coulier from Full House got married, and I saw Candace Cameron Bure’s photo on instagram (yep, I follow her. Unashamed.) I was thissssssss close to driving out to Livingston to do some creeping since it was only about 2 hours away! AH so close. :-)

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  • I got my 2nd Fabletics (referral link) outfit a couple weeks ago. More details to come soon, but I think I love this outfit more than my first! Have you signed up yet? You get 50% off your first order, and that’s a crazy good deal!
  • Back to the topic of vacation (if you can’t tell I’m excited…) – Whenever my family gets together we always have a Bunko night, and it’s the most fun game ever. Especially when you’re playing with a huge group, and with everyone on my side of the fam coming there will be I think 23 of us total (dang!). Not to mention how my family gets super competitive, so you can only imagine the madness that is to happen! Muhaha!
  • Speaking of games, I bought the first expansion pack to Cards Against Humanity. It’s going to be epic!
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That wraps up thinking out loud for today. Catch you all tomorrow!

What books do you recommend?
Are you a fan of Full House?
Have you ever played Cards Against Humanity?

Easy & Healthy Snacks For Travel Days

Good morning!

Wednesday

This picture describes exactly how I feel today, considering I leave for my family vacation on Friday and I. can’t. wait! Seriously y’all, it’s gonna be a blast. I do at least have a pedicure scheduled for today to pretty up my feet for the beach, but other than that, I hope these next 2 days go by quick!

We leave for our trip on Friday evening, fly through the night, and continue flying through the next day until we arrive at our island in the afternoon. So since I’ll be eating pretty much a breakfast, lunch, and dinner while being in airports, I thought I’d share with you some meal and snack ideas for when you’re stuck in the airport for hours, instead of the usual What I Ate Wednesday.

Since we’re flying in the evening, let’s start with Dinner: We need to be at the airport around dinnertime, so we’ll just make some simple turkey sandwiches at home to-go since we can eat them cold once we board. Easy peasy! No spending $10 for an airport sandwich here!

Breakfast: I put 1/3 cup of oatmeal with a dash of cinnamon in a plastic bag, and plan on bringing a banana to eat with it (since they cost $1 or more for just one in the airport. Ridiculous!). I’ll just find a plastic bowl in the airport, ask for a hot cup of water from Starbucks, and I’ve got my own oatmeal!

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Lunch: This one is too tricky to plan for since anything fresh I’d bring would turn nasty by the time I’d get around to it. So most likely against my better judgment, I’ll pay about $7 for a salad or sandwich. Either that or just have 3 or 4 snacks to hold me over until dinner.

I believe this is the first time I’ve had to spend a full days worth of food at the airport. As much as I’m looking forward to the trip, I am not so looking forward to the actual travel day. Adam of all people knows how cranky I get on travel days…pray for him. :-)

Snack ideas for the airport:

  • Individual packets of peanut butter – A perfect snack full of protein and healthy fats to help keep you full.

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  • Pretty much any and all fruit – My favorites are apples, oranges, and frozen grapes. Just freeze the grapes for a few hours, and they’ll still be cold by the time you’re ready to snack on them at the airport!
  • Jerky – Another snack packed with protein that is also easy to eat on the go. Especially since you don’t have to worry about keeping it cold, or heating it up to eat.IMG_2725
  • Applesauce – A simple snack to satisfy your sweet tooth while being on the go. You can bet I’ll be snacking on my Musselman’s applesauce I got at Blend from the beautiful Brittany!
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  • Granola and protein bars – My favorites are Clif ZbarKind bars, Quest bars, and Smart bars.
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  • Crackers – My favorites are Van’s fire roasted veggie. Because you know I’ll be needing carbs carbs carbs after being on so many planes and spending so much time in airports! Might as well get in some veggies with it too, huh? ;-)
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Those are a few of my favorite healthy, easy snacks for travel days. Anyone have any other yummy snack ideas?

Have you had to spend a days worth of food at the airport?
What is your favorite travel snack?
How do you pass time in the airport?

What Organic Produce I Buy

Good morning all! Today I thought it would be fun to take a look at the foods that I choose to buy organic for our household. Since having gone through Hypothalamic Amenorrhea, I was advised to consume more fatty and animal products, but after ridding myself with artificial hormones from birth control, the last thing I wanted was more chemicals from my daily food intake.

Though organic produce may not contain any more nutrients than those non-organic produce, organic to me tastes so much better, and is free of harmful chemicals. Organic produce are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), or ionizing radiation. I don’t know about you, but all those things don’t sound very appetizing to me, and I don’t want to put any of those chemicals into my body.

Though some (but not all!) organic produce costs more than non-organic, it’s up to each person to think about what you eat often enough and if it’s worth going organic.

According to Organic.org, the top 12 (also known as the dirty dozen) produce that contain the most chemicals and pesticides are:

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Grapes (Imported)
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Potatoes

And the 12 safest non-organic produce include:

  • Onions
  • Avocado
  • Sweet Corn (Frozen)
  • Pineapples
  • Mango
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet Peas (Frozen)
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Bananas
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Papaya

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Of the dirty dozen, I buy organic apples, celery, spinach, and lettuce. (I rarely buy anything else on that list) These are foods I’ll usually consume daily, or more often than other produce. If the price difference between organic and non-organic is less than $1, I’ll usually choose organic. At Lucky’s Market here in Billings, you can also buy bulk organic spinach for about $4.99 a pound - which at first glance seems like a lot. But once I scoop a week’s worth into a bag, it comes out to less than a pound, costing about only $3. It takes a lot of something light as spinach to add up to a pound!

Also of the dirty dozen, every once in a while I may choose to buy organic strawberries, bell peppers, and potatoes. But usually only if I feel I’m eating these foods more regularly, and if they’re on sale.

Most other foods that I do choose to buy organic are actually dairy products. I buy organic milk, eggs, cheese, and yogurt. Did you know that a big 32 oz of Stonyfield organic yogurt is actually cheaper than say, Chobani?!

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It’s amazing how much I’ve realized organic cheese tastes SO much better. There is a lot more flavor and it doesn’t taste rubbery like other cheeses. I will say that of all the organic stuff I buy, cheese is probably the most expensive. But luckily I don’t need to buy it too often.

Organic milk is a big one for me! As stated in the beginning of the post, to help regain my cycles, I do believe what helped most was consuming more full fat dairy products. But cows raised on conventional farms are often given recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) to boost the amount of milk they produce, not to mention that blood, puss, and who knows whatever else, can get into the milk. Ew. My favorite organic milk is Horizon.

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I’ve also found some great organic buys provided by Costco including chicken

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and a 24 pack of eggs.

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I really wish I could buy everything organic, but we all know that that is just not realistic. We don’t have cable, aren’t big spenders, or own anything fancy fancy, because I’d rather spend our money on our well-being – so we have some leverage to buy what we can organic, but even still, if I wanted everything it would be crazy expensive! Ya know?!

I’ve been using these selective organic products for almost a year now, and it truly is amazing how much better my body feels overall. Except for when I maybe splurge on getting a small DQ blizzard verses just a mini…then I may be paying the price. But it was totally worth it! :-)

So now tell me…
What do you buy organic?
What’s your favorite Costco find?
Favorite DQ blizzard flavor?