Keeping the peppermint in my cocoa

Once it starts to get chilly I enjoy warm drinks in the evening.

When I was still working full-time a warm drink helped to get me sleepy and ready for bed. I needed all the help I could get for a good night’s sleep.

I will drink hot water with lemon, tea, hot apple cider or hot cocoa.

I like a little splash of Peppermint Schnapps in my cocoa … that was until I found out how many Weight Watcher’s points a shot is. If you are a WW member, you are welcome to look up the points. If not, sorry, can’t share. Just know it is a lot more than I thought it would be.

So instead of having the caloric syrupy goodness I have been adding a mini candy cane to my chocolatey goodness.

One mini candy cane gives me the minty taste I like with my hot chocolate and is only about 17 calories with about 4 carbohydrates, no fat and about 3 grams of sugar.

I found a website called Intoxicologist, which lists many liquors and their calories (as general guidelines). Peppermint Schnapps is not specifically on there. But other Schnapps are. For an ounce, 72 … Continue reading

July Monthly Challenge: Say no to sugar and yes to planks

Go Fit Girl’s July Monthly Challenge is brought to you by your fellow GFG! readers and Challengers. (A recent Comment Contest Tuesday got all kinds of ideas for many Monthly Challenges, including July’s.)

Thanks for the ideas, ladies.

Nutrition: Reduce sugar intake. Reducing refined sugars would be even better. But I realize that is difficult.

With it being summer there are lots of yummy fruits and vegetables available.

Try to find ways to not use processed foods–that’s where a lot of that refined sugar hides. Start reading labels.

A simple change: make dessert fresh fruit and plain greek yogurt or just fresh fruit. Instead of eating a cookie have an apple instead.

A Livestrong article credits FamilyEducation.com as saying, more than two-thirds of the refined sugar used in the United States is added to processed or manufactured foods.

Exercise: Let’s do a plank challenge this month. A few people have asked for one. So let’s go for it. Let’s make our goal to get to a 2-minute plank over the month. At work we did a 4-minute plank challenge. I dropped out of the challenge once we hit 3:30. It was bad for my back and I felt … Continue reading

Brown vs. white

Years ago I switched from eating white rice, pasta and bread to eating brown rice, pasta and bread. My reason: more nutrients. And on the old Weight Watchers plan whole wheat pasta was lower in Points. On the “newer” plan the Points are the same. But (healthy) habits are hard to break.

And I love carbs and will NEVER give them up. Yum!

When I went to do my research on brown vs. white rice and pasta the Google search also listed brown vs. white eggs … sugar. I also looked up bread.

According to The Hungry Mouse, the only major difference between brown and white eggs is the color of the shell.

According to a New York Times article, the two varieties of (brown and white) sugar are similar nutritionally.

I have been eating whole wheat (brown) bread for years. According to a Livestrong article, whole wheat brown bread has a “nutritional advantage” over white bread, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. This is because brown breads made from whole wheat usually contain more fiber than white bread, as well as greater amounts of important nutrients such as vitamins B-6 and E, magnesium, folic acid, copper, zinc … Continue reading

The power of the cupcake

I had another post in mind today. But I have some work to do on it and I am tired.

And something happened at work, which warranted a short and quickie post.

Part of my job is to ensure that our researchers keep their lab notebooks up to date, that they are complete, signed and have a witness verify and sign off on the science and eventually be backed up via PDF.

Because we are closed the week between Christmas and the new year we encourage our researchers to turn their notebooks in to have our vendor PDF them. It ensures a high quality copy of the notebook should anything happen to the actual notebook.

The Law Department hosts twice a year an event called a Witnessing Party, where we provide refreshments and pizza. We don’t have the Witnessing Party at the end of the year.

But we have cupcakes.

And those little suckers are quite powerful. Not just with the researchers but just about anyone in my department and anyone who walked by.

I mean, yes, they are yummy. But wow, who knew that little sugary cakey thing could cause such a ruckus of excitement from Sibby’s.

And, … Continue reading

Watermelon vs. the Twinkie

A friend on Facebook the other day mentioned that she decided to make a better breakfast choice on Friday. She said she had two Twinkies on Thursday for breakfast. On Friday she had a quarter of a watermelon.

She decided to search on Google: calories in quarter watermelon. She found the answer of 339 after her search. I found that same answer.

I personally don’t like Twinkies. I love watermelon. What an amazing summer fruit. It’s sweet, delicious and so great to eat, especially when it is hot outside.

I decided to do a little more research on Twinkies and watermelon.

Two Twinkies are 300 calories, 9 grams of fat and 18 grams of sugar.

A wedge of watermelon is 86 calories, 0.4 grams of fat, 18 grams of sugar and 1 gram of fiber. Her quarter of watermelon was roughly 344 calories, 1.6 grams of fat, 70 grams of sugar and 4 grams of fat. According to Livestrong.com, there are a lot of nutritional benefits to eating watermelon: Watermelon is high in vitamin C. One serving of watermelon does not provide a significant quantity of any one mineral, but you do get a wide range of them. And eating watermelon … Continue reading

How to survive Black Friday: Just don’t do it

I have to say each year I get more disgusted by the idea of Black Friday, the commercials, the greed associated with Christmas.

 

Years ago with both sides of our families we decided to stop giving each other Christmas presents. No one needs anything. And really, a new candle or CD or shirt or whatever–we can all get those ourselves. So instead we give money to charity.

The stress of having to buy the perfect gift is eliminated; battling those crazy crowds … gone; spending money on something someone may or may not like … goodbye; never getting an acknowledgement or thank you for a gift you purchased … buh-bye; worrying about your Christmas shopping budget … adios.

The joy, pride and sense of being a good human being you get from giving to someone who really needs something: food, clothes, a new backpack, toys (when they aren’t normally under the tree), school supplies, healthcare, a home, education, pajamas, books, etc.) is the most amazing feeling and makes you feel like a better person. To me, that is the true meaning of Christmas.

More and more I reflect on the fact that there are so many people in this country and … Continue reading