Fuel your body during COVID-19: Easy Veggie Soup with Sausage – (use old veggies that look ugly/go bad)

the veg

Hello everyone. Yup I had a fridge full of the ugly veggies that I took pictures of for my previous fuel your body post. I wanted to do something with them, so I decided to make it easy on myself and make a veggie sausage soup. You can totally make this vegan with no sausage, but with my family of pre teens they will riot if I don’t feed them.

I had onions, carrots, cellary that was starting to look wilting, and one stalk even looked a little anemic. I had tomatoes that were not firm any more, bell peppers that were wrinkly and not as beautiful, and a staple in my house Yukon Gold potatoes. I had one container of chicken stock, but you can sub veggie stock to make it vegetarian/vegan.

Our stores still don’t have all the products we are used to. Our shipping is over loaded. So I bought what was on sale, and what I could find. When I got home I realized I bought beer bratwurst. So I just went with it.

This recipe can be altered to be:

  1. Vegetarian/Vegan

This recipe is:

  1. Gluten Free (unless you make the bred below)
  2. Dairy Free
  3. Full of Fiber
  4. Full of nutrients
  5. Low in fat
  6. Low in salt

Anyway it came out fantastic. So here is what I did.


Easy Veggie Soup with Sausage

Ingredients:

Yield: 8 servings

  1. 4 cups of stock Chicken/Veggie your preference
  2. 4 really ripe soft tomatoes chopped
  3. 4 cups of Yukon Gold potatoes chopped
  4. 2 cups of carrots chopped
  5. 4 stalks of celery chopped even the leafy tops
  6. 1 yellow onion chopped
  7. 2 green bell peppers or 2 cups chopped
  8. 1 tablespoon of ginger sliced about the top part of your thumb worth of ginger
  9. 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  10. 2 cups of water
  11. 1 tablespoon of salt
  12. Pepper to taste
  13. Beer Bratwurst 5 casing cut removed and sauteed

Directions:

  1. Saute onions, ginger till fragrant, add meat that has been removed from casing, and saute till cooked.
  2. Add hard veggies and the rest of the aromatics, carrots, potatoes, garlic, and celery. Stir together to heat.
  3. Add stock, and water, bring to a boil and lower heat to medium. Let cook for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Add soft veggies tomatoes, and peppers. Let cook another 10 minutes.
  5. Serve piping hot. I made home made bread with it, and the family gobbled it up. It made enough to have it for two nights with 4 people.

I will put a link to the bread recipe I used. It is a no knead dough, that uses yeast.

https://www.melskitchencafe.com/rustic-crusty-bread-a-simple-how-to/?fbclid=IwAR1pfUZw-Be0sV68x6MwE51elzx_49rAYZsfv8_nyxR2Xgj-SXh2s5RBHOA

This was a hit with my family. We had warm crusty bread. Delicious soup with so much depth of flavor. They gobbled it up.

I hope this post finds you and your family healthy and happy. Please stay safe, wash your hands, and take the precautions you need. Thank you for reading. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. Would you like to see posts about baking breads?

Workout/Martial Arts 03/23/2020: We exert so much energy into fear of failure.

This week in keeping up the workouts and martial arts has been surreal, and just as crazy. I have come up against some other hurdles to keeping my schedule. I am so tired of this pandemic messing up my routine.

What you may ask can be causing you to have troubles getting your booty into gear?

  1. Weather– its been alternately cold and rainy to 80 degree F days here. On the rainy days I have to wait till there is a break in the weather to go out.
  2. Husband, and children – various needs of my family, and making me tired and just want to be lazy.
  3. Missing my gym/classes being scheduled so I just show up and we work. I miss my gym Muay Thai and Kali classes. I could just show up and do my workout. Even if I was having a shitty day, by the time I got there I was there. Might as well just do it. Even if I was tired and not feeling it.
  4. Husband deciding not to go do a workout with you, makes it harder to make (at least for me) myself get my booty in gear.

Tuesday 03/24/2020: 1 hour – 1 mile run, Muay Thai

Workout: 1 hour of Interval run, and Muay Thai training.

I am not feeling it today. I made myself get up and go do the workout. But PMS is rearing it’s ugly head. Kids have been on my last nerve, fussing at me about just anything.

