Thursday, May 27, 2010
Food, Fitness, Community and Dairy Free Coconut Vanilla Sorbet!
What is your relationship with food, fitness and community?  I know this seems like a silly question, but I was wondering how that fits into others' lives.  You see, for me, I have always done something physical.  I was not then, nor am I now, an athlete in any way.  I could not run to save my live.  Everybody knows the Phoebe run from Friends...well that is what I feel like when I run only carrying 50 pounds extra.  I think there is an art to running that I just don't have.  I am totally envious of those who can though!  I danced (mostly tap - yep the hat, the cane and feathers, some jazz and ballet only when I was really little) until I was in 10th grade.  From 8th grade on I have exercised by myself.  I don't know why, I just started doing it.  I remember the first workouts I did were Gilad's Body's In Motion, Jane Fonda and yes...Cher.  My workouts have changed a lot, but I still workout alone at home.  Now, I am an interval training/kickboxing kind of girl.  Funny that my workouts went from being prissy to being tough.  I don't mind working out alone since it is what I have always done.  I have found that I am better at it when I do it first thing in the morning.  I prefer the peace of everyone else still being asleep.

Today starts the first day of summer and things can get crazy around here.  I thought about sleeping in, but decided it was best for me to just get up and get going!  I have a friend that has a hard time finding a workout she likes.  So, I suggested she start with 15 minutes of any kind of cardio and 15 minutes of any kind of muscle toning a few days a week.  I think exercising is addicting and once you find something you actually look forward to doing it!  I have also found that the blogging community is very encouraging when it comes to goals and ideas for different types of exercising!  Changing it up on a daily basis keeps it from getting boring!
We have also been talking about food.  I was the girl that thought fat free was the way to go for years!  I have learned a lot since then!  I am loving my healthy fats and finding new ways to incorporate them in EVERYTHING.   It is so easy to get bored with food and not know how to make it more interesting.  I am always looking at food and creating new recipes so sometimes it is hard for me to find a focus on what to make.  I am always asking the illustrator what he is in the mood for.  My friend and I went to the store the other day to shop for different foods.  I really enjoyed sharing my ideas on food and how to change things up a bit!  I introduced her to almond butter and quinoa...we now have another one on our side!
Sometimes, when things get boring, just seeing someone put a new spin on an old idea...inspires you!  Seriously, oats in a peanut butter jar is complete brilliance!  I think just putting food in pretty bowls or different containers makes it a little more fun!
The peanut butter swirl gets all melty and gooey from the hot oats!  I actually hide the "empty" jars in the fridge for occasions like this.  The boys celebrated the first day of summer break with waffles...I had the OIAJ (oats, flax, peanut butter, cinnamon and almond milk)!
I also like the blogging community because it gives me the ok to eat the way I like to eat!  Most people I know think I eat weird.  I can't help it...I like doing things differently!  My favorite meal is bean burgers on a salad.  Yesterday, I ate my last Lentil Quinoa Burger.  So sad, but since they are so easy to make...I need to get on it!
While most people eat french fries with there burgers...I love potato wedges on burger salads with mustard and ketchup, of course!  I just take my baked potato, cut it in half, add a little kosher salt/fresh ground pepper and toast it up in a nonstick skillet.
Oh and I can't forget dessert!  I blame Evan for my ice cream cravings lately!  I bought some So Delicious Coconut Milk Beverage the other day and decided to make a Coconut Vanilla Sorbet.
Some dairy free chocolate chips make it an extra special treat!  This sorbet does not have a coconut flavor at all.  It is very vanilla and so creamy (low fat and low sugar).

Coconut Vanilla Sorbet

3 cups So Delicious Coconut Milk Beverage
1/3 cup sugar
2 TBSP arrowroot powder
3/4 tsp vanilla NuNaturals Stevia
1 TBSP vanilla

Mix 1/4 cup milk with the arrowroot powder and set aside.  Combine 2 3/4 cup milk in a sauce pan with the sugar.  Bring the mixture to a simmer.  Turn it off and whisk in the arrowroot mixture.  This will thicken as it cools a little.  Then add the stevia and vanilla.  Place in the fridge until cold.  Freeze in an ice cream freezer according your machine's directions.

Did you always exercise?  What motivates you?  Do your friends eat like you or do you do your own thing?

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 12:17 PM  
  • At May 27, 2010 at 12:30 PM, Anonymous Amy B @ Second City Randomness said…

    I like this post! But first off, I feel it is my duty to ask you to post some epic Cher moves from the workout dvd.... thanks.

    And even if you don't like running (but let us first take a moment to appreciate all that is the Phoebe run...), it's awesome that you found your niche of what you do like! So many people do running just because it seems like a given, but don't ever enjoy it.

    I've been running since high school, but never long distances. Just a mile or two as part of my workout. But in the last year or so, I've found races seriously motivating- and now I can't imagine only running one mile as part of my workout! It's an obsession for sure...

  • At May 27, 2010 at 1:38 PM, Anonymous Heather (Where's the Beach) said…

    Oh I used to adore Gilad!!! How funny. He's still around if you can believe that one. I still have not done the oats in the jar thing. Funny you mention the lentil quinoa burgers. I have some quinioa leftover that I plan on making into burgers. I haven't decided which bean - black or lentil - yet...maybe both!

  • At May 27, 2010 at 1:49 PM, Anonymous Food Makes Fun Fuel said…

    Funny enough, I've never actually tried a So Delicious coconut beverage. I think I might have to now!

  • At May 27, 2010 at 2:11 PM, Anonymous Danielle (Runs on Green) said…

    I can relate to a lot in this post! I went through a low-fat/fat free phase too...because that used to be the norm for "healthy." My dry skin and crankiness would beg to differ!

