My lunch

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I’m so bummed this came out blurry, but this is an example of the lunches I’ve been bringing to work recently. I chopped up 4 baby bok choy and a handful of spinach, mixed with a bit of ginger dressing from Trader Joe’s, mixed nuts and a little bit of chow mein noodles.

I love adding the nuts because the salad tend to stick with me longer and I don’t feel starving two hours later. 🙂

Review: Noosa Yoghurt

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I was perusing the Target grocery aisles the other day and came upon this yoghurt. I had tried most of the premium brands, Fage, Siggi’s, Chobani, etc… but I had never seen this brand, or never paid much attention. The container stated that it was an Australian culture made in a farm in Colorado with happy cows. The ingredients were all natural. That intrigued me enough to buy a container each of the passion fruit and strawberry rhubarb flavors.

This yoghurt is very addictive. It is of the fruit on the bottom variety and has a very creamy consistency. It reminds me of traditional yoghurt, with the mouthfeel of Greek yoghurt. The passion fruit flavor actually contains real passion fruit, with seeds and everything! I want to eat a whole stub of this stuff.

If you see this yogurt in your grocery store, please give it a try!

Dealing with Morning Sickness

Honestly, I don’t deal with morning sickness well at all. I’m not sure why I’m even posting about it, but there are a few things that have helped me ease my suffering and I thought I would share them here. Always consult with your doctor before introducing  anything new to your diet if you are pregnant.

Coconut water

I’ve been having a hard time drinking water. I love water, but my body wasn’t loving it back. I’m queasy and thirsty all day long and all water would manage to do is spread around my stomach acid and make me feel worse. I tried drinking flavored water, but anything artificially sweet made the feeling worse.  Soda helped, but I wasn’t crazy about consuming so much sugar and calories, but what else was I going to do? Seltzer water with juice didn’t help. Juice straight up helped for about 5 minutes and then the sugar eventually made me feel sick.

Cue in Coconut water. My housekeeper suggested it. She said the fresher the better. She was right. I went to my local ethnic foods store (and even Whole Foods) for fresh young coconuts. It helped. Alot. I wanted too buy several fresh coconuts, but they are bulky and won’t fit in my refrigerator, so I decided to try the canned stuff. It doesn’t help with the nausea as much as the fresh, but it still does the trick. Before I was pregnant, I preferred the Amy & Brian’s brand. It had a decent amount of sweetness without being overly sweet. Now that I’m pregnant, it’s too sweet, I prefer the Zico brand. It is mildly sweet and great over ice.

My guess is that they high potassium content of the coconut water helps counteract the nausea. Or maybe it’s all in my head.

Lemon Tea

Very simple. Boil water and stick wedges of lemon in it. Let it sit for a couple of minutes. I don’t had an sweetener.

Avocado

I would eat this with a bit of brown rice, or crackers and it really seemed to helped even me out. I believe the B-vitamins in the fruit help, but also the added fat slowed down any sugar spikes that contributed to my nausea.

If you are currently suffering from monring sickness. I hope these small little tips help you like they helped me.

Rethinking Breakfast: Cinnamon Sugar Quinoa with Greek Yogurt.

This is something I’ve been making quick either for breakfast or for a quick energy snack. It’s a nice change of pace from oatmeal and kids tend to like it.

All it requires is:

  • Cooked quinoa (I cook a whole batch in the rice cooker and then re-heat during the week as needed)
  • Brown sugar (I use Trader Joe’s Organic Brown Sugar and I only use 1/2 teaspoon for about a 1/2 cup of quinoa.)
  • Cinnamon to taste.
  • Greek Yogurt (I use Fage 0%) – optional

Combine the warm quinoa, brown sugar and cinnamon together until quinoa is evenly coated. Then add a dollop of Greek yogurt (or more, if you’re like me) on top if you so desire. I told you it was easy. 😉

Enjoy. 🙂

Drink review: GT’s Kombucha Cherry Chia

GT's Kombucha Cherry Chia and my desk clutter 😉

Kombucha is a drink that I heard about, but flew under my radar fro some reason. I just happened upon this bottle of kombucha whilst scoping out my local Whole Foods for lunch options. I was think about picking up a can of green tea when this bottle containing chia seeds caught my eye. I had to have it. There was a choice between Raspberry, Grape and Cherry. I chose the cherry obviously.

I glanced at the Nutrition Facts

1 bottle contains 150 calories. Not bad. I was purchasing a low cal tofu salad, so I could handle the extra 150 kcal. What I LOVED was that the whole bottle contained 8g of fiber. Hello! Welcome to my life. In addition to this, was added the probiotics and antioxidants.This is an IBSer’s dream drink. lol.

Kombucha is a fermented tea that is, from what I’ve read, an acquired taste. What GT has done here is mixed the kombucha with juice to mellow the flavor – the ratio is 95% tea to 5% juice and the addition of chia seeds. Also of note is that this is a raw drink, so most of the nutrients should be alive and well. 🙂

When opening the bottle, you get a bit of a vinegary smell from the fermentation, don’t let that sway you. The taste is tart with a bit of fizz from the fermentation and crunch from the seeds. I really enjoyed this. It’s kind of like candy, but good for you. 🙂

If you see this drink at your local health food store, give it a try.

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Rethinking Breakfast: Bibimbap

This is a Korean dish that we have been enjoying for breakfast lately. My husband usually has the pleasure of making it and I eat it promptly without thinking of taking a picture first, so I have to link to other bloggers for photos.

We use brown rice, shredded carrots, spinach, bean sprouts, corn and ground chicken and eggs to make our bibimbap, but you can add whatever you want and it will taste good in my opinion. 🙂 We like to use lots of gochujang, which is a Korean Red Pepper paste. Sunchang makes a good Gochujang paste and Annie Chun’s also has a milder sauce that is readily available in stores.

Annie Chun's Gochujang

Here are some great bibimbap recipes. It’s a great way to get a healthy start to your day with carbs, veggies and protein. 🙂