Thursday, October 09, 2014
I've recently discovered mashed cauliflower. It comes out with the consistency of mashed potatoes. Of course it tastes a little different, but I love it!
Check out the macros:
Amount is HUGE (about 2.5 cups): 582 grams
Protein: 11 GRAMS.....that is huge for a veggie!!!!
Anyway, I'm pretty excited about it. It takes a lot to fill me up and this actually does. I added turmeric and pepper. Lots of good properties to turmeric too, but that can be a fun facts for later :)
So, when I cook it I just steam an entire head of cauliflower (Yep...an entire head) until tender or microwave for about 6 minutes. I drain off all the liquid possible and then blend it in a food processor or high power blender. You have to mess with it a little sometimes and get the flowerettes pushed down into the blender but it doesn't take too long. I make it the night before and then eat it for lunch the next day. Again, it actually fills me up! Love it!
OK...here are a few fun facts:
Cauliflower can grow from 8 to 30 inches both in height and width.
Cauliflower develops large and coarse leaves that are green in color. They grow in the form of rosette. Leaves surround stalk which holds centrally positioned large, white head.
White head looks like a miniature tree on the cross section. It consists of densely packed curds. Head is usually 6 inches wide and has 2 to 3 pounds of weight in large varieties of cauliflower. Head consists of central stalk which branches and holds undeveloped flower buds.
Leaves ensure development of white head. Without leaves, bunch of inedible yellow flowers would appear.
Color of the head depends on the variety. Most common type of cauliflower is white, but it can be also purchased in green, purple, orange, brown and yellow color.
Green variety is known as broccoflower because it looks like broccoli. One type of green cauliflowers develops spiky instead of round curds. This variety of cauliflower is known as Romanesco broccoli.
Cauliflower belongs to the group of cruciferous vegetables. They are named that way because they have flowers that consist of four petals which grow in the shape of Greek cross.
Cauliflower develops from seeds and tissue transplants.
Depending on the variety, it takes from 50 to 265 days from planting of the seed to the harvest. Cauliflower is harvested when it reaches expected size and texture.
Cauliflower is an excellent source of dietary fibers, vitamins C, K and vitamins of the B group and minerals such as manganese, potassium and magnesium. Cauliflower has low caloric value and can be used as a substitute for rice and potato.
Cauliflowers can be eaten raw, cooked or pickled.
Prolonged cooking destroys majority of vitamins and it is associated with bad, sulfur-like smell of cauliflower. Cooking of 30 or more minutes decreases health benefits of cauliflower for 75%.
Medical studies revealed that substances isolated from cauliflower can prevent development of certain types of cancer.
China is the greatest manufacturer of cauliflowers in the world.
Cauliflower is an annual plant which means that it completes its life cycle in one year.
Friday, October 03, 2014
I did it! The tough mudder! 11 miles, 20+ obstacles, a ton of mud. And I'm still in one piece, LOL!
Me and my partners at the beginning (still clean)
This is at the warmup. The fellow leading it (Kyle, AKA Coach) was hilarious and so much fun (bootie shorts).
From here we went to the start line. See the wall behind us? We had to climb that before we started the race...to get to the start line
This is Sean Corvelle. He is such an amazing speaker. He does the voice for tons of motivational videos and he was just as inspirational before our run. Everyone on one knee listening to everything he said:
I didn't get a ton of pictures as we just had a go-pro with us, but we did get some from the course photographers:
This one was called the Arctic Enema. I call it ice cubes of doom (they keep adding ice and it's around 34F deg). I'll put a canned photo first so you can see the whole thing. You have to dunk under the board in the middle. Ours lost it's beautiful blue color by the time we got there and had a chocolate brown hue to it:
Here are the monkey bars. They go up.....they go down. Enough to make you say shucks!
The log carry didn't seem all that bad until it was on our shoulders, LOL. It was so heavy! We had to take it on a trail over roots and holes and then turn around in the woods and bring it back.
The last obstacle was the electro shock therapy. All the wires hanging down feel like an electric fence. They go off and on, so you never know if you're going to get it. I lucked out and just got one shock on my shoulder.
Lots of other obstacles too, but I don't have pics from all of them. Here is a great slideshow that takes you through the whole course. The Berlin walls were crazy! 12 feet tall! A little help from your friends gets you over :)
Click on Mt. Rainier and keep clicking the pictures to see the whole course (there aren't any arrows on the slideshow for some reason):
So much fun! I can't wait to do it again next year...along with the Survivor and Spartan races! Woo hoo! Find a mud run and try it...it's the best feeling ever (they have all levels and distances). Everyone is so friendly and will help you out too. I never would have made it over the tall walls without the help of my partners and total strangers. HOORAH!
