Chocolatey Pretzel Peanut Butter Bars

How I’ll procrastinate tonight~

Oh, Courtney

The weather has been heating up and Summer is about to smack us all in the face. I’ve been living in the Bay Area now for about 6 months and we were so excited to find our house, that we forgot to ask if there was air conditioning. As you can probably guess… I don’t have air conditioning. We didn’t think it would be a big deal, as Northern California is usually cooler than Southern California, right? Wrong. It’s been in the 80’s the past few days and we’re pretty much melting in our own house. I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t think Summer is the time for heavy cakes and warm pies anyway… it’s the time for quick snacks! Anything that keeps my oven turned off is definitely a treat I enjoy in the Summer.

I decided to make a good ol’ peanut butter bar, but…

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The Ancient Art of Napping

winter = hibernate

The Refinery Blog

ImageThats right, we could all take a helpful hint from our canine and feline friends: Napping, and more specifically the cat nap, could be the secret to increasing your productivity. 

The National Sleep Foundation (Yes there is such a thing) says that adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night, but goes on to say that napping may reduce the number of hours you need a night. The site also identifies different times of napping, of which it would seem that a planned nap may be the best when you know your productivity may be suffering as a result of feeling tired. 

The National Sleep Foundation goes on to say that a short nap, being between 20 and 30 minutes long, may be best to enhance your alertness, citing studies performed by NASA on military pilots. 

So go right ahead, take that nap in the middle of…

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SYNERGY

My new found LOVE. Soooo hooked on this drink!!! Image

“Our Enlightened™ line of GT’s Kombucha is a new interpretation of an ancient elixir. It has a lighter and smoother personality than our original formula with the same high nutritional value that you expect from us. With a unique blend of proprietary probiotics and powerful antioxidants, each bottle is designed to nourish your body from the inside out”

What ya get

  • Serving Size 8 fl oz.
  • Servings Per Container 2
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories 75
  • Calories from Fat 30
  • % Daily Value*
  • Total Fat 3g 5%
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 10mg 1%
  • Total Carbohydrate 8g (2%)
  • Sugar 4g
  • Protein 2g 4%
  • Additional Nutrients(per bottle)
  • Omega-3 (Alpha-Linolenic Acid) 4200 mg
  • Omega-6 (Linoleic Acid) 1400 mg
  • Probiotic Content
  • Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086: 1 billion organisms
  • S. Boulardii: 1 billion organisms
  • Antioxidants and Organic Acids
  • EGCG 100mg
  • Glucuronic Acid 10mg
  • L(+) Lactic Acid 25mg
  • Acetic Acid 30 mg

Chia Seeds 

This drink is taking to the next level with the addition of chia seeds. Considered a “super seed” (Dr. Oz)  they deliver the maximum amount of nutrients with minimum calories. The nutritional benefits of chia include fiber, omega fatty acids, calcium, antioxidants and even protein!

Find out more about chia seeds http://www.doctoroz.com/blog/lindsey-duncan-nd-cn/chia-ancient-super-secret

Vitamin Selection

Selecting Vitamins/supplements can be extremely overwhelming. The countless choices from essentially the same thing. From childhood I remember my mom has being a big fan of natural medicine/healthy dieting and what not. She was juicing before it became the IT thing. Thankfully the organic/green ideas have really taken off and great quality products are readily available (vs the sketchy “pharmacy” in the cut). 

I currently have to take supplements for a Vitamin D deficiency (from the sunnnnn which I love and miss with our short days wah/but even in the summer I still have low levels which indicate a absorption and retention issue) and Low B12 Levels. More detailed info on VitD and B12 can be found at the links below. Many people suffer from these deficiency either seasonly or chronically- nice to know I’m not just lazy and its actually medically related low energy!

http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-HealthProfessional/

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/vitamin-B12/NS_patient-vitaminb12

Below are some of the brands I trust, and things I look for. 

