Monday, July 19, 2010

Featured Vegetable: Sweet Potatoes!

An image of a sweet potato on a white backgrou...Image via Wikipedia

Tonight we're having the Sweet Potato Shepard's Pie recipe from The Healthy Slow Cooker, by Judith Finlayson. You may have noticed that I basically just use her cookbooks lately and that's true. There are so many solid recipes I've found (not to mention so many of her cookbooks with vegan options), that I haven't felt the need to branch out just yet. I like this cookbook because it offers nutritional information, which I like. It does feature some non-vegetarian fare, but I can either substitute for those recipes or ignore them all together. :)

Anyway, sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are a highly nutritious vegetable rich in complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber, beta carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin B6. In the early 90s, the Center for Science in the Public Interest compared sweet potatoes to other vegetables and they ranked highest in nutritional value. They may even be very beneficial to diabetics as they may help stabilize blood sugar levels and lower insulin resistance (Wikipedia).   So, basically eat more sweet potatoes!

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Featured Bean: Pintos

I love beans! They're such a great source of protein and fiber and they taste delicious! In Spanish, the name literally means 'spotted bean'. So cute. Apparently, they're also known as 'the Cowboy Bean' here in Texas. Other variety of pintos include: Burke, Othello, Maverick, and Sierra.
We're having them for dinner tonight in a recipe from 125 Best Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipes, by Judith Finlayson. The recipe is called Tamale Pie with Chili Cornmeal Crust. I've made it before and it's super yummy!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Featured Fruit: Limes!

I totally associate limes with summer, don't you? Did you know there are many types of limes including blood limes and key limes? There's even a lime/kumquat hybrid called what else, the "limequat". Limes are awesome in salad dressing, deserts, and even to freshen up some water. Of course there's always the occasional margarita, and who doesn't love those? I found a recipe for Raspberry Lime muffins here that sounded particularly summery and delicious. Vegan recipe of course. :)


Track called Ice

Friday, July 9, 2010


Here's another of my tracks called, Silver. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Fit Bit!

So I finally got my Fitbit! I've had it for about 2 months so I'm pretty familiar with it and basically, I love it! For those of you who don't know, it's an activity monitor. It monitors steps taken, miles walked, activity time, activity level (sedentary, lightly active, moderately active and very active) and sleep. When you're activity level is up, the flower (shown above) starts to grow! How cute is that?

Here's what I like about it:
It's easy to wear. You can clip it on your shirt or pants so you can't even tell it's there. It also comes with a belt clip.
You don't have to plug it in to upload your information to your computer. All you have to do is plug in your base station (I keep it plugged in all the time), and walk within 15 feet of it and it's automatically uploaded. Cool, right?
It updates all of the time! You don't have to wait minutes for your steps to show up! YES!
One charge can last up to 10 days and charging it takes about an hour to 90 minutes. So if you know you're going to be stationary for awhile, it's pretty convenient to charge.
The software is FREE! Yes free! You don't have to pay a monthly fee to access your info.
On the site, you have access to food logs and extra activity logs as well.

What I don't like:
It's probably very easy to lose. It's super light and small (about the size of my pinky finger).
It took FOR-EVER for them to send it to me. They kept pushing back the expected shipping date a month at a time. I ordered the thing in February and didn't get it until May. Seriously.

Anyway, if you give it a try, be sure to come back and post in the comments section what you think of it!

Peace out!