DIY Almond Milk

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I used to be a milkaholic.. that is, until I tried almond milk. Not only is it absolutely delicious but it is so good for you. For all you lactose fearing – wanna be milk drinkers – this is the answer to your prayers. Personally, I prefer the taste to soy milk. Maybe it’s me but I prefer the slightly nutty flavour. After hearing the disturbances in ladies “cycles” because of soy I also was inclined to test out the almond route.

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 1/2 cups Raw Almonds  (Pre-soaked in water overnight)
  • 18 Pitted Dates
  • 12 cups of Water
  • 1 tsp of Cinnamon
  • a cheesecloth

STEPS

After soaking almonds over night, strain and measure half 2 1/4 cups of almonds and place in blender. Add 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, 6 cups of water and 9 pitted dates. Blend. Pour over a cheesecloth into a mixing bowl and allow only the juice to seep through. I did this in two parts only because my blender could not handle the amount of ingredients. Place in a jar (or anything with a seal) and put it in le fridge! ta-da! easy peasy.

This batch makes a little over a quart of almond milk. I had enough to fill up a quart jar (see above) and another tiny jar (not pictured)

This recipe I nabbed from Fitsugar off of pinterest – and people, if you do not already have pinterest  I urge you to get on the bandwagon because it’s sites like these that inspire you to become more fit and it has a billion and one recipes. Healthy or not, they are all delicious. It also has a ton of workouts. If you’d like, you can follow my boards at www.pinterest.com/anaprildaisy

NEW BLOG

Hey guys! I won’t be blogging on this page anymore –

 

 

I have a new site ——–

www.acupofgatsby.com

Cheers!

Motivational Magazines

Textbooks and Jane Austen aside, the only thing I read are health magazines. I know I should probably venture out into the world of books but I love how motivational a good health magazine can be.

If it were not for magazines like Runner’s World, Running, Women’s Health and Best Health I don’t know what I’d do with myself.

What is your most inspirational magazine?

 

Pumpkin Parfait #breakfastofchampions

As the school year sets into full swing, I choose my go-to breakfast. It takes a little effort but I make it sunday night and I’m set for a full week! This combination of pumpkin, walnuts, cinnamon, blueberries and yogurt contains appetite suppressants, antioxidants, omega-3, and beta-carotene. So in a nutshell, it’s a superfood parfait.

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Ingredients for Pumpkin Mix:

1 container of Activia low-fat vanilla (or plain) yogurt

1/4 cup of honey

2 tsp of pumpkin spice [I like mine spicy]

1 container or pure pumpkin puree

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Ingredients for Walnut Crunch:

1/2 cup of chopped walnuts

1/2 tsp of butter

3 pinches of brown sugar

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Steps:

  1. Combine all Pumpkin puree ingredients into a container that has a seal or lid.
  2. In a small pan, melt butter and coat 1/2 cup of walnuts. Add brown sugar and mix until caramelized.
  3. Once walnuts are caramelized, remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes.
  4. Add walnuts to pumpkin puree and put container in fridge.

In the mornings I love adding the pumpkin puree to kashi’s cinnamon cereal and topping it with blueberries. I refrain from adding the cereal to the mixture to prevent the cereal from becoming soggy.

Enjoy!

Bringing Back the Early Bird – How to actually become a “Morning Person” via Greatest

With classes in session, there is nothing I can do to prevent the inevitable… I need to start waking up early in the morning. I have always wanted to become a person who could easily wake up at 6 am with a smile on her face but I assure you that in the morning I am nothing short of a beast. I may be the world’s most grumpy person come sun rise and seeing as I do not drink coffee in the morning I have nothing to alter my grumpy state of mind in order to become someone a little more “chipper”. I’ve combined tips from Greatist.com & Youmefit.com to create a no-fail list of ways to get my groggy bum out of bed.

