Recently, Flaxseed has been popping up on my Pinterest board, on blog sites, and has become a staple in the recipes of the many health nuts on my Instagram. Why, though? Research shows that flaxseed can do anything from help you lose weight to preventing breast cancer. According to a study conducted at Shivaji University in India, flaxseed is made up of fiber, protein, and what is called ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). Before I bore you too much ALA is known for its anti-inflammatory capabilities along with anti-thrombotic (prevention of blood clots) and anti-arrhythmic (prevention of abnormal heart rhythms) qualities. Its easy to see why its becoming so popular. But now how do you incorporate this wonder of the earth into your everyday life? Below are a few ways to use it.
1/2 cup milk
1 tbsp Ground Flaxseed
1/3 c blueberries
hand full of baby spinach
Using a 1:1 ratio, mix ground Flaxseed and water. Microwave until warm then add desired add in such as sweetener, nuts, raisins, etc. Then microwave again until warm. If that doesn’t work for you. Here is a real recipe.
Gutte, K. B. (2015). Bioactive Components of Flaxseed and its Health Benefits. International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences Review and Research. Retrieved August 7, 2018, from file:///C:/Users/trist/Downloads/BioactivecompoundsofFlexseed.pdf.
I came up with this list from pure personal experience. It only touches on a very small amount of things that you learn when entering into true adulthood. I of course did some research on what other people had on their list and some of them were pretty ridiculous, saying you should know how to pair wine to your meal or “dance like and adult”. Truth be told none of that matters until your over 30, if ever. So I hope these tips will help you in some way and always feel free to leave comments with tips of your own.
Do not forget to leave a comment below with tips that help you adult better!
6 Chicken Breasts
6 Cooked Lasagna noodles
2 cups Mozzerella
2 cups Ricotta
1 can Pasta Sauce
3-4 cups of Italian Panko Crumbs
2 cups Canola oil
1 Pinch of Parsley
Cook lasagna noodles to al dente. While the noodles are cooking, heat canola oil in a cast iron skillet to medium heat. Proceed to cover chicken breasts in egg then the panko crumbs then fry them in the skillet making sure they are cooked through.
Preheat oven to 350
Now that the noodles and chicken are fully cooked, pull out a 9×13 pan. Wrap each chicken breast in 1 noodle. Then cover the top with pasta sauce, ricotta, and mozzarella. Heat in the oven until cheese is melted (roughly 10 minutes). Sprinkle parsley. Serve.
This past week I had the privilege of exploring the beautiful town, Lake City, in Colorado for a second time. I can’t explain how fortunate I am to be able to visit this town a often as I want. My husband’s family has had a cabin there for generations of family members to enjoy.
This time was different in that since I had traveled there before, I had in mind some of the things I did not get to do the last time. Turns out that my sister-in-law and her husband had the same thought. We decided to conquer one of the mountains near by (Uncompahgre Peak).
I went into the journey thinking “oh, i’m pretty fit. I’ve been doing bleachers. I’ve got this.” Apparently this mountain is not just any mountain. It is a 14er. Meaning that it is over 14,000 ft above sea level. The tallest hike I had ever accomplished was 2,000 feet. Needless to say I was pretty concerned. Many people experience altitude sickness, fatigue, and dehydration when hiking a mountain this tall for the first time. My husband and I proceeded to stock up on bottles of oxygen which I did not know existed. We also packed water and snacks and any other things we could possibly need in case we got stranded on this dangerous adventure.
So, we started up the mountain. We took it slow which was a good idea because we wanted to make sure we were aware of any signs of altitude sickness. As we progressed we started to realize how achievable this actually was until we looked up and saw what is called a “scramble” according to seasoned mountaineers. At that point we were well over 14,000 ft. We are now faced with a choice stay at the top of the “safe zone” or truck on up the sketchy wobbly rocks. Just for the record all four of us are pretty determined people. So, we decided to continue because we weren’t going to let a silly little scramble get in the way of us reaching the top.
Little did we know that after we reached the top of that scramble there was still another half a mile (what it felt like but may not be accurate) of trail up to the actual peak. We all almost stopped at the top of the scramble. We started to sit and everything. By that point we were far enough, right? No. I see my sister in law’s husband start to walk up. He was not giving up. I am usually the last one standing due to determination but luckily someone else stepped up and drug us to the top of that peak. The satisfaction of actually making it to the top was probably all I needed but the icing on top of that mountain was the view. I would never try to describe it, so below is a taste. To anyone who does not usually climb mountains, I highly suggest that you do your research and try out a hike at least once. Also check the difficulty which should be labeled by class. Uncompahgre is a hard class 2/ easy class 3. P.S. The bleachers did not stop the soreness but it was still worth it.
Hey Girlies, Just thought I would introduce myself a little. I am a graduate student pursuing a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling. I once lived in the city until I fell in love with a small town that I have visited on and off since I was 5. Just so happens that the small town I loved so much provided me with the man I call my best friend and husband. I also am a “youth pastor” at our church. The quotes are because I am not classically trained and have never been to seminary. My goal with this blog is to share experiences and help myself and others in a journey to find peace of mind, body, and spirit, while having a ton of fun, making memories and staying in touch with our ever changing needs.
I am starting this blog because for the past few years I have been aspiring to 1. be a better version of myself and 2. sort out my priorities. The dilemma that I have is that I look at all these great people on social media who are supposed to be inspiring and motivational and I tell myself that they are a bunch of fakes who just want to get as many followers as possible to be famous. This mindset could not be further from the truth. The reason I couldn’t grasp on to these posts was because it was just some pictures and words on a screen. What I mean is that you can not feel a post( or at least I can’t). The actual sight, smell, taste, sound and feeling of an overall experience is what makes for happiness and a memory that lasts forever. I have to be personally involved for it to impact my life, whatever “it” is. In this blog I will not only show you my experiences but also challenge you to explore the life YOU are living because no one can live it for you. I want you to be a challenge conqueror and get the most out of your life by enjoying the simple things. Be a #ChallengeChic