We worked on:

1) Jab, cross , lead hook, uppercut, cut stem knee.
2) Jab, jab, cross, long lead hook, rear kick
3) Jab, cross, rear upper cut, lead uppercut
4) Jab, cross, lead hook, rear uppercut

I did not want to do it but I did it. I am tired and been up since 3:30 am and had to go to work at the Bakery. But there you go. Sometimes I just do what I can and that has to be enough.

Thursday 03/26/2020: 1 hour and 20 mins – 1 mile run, Muay Thai

Workout: 1 hour and 20 minutes. We did an interval run 2 min run / 1 min walk. Took the kids to run with us.

Then practiced Muay Thai.

1) jab, cross, lead hook, upper cut, upper cut
2) jab, cross, lead head hook, rear body hook
3) jab, cross, uppercut, lead knee
4) jab, cross, lead head hook, rear body hook, c step out to rear knee
5) elbows and knee burn out

Whew I am tired.

Saturday 03/28/2020: 40 min – 1 mile run, Quad Band Workout

Workout: 40 minute workout 1 mile run and glute band workout.

I took advantage of the lull in the weather to go run it was beautiful. Not many people out.

Then I did a glute band workout:

All of these can be done without a glute band but the glute band makes it more challenging.
I did 4 exercises trying to get 15 reps each set and a total of 3 sets per exercise. I did it in a superset so no rest between each exercise doing all 4 before a 30 second rest.

1) single leg dead lifts 15 each leg: 15L,15R 15L,15R 15L,15R

2) on elbow plank kick backs 15 each leg: 15L,15R 10L,10R 10L,10R

3) fire hydrants 15 each leg: 15L,15R 15L,15R 15L,15R

4) donkey kicks 15 each leg: 15L,15R 15L,15R 10L,10R

Whew! I am tired. H did not want to come with so I did it on my own.

“She is poise she is grace” she so red in the face after workout. That is a sexay look.


So there you have it. I only got 3 workout days in. I was lazy on some days. Other days the weather was not working with me. Then family was wearing me out. I hate to have excuses, but that is what happened.

“We exert so much energy into fear of failure and then beating ourselves up when it happens that we have no energy left to be resilient. “

The Resilience Breakthrough: 27 Tools for Turning Adversity into Action by Christian Moore

This quote rang true for me. I compare, and chastise myself when I don’t add up.

I need to have the ability to see where I am at and to forgive myself if I fail or fall back. Sigh, I just want to keep up my training.

I am so happy that we did our level 1 test in Muay Thai before this. We, me, my husband, teammate, were talking about it. If I had to try to keep up our conditioning during this time it would be near impossible.

Anyway thanks for reading. Please keep safe. Keep disinfecting yourself and your family. Please feel free to subscribe, and comment if you want.

Gymshark Review: Ordered During COVID-19 Pandemic – Turbo Cropped Legging Cobalt

front view

First things first. I was not paid to do this review. I paid for the product myself with my own money.

Well I am amazed. I did not expect it to come so fast. I am sure that other people will not have the exact same experience. However, on their website, when you go to order they have a warning. Like any company would during this pandemic. So I expected to have to wait for it for a while, weeks even.

“Good news! We are still able to ship to your country, however due to ongoing challenges related to COVID-19 your order may be subject to courier delays.
Please keep an eye on our ‘COVID-19’ FAQ page for further updates.”

I saw that these pants were on sale. I have been wanting to get them for a while, love the color and the pattern. Did not want to buy full price cause I was worried I would not like them like the last ones I bought from Gymshark. I was willing to give them another chance.

I understand they have different fabrics, however since I am buying these on my own I cannot afford to try all the different styles. I just get what I can when I can.

I ordered it on 03/16/2020 and received it yesterday 03/19/2020. That’s three days. With the ability to see where the order is, I saw that the label was printed in Belgium, and it shipped out of Germany, then it got here. This happened all in three days. So regardless of what I think of the pants. I am about to go run in them, and then do my Muay Thai and Kali workout. I am very happy with the shipping. I would have understood if it took longer, but it did not thankfully.

