Wednesday, January 13, 2010

New Recipe

The Aaron Uher some of you remember, is the one who lived off of Wonder Bread from the 99 Cents Only Store and counted the challenge of eating an entire pack of ball park hotdogs, a complete joy.

Oh the strides my man has taken concerning his eating habits. We weren't lying when we named our blog "A different but loving pair". We are different in countless ways, but eating was one of the big ones.

A few months ago, Aaron asked me if I could start packing his lunches for him. You can imagine my glee. This didn't give me complete control, but enough that I was pleased.
I've been posed with a challenge to balance out giving him foods that I consider 'healthier choices' and foods that he actually likes. He has one heck of a metabolism and digests most foods pretty well, so my options weren't too limited. After all, my totally hot-hardworking stud needs sustained energy for representing 1 800 Got Junk, to the best of his ability. P.S. thank you, GotJunk, for the fabulous 50 inch plasma screen TV that Aaron is mounting on the wall in front of me as I type this. No joke, folks.

Anyhow, today I came up with a new recipe for bars to pack in his lunches, bars that I consider to be packed with what I like to call 'happy foods'.

I don't know what to call them. For now, they are Aaron's Peanut Butter Oat Flax Bars.
If you have any ideas, leave me a comment. Also, if you try the recipe, let me know how you like them!

So here is the recipe to: Aaron's Peanut Butter Oat Flax Bars (until someone comes up with a better name) As always, I suggest the highest quality ingredients available to you. (i.e. certifed organic and/or least processed)

1 Cup Sucanat*
1 package of quality protein (equivalent to about 1 scoop)
2/3 Cup natural, unsalted, crunchy Peanut Butter
1/2 Cup Agave Nectar*
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil*
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
3 Cups Rolled Oats
1/3 Cup Flax Fiber
1 Cup (+ a lil' extra) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

*Substitutions (I haven't tried it with these substitutions, but I am sure these would be fine)
*Sucanat is dehydrated cane juice, I am sure any organic /raw sugar would be fine
*Honey could be used instead of Agave Nectar
*Unsalted Butter could be used instead of Coconut Oil

I didn't add Sea Salt, but I bet 1/2 tsp of sea salt would be beneficial to this recipe. I will add next time.

Mix sugar, peanut butter, protein powder, agave nectar, coconut oil, flax fiber and vanilla extract with a hand held mixer until well combined. Using a wooden spoon, stir in oat flakes 1 cup at a time. Add chocolate chips. I scooped into a 9 x 13 in. glass baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. I set my timer for 12 minutes, then rotated the pan and baked for 10 more minutes. Let cool for 10-15 minutes and cut into bars. Leave the bars in the dish to cool. I eventually put the pan in the fridge for a few hours for the bars to firm up. Otherwise, they fall apart super easily!


Anyway, hope you try it and like it! Aaron says he does!

lovelove
michelle




Sunday, January 10, 2010

Happy New Year!

Hi friends! I've missed you all! Aaron were out and about in Colorado and Arizona for the last few weeks. We had a blast. As always, we were so humbled by the majestic beauty of the mountains and desert, yet reminded of how fortunate we are to live in Encinitas.





As most of you know, I seek to live a decently healthy lifestyle. I seek to make wise decisions concerning what foods I put in my body, hydration, sleep cycle, exercise, and most importantly, my spiritual health, which I ultimately sumbit to the One I believe created me. I believe I will live one life in one body on this earth and I hope to take care of this body to the best of my ability. What really excites me, is that I am privileged with helping others reach their optimal health.

I am a professional fitness coach who advocates a healthy lifestyle but I am not a nutritionist. Any nutritional information I share here is information I have learned through my personal journey of health. Every person has individual needs and I encourage you to seek out a professional if needed.
Anyway
During the holiday break, I, um, ate a bit heavier than normal. After arriving home and stepping out of our van and feeling the ocean in the air we breathe here, I had this deep desire for cleansing.
I was hoping to post this on Monday before I started my (gentle) detox and encourage any of you who interested to join with me, but Aaron and I had a lot of stuff to take care of this week. Well, coincidentally, I have had a lot of questions this week concerning detoxing. So, I am post this now.
I don't advocate an "eat all you want for a period of time" and then detox lifestyle. I actually believe in ongoing cleansing, but detoxing can also be a gateway to altogether cleaner eating habits. There are all sorts of detox programs to varying degrees and this may not be the right fit for you, but if anybody does want more info, email me. If anyone does try this, let me know how it goes!

Firstly, let me say that the ingredients used were the highest quality I could find. (i.e. certified organic, hormone-free)

Each morning I started off with a smoothie:
Water, Romaine lettuce, celery, apples, banana, parsley, ciliantro, & fresh lemon juice. I blended until smooth. Yes, blended and not juiced. I don't have an 'official position' on juicing vs. blending. I believe both to be beneficial. Most mornings, I drank a mug of warm water and half a lemon before the smoothie. I didn't always have time for this. It is extremely important that the first liquid to enter our stomaches in the morning is NOT coffee. I struggle with this because I do love a nice mug of warm coffee in the morning. I suppose I could call it one of my New Year's resolutions. Coffee will not be the first thing to enter my body in the morning!

My snacks would vary: fruit, coconut water, raw nuts, raw truffle balls, veggies.

Lunch: Spinach salad loaded with veggies. I always included one full avocado and about a teaspoon of pumpkin seeds. I seasoned with Celtic Sea Salt and the only dressing would be Apple Cider Vinegar and/or 1/2 lemon and/or Cold Pressed Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Dinner was my only cooked meal: hormone-free meat and veggies. If possible, I suggest eliminating cooked oils, but it wasn't the best option for me. Veggies can be raw, steamed, or roasted.

The only beverages allowed: water and tea. I do recommend that in order to know the amount of water you drink, divide your bodyweight in half. Work toward drinking that amount in ounces per day. (not only during detox, but everyday)

Reminder, NO:
dairy
caffeine
alcohol
grain products


Minimal amounts of:
Sugar (only naturally occurring sugar from the produce and a bit of agave nectar)
Cooked Oils (ideally none)

Transition off of the detox should actually be gradual. Eating habits shouldn't be a stark contrast from the detox.

Anyway, love you all!