Healthy eating takes a little work and a lot of knowledge. Recently, a few members of the Cupit household have been under medical supervision for conditions that can be prevented or at least relieved by some slight adjustment to the daily regime. Hence, at recent trips to the grocer and local produce market, Maren picked up a bag of bulgur wheat, a bag of flax seed, some wheat germ, and plenty of fruits and vegetables. So far, these additions to the Cupit kitchen have been used in smoothies, added to instant oatmeal, prepared in a new recipe (tabouleh), and sprinkled on top of Jiffy corn muffins. Tonight, the family (with the exception of Laurel) munched on boiled and salted edamame beans. The consumers were surprisingly pleased; they tasted as good as they do at the restaurant. Brad is waiting for Maren to come home with her new birkenstocks...and perhaps complimenting pairs for the rest of the family.
The other side of the "Louisiana Two-Step" (have you seen the add campaign?) is more exercise. While the ultimate plan is to join the YMCA, a garage sale bargain will fulfill the need for the interim. Maren negotiated at a garage sale last weekend and walked away with a double jogging stroller. It's been used the past two nights and will be worth the $50 if it makes regular appearances outside of the storage closet. Brad stamped his approval on it tonight after his test drive around the neighborhood. The kids love having plenty of legroom and the smooth ride.
The Cupits welcome recipe or food suggestions that can help them maintain healthier eating habits. They especially like easy, simple changes to common foods, but are not averse to more complicated recipes. Next up for trial is a bran muffin recipe made with bran flakes from a friend at Maren's office. If all goes well, this will be a favored Laurel breakfast or snack...maybe dinner??? Also, if anyone wants to join the family in the cooler evenings for a jaunt around a neighborhood or park or trail - or the mall if it's just too hot - just holler. They'll join you right after they get out of the bathroom!