Monday, June 09, 2014
It was a busy weekend and TONS of fun. I did my first mud run on Saturday...the Survivor:
My teammates were great. We helped each other out and had so much fun. There was a cool slide that was a blast:
Here are some of the other obstacles (canned pictures):
....and the medal (this is 2013's but it looks the same other than the date)
On Sunday, the scouts went on a 10 mile kayak trip on Boston Harbor in Olympia, WA. It was a lot of fun too. We were in the open water most of the time, but found some fingerling waterways that we explored. We saw a lot of wildlife including Eagles (there's one in the 2nd picture but really hard to see), blue herons, big jelly fish, seals, otters, and a dog (he wasn't too wild.....pretty friendly actually, especially when I had my snacks around).
If you ever get a chance I definitely recommend a mud run. The short ones aren't too hard and are so much fun and you can go totally at your own pace. The feeling of getting into the mud at the beginning is so great! Like you're a little kid again (and doing something mom would say no to...lol).
Have a great week everyone!
Thursday, May 15, 2014
It's been a while since I posted a fun facts blog. Instead of food, I'm going with interesting health/body fun facts today:
Fun Fitness Facts About Exercise:
-There is only one type of exercise that requires you hold your breath in order to accomplish the exercise. What is it? It's swimming underwater.
-If you had every single muscle in your body work together at the same time, you could lift about 50,000 pounds.
-If you are not a regular exerciser, by the time you are 65 you may experience as much as an 80% decrease in your muscle strength.
-By the time you have reached old age, you will have walked approximately 70,000 miles.
-The best way to judge whether or not you are exercising at too high of an intensity is to see whether or not you can carry on a conversation. If you can't, you may want to back off of the intensity just a little until you can.
-Bodies are creatures of habit. The more you exercise, the more your body learns to burn fat rather than storing it.
-No wonder your feet hurt - running puts four to seven times your body weight in pressure on your feet.
-Regular exercise is linked to better sex, because it can improve body image, energy, self-esteem and overall fitness.
-Dancing is a terrific and fun form of exercise that can improve cardiovascular fitness just like any other more formal type of exercise.
-If you're always in a bad mood, then getting fit just may help. Regular exercise can enhance mood and overall well-being.
-The top three factors that determine whether or not you will stick to your exercise routine include having support, finding a workout that you like and knowing what you're doing. Your recipe for fitness success just may be working out with a buddy doing something you love after having received formal education on how to do it.
-If you have an inactive spouse, chances are that you will be inactive, too.
-In spite of what you may have read, there is no "best time to exercise." It turns out that the best time to exercise is when it works for you.
-Women's top three recreational activities are walking, aerobics and working out, while men's top three are golf, basketball and walking.
-Regular exercise can reduce the signs and symptoms of PMS.
-Being dehydrated reduces exercise performance. Make sure you hydrate for peak performance during a workout.
-Visualization can help to improve your workout. By visualizing yourself completing the exercise before you actually perform it, then you will be able to perform the exercise with more intensity and effectiveness.
-Visualization of specific exercise actually causes the muscle synapses to fire as if you were performing the exercise. Does this mean that you can get all of your exercise in your mind? Not necessarily, but visualization can be a valuable part of your workout.
-People who cross-train with a variety of exercise are more fit and less injury-prone than those who exercise using only one or two exercise modalities.
Fun Facts About Your Body:
-For every 25 pounds of excess weight, your body needs to pump blood through an extra 5,000 miles of blood vessels.
-How much air do you breathe every hour? You breathe about 700 gallons of air.
-What is your body's strongest muscle? It's your heart - which beats approximately 100,000 times per day. That means that in just 10 days, your heart beats one million times. If you do sustained, intense exercise daily, you'll reach a million even more quickly.
-Your heart pumps about 74 gallons of blood in a single day - enough to fill up three gas tanks!
-A normal sized heart weighs about the same amount as a softball.
-All but 10 ounces of your brain, which weighs approximately three pounds, is water.
-It takes 70 muscles to speak a single word.
-Your body has more than 650 muscles.
-Blood circulates through your body very quickly. The average time it takes for your blood to make the entire circuit is 23 seconds.
By utilizing the fun fitness facts provided above, you can pump up your workout, get to know your body and make your way to the best shape of your life.
Make it a great day!!
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