Saturday, April 30, 2011
I have recently been learning about Psyllium Seeds and the great fiber benefits that come with them. You all know I love healthy doses of fiber so it's no surprise these caught my attention. Okay, just a quick reminder of why we love fiber:
*It helps lower your cholesterol
*It helps regulate blood sugar
*It keeps your colon healthy
*It makes you feel full faster so that you don't eat as much
*It can help you loose/maintain weight
*Fiber is your friend!
Some more fiber facts:
*You need 25-35 grams of total fiber every day.
*Insoluble fiber helps with colon health while soluble fiber helps lower cholesterol - BOTH are beneficial.
*Dietary fiber is found in WHOLE grain products, fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, beans and legumes.
Why Psyllium seeds? Because for 1Tablespoon of ground seeds you get 6, yes, SIX grams of fiber with 5, F-I-V-E, amazing grams of soluble fiber. That is huge! And, the best part of these seeds is that they can pretty much be incorporated into anything you currently eat. Throw some on your salad, in soup, cereal, sauce, baked goods, smoothies, yogurt, you name it! I made these oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and threw in a couple of tablespoons of psyllium seeds for a little extra crunch and a whole lot of fiber. Delicious!
Let me know what you choose to do with them! Enjoy!
****As with all fiber posts, there is a disclaimer...When increasing fiber, you MUST increase your fluid intake too otherwise you will find yourself feeling VERY uncomfortable! :-)
Saturday, April 23, 2011
You know a four-year-old boy lives in your house when all of the bed pillows and blankets are in the living room draped over the kitchen table chairs with couch cushions serving as doors and windows. Building forts is hard work - Daddy is inside the fort asleep. Seriously... I'm not kidding.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
This is one of our original plants - Strawberries! Each year they produce a little more than the year before. Matt and Jey have really high hopes for all of the yummy strawberries and therefore don't have the heart to pull them even though they are taking up HALF of the small garden space we have! :-)