The 7th Inning Stretch

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Goooooood afternoon!

Great discussion going on in the ‘Is Your Desk Job Harming Your Health?’ post! It was interesting to read everyone’s experiences. I was asked about what kinds of stretches to do at a desk and I came across this awesome visual guide that you can print and put in front of you! Click to enlarge.

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I am a very visual person, so I think this will be a great reminder for me!

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I’m a personal fan of #10, although it always creeps me out when my back cracks!

I am going to start taking stretching breaks every hour or so when I am doing desk work- or even doing physical work in the bakery. My back/shoulders are so tight it’s a bit ridiculous. I have a timer on my desk, so I think I will start setting it to remind me. Goodness knows I need reminders!

Onto today’s lunch, which was fabulous…

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First I should mention that my Green Monster this morning with Purslane gave me so much energy! I honestly felt amazing this morning. It held me over for about 3 hours before having a mid-morning snack of apple + cashew butter. Who knew a tiny weed could pack so much punch? This weekend, I shall be buying out the dear farmer’s stock of Purslane and Nettles.

I am loving cooking with this Cold-pressed organic sunflower oil. It seems to adapt to everything I make it with, including the amazing Cherry, Banana, and Coconut Butter Bread. By the way, I did manage to freeze half of it, and that is the only reason why it is still in my house. I dream about taking it out of the freezer about 6 times a day. I think I might take it out over the Canada Day long weekend for a treat!

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I’m not sure if we are going to see more garlic scapes this season. I guess we will find out tonight! One reader told me that she went to buy them this week and the farmer said they are already out of season. That one musta hurt!

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Prepare for the entire kitchen to smell amazing when you make this…

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Zucchini, Tomato, and Garlic Scape Stir-fry

Ingredients:

  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1/2 large tomato
  • 3-4 garlic scapes
  • 1/2 tbsp cold-pressed sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Kosher sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground Black pepper, to taste
  • Parsley flakes, for garnish

 

Directions: Pour about 1/2 a tbsp of Sunflower oil (or oil of your choice) into a skillet and heat at low-medium. Chop veggies and throw into skillet along with seasonings. Cook for about 10 minutes or until veggies are tender. Sprinkle with dried or freshly chopped parsley.

I served it along with two seedy Cracker Glo Doughs and 1/4 cup of roasted red pepper hummus! Mmmmmmm!

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I loved eating it on a bed of hummus, but I couldn’t resist making a hummus hat…

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Hummus makes my world go round.

I also cracked open a brand new spice that I bought in bulk the other day…PAPRIKA!

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I am so happy to have Paprika back in stock. I ran out of it last year and never got around to buying any. I love Paprika because it is a spice that you can use quite liberally and it doesn’t overwhelm the dish.

Benefits of Paprika include:

  • High in Vitamin C
  • Antibacterial
  • Can help normalize blood pressure and improve circulation
  • Can increase the production stomach acids to aid digestion (always good for peeps with stomachs like me!)

 

The stir-fry was also excellent! So much flavour. The garlic scapes were fabulous in a stir-fry too.

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My afternoon powersnack was better than my wildest dreams…

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I made Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream using 1 frozen Glo Dough chopped up and banana soft serve. It tasted just like choc. chip cookie dough ice cream.

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1 Jessica @ How Sweet June 30, 2010

Have you ever used smoked paprika?! It is my absolute favorite spice!

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2 Rhea June 30, 2010

YES. seconded! i got a cute lil tin of it at marshall’s. it really is to die for. and very, very surprisingly good with brown sugar on mango slices 8)

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3 Mo June 30, 2010

I am in total agreement – smoked paprika is amazing!

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4 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 1, 2010

NO i havent…how have I not!??!

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5 Bethany @ More Fruit Please June 30, 2010

Thanks for sharing the stretches. I sit at a desk all day and have been starting to notice a lot more stiffness and back/neck pain. Can’t wait to start doing some stretching!

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6 Paige (running around normal) June 30, 2010

Love all the veggies in this post! Makes my AB + banana on hemp bread while I was running through the kitchen and back to work seem measley! Veggies for dinner. Veggies for dinner
I’m actually quite the opposite and look forward to working out the day after a rest day!