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  1. Lay out the clothes you plan to exercise in the night before and set your socks and shoes in front of your bed
  2. Whether you’re using a phone or alarm clock, put it far away enough so that you have to get out of bed to turn it off [This tip is absolute genius]
  3. Set a bottle of water close to your alarm clock, preferably with some lemon juice in it. While you’re up, grab that bottle of water you set aside the night before and drink a good amount. The lemon juice will kick-start your metabolism and help your body wake up faster. Then eat some breakfast!
  4. Set the alarm for the latest time possible, so you trick your brain into thinking you’re in a hurry, rather than thinking, “I can sleep for 10 more minutes.” That 10 minutes won’t make you less tired and if anything will prevent you from disrupting your REM cycle
  5. Brush your teeth outside. [ You don’t really need to brush them outside, but wake up and head for sunlight – seeing the sun will help kick-start your morning]
  6. Open your blinds at night. [After you change of course.. open them so in the morning your room is flooded with “Good morning!” light]
  7.  It may seem obvious, but getting those recommended seven to nine hours will make getting up earlier easier.
  8. Try to set the alarm clock for the same time every morning — including weekends. A constant wakeup call may make it progressively easier to jump out of bed
  9.  Pick a new wakeup time and gradually work towards it. Want to wake up at 7 am but stuck at 8 am? Start by setting the clock for 7:45, and move down in 15-minute increments until that new time goal is reached
  10. Have a reward waiting in the a.m. to motivate climbing out of the covers. Dive into some freshly baked fruit and nut bars, or slide into a warm bath instead of taking a quick shower
  11. Invest in a house coat. In winter I absolutely hate getting out of my marshmallow duvet and feeling the cold engulf my body. I always place a house coat at the foot of ,y bed just so I know I’ll only be cold for a matter of 5 seconds. Tops.
  12. Suck it Up. When all else fails, tell yourself you will only spend 15 seconds to make it to your kitchen. Sometimes convincing yourself it will only be a matter of seconds that you need to suck it up may be the last possible form of motivation you’ll take in the morning.

Remembers ladies, your day will start with or without you.

New Blog: A Cup of Gatsby

Nothing is better than having a good date night but when you don’t want to blow a ton of money, my man and I figure out a way to make a date night in a good thing. Last night I took an old tray that was black and matte and used it as a chalkboard. I placed fancy cheeses and labelled them so we knew exactly what we were eating. We grabbed some $2 tins of smoked oysters and mussels (we’re big seafood lovers) and placed them in glass bowls. Tossed in a bunch of grapes and add your favourite wine (or whatever drink suits your fancy) and Voila! Date night in!

Follow me and more of my recipes/ ideas at my new blog acupofgatsby.com !!

Running Tips

I nabbed these tips off of pinterest. #11 was the reason I started this blog!

  1. Wear spandex shorts under your regular running shorts so you don’t chafe
  2. Cotton socks will only lead to blisters; invest in socks designed for running.
  3. Join your local running club—check with your local running store fitness center and/or recreation department to find one
  4. Find a committed running partner. It is much harder to skip a run when you have someone else depending on you
  5. Remember that- It gets easier.
  6. Accept and appreciate the fact that not every single run can be a good one
  7. Do not compare yourself to others. Run within yourself and for yourself first.
  8. Even a bad run is better then no run at all
  9. If you normally run with music try skipping it and listening to your feet to hear your pace and your gait
  10. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t experience weight loss immediately
  11. Start a running blog, to see your progress and set goals
  12. Hydrate. Make it a habit to drink water throughout the day
  13. On long runs eat something every hour—whether you feel like it or not
  14. During longer runs if you don’t like to carry water take some cash in your pocket pouch or a shoe wallet. Run a route where there’s a corner store that you can use as a pit stop to pick up your water and maybe use the bathroom
  15. To aid recovery the most crucial time to eat and drink is in the hour immediately after you run
  16. Use Vaseline or BodyGlide wherever things rub. They will help prevent blisters and chafing
  17. Do not increase your mileage more than 10 percent per week
  18. If you are prone to shin splints and lower leg pain try running soft trails for your Training runs and save the asphalt for race day
  19. Do not run two hard days back-to-back
  20. Ice aches and pains immediately
  21. Pay attention to your form. Try to run lightly to minimize impact that could lead to injury
  22. When running don’t forget the bug spray, sunscreen and a hat- BIG TIME!
  23. Neosporin (or another antibiotic cream) is good for chafed areas
  24. Make sure you cut your toenails short enough so they don’t jam into your Shoes
  25. Be careful about running on paths that force you to run consistently on a slant. It’s hard on the hips knees
  26. Don’t stretch before a run. Warm up by walking briskly or jogging slowly for several minutes
  27. Do not ice for more than 20 minutes at a time
  28. For beginners, set mini goals to keep you motivated. (Can be minutes [run 5, walk 10], run between street lights then walk between street lights, run till the next bus stop, until you pass a car on the street)
  29. Do not use the hot tub after a race. It will increase inflammation and hinder healing
  30. Be aware of cyclists approaching you from behind and try to keep to the right. Try to pay special attention when running with music
  31. Run facing traffic.
  32. Never assume a car sees you
  33. Doubleknot your shoe laces so they will not come undone when you run
  34. If you listen to music, put earbuds in that go inside your ear, if you are using the ones that sit in your ear, it will fall out
  35. Buy yourself some actual running shoes from an actual running store because running in junk “sneakers” will destroy your feet and your legs
  36. At first keep your runs short and slow to avoid injury and soreness so you do not quit.
  37. If you are breathing too hard slow down or walk a bit until you feel comfortable again
  38. Pick your route close to home (out your front door)—the more convenient it is the better chance you will have sticking with it.
  39. Set realistic short term and long term goals
  40. Remember Soreness one to two days after a run is normal (delayed onset muscle soreness).
  41. There’s no shame in walking
  42. Four laps around the local the high school track equals one mile
  43. Vary your training routes. This will prevent boredom and prevent your body from getting acclimated
  44. Push through rough spots by focusing on the sounds of your breath and feet touching the ground
  45. Do abdominal breathing to get rid of side cramps
  46. Run on trails if at all possible. It will be easier on your body and you’ll love it
  47. Dress as if it is 10 degrees warmer than the temperature on the thermometer
  48. Run early in the morning or later in evening to avoid mid-day heat
  49. To keep cool in hot weather soak a bandana in cold water wring it out a bit and tie it loosely around your neck
  50. In the winter dress in layers (coolmax or other technical clothing) and wear a headband over your running hat to cover your ears

