TGIFriday! I don’t know about you, but I’m so thankful that it’s the weekend! I had two extremely important exams this week–one on Wednesday and one on Thursday–and I’m looking forward to having some time over the weekend to just relax and take my mind off of everything work- and school-related.
This past week though (really, the past few weeks), I’ve thought about nothing but those exams. I don’t know about you, but I’m a terrible test-taker, especially when the exams are timed. My anxiety always gets the better of me and I tend to get distracted easily and completely lose my concentration. The last long, timed test I took, I started to get hungry halfway through and I couldn’t think of anything but the crazy rumbling noises coming from my belly. Because I didn’t want to go through that again, I vowed to come up with a plan. I did a little research to find out what foods would give me enough energy to stay alert for up to 5 hours (the length of each exam) and power my brain! As it turns out, the body uses proteins to manufacture amino acids, which contribute to mental acuity and motivation. There are also studies that show that omega-3 fatty acids increase memory and reduce the rate of brain aging. With that in mind, I decided to make a big batch of Almond-Macadamia-Flax Butter. Continue reading →
I don’t know how I went so long in life without trying kabocha squash. I suppose I always thought it looked a bit knobby and unattractive sitting next to its fellow smooth-skinned squash brothers. Not to mention, the unknown can be daunting. Why would I try the funny-looking squash when there are so many other beautiful varieties that I already know are delicious? (Honestly, I should know better than to judge a book by its cover.) I’ll tell you why…
I’ll be perfectly honest: It can be difficult at times to be a vegetarian, particularly when eating out at restaurants. Don’t get me wrong, I love salads. But in many restaurants, the salads are the only vegetarian dishes on the menu. If I’m looking for more options, I’ve found that my best bet is to convince my hubby to go to Thai, Chinese, or Indian restaurants (just to name a few). That’s because, while it’s common to eat meat with practically every meal in our culture, meat isn’t such a staple in many other cultures.
In an effort to broaden my horizons, I’ve been trying my hand at unfamiliar dishes–dishes that I typically only encounter at restaurants–at home. Novel idea, right? Why haven’t I tried this more often?!? I’ve been focusing on the more traditional foods (not the more recent, Westernized foods) that are staples in different countries. My focus this time around was on Indian food. Indian food commonly includes grains, legumes, veggies, and spices. Dal (also spelled dahl or daal) is a traditional Indian stew prepared from dried split lentils, peas, or beans. It’s a pretty basic dish that can be adapted to accommodate nearly any preferences. And for those who consume little to no meat, daal provides a comparable protein content to meat. It’s also a great source of fiber, iron, and potassium–all with virtually no fat! Amazing, right?! Continue reading →
It’s been one of those crazy weeks. Not bad crazy, just crazy. I feel like I’ve been on a roller coaster; I’ve gone from being elated (when I got the wonderful news that one of my dearest friends is getting married) to being utterly frazzled (before and during a very important test yesterday). I tend to whine and complain when I’m at the bottom, but I would take the ups and downs of a roller coaster over a boring old merry-go-round any day.
So, since I completely forgot to take pictures of my eats over the past couple of days, I thought I would share with you my very yummy, albeit random, eats on Sunday. I’m also excited to share with you my new favorite seasonal fruit salad!
On cold mornings like this, I want nothing more than a nice warm bowl of Quinoa Porridge.
I just love when it snows in Dallas!! It’s a rare occasion, but when it does happen, I turn into an excited little kid who can hardly wait to throw on my boots and heavy winter coat so that I can run outside to build snowmen and make snow angels. Ok, so we usually don’t get enough snow for that, but I try my hardest to make it work!