Meet my new best friends.

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I’ve always known that I’m slightly anemic – that is, my iron levels are lower than average, causing me, among other things, to be constantly tired, cold and prone to sickness. I noticed the past couple of months that my symptoms had gotten worse. I was even more tired and cold than usual – plus I’ve been craving ice like nobody’s biz (also a symptom of anemia) which, sadly, made me even colder!

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I checked in with the Doc yesterday and my iron levels had indeed dropped lower than what they had previously been. My body is operating around 70% of what it’s capable of. My doctor told me he was surprised I was able to get out of bed in the morning! 8O

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We’re still determining the severity of the situation, but until then, the prescription is chewable children’s vitamins. And LOTS of ’em! A regular dose of these babies is 1 vitamin/day. I’ll be chowing down on 4/day until we figure out if this is just a classic case, or something more. Good thing I like the taste!

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Lesson learned: If you feel crappy, there’s probably something up. Go to the doctor and get help! :D

In happier, but still cold, news – I had the most fantastic breakfast smoothie this morning. And, alert the press, it didn’t have spinach in it!!! I made a Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie! :D  

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In the mix:

  • 1/4 cup old fashioned oats (uncooked)
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond breeze
  • 1 Tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1 frozen banana

Blend the first 4 ingredients until smooth. Add in the banana, give it a few pulses with your blender’s “ice crusher” setting, then let ‘er rip. You’ll be enjoying in no time!

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Enjoy I did!! Can you say peanut butter milkshake?! The vanilla whey protein powder gave it such a smooth and thick consistency, while my Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter gave it a decadent peanut butter swirl taste.

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I am in loooooove.

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I savored it from my super-cute Iowa glass. Isn’t it fun?!

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For lunch today, I packed the other Veggie Salad I pre-made earlier this week.

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What’d I tell ya’ – chop once, enjoy twice!

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In the mix:

  • Mixed greens
  • Spinach
  • Cucumber
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Dried cranberries
  • Peanuts

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I’ll be trying out my new Trader Joe’s Raspberry Vinaigrette on this today. I’ll let you know how it stacks up against my beloved Annie’s variety!

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Oh, I also decided that it’s been far too long since I last enjoyed a bag of Lime + Salt Popcorn, so I brought some for an afternoon snack.

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Mmmm, it’s so buttery and satisfying. Plus, you get popping instructions right on the bag. How clever. ;)

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In other news…I’m annoyed.

It’s true. I got the mail after coming home from my morning Mom walk this morning (I’m so bad about getting my mail!) and what do I see inside? This…

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A KFC and Susan G. Komen for the Cure co-branded coupon book. What?!

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Am I the only one who sees something terribly wrong with this picture? Why on earth would Susan G. Komen for the Cure – one of the most respected contributors to cancer research and prevention in the world – pair with Kentucky Fried Chicken? The company who’s last big media push was around a sandwich that has two pieces of fried chicken for buns. FOR BUNS!

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It’s things like this that make me wonder – of all the people that had to sign off on a campaign like this, how did not one of them raise a red flag to say, you know what, maybe this isn’t such a good idea. On top of everything else, they couldn’t even put a bucket of KFC’s grilled chicken on the cover of the coupon book? It had to be of the fried variety?? SGK needs a new marketing/PR team – stat!!

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This whole thing just doesn’t sit well with me. Anyways – that’s my rant. What do you think?

TGIAF!!!!!