Hope Wissel

How to Stay Hydrated

 Last weekend was a heat wave at the Jersey Shore.  Temps combined with humidity were over 100 degrees.  I actually drove with my windows open until hubby yelled at me…. It seems my MS makes it hard for me to distinguish between hot and cold.  So, as I’m driving around with my windows open feeling okay, I was opening myself up for some major problems.  You would think I had learned when I couldn’t feel the heat from the stove until I actually touched it and burnt my fingers.  Yes, I squirreled.  LOL.  So back to how to hydrate without JUST drinking water for all those who profess to NOT be water drinkers.

The basics are this: daily fluid intake is defined as the amount of water consumed from foods, plain drinking water, and other beverages.  How much you need depends on age, gender, weight, climate you are in, activity levels, and overall health. In addition, your environment plays an important part in your hydration needs.  Basically, the goal should be: for men about 125 ounces of fluid per day and women should shoot for about 90 ounces. Don’t panic!!!!  I know it sounds like a lot.   Roughly 80% of our water intake comes from fluids, while the other 20 percent comes from the foods we eat.

Not a water drinker,,,, here are some ways you can stay hydrated:

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1. Start your day with oatmeal. Not only is it hearty and filling, oatmeal is also very hydrating. When oats are cooking, they expand and absorb the water or milk they’re being paired with. I LOVE overnight oats. Served cold, overnight oats pack all the benefits of hot oatmeal with no heat. You can flavor them up and it will taste like you are having dessert for breakfast.  As an added boost, sprinkle chia seeds in your overnight oats when preparing, which soak up 10 times their weight in extra liquid and keep you full all morning.

2. Include more moo. According to a study by McMaster University, milk is more hydrating than water or sports drinks due to its source of protein, carbohydrates, calcium, and electrolytes. Bring it on! No a good solution for those who are dairy free.

3. Try carb alternatives. Ditch dry, carb heavy staples like pasta. Opt for zucchini noodles, or zoodles for short, which can contain about 95 percent water. When paired with a tomato sauce, which usually has about 90 percent water, this meal can pack a hydrating and healthy punch.  Family  not ready for a complete zoodles meal?  Mix it up with some pasta, this way they get their favorite and a healthy does of veggies.

4. Sip smoothies.  Being on the Wahl’s Diet, I start every morning with a smoothie.  I’m sure it is hard to believe for those who know me BUT they actually have been keeping me full for most of the morning.  I don’t use yogurt but all the fresh fruit, and veggies it is a tasty, way to stay hydrated. I mix and match LOTS – kale or spinach even carrots with almond milk and then lots of fruit.  I use a 1:1 ratio right now but I’m working towards having more veggies then fruit.  What is you favorite smoothie combo?

5. Pack your plate with vegetables.  Much like smoothies, salads are a great way to give you a hydrating boost. Most lettuce greens contain at least 94 percent water, and that’s before you add any other vegetables. Next time you whip up a salad, include celery, tomatoes, bell peppers, and carrots.  Hubby says with as much salad as I eat, my nose is going to start to twitch like a bunny.

6. Slurp soup. When the craving strikes for a filling and hydrating meal, look no further than broth-based soups or gazpacho. Served cold, gazpacho won’t make you break a sweat come summer. Blend cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, and garlic cloves for this satisfying soup.

7. Freeze your fruit. Feeling nostalgic about the popsicles you used to enjoy as a child? Bring back this classic treat as a delicious way to rehydrate. Blend a hydrating ingredient like watermelon and fill Popsicle molds and freeze for 1 hour.

What’s your best tip for staying hydrated???

Have a blessed day!

 

Home Organization, Unclutter Your Life

Tips for a Successful Sports Season

Back to School means back to sports for many of parents.  The two often go hand-in-hand, and many times, the sports season begins even before the school year does! While the coach usually provides a list of necessary gear, like helmets, rackets, cleats, etc., they don’t always mention the other important items you’ll want to have on hand for a successful season.  I actually looked forward to the fall – the start of Belinda’s sports seasons (gymnastics, then field hockey then all-star cheerleading).  It was a crazy busy time but so much fun.

Here are a few products you and your sports star will be glad you have:

Water bottles. Being hydrated isn’t something moms just nag about. Kids who play sports expend tons of energy. Each drop of sweat is fluid lost from their body. It’s important they have a good water bottle to help keep them cool in warmer weather. Even in the coldest winter months they’re still running and sweating and need to keep the fluids coming.