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7 Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life June 30, 2010

Oh my gosh – you are my inspiration! Cookie dough banana soft serve?!? HEAVEN! :-P
Just made strawberry banana soft serve for the first time yesterday morning, and I’m pretty sure I’m already addicted.

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8 Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' June 30, 2010

Those desk stretches are great! I need to remind myself to do them– I’ve been sitting WAY too much today!

And, I think I need to make some cookie dough banana soft serve NOW. Like, right now!!

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9 Kristina June 30, 2010

I have a huge pad of those stretches at the spa – I give them to many patients and clients. :)

insider knowledge of the software industry… there are places where your computer goes to sleep at set times of day – to make you take a break, get up and stretch. I told Jason he needs to write software to have THESE STRETCHES come up on your screen at those breaks! :)

…I think it had already been done!

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10 Cassie June 30, 2010

Hummus DOES make the world go round.
Hahhaa I can totally relate to you about the “snakes”! I always feel so silly when I get creeped out by vegetables.
I remember once, we forgot a few potatoes in their bag under the counter..and when I opened them the spuds had grown…legs? I actually freaked out! All I could think of was spider/insects legs. Just typing this is giving me goose bumps..i’m such a dork. :P

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11 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 1, 2010

hahah sprouting potatoes scare me too!

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12 Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman June 30, 2010

I always want to go through a series of stretches midday because sitting in this one position in front of the computer kills me, but I’m in a big room with others. I’d feel a little silly.

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13 PhysiqueSpeak June 30, 2010

I gotta get me some of those doughs- they look awesome!

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14 mary June 30, 2010

Those desk stretches are great Ange. I’m going to email my hubb’s a link to this post bc sometimes he sits down at his desk at 7:30am and doesn’t get up until dinner time… NOT GOOD! Maybe I should print out a copy..?

Your stir fry looks really yummy too!

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15 Rachel @ Fit Fun and Fabulous June 30, 2010

A veggie hat. Hahaha!

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16 Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen) Scales June 30, 2010

Those stretches look great but I may get a few od looks if I started doing them in my office!

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17 Callie June 30, 2010

I should try those desk stretches.
That chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream looks so good. :)

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18 Morgan @ Life After Bagels June 30, 2010

Speaking of snakes . . . We’re at the cottage right now and my bf is in the back hunting for snakes for some photo ops

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19 Maria @ A La Mode June 30, 2010

I always experience a little bit of a motivation lack the day after a rest day. To combat it, I change into my favorite workout clothes and say to myself “I’ve regretted doing a workout before”. Which is true, very rarely have I ever worked out and said “Oh, I wish I hadn’t done that”. Its more like “I’m sooo glad I did it”.

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20 Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ June 30, 2010

Your afternoon snack sounds amazing. I love things that are healthy yet so tasty.

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21 Lisa (bakebikeblog) June 30, 2010

What a wonderful lunch! You should try and make goulash with the paprika (veggie-version of course!!)

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22 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 1, 2010

I don’t think I have ever made goulash!

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23 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs June 30, 2010

That hummus hat is the cutest thing ever! I love your meals :)

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24 andi @ livelaughbefit June 30, 2010

thanks so much for the sweet comment! good idea with the printed stretches–i sit a lot of the day and find that i am much more awake when i take a few minutes to get more blood flowing to my muscles!

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25 erica June 30, 2010

i’m going to print out those stretches right now!!! thanks so much!

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26 Heather (Heather's Dish) June 30, 2010

i am sitting here wondering how it is that i don’t have some of that banana soft serve and Glo Dough ice cream sitting right in front of me?!?! i think i would die of happiness if i got to eat that for a snack :)

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27 Erin June 30, 2010

Paprika is the best! Good on everything. Especially potatoes :)

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28 Kayla June 30, 2010

My job pushes doing stretches – it’s part of an overall ergonomics focus. I love the prayer (I think it’s #7), it makes my wrists feel great after being on the computer for 8 hours.

