Macrobiotic Snacks

Macrobiotic Snacks on-the-go

From what I’ve read, the macrobiotic lifestyle (and it is a full lifestyle, as I’m now able to see) does not encourage or promote on-the-go snacking. One of the tenets is eating slowly and consciously.

However, my lifestyle as a SAHM and part time fitness instructor in urban Dallas does require both on-the-go snacking and even meals on the go. Most playdates don’t take place at a macrobiotic restaurant, you know.

Google really failed me, so I came up with my own macrobiotic snacks. Here’s what I have so far.

  1. Organic brown rice cakes (affiliate link) – make sure there is nothing added. No oil, no flavor. I like the Lundberg brand.
  2. Mary’s Gone Crackers (affiliate link) – the only crackers I can find that don’t contain binding agents, sugar, preservatives or oil. Rice and quinoa.
  3. Organic freeze dried strawberries (affiliate link) – regular dried strawberries use tons of sugar, so freeze dried is the way to go. According to the guy who gave me the diet, strawberries are ok.
  4. Tahini – I put it in small containers to dip rice crackers or crackers.
  5. Hummus – look for brands without canola oil or olive oil, because those oils are often avoided by macrobiotics. I found a local brand, the texture is a bit different but I grew accustomed to it. You could also make your own.
  6. Dried nori seaweed (affiliate link) – it’s actually pretty yummy on it’s own. There is some oil in these, so watch your intake. My kids love it!

That’s it for now, I’ll update this post if I discover more.

Are you a macrobiotic eater? Any snacks you can share?

Seeking a healthy lunch: frozen meals ARE an option!

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I’ve been talking a lot about eating lately. I really struggle when it comes to making good food choices at lunch. Who else seems to get so busy in the middle of the day that they forget to eat and end up shoving anything in sight into their mouths by 2pm? I do this all the time! Realistically, the middle of the day is right when my metabolism has started to ramp up as my muscles recover from my early morning workouts. Since I eat breakfast(s) at 5am and 7am, by noon it’s often been 5 hours since I’ve had anything to eat. During this last bout of keeping a food log, I got even worse about eating lunch because I couldn’t think of anything healthy to eat that would be fast enough for the middle of the day. What I need is lean protein, a small amount of whole grain, and some veggies. Then I discovered a solution I never thought I’d suggest for a healthy lunch: frozen meals!

In the past, when I thought of frozen meals I’d (rightfully) imagined processed ingredients using a lot of artificial colors, artificial flavors, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils (trans fats), and a high sodium content. All things that I avoid in food. But this year at BlogHer in Chicago, I met Lean Cuisine and tasted their new line of meals called “Honestly Good”.

Awesome news — Lean Cuisine has created an array of healthy meals in their Honestly Good line with NONE of the nasty additives we want to avoid. No trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, or artificial preservatives. And the Lemongrass Salmon meal is wild-caught (ethically sourced)!

I tried my first meal this weekend right after I taught my 2 Megaformer Pilates classes in the morning. I was running home to change out of workout clothes and into a swimsuit so I could meet my family who were already at the pool for the last swim of the season. If I could pick up a Lean Cuisine Honestly Good meal, I could use that time at home to also have a complete lunch! I stopped by my local Walmart and found the meals in the freezer section next to the Vegetarian section.

I grabbed a Lemongrass Salmon meal and a Plum Ginger Grain-Crusted Fish meal. Look: lean protein, veggies, and brown rice! You can see pictures of my shopping trip and some organic produce available at Walmart in my Google+ photo album. One meal was for today and the other I ate the next day.  NOTE:  With the fish meals, make sure that you always thaw the sauce packets in water before heating.

If you are concerned about heating the plastic containers in which the meals come, you’ll notice that I actually put the salmon meal onto a “real” plate before heating and it worked just great!

Lean Cuisine Honestly Good Lemongrass Salmon. YUM! #shop #EatHonestly
Lemongrass Salmon, right out of the box: looks pretty awesome!

If you are heating on a plate, remember to cover the plate during the heating (per the instructions on the box) and wear oven mitts when removing the plate from the microwave, as the plate will get very hot.

I ate these meals on two separate days, but I just had to show you both of them when they were completed! I paired the Plum Ginger fish with a nice kale and lemon smoothie (stainless steel straw, ftw!).

Lean Cuisine Honestly Good Lemongrass Salmon meal. YUM! #shop #SocialFabric
Lean Cuisine Honestly Good Lemongrass Salmon meal
Lean Cuisine Honestly Good Ginger Plum Grain-Encrusted Fish meal! YUM! #shop #EatHonestly
Lean Cuisine Honestly Good Plum Ginger Grain-Encrusted Fish meal

I have to say that the taste of both meals was GREAT. I even got distracted while eating the salmon and left it out for a few minutes. When I came back, it was still just as delicious even though it was no longer piping hot. All this with no unnecessary ingredients. Just food! Thank you, Lean Cuisine, for leading the way in convenient clean eating!

New healthy lunch option - Lean Cuisine Honestly Good line has removed all the preservatives, artificial colors, trans fats, HFCS & high sodium from their meals! Great option for a fast lunch! #shop #EatHonestly

Make sure to follow Lean Cuisine on Facebook to learn about the Honestly Good line and their other healthy lunch frozen meal options. If Twitter is more your thing, you can find out what other bloggers think of the Honestly Good meals by following the hashtag #EatHonestly.

Have you tried the Lean Cuisine Honestly Good meals?

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Let me know what you think of the other meals!


