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Grocery Shopping

I took a poll on Instagram recently wondering how many people went to more than one grocery store for their shopping needs. I was surprised at the response but it appears that 60% do! The other 40% thought it was too much work.

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I recently have been going to two different stores because it has been saving a lot of money on our shopping. I will most likely be upping it to three because getting all the cleaning supplies and such I have found another place to go for even less. It does take more time but all the stores are fairly close and the savings is significant enough to make it worth it to me. Some areas or small towns this may be more difficult.

The way I break down our shopping:

  1. Produce & Meat
  2. Snacks, Boxed items, non perishable items
  3. Cleaning Supplies/Personal Care Items

In the past I have used a lot of coupons but that didn’t really make a difference, I now only use coupons on the food items we buy. Trying new brands or products never worked out for us, but it may for you. Using the stores rewards cards and apps actually seem to save us more money. The apps give you coupons you may not otherwise find and special discounts in the specific store.

We tend to go grocery shopping twice a month and cook a lot at home. Especially with me working from home now our shopping needs have slightly changed so going once a month just isn’t enough with perishable foods and produce.

Do you go to more than one store? What are your grocery shopping tips?

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Forever Fit Boerne

Boerne is such a great place and I am so happy to share another wonderful option with you to stay active. Forever Fit Boerne is located on Main Street just behind Kelani Yogurt, walk through the iron gate down the path and through the adorable teal door. You be ready to shake and sweat!

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I had such a great experience here. I loved the variety in the class and that no two are the same, your body gets hit in all areas while keeping your muscles guessing. The energetic music, challenging moves and calming atmosphere offer a great experience for anyone at any level. You can advance your workout by using higher rated bands, weights and lower just another inch into the position. These classes will let you know you had muscles you hadn’t met before.

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Lisa is welcoming, warm and tough. She will give you the workout you need while making you feel right at home. This studio offers Barre, Cardio Dance and HIIT Barre. Try them all for some great sweat secession. Their scheduled is sure to accommodate any need from morning to evening and weekend. Personal lessons are also available.

Check out the website below for schedule and pricing options to meet any need.

https://www.foreverfitboerne.com/

I look forward to hearing how much you enjoy it because I know you will. Sweat local!

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Sugar

Life has been a little crazy at my house with so many different big things going on so I haven’t been finding the time to write. By the time I get home and done with my to do list I am just exhausted. I will share more soon on what has been going on.

I have been able to keep active and do something everyday to keep moving. However my food intake isn’t the best. I really need to focus on this because your food intake and what you are putting into your body really effects everything else with your health. I need to cleanse. I spent Sunday evening meal prepping for the week and I am going to have to push through with my self control.

My goals this week are to stay away from the sweets and sugars. Natural sugar is fine but the fake stuff isn’t needed. Here are some of the things fake sugars can do to your body

  1. It tricks your body into storing fat by increasing your cravings for carbs
  2. When you eat something sweet, your brain releases dopamine, which activates your brain’s reward center. The hormone leptin is also released, which eventually informs your brain that you are “full” once a certain amount of calories have been ingested.
  3. Headaches
  4. Digestive Issues

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These are just a few of the issues. None of them sound fun to me. So this is my focus.

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Salt – So Many Kinds

Did you know there are 12 different kinds of salt? Sheesh which one should you use? What is best? What is the difference? Well recently I started looking into this more after trying Himalayan Pink Salt, it got me curious.

  1. Table Salt
  2. Kosher Salt
  3. Sea Salt
  4. Himalayan Pink Salt
  5. Celtic Sea Salt
  6. Fleur De Sel
  7. Kala Namak
  8. Flake Salt
  9. Red Hawaiian Salt
  10. Black Hawaiian Salt
  11. Smoked Salt
  12. Pickling Salt

I hadn’t heard of so many of these, they each have their own benefit and best use. Table Salt is the most common and what you see most of the time being used. It is easy to cook with and it’s fine grain allows it to dissolve quickly. Kosher Salt is flakier and with it’s larger size is great for sprinkling on top of meat to add flavor and texture. (It is not necessarily certified Kosher)

We use mostly sea salt in our house, it comes from evaporated sea water. It is normally unrefined and a larger grain. It can also contain other minerals from where it was harvested, depending on its surroundings. Each can have a different taste because of this.

Of the different types of salt, Himalayan Pink Salt is the purest form of salt in the world and is harvested by hand from Khewra Salt Mine in the Himalayan Mountains of Pakistan. Its color can range from off-white to deep pink. It contains the 84 natural minerals and elements found in the human body. It is used in spa treatments, as well as the kitchen.

Celtic Salt comes from the bottom of tidal ponds off the coast of France. It is more of a chunky texture, is moist and briney tasting. Fleur De Sel is the most expensive salt, this is due to the way it is harvested. It is a very delicate process and can only happen in weather appropriate conditions. It is hand-harvested from tidal pools off the coast of Brittany, France. Paper-thin crystals are delicately drawn from the water’s surface, a lot like cream is taken from milk. This can only be done on sunny, dry days with a slight breeze, and only with traditional wooden rakes. Someone please try it and tell me if it’s worth the cost!

Kala namak is Himalayan salt that’s been packed in a jar with charcoal, herbs, seeds and bark, then fired in a furnace for 24 hours. Flake salt is thin and papery with a bright, salty taste and very low mineral content. It dissolves quickly for great cooking. Black Hawaiian salt, comes from Hawaii (shocking right lol), the black color comes from the active charcoal, it is course and crunchy. They suggest it for finishing pork and fish.  Red Hawaiian Salt gets it color from the iron rich volcanic clay. It is good for cooking seafood.

