i had such high hopes for the martha stewart lemon bars we made for k on father's day. sadly, they were a miss. too egg-y and the crust was...meh. do you have a lemon bar recipe that you recommend? we need a do-over over here.
truthfully, it is no different than winter hair or spring hair or fall. she like it up. always.
as for me, i think i will reprise my no blow-drying policy from last summer. (come on--who's with me?)
speaking of which, anyone want to volunteer to come over and braid my ton-o'-hair in the mornings? i can pay you in gummi bears swedish fish sunflower seeds.
okay, how about recommending your favorite anti-frizz hair product? please? one that will give my (naturally wavy) mane a fighting chance against this dastardly midwestern humidity?
do you go in phases like i do? eating healthy for a while, then not so much, then *really* notsomuch, then feeling like junk (because you're eating junk), then eating healthy again?
it has been 15 days since my last gummi bear.
so recently i've been reading a lot about the health benefits of a breakfast smoothie. (see here and here.) we've been experimenting over the last couple of weeks, and it's really kind of amazing what you can throw in a blender together and still come up with something that tastes good. avocado + spinach + nuts? not too shabby.
here's a recipe to inspire you, but anything goes, really. aim for a cup or so of fruit, a cup of liquid, a serving of healthy fats (avocado or maybe some flaxseed oil?) and some protein (nuts or protein powder), and you have a complete and tasty meal.
(serves 1 adult or 2 children)
1/4 c. frozen blueberries
1/4 c. frozen mango
1/2 c. fresh pineapple
small handful of fresh spinach
1/4 of a ripe avocado
1/2 c. almond milk*
1/2 c. water
4-5 ice cubes
*almond milk is available in most grocery stores, but did you know you can make your own? blend 1 cup of raw almonds with 4 cups water and a teaspoon of vanilla. strain. store in the refrigerator and use within 2 days. (or instead of almond milk, substitute 1 cup of water + a bit of almond butter.)
i wasn't feeling motivated to cook, so i cleaned out + re-organized my pantry (and kitchen in general) and now i feel much more inspired.
two of the best changes i made:
-installed a spice drawer in the pantry. nothing fancy, just a plastic drawer on a track attached to the shelf with a couple of screws. i've seen photos of bloggers with real pantry drawers and rows and rows of carefully alphabetized spices in pretty matching containers, but this will do for now. i'm just happy not to need a flashlight to find the basil anymore.
-replaced all our old plastic food storage containers with glass ones. such a simple change, but one whose time had come. our plastic stuff was pretty sad and i worried about the health risks associated with food and plastic. glass containers like these (the link is amazon but buy them from costco, they have the same set for $30 instead of $48) can safely go from the fridge to the microwave to the table, which makes them pretty darn convenient. i also like that they have square sides, which are a better use of space than round containers. if i could recommend one change to make in your kitchen, it would be getting rid of all your round plastic storage stuff. it's a waste of space and a pain to store.
what steps towards eating + living well have you taken lately? i'll hopefully have more to share (including recipes) later in the week.