Thursday, June 25, 2015

The shake etc...

This shake is keeping me up and going these days and I simply had to share.  It's not all I'm eating of course...goodness no, but it's a nice recovery shake or morning shake to be sure.

Before I even post the ingredients, I'm certain I have to say that eating raw or undercooked eggs can kill you dead or at least make you feel sick so I don't get sued or something.  I live on the dangerous side I guess because I use raw eggs in tiramisu and in this shake with very little worry.  They are from our back yard though, so that may be why I'm confident the eggs are not covered in bad bacteria because our hens seem healthy enough.  If very concerned about the raw factor but you want the easily absorbed proteins from uncooked eggs, just pasteurize a dozen eggs in water at the beginning of the week to have on hand (easy instructions).

What I put in a blender for a single shake:

One frozen banana (keep them in the freezer to have when I want a shake)
approx 1/4 cocoa powder but I don't measure it
one scoop of RAW protein powder (I'll use other brands as well, but like it if I can use a non-milk based one to vary my diet a bit-I also avoid ones with fake sugar-yuck)
A splash of olive oil or low flavor/orange cod liver oil (approx 1/8 cup)
a handful of ice cubes (approx 5 small sized ones)
Approx 2 cups of whole raw milk (of course normal milk or milk of any kind is fine...like coconut or almond milk)
Annnnnnnnnnd one raw egg (two if they are very small)

Note: powder won't stick to the side of the blender as much if dumped in from top while the blender is running so it pulls it down through the center of the shake instead of to the sides.

This shake is great pre-workout if you give it 20-30 minutes to settle (optimally).  Also good to end a workout with it to recover and not be overly sore.  I know this shake (or any good protein shake really) is a big deal because if I don't make one after long workout, I'm wondering around the kitchen hourly trying to figure out what I'm supposed to eat but nothing sounds good.  I also don't sleep as well if I do a workout late and don't drink this down.  Don't skip out on adding the oil so that it's lighter... and don't look up how many grams of fat are in the oil, your brain and nervous system are made of fat so don't starve yourself just eating carbs.  Not that carbs aren't great...I love carbs. ;)  
 This has been another workout essential that is worth the investment so far (Mio brand).  I've done several runs after riding my bike and this heart rate monitor helps me stay in the right training zones so I don't over do it or drop off into almost walking because I'm feeling drained and not thinking about my workout.  Even after I'm done with the event I'm training for, I'll continue to use this for workouts; I've been so surprised at how differently my body responds to running based on the day.  Depending on how hot it is out, how hydrated I am or what I ate or even my hormones- my heart rate shows it.  It's really good information to have so I don't get annoyed with myself for not going faster etc.  Sometimes you've got to give yourself a break. :)

And I've said it before but will mention it again, there is no way I could be running after biking etc if I was heel striking without paying for it.  So far my knees are fine and my feet are dandy (if you have problems with toe nails falling off from running, your shoes are doing you no favors...get fitted for better shoes that don't let your toes hit the front no matter what your stride is)...but I'm telling you, you'll tear yourself up without running lighter and sending less shock up your knees/legs.  Maybe I'm more sensitive to it because I'm loosely jointed and can't afford to bang my knees and hips around. :)  Here's a really cool diagram :D heeehee Sometimes just upping your tempo to 180 foot strikes a minute can fix the stride because it forces you to pull in your gate to under your center of gravity.  I get annoyed at ads in athletic magazines that have athletes with enormously spread out strikes that look crazy cool but that's not really realistic for long distance.  That would be running away from a bear stride... or apparently selling a pair of expensive shorts stride ;)

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

life in pictures :)

Finishing up my training as a Classical Conversations Challenge A tutor (picture from practicum- camp demo experiment).  Challenge A is the age group that starts at age 12;  I'm so excited about it.  I need to learn a lot more Latin before September but the challenge (pun not intended) is a good thing. 
 My new book stash... I love new books and school supplies. :)
 Christian excited about some mini golf clubs Luke got :)
 date niiiiiiight

 picked strawberries this year.  I've wanted to the last few years and just didn't ever catch it before they were gone.
 Then what do you do with them all if you don't have pectin on hand to make jam...???
 Make jam with gelatin instead of pectin I suppose. ;)  I used sugar instead of honey (I would have used a lot of honey for how much I was making) but only a cup instead of like four cups the pectin recipe says to use. I tried the vanilla in some of it but prefer it without.  It had a musty taste mixed with the lemon juice brightness.  It's still really sweet with less sugar and I'm keeping it in the freezer so the setting of the gelatin is totally enough for our uses for it- mostly on toast. :)
 That's all the sugar for 14 cups + of berries :)
 It set fine. :)
Noah had a birthday and is now 12.  We spent a family day at the water park.  This broken water sprayer amused kids about as much as the water slides. :D


