Change is good!

August 6, 2010

Hey y’all!

So first of all, I have to say that I’m super excited because I’ve decided to move the blog to a .com, instead of WordPress.com.  I’ve actually had all of the domain names for a while, but wanted to see if people were actually interested in what I had to say before I switched.  So it’s been about a year, the blog is going strong, and I’m still enjoying myself writing it! 😉  I will post and let you know when it happens…(of course!) 😀

So after I post this, that is what I am going to be working on.  While watching Man vs. Food, and smelling these fresh out of the oven that I am waiting to cool:

These are April’s Protein Brownies!  You can find the recipe here.  Can’t wait to try them…they are currently cooling.

This morning I decided I didn’t want eggs (gasp!) so I had two slices of Low Sodium Ezekial Bread (it should be called “no sodium” since there isn’t any in it) with some cinnamon peanut butter and apricot preserves.  Well, that sounded like a good idea at the time, but that didn’t really go together.  At all. Um, what was I thinking?? LOL

Yesterday for lunch, I had some more Mexican Shredded Chicken on an organic spelt tortilla:

Another lunch the last couple of days also on the same spelt tortilla but included shredded pork and chipotle BBQ sauce:

The BBQ sauce is Williamson Bros.  They have restaurants here in the Atlanta area…and there isn’t any HFCS in it, just regular sugar.  So given the choice, I’d rather avoid a sauce with HFCS.  The “experts” are linking it to cancer now.  Have you heard?  You can find the article here.

There was also some of this BBQ sauce on some homemade BBQ chicken nachos:

Made with agave nectar! 🙂

Nachos

The BBQ chicken nachos had low sodium organic blue tortilla chips, shredded chicken breast, Mexican cheese, tomatoes, and Wholly Guacamole.  It was fantastic! I didn’t even miss the salt in the chips. 🙂

Yesterday, I also made some homemade pesto dip.  I had some basil that was on the way out, some pine nuts that I soaked overnight, and Asiago cheese.  Oh my!  It turned out soooo great.  I could sit and eat it by the spoonful!

Pesto Dip

I liked it so much, I put it on one of Amy’s Vegetarian Burgers for lunch today:

and it didn’t exactly look like the picture, LOL.

I didn’t go to the gym today, I normally don’t on Friday.  I will be there bright and early for BodyAttack and BodyPump (8:15am!)

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Back to Blogging!

June 2, 2010

Hello all.

This year has been an extremely hard year for me.  As some of you may know, my parents were both very sick, my Father with lung cancer and my Mother with a rare form of leukemia.  My Dad passed away at the end of March and my Mom at the end of April, and they both passed away within a year of learning that they were sick.   I was traveling a lot, between the end of January and the end of April. There was a lot of back and forth between Atlanta and Rochester, trying to take care of my own family as well as my parents.  So I thank everyone for their well wishes during those difficult times.

Mom and Sophia

and of course,

Dad with Aidan and Sean

I’m ok, but I miss them terribly.

So onto the plans I have for the blog.  Out with the old foods, and in with the new!  I’ve gotten myself a Vitamix, which is just fantastic, and have many plans for it in the future.  Unfortunately, I decided to blog on “leftovers day”, so my foods were all different and whatever I felt like eating today.  So here it goes, I hope you enjoy my first blog in 3 months! 🙂

Breakfast was eggs.  And no, I don’t have a picture of the eggs that I cooked.  I have a picture of the fresh farmers eggs that I’ve been getting down the street, instead!  Did I mention that they are fresh?  He only charges $2/dozen.  I typically buy 2 dozen at a time, and will go through them in less then a week:

FRESH eggs!!!

Who knows how long the eggs at the grocery store have been around? I’ve been told that they’re at least a month old before they get into our hands. UGH.

My review of farm fresh eggs:  The yolks are brighter, the whites are runnier (when raw), and they have a milder taste than the eggs from the store without the after taste.  If you have a chance to buy some, I highly recommend them!

