Recently, I picked up a juicer. The first time we used it, I juiced EVERY fruit and veggie I had in the fridge. It was actually really good. Now, I'm more into juicing when I need to, and only what I need to. This morning, Jonas thought some fruit juice would go well with his waffles. I ended up making apple/pear/grape/strawberry/carrot juice. He said he didn't care for the carrot in there. I had a small glass of the juice. (I really have no taste buds right now due to the cold... everything kinda tastes the same)
Now, what I've been pondering... what do I do with all the pulp? There are recipes online for things you can do. Things that show you how you can count the calories for the pulp separate from the juice. But as a person who doesn't like to waste things, I've been trying to come up with ways I would use the pulp. This morning, I took the pulp and made oatmeal fruity pancakes!
My goto recipe for oatmeal pancakes? 1/2 cup oats, 2 egg whites, cinnamon, little splenda and an apple diced.
I figured, why not replace the apple with the pulp from the juicer? Results? It was tasty! Next, I think I might try muffins!
Yesterday we had a health fair at work. I was able to get my cholesterol tested. I'm proud to say, my cholesterol is currently in the normal range. My triglycerides however, were just a tad high. So I've been reading up on the best way to help lower those, other than exercising and losing weight. :) Something interesting I found was lower carb diets help with lowering triglycerides. You know, stay away from starchy, sugary stuff. Whole grains, fruits, veggies are good. Oddly enough, that's pretty much how I eat anyway. :)
Also at the health fair, I spoke with the trainer from the gym about my recent slew of injuries. What she suggested was to add in 10-15 minutes of yoga a day to strengthen the tendons in all my joints. That the 10-15 minutes would help more than 50 minutes once or twice a week with the strengthening of tendons. So, I'm on the lookout for a short yoga video or sequence I can do daily. Hopefully, this stops the injuries I've been having and lets me continue on my training plans!
And finally, I am 7 hours away from a week's vacation! I'm so excited about having some time off work. We've decided to stick around Chicago-land and play tourist by visiting the museums around town. Also requested were roller skating and geocaching if the weather holds and doesn't rain too much. I look forward to preparing some kick-ass meals this week as well. I have some things planned to try new things out. I'm looking at it as a week to rejuvenate, reevaluate myself and move forward with more motivation and spunk!