Saturday, April 30, 2011

Spice It Up! Part 2 of 3

As you know, I like food, I like it a lot. So, I've been experimenting with adding herbs & spices to my food, thereby adding taste without extra calories or carbohydrates.

Experiment #2: Chinese Style Five Spice Powder

Five Spice Powder is made of: Cinnamon, Anise, Fennel, Ginger, Clove, and Licorice Root. You can find it any grocery store.

I normally add cocoa, cinnamon, and ginger to my morning smoothie, but a recipe in Weight Watchers Magazine, for Chocolate Spice Cupcakes, where they use both the Five Spice Powder and some chocolate, inspired me to add it to my morning smoothie. I expect it to have quite a kick!

Update: The Five Spice Powder is a wonderful addition to the smoothie. I used a heaping 1 tsp the first time, and it was yummy. It reminds me a little of what Chai tastes like. I may add more Five Spice next time, to really bring out those flavors.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Spice It Up! Part 1 of 3

I like food. I really like food. I refuse to eat junk, which pretty much leaves me with whole grains, veggies, lean protein, and fruit. I like these things, but I also like to change things up a bit, so I am playing with herbs and spices. Herbs and spices usually add zero calories and carbohydrates but lots of taste to a meal, and often have antioxidants and other good for you stuff.

Experiment 1: Mrs. Dash

I always thought that Mrs. Dash was a mish-mash of chemicals and additives (not something I'm going to add to my food) but I kept hearing good things about it in various fitness magazines. So I finally picked up the bottle and read the ingredients when I was at the grocery store:

Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb: Garlic, Onion, Spices, (Black Pepper, Parsley, Fennel, Basil, Bay, Marjoram, Oregano, Savory, Thyme, Cayenne Pepper, Coriander, Cumin, Mustard, Rosemary, Celery Seed), Carrot, Orange Peel, Spice Extractives.

See? Not scary at all! We eat a lot of steamed veggies, and I plan on using Mrs. Dash on them.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Listen To The Robots

The other day, I was working on my resume and started wondering if there was a way to broadcast it in a different way. While I was doing the dishes (where I often get my best ideas) I thought it would be funny to have cartoon characters read out my resume. I found this site, where they let you input the text, and use their "cartoons", and had a little fun:

It was fun to make, it makes me laugh, and hopefully so do you!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Divide And Conquer

Lately, I've been dividing my time between organizing the PDX Applications For Good Code-A-Thon, looking for a Community Manager job, and getting this body o' mine into even better shape.

I have found that all 3 need a solid foundation to ensure success, but results are seen the quickest when organizing an event. You make a checklist and you check things off. Easy.

Getting a body into shape can be a slow process, but you often feel small changes, like sore muscles, which let you know you are heading toward your goal. You stick to your plan, adjust as needed, and big changes will be seen and felt.

Job searching, however, can feel like swimming against a tide. Should you focus on online job postings? Should you focus on creating contacts? Are any of your tactics even working? So I apply what I've learned from fitness, to job searching: set goals, be persistent, move forward. And when I get angry or frustrated about having to job search again, when I thought I was set for quite awhile, I use it to fuel my workouts. I know that eventually, I will hit that wave, and the ride to the beach will be swift.