I recently made some homemade salsa:

Salsa

Tomatoes, onions, jalapeno, lime juice.  Easy, simple and absolutely clean. I took the salsa and decided that tonight would be a good night to mix it in with a guacamole, to make the guacamole salad that they sell in Mexican restaurants here in GA:

It turned out really, really good!

Today I also made homemade black beans.  The beans are actually from my garden last year.  I made a sofrito (green pepper, onion, garlic and spices) mixed it in with the beans, boiled them down, and it was awesome.  I guess I was into eating Mexican today!  And beans are a good source of protein and fiber, also.

step 1.

and then the finished Sofrito:

Sofrito

and my dinner:

Leftovers.

Those are the beans, down in the front part of the picture. To the left is guacamole salad, roasted broccoli, steak and salad with mushrooms.  All of it was so good!  The beans had a ton of flavor. I made a pound of beans, so they’re kind of coming out of my ears. 😀

I was still hungry after dinner so I had a snack I hadn’t had in a really long time…

apple. natural peanut butter.

Isn’t it on such a pretty plate? I really have to get back into the swing of things, lol!  Sorry!

One thing that I want to mention is that I have been trying to drink 60-80 ounces of water every day. I tend to retain water, and I find that this is helping.  Plus it’s good for you. I also went to the gym and did the Les Mills BodyAttack class.

Hope you all enjoyed the blog…I will try to post as much as I can! You can also follow on Facebook.

Ciao for now,

Jessica


hmmmm. Maybe it’s spring fever!

March 9, 2010

I guess I’m going to start this entry by saying that I think I’ve been in a funk.  Not sure why… I just feel like I’m going through my daily routines but there’s not much, I don’t know, excitement? Maybe excitement isn’t the right word.  I just feel kind of blah all of the time.  There are periods of un-blah-ness, like when I’m at the gym taking class, or running.  So I’m not completely blah! Maybe it’s just spring fever?  That’s probably it. 😉

It helped today that the temperature in the Atlanta area hit 71 degrees.  It was fantastic, the sun was out, I took Biscuit for a walk, sat out on the deck…and prepared myself for the next five days of rain...:(

Biscuit training.

Breakfast this morning consisted of my usual standby on Tuesday BodyAttack class days…protein oatmeal.  Bob Marley oats this morning, with lots to sustain me through an entire class. 😀  Oatmeal, vanilla protein powder, pineapple, coconut, raw cashews.  It was so good.  I hadn’t had it in a while!  I opted to not put any natural sugars in it this morning, and I’ll tell you why in a bit… (and the recipe for the original is under the recipe tab)…

Yesterday I was thinking about going for another run but I had some inflammation issues where the bursitis is in my left hip from the run the day before, so I decided that it would be better if I didn’t run again today.  Wow, I just made myself feel old. (The bursitis was caused by a hip stress fracture I had months ago.)  Plus, sometimes what happens is that if I exercise the day before my classes, I can’t give 100% during class.  I hate when I can’t give 100% in my workout, because what’s the point then?

I really, really wish I had my heart rate monitor back.  I use it as a sort of guide, I can tell how hard I need to push myself if I glance at my heart rate every once in a while  (wanting to throw up means I’m doing fine, LOL).  Anyone out there who’s a “cardio junky” like myself knows what I’m talking about, for sure :D)

So instead I went grocery shopping at Walmart.   After I got home from Walmart I was hungry so I ate another Luna bar (and I must say, I think I’m going to stop eating them….that started a whole sugar craving that lasted the rest of the day).  Then I decided that I needed tuna fish:

That is tuna fish, in a little bit of Wegmans Santa Fe Marinade, with a slice of mozzarella cheese on homemade french bread.  It was really good!  Thing was, about an hour later, I was hungry again, and wanted more spice:

That mess on a plate is cottage cheese with the salsa that Jeremy got for me some time ago:

Yummy, and all completely clean.  I had cut up a bunch of peppers which seem to be my go-to vegetable for this week.

Please don’t be surprised if you see them in everything I cook this week, LOL!

