Before I get to the food reviews I just have to share something about my exercise routine. Before we went on vacation my body was craving more exercise. I walk 3 miles a day outside at a pretty good pace and I finish in just under 40 minutes.I also do some resistance training with free weights. I got the Aqua jogger so I could work out in the back yard pool and work my leg muscles in a non impact way. Well since I cut my pinky badly I am avoiding getting in the pool right now until it has a little more healing time. On my walk the other day I had the desire to jog and even though I have arthritis in my knees and I usually avoid any exercise that puts more impact on my joints I gave in. It felt wonderful and freeing. I didn’t have any ill effects the next day other than a little soreness in my legs so of course yesterday and today I jogged again only about 1/3 of my 3 mile route and not all at once. I have to stop and walk and then jog a little, back to walking and so on. My body appreciates the extra work out and I didn’t know I had so many muscles in my legs that were not getting used with my walking routine. I ache in places I didn’t know I could ache! It is not my knees either, they feel great!
I know that losing the last 17 pounds has taken 68 pounds of pressure off my knees (you add 4 pounds of pressure to the joints for every pound you are overweight) but I had no idea what a difference it would make in how light I feel and how much better my knees feel when I jog and walk. This is one of those non scale victories that is so rewarding.
As soon as my finger is healed and I am back in the water I should cut back on the jogging but for now it feels amazing! One side affect is that I have been extra hungry the past two days. I don’t know if that is a coincidence or a result of the jogging. I am very careful to make sure I am eating a balanced amount of healthy food at my meals since I don’t snack and I have not altered my food intake so I don’t know what that is all about.
I am a foodie I admit it, I love finding new products that taste good. I just can’t keep them to myself they need to shared. Some of these are foods that I have enjoyed for quite some time and others are new foods that are going into the regular rotation and I will continue to buy.
The other day daughter Katy and I stopped by a grocery store that I don’t usually shop at and they had an awesome health food department. We also discovered some wonderful items in the frozen foods section that were new to us. It reminded me that I need to step out of my usual routine of shopping at the same places week after week and check out some other stores to see what they carry that is different. In an effort to make my home page load faster I am trying out the more function.
The Alexia Whole Grain rolls are an old favorite. These are found in the freezer section and you heat them up in the oven. They are soft and moist and so delicious. I find these at the regular grocery store and Whole Foods.
Edamame is a snack enjoyed by everyone in my family. I usually buy them frozen and we heat them up add some coarse salt and serve them with soy sauce. I recently bought some edamame already shelled and though we don’t like them this way to snack on (the pods are so much more fun) these are handy for adding to salads, rice pilaf or pasta dishes. Don’t worry if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s many grocery stores now carry edamame, look in your produce section or with Asian foods in the freezer section.
This salad dressing is a new find for me. It is so light and refreshing with a slightly sweet flavor making it perfect to pair with baby salad greens and some fresh berries, peaches, feta cheese and toasted almonds. It is fat free so if I am having a higher fat entrée I can still have a flavorful salad with out adding more oil to the meal. I love that! I found this one at Whole Foods but the regular grocery stores also carry Annie’s dressings. Sometimes they are located in the health food section if your store has one.
Last summer when we were vacationing in Utah we kept seeing this container of salt on restaurant tables. At first we thought what is the big deal, salt it salt! Wrong! This salt tastes so much better than good ole’ Morton. It has more than just a salt flavor to it. It is hard to describe you really have to buy some and try it yourself. I find it at Whole Foods.
Do you have a new food find to share?