Enough prattling on here is the review:

I love them. They fit well, they perform well, and they do what I need them to do when I am moving around. On top of it all they are my favorite color.

I put up pictures above, and in one of them you can see the silicon lining at the waistline. I was surprised about it and in the end happy about it. When I went running they did not slip at all. I did not have to adjust them at all.

Pros:

  1. Stay put when running, doing martial arts, I am sure when doing anything they will stay put.
  2. Very comfortable, fabric is silky, and compression is just right.
  3. Size is dead on for me.
  4. Waist band is nice and thick.
  5. The shipping was phenomenal.
  6. They were on sale
  7. The color. Oh that saturated cobalt blue is so beautiful.
  8. High waist (on me it is very high waisted, because I am short)
  9. I like the design.

Cons:

  1. I guess the only thing I would say could be better is if it had pockets.

I really had no problems with these so far. They are exactly what I wanted. When I run they stay in place. They move with me, and I love them.

Would I buy them again?

Yes I would. Maybe a different color, or maybe the same color cause I love the color so much.

Does this change my view on Gymshark?

Yes I am more willing to give them a try again. Of course when there is a sale.

This was my first review of them. My over all review and feelings about the first order was meh. I do not wear those pants to workout, I wear them to the bakery instead. They did not hold up well.
https://think.fitness.blog/2019/03/03/gymshark-review-doo-doo-doo-doo-gymshark/

Would I pay full price for these pants?

You know… I would. I like a sale better, but I would certainly pay full price. I work out 5 to 6 days a week normally so investing in great gear is important and helps to make the process more fun, and smoother.

So hopefully that is a little bit different post than most out there. It has been a crazy tumultuous couple of weeks. We don’t know what is going to happen from on day to the next. I am still trying to keep up with my training.

As silly as it seems having something come in, no matter if it is small is nice. It is something to look forward to. Something different to take the mind off of what is rolling around the corner.

As always, thank you for reading. At this time and during our social distancing. I feel like I have a connection to other people outside of my home. Even if it is just through my blog. My personal social media sites, or through email and snail mail. While we flatten the curve at least this is a place where we can write to one another.

So if you have questions, feel free to ask. Like if you like this kind of blog post. Also let me know if you want me to write about something else. Keep safe. Wash your hands, and hug your loved ones if you can.

Fuel Yourself During The Pandemic: Fresh or not so Fresh Fruits or Veggies

During this time of Pandemic fruits and veggies are getting hard to find. Maybe you stocked up and forgot about that bunch of broccoli in the back of your refrigerator, or those tomatoes are looking a little wrinkly.

How do you know what to eat and what to toss?

I am going to tell you some of the ways I look at our fruits and veggies. How I assess what I have and what we can use, and some ways to use them in your cooking. As a chef a lot of these would just be thrown away during times of plenty. The idea being you want to serve the best of the best to your clientele. However, we are also taught what is healthy, how to use all of the product you have, and what you can get away with trimming. We cover how to avoid food waste a great deal as well.

Grab a cup of coffee, tea, or what ever you are drinking its going to be a bit of a long blog.

As always use your best judgment, and stay safe.

These are some of the most common grocery, and produce items you can get here. If I missed something that is common where you live please feel free to ask, I will answer, and let you know if I have any familiarity with that product.

Cheese –

This is not produce but it is important. Hard cheese you can keep if it has mold on it. Rule of thumb is cut about an inch around and under the mold to remove the mold spot, then wrap in a new piece of plastic.

Dairy (like sour cream and yogurt), and Jam/jellies/preserves –

Throw these out. They may contain poisons, and toxins that are very dangerous. Never take chances with these.

Bread –

If it is moldy throw it out. The mold can be very dangerous on bread.

Hint: If you have the freezer space you can freeze your extra bread. Place it on the counter to come to room temp after freezing. It is better to buy fresh, but this can help stock up to stay at home.

Hard vegetables and Fruits you can generally cut away the mold and use.

(Example: Carrots, Bell Pepper, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Broccoli, root veggies, etc.)

Produce and what to do with them:

Tomatoes –

  1. If your tomatoes are wrinkly and not firm they are good for cooking, sauces and soups.
  2. If they are moldy throw them away. Remember mold on soft fruits, berries, etc you should throw away.

