This time getting sick was no joke!source
I mean, I used to lose lbs by getting sick because I didn't want to eat, but this time, the lbs were creeping up, and I just ate like nobody's business!
So now that I’ve been feeling a bit better, I'm trying to incorporate more healthy foods for hubby and I. I've also been using my spark people account for some extra support for helping me stay focused. The healthy lifestyle that I have been following is to eat cleaner, non processed, wholesome foods, eat every 3 hours, eat low fat, and stay within my calorie range. Knowing that 80% is nutrition and 20% is exercise, I'm keeping an eye on my food intake. So that is that... Now to the fun stuff!
Hubby and I went to walmart on Friday night, it's 24 hours and brand new, so we figured hey why not!oh boy, it was a bit of a disaster since they were packing out there goods, and the employees there were all not the friendliest bunch, (except for the cashier!), so people with carts were getting trapped by the workers throwing boxes around to each other, then, you had each aisle split into two with loads of boxes, so it was sorta like you were stuck in traffic during rush hour, in a walmart... All in all, I came home with all the goodies, and hubby was just thrilled that he picked up a bluray DVD player that had Internet access, for a great price! We were both filled with smiles, but I've gotta admit, I wasn't too impressed because they weren't stocked with too many unprocessed foods, so for my veggies and things, trader joes will be my go to!
Today's recipe came about because I wanted to have good, homemade bread where I knew exactly what went into making it. This recipe is made without a bread machine, so your tools will be your hands! Yay!! With little changes from the original recipe, here is a bread that is wholesome and delicious! I put stars in front of the ingredients that I put in. Go ahead, and try it out for yourself =]
Multigrain Breadadapted from here Recipe is for 1 loafIngredients:
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sunflower seeds
3 tablespoons quinoa **
3 tablespoons 1 tbsp each of wheat bran, ground flax seed, and 2 tbsp of oat bran **
1/3 cup rolled oats
1 cup water, plus 1/4 cup for the grain and seeds mixture**
1 tablespoons honey**
1 egg, ** egg white and yolk separated.
1. In a large bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, yeast, and salt. In another bowl, mix the seeds with the oats.
2.In a saucepan, combine the water and molasses and warm the mixture over low heat until a thermometer reads 120 to 130 degrees F (50 to 55 degrees C) .
3.Add the liquid to the flour mixture with the egg white. Mix together until a soft dough forms. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for 10 minutes; then shape into a ball. Lightly oil a large stainless steel bowl. Add the dough and turn to cover the dough with the oil. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and let rise in a warm place for 2 hours until doubled in size.
4.When the dough has risen, punch the dough down with your fists and add all but 2 Tablespoons of the seed mixture working it into the dough. Reserve the 2 Tablespoons of seed mixture for the topping. Shape the dough into a loaf by rolling it into a 12 x 8 inch rectangle and then roll up by its shortest end. Pinch the ends together and tuck underneath. Place in a non-stick 9x5 inch loaf pan with the seam underneath. Cover the loaf pan with a tea towel and let rise for 1 hour until doubled in bulk.
5.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Brush the top of the loaf with egg yolk and sprinkle on the reserved seed mixture. Bake the bread for 30 minutes or until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom. Remove the bread from the pan and let cool completely.
The final verdict: A keeper! But I must add, that my loaf of bread didn’t rise up all the way, and it sorta reminds me of a biscotti… Hmmm… but! The flavor and nutrients are all there, so what I did was:*** After the loaf has cool down, I cut it into 10 pieces, and put them into a freezer ziploc bag ( I used a gallon size) and froze them up. Whenever I want to snack on something, I will take one out, give it a quick toast on my pan and spread a tsp of natural skippy peanut butter! It really tastes so good, and is good for you too! =]
Are you a eater when you’re sick, or are you someone who cannot stand the sight of food??! I used to be a “lay in bed and starve sick person” but like I said before, I’m an eater, and I like it!~
Be well to all who are in the cold, and remember, if you are ever going through something that you just don’t know what to do, then, let it be… It will work itself out. As for my situation, I’m just letting it be. I had a relapse on my cold, and didn’t go back to work. Will be back before the week is over to face the music!….