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29 Laura (youngDCliving) June 30, 2010

Wow, that ice cream was a brilliant idea. I’m so sad about garlic scapes, hoping it is still in season around my area. That is so great that you are getting by just through the CSA and the Farmer’s Market, that would be ideal for me. I really need to join a CSA one of these days, it’s only of those things that is ONLY a positive change.

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30 Bridget June 30, 2010

I love a good veggie stirfry :) I’ve got to try it with those “snakes” sometime!

Thanks for the info on paprika. I had no idea it was full of vitamin c :D Cool! I’ve started using more spices like cinnamon and cumin in my meals – they are natures pharmacy!

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31 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 30, 2010

Those stretches will definitely come in handy when midterms come around and I have to spend hours hunched over my books!

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32 Mary @ Bites and Bliss June 30, 2010

I had no idea spices could have vitamins! Cool!

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33 Camille June 30, 2010

Oh my gosh, your chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream looks to die for!

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34 Casey June 30, 2010

Wow, thank you! I also sit at a desk all day, and I will definitely be doing those. And Yum that cookie dough banana soft serve looks so goooood! I want it!

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35 Cara June 30, 2010

Happy Canada Day!
It is officially Canada Day here in Korea…so I thought I would send along my well wishes a bit early.

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36 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 1, 2010

thank you!

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37 Sarah June 30, 2010

The Glo dough loooooooks so yummy especially with hummus!! And I love a good zucchini…I’m eating one right now :)

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38 kim June 30, 2010

Love the stretches! I am printing tomorrow at work to put at my desk – I know I need to move more. I’ve been trying to make a conscious effort to get up at least 1x an hour to walk around, maybe i’ll put a timer on my phone or something.

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39 Diana @ frontyardfoodie June 30, 2010

Nice! I LOVE paprika. It’s very subtle but I really enjoy how it enhances things.

Of course it’s rare that there’s a meal that doesn’t feel complete without hummus. ha

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40 Jessica @ The Process of Healing June 30, 2010

Ohhhh how I wish I could try those Glo Doughs!

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41 alexe @ soyaetchocolat.com June 30, 2010

Regarding the recipes’ link at the top of your page, I can see it on my big screen computer but not on my Netbook. I thought it was only my computer acting weird… I wish I could go to your blogger get together in Toronto but Montreal is a little bit far. If you ever come to Montreal, make sure to let us know! :)

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42 Shanna June 30, 2010

Love *smoked* paprika. Have you had it?

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43 Faith @ LovelyAsCharged June 30, 2010

Oh. My. God. Angela. I’m crazy for cookie dough ice cream, but I feel SO much better the less dairy I eat. This seems like the perfect solution! I kinda want to play around with a mint chocolate (or carob?) chip one! Oh payday…hurry up and get here!!!

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44 Annie@stronghealthyfit June 30, 2010

Mm those veggies look great! Thanks for the info on paprika! I just took a trip to Hungary (my husband has relatives there) and we came back with almost THREE kilos of the stuff. Including some homemade paprika… most Hungarians dry and/or smoke their own peppers and make it- they look down on the stuff that is sold in stores! Glad you bought it in bulk at least :-)

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45 Rachel June 30, 2010

Will you be selling glo dough through your website? I want that ice cream!!!!! haha. No, but seriously, will they eventually be sold on your website?

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46 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 1, 2010

possibly! I have to see how it ships :)

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47 Rachel Raymond July 2, 2010

MMMM…drooling arleady…Finger’s Crossed!!!

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48 Candice June 30, 2010

That stir-fry looks awesome! I’m totally craving it now. How much does the sunflower oil change the taste, as compared to say, olive oil? I’m definitely going to have to give paprika whirl…I’ve used it before, but it’s been a long while.

You’re funny with your garlic scapes…it’s like they’re your pet or something. lol:)

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49 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 1, 2010

I didnt really notice a difference in taste at all

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50 Candice July 3, 2010

Good to know.

And btw…I mean “cute” funny not “weird” funny…with your garlic scapes. love it:)

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51 Chandra June 30, 2010

Angela… I love love love your blog!
Another reason to celebrate our glorious country, Angela is having a sale!!
Can’t wait to try your yummy glo-rific bars!!

