Friday, October 7, 2011

Healthy Options

Good Morning and happy Friday! Does anyone have any big plans for the weekend? We sure do here! JT's TOUGH MUDDER! It is down in Austin and it is going to be a BLAST! After I get done with this blog I am going to pull everything together so we can leave as soon as he gets home from school.

Overall, things here are going pretty well. I missed blogging yesterday (mostly due to time constraints and not enough to talk about). The only issue I am currently having is a severe migraine. It started during my 2nd softball game last night (very lightly) and got progressively worse throughout the night. I couldn't sleep because it kept waking me up, so, I'm just trying to relax a little to get it to at least calm down to a manageable level. I haven't had one like this in a long time - I get migraines often, but this one is something I only really ever experienced at A School when I first joined the Navy, it is like a throbbing every time my heart beats. I can feel my heart beating in my head and when it does it is painful and a throbbing pain. It SUCKS. lol. I am definitely ok though - I get headaches so often I can actually work with them if need be. :)

Ok, enough with the negative crap. I have some GREAT pictures to share today. The first thing I want to share is my DELICIOUS salad recipe - I master arts like salad making because there is no cooking involved! lol! Then,  I want to talk about "health options" when cooking at home, or juicing at home isn't possible. There are a TON of options!

My Salad -
The ingredients include: spinach, kale, arugula, green leaf lettuce, onion, half of a granny smith apple, sesame seeds, avocado, dehydrated organic cherries, organic garlic sticks, feta and balsamic vinegar for the dressing. :) Easy to make, affordable and 90% raw and whole foods. (the feta and garlic sticks aren't whole foods or raw.)

If you don't have time to make a gourmet salad at home, there are plenty of healthy restaurants as well as grab-and-go options at the grocery store. JT found a list the other day that I will try to dig up, but there are several restaurants that have a goal of health, sustainability and working with local farmers. Some of you who live in bigger cities might have actual "vegetarian" or "vegan" restaurant options, but for those of you who don't, there are still lots of options. One of those places is Chipotle. They offer a vegetarian option and it is not only delicious, but it is also affordable. I enjoyed it so much I didn't even snap a picture of it! So I got one on google images to give a representation of it.
This is pretty close to what I get, although I usually ask for half of a scoop of guac (they have a TON on theirs!) :) I usually get lettuce, black beans, corn salsa, peppers and onions, guac and usually another form of salsa. :) I sometimes also opt for cheese, but not always. This is a particularly good option if you have family that is not vegetarian because the meat is farm-raised in the local area (all of the ingredients are actually).

The next place I'd like to recommend is Jason's Deli. They are also committed to working with local farmers and providing healthy food options with no additives. Their soda's are all made with cane sugar as is their tea. They designate specific vegetarian options on their menu and they have a kick-ass salad bar! :) I have particularly been enjoying Jason's "Freshca" sandwich! :) SO yummy!!
It is focaccia bread with basil pesto (so obviously it has olive oil, which I generally try to avoid.) tomatoes, spinach and artichoke hearts. The olive oil makes it a little high in fat  and calories FYI, but it is really yummy and I feel like it is a good option. If it is not for you though, they also have several other vegetarian options including  a variety of vegetarian soups. The fruit is fresh too!

Now, if you're on the run and don't have time to juice, or need an afternoon pick-me-up between errands, a simple stop at the grocery store can do the trick! For juice, I usually pick one of these bad boys up at walmart for 4 dollars. It is a FULL meal replacement if you drink it all at once - so although 4 dollars sounds steep, it is definitely not.
The only downside to the odwalla is that it is flash pasteurized which takes away some of the nutrients. In terms of choices though, I think this is a practical one for most and a much better option than a drive-thru salad (with high-fructose corn syrup dressing on the side!) Naked is also an option - they are a bit more expensive and they also flash pasteurize.

The other on-the-go option I LOVE is raw food bars! I LOVE THEM! I eat them as snacks and meals. In fact, due to my headache I have felt pretty nauseous, and the raw food bar stayed down. :) There are several brands such as Raw Revolution, Lara, GOOD foodbar and a couple of others. They vary in price from 88cents (Lara on sale) to 3 dollars.

The bars are also great options for people with a sweet tooth! Some of them are like eating a candy bar!

Those are only a few of the many many options available when eating on the go. People always have excuses like "I don't have time to eat healthy" or "I don't have time to find a healthy option on my lunch break." Total bullshit. Those are excuses, there is ALWAYS time for health!

Thanks for reading! We'll have a great blog update come Monday with JT's results and a recap of our eating. We're going to find a vegan restaurant in Austin to enjoy! <3 Everyone have a great weekend!


  1. Hey Heather!! Entertaining blog, as usual!! I wanted to tell you that you can make your own Lara bars SUPER easy!! And by SUPER easy, I mean, RIDICULOUSLY, STUPIDLY, AMAZINGLY EASY!! The base is dates. Get ones that haven't been sulfured or coated with sugary syrup. They shouldn't be sticky in the package. Then, add other dried fruits if you want. This will be the sticky part that will hold it all together. The dry part that gives it substance and texture is nuts. Pecans, peanuts, cashews, walnuts, etc. Any will work. Pecans tend to be sort of greasy. Walnuts a little less so. Cashews and peanuts work great. All of them should be raw and unsalted. (Peanuts will be roasted, otherwise they're bitter) Anyway, put the nuts into food processor and grind them until small grains. You don't want them to be flour. I usually do two batches of nuts, and leave one a little chunkier for texture. Then, put them aside. Put the dried fruit into the food processor. process until it all comes apart into small pieces, and then comes back together into one sticky ball. Then it's ready. Mix the two. If it's too sticky, add more nuts. If it's too crumbly, add more dates/fruit. Also, add cinnamon, ginger, etc. Whatever. I'd add it to the dry nuts - it would be easier to incorporate. Then, put the mix in a gallon size ziploc, and use a rolling pin to roll it flat, and press hard so it all gets smooshed together. You can cut down the sides of the ziploc to get it open, then cut them into bars, and wrap in plastic wrap. OR, you can do what Bella and I prefer, and roll the mixture into balls. We call them Larry Balls instead of lara bars. :) OOH, we also add dry chia seeds. Hemp hearts would be great in these too. I imagine you could also add the PB2 if you're ok with the sugar in it. Anyway, have fun!! :) Oh, and they come out to WAY cheaper than Lara bars!!

  2. Heather, you and JT are really inspiring me. A little part inside of me wants to do more races, sprint tris, etc. But I have no friends locally who do that sort of thing. But it would be SO fun if we met up a few times a year at various races and did them all together! I could fly to Texas or wherever maybe once a year, or we could find ones that are in between us, or we could all travel to a fun location (las vegas, etc) to do fun races in those places! Fun fun! Thanks for inspiring me, you guys! :)