Carrots –

  1. If your carrot is looking limp, feeling flimsy, and the tops/greens looking yellowish, and limp. They are good for roasting, cooking in soup, making a sauce, sauteing up.
  2. If your carrot is moldy, cut about inch around the mold off. If for instance at the tip, I just cut the tip off.

Onions –

  1. If your onion has a black sooty mold on outer skin, peel till you see new flesh/skin. If you don’t need that onion right away a new papery brown skin will form from the new skin you exposed.
    • That black, sooty-looking substance on the skins of onions is a mold. Aspergillus niger is its name. It is a common fungus found on onions in the field in and stored in bags at the grocery store. It is found on the outside of the onion and is typically harmless.
    • What to do if a bunch is touching an onion that has some mold. I remove both. Peel them down, and rinse them with water. Then dry them thoroughly.
  2. You can cook them right away but they are still shelf stable.
  3. If it is at all looking wet or slimy throw it away.

Broccoli –

  1. If your broccoli is browning on the crown in spots, and or the stalks looking warn and old. Trim the brown spots off and remove the stems.
  2. If it is at all looking wet or slimy throw it away.

Cabbage –

  1. If your cabbage is looking old and limp. You can use it in stir fry, soup, even roasted. Hard veggies and fruits you can cut off around and under any moldy spots about 1 inch in.
  2. If it is wet and slimy throw it away.

Greens –

  1. Lettuces and greens, tend to get wet and break down fast. So throw them away if they start looking moldy, wet, slimy.
  2. Should you throw away if it looks limp? If it has just lost its vigor but does not smell bad feel slimy you can try soaking it in cold water, to see if it crisps up and then use it.

Bananas –

  1. If the banana is moldy throw it away.
  2. If the banana is brown, bruised, almost black, you can still use it in baking, smoothies, fruit soups, etc.

Berries –

  1. If your berries, or other soft fruits and veggies are moldy throw them away.
  2. If your berries are just looking a little sad, but not moldy, that is a great time to puree them into a smoothie, or bake them into baked goods.

Mushrooms –

  1. If they are moldy throw them away.
  2. If they have dark spots use them now, in roasting, soup, sauces, baking etc. Use them in anything that they don’t have to be pretty.
  3. If they get wrinkly, they are drying out, and better to just throw away.
  4. If the are odorous or stinky throw them out.

Apples –

  1. If your apple bruised and ugly it is still ok to eat. Just cut off the bruised spot. Eat raw, or you can cook them down into apple sauce. You can grate them and use them in baking.
  2. If your apple has mold throw it away.
  3. If it is in a bag with others that have mold, throw away the offending apple, and take all others out wash them and dry them really well.

Oranges –

  1. If your orange has mold on it throw it out.
  2. If one goes bad in the bag what should you do? Throw out the moldy orange. Then wash the other oranges and dry thoroughly. Those should be safe to eat.

Peppers –

  1. If your peppers are wrinkly, you can still eat them. They would be great for roasting, in casseroles, sauces, or soups.
  2. If your pepper is a little moldy cut off an inch around. However, I tend to throw it out if the mold is found inside of the pepper.

Avocado –

  1. After you cut it the avocado and it gets brown/oxydized, you cut it a day ago and it looks terrible. It is still ok to eat generally. You can cut off the ugly oxydized parts.
  2. If it is moldy throw it out.

Here is an example of the dinner I made for my family with produce that was not the freshest. I used the broccoli, and carrots pictured above.

Tilapia, mushroom medley, carrots broccoli onion saute, and rice.

The list goes on, and on, and on, but I don’t have the time to go through every fruit and vegetable here. I hope this helps.

Be careful what you eat and use your best judgment. Stopping food waste is a great thing to learn. Consequently during this time of pandemic it may just help your food budget go further.

So when you venture out to get your supplies. Don’t fear the ugly produce. Eat the ugly produce. If it is a sad looking and all you can get, you can still use it. If nothing else throw it all in a stock pot with some water, and boil it down. Make a veggie stock to use in your other cooking.

Thank you for reading. Stay safe, and lets all flatten the curve by keeping our social distance. At least we can talk online right? Subscribe and comment if you want.

