Sunday, September 15, 2013

Homemade Applesauce!

I'm prepping for my future pantry as a married woman! I made 26 jars of applesauce from apples my mom and I picked from some trees on the side of the road near our house. No pesticides! :)

Here's what I did:
1. I quartered and cored the apples.
2. Then I boiled them in a pasta pot for easy straining until soft.
3. I then took the hot apples and put them into the good processor. Skins and all! The skins are where the majority of the nutrients are.
4. Blend until saucy.
5. Put into jars and run a knife through to prevent air pockets.
6. Then can them and let simmer for 20 minutes to seal.

All done!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Propose to Yourself


Not many of you know but I have been doing Weight Watchers since September 2012.  I really love the program and it actually works no matter how much you have to loose. I've also been doing Tone It Up for fitness as well and have been inspired by the TIU Team and the amazing trainers Karena and Katrina! Once I reach my goal weight I'll do a post about each.

Last weeks Weight Watcher meeting's topic was about choosing an anchor to look at when you feel like giving up to remind yourself why you started and the goals you have.  Some people had inner anchors like their grandchildren and others had physical anchors.  One person said that her wedding ring was her anchor. 
I thought to myself and realized that my engagement ring was not my anchor.  I know I have a wedding dress to fit into and I have certain expectations to life up to as a “bride.”  But I needed something to anchor myself to that will last.  So I proposed to myself! I made myself a simple ring out of 26 gauge wire and a heart bead to remind me of my commitment to myself.  It reminds me to not only keep my health goals in mind, but also my other goals and dreams too. 

I put it on my right middle finger so I can always see it when I reach for something.  I’ll look at my ring and think “Will this thing help or hurt me?”  It could be a food choice, things I purchase, or the hand I lend to help others.  

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What anchors you?
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Tuna and Bean Salad

Lets face it... salads are boring. when I get board of my regular romaine, turkey, and fat free french- I am inspired to try something new. Here's and easy recipe to spice up your salad!

1 can tuna
1 can white navy beans
1/2 green pepper
2 green onion sprigs
Pepper to taste
Garlic powder to taste
Drizzle of grape seed oil
Makes 9 one-quarter cup servings

It was really good! Full of protein and really healthy. It comes in at around 1 weight watcher point per serving! I used a half cup on my huge salad.






Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Instagram and Health

I love Instagram! I have started following some of my favorite health bloggers and I find it really inspiring! I'm not saying I'm a model for health, but I've been trying to post some of my own tips that have helped my through my journey to living a healthy lifestyle.

Follow me at: www.instagram.com/justinechristal


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Raspberry Tea Jello

I love jello for a sweet guilt-free snack and I found a quick way to make it in my dorm room!
You'll need:
*A coffee pot (mine is a one cup brewer)
*Jello packet
*small Tupperware containers
*tea bag (I used Raspberry)

Brew one cup of the tea in the coffee pot. Combine the jello with the hot tea immediately and stir until dissolved. Stir in one cup of cold water and pour into individual containers. Refrigerate until set then enjoy! 0 points plus and so yummy!





Monday, April 8, 2013

My DIY iPhone Case!

It's just E6000 glue, clear sequins, and a plastic flower appliqué. Easy peasy :)

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 justinechirstal

Crockpot Granola!

I've used my crockpot quite since I have been living in the dorms at UW Stevens Point and I've had to be really creative to make all my meals in the microwave, crockpot, and my George Forman. It's been so worth it though to eat healthy and save money! Here is a recipe I came up with for crockpot granola for the single person (it can be doubled):

1 tbs coconut oil
1 tbs maple syrup
1/4 cup dried fruit
1 cup rolled oats
(I didn't have nuts or I would have added them too)

I microwaved the oil and syrup for 45 seconds and added it to the dry ingredients. I put that in the crockpot for about an hour with the top off. Then I transferred it to a plate to dry. It turned out crisp and sweet! I love the coconut flavor!
It makes five 1/4 cup servings and is around 3 weight watcher points plus value.

p.s. I did this post with my new iPhone! I love it!!