Healthy Living Obsessions!

So, in case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been gone for a while.  So sorry, but I needed to unplug and reconnect.  My children have a very short summer break and I felt this need to get away from technology and just BE with them for a while.  Then, school began and all of the crazy start-of-the-year stuff kind of consumed my life.  I’m feeling balanced and good at this point, so let the blogging begin!

Here are some of my latest obsessions:

Chia seeds:  These little babies are PACKED with things that are good for you.  I sprinkle them in my morning protein shake, the muffins I make for my kids’ school lunches, salads . . . they go in pretty much anything you can think of.  They don’t really taste like anything, so they are easy to incorporate.

Spaghetti squash:  Pasta makes me feel dull and slow, so this summer I started making spaghetti squash for my noodle-loving family.  My kids were skeptical, but after one bite they were hooked!  We have been making a big ol’ spaghetti squash once every two weeks, since one squash can easily provide three meals of “noodles”.  Not to mention they are SO easy to make – cut in half, place facedown on a cookie sheet with a bit of water, and bake at 350 for 45 minutes.  Let cool for a few minutes, discard the seeds, then scrape the squash out of the shell and shred with a couple of forks.  Seriously delicious.

Magnesium:  I was pointed toward magnesium by TSC, who wrote up a seriously compelling post about the benefits of this supplement.  I started taking magnesium before bed each night, and I swear I am falling asleep in record time.

Mini muffins for school lunches – I have been a big fan of Lisa Leake and 100 Days of Real Food for a long time, and have used her muffin recipes for YEARS for my kids.  (Not to mention the insane amount of dinner recipes I pull from her blog!)  Anyway, I make a big ol’ batch of muffins on the weekend and put them in the freezer, and then every morning I put one in my kids’ lunch bag.  They are totally thawed by lunchtime, and help keep everything inside cooler along the way.  Her recipes are easy to tweak when you want to incorporate different fruits and veggies.

PiYo – Seriously, check this out if you love fitness.  I love Pilates.  I love yoga.  Last year, I showed up to my yoga studio thinking I was catching a normal hot yoga class, but realized I read the schedule wrong and it was actually this thing called PiYo.  I decided to attend even though I had no idea what it was – W.O.W.  I’m a pretty fit person, but that class kicked my booty across the street and to next Tuesday.  So, of course, I was totally hooked.  Over the summer, a series of PiYo DVDs came out and I started practicing every day.  I have been doing PiYo most days for two months, and I am so freaking strong and flexible – I feel like a teenager.  No more creaky bones when I’ve been sitting too long, and I can keep up with my kids all day like a boss.  Also, my core is looking amazing.

What about you?  What are your healthy obsessions of the moment?  I’d love to hear!

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