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52 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter June 30, 2010

That’s so great that you aren’t going to the grocery store that much! You must be getting a ton of veggies.

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53 Amber K June 30, 2010

I LOVE paprika! I didn’t know it was good for digestion. I really need help in that area, so I guess that just convinces me to use it more often!

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54 Gypsy June 30, 2010

Angela – the desk stretches are perfect! Printing it out first thing tomorrow morning and posting it right in front of me at work. My fiance asked me to email it to him too.
Then, after being tempted by your chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream we made 2 individual 3 minute cookies since we were out of frozen bananas – yum!!
If there isn’t a link on the glo dough – does that mean it’s only available through your bakery and there isn’t a recipe?

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55 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 1, 2010

I modified it from my raw choc chip cookies (on recipe page) :)

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56 Jackie (Peaces of Earth) June 30, 2010

Those cracker glo doughs look scrumptious!!!! I want one! I truly love shopping at the farmer’s market. Meeting the farmer’s and eating foods so fresh and local makes me very very happy.

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57 Jackie (Peaces of Earth) June 30, 2010

ps. I am definitely making use of those stretches!! Sitting at a desk all day kills me. Thanks for the chart!

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58 Chantelle July 1, 2010

Yay! Thanks for checking on the recipes tab. I missed it!!

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59 Chantelle July 1, 2010

And I can see it now. LOL. Just to clarify ;)

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60 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 1, 2010

So glad you can see it now!!!

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61 Wei-Wei July 1, 2010

Ooh, happy Canada Day! I don’t even know what to comment on in this post. Cracker Glo Dough + hummus? Cookie dough ice cream? (More) garlic scapes?! Man, I love what you eat. :D

Wei-Wei

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62 Aisha July 1, 2010

Hey, If you loved purslane, I would truly advise trying to find some wild sorrel. It tastes like sour cherries to me, and I am pretty sure it would taste awesome in a GM, but I am unable to find it in London.
That snack looks delicious, and so do your cracker dough bars.
I would hate having a desk job, I work in retail at the weekends and I love it because you are constantly moving which to me is awesome. I have just graduated and am now going to be looking for a job in a gym. I have learnt from you that doing what I dislike would truly harm me, so I would rather wait till I get the job I want then settle right now. My aim one day is to be a personal trainer and nutritionist also.

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63 Kristy July 1, 2010

Totally printed me a copy too…. Hung by desk. :-) Muchas Gracias!

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64 Kittie July 1, 2010

Oh goodness, chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream is my favorite but I haven’t had it in so long! I must try a variation, thanks for the idea!

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65 Kristin (Salty Tooth) July 1, 2010

I definitely need those desk stretches, thanks for posting!

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66 Teri [a foodie stays fit] July 1, 2010

Thanks for posting the desk stretches. I just printed it and hung it up in my cubicle!

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67 Annie D. @ Annie's Simple Life July 1, 2010

1- Desk Stretches- YES! Thank you!
2- HOLY YUM ANGE! I’m liking that ice cream!!!!!!!!

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68 Phoebe July 1, 2010

That is such a great, little reference sheet for stretching at work. Thanks for posting it! As someone who has recently dealt with herniated discs in my lower back, it’s really important for me to get up and stretch during the day, and it’s easier when I have something to look at to remind me. :) Love your blog by the way!

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69 Jordan July 1, 2010

Do you think you will sell glo doughs on your bakery online?

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70 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 1, 2010

possibly! :) I have to test it with shipping

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71 Eimear Rose July 1, 2010

The Cracker Glo Dough looks fantastic, I love the taste of hummus and quinoa together! The banana cookie dough soft serve is immense, have to make this! I know exactly what you mean about your body forgetting what the endorphin high feels like! So many times I nearly talk myself out of a run, then once I’m out there, I’m amazed I was going to miss out on the fantastic feeling!

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72 Natalie @ cinnamonbums July 1, 2010

wow your glo dough is making me sooooo hungry… seriously you were born to be a baker!!!!!! so awesome, i love seeing your bars and what youre cooking – such an inspiration!

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