POM Quinoa Parfait

Hi Friends 🙂
My new friend Craig is the best! We have gotten rid of a few items and I’ve gotten lots of interest on the rest of the junk treasures. Hopefully by the end of this week we’ll have a few more items listed and the garage will be almost empty…
It was pretty chilly and super windy here in MN today. So I was definitely thinking “fall” and “comfort food” when I made breakfast. I decided to use some of my POM juice in a new way:

Why can’t I cook quinoa in POM juice? I thought I’d give it a try. And it turned out wonderful! I think quinoa is such a cute grain — I love the shape and the fluffy texture. I layered my POM quinoa with sliced strawberries, unsweetened applesauce, golden raisins and pecans.

I think I want to tweek the amount of POM/water to quinoa ratio, but it definitely sweetened the quinoa and tasted nice with the applesauce. 
So I got to watch Thintervention and I liked it way more than the Biggest Loser. I like that it is not a competition between contestants and I like that Jackie talked about FOOD! On The Biggest Loser, the contestants exercise all day long. Then we have a brief moment where Bob or Jillian talks to the contestants about drinking milk, Brita water, whey protein, cheerios, etc. It is all commercials for their sponsors. Unless I always miss that episode, BL doesn’t talk much about diet or food. It is all about the exercise.
But I think that DIET is so much more important than exercise when it comes to losing weight. I can easily eat 1000 calories of junk food in a few minutes, but it will take me a long time to burn that all off. I don’t think you can erase bad eating habits with tons of exercise.
Thintervention likes:
-Focus on diet changes with exercise
-Focus on decreasing sugar in daily diet
-Focus on changing bad habits
-The clients don’t live on a ranch
-The clients make their own food and live in their own homes
-There is an actual therapist to help the clients (instead of just having Jillian on the Biggest Loser)

Thintervention dislikes:
-The blond female client who drinks and smokes all day long – she is ANNOYING

I do watch The Biggest Loser but I get so tired of the competition aspect. Plus, I love Jillian Michaels, but I don’t like her trainer/therapist role. I wish she would just stick with training!
Oh and for my Real Housewives of OC watchers – did you notice that Jeana’s “chef” was that man Allan that she went on a few dates with? He was the father of one of Shane’s friends? Anyone else see that?
By the way, did you know Jillian is part owner of Jackie’s gym: Sky Sport and Spa?
In honor of Jackie’s new show I’m currently rereading portions of her book:

Although I do not like the “fat talk” (on the cover!!!), I do think Jackie makes great points about sugar addiction and the importance of eating a clean diet
And in case you didn’t look at a calendar today, it is a New Moon tonight!

Yes I have New Moon chocolates in my freezer. They actually taste horrible and they have lasted over a year. I keep them for the sentimental value only 🙂 They were a Christmas gift from my mother in law as a joke.
1. Team Edward, Team Jacob, or Team Don’t Care? Team Edward!!!
2. What is your favorite grain? I love oatmeal and brown rice, but quinoa is slowly becoming one of the “favorites”
3. Do you tend to dwell on the past, dream about the future or live in the present? I honestly usually live in the future — I think about what could be or what will be, but I also often think about the past and I wonder if I have made good decisions. I am trying to live in the present and enjoy each day, but it is tough for me!
Have a great day,

Muffins, Mocktails & Many Thanks

Hi Friends 🙂
I was doing so good at commenting on your comments, and I’ve gotten away from that. I’m working on getting a system down because I’d rather email you my response than respond on my blog. Because I understand you don’t necessarily check back on old posts, or do you? I want to connect more and get some “dialogue” going, so I am here, I do want to talk so keep up the commenting! It is much appreciated 🙂
Lets get to the good stuff: make these banana nut muffins

Averie once again your recipe turned out wonderfully! These are so amazingly sweet, easy to make and delicious. I decreased the amount of brown sugar and used ground oats instead of ground flax (I didn’t have any), but other than that I followed Averie’s original recipe. They were pretty thin “muffins” — mine turned out more cookie like with a really gooey center 🙂
Next: I wanted to bring up “the letter” I received from a Bragg rep. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the supportive comments! I tell myself that “I don’t care what people think of me” – but that isn’t true. I do care. I want to show myself in the best possible light and I want to be a good example and role model. That letter from Bragg tore me down and I was feeling really low. But thanks to YOU and the tons of comments I received I feel so much better and more confident in my food choices and in my blog in general. So thank you, thank you, thank you! Onto something a bit more fun:
Alyssa wrote about getting mail yesterday, and I got a special package yesterday as well:

Ah glorious POM juice! Thanks Ryan for contacting me and for sending me this wonderful juice! I really really wanted a POM apron too, but I guess they couldn’t find one for me (believe me, I asked!) POM juice is 100% authentic pomegranate juice. I don’t drink much juice on its own, but I like to dilute it with seltzer for a lovely refreshing mocktail or with some other ingredients to make an actual cocktail 🙂

The perfect place to drink a cocktail  mocktail? In front of the TV of course 🙂 Jason and I are about to watch this:

After seeing Inception I really wanted to rewatch Memento — they were both directed by Christopher Nolan (who also directed Batman Begins and Batman Forever).
Plans for the weekend:
-Wedding Saturday night
Work on my Sept goals: church on Sunday and lots of reading
-Run 6 miles Saturday, TurboFire on Sunday, TurboFire/FBB Strength Monday
-Relax, unwind and maybe (just maybe) do a bit of cleaning around the house
What are your plans for Labor Day Weekend?
What is the best movie you have watched lately?