Thursday, June 24, 2010

Bored? Check Out These Food Quizzes!

Everyone LOVES quizzes, right?

Want to see how much you know about:
  • Presidential Food
  • Food & Love
  • Superbowl Food
  • Gourmet Food
  • Holiday Food
  • Halloween Candy
  • Candy Bars
  • Beer
Then check out this website.

I friend recently sent me a link to it and I was hooked! It has some other fun information related to food, so check out the rest of the site. But if you like quizzes, this should give you plenty to help you procrastinate throughout the work day.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Rethink Your Drink

Did you know:
  • A 20 oz soda has 17 teaspoons of sugar which = 200 calories?
  • A 20 oz sports drink has 9 teaspoons of sugar which = 125 calories?
  • A 20 oz fruit flavored drink has 18 teaspoons of sugar which = 220 calories?
Even 100% juice can pack in the calories...and quickly. Consider how quickly you can drink a glass of cold OJ or cranberry cocktail. Now think about how long it takes to eat and enjoy that actual fruit. You get more enjoyment and nutrients from the fruit and it's more filling. Also, remember that a serving of juice is not a pint's only about 1 keep this in mind if you do drink juice on a regular basis.

Or try a juice and soda water cocktail. I like to mix soda water and juice to make a bubbly, healthy drink. I fill the glass with about 75% soda water or seltzer and 25% or less juice. Any juice will work. I like orange juice or cranberry juice...or even the two together!

If you find you like the soda water cocktail you might also like flavored fizzy (soda, seltzer, sparkling) water. You can easily find lots of flavors at most grocery stores and a wider variety at specialty stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe's. My favorite is mint, available at WF. It tastes like an Andes Mint without the calories or sugar!

Do you have a favorite healthy drink or cocktail (of the non-adult variety)?

Friday, June 11, 2010

Race for the Cure

Tomorrow I run my 4th Race For the Cure 5k.

I love running this race. Not because I love to run. And not because you get a t-shirt and a bunch of free stuff.

I love this race because I know it stands for something. I love the energy, emotion, excitement, sentiment, momentum, and sense of community it brings about.

I do have my own personal goals for the race. I'm trying for an adulthood PR. (I don't count my 5k PR from high school when I ran the first mile so fast my arms went numb and then had to limp to the finish....but still managed to set a personal not good practice. ;) )

But even if I don't meet or beat my goal, I'll be happy just for being a part of this event.

And this year I have my fiance, my mom, my sister and a close friend coming with me. I'm soooo lucky!!!!

Do you have an athletic event that means a lot to you?
Have you run/walked a 5k before?
If not, there still may be time to register for a 2010 Race for the Cure in your area.

Me at the 2008 Race for the Cure

Cooking/Food Resource: Cook's Thesaurus Website

A co-worker just shared this site with me. It seems to have lots of useful information.

Curious what the difference between table salt and sea salt are?
Wanna know what a snap bean is?
Want more information on the various types of noodles than you'll know what to do with?

It's all on this site. Check it out!