Monday, August 06, 2007

Sojo's Recommendations

I have a few jumbledy blogs that I was trying to figure out how to consolidate, which led me to the idea of doing a recommendation post. Yes, kind of vain, but hey, it's my blog. :)

Here are a few things that have come into my life lately and I just wanted to pass them along to you all.

*Bebo Norman, "Between the Dreaming and the Coming True" . I have finally gotten into Bebo Norman after years of hearing how good he is, and since I've started listening to this album I pretty much can't stop. It's quite addictive and wonderful. I highly recommend it for quality Christian music.

*While our preacher is off adopting two Rwandan children, we've had a substitute who has won over our entire church. Yes, Mark will still have a job when he comes back, but Bruce McIntyre has done an amazing job teaching on the subject of Resiliency. I highly recommend it for rejuvenation to face the world.

I've been drinking smoothies every morning for a while now. I hate to brag, but I think they're pretty dang good. Here is my base recipe and my two favorite flavor variants.

1 cup skim milk
1 scoop whey protein powder
1 sugar free vanilla pudding cup or 1 one cup of natural apple sauce
1 packet splenda

Sunshiny morning flavor--
1 cup mandarin orange slices (I think without the juice is better)
quarter cup of pineapple chunks
quarter cup of peaches
quarter cup of strawberries

Very Berry flavor--
half cup of blueberries
half cup of strawberries

I use all frozen fruit. Go as the spirit moves you.

After I walk every morning I like to have my icy water bottle ready to refuel me. Maybe everyone else knows this trick, but I thought it was original and clever. :) I fill my bottle a little less than halfway full the night before, then lay it sideways in the door of my freezer. That way, the next morning when I want it, I unscrew the bottle and can fill the remaining space with water that is instantly cool and icy.
Please see note from Karen in the comments!

If anyone else has a new favorite thing, feel free to share it in the comments.


Karen said...

The smoothie recipes sound yummy.

Just a note regarding the water freezing in the water bottle. There are more studies published that show dioxins released from the plastic when frozen, in addition to just when warmed. Dioxins are linked to cancer. Unfortunately though, the dioxins are everywhere.

jettybetty said...

I will be trying those--I love my smoothies! Is this what you have for breakfast??

ann said...

Oh my, thank you Karen! Goodness, I had no idea!!! Back to old fashioned ice cubes for me. :)

JB-- Yes, I have one very morning, usually with the oatmeal I referenced a few days ago. It's incredibly filling. I might have to go back to your blog and look up that baked oatmeal recipe.

Gabe said...

Not that you care, but Splenda can also give you cancer. :) Since its processed, why it doesn't have the calories of sugar, your body doesn't know how to break it down and just codes in protein. Most of the time you just pass it in a bm, but the potential is there -- just like equal and sweet and low. I stick with good ole natural sugar, or better just use the natural sugars from the fruit.

ann said...

Well, I'll tell ya what. I'm pretty sure the music and sermons won't give anyone cancer. But then again, I'm not so sure anymore. ;)

Karen said...

I didn't mean to burst your bubble, Ann. I just wanted to make you aware. As far as Splenda, there are no concrete studies that I am aware of that link it directly to cancer. Sure, Gabe is right when he mentions the processing, and it's possible we'll see those studies in a few years, but I still use it.