Sunday, September 14, 2014

Meal Ideas for Meatless Mondays

A day without meat does not mean you will lack in protein. There are many options to try that are great protein sources that do not consist of meat at all.  So here are some ideas for your meatless Monday!

Split Pea Soup


Corn Meal with Bean Sauce


Vegetarian Mousaka (instead of beef, use chick peas) 


Roasted Vegetable Sandwich (Add String beans)


These are just some suggestions. I mean, it is meatless Monday. How strong are you at fasting from meat for one day? Meat also includes poultry and fish by the way.  Try it and see your own strength in action. 


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Substitute Rice for a Healthier Grain

If you desire to lessen your carb intake but you are used to eating a daily portion of rice, why not substitute your rice for a serving of quinoa instead. 


Here is probably what you wouldn't know. You can prepare quinoa the same way as you would rice because it is a grain. 1/4 cup uncooked yields about one serving. One serving of rice is about 400 calories. One serving of quinoa is about 180 calories.

Like rice, you boil a medium pot of water with a little bit of oil and about a pinch of salt and then add your grains. Cooks in about a half hour.

Another thing that can be similar between these two grains is how you eat it. If you are used to eating your rice with black eyed peas, add black eyed peas to your quinoa. If you normally top your rice with beans, top your quinoa with beans.

Tastes really good, is low in carbs which is great for someone dieting or trying to lessen sugar intake and is a really health whole grain to add to your diet. 

Try quinoa as a substitute and enjoy! 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Thank You For the Food We Eat

Pardon me for the lack of posting new great eats like I had been regularly before. But I'm greatful for inspirations to write more. 

I'm nothing without my pen close by writing something. And ironically it's April, one of my favorite months of the year because it's National Poetry Month and I'm a poet. Yay!!! :))) (Still can't  believe how many bins full of notebooks I have full of poetry since from when I was in grade school.)

Thank You For the Food We Eat
(C) By Stephanie Jeannot 




So what's for dinner tonight. 

If you wanna eat something right 

Take a bite of 

A home cooked yummy lullaby

That hushes your hunger

So sweetly

You just completely 

Enter into a zine of harmony

Nurturing thee

Vegetable greens

Like collards

Spinach or carrots

And maybe a lean protein 

Like lentil or pecans

For this lovely Sunday

And then end it off

With a walk in the park 

For an hour walk away

And burn off about 240 kcals today 

Talking to your pal

Speaking in faithfulness

Cause he exists

In your world 

While God just continues

To nourish your world

With arms of hope

That you might be able to cope

Over mountains that sometimes can slope

That ye may be able to rise

With his might and use the light

That only he can provide for us 

that gives us energy.

While there are many people

With not the opportunity to eat

For days; we ought to give praise

For our food; a luxury.

Be thankful for the food we are blessed to eat. 

(Thank you for reading a serving of my poetic eats. Really hope you enjoyed it as a treat. May God bless the everyday of your week.) 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

What's in your cup?

But wait! 

Before you go and fill your cup with another cup of soda or sugary juice or alcohol; have you had water today? So necessary!

Remember 8 glasses of water is the recommended daily value. So have some and enjoy. Great for the skin, body and for your spirit. Almost as delicious as breathing. :)))

Sunday, September 29, 2013

This Starbucks Coffee Tastes Ethiopian

So what is all this talk about the new coffee at Starbucks?

Ethiopia Roast does not only have brilliantly satisfying taste, but it is a medium roast coffee which is great for those like me, used to drinking my venti pikes every day.  What a great day to try a new brew on national coffee day?

I was definitely in the house today for Coffee Tasting. It was almost like a happy hour type of thing walking into Starbucks and getting somewhat of a shot worth of this new choice on the menu.

And who would have thought that you could actually taste the flavor of the citrus and dark cocoa in coffee? Most people mask coffee with all the sugar and cream or milk that they can add, only getting the caffeine in their body. But for those who like the taste of coffee, this one is definitely worth trying.

Here is something you probably were unaware of. A cup of regular brewed coffee when drunk black, like the pike, African roast or even the Kama Sutra, yields about 5 calories per cup.  But when you add all the extra stuff like caramel, whipped cream, hazelnut, sugars and creams or even milk, that is when the coffee becomes a high caloric drink. 

Luckily, I appreciate the taste of coffee and I enjoy it black, but then again, nothing wrong with going outside the box every once in a while; especially for counting calorie freaks like myself who used the method to enable weight loss of over 70lbs in under nine months.

Disclaimer:

I am not an employee of nor am I being paid by Starbucks to write this blogpost. I am however, a fan of their store and a consumer who like to share the things I come across just in case another consumer is not aware that it exists.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Sea Salt & Olive Oil Hummus Crisps from Kashi


 
 
 
What is it about those hummus crisps that got people putting their hands in the bag more than they should?

One chip is never enough. For one thing, it is a healthy snack that is bursting with flavor. When I say flavor, I mean it tastes good. And these yummy chips have only 120 calories per serving with 30 calories being from fat.

But guess what? 27 chips make up one serving. Not such a bad thing to keep putting your hands into the bag to grab another chip when it is healthy and low-fat.

