Thursday, January 31, 2013

Addicting Veggie Dip

I made a Greek yogurt dip to eat with raw veggies and am addicted.  I cannot stop eating it and love that it helps me meet my protein needs for the day. My kids love it too.
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 or 2 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons chopped chives
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper (because I like pepper, you can use less)
1/2 teaspoon dried dill
2 tablespoon lemon juice

Just mix it all together and eat it with raw veggies or some whole wheat crackers.

Crappy iPhone pic:

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

A Day of Clean Eating

I had several requests this past year to post a typical day of eating for me.  First, let me say, I am not a nutritionist, so please don't think that this way of eating will be a miracle for you.  I have done lots of reading, research, and tweaking to make this fit MY body and MY lifestyle. ( I'm actually still tweaking it every day.) It may not wok for you.

I do not count calories or measure very carefully.  I kind of just eyeball things. The portion sizes that work for me, may not work for you and my portion sizes depend on my level of activity for that day.  Some days I have to eat a ton. I find that if I'm still hungry, I will blend up a quick smoothie with spinach and a frozen banana and that sometimes I need more fat from avocados, almonds, or nut butter.

This is my general rule of thumb for portions : protein (palm sized), carbs (1/2 cup) fats (a handful), raw veggies (unlimited).  Egg whites range between 2 and 6 egg whites per serving depending on the day.

I am pretty scatterbrained sometimes, so I have to prepare this before the week begins. This type of eating usually takes me about an hour or two of food prep on Sunday afternoon. It sounds like a lot, but it saves tons of time during the week. I boil and peel my eggs, make a container of oats, chop all of my veggies and fruits, and cook my protein for the week.  This food prep serves as my meals 1-4 for the week.  Meal 5 is dinnertime, so I eat what I am serving my family that night. Meal 6 is my fun meal where I can experiment with protein packed desserts. If I don't prep, I will just go into the pantry and grab any old junk to stuff in my face. If I prepped it, I will eat it.

I will try to do this a few more times since many of you requested daily meal ideas.  I will be posting more recipes and meal planning ideas on my FB page.  Hope this helps.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Winner!!!

Time to announce the winner of the Alyce Hattie Bea products!

I decided to do this drawing the old fashioned way.  I put every entry  from both of my blogs into a bucket and had my daughter draw it out....because I'm web savvy that way!

annnnnndddd the winner is.....

Random Reflections...please email me at before Wednesday, January 16 with your mailing address so I can get your prize out to you.

If  you all would like to order these very affordable and amazing products, check out the Alyce Hattie Bea website!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Pamper Yourself (a giveaway)

This time of year I have the worst dry, itchy winter skin and chapped lips. It's so hard to find good, chemical free products.  My very close  friend Alexis and mother of two sweet babies began a business called Alyce Hattie Bea. She has been so busy creating wonderful, chemical free products that she has not gotten around to completing her web page yet...but it's coming soon. Alexis creates goats milk soaps, creams, and lotions; lip balm, natural teething necklaces, scarves, gloves, hats,  aprons, breads, cheeses, pasta, etc.  Her products are selling in shops and farmer's markets all across New York.

When I say that her products are all natural and chemical free, I am not exaggerating.   Her soaps and lotions come from the milk of her own personal goats (who eat a sweet organic diet better than mine) and are treated like family members! Her teething necklaces come from trees on her property.  Her wool comes from local sheep. She often cleans, processes, and dyes the wool herself using natural dyes and then spins it into yarn which she then crochets into her awesome creations.  I love this self sustaining chica and am so excited she is sharing her products with the rest of us.

Today I am giving away a few of her items to one lucky winner. This prize includes her lavender goats milk soap, soothing peppermint lip balm, and a really cute necklace for mom that a baby can use for teething while mom wears it. Such a clever idea!

This is her gorgeous, sweet smelling soap.  Shops across New York are starting to carry this soap and it is selling out quickly. I have been using it for over a week now and my skin has never been softer.  I gave a bar to my son to use for his eczema and it has greatly reduced his itching and inflammation. I cannot wait to order more for myself! It's adorably packaged in paper and yarn that she made herself...yes, she MADE paper and yarn. I love this girl and her products.

I am addicted to this Peppermint lip soother.  I keep one in my car, and my nightstand, and in my gym bag.  The peppermint flavor is very subtle and not at all overwhelming. It goes on smooth and offers a long lasting smoothness to your lips. She makes it with organic olive oil, beeswax, and local honey.

This last product is a bit unusual and A LOT genius.  You know how your babies love to chew on your necklaces when you are holding them..but you don't want them to choke on the beads or brake the necklace?  Alexis created a solution for this.  These cute necklaces are great for teething babies. (TO BE WORN BY MOM ONLY) The teething part is made from wood that has been shaped and smoothed by hand and dyed with fruit/vegetable based dyes. Each necklace is unique and can be ordered without stain if your baby has a fruit or veggie allergy.

So, who wants to win this? All you have to do is leave a comment here on this blog.   

Mandatory to enter: Leave a comment here telling me what organic products you buy regularly.

Extra Entries:   (leave a comment here telling me each of these things you did)

1) Like Alyce Hattie Bea on FB.

2) Like Blood, Sweat, and Minivans on FB

3) Share this give away on Twitter or FB

*Only one person per household/IP address may enter.  This giveaway is open to US residents only and can only be shipped to continental US addresses. Winner will be selected after midnight CST on Friday, January 11, 2013.  The winner will be announced the weekend of January 12 and contacted via email.  The winner must respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.