Month: June 2014

Currently in June

I’ll just be upfront and say that this post’s survey has been done before. I’m aware of it because if these two lovely ladies – Amanda and Sam. Sometimes I feel like I need to update you on aspects of my life outside of food and fitness, and while I do that on Sundays with Arman, those questions aren’t always as relevant to my current life.

So what am I obsessed with currently? Let’s see…

Current [book]:

I just finished The Circle, and now I started reading The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult. So far I’m into it. I think Picoult has a unique way of tying the pieces of her stories together. This particular novel is about a woman, whose parents were Jewish, who happens to unknowingly befriend a former Nazi. If that doesn’t pull you in, I don’t know what will.

Current [music]:

On Tuesday, Cassie and I saw the Arctic Monkeys. I always become more obsessed with music after I hear it live, and even though they were already on repeat for me, I’ve been playing them nonstop anyway. Apparently they brought a “heavier stoner sound” to the show. Wish I knew what that meant.

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Current [guilty pleasure]:

Chris D’Elia’s new show “Undateable.” NBC at 9pm on Thursdays. So funny.

Current [nail color]:

None. Except a light grey on my toes. I prefer my fingernails unpainted! Is that weird?

Current [drink]:

COCONUT WATER. Always.

Current [food]:

Bloobs.

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Current [wish]:

For my loved ones to be healthy and out of the hospital!

Current [triumph]:

Finding a few job listings that I’m actually qualified for. YAY. Progress.

Current [need]:

Goat cheese. I’m fresh out. Nah, jk. Well, I’m really out, but I don’t actually need goat cheese.

In all seriousness, I need world turmoil to calm down. Every day I open my Skimm email and am saddened to see even more unhappy news out of foreign nations.

Current [bane of existence]:

Crow pose. I cannot get into it not matter what I try! Mmmm that’s not totally true. An instructor at yoga the other day had us try to get into it a different way, and it alllllmost worked for me, but not quite.

Current [indulgence]:

These cookies.

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Current [procrastination]:

Cleaning my room and sorting out all of my belongings to either keep or sell (aka most everything from college).

Current [blessing]:

The fact that I wasn’t this guy.

Current [mood]:

Restless.

Current [link]:

20 Reasons D.W. Was The Real HBIC Of ‘Arthur.‘”

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& it’s Friday! Go have a glass of wine or something.

Questions of the Day:
>> Give me your current: music, book, food, link, and wish.

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No Such Thing As A Quick Fix Pill [Thinking Out Loud]

I’m just going to be honest with you today and tell you that approximately 70% of the time I sit down to write a post, I have the urge to just begin with: “Yo, here’s the story from A to Z.” I refrain… until now. But sometimes you can’t help it when you have a Spice Girls Moment.

Big S/O to Amanda for always letting us spill our thoughts on Thursdays and for hosting the crazy traffic on her blog. Also, thanks to her for understanding my endless need for chocolate.

I’m going to get a little more controversial for today’s Thinking Out Loud in regards to the recent flack Dr. Oz has received for some of the products he endorses. If you’re not familiar with Dr. Oz, he’s a doctor and television host. He’s also, in some people’s minds, the #1 source of health-related news. Let me clarify if you couldn’t catch my distaste for that last sentence: I do not really like Dr. Oz (and just fyi, for some reason I’ve typed Ox instead of Oz every single time so far).

One day, only last year, I was in a local grocery store looking over by the Bob’s Red Mill section. A woman came up next to me and was looking around, and she asked what I was looking for. I told her chia seeds, and immediately she got excited. She said something along the lines of she had just bought some for herself not long before and how they’re a superfood. “I saw them on Dr. Oz!!” she finished.

Dr. Oz has a HUGE influence on people in our society. I wondered to myself that day if the woman had done any research on her own about chia seeds. Maybe it’s just me, but before I try something related to my health, especially now that I’m a little wiser about advertising, etc., I make sure to look at more than one source. Honestly? I don’t think that the majority of Dr. Oz’s audience does that.

So here we are, and Dr. Oz is in hot water. On his show, he touted the weight loss benefits of green coffee extract and Garcinia cambogia. Dr. Oz referred to Garcinia cambogia as the “No Exercise. No Diet. No Effort.” way to lose weight quickly. UM. Okay.

That seems like a pretty twisted message to send. I mean, I wish as much as the next person that we humans didn’t need to worry so much about our health. Why can’t we just be healthy with no work? But that’s not the way it is, and frankly any doctor knows that. Actually, any doctor who believes that being healthy can really take no effort makes me scratch my head. Vegetables won’t cut themselves. Your legs won’t walk those miles without you. There is no pill that, alone, can give you perfect health or a perfect body. It does take work. And shame on Dr. Oz for even using those words.

My final two cents for today: do your own research and remember that healthy living might take some effort but the end result is so worth it.

Question of the Day:
>> Do you watch Dr. Oz? I don’t watch him, never will. I do like his daughter, though. Daphne Oz seems to live her life more holistically and healthfully. I really admire her, actually, and enjoy her on The Chew.
>> Have you ever questioned what celebrity doctors and trainers endorse?

Almond Coconut Cookies

Have you ever made a cookie dough to which you have a reaction that’s something like: “I WANT TO FACE PLANT INTO THIS RIGHT NOW!”

That’s kind of how I felt about these cookies. Let me back up a minute, though.

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It’s no secret around these parts that I love all things coconut. I put it on my face. I put it on my oatmeal. I make butter out of it. Heck, I even started oil pulling with it (but that’s too gross to talk about in this post, so we’ll chat about it some other time). Anyway. I love coconut. Oh and nut butter. That’s no secret either.

So last week, one mid-morning, I had just put the coconut oil on my face and had just had some almond butter with breakfast, and all of a sudden I was like, “cookies!!!!!” I don’t know why. I needed to make cookies right then and there. I got to thinking what kind I could make… chocolate chip, good but too boring… oatmeal walnut, not feeling it, maybe some other time…

Then I realized that the answer was right in front of me (but literally, like right in front of me). Almond coconut. “It will be a match made in heaven!!!!!” I said to myself.

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And it was.

I could honestly eat the batter raw, that’s how much I loved these cookies. Don’t worry mom, I didn’t eat raw batter (yes I did). Baked, these little guys are light and cake-like. The almond slices and shredded coconut give them a random crunch here and there, a welcome bit of texture. And, well, let’s not forget the awesome combo of almond and coconut. The flavors melt together to make a sweet, nutty cookie that even coconut haters will like. Believe me, my mom loved them, and she detests coconut.

But, um, if you’re a coconut hater you should really re-think your life choices. And then try these cookies.

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Almond Coconut Cookies

Makes 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 c. almond flour
  • 1 c. oat flour
  • 2 tbsp. coconut flour
  • 1/3 c. coconut palm sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 large ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 tbsp. almond butter
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/3 c. unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/3 c. sliced raw almonds
  • 1/3 c. shredded unsweetened coconut

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients, except the sliced almonds and coconut shreds, and give them a little mix.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine all of the wet ingredients, mixing well.
  4. Incorporate the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients gradually, mixing until the batter is sticky.
  5. Add raw almonds and coconut shreds to the batter. Mix.
  6. On cookie sheets covered with parchment paper, scoop batter into 1″ balls (I used a melon scooper).
  7. Bake cookies for 9-11 minutes or until bottoms are golden.

Questions of the Day:
>> What was the last thing you baked?
>> Favorite kind of cookie?
>> Why do we spell cookie with an “ie” and not a “y”? That was a random thought, sorry.