Gotta-Have Groceries Pt.2

Gotta-Have Groceries Pt.2

Thought it might be time for another gotta-have groceries, as it’s been a good while and I always did mean to make it “a thing”.

Like last time I searched my cupboards for things I like to keep on hand, at, all, times, that also did not involve regular staples.

No fruits and veggies will find their way on the list, yet again, though one would argue that they are the most gotta-have worthy. For the purposes of sharing with you the “unusual” however,Ā I did steer clear of the most “usual” that I believe most people would already assume staples of a healthier kitchen.

LETS BEGIN


First things first is a big ol’bin of pitted dates. I like to have these around for making date balls (like delicious protein or energy balls with blended dates, almonds and flaxseed and rolled in cocoa powder or coconut flakes). They are so so sweet so when making things like homemade granola bars orĀ raw brownies, you really don’t have to add any sweeteners at. all. I have pureed themĀ mixed with cocoa powder, coconut flourĀ and plain unsweetened protein powder to make home made protein bars (dipped in extra dark chocolate of course). I’ve pureed a couple with a few ripe bananas, vanilla extract and water to make a yummy sweet “banana milk”. Even on their own as a little chewy treat, like a piece of candy.

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Dates areĀ a great source of quick energy with their sugar content, hence the sweet, but also are a great source of fibre and are full of other vitamins and minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and some b-vitamins, among others. They are also especially good for… ahem… regularity.


NEXT. Smoked paprika. I put that shhh on everything… ok maybe not literally but pretty darn close. I went a brutal TWO WEEKS where I couldn’t find smoked paprika and it made my kitchen moody. I use it to season chicken, on salads, on fried eggs. I use it along with other goodies to make a taco seasoning when we do ground turkey for taco salads.

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As a savory, crunchy, healthier-than-a-bag-of-chips-late-at-night snack I sometimes throw a tiny bit of evoo on some slice cucumbers with a little pink salt, fresh pepper and smoked paprika. Basically anytime there is tofu, or turkey, meat or meat replacement in general, there will be aĀ sprinkle of smoked paprika.Ā Regular paprika will do no good when making deviled eggs, chickpeas salads are nothing without it, so are roasted chickpeas and hummus. Seriously this blog could have been called Sweat & Smoked Paprika.


Dark chocolate. If you come to my house you will always find a bar of dark chocolate or two in my fridge. The “butter” compartment in the fridge is actually the dark chocolate compartment. If you can’t find it in the fridge, it’ll be in the freezer. I like ma chocolate cold. Currently I’m lovingĀ dark chocolate with a little mint in it, it cuts the bitterness of the dark and is super cool and refreshing. Usually I just eat it onĀ its own but sometimes I will dip it in a little vanilla coconut yogurt, or peanut butter.

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Extra dark chocolate is best dipped in something that has it’s own bit of sweet in it though, we once dipped a 90% dark in some natural peanut butter and I experienced that unpleasantĀ mouth-drying-mouth-smacking sensation that I imagine dogs get when they eat PB. BUT dip it in a little yogurt and honey and you’re in heaven! Break it over some oats in the morning or melt it down with a little coconut oil and drizzle it over someĀ home made date brownies (seriously. so good), whatever the case I can not NOT have dark chocolate in the house.


Alright one more. We are going to make buckwheat groats the last one. I use to buy these a couple years back and then it was like they disappeared from all grocery stores… that I shop at.Ā Only recently did IĀ find them again at a grocery store which I will now continue to shop at… because I know they sell them… Ok they sell other fantastic things as well (*cough* Natures fare *cough*)

Buckwheat groats are not only a complete protein but they are also gluten free and they have so many uses. You can grind them to make buckwheat flour, boil them to make a hot dish for a great pasta replacement, you can even sprout them to eat in salads. My favorite use for them however, is raw. I don’t do a darn thing to them. They are perfectly crunchy without being hard and they make THE BEST add-in’s to your favorite granola. I use them when I do a “raw” cereal bowl, with chopped apples, goji berries, banana milk (or almond milk), chia seeds and cinnamon. They add a different sort of crunchy texture to the cereal, making it even more like an actual cereal than it really is. I put it on top of oats, in homemade granola, or sprinkled on a salad, again for the texture.

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Besides being gluten free and a source of protein, they areĀ also a great source of fibre and a fantastic source of antioxidants. Buckwheat also has components that have been shown toĀ lower blood sugar after meals and has been implicatedĀ in helping to lower LDL levels, AMONG OTHER THINGS.

Go eat some buckwheat.


 

Well that’s all she wrote!… Literally.

Do you have any of these as staples in your house as well? What kinds of things have you been obsessing over eating lately, any different spices or herbs that you literally (ok figuratively) put on everything?

Also let me know if I should do a gotta-have groceries “produce edition” or something of the like!

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Random Acts Of Exercise: 8 Ways to Add Activity to Your Day.

Random Acts Of Exercise: 8 Ways to Add Activity to Your Day.