Go to http://pinterest.com/pin/245305510924371964/ and click the image to find the original source.

Enjoy Ladies!

Peach Lavender Water

For a lady who says she wants to be healthy, I never drink as much water as I should. I like beverages with a flavour so I took a recipe intended to make soda (which I have done and it is amazing), but instead I simply used the combination of peaches and lavender to flavour my water. The result was a refreshing, non-perfumey, drink with a delightful aftertaste.

I have a tiny lavender plant on my windowsill that I keep throughout the year. When I tried this recipe the plant had no flowers so I used the leaves instead. If you use the flowers, use 1 blossoms per 1 cup of water. If you use the leaves, use less as they have a stronger flavour.

INGREDIENTS

– 2 inch sprig  of lavender with leaves

– half of a ripe peach

STEPS

– snip the sprig  of lavender and place in a litre container

– cut half of the ripe peach into 1/2 inch slices and place on top of lavender

– fill the remaining space of the container with water

Refrigerate over night and the next morning.. enjoy!

DIY Almond Milk

I used to be a milkaholic.. that is, until I tried almond milk. Not only is it absolutely delicious but it is so good for you. For all you lactose fearing – wanna be milk drinkers – this is the answer to your prayers. Personally, I prefer the taste to soy milk. Maybe it’s me but I prefer the slightly nutty flavour. After hearing the disturbances in ladies “cycles” because of soy I also was inclined to test out the almond route.

INGREDIENTS –

  • 4 1/2 cups Raw Almonds  (Pre-soaked in water overnight)
  • 18 Pitted Dates
  • 12 cups of Water
  • 1 tsp of Cinnamon
  • a cheesecloth

STEPS –

After soaking almonds over night, strain and measure half 2 1/4 cups of almonds and place in blender. Add 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, 6 cups of water and 9 pitted dates. Blend. Pour over a cheesecloth into a mixing bowl and allow only the juice to seep through. I did this in two parts only because my blender could not handle the amount of ingredients. Place in a jar (or anything with a seal) and put it in le fridge! ta-da! easy peasy.

This batch makes a little over a quart of almond milk. I had enough to fill up a quart jar (see above) and another tiny jar (not pictured)

This recipe I nabbed from Fitsugar off of pinterest – and ladies, if you do not already have pinterest  I urge you to get on the bandwagon because it’s sites like these that inspire you to become more fit and it has a billion and one recipes. Healthy or not, they are all delicious. It also has a ton of workouts. If you’d like, you can follow my boards at www.pinterest.com/anaprildaisy

Amped up Abs via Shape

                                   10 Tricks to Amp Up Your Favorite Abs Exercises

You’ve got to love a good ab workout. I love this one from Shape, I find I can feel muscles being used  that I don’t normally activate in my regular ab routine

workin’ it

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