Monday, July 23, 2012

Bitlet's For You This Past Week: July 8th- 23rd, 2012

For some reason, I always envisioned that a gram of sugar was equal to a teaspoon of sugar. Turns out this is not the case!

Whether you eat gluten free out of necessity as in a celiac diagnosis, or out of trend because you've heard so much about it, please read this. If you read a lot of gluten free blogs, you may have already seen it, but it not- take a look!

Check out this awesome list of goodies!

Apparently Campbell's bought out Bolthouse recently... there seems to be more and more of this kind of thing going on. And it's not good.

Applying a gluten free lifestyle to an olympic athlete: better times, more energy & stronger finishes.

Why our cultural norms will be the end of us.

Carbs go in, cardio goes out... Sound familiar?

Some great natural beauty tips! 

This girl speaks the nutritional truth!

I'm getting excited about the days of mass amounts of zucchini at farmers market!

Last year I simply halved cherries & froze them, but there's a better way!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Peach Iced Rooibus with Watermelon Mojito Cubes

Prince George isn't a place that gets too terribly hot. Definitely not hot enough to invest in a/c. In fact, I think most people get pretty darned excited when it gets above 20 degrees. Summer weather is definitely embraced by people up here, myself included.

While I've been feeling a little under the weather lately and haven't exactly been taking in the warmth as much as I'd like, I spent a little time in our hammock enjoying the sunshine this afternoon. Which eventually led me back into the house for a cool beverage...

Last weekend in an attempt to make iced tea, I "killed" our antique juice pitcher. I was much more careful this week, and went with the cold brew/longer time method rather than the hot water/immediate steeping way of going about it. It's been in the fridge for a few days, so I figure it's about ready!

Any tea (preferably with some fruit flavor) would work once steeped (either hot or cold, long or short) and the combinations for ice cubes are equally endless.

My slightly stolen, friend of a facebook friend's popsicle almost-recipe inspired these cubes. Into the blender (and then freezer) went:

-juice of one lime
-350g frozen watermelon chunks
-100g peeled cucumber
-handful fresh mint leaves

Every summer (last year included) I buy a mint plant with the intentions of hosting marvelous mojito drinking parties. Let's be honest though, the only people we've had over to our house in Prince George since moving here have been related to us. We're not big drinkers as it is, so most years the mint plant doesn't exactly get the attention it deserves. This is at least summer number four of mint plant buying, so it's about time I've started branching out...

Do you have any favorite recipes for fresh mint? 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Bitlet's For You This Past Week: July 01st-07th, 2012

I'm hanging out at my grandparent's house a province over this weekend for my grandpa's 80th birthday party. Sure to be filled with plenty of stories, eats & fun I'm looking forward to seeing them. In the meantime, here's a few little bitlet's for ya!

The science behind taste vs the color of tomatoes.

If you needed another reason to buy organic tomatoes, here it is!

The root of weight gain: Scientific truth to low carb v.s. low fat v.s. what the food guide tells us to eat.

Sure, food is all about moderation... but what does that really mean?

These Sea Salt Caramel Bars look super tasty!

This BLT quinoa salad was on my to-make list this week, but sadly it didn't happen. It'll be first up when I get home!

 Check out my tomato progress!

I handed in my application for the yoga teacher training program this week & now have a stack of books on my nightstand (not that this is my nightstand) to get through before I start in September! Woohoo!

I used to like being busy. Correction: I used to think I liked being busy. I remember a time in my life when I felt guilty saying "no" to the bank machine when it asked me if I was finished my banking. I still think about it when making a deposit and have a little inside laugh to myself. While I've come a long way from then, and now have the ability to tell people (and inanimate objects) no, this is exactly what I needed today. It's enough to make me want to close up shop on this blog, as it's become something I feel obligated to do now, rather than something I enjoy doing. And yet still completely self imposed. I'll never have the photography skills to "make it" as a blogger, as I don't have much of an interest in photography & live in a basement suite in Northern Canada (not a lot of natural light!). I'm not much of a recipe developer- hell I can't follow a recipe, let alone write one!

I tend to have a "go big or go home" attitude about things. And despite the half-assedness of my blog on the best of days, I'm a bit of a perfectionist. I have a very healthy interest in food, health and the environment and that's okay. I just need to let it be an interest, without attachments. I just need to let go of the expectations I've put out there for myself. I don't need to write daily posts, I don't need to trial recipes multiple times until they're perfect enough for others (Remember that part about not following recipes well? Not even my own!), I don't need to have a ton of linens & backdrops & lightboxes & fancy silverware to stage food photos. I'd rather eat the damn meal before it gets cold. I don't have a microwave to throw it into after I've snapped a few hundred photos on my DSLR. Nope, I snap one or two on my iphone & chow down. At the end of the day, it's about eating for me. I'm not much of an artist of any sort, honestly. Maybe I just haven't found my "calling"; my creative outlet. Either way, this isn't it.

Should this come to fruition, feel free to keep following me on Facebook, as I'll always have lots of little bitlets to share that my "Real Facebook friends" don't particularly care for...

Love always,


Sunday, July 1, 2012

Bitlet's For You This Past Week: June 24th-30th, 2012

Happy Canada Day Everyone! And an early Happy Fourth of July to those of you a little further south; it's coming up quickly! If the rain kept you in this long weekend, here's a few little bitlet's to check out until the sunshine decides to join us!

Fat: You need it. Here's proof (if you really weren't convinced...)

Ayurveda anyone?

Glutathione: The healing helper.

A fantastic visual for acidic & alkaline foods

Weary about using pharmaceuticals when your littles ones have come down with something? Here's a great guide to natural alternatives for kids! 

A great case study on how boosting both the economy and your sense of community works together for everyone. It's sort of a glimpse at the past (and the future if you ask me!)

With all sorts of fresh, local produce showing up in the farmers markets, a guide to storing it properly can help avoid having to toss it all when its gone bad.

An interesting read on ancient varieties of wheat. But then, watch this:

This is a fantastic run down of the differences between Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance & Gluten Sensitivity, why you should think about going grain-free & why the intestinal biopsy isn't the best way to diagnose your condition. Worth your 37 minutes!

Eating consciously. I definitely practice most of these points, but I think the first one is worth some extra attention. Visualize what a chicken looks like:


Now think about the wings on that chicken. Think about her flapping them about, trying to fly. Think about this next time you go for cheap wings & beer with your friends. Think about the muscles in the front that power these wings. Those pecs? That's where the chicken breast chopped up in your stirfry came from. The chest of this animal. This is important to know & acknowledge. This animal's life was taken so that you could consume it's muscle. Muscle, just the same as your bicep, or your quads.