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Butternut Squash Win

Posted Sep 16 2010 4:06pm

Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride ? Um, I think so.

For starting off as such a sunny, beautiful day - it sure turned into the definition of fall this afternoon!

I’ve been sleeping so late lately! On my days off, I don’t wake up until 7:45 or 8:00…and I think it has entirely to do with the weather. I am just so cozy burrowed under 3 blankets!! I also think it’s because I’ve had so much more energy and have been staying up a bit later, too.

I think this is fully because of my diet. I feel like I’ve been eating really well lately, and Tat really got me thinking with her most recent post – we need to listen to our whole body when it comes to needing “fuel.” If I am feeling lethargic, tired, sick, or beaten down…chances are it’s because I’ve not eaten enough – not because I’m getting sick. Sometimes, hunger just doesn’t show up in the form of a rumbling belly and vocalizes itself in other ways ;)

Anyways. Just a good thing to keep in mind :)

The late morning’s have not meant neglected waffles, though. I will say…I sort of would rather sleep a bit more anyways, because now, rather than ride before the humidity sets in – I wait until it warms up a bit! It was in the upper thirties last night…vurrrreh chilleh! A down blankie and coconut waffles with sauteed plums and ‘nanner warmed me right up, though.

Well, that and the yoga. I debated a walk-run (especially after the weird, random dream that I was running a 5k with Rebekah ? odd…) but yoga just won out.

And I did two loads of laundry today. Who am I?! That’s big news. I guess I shouldn’t speak too soon though, because I still haven’t folded them or put them away, which we all know is the worst part.

Teddie says “Herruh!” P.S. I don’t really sound like that, I just say Teddie weird sometimes. Now I feel forced to create a video where I say something normally so you don’t think I go around talking like Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Oh, who am I kidding, I probably do sound like that.

Anyways – pumpkin was a champ today. He’s getting fuzzy for winter already. Which is scary. Even scarier is the fact that I ordered a bunch of winter riding clothes the other night. Horsey friends – make note that Dover is having a great sale! (enter “tenoff” to get $10 off a $75 purchase) And SmartPak has remarkable shipping and has these awesome winter riding boots for only $50. They’re my favorite winter boots and I’m so happy they’re making them again!! And they have a free shipping code.

On the way home I contemplated getting some groceries real quick but really didn’t feel like going. All I really wanted was broccoli. Solution? The “used food store” as I so lovingly call it, gets in local produce. I’d just stop their quick!

What a joke. Quick my butt. I think I was in there for an hour. There are, no joke, some serious gems in there. And half the time, the stuff isn’t even out of date! I just check dates before I buy, and pretty much everything has got a year left. I think the “oldest” thing I bought had a best-by date of July 2010. Uhhh, I think I’ll be okay if I eat unopened granola that is a month and a half old. I have no shame.

  • bulghur
  • BBQ sauce
  • granola
  • basil oil (so excited to try – it’s just EVOO infused with basil)
  • vanilla bean almonds (I’ve been looking for these everywhere! I think they discontinued them.)
  • sweet potatoes for only .79 cents a pound!
  • some peaches
  • broccoli
  • local maple syrup
  • garlic salt

A green monster was necessary upon arriving home. It was cold, and looking back I don’t know why I used frozen banana because I was cold all. after. noon.

  • spinach
  • frozen banana
  • peach
  • plain chobani
  • almond milk
  • peach ginger jam

Topped wiiiif:

  • wheat germ
  • dates
  • puffed rice
  • puffins
  • granola
  • peanut butter sauce

I was really fascinated in the granola/cereal aisle. I couldn’t decide! They had a bunch of Udi’s and this from Chappaqua Crunch . In multiple flavors. I was torn. It’s sort of funny because I’m not even much of a granola eater…I just am sort of in love with the idea of granola more than granola itself.

But, I am always a cinnamon-raisin lover , the crunch it provides is enjoyable, and so I went for it. And it is very good!! It is very well spiced, and not overly sweet, either. And the nutritionals aren’t so bad, themselves!

And then…I study-duddied. And was cold. It was only 62* in here! That sounds really warm, and is especially ironic because it was colder outside…but it just felt so much warmer!