    I also love the blogging community because I'm not looked at as *too* different. In real life though, I'm pretty much the main attraction when it comes to meal times. "What's she gonna pull out next?" lol

    As for running, I used to hateee it. I was slow and couldn't even go a mile without feeling like death. But I just never gave up on it because my dad is a runner and, I guess here I am lol

  • At May 27, 2010 at 3:08 PM, Anonymous cheryl said…

    Vanilla Coconut Sorbet? I'm running to the fridge right now to grab my carton of vanilla So Delicious coconut milk beverage and make this! (So glad it's on sale now at Whole Foods. Sounds like I'll need to buy more.) Wait! NuNaturals vanilla stevia? Must find this NOW!

  • At May 27, 2010 at 3:12 PM, Anonymous Stephanie said…

    I love this post! oats in a peanut butter jar? I love it! I'm glad to know I'm giving you some good writing material! :)
    I'm beginning to realize that the blogging community is very similar to the community I feel with WW. You've already converted me on many things (hello, almond butter!)...looks like you might be converting me to the blogger world next!
    I totally get what you're saying about most people thinking what you eat is weird. espeically in the south. especially in our family! My journey to a lifestyle of health has been a long and bumpy one, but I'm really starting to "get it" now. I'm hoping the desire to exercise comes next. :)

  • At May 27, 2010 at 3:12 PM, Anonymous Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) said…

    I've only recently adopted a healthy lifestyle attitude. I was raised on entirely wholesome, home cooked foods, but I've been overweight all my life and from my teens to 20s I ate complete crap. I never used to exercise, then 3 years ago I was thinking about turning 30 and I didn't want to die when I was 40, so I lost 90+ lbs, gained some back and have been maintaining a 65+ lb loss for awhile now, but I still have a long ways to go. I eat what I like and a lot of times that's what others don't like, both in the blog community and out of it. I believe in balance, not perfection. My diet and activity has evolved a lot over my lifetime and it's still changing and improving. Everyday is a new lesson and chance to practice. :)


  • At May 27, 2010 at 4:07 PM, Blogger Megan D said…

    I used to do the fat-free thing too but have come a LONG way since then! Now I eat nut butter straight from the jar. Speaking of which, your OIAJ looks fantastic! And so does that coconut sorbet. Loove coconut :)

  • At May 27, 2010 at 4:44 PM, Anonymous Janet said…

    Referred here from the Turtle Mountain Facebook Page... And I'm loving your recipe for the coconut sorbet!

    I've never been able to get into running, but my husband and I love our bicycles. Last year we splurged on a tandem cycle and put just shy of 2000 miles on it -- in addition to our individual bikes. We have great fun everywhere we go on it.

  • At May 27, 2010 at 5:34 PM, Anonymous Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter said…

    I also blame Evan for my ice cream cravings too!

    I took a class on running technique, so now I'm super efficient, I just look like a perfect robot when I run. It's freaky in its own way.

  • At May 27, 2010 at 5:40 PM, Blogger Kenzie @ A Healthy Purpose said…

    i love finding new ways to prepare food too. some weeks i fall into a rut but i love the days i feel inspired and find recipes or think up some creative ways to reinvent the wheel on veggies.

    i've always been on/off with exercise. but now i'm on and i plan to stay that way!

    love the sorbet!

  • At May 27, 2010 at 5:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I really want to make this coconut sorbet! but I dont have a special icecream maker or freezer. Is there any way to make a traditional freezer work?

  • At May 27, 2010 at 6:20 PM, Blogger Kelsey Ann said…

    im the same way, i think the potatoes taste better that way!!

    what a delicious looking sorbet! that would be incredibly refreshing!! <3

  • At May 27, 2010 at 6:37 PM, Anonymous Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly said…

    You used to tap dance?! Me too! Isn't is fun? I am glad you found what you like to do today! I hate it when people run and then talk about how much they hate it. I feel like saying then find something YOU enjoy! That is the only way to make exercise lasting!

  • At May 27, 2010 at 6:40 PM, Blogger Naomi(Onefitfoodie) said…

    omg the pheobe run!! hahaha I love that episode and love friends in general but I always think about that when I go running!!

    I also love the blogging community because its so great to see others who eat like me!!

    i have never tried the so delicious ice cream but i know its phenomenal!!

  • At May 27, 2010 at 8:06 PM, Blogger Nicole said…

    I am jealous your boys are out of school, I still have 4 weeks to go! When do they go back? I used to eat fat free EVERYTHING also....I've been thinking a lot about that and how much I love pb and almond butter and olive oil right now. Funny how things change!

  • At May 27, 2010 at 8:06 PM, Blogger Nicole said…

    I am jealous your boys are out of school, I still have 4 weeks to go! When do they go back? I used to eat fat free EVERYTHING also....I've been thinking a lot about that and how much I love pb and almond butter and olive oil right now. Funny how things change!

  • At May 27, 2010 at 10:23 PM, Blogger GF Gidget said…

    I used to be a dancer too! I want to sign up for an adult ballet class so bad!

  • At May 28, 2010 at 12:15 AM, Blogger Averie @ Averie Cooks said…

    the ice cream looks awesome!!

    but what i really love in this whole post, is your burgundy painted thumbnail.

    Classy meets not a boring mom. I LOVE IT!


  • At May 28, 2010 at 7:18 AM, Blogger Heather said…

    Great looking sorbet! I've been meaning to make some coconut milk popsicles local grocer has been out of coconut milk for over a week now-grrrr.
    i try to exercise every day, even if it's just 15 minutes here and there.
    My health motivates me-I want to stay strong!
    My friends DO NOT eat like me. well, one of them does, but she lives on the other side of the country :(
    Lovin' your blog! keep up the good work :)

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