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January 14, 2021

The Surprising Truth about Eggplant, and a Recipe

A large eggplant. That is the vegetable size of a baby at week #28. Oh, but wait just a minute. An eggplant is actually a FRUIT because it grows from

January 7, 2021

My Least Favorite Vegetable and a Challenge

At week #27 baby is the size of… …a head of cauliflower. Most of you know that I do not care for this vegetable. I’ve tried. Truth is that cauli

December 31, 2020

Cheers to Scallions and a New Year

At week #26, baby is the size of a scallion. The first question that popped into my head is: What’s the difference between a scallion and a green on

December 24, 2020

The Hope and Excitement of a Baby

A bit of background for my new readers: I’m taking the produce journey along with my good friend who is expecting. As we track the progression, we l

December 17, 2020

Create Your Own Cookbook and Mr. Non-Compliant’s Favorite Vegetable

Those of us who attended the Zoom “Amazing Cookie Bake” had a delicious time baking our cookies. My cookie press was missing its piston—a critic

December 10, 2020

We’re Baking Cookies Together… Sort of

I’m baking cookies this coming Saturday morning, and I’d love for you to join me! Through the magic of ZOOM, we are all gathering to bake and soci

December 2, 2020

So, the Marshmallows Caught Fire…

Thanksgiving Day is but a faint memory, as we fast forward into Advent and the season of Christmas. It was quiet around the Slager home, until the mar

November 25, 2020

Cookies, Carrots, and Giving Thanks

Here it is November, and everything is still pretty weird. I find it hard to believe that we’ve almost blown through another year, even though it se

November 19, 2020

Are Bananas Good for You?

Bananas sometimes get a bad rap. The truth is, they have lots of redemptive qualities. They are among the most important food crops on the planet. Alt

November 12, 2020

What to Make for Dinner When the Power Goes Out

As I was writing this, my power went out. It wasn’t just a flicker. It was a full OUTAGE in our local area. Concerned that this could linger into th

Cookies, the Quarantine 15, and Easter

Curious minds want to know: Did Mr. Non-Compliant ever get his cookies?

Answer: Yes.

Thank you to several readers who offered to share their stash of flour, and a special thank you to my dear friend who dropped off an entire bag at my front door within 8 hours of reading my blog.  

Many gifts and blessings are presenting themselves in the midst of this crisis.

This past week I received an anxiety ridden email about the prediction of the “quarantine 15.”

What? Who says? I don’t plan on using a global pandemic to gain 15 pounds. Now, my freshman year in college was another story…for another day.

My email response went something like this: those of you who are currently working with me, have worked with me, or follow my blogs and/or Get Healthy articles, do not fall into that category. In fact, several of you are losing weight and finding creative ways to exercise.

YES!

YOU understand what you need to do to stay on course with your food, fitness, and your entire wellbeing—body, mind, and soul.

You’ve got this. We’ve got this.

Should you be tempted to stray, consider that the healthier you are in body, mind, and soul, the more likely you are to overcome any type of illness, at any time.

If you’re struggling, remember to join me this Saturday for Zoom group coaching. This is currently a GIFT to my community to help maneuver challenging times. Our discussions cover a variety of topics, and we’d love to have you join in.

This Sunday is Easter for some. I was reminded by another dear friend, that the first Easter was not a big celebration of singing, praising, enjoying ham, or chocolate bunnies. The disciples were locked in their house, fearing for their lives.

Their best friend had been crucified, and they thought they could be next.

They had heard the good news from some women, yet it seemed too good to be true. How could it be that life and love had overcome death?

Hope and faith won out, and those first disciples eventually had the courage to go into the world and share God’s love.  

Today, there is danger, and we must stay in our homes. It is like the first Easter. Yet, we maintain hope that we will soon be able to go out and see smiling faces instead of masks, hug our loved ones, and enjoy a deeper appreciation of what we mean to one another.

I wish you a peaceful, blessed, and happy Easter.

Much love,
Carol

“Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.”—Pope John Paul II

Mr. Non-Compliant: Where Have All the Flours Gone?

Each trip to the grocery store these days is a new adventure. It has become such a conscious, thought-out process.

What time is best? Where am I most likely to find what I need? How quickly can I get back to my home?

As usual, more questions than answers.

While I was victorious in my hunt for toilet paper, there is another item that eludes me. My latest challenge is finding a bag of organic, unbleached (or any white) flour—full of gluten, mind you—so that I can make Mr. Non-Compliant his favorite cookies. Now, under “normal” circumstances, this is not a problem.

Interesting that every store I’ve been in has GOBS of sugar, and no flour. Perhaps the masses have taken up bread making, which is great. However, this leaves me with a very sad Mr. NC.  

In the meantime, I keep him happy with those Easter colored plain M&M’s—in small bags, so he doesn’t get carried away. I’ve heard that some folks are struggling to keep their weight in check with all this staying home business, since they find themselves going to the kitchen a few too many times throughout the day. (If this is YOU, I’ll see you at my Zoom Group Coaching on Saturday.)

