No Nuts Please

When I was thinking of a title for this post an alternative was “Oh Nuts.”  That pretty much wrapped up the Super Bowl last night for the Pats.  What happened??  At least there were some funny commercials.  Career Builder and Kia had two of the best.  The chimps are hilarious!  Madonna looked great, too.  I’m glad she did some of her classics.  I feel like digging out the Immaculate Collection!

Weekend

Saturday I was all set for my run.  I was up early and told myself I’d be ready to be out the door by 6:30.  I’ve had kids long enough now to realize that things don’t always go as planned.  It was more like 7:15 by the time I started.  No big deal.  I got a 6.6 mile run in.   It was all good except my feet started to hurt within a couple of miles.  After doing the math in my head, I’m due for some new shoes.  My current Brooks Adrenaline went through my training in the late summer/fall so they have more than 500 miles.  What really stinks is that I do have a new pair of Brooks that I have only worn twice.  I just can’t get into them.  Way too big and clunky.  Maybe I could sell them on Craigslist.  Would that be weird?

The rest of the day was spent running errands and hanging out with the family.  Cooper and I did go for a nice little walk on a nearby trail.  L had to take Coop for a few laps around the kitchen table before I left.

C'mon kid! Let's go already!

Cooper was happy to run.  Of course, he decided to eat “poopsicles.”   Really people?  Is it that hard to clean up after your dog?  I know it’s gross but it’s even more gross when my dog eats your dogs frozen poop.

Sunday morning I went to Rasamaya for a yoga flow class.  As I was getting ready, two little monkeys decided they needed to practice their ‘down dogs’ and ‘happy babies.’

This yoga thing is easy.

After getting my mat back, I was out the door.  I love this studio.  It’s in an old Mill building so it’s very industrial inside with exposed duct work and high beams.  I got a great spot for my mat today.  The sun was shining right on me through the windows.  During savasana I felt like a cat basking in the sun.

I thought I was getting over my cold but it decided to return in class.  My left sinus was killing me.  There was no ujjayi breathing for me today.  It was all mouth breathing.  I was really trying to be present for the class but all I could think about for the first few minutes was “Did I brush my teeth this morning?”

I finally concluded that, oh yes, I did.  Everyone was spared my morning breath!

Just Say No to Nuts

The kiddos go to a daycare that is nut and egg free.  So that means no PB and J for lunches at school.  They love Sunflower Seed Butter so it’s nice to have another option for lunches.  My first taste of Sunflower Butter was from the grocery store.  It was very good but kind of expensive.  Plus, I’ve made make peanut and almond butter from scratch, so I figured it was possible with sunflower seeds.  So I started searching online.  I tried a few different recipes but they have all turned out grey and clumpy.  Edible but lacked the aesthetically pleasing look to the eye.  So on Sunday I decided to take bits and pieces from recipes to make my own.  The result?  Ding ding ding!  We have a winner!

Sunflower Seed Butter

3 cups raw sunflower seeds

3-4 Tbsp. canola oil

Agave or other sugar(optional)

sea salt to taste

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Oil a large baking sheet.  I dipped a paper towel in canola oil but a misto could be used.  Spread seeds evenly on baking sheet.  Roast 10 minutes.  Stir.  Roast additional 10 minutes.

2. Place seeds in food processor.  Blend till coarse flour.  Add oil 1 teaspoon at a time till desired consistency.  If you want the butter to be extra creamy, more oil is needed.  Add salt to taste.  Add agave or other sugar if desired.  Blend to all is combined.

Hopefully this lasts through the week.  I’d hate to have to make another batch! :)

Heart Healthy Tip of The Day

Get regular health screenings

High blood pressure and high cholesterol can damage your heart and blood vessels. High blood pressure is known as the “silent killer” for a reason.  You can’t tell if someone’s blood pressure is high just by looking at them.  Same with high cholesterol.  Regular screening can tell you what your numbers are and whether you need to take action.

  • Blood pressure. Adults should have their blood pressure checked at least every two years.  Optimal blood pressure is less than 120/80.
  • Cholesterol levels. Adults should have their cholesterol measured at least once every five years starting at age 20. You may need more frequent testing if your numbers aren’t optimal or if you have other risk factors for heart disease.
  • Diabetes screening. Diabetes is a risk factor for heart disease.  Depending on your risk factors, such as being overweight or a family history of diabetes, your doctor may recommend first testing you for diabetes sometime between ages 30 and 45, and then retesting every three to five years.

What was your favorite commercial during the Super Bowl?

Have you ever made your own nut butter?

8 comments on “No Nuts Please

  1. Yay for two good weekend workouts! And that sunfl butter looks awesome… I’ve made almond butter a few times, but am curious to try this one… definitely more economical than the store-bought brand. I also tagged you for the 11 things post, but you certainly don’t have to do it. :)

  2. I totally slept through the super bowl this year – after a quick trip to Hannaford, haha!

    I’ve made pecan and peanut butters before – so easy!

  3. I love that picture of Cooper? He’s like “Oh crap, the kid has the leash!”

    I just got a new pair of Adrenalines from Road Runner Sports for 60 bucks, so you might be in luck if you like the GTS 11s!

  4. I have never made my own Sun Butter, but I should, because I eat like a gallon a day, and I think it’s kind of spendy at this rate. Sun Butter LOVER right here. :)

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