Let’s talk….

I know what you’re thinking….Martica’s getting lazy with her blogging duties.  Not so!  I’ve been, well, busy.  With, you know, stuff.  The kind of stuff that keeps you busy.   Let’s talk weather.  It’s been nice, not hot.  There’s a hurricane lurking around the Gulf and I guess we’re getting those winds??  It’s a nice welcome change around here, just can’t spend too much time on the hair.

Let’s talk flax. 

I’ve added flax seed to my diet.   Some of the benefits I’m looking forward to include:  smooth skin, they assist in building muscle and burning fat, they’re good for heart health, are high in Omega3 oils and they might even help with arthritis.  Back up!  Did I say it assists in burning fat and it’s good for my heart?!  That my friends is a good enough reason to sprinkle a couple of tablespoons into my smoothies or yogurt every day. If you have or are a teenager with acne, flax seed is supposed to help clear some of that up also.   Here’s my first plate that included some milled flax:

Yogurt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s talk Biofreeze!  

Good, good stuff.  Ever since I started going for long walks and some light jogging, I always end up with back and hip pain.  I got a couple of  samples that were in my goodie bag from the 5k last weekend and felt instant relief after rubbing some on those sore spots.  I know it’s temporary relief and I have to get to the root of the problem, but the Biofreeze gel feels so good.  I’m hooked.  So I went and got a 4oz tube.

Biofreeze

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s talk food.  

Since this week really has been a busy one, I have found myself making lots of quickie, rushed meals.  Now for me that’s not a problem, because most of what I cook takes less than 20 minutes.  My favorite for a quickie morning meal is yogurt, fruit and of course, now some flax seed.  I was soooo busy one day that I actually burned….well take a look for yourself……

Burnt pan

Oh well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No biggie, the chicken was salvaged,  and eventually was used for a couple of quickie wraps.

chicken,spinach,tomato,fat free cheese on a whole wheat wrap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also had some black bean soup topped with fat free cheese

Black bean soup, Yum!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And snacked on apples and peanut butter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh and that’s pumpkin butter in the corner…..love that stuff!

I did try something new this week, Shiratake tofu noodles that I heard about from Hungry Girl.  They smell, icky, really icky.  But once you get the smell out by boiling them for a few minutes they weren’t that bad.  I added some Boca crumbles, sauce and made a spinach salad with tomato and feta. The noodles were ok but they come in a small bag and we only got 2 small servings out of it.  Since they’re soooo ridiculously low on calories, I would have liked to have eaten more of the noodles.   Talk about a quick meal, 3 minutes to boil the noodles, a few minutes to cook the Boca crumbles, add sauce, make salad and you’re done in less than 10 minutes!

Shiratake tofu noodles topped with Boca crumbles and sauce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s talk sleep.

The time change this year has turned me into a napper.  I find myself wanting to go to sleep at 9pm.  On that note, this girl’s getting to bed, it’s late.

Eat well, live long, and add some flax to your life.

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It’s taco night! kinda

What an absolutely beautiful morning! I got up as usual 6:30am, ate some peanut butter on bread, laced up my shoes and headed out the door. It felt so good to walk my 3 miles in the early a.m. On my last 1/2 mile I met up with a 95 year old sweet lady (YES 95!!) who was taking a stroll with her walker and friend. God bless her, I hope I can walk if I make it to 95!! So inspiring!

Well, my mom came for a visit yesterday and guess what we did…..yep her favorite….yardwork!

YARDWORK Nov3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I made us an egg-white omelet with chopped onions, spinach and tomatoes. And my mommy loved my green smoothie!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My mom always comes bearing gifts and this is what she brought me….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chestnuts from her recent trip to Alabama!  And this beautiful and delish avocado!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These lovelies from her garden…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and this adorable sapphire ornament for my Christmas tree….

Last night I made a yummy turkey taco but on Arnold whole grain bread instead of taco shells.  Soooo good.  This quickie meal was whipped up in 20 minutes.    Add adobo, chopped onions, paprika, sea salt and pepper to some Jenni-O ground turkey.  Cook until done. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toast the bread  and top with turkey, tomato, avocado and salsa!

 

 

 

Turkey taco on Arnold thin

Turkey taco on Arnold thin bread

One of these served up with some baked sweet potato fries is more than filling!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eat well, live long and enjoy a taco night!

Today’s masterpiece!

Sometimes I just wonder where my day goes.  I really wanted to do my walk/run this morning but somehow never did.  I got distracted doing other things and before I knew it, it was time to go pick up my nephew at school.  So I regret not going for my walk/run earlier because now the lil’ guy won’t be picked up until after 8:30p tonight.  By that time, I need major motivation to go out and exercise.   Here’s today’s eats so far. 

Breakfast:  Fage yogurt, a peach and 1/2 an apple with cinnamon

Yogurt with fruit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LUNCH:  Tilapia and salad

Tilapia, yogurt and panko crumbs cooked in 1 tbsp of olive oil for a couple of minutes on each side.  The fish was seasoned with sea salt, pepper and paprika.

Tilapia cooked with yogurt n panko crumbs

Tilapia cooked with yogurt n panko crumbs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I started the salad with baby spinach, tomato and avocado

Beginning of a great salad

Beginning of a great salad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then the baby carrots and edamame were boiled for a lil’ bit, rinsed in cold water, and added to the salad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I sprinkled the fish with a lil’ lemon juice, the salad with pepper and added some balsamic vinegar.

To die for!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally, added some lots of feta cheese.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And there you have today’s masterpiece to make up for yesterday’s epic fail.

Therefore I eat a lot of spinach…..

It’s No secret that veggies like spinach can power up our bodies with more nutrients than probably any other food.  Spinach has tons of Vitamin A & C.  But really important is that research done on spinach has found lots of compounds in it that function as anti-cancer agents.
 
THEREFORE, I EAT A LOT OF SPINACH.

Research has also found that spinach may help protect our brains from oxidative stress and can reduce the effects of decline in brain function due to getting older.   (Biggie)

THEREFORE, I EAT A LOT OF SPINACH.

BIG SALAD N FISH 002

spinach,tomato,cucumber,edamame,carrots,feta

 

 

 

 

 

 

BIG SALAD N FISH 005

Oops almost forgot to add chick peas n broccoli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

fish broiled in foil

fish broiled in foil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BIG SALAD N FISH 009

HUGH JASS SALAD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALL GONE :)

ALL GONE 🙂