Ever have days where you don’t want to do a darn thing? Or what about days where you are so busy that you can’t possibly squeeze in even one extra thing. What about if you are just looking for a way to add activity to your day, have a desk job, or sit 80% of the time. What ever the case may be, random acts of exercise may your solution!

There are some days when I know I wont get an exercise in for one reason or another, or maybe I’ve already had rest day but I’m feeling like another one and I’d also still like to do SOMETHING. These are days when I usually do random acts of exercise. Actually sometimes they can just be an add-on to my day, even when I do actually work out. So todays tip Tuesday takes a break from food and instead I thought I’d share with you 8 ways to randomly add exercise to your days!

8 Random Acts Of Exercise

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  1. Keep a yoga mat beside your bed. Doesn’t even need to be a mat, but if you have one it is a way to encourage morning workouts. Now when I say “morning workouts” I don’t really mean work outs. I mean roll out of bed (I LITERALLY do roll out) fall on your mat and stretch it out. Throw in a set of “until-fail-crunches”, stretch a bit more, and finish with some push-ups (also until fail)! Having a mat already there and ready to go is a great reminder that you actually want to do something. For myself, I always have the best intentions before bed, but when I wake up I get going into my regular routine and, in my morning-brain-fog, I totally forget about those intentions. It also eliminates steps… like grabbing and then rolling out your mat. Which might seem like a tiny issue, but believe me, all your mind needs to convince yourself NOT to do something is a half a second and a tiny issue.
  2. Calf raises everywhere! Doing the dishes? Do some calf raises. Brushing your teeth? Calf raises. Waiting to cross the street, or in a line up? Calf raises. Standing around doing nothing while watching your kids slide down slides or swing on swings? Calf raises. Seriously, they’re magical do-where-ever-you-want exercises, and if anyone looks at you funny, tell them about random acts of exercise, spread the word and lets make it a thing!
  3. Take 30 seconds to sit on a wall. Have you ever done wall sits? Some people make them look like a piece’o’cake, but they can be rather difficult! So every now and then, throughout your day, take 30 seconds (or 40, or a whole minute!) to do a wall sit! Even on your busiest days, I have no doubt that you can find an extra free 2-3 minutes to sit… on a wall… img_20170403_082103_900.jpg
  4. Stand. This seems so simple but seriously this is something I do daily…. I sit to study, I sit to write up a posts, I sit to relax. Studying can be anywhere between 3-4 hours and if I also have to write a post, well that could take who knows how long. So I stand. Get yourself a bed tray or laptop table that you can put on top of your current work space. It’s cheaper than a standing desk and makes for an easy switch from sitting to standing whenever you like!
  5. Cleaning counts. Seriously. Washed a bunch of windows? Vacuumed up and down stairs? Or how about you didn’t clean but you went grocery shopping and did a bunch of running around? Do you have a job that requires you to move around a lot? Lift heavy things often? Every day life counts. Don’t let yourself or anyone else convince you that it doesn’t. Being active is being active.wp-1491241099686.jpg
  6. Take the stairs. Going old school with this one. Working in a building with elevators? Take the stairs instead. What about if you are going on a walk? Add to it by taking stairs when you see them (some walking paths will have steps to other areas). Know of a set of ridiculously tall stairs, go walk up them just for the sake of it and call it your workout for the day. Don’t have time to go somewhere with stairs? Just walk up and down your own stair case at home!
  7. Put some weights by your side. Occasionally I will have a set of dumbbells by my side. Sometimes I set this up on days I KNOW I wont be doing much. Then it’s a matter of time. By this I mean I would set my timer for a good 60 minutes and focus focus focus on what I’m doing, and when my timer goes off I stop and give myself a 10-15 min break to do some curls or lateral raises or tricep extensions, whatever I like really. Like number 1, if they’re there, I’m more likely to do it! Depending on your work or your needs you could put a set in your car, keep a set under your desk at work, keep them where ever they’ll be the most useful and easy to grab!img_20170403_082605_194.jpg
  8. Go to the wash room! I saved this one for last as this is the one I do the most often. No matter how busy your day is… or how lazy. No matter what you are doing or where you are. You. will. need. to go to the washroom. This is when I spend an extra couple minutes to do some squats. Bathroom squats, I do these so often it’s almost become a habit. I do 25-45 squats every time I use the washroom, preferably AFTER I’ve used the washroom…. Now if you’re coupling this with drinking lots of water in a day, you can imagine that you’re going to get a lot of squats in! You can add more or less depending on your time crunch or how many you need to do to feel something, but more often than not I wake up feeling that wonderfully sore feeling! Bonus tip: If you’re at home, combine this tip with tip #7, keep a set of dumbbells in your bathroom and turn these into weighted squats!

If you are NOT like me and you don’t care who see’s you do what, turn it up and do some random jumping jacks mid stroll, triceps dips off a bench while you sit down to eat, pushups in the park, whatever you like!

lets make random acts of exercise a thing!!