The Five Pound Cookie

Everyone has their last few LB’s that they strive to lose.  Whether it’s 3 lbs,  5 lbs or 10 lbs, they always seem to be the pounds that love you the most and don’t want to go away.  Well, my number is five and after a few years of observation, I am certain enough to say that it is a result of  the “five-pound cookie”.  Not literally but if I want to eat cookies, cakes and sweets on a weekly basis I will weigh 5 pounds more than  when I only eat sweets on occasion.  So, what is weekly and what is occasionally?  Weekly is not necessarily everyday, it could be, but it is more like 4-5 times a week and occasionally would be 2 or 3 times a month.  And I am not talking about eating a dozen cookies or all four sides of a brownie pan, for me it could be just one cookie.  This is just an observation about myself that brings awareness to how certain foods affect my body.  When you know the answers to the questions who, what, what, where, when, why and how about your own body, you will have what you need to move forward either in acceptance or to make changes.  When the answers are uncertain, take time to turn it within and survey your situation.  It might bring to light some of the answers you are looking for.  When you have the answers, you have the power to make the changes you want to see or the consciousness to say “ah, ok, this is why and this is ok with me”.   Everybody is different and everyone has their own “five-pound cookie”.  What’s yours?

Keep it Real. Keep it Simple. Make it Matter. – Andrea


Green Pear Spirulina Smoothie

I’m always trying to change up my morning smoothies with whatever I have on hand.  Yesterday I decided to try adding a pear and it was so good that I thought I’d share.

I also wanted to mention a good addition to smoothies, Spirulina.  I am not at ALL into supplements but after reading so much about Spirulina I decided it really does have a lot to offer.  You’ve probably heard how good sea vegetables are for us…seaweed, algae, nori, they are all from the superfood family of sea vegetables.  Well, Spirulina is a natural sea algae that you can buy in powdered form and add to smoothies without it changing the taste.  (It does make the smoothie more blue-green in color though)  I’ve been adding Spirulina to all my smoothies because it gives me Vitamin B12, something I don’t get on a vegetarian diet, as well as beneficial fatty acids, chlorophyll, protein, and many more vitamins and minerals.  Research has shown that Spirulina can be beneficial for people with type 2 diabetes, helps ward off heart disease and cancer, and acts as a detoxifier for the liver.  You can find Spirulina at any health food store.  I buy Pure Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica from Whole Foods.  A 5 oz bottle is about $20 but it lasts quite a while. Be sure to store in the fridge after opening.

This smoothie is great with or without the sprulina!

Green Pear Spirulina Smoothie (serves 2)

1 ripe pear, any variety, peel on, chopped in half

1/2 c frozen pineapple

2 large handfuls spinach

2 T flax seeds

2 t spirulina

1 C unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1/2 c water


Blend and enjoy! 


Triple Wash Spinach

This week in my produce box I received 3 large bunches of fresh yummy, dirty spinach.  I loved it, it even came with a friend ( I washed the friend down the sink).  For me , touching freshly picked food is very grounding and I like the energy I get from it.  Peeling, picking, chopping, I love it all.  Before putting any type of green I have away in the fridge, I like to wash it first and put it in a large zip lock storage bag with a paper towel.  I am more likely to use it and it saves in prep time when preparing a meal, smoothie or snack.

Fill your sink with clean cold water.

Pick off leaves and discard stems.

Play with the spinach in the sink 🙂 Swish it around, submerge it a few times, you know have fun with it! (What if this is the only fun you get to have all day – go with it)

Take it out of the water and place in a colander.  Or you can just pick the spinach up out of the sink if you don’t have too much.

Drain all of the water out of the sink, rinse the dirt out of the bottom of the sink and refill with fresh water.

Repeat this process 3 times.

Try Wilted Spinach as a side with scrambled eggs and sliced tomatoes.

Place a skillet on low heat with 1 T of  EVOO.  Crush a clove or 2 of garlic and saute for a minute or two.  Pile on the spinach, it will shrink down a lot. It is great if the spinach is damp after washing because that will create a little steam. With a pair of tongs, rub the spinach around the bottom of the pan a few times and then put on the lid.  It will cook down quickly so check it every  few minutes. Once the spinach has wilted, I transfer it to a bowl and cover it with a plate to keep it warm.  I then rinse and wipe out the same skillet and reuse it for my scrambled eggs.  I don’t love to wash dishes nearly as much as I love to wash my spinach!

I’ve missed you guys and I’ve missed blogging, yay me, I’m back! -Andrea

Better Instant Oats

Look for these great little boxes of instant oats at your local market.  I have found them at Target, Wal-Mart, and Harris Teeter.  I like the Organic Raw the best, loaded with healthy extras like flax and quinoa, yet perfect for when you are in a hurry.  I also like deciding how and what to sweeten them with…fruit, agave, and almond milk are my favorites.  The kids love the flavored varieties like blueberry muffin, oatmeal raisin cookie, and maple brown sugar.  These have added sugar but fewer and more natural ingredients than the Quaker variety.

Check them out and let me know your thoughts!

Peace and oats,


Let them loose in the kitchen!

I’m always amazed at what my kids will eat (or drink) if they’ve created it themselves.   I hate a mess in my kitchen but I’m trying to really loosen up on this and allow my kids to get in there and, well, make a mess.   I want to send all my kids out into the world with the skills to cook up lots of simple, healthy, yummy meals for themselves and their  friends so that pizza and fast food don’t have to be their only options.   (Not that I’d know anything about that….freshman 15 anyone?)

Henry loved this juice he came up with…not sure what he would have thought if I had been the one to invent it:)

Peace and juice,