Smoked Salt is smoked over a variety of woods to give it a different flavor and normally takes up to 2 weeks to smoke. It can add another level of flavor to veggies when cooking. Pickling Salt is used for pickling and brining, it does not contain any added iodine or anti-caking agents.

So with all of that I see why people use all types. After trying the Himalayan Pink Salt and not knowing all of it’s benefits I really liked it. I could tell a difference in the flavor and it was perfect when I was cooking my pasta. Try them all and let me know what you think.

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Birds Eye Steamfresh

My sister recommended the Protein Blend Birds Eye Steamfresh and boy was she right. It is quick and delicious. PLUS packed with protein, vitamins and minerals.

It’s in the freezer section of your local grocery store. Only 4 1/2 minutes in the microwave and you have a perfect side dish or meal on it’s own. I grilled some chicken to add to mine for a perfect quick week night meal.

Not all processed foods are bad, you just need to read the label and make sure what is in the package is real food. Not just chemicals. Try this out and let me know what you think, it’s going to be in my freezer all the time.

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Protein Balls Recipe

I LOVE these Protein Balls, they are my go to breakfast. I make them on Sunday and have them all week. They store easily and are packed with great nutrients and protein to keep you fuller longer. Try them out!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Dry Oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter or Almond Butter
  • 1/2 cup Ground Flaxseed
  • 1 tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1/3 cup Honey
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Mix it all together and put in the fridge for 45 minutes. (If it’s in longer no big deal) Now roll into ball shapes and store in the fridge. **Tip before you roll the balls spray your hands with non stick spray to keep from sticking to your hands**

 

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Stay off the Scale

I know that a lot of people want to focus on the number on the scale. I encourage you to stay off the scale. My weight fluctuates up and down about 5 lbs depending on water weight and other factors. I also know that I have felt great about the way I look when the number hasn’t been the lowest. I go by how my clothes fit and how I feel.

Some days I think ugh I am not changing but then I put on a pair of pants and they don’t even fit anymore and are falling off. I could weigh the same! As you get healthier you lose the fat and gain muscle (which weighs more) and your inches fall off leaving you smaller but maybe with a higher number. If you feel great and see a difference that is all that matters.

 

My journey started in 2011 and as you can see my number goes up and down quit a bit. I don’t weigh myself often and when I do it is really just out of curiosity. I don’t focus on a number I want to lose anymore. I did at first and since I have let all of that go I see a much bigger difference. I am down clothing sizes, have more energy and endurance. Those are the things that matter to me. If I can look in the mirror and be proud of how I look I am happy. It’s about you not what anyone else thinks!

So stay off the scale and feel it!

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Prebiotics

So we recently talked about the benefits and needs of Probiotics, now lets see why we need Prebiotics. They are NOT the same. I read the easiest way to remember what each is for.

Prebiotics act as a fertilizer for the Probiotics.

The Probiotics are introducing the good bacteria into our gut and the Prebiotics nourish the good bacteria. Below is a list of the benefits

  • lower risk for cardiovascular disease
  • healthier cholesterol levels
  • better gut health
  • improved digestion
  • lower stress response
  • better hormonal balance
  • higher immune function
  • lower risk for obesity and weight gain
  • lower inflammation and autoimmune reactions

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So how can we get Prebiotics in our diet?

  • acacia gum (or gum arabic)
  • raw chicory root.
  • raw Jerusalem artichoke.
  • raw dandelion greens.
  • raw garlic.
  • raw leeks.
  • raw or cooked onions.
  • raw jicama.

These are natural ways to get Prebiotics you can also get suppliments and drinks just like the Probiotics.

Share with us how you get Prebiotics in your diet?

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Bai

I drink mostly water, it is rare for me to have a different beverage, well other than coffee. Sometimes I just want something else, something with a little flavor, maybe carbonation and a sugary soda is just not for me. I stopped drinking them years ago and now if I have one I can only drink a small amount and the taste isn’t even the same.

I have been trying to find other options to enjoy that are better for me but still fun. I have seen a lot of people drinking these Bai drinks so I tried it out. I am still on the fence. I love the bottle, because that’s what matters right lol. The taste seemed a little dull and I felt like my mouth was really dry after drinking it, which usually happens to me after a sugary drink.

I took a poll on Instagram to see what other people thought since I was so back an forth about it. I was surprised by the results. It was a no until the last second when a few last minute votes flipped to more positive. Maybe I need to give it another shot, a different flavor maybe…thoughts?

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Banana Ice Cream

I have the biggest sweet tooth and I have seen so many people making ice cream out of bananas. I had to try it. Here is what I did.

Freeze 4-5 Bananas (Tip peel bananas before you freeze them)

After they are frozen, cut them into slices and place them in the food processor

Add cinnamon & vanilla to taste

Blend, longer than you think, it will start to get flaky but don’t give up just keep going it will become an ice cream texture before you know it.

Put it in a bowl and keep in the freezer, you can fold in anything you want such as strawberries, chocolate chips or even add in peanut butter in the blending process. Be creative.

It is so yummy, I was impressed that it felt like ice cream. It is so refreshing and bright, I will have this in my freeze all summer for sure.