Note: Sorry for so many posts. I just wanted to get these out because I thought they could be helpful for so many people.

Workout/Martial Arts 03/16/2020: Working Out My Routine in This Pandemic

Everyone has been effected by this pandemic. Gyms are closed, schools are closed, people are working from home if they are lucky. Workers who are essential to the survival of the community are still out there working. One of my jobs is at a bakery. We are there, and I try to help others where I can. This is scary and I am starting to get overloaded with all the articles and media input on this pandemic.

The one thing that helps me, is to have a workout routine and goals. It helps me relieve stress, anxiety, and gets me thinking about something else. I made a commitment to myself years ago that I would stay on this journey no matter what. I have gotten through two medical scares. One was a kidney stone, and the other was a doozy uterine cancer. I can get through this.

Do we have to change up our routine? Yup, but change is good for your body. Also it gets you thinking about what you can do at home. So while I am still working out my workout routine during this pandemic, I am going to keep doing what I can with my head held high. I done a lot of reading and people I believe it is going to take longer than 2 weeks of isolation for this thing to blow over.

What works for me does not always work for other people, but having a routine and goals helps me have something to shoot for.

Tentative Workout routine:

  1. Run every day that I am going to do a workout (goal is to get better at running)
  2. Martial Arts- Muay Thai and Kali practice 3 times a week
  3. Full body plyometrics, and weight lifting 2 to 3 times a week.

Monday 03/16/2020: 2 mile run, Muay Thai, and full body workout

Workout #1. 2 mile run

Workout #2. 57 minutes Full body workout. Made H do it with me too.

Love my home gym… 

Workout: Do each Workout as follows
45 second, 15 seconds rest, 4 sets each exercise

  1. Goblet squats with a 20 lb kettle bell
  2. Walking lunges
  3. Revers leg push on bench (lay face down on the bench, with bent knees, push legs up squeeze glutes and hamstrings at top)
  4. Swiss ball hamstring pulls
  5. Swiss ball pikes
  6. Wall knees Muay Thai ( thank you Silvie Von Douglas)
  7. Wall jab, cross, uppercut, elbows Muay Thai (thank you Silvie Von Douglas)
  8. Leg Circles left and right
  9. Ball reverse crunches

I will put Silvie Von Douglas video here. This is where I got the Muay Thai wall knees and wall punches and elbows idea from.

Wednesday 03/18/2020: 1.5 hours, Run, Muay Thai

1.5 hours Workout/Muay Thai training

We went for a 1 mile run, then we worked on Muay Thai for a little over an hour.

I am so lucky that H and I train together, cause we know a great number of drills. So I feel like we can keep working Muay Thai. I have been feeling sad we have not been able to go to training. I miss Muay Thai training. We will try to keep up our training while we are socially distancing ourselves during this pandemic.

We worked the:

  1. boxing 20
  2. knees
  3. some kicks
  4. I found and worked on the fact that when I throw my crosses I turn my fist first and throw it. I only do it when I do the cross on its own. I should throw it out there and then turn it at the end. When I throw a jab, cross, I don’t turn it till the end.

I think it is important to keep up our training, and It is important for people to get exercise in. I know a lot of people are at home now without anything to do. Also you have a lot more time. I believe starting to get a workout into your daily schedule, now that you don’t have to drive anywhere if you are stuck at home would be great.

I however, want to caution, if you have not been doing a lot of exercise start slowly. Start by walking daily, or running twice a week, try some yoga there are youtube videos you can watch. You don’t want to hurt yourself right now, but get up and get some exercise in.

I took video of some of our training.

Friday 03/20/2020: 2 hours, Run, Muay Thai, and Kali

Workout #1 : 1 mile run. I listened to my trainers suggestions and ran differently today. I went for a mile run, 1 min run/ 1 min walk. My overall time was much better for the mile. One of my goals for this time is to get better at running. Woot! Thanks Khun Kru Krysta for the tips and motivation.

Hoping to get some Muay Thai and Kali training in later when H is off work.

Workout #2: 1.5 Muay Thai and Kali. I love having H here to help me work on my technique. I am not in any way an expert. But I am going to keep practicing.