I've never played this but we have a little game shop by our house and it's what they guy recommended based on the games our family likes.  It's been really fun.  Happy birthday to you Noah  darling.  Heads up if you play this...it's very easy to cheat if you are sly.  We had a big fall out after one of the games and a dig through the discard pile to find some foul play.  For shame, some lessons on ethics were in order after that. 
 cake...
 The boys have been "eating" nectar out of day lillys and showing Gi how to do it. :)
 Park morning with our CC school group
 She liked to just hang like this...I'm sure the boys taught her this method of swinging. :)
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Monday, June 8, 2015

Monday, June 1, 2015

Life in pictures...

This little trooper went to visit my mom for one-on-one time for a few days.
 But the trip got cut short by a car accident.  Very glad/blessed that he was/is okay.  He was calm after the accident until he couldn't get the door open to get out and the powder from the airbags was everywhere and he thought it was smoke.  My brother was driving ahead of them so he got him out of the car as quickly as possible which really helped keep him more calm.  He still got an ambulance ride to the hospital and an IV because he started shaking from shock.  Little sweetie.  He didn't want to take off his hospital band because he "wants to remember it."  I guess he won't be too emotionally scarred for life based on that.  The EMS team gave him a teddy bear too which he named buttercup.  So impressed with the care he received.   My dad says "buy Audis". ;)  As bad as the outside of the car looks, the inside looked pretty intact and like a bag of marshmallows with all the curtain airbags.  The other car looked much worse and the driver was in pretty bad shape sadly.  I think he's stable now but had punctured lungs and a badly broken arm. 
The day after...he didn't want to change out of his shirt with a sticker on it from the hospital...he slept for about 4-5 hours during the day which is quite abnormal for him.
 Moving on to other crazy drama...Luke and Caleb went up to the Michigan cottage to landscape and Laura and I joined forces with the younger kiddos while they were away.  This possum chose to invade our garage while the boys were gone.
 We had just put on face masks to relax...ha...funny.  The possum (whom we named Leroy) had other plans for our evening.
We put on boots and used all manner of tools to shoo the thing out of the open garage door, but it wouldn't go.  It just sunk further and further into the corner like it wanted to die.
 Look at it's face in response to all our screaming...it really was preferring the grave at this point...
 We finally pealed it off the wall with a piece of plywood and it tumbled outside.  The next morning, we headed off to Conner Prairie for the morning and saw this right outside our subdivision.  A dead Possum that wasn't there the day before.  It has to be Leroy.  Our screaming drove him to insanity and he threw himself in front of the first car he could find. ;)  Poor thing....but i'm kind of glad he's dead at the same time.
 unfazed by the sudden death of Leroy...we arrived safely at the living history museum :)  Will's shoes are indeed on the wrong feet. :)
 Making a canoe...
 petting a new calf
 Gi wouldn't pet anything...she kept saying "bite you...bite you..." haha

 Dipping candles...




 Gi drank some of the chlorine/bleach water in this splash area and later had a dreaded bad diaper as a  result.  Quick, find the probiotics! :)  Blah...

 And a few garden shots...the basil from last year reseeded itself. Yay
 I'm starting to add flowers to my garden,  this is a white hydrangea bush. :)  I planted sunflowers too (seen behind the bush) and then realized that the clump of volunteer starts in this bed before where sunflowers not cucumbers.  We feed the chickens sunflower seeds, so I should have figured that out faster. ;)
 Some more perennial flowers...
 green beans should starts producing soon...
 It's been raining a lot, the tomatoes are growing like crazy...
 cabbage and carrots :)
 baby cucumber :)  It think these starts are really cute for some reason. ;)
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