Look what came in the mail today! I’m adding Arctic D Cod Liver Oil Capsules to the 4,000 IU of D3 that I’m currently taking. At Kripalu, we learned about the benefits of these supplements and how important they are to optimal health.
Black mission figs are officially in season in Massachusetts. These figs can be found at grocery stores and international shops. They are black on the outside and dark pink to crimson red on the inside.
Figs are an unbelievable source of Fiber, Potassium, and Vitamin B! A triple threat of health. They’re also low in calories and recoended by John Bagnulo as a great food to eat.
Vitamin D! I’m going to be so sad when the summer ends and I have to move to a D3 supplement!
Before my visit to Kripalu, I was eating 85 – 90% of my meals in restaurants. Post-Kripalu, I’ve changed that to 99% of my meals prepared at home. These are true numbers. I have found that the key making this very successful change has been where and how I am doing my grocery shopping.
Yesterday, I went to three grocery stores in the Boston area to get everything that I needed for this upcoming week. I shop at Hannaford Supermarket in Saugus, Trader Joe’s in Saugus, and Whole Foods in Medford. Hannaford’s and Trader Joe’s are both very close to each other but Whole Foods is a bit of a hike.
Here’s the breakdown of what I got and from where:
Visit #1 – Trader Joe’s
- frozen organic blueberries (for quick fix in the morning)
- frozen organic broccoli (for stir fry in the evening)
- frozen asian veggie stir fry
- frozen edamame no salt (grabbed 7 of these; one for each day; this is my breakfast every morning)
- organic crunchy almond butter (on suggestion of John Bagnulo for a quick morning breakfast w/ carrots)
- raw pepitas/pumpkin seeds (I roast them at home; put a handful on my spinach salad each day)
- organic kidney beans (for spinach salad; a half cup during lunch every day)
Visit #2 – Hannaford’s Supermarket (A previous post of mine has info on Hannaford’s great organic sections.)
- Eden brand organic lentils (for stir fry)
- snow peas (for stir fry)
- honey dew melon (for lunch)
- shallots (for stir fry and because they smelled so good)
- organic blueberries (a few packs to eat during the week)
- organic carrots (for breakfast with almond butter & for lunch on spinach salad)
- Oliva’s Organics Baby Spinach (bought enough to bring a large salad each day to work)
Visit #3 – Whole Foods
- Organic Cantaloupe (cut in half, brought to lunch)
- Eden Red Vinegar (suggested by John Bagnulo to replace Balsamic Vinegar in my daily salad dressing)
- Unsweetened Coconut Flakes (suggestion by John Bagnulo, for a snack)
- Organic Peaches (enough to have one each morning)
- Organic Plums (enough to have one each morning)
- Pure Lemon Juice (to add to salad dressing)
- Organic Unsalted Ground Peanut Butter
Total Spent: $85.78 This should bring me though about five or six days straight. Not too shabby!
I recently had a phone consult with John Bagnulo, PhD, Naturalist, Nutritionist. I am really grateful for having the time to talk with him. We reviewed my current meals and John made a suggestion of adding stir fry into my plans for dinner. So of course this gave me an opportunity to shop for a new pan! I decided on a DannySeo, Recycled Steel, Eco Friendly Wok. It has ceramic coating that has no PTFE or PFOA.
My first stir fry is going to be organic broccoli (frozen/Trader Joe’s), fresh snow peas, and organic lentils (Eden). I’m adding in extra virgin olive oil and turmeric. I might add in some fresh coconut for flavor. Stay tuned!
Early this week, I had a day free and did some search online to find an organic pick-your-own farm. The goal was to go get some organic blue berries and get some exercise at the same time. I found a Pick Your Own farm in Stratham, New Hampshire, about an hour from Boston. Normally, on a day off, I spend it at the beach but I wanted to incorporate some movement and exercise into my day. So, off I went.
I brought my two nephews with me. BlueBerry Bay Farm is a family centered Pick Your Own farm with tons of different types of crops. It was impressive to see how diverse the products were and all within a comfortable distance of one another. It was really cool.
This is some of the garlic that we picked.
The farm is chemical free and uses no synthesized chemicals to grow. The majority of the land was taken up by blue berry bushes but we made our way around and picked fresh garlic (that was a treat!), red onions, sweet white onions, and also got to see tons of different types of flowers and vegetables. The great thing was that it was a really comfortable and casual environment and had hanging jars to catch flies and other pests. There were signs all around that stated that the farm was working with the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension to try out different types of insect traps. The owners really cared about trying to find alternative types of pest control.