Happy Sunday! I love Sundays. It’s not my favorite day of the week, but it’s right up there behind Saturdays.
As I was going through some emails this morning, I ran through a few questions I wanted to share public answers to. If one person is wondering something, maybe some of you are too? (You people do, in fact, care!)
That’s what I’ll just keep telling myself, anyways. 😉
I have been quite fond of bowls lately. Smoothie bowls, rice bowls, veggie bowls… basically anything I can throw together to taste half way decent, I am all about.
This morning, my yogurt bowl was ready to enjoy in two minutes time!
Per usual, I washed it down with an extremely large cup of coffee, which brings me to the first question I want to address:
How you drink your coffee every morning? I have been trying different ways and am still searching for a way that I love!
My coffee cups usually include the following: flavored coffee, some kind of organic skim, soy, or almond milk, and a small serving stevia in the raw. <- I also use this as a sugar substitute for baking.
If you aren’t a true coffee lover, you may need to dress it up a bit more, but that is just the formula I have grown to love.
I discovered the wonderful world of flavored coffee a few years ago. I had an obsession with Dunkin’ Donuts Hazelnut for a while, and eventually bought the bags of grounds from the grocery store instead of driving thru every morning to get it. (Hello, wallet drainer!)
Expanding my collection, I have also grown quite fond of Dunkin’s French Vanilla, Starbucks Blonde Roast (for more of an original coffee flavor), and will give any kind of chocolate mix a try. Don’t even get me started on the holiday flavors, either. Pumpkin, Gingerbread, Peppermint… I die. (Missing Fresh Market Coffee right about now.)
While writing this post, I literally just stumbled upon these seasonal coffee flavors from Dunkin’ too. Cocounut, Strawberry Shortcake, Triple Berry? Excuse me while I abandon my computer to go to the grocery store…. have any of you tried these? They sound delicious.
Over the years of drinking coffee, I have learned that if I buy flavored grounds, I use less milk/cream/sugars to doctor it up. Plus, no cup ever has to taste the same, if you don’t want it to.
At any given time, I have at least a few variants of milk on hand. Since I started experiencing a few stomach issues this year, I have been trying to substitute soy and almond milk over regular whenever I can.
I usually don’t have two soymilks on hand, but these cartons happened to be on sale at the store. Usually, I have some kind of almond milk added into the mix. Also with my sensitive stomach issues, I have started substituting gluten and dairy-free products into my diet.
While on my bowl kick this week, I found that Amy’s has a whole line of them!
This week’s purchase was the Black-Eyed Peas & Veggies Bowl my mouth was watering over in the freezer section. After a long day of Pistons work (can’t wait to share more about that with you!), I returned home unmotivated to cook, remembered the bowl and went to town.
Amy’s Bowl + 1 MorningStar Farms Spicy Black Bean Burger = pure delight.
I have also received questions about my thoughts on processed foods and genetically modified soy products (GMOs). To be honest, I am very naive on the subject and haven’t even heard much about it until recently.
With a simple Google search of “does morningstar farms use genetically modified soy” I quickly found my answer from numerous articles, including this one dating all the way back from 2001. The answer is a clear yes.
Soy + Genetically Modified Product Concerns
I’m sure that one reader is not the only one who has been wondering about this subject, either.
Here was my answer:
“To quickly (and kind of vaguely) answer for now, I try to stay away from as much processed food as I can. I have only recently heard about the negative effects of soy, so it looks like I need to do some research. For now, I do love soy products and eat them often! I read labels, but not as much as I should.”
Knowing I have at least five boxes of MorningStar products in my freezer at all times, where is one like me to go from here?
First Step: Acknowledge that soy, and especially products meant for meat substitution, can come genetically modified (include GMOs). Do some research and take note of brands that don’t include this.
Second Step: Try to transition away from products that carry GMOs. (This is going to be really hard for me, considering I live on a handful of them!)
Third Step: Keep track of what you learn along the way, and share it with friends, i.e. you guys!
Like I mentioned above, I am completely new to this area of information. As a healthy living blogger, it is important for me to educate myself and others on knowledge of products, with facts both positive and negative.
I plan to take this concern with soy products seriously, and share ways to eat around GMOs with you as much as I can.
Now, since some of you probably know a lot more about this than I do…
I have some questions for YOU!
• What are your thoughts on processed/genetically modified products?
• What are some easy ways to stay away from them?
I need to get better about reading labels and keep an eye out for brands that advertise “GMO-free”.
And, of course, I’m curious…
• What’s in your coffee cup?
All right, I’m off to clean up around here for a little, then headed off to an appearance tonight. This week is going to be jam packed with dancer auditions coming up next weekend. I’m getting very anxious and ready for it to get here already.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!