Did you know that these chips all-natural? This healthy snack made by Kashi is made with Chick peas and whole grains and was flavored with sea salt, parsley and extra virgin olive oil.  
 
If it is not for the all-natural ingredients or the fact that these chips have 3g protein, 4g fiber and only 180mg of sodium, it could also be the attractive packaging that these delicious chips come in.


 

 
 
 
I mean that was attracted me. They say don’t judge a book by its cover, but by the cover alone with Kashi, you know exactly what you get and will be left putting your hand back in the bag for more. They are just that good.
I first tried these chips as a Bzzagent and was thrilled at the idea of these healthy snacks now all into the things I eat and my weight and these are great treats. I definitely will be back to the store for more when these are done because they are so me. Tasty and healthy.

 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Diet and Exercise According to to God


 
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies” (1 Corinthian 6:19-20 NIV).

God tells us to honor his temple and our bodies are the Lord’s temple. 

That says a lot about our bodies and our physical state.  Who are we to hate the temple that God says to honor because of where we physically are?  To hate yourself is to hate the wonderfully made temple that God created with his own hands. But there are things that can be done to perfect even the perfection that he made; even when we do not see it for ourselves.

Eating

 
“God said, ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food’” (Genesis 1:29 NIV).

Besides all the meat and rice and pastas in the world, there are fruits and vegetables.  If you eat according to the bible, you will include them into your diet because obviously, they must be good for you if they were hand-made by God just for you to eat. A plate should have more vegetables on it than the meat and other food content of your meal. Fruits should be included into our diets.

The Bible actually tells us how to eat.  It recently dawned on me about eight months ago when I was about to hit 230 pounds and after praying to God for a way to better my health, he lead me to eat differently. Who knew l’d be the one eating barley, beans and lentils, millet and emmer? 70 lbs later, my health has improved and I feel so much better. My body is no longer in pain and ironically my heart stopped pumping really hard just from walking up a few steps. Changing my eating habits made a difference because food is a luxury and should be eaten in moderation. We can eat and eat and eat unhealthily until we cannot eat no more or the doctors tell us we have to change our diets because we are pre-about to start having to take pills for the rest of our lives, or we can choose to honor God’s temple and feed it with gentle love by blessing it with healthy foods. For more biblical verses about eating healthy, please visit http://www.openbible.info/topics/healthy_eating

 

Exercise

 

Timothy 4:8 says “for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”

In other words, exercising prolongs life. It strengthens our bodies for days to come and to be able to be strong for the days ahead. If we hate our bodies but are not doing anything about it, we are wasting our breaths and energies.

God gave us full use of our legs and feet. Use them and walk a little bit.  Walking just for twenty minutes a day can not only help to improve heart health but can clear your mind because in that walking, there is somewhat of a meditational moments when you are one-on-one with God.

“ Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it” (Corinthins 1:9:24 ESV). Perhaps we cannot all be winners in a race, but we can win against unnecessary diseases caused by overeating and idleness like diabetes, heart disease and cholesterol. While everyone does not have the knee or ankle strength to go running like Olympic gold-medalist Alice Coachman, our bodies can still be honored in a number of ways; here are a few ideas:

1.       If we have a desk or apartment on the third floor of a building, instead of taking the elevator, take the steps up and down and burn off a few calories.

2.      While watching television, lay down in front of the screen and do some sit-ups, abdominal crunches, bicycle twists or other strength training exercises.  Perhaps you will be a little sore but I know you will not hate seeing muscles form on your abdominal area.

3.       If you live about two to three blocks away from your bus stop or train station, get off a few stops before and walk the rest of the way. Your heart will definitely be thanking you for exercising it.

4.      It is the summer time and you decide that all you want to do to keep you away from boredness is to play your favorite computer game solitaire. Why not go out with your favorite young person in your life and play basketball, softball, tennis or catch?  Maybe you could turn on the Wii Fit and do some of the calorie-burning Wii fit games.  I always enjoy the boxing game. Even better if you have two remotes, you can play interactively and have a whole lot of fun while also working out.

 

Respect



Regardless of where you are in life whether you are a size 2 or a size 26, you are still loved in the eyes of God.  According to Songs of Solomon 4:7, “you are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.” Did God say that?  How can we deny his word and message to us? 

If you feel there is something not so wonderful about yourself in your eyes, love yourself by making moves to change it. It is one thing to complain and not do anything about our own situation, but it is something else to get up and make a decision to press forward toward the mark of the higher calling. 

After I prayed and made my weaknesses known to God even though he knew them already, he lead me to diet and exercise and after eight months of hard work and dedication to my own cause, I lost 70 pounds and dropped about seven sizes. Anything you want to accomplish, even if it is to love yourself more should include God. Instead of looking in the mirror and dishonoring the perfectly made temple of God’s,  love it like the unconditional love God gives, and decide for yourself to build it up and make it as beautiful as you want to see it, even though God sees you as beautiful already. There is nothing wrong with trying to perfect yourself. Love should be the one thing that you do not deny yourself of regardless of your stage. It takes a lot of work, persistence and also will-power. If you remember that you can do all things through Christ, you already know that if you hold onto his hands and never give up the faith, you can thrust forward into anything you want to accomplish. But nonetheless, respect your temple because it is God’s.