Oct 24, 2015

We Tried a Keurig and are Back to Drip Coffee Maker

This isn't a review, necessarily, just a personal experience related to using a Keurig vs an automatic drip coffee maker.

A while back, there was a very special offer made to Kindle Fire owners to buy a Keurig for only $20 dollars, including a box of K-cups. It was an unbelievable deal, so we went for it. 

Before that time, we used the usual automatic drip coffee maker. After about a month of using the Keurig, we decided that it was tedious making single cups every time we wanted a cup of coffee. We missed brewing a big pot of our favorite brand and having a pot full of coffee available to pour from throughout the day. 

So, what did we do? We packed up the Keurig for storage and put back the automatic drip coffee maker, and haven't use the Keurig since except for a special occasion or two. We use it for company, but have no interest in using it on a regular basis.

I know we may be odd folks to some who love the newest appliances, but we are just too old school, I guess. Just yesterday I got a sample of soup that could be made with a Keurig by putting the dried veggies and noodles into a cup, and all that is in the K-cup is broth...now how is that any easier than putting a single packet with all of the ingredients in a cup and adding water boiled in a tea kettle? 

Don't get me wrong, I love some technological advances, but others cause more trouble and trash to pollute the environment than I'm interested in dealing with. (Photo is owned by me.)

Oct 7, 2015

Is Eating Pasta Making You Fat?

I confess that one of my favorite comfort foods is Pasta. It doesn't matter whether it is spaghetti, ziti, macaroni, lasagna, or any other size shape or color, I love them all.

Your comfort food may be different, but generally, comfort foods seem to be the ones that put on the most weight. Now that the weather is getting cold outside, this is even more of a problem for me. It seems that I'm drawn away from the salads of warm weather days to the heavier carbohydrate rich foods, the very foods that put more weight on me than any other food if I am not active enough to burn the carbs off.

There are tools to help those of us who love our Pasta. Here are a few suggestions:

1. This may seem obvious, but read on...look at the box that the Pasta comes in. On it you will find how many portions are in the box. 

It may surprise you to find how much more than the suggested amount you are eating, I was. In our super-size-it society, we are clueless as to what real portions are, even though all of our packaged foods indicate what a true portion is. 

2. If you don't find it easy to portion pasta based on the packaging, there are tools to help. One example is the Healthy Pasta Portions Basket. There are other helpful portion control items made by the same manufacturer and other ideas at the link provided.

3. When you eat a meal that contains a reduced amount of Pasta, add more meat sauce to "fill" you. Lean protein is less likely to increase weight...and blood sugar, by the way...that comes to mind as my husband is a diabetic. I make my own meat sauce using my own very simple recipe which is as follows:

Grass Fed Beef and Organic Fire Roasted Tomato Pasta Sauce Recipe:

  • 1 lb. lean grass fed ground beef or other organic ground meat
  • 1 28 oz. can of Organic Fire Roasted Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 Small or medium onion chopped
  • 1 chopped green pepper
  • A few cloves of fresh garlic chopped
  • Optional: Garlic powder to taste
  • Optional: Onion powder to taste
  • Add meat, onions, peppers, and garlic cloves to a oiled pan (I use cast iron) and brown all together until no red meat remains and vegetables are soft. 
  • Add the can of crushed fire roasted tomatoes, bring to a simmer, cover, and simmer for about 1/2 hour, stirring occasionally. If you use Garlic Powder or Onion Powder, this is the time to stir it in.
Again, unless you have used a lot of oil, or the meat is very fatty, you are better off getting more protein than carbohydrates, so I always say I have a little pasta with my meat sauce. 

Image credit:
Pasta - nataliaaggiato on pixabay
Nutrition Facts personal photo
Portion Control Basket generated on Amazon

How to Use the Healthy Portions Pasta Basket - Video:

Aug 26, 2015

After Labor Day Virtual Clean Eating and Exercise Health Challenge

It has been many months since I have posted to this blog, it looks like the last post was in September of last year! 

This is because I became completely distracted by a terminal brain tumor diagnosis for my precious disabled brother for whom I shared guardianship. That started October 1st, and then November 1st my husband had another heart attack.

Thankfully, my husband got to the hospital in time and his life was saved, the doctor told us it was a complete blockage that would have taken his life had we not acted quickly.

As for my brother, he went home to Heaven June 29th, and since that time my broken heart has been healing and I have been trying to get back into the things I enjoy doing again.

I want to introduce you to my daughter who is a leader in the challenge shown in the image above. If you are interested, please visit her Facebook page to see her before and after pictures and message her - https://www.facebook.com/hlengelsman . Anyone can join in and learn more about clean eating and exercise with accountability. I have been doing the challenges and love them!