The bottom line: if you are one of those people who bought flour to bake cookies, let Mr. NC know and he’ll drive by your house so you can toss a few in his direction. He told me he’s happy to help humanity with their struggle to fit in their jeans.

In case you need a new snack to make while you’re hanging around the house, here you go.

Crock Pot Trail Mix

This slightly sweet recipe will give you energy on and off the trail. The nuts offer protein, fiber, and fat, along with some vitamins and minerals. A handful, about ¼ cup, makes a great snack any time of day.

  • 2 cups raw walnuts (halves or coarsely chopped)
  • 1 cup raw whole almonds (or cashew halves)
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 2 to 3 Tablespoons coconut oil (or 1 to 1 ½ Tablespoons butter, cut in slices)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips

Place nuts, sugar, coconut oil, and vanilla in a crock pot and mix. Place on High for 45 to 60 minutes and stir occasionally to prevent burning. Turn to Low and continue cooking for an additional 20 to 30 minutes, stirring a time or two. Place the nut mixture on paper towel to absorb excess oil, and let cool at least 15 minutes before mixing in the chocolate chips. Store in an airtight container or Ziploc bag.

Stay well, my friends.

Much love,
Carol

“All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don’t. And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity.”― Robert Kennedy

Crock Pot Trail Mix

This slightly sweet recipe will give you energy on and off the trail. The nuts offer protein, fiber, and fat, along with some vitamins and minerals. A handful, about ¼ cup, makes a great snack any time of day.

  • 2 cups raw walnuts (halves or coarsely chopped)
  • 1 cup raw whole almonds (or cashew halves)
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 2 to 3 Tablespoons coconut oil (or 1 to 1 ½ Tablespoons butter, cut in slices)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips

Place nuts, sugar, coconut oil, and vanilla in a crock pot and mix. Place on High for 45 to 60 minutes and stir occasionally to prevent burning. Turn to Low and continue cooking for an additional 20 to 30 minutes, stirring a time or two. Place the nut mixture on paper towel to absorb excess oil, and let cool at least 15 minutes before mixing in the chocolate chips. Store in an airtight container or Ziploc bag.

Cauliflower is the New Kale

Cauliflower. You know it as my least favorite vegetable.

I realized something was up when I came to breakfast one recent morning and there was a cauliflower article awaiting me. Thank you, Mr. Non-Compliant, who is never one to agitate. I jest.

“Is this cauliflower article here for me?” I innocently asked. “Why, yes, it is,” he replied. Of course it was.

Turns out cauliflower is the new darling of vegetables, and farmers have expanded the acreage they use to grow it. Since it grows in 30 days, your odds of finding it are a great deal higher than finding a package of toilet paper these days. (Can I pleeeeeease trade you a head of cauliflower for 2 rolls of TP?) 

This vegetable is very versatile, and healthy. Cauliflower has made its way as a substitute for starch and dairy in pizza crust, “rice,” gnocchi, hummus, and vegan Gruyère cheese.

 Cauliflower can also be found in tortilla chips, at salad bars, mashed to replace mashed potatoes, and deep-fried at hot food bars. Health Coach Carol obviously does NOT recommend that last one.

You can also roast it, sauté it, dip it, toss it into casseroles, and add it to soups and salads. Some even make cauliflower mac and cheese. That seems rather…wrong. Guess I need to give it a whirl.

Due to its popularity, cauliflower now outsells kale, cabbage, and garlic. It still lags behind onions and lettuce–probably because I buy lots of onions and lettuce.

It is rich in fiber and nutrients, contains some protein, and is low in carbohydrates, making it the perfect choice for those who follow paleo and keto ways of eating.

I do enjoy cauliflower crust pizza, and can’t tell it’s cauliflower. I can even fool Mr. Non-Compliant. Other than that, well, I’m still not a big fan. I keep trying.

On a happier note…

Mark your calendars now for a FREE GROUP COACHING SESSION ON ZOOM, this Saturday at 11:00 AM central. It will last approximately 45 minutes.  

The topic will be: “Confronting Challenges in Creating the New Normal”

 We’ll be discussing the results from my Challenge, “Do the next right thing” and what people came up with that was right for them. Also: What has this past week been like for everyone emotionally? How do we continue to move forward when everything keeps disappearing from the calendar?  

Zoom is a video-conferencing platform where we are together virtually. On your computer, click on the Join Zoom Meeting link Saturday at 11:00 AM, and we’ll hang out with a bunch of our friends.

 Here’s the invitation:

Topic: Carol’s Group Coaching
Time: March 28, 2020 at 11:00 AM

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/688492449?pwd=cDdQZWJ4RVgyYmdyZmJwZVJBSlg0dz09

Meeting ID: 688 492 449
Password: 044748

I hope you can join me for this FREE online event. Let me know what you’re struggling with prior to our session, and I’ll address it on Saturday. Be sure to put it in your calendar so you don’t miss it. See you then!

Much love,
Carol

 “Few things bring us happiness like deeply rooted daily routines. There is something about healthy routines and rituals that leads the human person to flourish.”—Matthew Kelly, “Rediscover the Saints”