Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Miller Farms Market

Where to begin? This place is heaven right here on earth. It's how food should be, it's how America should shop and it's how we can keep our local, organic, whole food family farms afloat.

I was so captivated by this little market that I was lucky to get away with only spending $7. It's a shame I forgot my camera when I went there because it is absolutely beautiful. I wont bore you with everything they sell because you can explore for yourself on their website linked above.

But I did snap some shots of what I ran away with:

I did manage to restrain myself especially since I was on a very small budget.

This peach yogurt was absolutely sinful. It so was thick and creamy like a tangy custard. I can't wait to go back and try the other flavors.... of which there were many! :)

It's very rare that I purchase or even drink chocolate milk because, well let's face it, it's usually a big ole let down. Most of the choc. milks I have tried couldn't seem to capture the essence of the beverage I so loved as a child. Mostly because the milk isn't thick and delicious to begin with before the chocolate is even added. However this, my friends, totally lived up to the challenge. IT. WAS. AMAZING. And the bestest part ever.... it comes in a glass bottle! You have to pay a deposit of $2.50 but you get it back when you return the bottle, which I have yet to do. (cue sheepish smile)

And then there were these beauties. Farm Fresh Eggs! They were even cleaning off the chicken yuck from them before I purchased. The yolks were fabulous and deep yellow and tasted of happiness. *sigh*

Next time I am going back for the shitake mushrooms and bison meat. You just watch me!

My Smoothie Standby

I'm a breakfast gal, always have been. I wake up and maybe 15 minutes (sometimes less) goes by before my morning hunger gets the better of me. As a rule I usually enjoy something hearty that will stay with me through my first group of massage appointments. I'm talking country morning breakfasts large enough to feed farm hands.... that's how I like my breakfasts and that's one of the many, many thousands of reasons that I got to be over 300 pounds.

So needless to say those types of breakfasts have become few and far between in my life now. I have managed to start my day with very healthy good sized portion meals for years now but something happens later on in the day to evening and my good healthy meal plans go right out the window. I'm working on that. It's taking a little longer than expected but everyday I learn something more.

So when I know that my mornings are going to be a little bit more relaxed and that I will have chances to grab snacks to refuel between massage appointments I like to eat something a little lighter. So I have a smoothie standby that I usually run to. Sometimes the yogurt flavor or combination of fruits will change but the core ingredients stay the same.

1/2 cup of plain yogurt
1 scoop vanilla whey protein
2 tsp fiber
4-5 frozen strawberries
1/2 frozen banana
1/4 cup of reduced or low fat milk ( sometimes more or less depending on thickness of smoothie)

Blend till the consistency of your choosing and voila!

Slurpie tasty goodness!

I have some kiwis that will be ripe soon so maybe I will add them to my next concoction. :)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Yes folks it's the beginning of fall.... my favorite time of year. I am sure that the American southeast is due for some more hot and humid Indian summer days but for right now I can definitely smell Autumn in the air. :) This weather gets me thinking about sweaters, Halloween, wood fires, hiking and camping and of course.... comfort foods. Baked goods, hot apple cider, food festivals celebrating the harvest, an entire holiday based around eating till your sides pop!

Then I think to myself, how will I not only get back on track but stay on track during the holidays. But then I remind myself that there is always some holiday or celebration or reason all year round to lose focus and strap on the ole feed bag. I know that some people really love summer, the clothes, the beaches the lovin'.... but I have always favored colder climates. Maybe it's because I feel so unattractive in the summer when I am sweating all over everything, when my make up and hair are ruined before I even get to my office. And let's not forget how extremely flattering summer style clothes are to the fuller figure. Can you feel the sarcasm? ;) So to sum up I am super excited and a little trepidacious about the upcoming months.

Business has been wonderfully busy the past 3 weeks and I hope that it will continue... in fact it probably will since the fall is usually when clients start to book regularly again. I have been using what little down time I have to try and organize my home life as well as getting my business on track. I HAVE to be in a good position when things really start picking up. I did manage to make it to the grocery store and buy healthy foods (yay!) but I haven't as yet been to the gym. I have been walking more but not enough for me to consider it a work out. I do get inspired to be more active in the fall and winter so I have that to look forward to.

The posts may continue to be sporadic as I try to adjust to a new schedule and the worlds longest to-do list. But I'm still here, still reading your blogs and still figuring out what is best for me.

Be good to yourselves!