I am driving 10 hours to California today to drop my boy off at college. Part of the drive is for my 16 year old to get hours in for his driving license so part of the drive is kind of stressful!
We are on a budget with food, so we packed snacks and stuff for sandwiches with zero fast food in the plans. We are eating celery sticks, baby carrots, hummus, guacamole, reduced fat triscuits, pickles, apples, oranges, orange juice and I brought my Sun Warrior protein powder. The boys are putting mayo, cheese and meat on their whole grain sandwiches and I had guacamole and some cheese on mine. As I work on getting back to eating Whole Foods Plant Based I won’t add the cheese. I also snacked on some valentine candy hearts and felt sick afterwards so it taught me a lesson. I have a sweet tooth that I am constantly fighting. When I go about a week with no sugar the cravings go away. I need to get back to that point again.
A bit later I cut up carrots and cauliflower to snack on with the rest of the hummus I made the other day. My boys finished it off.
I wanted something sweet so I cut up an apple to share with my boys.
All went well until my family went to Dairy Delight, our local burger joint, to celebrate my son’s graduation from our home school complete with official diploma and transcripts.
We let each kid spend $10 on whatever they wanted and I did the same. I tried to make good choices by getting a salad with dressing on the side, a garden burger(veggie burger), and a shake. It turned out that the salad was covered in cheese and the burger was covered in mayo. Once upon a time that would have been delicious but I am used to my low fat versions of these foods and these things just tasted like fat.
It was a good evening though. We ate at 6 and I stopped eating after that. We went home and played a non gambling version of 21.
For exercise I walked with my mom and puppy a mile and a half and then played fetch with the pup for a while.
Truth be told, getting ready for the Farmers Market was not fun. It was really hard for me to figure out what permits and licenses I needed to have to legally participate. It was hours on the phone and hours pouring over paperwork and figuring things out. Here in Cheyenne anyway, it is a mess. I am hoping it will be worth all the fuss. It was frustrating because I am giving all of my time to making my Whole Foods Binder System fantastic, and all of the hoopla took away from that time. Oh, well. Moving onward and upward.
I juiced and mixed smoothies for 4 hours the morning of the Market. If I am going to have a job, then I’m glad this is it!
I made apple juice, carrot juice, apple carrot ginger juice, lemonade with stevia, lemonade with honey, a strawberry smoothie and a blueberry smoothie.
I put them in coolers with ice and packed up all of the tables and other paraphernalia I would need. I was more prepared than I thought I would be. Thank goodness for that! I could not have just run home for more supplies! Thankfully the things that did not get brought were provided by my good friend Verena who is very thoughtful.
I used my Jack Lalane juicer. It is not a high end juicer but I am very pleased with its performance. I have used nicer ones, but I couldn’t be happier with the one I have. It is fairly easy to clean and does a good job extracting the juice. There is a bit of pulp that makes its way into the final product, but I have seen that with more expensive juicers too. I just put a paint strainer over the rim of my pitcher and do a final straining before I drink it. That works good.
I put all of the pulp from juicing in our chicken coop. They can eat what they want and the rest decomposes and makes a nice fertilizer mixed with chicken droppings. I don’t feel like there is any waste this way. Some people save the pulp and put it in baked goods. I don’t take the time to bake very often and I don’t want my freezer filled with pulp, so it becomes chicken fodder.
I did good at the market. Juice is a good thing on a hot day for people who are conscious of what is going into their bodies. Soft drinks would be cheaper but they detract from health rather than adding to it.
I was so busy there that I did not take any pictures! I really meant to but it just didn’t happen. Next time…
I learned a lot and found which juices were popular, so next week will go even more smoothly. It is worth it after you get all of the requirements done.