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Iced Iced Coffee…

A few posts ago, I mentioned I’d been having trouble sleeping. While I’m still not sleeping so well, it has gotten better! Thank you for all your tips! Today I came across these 7 Weird Tricks to Help You Fall Asleep. Have you guys tried any of these?? I think a rocking chair would be a nice way to relax before bed! Too bad I don’t have one… the toe curling trick seems like an easy one. I think I’ll have to keep these in mind next time I’m tossing and turning!

I’ve been reading a lot about the salmonella outbreak in eggs, and I must say, it makes the vegan thing a little easier 😉 Not because I’m afraid of food poisoning (let’s face it, salmonella has been a problem in spinach, peanut butter, etc.) But when I read about the conditions these chickens are in, and how dirty the environment is, it just doesn’t make me crave scrambled eggs! Here was a nice article about How to Buy the Healthiest Eggs so all you non-vegans should check it out 🙂 You gotta know where your food is coming from!

I’ve been using my vita-mix a lot. (I missed it on vacation!) This morning I made myself some iced coffee. Here is my super simple Iced Coffee recipe:

Simple Iced Coffee

  • 1 cup cold coffee- roasted extra strong!
  • 1 packet truvia
  • 5 cubes of frozen unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 3 drops vanilla stevia

I just throw it in the Vita-mix for a few minutes, and then drink up. So good! I really want to try other milk alternatives though. Not that I don’t love my Almond Breeze, but I like trying new things… Any other milk suggestions? Soy milk? Rice milk? Other almond milks?

So I know I’m a huge dork, but I was really excited when a new (bigger) Kroger opened up on my way home from work! It’s HUGE! The produce section is amazing, and they have everything. They also have something called “Moon Pop” which I’d never heard of, and never seen anywhere else, because they make it right there in the store…

That’s moon pop, which is sort of like a giant rice cake…

My friend tried it, and she said it was gross. That it was too bland. And it’s true, it’s kind of bland. (It is, after all, basically a giant rice cake.) But it only has 10 calories per huge cake! So think about the possibilities! I started experimenting. I had some with salsa. (Delicious). Hummus (YUM!).  I sprayed some with a tiny bit of olive oil, and added salt and pepper, then baked it in the oven. It was pretty good! Sort of like salt and pepper popchips. Then I tried one with a sprinkle of cinnamon and truvia. It was sweet and tasty! Definitely a good tv snack, since you can mindlessly munch with no guilt! I’m not saying these are really a stellar health food, because they don’t really offer any nutritional benefits… but it’s better than popping open a bag of chips! And hey, I’m a sucker for a new food product 🙂

Anyway, it’s been sort of a rough night, 😦  but I’m learning what it means to be an adult, so that’s good! I think I’m going to go make some protein ice cream and finish watching this documentary…

Anyone have any good documentary suggestions? Food related or non-food related! I’m always up for some educational tv 😉

Also, if you need some inspiration… check out this post from Meredith and go live an epic life 🙂

-LLV

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Hittin’ the Weights

I’ve been saying for awhile that I need to stop being such a cardio junkie, and start getting into weight training. Not only do I want to tone up, but I think it will help me improve my running (which has plateaued at quite a low level. Lame!) But I just couldn’t seem to get myself over to the free weight section of the gym…

Well after some very inspiring posts about strong women I thought it was about time to get my act together! 🙂

I’m fortunate enough to have access to free personal trainers at the gym where I work. (Awesome, I know!) so I scheduled my appointment last week, and had my first sweat session this morning. Let me tell ya, I’m going to be sore tomorrow!

We did a total body workout, so I could get ideas on things to do on my own. Most of it was simple stuff that I could do from home with free weights, but I also learned how to use the machines. (What can I say, those cable machines scare me!) My trainer was super encouraging, and it got me really excited to keep weight training. Now I just need to make sure I keep doing it! 🙂

I’m hoping maybe the workouts will help my sleep schedule… lately I just haven’t been able to fall asleep! I keep a fairly regular sleep routine, getting up around the same time every morning, but I can’t seem to fall asleep before 2am. It’s starting to get frustrating. Does anyone have any tips for falling asleep? I tried reading, I tried watching tv, listening to classical music, turning the a/c on, trying to just relax. Nothing worked!

On a food related note, I had a potluck with my girls last night! I made pasta with pesto & vegan parmesan cheese. These girls are so sweet, and one of the girls made me my own separate bowl of chili without meat or cheese in it! They’re so thoughtful.

Look at all that food! Notice ^ my empty chili bowl  🙂

What do you like to make for potlucks? I tend to make main dishes so I know I’ll have something vegan to eat 😉

-LLV

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