All the Drama: on the Internets and IRL Episode #4

All The Drama On The Internets

I have not posted this week yet because there has been so much drama and sadness, and then a little anger thrown into the mix, both on the internets and in real life. As you know, I am typically a very peaceful person so it has all been inside my head. I’m going to give you a bulleted list of things that are currently bringing me down so that I can clear my head and focus on hope.

Petty Nutrition Mis-information

#KFCKidsMeals. I am going to start with the most petty drama on the Internets and I am going to make this one quick. KFC paid for a bunch of bloggers to come out and try their new kids meals and tweet about it. They decreased the overall calorie count of the kids meals to 210, and that was a main talking point. Nevermind that the meals are still nutritionally vacant, fried, and full of PHO’s, artificial colors, and nothing resembling a real chicken. Some people got mad that bloggers would even pretend these meals were good for people. Other people defended the bloggers. Arguments ensued.
Hope: Let’s all just agree that if you are convinced by the hashtag #KFCKidsMeals that fried meat-composite is a good nutritional choice for your kids, you are gathering your information from the wrong sources, my friend.

Blows to Feminism

Steubenville. Specifically, the reaction of the city and the media to the verdict. Instead of confirming that justice had been served in the conviction of two young football players who raped a 16 year old girl and posted photos of the rape on social media, or at the very least remaining neutral, I was horrified and depressed that the reaction seemed to be sympathy for the men. It was all, “Oh, they were such good football players and now their careers are ruined! What a shame!”. There was also a huge backlash on Twitter blaming the victim of the rape. What a shame?!! Shame on HER?! Are you kidding me? What a shame that our country has so little value for that 16 year old girl and such an apparently low value for women’s sexuality in general. What a shame that women are still seen to be at fault for sexual attacks. Shame on us for raising boys that still believe that women are objects to be used and tossed away. They had an awful lot of confidence to post those pictures and it not even occur to them that anyone would have a problem with it.
Hope: I was encouraged by this post from A Holy Experience about 25 Things Our Sons Need To Know About Manhood. Oh look, I have a son that I will be raising to fight against this kind of treatment of women.

Pycon. As a woman who worked in IT and programming throughout my corporate career, I was often the only woman in my department. I went to conferences in my early 20’s. I feel that, as a woman, I have the right to raise a complaint when I am sexually harassed (and I am…we all are, constantly). But the thing that depresses me is that Adria was fired from HER job for raising a complaint. Not just the man who made the remark, but the woman who was insulted was fired. What is this, 1960? The last time I worked in corporate America I had to sit through 2 days of sexual harassment training videos and exercises. Everyone did. Those videos told us that it was OK to report sexual harassment. I think we all know that we can be fired for what we blog, but Adria’s company knew she blogged at But You’re A Girl before they hired her. I feel like this case just exemplifies how women are really treated in the workplace. We want to think we are equals, but then something like this happens and I have to think that maybe we’re just wishfully thinking.
Hope: Sometimes when I get discouraged about women in the workplace, I read tweets from my friend Blessing @ThinkFeminist on Twitter. She is a huge encouragement! And there’s also the #workingmomchat at 7pm CST on Twitter.

My own perception of safety

In the last few weeks there have been 3 aggravated sexual assaults on women in our neighborhood. Not the kind that comes from domestic violence, but unexpected attacks from a single rapist (same perpetrator of all three, confirmed with DNA evidence) who had apparently been closely watching the women’s patterns and following them to find them alone. Two of these women also go to my church. One I knew personally. I am not full of fear because I still have a trust in God that whatever He allows for me is His plan. But I am discouraged because this seems to bear out the kind of feeling I got from the news stories regarding women. I know that in the Congo and in Uganda, rape is the #1 tool of violence. Are we heading in that direction here, even in Dallas?
Hope: Our pastor wrote a blog post addressing fear. Some of my friends organized a prayer walk in the neighborhood where all three rapes occurred.

Walmart is moving across the street

I know, it is petty of me to even write about Walmart in the context of rape and discrimination. Don’t worry, friends on Facebook have pointed out that they don’t agree with my outrage. But let me ‘splain. To me, this is a moral issue. Sure, I am concerned about our property values. Yes, I am concerned about the crime rate in our neighborhood. I am annoyed that Walmart didn’t have to ask anyone before deciding to build a 90,000 square foot store less than a 1,000 feet from my door. The traffic is going to be killer. But in the larger picture, to me Walmart is symbolic of things that corporate America is doing wrong which I refuse to support with my consumer dollars. I wish that no one supported Walmart for this reason. The culture of “cheap” that Walmart has created into a religion exploits workers in their U.S. stores and in the manufacturing plants that it supports overseas (since at least 60% of Walmart’s products are imported from China and other overseas locations). Child labor, injustice, discrimination, profitting from the poverty of the underprivileged and less educated… I could rant on and on about this, but instead I have created a Pinterest board on My Problems With Walmart. Check it out. Let me know if you have additional articles to Pin.
Bottom line, this is probably about my own weakness. I am afraid that if they build that giant store within walking distance of my house, I am going to be tired and hungry one day and I am going to cave in and go to Walmart. Then I will feel guilty for days for supporting Walmart. I don’t want that temptation.
Hope: If you do live near me, please sign our petition. We need the 2,000 signatures by April 4. Honestly, it might do nothing at all, but it’s our only shot.

Thanks for letting me get all this off my chest! Supportive and encouraging comments welcome. Flaming comments, probably going to be deleted.