Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Going Away Party

So this post is only a week late, no big deal... I really have to get better at this blog thing.

Last weekend, I held a going away party. I was wavering about having it for the longest time, but momma really encouraged me to have it. I told her I would only have it if I got to do the entire party planning. I'm so SO glad I did it and got to plan it my way. Seeing a lot of my friends for one last time was great and I had so much fun deciding on the menu and prepping the food.

On the menu: Pulled Pork Sandwich with Coleslaw, Pesto Pizza, Clam and Shrimp Linguine, Bacon-Broccoli Salad, Spinach-Artichoke Dip, Hummus, Pita Chips, Veggie Platter, Fruit Platter, and Raspberry Cheesecake Bites. 

 I didn't know I would be receiving gifts, but what can I say, I have pretty sweet friends! This adorable apron is from Tiffany and Christine. How did they know I've been wanting to get myself an apron? Most definitely packed that! Dorothy got me one of those reed diffuser things that I can't wait to use to make my new place smell amazing. Viv and Kim got me pomegranate liquer, which sounds really yummy, but I was not able to pack. Carol got me flowers!
Group picture! Somehow it feels awkward to force everyone into one room to take a picture like this together, but it was important to momma and I'll probably really appreciate this picture in a couple of years. This was only some of the earlier guests too! 

I made these really fun photo props for everyone to play with and have an excuse to take fun pictures. It definitely worked! Love it!

I am so glad I did this. Having this party made me realize how lucky I am to have such incredible friends. While I went to school at UCI, I felt pretty disconnected from these friends and felt like maybe we grew apart. And I had so much fun at UCI meeting new people that I did a pretty bad job staying in touch with a lot of people from home. But I moved home for nearly a year and it's like I never even left. I am still included in outings and such, and they even took time out of their busy lives to hang out with me at this little shindig! I am hoping this time around (and because I'm even farther away), I can do a better job of being a friend and this blog will keep those interested updated with my whereabouts. 

PS: PLEASE visit me in Illinois friends!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Why I love my oatmeal

When people find out that I like Nutrition and want to study Nutrition, they automatically assume I want to be a Nutritionist. They will proceed to ask me how they can lose weight or the dreaded "D" word, diet. I know at one point and even occasionally, I am unhappy about how I'm eating or unhappy about how I look, but I truly believe nutrition is about balance and the best weight loss is gradual and requires changing the way food is viewed. Nutritionist are experts on advising people on how to eat, have R.D. licences, and went to school + internship + passing board exam. I definitely am not an expert. I just really enjoy nutrition/health topics. So naturally it would make me feel uncomfortable to answer these types of question.

Maybe in another post I will explain what it is about nutrition that I'm so interested in or what exactly it is that makes me so interested in nutrition. But for today, I would like to share my love for OATMEAL!

Most mornings when I'm not super lazy and have all the ingredients I need, I will pull out my awesome non-stick sauce pan to make my oatmeal. I turn on the heat to medium-low and add my ingredients in the following order. I will turn the heat down to low and wait for all the warm, sticky goodness to come together, which really should only take about 5-10 minutes for the whole process. 

Kristy's Oatmeal:
(one serving)
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup 1% or nonfat milk
1/2 cup water
1/2 ripe banana
1 tbsp ground flax meal

  • Because Old Fashioned oats are whole grain, it is packed with a whole bunch of soluble fibers, therefore digesting a whole lot slower and keeping you full a whole lot longer. This make oatmeal one of my top two appetite controlling food. 
  • I would love to go into the really cool science behind this, but to keep things simple, it is thought that these same fibers help lower LDL (the "bad" cholesterol). 
  • And again with fiber being digested so slowly, glucose levels in the blood. This is awesome for those who may be dealing with Type 2 diabetes. 
  • Oats are a really good source of a whole bunch of  micro-nutrient (zinc, selenium, magnesium, iron, etc). 
  • Oats are super cheap! Great for students and others on a budget.
  • Super fast and super easy to make! Yea, it may not be quite as fast as skipping breakfast all together or grabbing a breakfast bar on the way out the door, but its nutritional properties definitely makes the 5 minutes totally worth it. 
  • It's fun to eat. You can change it up each day or each week just by changing up the toppings. A few ideas would be nuts, nut butters, fresh or frozen fruits, shaved coconuts, etc.
    • Once upon a time, I despised oatmeal. And then studying abroad happened. The hotel they put us in in Santiago, Chile served us pastries, eggs loaded with cheese, and ham. Luckily they also had some fresh fruits and oatmeal. When I found out all these amazing things about oatmeal and how to make it my own by adding my favorite toppings, I had to give it another try. At first, I was literally forcing myself to eat the stuff. It took a bit of time, but slowly it became something that I craved in the morning, just imagining its warmth and the combination of toppings. 
I hope this post at least inspires you to make yourself a bowl of oatmeal tomorrow morning! I'll be back to show you soon the madness that is my room in the midst of packing. It's just 11 days away until the big move!