Life

Gimme Them Snacks!

I don’t know about you, but snacks are what get me through the day.

So yesterday I was thinking about what I would post today, and I was thinking about it WHILE i was eating one of my favorite snacks. I thought, “well gee, I’ll just take pictures of these perfectly healthy and nutritional snacks so as to share with others and perhaps get them hooked.”

I also secretly thought about how good it would make me look; how health conscious people would think I am. All while sneaking off to the gas station to buy a bag of cheddar and sour cream chips because I had a headache and I knew they would make me feel better. And not to mention the greasy sausage, egg, bacon and cheese biscuit I had at McDonald’s on Tuesday that I kept a secret from Daniel.

So the truth is I WANT to be healthy. But I struggle. Boy, do I struggle with food and it being my comfort. And I just felt before I went ahead and talked about these wonderful foods I nibble on all day to stay energized and sustained, I needed to confess that I mess up in this area. A LOT.

Well now that that is off my chest, let me tell you about these yummy treats!

Sunflower Seeds are life’s most unassuming snack. These tiny things pack quite a bit of protein and fiber, and a handful of them will leave you feeling satisfied. Along with the protein and fiber comes all of the good fats that actually help us lose weight or maintain where we are now. I like to eat these in between breakfast and lunch because they really do hold me over and they are tasty. You can get them roasted, but keep in mind that through the roasting process much of the nutrients are lost. And usually that process involves salting the seeds, so I like to eat mine plain.  A sure fire way to drop some of those unwanted pounds is eating 3 tbs. of sunflower seeds a day. Make sure you eat them slowly (as with anything) so that your body knows it is satisfied. Whether you eat them like me or go for the roasted ones it will be exponentially better than buying a bag of chips from the gas station!

Oh man. I used to HATE peanut butter with a passion. Can you even imagine that? A kid hating peanut butter? I am so glad that I acquired the taste for it as an adult because this stuff is delish! Organic peanut butter has such a fresh and real taste without all of the added sugar and salt. A spoonful of this at around 3:30 pm gives me that boost I need and makes me feel full. Not only do they provide your body with the protein, fiber, folate and magnesium that you need, but they also carry antioxidants. This is also a really good snack for when you are craving sweets, because it has that thick texture that is so satisfying. Now remember, organic does not mean it is less fattening, so don’t go overboard. Also, keep in mind that you do have to refrigerate organic peanut butter which I realize can be challenging to a lifetime peanut butter lover. But the taste and nutritional value of this stuff is worth it!

Now I know I don’t need to point out the health benefits and tastiness of these tangerines. But citrus in general whether it be an orange, grapefruit or tangerine are all packed full of vitamin c and antioxidants. And I mean, hellooo?? They are so good.

The Publix Deli Jalapeno and Cilantro Hummus is my current favorite snack. Hummus, which is made from chick peas and olive oil, are packed with iron, vitamin c, folate and vitamin b6. What I like about this specific brand and flavor is that it has the taste of a jalapeno without the spice, and I am a cilantro so the combination is perfect. Eat these with carrots and peppered sliced cucumbers or cut up a tomato into wedges and slather a spoonful of this good stuff on top.

What are some healthy snacks that you enjoy?

 

Heart.

Music has played a big part of what I have been becoming for as long as I can remember.

I was recklessly unafraid to share that part of me when I was very young, as my family members can testify to. There wasn’t a family gathering that didn’t include me putting on a show of either songs I liked or one that I wrote and it ALWAYS involved a costume.

Something happened along the way to where I am now that changed all that, and I have been fighting it ever since.

When did I become so afraid to sing? What happened that stifled this part of me?

I can think of many instances and situations over my teenage and adult years that brought about this strong withholding of who I am. I mean, I could spell them out for you but that really isn’t the point of this post. To revisit those painful experiences which ultimately became excuses is not where I need to go. Because that is all they were: EXCUSES.

I want to tell you about a musician that has brought about inspiration and even healing for me over the past 4 years.

The first time I heard Audrey Assad I about fell to pieces in the pew I was sitting on. This ordinary and yet so graceful women sat at the grand piano and played those keys as easy as she was breathing. Her voice I have always described as dove chocolate. Or if you could liken her voice to an instrument, it would be the violin, cutting deep and right to the core of you in such a soft and beautiful way. It was like all of a sudden I was reminded that I could do that, I could sing. I cried through a few of her songs because I was ashamed of who I had become; a musical hermit.

