Archive for August 2012

Dog Days of Summer!

Dog Days of Summer

August 26 is National Dog Day, so I thought it would be fun to share a few pictures of some of our team members’ fur babies!

 

 

Meet Sir Spencer, pharmacist Susan’s Welsh Pembroke Corgi! As you can see by his glasses he’s a very sophisticated pup, definitley worthy of his royal title.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is Katie the miniature pinscher and Sebastian (also known as Fatty) the bull dog! These cuties belong to assistant director of the pharmacy, April!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet our compounding technician’s Kevin cocker spaniel, Lady! She’s probably one of the cutest dogs I’ve ever met!

This is Barbara’s dog Marshmallow! He is the perfect dog: always stays where he is put, no messes in the house (or out either!), no barking and is great to cuddle up with!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is our wonderful shipping technician Cheryle’s Beagle, Chavo!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last but not least, this little cutie is my dog, Riley! He is a Labrador and Border Collie mix and brightens my life on a daily basis!

Feel free to share pictures of your dogs on our Facebook page! We’d love to see!


 

5 Tips to Go Back to School Yeast-Free!

It seems like summer just started yesterday and it is already time for back to school! While back to school is a very busy time for the students in our lives, it can also be a very hectic time for parents trying to get their kiddos back in the rhythm of things.

In the midst of making peanut butter sandwiches and preparing bags of chips to send your loved ones off to school with it can be hard to stay healthy and on track, here are a few tips to keep both yourselves, and maybe even the students in your life on the yeast-free eating program.

  1. On Sundays pre-pack fresh cut vegetables and sort fruit. I like to cut up all the celery, bell pepper and cucumber I will need for a few days and sort it in zip top bags and Tupperware containers in my fridge for easy grab and go access. A tip to keep celery crispy for weeks is to wrap it in aluminum foil!
  2. Pre-cook large batches of things such as yeast-free chili to eat throughout the week. This can be brought in a thermos or even put on top of lettuce to make a delicious taco salad! These items also freeze well.
  3. Use your crock-pot! Tons of recipes that are yeast-free can be made in the crock-pot, one of my favorites being Mexican Crock-Pot Chicken! These dinners you can basically set and forget and come home to a warm cooked meal.
  4. Motivate yourself and your kids to want to bring their lunch by using really cool, eco-friendly lunch boxes such as this Planet Box. You can even customize the design of the box and it has compartments to neatly organize food. Not to mention this will cut the cost on things like reusable containers and plastic bags.
  5. Learn to love the unwich! A big part of my weekly lunch menu is to keep a variety of meats and vegetables at work, along with a jar of vegenaise and a bag of washed romaine lettuce. I have the supplies I need just steps away from my desk to make a delicious yeast-free lettuce wrap, or unwich!

I hope these tips help you stay on track during the beginning of the hectic school year! What are your tips for busy parents?

Healthy Ice Cream!

My childhood memories of summer always bring me back to eating a gigantic ice cream cone at the park with my grandpa. I can still enjoy my ice cream in the summertime as an adult, and do it in a healthier way! This recipe can even be made yeast-free!

Ingredients

  • 1 can of full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons of vanilla or almond extract
  • ½ cup of fresh berries blended to a puree
  • Zest of 1 medium orange
  • 3 tablespoons of honey or 2 tablespoons of Sweet N’ Natural / Stevia

Directions

  • Bring water in a double boiler to a boil, or create your own double boiler by boiling water in a saucepan and placing a heat safe bowl on top. Pour the coconut milk and extract in the bowl and heat until hot and just bubbling, but not a full boil, add orange zest.
  • Whisk the eggs in a separate bowl and add one spoonful at a time of the hot coconut milk to the eggs while whisking, this will keep the eggs from scrambling in the hot milk. Once you have tempered the eggs with two to three spoonfuls of hot milk add the tempered egg mixture to the bowl on your double boiler, whisk for several minutes until mixture thickens and let cool in the refrigerator.
  • Once cooled add pureed berries and place back in the refrigerator for an hour, then place in your ice cream maker following the manufacturer’s instructions. I have a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker and it is very simple.

Now if all of this sounds like too much work for you have no fear! So Delicious makes several varieties of no sugar added coconut milk ice cream. These are sweetened with erythritol and are pretty tastey. My favorite is Mint Chocolate!

Beat the Heat and Stay Fit!

Both of my favorite types of exercise, running and cycling, require being out in the extremely hot Houston heat! I’d like to share a few ways I get in work-outs in the comfort of my air-conditioned living room so you too can beat the heat!

My at home “gym!”

  • Stability ball exercises: You can do anything from sit-ups, push-ups or aerobics with an exercise ball. I like to do a circuit of 30 crunches, 30 push-ups and 30 wall squats all using the stability ball first thing in the morning to get my blood flowing!
  • Lunges: Start with your feet shoulder width apart, taking a big step out and making sure your hips are in line and you are facing forward. Bend both knees to a 90 degree angle until your knees are just off the ground. Push-up through your front heel, switch legs and repeat! I like to do three sets of 10-15 reps, and add weight for a more intense work-out.
  • Push-Ups: Push-ups are an excellent work-out that work your core and upper-body and can literally be done anywhere. If you can’t do a push-up yet, no fear! Start by doing a wall push-up, then move to kneeling push-ups and before you know it you will be doing push-ups in no time!
  • Jumping rope: In the mornings I also like to move my furniture back, stand a safe distance from the television and jump-rope for about 20 minutes. This is a great cardiovascular activity that requires very little equipment, and if space permits can be done indoors.

Share with us what type of indoor exercises keep you out of the heat and in shape!

Summer Lovin’ Recipes!

 

By popular demand from some of our fabulous Facebook followers here are a few of the recipes that we shared with you all during Guest Appreciation Week! We really enjoyed being able to shower you all with love and show you how much we appreciate you. We can’t wait to do this again next year!

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Ingredients

  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 (15-oz.) can garbanzo beans
  • 1/3 cup tahini paste
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup roasted red peppers (from jar)
  • Pinch of salt, pepper, red pepper, basil and other desired spices

Directions

  • In a food processor combine garlic and garbanzo beans (drained, but save juice), tahini and lemon juice. Process until mixture is smooth, adding reserved garbanzo bean juice until a smooth consistency is reached. Add roasted peppers and process until pepper pieces are finely chopped. Season with spices, transfer to bowl and refrigerate for at least one hour. Serve chilled with your choice of vegetable crudités!

Easy Egg Cups

Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs
  • 6 strips of turkey bacon
  • Salt, pepper and paprika
  • Pepper, spinach and tomatoes

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a muffin pan and line greased cups with bacon (around the sides, not covering the bottom.) Crack an egg into each muffin cup and lightly season egg with pepper, salt and paprika. Stir in vegetables. Bake for 25 minutes or until the eggs have achieved desired firmness.

If there are any other recipes you enjoyed during Guest Appreciation week leave me a comment and I will get the recipe to you!