Five Things Friday.

Who is PUMPED that the weekend starts in a few measly hours?!  This girl is.  I still have a wholllllllle buncha stuff to get done before the big December 2-5 rolls around.

To kick off the celebration, I’ve adopted Julie’s method, and written about five random things, thus, the title of this post.

Thing #1: Am I the only one who’s still enjoying the fruits of summer mid-December?

watermelon

I mean… if it counts for anything, it IS red & green! I’ve decided that the best way to eat a mini, seedless watermelon is to chop it in half and go at it with a spoon in melon-ball form.

Thing #2: Never will I ever spend $5.75 on a Jimmy John’s dinner again.  Total waste.

jimjohn

I’m not a huge fan of high fructose corn syrup, which, might I add, is in 95% of breads out there, so I opted for a Turkey Tom “unwich”.  Little did I know, this sad menu item would only come with three measly slices of turkey breast deli meat.  Sure, it was loaded with lettuce, tomato, oregano, alfalfa sprouts, and onion, but it was nothing special.  You could hardly taste the turkey!  Lame-o.  I ate cereal later, because it held me over for about an hour… that’s it.

jarid

I might, however, pick it up for the hubs again sometime.  He really seemed to enjoy his “Club Lulu” — fresh sliced turkey breast, bacon, lettuce, tomato, & mayo.

Thing #3:  My favorite dinner that I’ve actually cooked since Jarid & I have been married, was this scrumptious chicken curry dish.  Granted, I cheated a little bit by using a store-bought sauce…
chicken

I used a frozen peppers and onions mixture that I had stashed in the freezer, cooked them on the stove top with some non-stick spray & sea salt.  Then I added some celery and some vegetable broth to the pan and cooked until the veggies were soft.  I also added some minced garlic.  For the chicken, I just moved aside the veggies in the pan, threw in a frozen cutlet, and allowed the flavors to soak into the meat… that’s when this happened…

sauce

Spicy Thai Red Curry sauce.  I love that the ingredients are all familiar, and the nutrition facts are right on the money.  Healthy fats from the coconut cream, and only 1g of sugar per serving.  For Jarid’s bowl, I served it on top of some Basmati rice.  For me, quinoa.

Thing #4:  This getting dark early thing isn’t my favorite, but I’m learning to appreciate it, because this view doesn’t stay around forever.

capital

Getting out of work and driving home is much more pleasurable now that I only have a 7 minute commute.  I absolutely love it.  Not to mention, I don’t have to wake up near as early as I used to have to in order to workout before I head in to the office.

Thing #5:  I saw a “detox drink” on Pinterest that didn’t sound too bad… and I’ve been reading about the health benefits of apple cider vinegar.  Momma Cox used to tell me that her uncle would even drink a few tablespoons before bed everynight.

detox

What are the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar?

  • Rich in potassium, a mineral that is often times lacking in adult diets. This mineral is key for growth, building muscles, transmission of nerve impulses, heart activity etc. It also helps to prevent brittle teeth, hair loss and runny noses.

  • Rich in acetic acid. This acid is said to slow the digestion of starch which can help to lower the rise in glucose that commonly occurs after meals.

  • Rich in ash which gives ACV its alkaline property. This aids your body in maintaining proper pH levels for a healthy alkaline state. (It is particularly important if you drink a lot of coffee or wine.)

  • It can help regulate blood pressure and reduce bad cholesterol.

  • Rich in malic acid which gives ACV its anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

  • May help improve bowel irregularity and helps to remove toxins from the body at a faster rate.

  • It can help clear up skin conditions and blemishes.

  • ACV helps with weight loss by breaking down fats so that your body can use them rather than store them.

  • A few lab studies have found that ACV may be able to kill cancer cells or slow their growth.

I couldn’t remember the exact recipe when I got home, so I decided to make my own concoction and hope for the best.  I threw 3 ice cubes, about 1 cup of diet ginger ale, some 100% lemon juice, 2 tbsp. of cinnamon, 1 cup of water, and a glug of apple cider vinegar.

bubbbles

Blended it all together and admired all the bubbles before taking a huge swig.  It’s my new favorite drink.  And I promise, next time I talk about it, I’ll have better measurements for you ;)

Cheers to the weekend!

xoxo.

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