Friday, April 11, 2014

New Finds

I am so glad this work week is done. I'm not going to even start explaining, or this will turn into a ranty novel. All I will hint at, is I wish I had noise cancelling headphones while I'm working in my cubicle. And I am thankful that most of my work day is spent out on the floor interviewing patients, reviewing charts, and nagging doctors. (Yes, most of being a case manager involves nagging doctors. But I've become very talented at nagging in a manner that seems like I'm helping, instead of nagging.


I have found 3 new things this week that are wonderful. They are not related. But all amazing.

1.  Smoothies. I've found that I don't have time to eat breakfast in the mornings - because racing from my work out to the shower to work...doesn't leave me time to even eat. Maybe if I didn't do my hair and make-up. But then I look like I'm 15 years old. So I busted out our blender, and have made some of the most delicious concoctions every morning. Here are a few combo's I do:

  • Blackberries, spinach, 8 oz almond milk, 1 scoop of "Amplified Wheybolic Extreme 60" vanilla protein powder, handful of chia seeds.
  • Strawberries, 1 large kale leaf, 8 oz almond milk, 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder, chia.
  • Sliced peaches, sliced mango, spinach, almond milk, protein.
  • 8 oz almond milk, 1 spoonful of natural peanut butter butter, 1 scoop chocolate protein powder.
**A note on the protein powder - it sounds like some extreme, mass-building, 'roid-poppin', kind of protein. But it's not. It's just low on lactose (easier on the stomach), and one of the lower calorie protein powders.

2.  White beans and sauce. I'm cutting back on meat consumption. Mostly because I'm too lazy to deal with raw meat when Ryan's not here. It has little to do with health or animals. I am just tired of cooking for myself, and don't feel like touching raw meat...for myself.

So I take canelli beans, 1/2 can tomato sauce, 1 oz can tomato paste, much garlic, S & P.....and it goes great on salads, in wraps, over quinoa, over rice, in a pita. Many options. It's delicious!

3.  Albuterol. Long story short -- I haven't been breathing well since December. I finally got an albuterol rescue inhaler. I tried it the other night, and almost made myself pass out from hyperventilating. I was so excited and thrilled to be able to completely inhale & exhale!! People that think doing drugs is cool should try albuterol - now that is some good stuff!

What have you found new lately?


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I finally found the blade for my bullet after having lost it since moving so I am going to maybe make some smoothies this month, too. If I am actually around and have a chance to get to the grocery store for fruit, that is! I used to have that as my meal after my run club workouts as it was one of the few things that sounded appealing after a hard workout.

I am all about the meatless meals, too. Meat is expensive and I find the stuff in the grocery stores totally disgusting. I'm all about dishes made with lentils or beans!

Marlys said...

Those smoothies look so healthy and tasty, too! I think I would love the bean concoction but your Dad, NOT! He's still a meat man and I think he always will be. I do agree with Lisa that the meat in a grocery store is disgusting! I'm sure they paint red food coloring on the beef or something like that! Ugh!
And I'm especially happy that you have found some relief for your breathing problem! AWESOME!