Healthy snacks.  Whether or not they play sports, it’s important for growing bodies to receive proper nutrition. Sports kids need even more to fuel their bodies. Some easy snacks are things like fruits, veggies, and protein-packed yogurt and cheese. To keep the snacks fresh, use Thirty One’s Around-The-Clock Thermal.  When practices and games fall within meal times, this thermal will allow you to pack enough to keep everyone fueled up. It holds up to 15 lbs. and is generously sized to fit water bottles, sandwiches, and snacks.Back-to-Sports Gear: Tips for a Successful Season

Quality backpacks are also an important thing for sports kids to have. I love the Sling Back Pack. If you’ve got a kid who flings their bag of gear over their shoulder, a sling back pack is a good solution. It’s easy to carry, stylish, and holds everything they need. It’s the perfect pack for in school use, sports games, and for weekend trips as well.

Duffle bags. Our Thirty-One All-Packed duffle bag holds everything from tablets to laptops to knee pads, football helmets and snacks. One of my favorite features of this bag is the separate compartment for shoes, so the rest of the gear doesn’t get dirty. The bag also does double duty if we travel, holding enough clothes for a few days away from home. This is an especially attractive and versatile bag that will really work for anyone.

Thirty-One also offers personalization options, allowing you to customize items with your name, your team’s name, etc. I can’t even begin to tell you how helpful it is to have your child’s name on their bag when there are 30 of them laying on the ground after a game! You can also personalize using icons like soccer balls and cheerleading megaphones. Sports mom lesson #1: Label everything!

Another thing I’ve learned over the years is wipes are necessary long after the child is out of diapers. Whether they’re 5 or 15, they still spill things and/or get them on their clothes. And your car’s seats too! Wipes make short work of little messes. Sports gear gets a little messier, as you can imagine, and for that we use antibacterial wipes. Cleaning the equipment after use helps keep kids healthy. Wiping things down immediately also makes for easier deep cleaning later. Mud comes off a football helmet with less effort before it gets dried on!

How about keeping a plastic bag or laundry bag inside the kids’ bags. It makes it much easier to collect dirty uniforms after events. Most kids can’t seem to find the laundry basket if their life depends on it, so by providing the laundry bag inside their bags, You have a much better chance of washing those socks before they can stand on their own. Grab the bag and throw the stuff in the wash.

It should also be said sports gear isn’t something you should skimp on when it comes to quality. If you purchase a lower quality item at your local discount store, you’ll likely end up doing that two or three times throughout the year. Usually this happens at 9pm when your child says something like “Hey mom, I forgot to tell you there’s a big hole in this thing needed for 6am practice tomorrow.” It just makes more sense financially and from a convenience standpoint to buy the higher quality items the first time.

Sports seasons can get crazy, but it is likely the most fun that you’ll have while your kids are in school. There’s nothing quite as exciting as sitting on the sidelines cheering them on as they play hard and work as a team toward a goal. Being a sports mom is one of the most rewarding experiences ever, and with a little pre-planning and the right gear, you’re in for an awesome season.

Are you a sports mom? Do you have tips to share?

Have a ThirtyOne-deful day!

Tasty Tuesday Recipes

Tasty Tuesday – Veggie-Quinoa Teriyaki Stir-Fry

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Another YUMMY recipe courtesy of Hungry Girl.  Yes, I LOVE her recipes.  Most are quick and easy and hubby loves them.  This is one ROCKIN’ meat-free meal. So much flavor… so little effort!

Prep: 5 minutes       Cook: 30 minutes   MAKES 4 SERVINGS

1/4th of recipe (about 2 cups): 323 calories, 4g fat, 788mg sodium, 59g carbs, 8.5g fiber, 18.5g sugars, 12.5g protein — PointsPlus® value 8*

Ingredients: 

1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed thoroughly
1 tbsp. chopped garlic
6 cups frozen stir-fry veggies
4 cups broccoli florets
1/2 cup all-natural thick teriyaki marinade or sauce (like the kind by Annie Chun’s)

Directions:

In a medium pot, combine quinoa, 1/2 tbsp. garlic, and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to low. Cover and let simmer for 15 minutes, or until water has been absorbed and quinoa is fully cooked. Transfer to a large bowl, and cover to keep warm.

Bring a very large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Add remaining 1/2 tbsp. garlic, stir-fry veggies, broccoli, and 1/4 cup water. Cover and cook until veggies have mostly softened, 6 – 8 minutes.

Uncover, and cook and stir until excess liquid has evaporated and veggies are fully softened, about 2 minutes.

Add teriyaki sauce and cooked quinoa and mix well. Cook and stir until hot, about 1 minute. Serve up and enjoy!