I get picky because I don’t need any help getting a healthy dose of toxins, allergens and what not. If I’m going to to make the effort it should be supported by smart decisions. I definitely always pick allergy free foods and supplements/ with a gluten intolerance and a major carb addiction it can be very difficult to do at all times. I’ve spoken with multiple doctors and healthcare professionals who say the most important thing is replenishing the vitamins and not so much the exact kind. So I stick with Natural or “Dietary Supplements” blah blah 

Brands I trust:

  1. Carlson
  2. MegaFoods  >> check out there website for more info!  http://www.megafood.com/authentic-nourishment

What I look for: 

  1. Certified Vegan (except for my Omega (always from deep cold water fish))
  2. Organic/Natural Ingredients
  3. Soy Free
  4. Gluten Free
  5. Dairy Free 
  6. Non GMO

Overall this is my personal preference and a major step in my “overhaul”. 

Next Foooooddddddd choices 

AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH

Alright no more distraction. This blog is taking off.

In order to not fail at life I’ve recently made some changes regarding my priorities. Senioritis kicked in big time and now is the time to kick its ***. In order to accomplish non-failureism I had to get my schedule cleaned up and make some changes. With the recent time changes the lack of daylight really messes with my energy levels (not to mention my severe Vitamin D deficiency and low B12 levels)

First order of business was beginning a strict eating/vitamin and workout regime. Although these require time they ultimately contribute to my energy levels/lack there of. In the blogs to come I will discuss in detail my regime.  Stayed tuned 

xoxo

 

3 Words

Like any great paper I would like to begin with some statistics from a very sophisticated poll well survey- that I just took via text with some of my closest people. Results are still trickling in (I guess I posed a good question? lol going to ignore any other reason)

“Describe me in 3 words”

In searching for topic or theme I got annoyed and figured I should start with the “about me” section. So trying to describe myself in 3 words  I realized that I’m quite random and currently (maybe often or always) super ADD to narrow down my own answer without any real pressure (I like to think I work well under pressure). This realization and writers block  sparked my curiosity as to how others would answer this about (plus who doesn’t like a little help on a challenging assignment & I guess what they see is probably more relatable to readers also). Since the internet can be super sketch I guess I will refrain from using names and blah blah. Any who I’m rambling- Some results

So here is some About me from ones that know me.

Cousin/Sissy: Outspoken, Crazy, Loca (As a family member this makes sense- but I’m waiting for the round two choices (did I mention theres 2 rounds, prob not as I just made it up for results I’m not fully satisfied with. my blog. my rules.)

BestAmiga: Smart, Stern, Beautiful and Helpful (I mean I’ll take 4) round1

round 2: Smart, Ambitious, Hardworking

My guy twin: Exotic (I guess for those that don’t know I should explain that this refers to my ethnicity Brazilian- not my occupation bahahah), Independent, Drama-Avoidance (“Hyphen is to meet the 3 word requirement” when in doubt hyphenate…)

Scholastic Hubby: No F*ks Given (Must agree this is often true whoops)

round 2: Chill, Smartass, Hot 😉    (smiley counts as part of the word)

Partner in Crime/possible future hubby: Compassionate, Introspective, Rational (I didn’t totally understand why he picked introspective, his reasoning “you think beyond the first layer, pay attention to what matters within yourself and to everything else too” my response oh like rational lol.

My Doctor BFF: for personal life: Loyal (I’m a Taurus, loyal to the end), Giving, Loving

For work: Reliable, Hardworking & Persistent, Responsible

CinCity: Witty, Exotic, Astute

Boyfriend since grade-school (never officially): Fun, Loving, Brasilera

Must admit I’m shocked no one said hilarious and random. I guess I just crack myself up.

:p

Laters

oooooo kill em

My first official post

While searching for ideas I realized this may not be as easy as I had hoped. I don’t have a problem speaking my thoughts but writing them in stone (online blog) is a bit more challenging. Trying to pick a solid concrete topic has proven been proven -impossible. So I decided upon a theme (my blog means I can make up themes right?) Interesting and Random. OK two themes.

I have many loves in life. So picking one thing to write about is honestly not going to happen. But as  preview I hope to cover many interesting topics: Life, Health, FOOD, Fun, Exercise, Family, College life, juggling life, Jobs (career vs current life- interning, working in a bar, and tutoring and my full time student unpaid job) hence this is how I decided on the Interesting (debatable) and Random (always) theme. OH not to be forgotten must share the hilarious random things that make me LAUGH. Who doesn’t love a good laugh…

OOOOOOOOO KILL EM 

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