At least I had fun stuff to study, though. I found this particularly interesting.

As well as what I read about phytochemicals and DRIs. I love how this book always says “energy” instead of calories, and even say to make sure you enjoy your food.

Although, I sort of feel like the evil step-mom because one of the discussion questions was about chocolate milk, and how we felt about it as a nutritious child drink. Everyone said it was very nutritious – and I think I was the only one who had negative things to say?! While I was researching for a response, though, I discovered that the recommended daily intake for sugar is no more than 12g of added sugars a day for kids. Mind you, this doesn’t count the naturally occurring sugars in fruits and such. For women, it’s only 20g. Yikes – I definitely think I overdo it! Often times it’s in the form of honey or maple syrup, but that still counts. I’ve thought to cut back recently (not adding much/any sweetener of some form to my oats in the am anymore!) but am probably still coming in high!

Speaking of sugar…some snacking ensued before I went out and took care of the horses. It was an okay day up until that point…then it decided to rain. Thanks, rain.

But it was okay…because dinner was such a rainy fall day meal.

I saw Brandi’s post this morning and new I had to try the same dish tonight. I’ve sort of feared squash for a while, because I would think of the baby-food like mush that my mom would pull out of the freezer and microwave.

I picked up a butternut squash the other day, hoping to have maybe grown a taste for it. This recipe from Food & Wine couldn’t sound better – and I new if anything was going to be a great reintroduction to squash, this would be.

And was it…holy cow this was good. I served it with bulghur instead of couscous and used a slotted spoon to serve since I wasn’t feeling the stew-ness – but I now think I love butternut squash. I can’t wait to try it in other ways!

What’s your favorite squash, and way to eat it?

What do you think about kids being served chocolate milk all the time? To quote myself, these were my thoughts:

I think that to thoroughly answer this question, we’d need to know what the rest of the diet of the individual consists of. We know milk is a great source of calcium, protein, riboflavin, B12, magnesium, potassium, and potentially Vitamins A and D as well. However – some chocolate milk can contain as much as 30g of added sugar! (Nesquick Lowfat Chocolate Milk) Plain 1% milk has 12g…so that’s at least twice as much in chocolate milk! If you think about it this way, a teaspoon of sugar has 4 grams of sugar. That’s like adding at least 4 teaspoons of pure sugar to your child’s ordinary milk…and you probably wouldn’t do that. And even worse is that even though Americans average having 22 grams of ADDED (being the key word) sugar a day – the recommended intake for children is only 12 grams a day. Since the sugar content of chocolate milk is not naturally occurring like it is for fruit, vegetables, and plain milk – that’s already enough sugar for the day and being children, they are bound to find more sweets! Sugar also raises adrenaline levels in some people, which may not be beneficial for a learning environment if it is served in places like school.

All of that being said, however – there are better ways to look at chocolate milk than it being full of sugar. For instance – it is a much better choice than a lot of fruit juices, sodas, and shakes, especially considering that it IS nutrient dense. And if you make it at home, you could likely easily cut down on the sugar content but still make it enjoyable.  Additionally – if chocolate milk isn’t overdone by being had a couple of times a day or even every day, its benefits would certainly outweigh the negatives. Maybe offering it on occasion – like every other day, or once a week?

Interestingly, though – and on a slightly different note – chocolate milk is beginning to be looked at as a sport’s drink much like Gatorade due to its’ carb, protein, and sugar content. It is shown to restore glycogen in the muscles. (Glycogen being what gives muscles fuel.)

Sources 1. “Does flavored milk have as much sugar as soda?” Consume This First. April 27, 2010.  http://www.consumethisfirst.com/2010/04/27/does-flavored-milk-have-as-much-sugar-as-soda/

2. “Report Provides New Sugar Recommendations For Adults,” Rodale. Main, Emily. April 21, 2010.  http://www.rodale.com/recommended-sugar-intake

3. “Chocolate Milk: The New Sports Drink?” CBS News. McNamara, Melissa. February 2006.  http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/02/24/health/webmd/main1342839.shtml

Nutrition Data for Sugar -  http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/sweets/5592/2


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