Have leftovers you want to take for lunch the next day?  Try Thirty One’s Go To Thermal.8542580A0000

It is great for the kids.  Spills and stains are no match for this wipeable, machine-washable thermal sized for work, school or playdate snacks.   It comes in a variety of prints and is great for everyone in the family.  It will keep your food hot or cold.  Dimensions: 11”H x 8”L x 5”D

Have a recipe you want to share?  

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Clear the Clutter

How To Save Water in Your Kitchen

11 Easy Tips to Save Water in Your KitchenDespite the crazy weather in some parts of the country  – flash flooding and lots of rain – some areas are struggling with a drought where their water use is restricted.  If you have never been without water, this probably seems foreign to you, right?  What is the big deal, you can’t water your lawn or wash your car?But have you ever thought about what life would be like without water? You go to brush your teeth and suddenly the tap runs dry. Annoying, right?

Many people are making a conscious effort to conserve water.  Many are doing their bit. Let us do ours too.  The kitchen and the bathroom are the two rooms where water is a necessity, be it cooking or cleaning.

Here are some ways to save water in the kitchen:

 1.  A sink full of dirty dishes to wash.

When you are washing dishes, don’t keep the water running. Make sure that you scrape the dishes clean before putting in the sink. Try and use the same pot or pan for cooking multiple dishes, one at a time.

2. Choose utensils wisely

When picking a pan for cooking, pick one that is the right size not TOO big.  If it is too big for a smaller quantity or food, it will need more water to cook.  I usually make this mistake when cooking pasta.  What if you ditched the pans, and eat more of raw veggies and fruits. Feel healthy and save water!

3. Oops!! I forgot to thaw chicken for dinner.

Don’t throw frozen meat in running water to defrost it for dinner. Take it out of the freezer and defrost in the refrigerator for use, well in advance.  Or use a crock pot and place all of your ingredients including the frozen meat in it to cook.  Save time and energy with dinner preparation.

4. Steam away

Did you know that steaming food (especially veggies) instead of boiling is healthier. When steaming multiple foods, try to steam in one go, using separate sections in the steamer.

5. Washing the produce

Use a pan full of water to wash fruits and vegetables rather than using running water. This will reduce water use and the dirty water can be reused for watering house plants.

6. Choose your menu wisely

Try sautéed dry dishes, which will be more flavorful. Do you know sautéing in oil originated in arid regions of the world because of scarcity of water?  Coconut oil is one of my favorite to cook with.

7. Measure me!

Put only required quantity of water while cooking food. Adding more water will consume more fuel and time as well as waste water too. It will also lead to more loss of nutrients.  I am so guilty of this!

8. Gosh!! It leaks!!

This may seem like a no-brainer BUT get your leaky faucets repaired. Constant dripping wastes a big amount of water.

Remember, small adjustments can make a BIG impact. There are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with you.  What do you do to save water in your house?  Share your best tips with us.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Tasty Tuesday Recipes

Tasty Tuesday – Slow-Cooker Veggie Soup

I LOVE this healthy recipe from Hungry Girl.  It is worth the 10 minutes event the night before to get everything ready in the crock pot BEFORE you leave for a busy day.  When you come home, you have dinner just add some rolls or garlic bread…I know that kills the “low cal” and “no points” but it is yummy!

Prep: 10 minutes           Cook: 3 – 4 hours on high or 7 – 8 hours on low

Ingredients:
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped onion
2 tsp. chopped garlic
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
1/4 tsp. each salt and black pepper
2 bay leaves
6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
14 oz. (about 2 medium) zucchini
4 cups roughly chopped spinach leaves
Optional seasonings: additional salt and black pepper

Directions:
Add all ingredients to a slow cooker except zucchini and spinach. Mix well.

Cover and cook on high for 3 – 4 hours or on low for 7 – 8 hours, until veggies have softened.

Once soup is almost done cooking, use a spiral vegetable slicer to cut zucchini into spaghetti-like noodles.  If you don’t have a spiral veggie slicer, peel zucchini into super-thin strips, rotating the zucchini after each strip. (This can be done when you are prepping and placed in the refrigerator)  Roughly chop for shorter noodles.

If cooking at high heat, decrease heat to low. Remove and discard bay leaves. Stir in zucchini noodles and spinach. Re-cover, and cook for 10 minutes, or until zucchini noodles have slightly softened and spinach has wilted.  Just enough time to cook some of that garlic bread maybe even melt some cheese on it!  🙂

MAKES 6 SERVINGS: 1/6th of recipe (about 1 1/3 cups): 56 calories, 0.5g total fat (0g sat fat), 701mg sodium, 10g carbs, 2.5g fiber, 4.5g sugars, 3g protein — SmartPoints™ value 0*