Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Merry Christmas

Well Christmas has come and gone...and so fast Gosh, it seems every year goes by faster and faster. The boys seemed to really like their gifts and I always get something nice. This year I got my engagement ring reset and added 2 diamonds and it is gorgeous. It has been 18 years since I got it and it was getting lose and needed some attention. I love it!!!! I also got a whole new closet system for my small closet. I am so trying to be more organized and this was just the thing to get me started. He did such a great job installing it. We had a wonderful church service and a nice dinner with the grandparents. We are truly blessed. The exercise...almost as bad. I am just in the holiday funk. Ths morning was oatmeal and green juice. Gotta give the digestive system a break. Well wishing you all a blessed New Year. Blessings, Trish

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The dreaded jog...and the recovery drink

Today was that dreaded day of doing the exercise I loathe. I mean I don't love to exercise, but I do it 6 days a week because I have to. I know, more about that bad attitude another day. I really don't like jogging....I dare say I hate it (gasp)

I try to jog at least one day a week though because it is just about the best cardio you can do to burn lots of calories. So today I trudged through my 3 miles...ugh. I walk some of it, but jog a lot of it and boy do I get tired and sweaty.

So, when I get back I need some potassium and protein immediately. It is best to have protein within 30 minutes of working out so your muscles get the protein and vitamins it needs so you are not mega sore the next day.

Here is what I have:

It is skim milk, 1/2 banana, 1 scoop Trader Joes chocolate protein powder, 2 tsp natural peanut butter, Chia seeds, ice.

Blend this all in your blender or bullet type blender.


It is yummy.

Today's tip: do something for yourself that you dread...it may be the treadmill, weights, walk at the park or yes that dreaded jog. Once you get through it you will feel great.


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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Chicken and roasted vegetables for supper

Last night I made a pretty tasty and healthy supper. I made chicken cutlets in a wine sauce with spinach and chive linguini and roasted fresh veggies.

Just place whatever vegetables you have on hand on a sheet pan. Roast on high heat 475 to 500 for 20 minutes, you don't want mushy.

I just put a little olive oil spray and some salt and pepper..yum.

Then I coated the chicken breasts with some white wheat flour and sautéed in about a tsp of olive oil. After they are a little brown I added 1 cup chicken broth and 1/2 c white wine, some garlic powder and cut up some onions and fresh spinach. Salt and pepper to taste. Cook all this goodness covered for 10 minutes and that is it. Done. It was delicious and healthy.

The pasta was Trader Joes spinach and chive and to be honest, it was not my favorite, but whole wheat pasta or rice would work great as well.

The bread you see pictured is homemade wheat with flaxseed, chia seed, and sesame seed toasted up and spread with an olive and spinach tapenade. Yum.

Today's tip: try roasting your favorite veggies. It is super easy, healthy, and gives the veggies a new depth of flavor.



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Monday, December 12, 2011

The pie

Well this blog post really has nothing to do with health, but in the fact that you can be heathy and enjoy an occasional slice of pie.

Saturday was Sweetys birthday. 45 big ones....lol. Anyway, he is more of a pie guy than a cake guy. His favorite is pumpkin but I was feeling like an old fashioned homemade pie might do the trick. For all of you who know me well, I DON'T MAKE HOMEMADE PIE...I just don't. I can make pizza dough, bread dough, tortilla, naan bread...any kind of bread but please don't make me make a pastry crust. Me and the crust have a bad history, but after all it was his birthday, so I had to give it a shot. So I rolled up my sleeves and made a pie from scratch..crust and all.

Here is how it came out: before baking

Then after about an hour in the oven

Ok...this looks good even to me.

Then the real test:

He looks happy


Oh my word....I don't like to pump myself up but this one was a total winner.

So sometimes you just have to enjoy that slice of pie.

Today's tip: try making something totally from scratch. Even if you think you can't, you may be surprised at the results.



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Friday, December 9, 2011

The egg

Today I started my day with some green juice for me and Sweety. It was kale, spinach, apple, kiwi and celery. Yum. Then after some chores and running around I was hungry. The hubby loves to have eggs for breakfast. Me...not so much, but I thought, why not make an omelet. It has been a while since I have made one. I usually make him eggs over medium, toast and either potatoes or ham.

Today, a spinach, feta, and virginia ham omelet.
5 eggs, generous handful of fresh spinach, small handful of feta cheese, and 3 slices Virginia ham, black pepper.

It was sooooo good. By the way, I split this thing, I had 1/3 and Sweety had 2/3 of the omelet.
It was a nice change from my yummy daily oatmeal. (I will talk about this another day)

Eggs are a wonderful source of protein and don't get so concerned about the cholesterol, it's not that horrible. God made these perfect eggs for optimal nutrition, so enjoy them, just don't fry the heck out of them in tons of butter and oil.

Todays tip: rediscover the egg. It's not just for breakfast either! Try it for lunch or a light supper.



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Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Juice

Heathy, yummy, fresh ...juice that is. Not from the bottle, but fresh from the source. I bought a juicer last week and have been juicing every day since. We as Americans do not eat enough fruits and vegetables in our diet. We are supposed to eat a MINIMUM of 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day....a minimum. Some days I don't get that. Some days I look back and don't even get any fruits in. Wow. Shame on me. We wonder why we are feeling so stressed and tired.

So on to the juicer. A juicer will extract all the vitamins and minerals from the produce and leave behind the pulp so you will have pure juice. It does leave behind the fiber too, so don't neglect to actually eat some fruits and vegetables as well as juice.

Because it is pure juice without added junk the body digests it easily and thus gives you a nice burst of energy...naturally. It even tastes good. It may look gross at first with all the colors...but it tastes good and you can combine whatever you like. It is a great way to sneak in some great nutrition.

This is what I have been having:

Romaine lettuce

Sometimes I add an apple to sweeten it up.

The end result:

For the kids I make:


You have to sneak in the veggies. They just haven't been able to accept the dark green ones yet...we will get there. Lol

Todays tip: Give it a try...if you don't have a juicer...start with your blender. Mix it up and see how much better you will feel.



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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

I am back...hopefully

Hi all. I am trying this new app for my iPad that SHOULD make blogging easier for me...I say should reluctantly because I have been having so many problems with it. Anyway, what took me 2 days to try to accomplish took Micah 5 minutes and ... Here I am...for now. Here he is looking so happy to help me:

That is what I have been having trouble with...the pictures and that is what makes the blog fun and interesting.

So...let's see what the others are doing...

Relaxing after getting out of school early from a dusting of snow.

Well, I'm going to try to post this now, please bear with me.



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