Keep training and working through the pandemic. Don’t give up on your dreams during this time.

I have a video I am going to put up too.

Also I love these new pants from Gymshark.

Some of my training video

Sunday 03/22/2020: 45 minutes, Run, full body workout

I could not drag husband along this time he was tired. He was working all weekend so I understand.

Workout: 45 minutes. I did an interval run like my trainer recommended 2 min run/1 min walk for a mile.

Then I did a plyometric workout:
1 min each exercise with 15 seconds rest between doing each 3 times

( Note: I did a seated or angled chin ups and pull ups because I am not strong enough yet to do them on my own. I hope to be able to do them one day. But either way it still worked my arms really well.)

  1. curb toe taps
  2. alternating jump lunges
  3. 1 1/2 squats with a pump in the middle
  4. seated pull ups/angled
  5. human pull overs ( anchor your arms and using your core and lats pull your straightened legs up and to your face. Think hanging leg pikes)
  6. seated chin ups/angled

That was it for this last week. I got 4 days of work out in. It is not my normal schedule and it may change again.

We have to be kind to ourselves. I have to remind myself of that. I am a get up and, go go go person. If we are not going what are we doing? Wasting time? But I know that this is new our life has changed and what we are doing has changed. I am taking into consideration when H wants to go and work out. I am working around him being home all the time. So I can’t do a loud HIIT work out at home where it may disturb him.

I have goals Running, and keep up with my Muay Thai and Kali.

Its going to be weird, its going to suck, but we are going to keep moving. Thank you for reading. I hope you have a great week. Please don’t give up on your dreams. Keep going, even if you have to change things, or post pone things. Keep dreaming and keep reaching. Stay safe, and all the love goes out to you.

Note: while I am running I am keeping social distancing. I just don’t get to near anyone and I don’t stop to talk to anyone. I just wave hi and continue on.

Fuel my body, during COVID-19 shortages…Strawberry Banana Lime Oatmeal Breakfast Bake

Good morning… yup I hear my family fussing about hunger. So here is what I came up with this morning.

This recipe is:

  1. Gluten free if you need it(make sure to get the gluten free oats/means it is processed away from glutenous products)
  2. Can be dairy free
  3. Vegetarian
  4. Can Be Sugar free if you choose sugar alternatives (like Stevia, equal)
  5. Natural Sugar ( Like honey, or agave nectar) or omit the sugar all together.
  6. Has a good amount of protein and fiber to fill your family up.

Right now there is a shortage of eggs in my area. I had to go to 3 stores to find them. A lot of the pre-made or instant items are being taken, so you are left with rolled oats, some produce, milk if you are lucky, but soy, almond, and alternative milks are around.

This is a great recipe for using “ugly” fruit. Fruits and or Veggies that are not the prettiest, and have been picked over, are great in baked items. My banana was going the way of the Dodo, and had some bruises, however, it still baked up just fine.

Luckily for me??? Am I lucky? I am lactose intolerant. So I tend to have alternative milk products around.

I was able to find strawberries, bananas, limes, had coconut milk, and had non instant oatmeal at home.

I decided to make a tropical-ish baked oatmeal breakfast… Can we imagine we are away on a deserted island, I mean we have the isolation part right? Win!

You can make this the night ahead and heat it up in the morning. You can also remove from the pan and wrap completely, and freeze if you have leftovers.


Enough talking here is the recipe:

Strawberry Banana Lime Baked Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  1. 2 cups of rolled oats
  2. 1/3 cup of granulated sweetener ** (or leave it out)
  3. 1 1/2 cups of milk (sub almond, soy, coconut)
  4. 1/2 cups of milk (sub lime juice, orange juice, or water)
  5. 1 tsp baking powder
  6. 1/2 tsp salt
  7. 8 oz/221 grams of Strawberries
  8. 1 each/100 grams ripe banana
  9. 1 egg
  10. 1 lime zested (optional)
  11. 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Set oven to 375 degrees F
  2. Mix the dry ingredients, oatmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt, mix in half of the strawberries, and half zest
  3. Grease or spray a 2 quart pan, and put dry ingredients down. Layer fruit on top.
  4. Whisk together wet ingredients, milk, juice, egg, vanilla
  5. Pour wet ingredients over
  6. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, depending on oven. Take it out when top of the oatmeal is browned nicely.
  7. Enjoy hot, or let it cool down and enjoy at room temperature.