The song that started the change in my heart, “Known,” is a song about her intimate relationship with God. She uses similes like, “and as the swallow knows, she knows the sky…” to paint a picture of how well He knows us. This song was ultimately a big part of my spiritual awakening and healing, and if you go and listen to it, you will see why.

Over the years as I have been searching, healing and writing, her songs have stayed with me and I listen to them often to find encouragement. During this recent Christmas season her song “Winter Snow” played several times on one of the local radio stations and each time I heard it I would get teary-eyed, mostly because I was happy that her song was on the radio. That meant other people were hearing her too and perhaps feeling just as inspired as I.

She is about to release her new Album “Heart” this coming February 14th. In the album trailer, she goes into detail about some of the songs she wrote and how they came about. Please go watch this video. If you are ANYTHING like me, it will enlighten and encourage your day.

So where am I currently in my song writing and sharing adventure?

I’m definitely writing. A LOT. And I’m not trying to write what I think people will want to hear. I used to do that every time I sat down to write a song, which just ended up creating a huge block that I couldn’t figure out how to break. Luckily one of my very best friends had the courage to lovingly tell me to get over my ridiculousness and just play and sing whatever I want. That has stuck with me. I will need to do a whole new music post on the lovely Genie Uribe.

I’ve been writing much about fear and what it does to my visions and dreams, and even how it plays out in the practicality of my every day life. But I will say that I cannot WAIT to begin the process of sharing my music with others and on here with my readers.

What are some of the things you know you were created to do, and what about life has tried to stifle that part of you?

Well, Finally.

Hey there. My name is Megan Lee Webb. I am soon to be 25 years old, I have a smokin’ hot husband named Dan (I like to call him Manly Danly) and one handsome 9 month old son named Abram (you can call him Abe the Babe)….

And this is my first official Jude and the Walrus blog post.

I’m going to start this off by pointing out a major flaw in myself that you will quickly come to learn of me. Hopefully you will be gracious readers.

I am afraid of pretty much everything. But as I’ve said a lot lately, I’m tired of being scared. This life is worth living, and fear isn’t helping me live it at all.

So back in August, I started my very tiny business.

Why Jude and the Walrus, you ask?

Well two friends of mine with a very cute little girl have everything to do with it. Her name is Jude, and when they were teaching her the basics of speech and such they would ask her, “Hey Jude, what sound does a walrus make?” She would reply, “CooCooCachoo!” (a Beatles reference if you were unsure).

What is Jude and the Walrus?

I’m not really sure. It started out as a small venture into the world of hair accessories. I realized one day that I love, and am really good at, creating different and unique accessories for ladies to adorn their hair with that aren’t the typical ones you buy at Walmart or Claires or wherever. Of course I started out with an etsy shop and did farmers markets and craft shows for the latter half of 2011.

I quickly found out that it is way easier to fail than succeed in this business. There are thousands, if not millions of sellers on Etsy. What could possibly make me special and stand out?

I HAVE NO IDEA.

The farmers markets and craft shows were a wonderful lesson in figuring out who my demographic is, and what your story is. And unless you have a well versed story, then people aren’t going to buy your stuff. They are going to settle for the cheap, made in China crap at the booth across from yours. Lesson learned.

But back to what Jude and the Walrus is.

Through trial and error, thinking, dreaming, failure and prayer, I’ve decided that I want this to be something more than just a few felted hair clips. I want this to be MY STORY displayed through the things I love, the things I’m good at, the things I’m not so good at, the things I struggle with, and the people around me who teach me.

What I don’t want this to be is a place where I find self-glorification. Where I find validation. As much as I want and many a time allow the things around me to become my identity, it simply can’t.

Because the only reason I am any kind of good that I am is because of The Creator.

No, I am not going to overwhelm my posts with religious talk and platitudes, nor will I dislike you if you believe something different than me. But I do love God, and that will just simply have to come out from time to time.

What kinda stuff will be posted here at Jude and the Walrus?

Everything! I am a women of many passions. I will share house projects, pictures I take, things that I make that will be for sale on my etsy, recipes, weddings that I get to coordinate, songs that I write, music that I like, funny stories about my family life, lessons learned throughout the week, contests, other blogs organizations I support, friends and people that I love, etc.

My goal (and please keep me to this) is to post something everyday.

I really want you to be apart of this. Comments and conversations are welcome and encouraged (Disclaimer: if you are a spammer or a jerk who likes to start trouble for the sake of trouble and division, then I will remove your comments…but I won’t be a jerk back).

Well, finally. The first post is done. And it only took me 24 days to summon the courage to write it.