Friday, June 26, 2009

growing up big & strong

Why hello there, how are you doing on this gloomy NY Friday? I'm home from work because I'm not feeling too well :(. I've been fighting off this cold for a while now and it appears as though it's gotten the best of me today. Don't worry about me though :) with excessive rest, a touch of medicine and good food, hopefully I'll be feeling my quirky self again soon.

Anywho, I made a fantastic dinner last night! I chopped the remainder of my farmer's market spinach, (have to stock up on that tomorrow, there's nothing quite like it,) cauliflower, and zucchini (one of my favorite summertime veggies) and tossed it into a pan with EVOO and two cloves of garlic.

Delish, especially served alongside a shy baked yam. The weather hasn't been too nice, as I've mentioned, so I wanted something warm and comforting. A few hours later I curled up in front of the TV with peppermint tea, a square of dark chocolate, and the boy. What a perfect ending to a Thursday. We watched the Hurricane and half of Wall-E. Both are great movies, one more kid-friendly than the other :).

For now I'd like to share some magnificent freebies I've recently picked up from the giveaway table at Fitness. The first, a very large container of my beloved steel-cut oats. These are going to last me all winter. Wonderful :). Plus two new books! Being that the magazine is very much focused on fitness (obviously), nutrition, and health we get a lot of goods of the sort. I'm loving these perks!

The right one has yet to be released (it's a fun read about self-esteem and -confidence, look out for it,) however it's friend on the left, the Whole Foods Diet Cookbook, is. This fabulous book explains the importance of eating, you guessed it, whole foods as an introduction to a good-for-you collection of family-friendly recipes I assume any child would love.
Yes, I'm thinking about the kiddies again, enjoy the PSA and feel free to share your thoughts!
I haven't always loved healthy food as much as I do now but I never hated it. I suppose I actually have somewhat of a simple palate... I was raised eating Crispix or plain Cheerios for breakfast, having a piece of fruit with my packed lunch, and always enjoyed at least one vegetable at dinner. Since then I've obviously became more nutrition-oriented but I think it was my upbringing that made it so easy.

By the way this was lunch: a humongous salad topped with EVOO and lemon juice and the remainder of last night's yam on the side. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that all those vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants work their magic soon... I'm supposed to be babysitting tonight! Take care :)

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