by: Beth Hoven Rotto, Cheese and Bakery Buyer
Guess what? I’m excited because I joined Team Rehab and have upped my physical activities and am improving my diet. Yep! Thoughts of spring, the end of the holiday season with its abundance of sweet treats, and the Food and Fitness Initiative are some of my motivations. If the Obamas can find time to work out, I should be able to too. It’s fun to be led through exercise in classes by trainers who are up on the latest information on safe, effective ways to stretch, tone and strengthen. Co-op members Lori Elwood, Jennifer Mikkelson and Padrin Grimstad are my inspirations as leaders of a variety of classes I enjoy. With a goal of reducing the risks of weight-related disease, I realize that aiming for a healthy weight includes both being physically active and eating well. Working at the Co-op means I’m surrounded by good food, but that doesn’t mean I always make the right choices. So I’m trying to eat a wider variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, more whole grains and I’m watching my intake of sugar, fatty and fried foods, (and salty ones too) while trying to eat foods high in fiber and rich in vitamins and minerals. How about you?
When I’m done at the gym, I sometimes pick up a Tropical Treat cookie at the Co-op. I’ve been told they are the ideal snack after a work out. They are a satisfying butter-less, flour-less, egg-less cookie sweetened with banana (and chocolate chips) and made down the street at Waving Grains Bakery. Right now we rotate this cookie with some others, but if enough people buy them, we’ll keep them on hand. Give them a try. Or make a batch at home. If you have gluten allergies you can make these with Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free oats.