I hope you get a chance to try this. It is adaptable to other fruits, and keep in mind it is a great use of fruits that are not the prettiest.

This serves ~ 6 servings. Total calories depends on the ingredients you use. But about 200 to 250 calories.

** Use any type of granulated sugar or sugar substitute that you can measure same as sugar. Honey is sweeter on the pallet. So conversion is 1 cup of sugar to 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup of honey.

Thank you for reading. You can use this time to adapt your goals and try something new. You can still stick to your healthy lifestyle its just going to take some tweaks and ingenuity. Have a great day and stay healthy.

Quick Note: Don’t throw away those squeezed limes. You can slice them up and put those in your water, for lime flavored water.

Fuel my body, during COVID-19 shortages? Berry Chia Coconut Pudding!

I had to make it instagram pretty.

So in this time of toilet paper, and hand sanitizer shortages. Shortages on meat, shelf stable staples (rice, noodles, beans, canned goods), and water. (This is the case at least in the good old U.S.A.) I noticed the foods that are readily available still are the highly processed granola bars, terrible chips/snacks (although those are going quickly too), fresh veggies, and the healthy food section.

I am going to put up recipes in this Fueling My Body During COVID-19 Shortages, that utilize the health foods (such as chia, vegan protein powders, quinoa and the likes), veggies that are getting left behind, and other products it looks like people are not using.

Interesting to note, the first pastas to go were the spaghetti and angel hair pasta. The linguine were left behind, people were not buying it. Do they not know you can still use that pasta in many pasta dishes? Even substitute it in spaghetti dishes. It may not be traditional but it will still feed you and your family.

So for today I made a berry chia coconut pudding. Aside from the coconut milk which I was out of. All these ingredients I regularly have in my pantry. Because I love to use them in my foods.

Enough with the expounding or lets be honest my prattling on, here is the recipe.

Berry Chia Coconut Pudding

Ingredients:

  1. 6 tablespoons/ 60grams of Chia seeds
  2. 1 tablespoon/23 grams of honey
  3. 1/4 cup/20 oz of coconut milk
  4. 1 whole/108 grams of ripe banana
  5. 1 cup/131 grams of frozen berries

Optional Toppings:

  1. 1 tsp/15 grams yogurt (omit for dairy free, vegan)
  2. 2 tbs/20 grams frozen berries
  3. pinch of desiccated coconut

Directions:

  1. Blend together a banana, and a cup of frozen berries. If you need to splash a little coconut milk in it to allow for better pureeing.
  2. Measure out chia seeds, and milk and mix together in a bowl.
  3. Pour in fruit blend. Taste… it is plenty sweet with the fruit, but I wanted a more dessert like taste for this so I added the 1 tbs of honey to the mixture.
  4. If you are going to make it pretty spoon it in to the individual serving cups
  5. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight like I did.
  6. Serve alone, it is delicious, or add berries, yogurt if you have it and desiccated coconut.

Yield: 6 servings

Calories 696, Fat 37 g, Fiber 35.8 g, Carbs 85.1 g, Sodium 9.5 mg,
Protein 14.8 g

1 serving:
Calories 116, Fat 6.2 g, Fiber 6 g, Carbs 14.2 g, Sodium 1.6 mg, Protein 2.5g

It is delicious. My entire family loved it. This is a great thing to make ahead of time, for meal prepping. It will last covered for up to 7 days in the refrigerator, if it lasts that long, because my family will eat it all before 7 days are up.

This is gluten free, vegetarian, and without the yogurt dairy free and vegan.

Lets use this time, when we are unsure of what is happening in our world. When the normal foods we eat are not around, or being snapped up fast. Lets try some new things if this is new to you. If its not help your loved one try out the “new healthy” foods. They may like them, and we will come out of this pandemic hopefully healthier, and with healthier eating habits.

Thank you for reading and I will post more recipes of healthy foods I make with what I can find at the grocery store. Tell me what you think and if you have any questions. Stay kind to each other, and help your neighbors. Stay safe and strong.