Since I wasn’t headed to the gym tonight I made dinner…two dinners, because I didn’t want to eat what everyone else was having, a common occurrence.  Sophia was in the kitchen with me and since I always have my camera handy to take pictures of food I told her to take some pictures.  It occupied her for a couple of minutes, so maybe we have a future photographer in the house? LMAO!

Future photographer? Or maybe not 😉

She did manage to catch me cooking:

No, I’m not stepping on Biscuit.  Biscuit loves to sit there when I cook. 🙂

And Sophia even took a picture of what I was cooking:

That was Macaroni Grill boxed chicken alfredo or something similar (not sure what the exact name is).  That wasn’t my dinner (oh, and it goes over pasta).

This was my dinner:


Grilled chicken, broiled cauliflower with garlic salt and real parmesan cheese, and homemade bread with a little butter toasted.  It was fantastic. Bread x2.

So I have a confession, which is about sugar…it started with the Luna bar and morphed into a brownie and several Oreo-like cookies…all unclean and full of yuck 😦  and I’m wondering if the sugar isn’t causing my ho-hum mood, or vice versa (my ho-hum mood causing the cravings) at any rate, tomorrow will have no sugar! No Luna bars, for sure.  One thing I do know is I’m looking forward to working out tomorrow.  I hate “off-days”.

My fave class above pic 😀 😀

Hope you all have a fantastic Tuesday!  I can’t wait!

Jessica xoxo


…and I ate a whole head of kale!…

January 20, 2010

I’ll get to that in a bit…

Let’s start our discussion with yesterday’s BodyAttack launch.  I am so psyched. It ROCKED!  Cardio junkies like myself were very happy by the end of this class.  Complete cardio, great leg workout, triceps, chest…and more cardio.  I haven’t been to the last 2 launches because of the previous stress fracture in my hip, but I really liked this mix.  I did get one picture of our fantastic instructors:

I am a walking advertisement for my gym, but my gym is awesome.  If you’re in the Atlanta area, contact me for information and we’ll get you in to work out with me!

This morning there was some more protein powder oatmeal:

Sun Warrior Chocolate Protein Powder, chucky peanut butter, strawberries. YUM!

Yesterday I had a little bit of this, a little bit of that, and a whole LOT of that 🙂

After the awesome workout, I had a protein shake (no pic)…Sun Warrior protein, maca, banana, and unsweetened cocoa.  When I returned home, I was starving again, so I had the rest of the sushi that I bought at Whole Foods the day before.  Brown rice, salmon and cream cheese roll:

I sprinkled some Braggs Aminos on it for that necessary added flavor 😉

Then there was some of this:

Some of this...

and…some of that:

Some of that...

(Just the Mary’s Crack).

Then my grab n’ go snack:

Homemade Trail Mix

That brings us to dinner.  I had a plan…another night of 101 ways to cook shredded chicken, purple sweet potato, and steamed Archer Farms mixed veggies in a microwave bag:

That’s cinnamon all over the sweet potato, and it had a drizzle of honey also.  My shredded Mexican chicken sandwich had diced green chili’s, was on an Ezekial english muffin, and was spiced up with this:

Clean hot sauce 🙂

Veggies!

Only veggies. Nothing else. Clean!

The purple sweet potato..I gave them a try before, but I couldn’t even eat it.  So unsweet, even with the honey and cinnamon 😦  It looked so pretty, but tasted awful!  In the meantime, I decided to make kale chips.  Using my Misto olive oil sprayer:

Flavor without over doing it!

I tore up a head of kale, sprayed it with olive oil, seasoned with sea salt, and threw it in the oven for 45 minutes.  Fortunately, it was done while I was trying to eat that purple sweet potato.  I hate to throw away food, but I needed a replacement, and the kale chips were it.  The following is a before the oven picture:

Before.

And another:

Good thing the oven is clean 😉

And finally the after picture of kale in a “chip like state”:

Crunch, crunch, crunch….so there was a replacement of the sweet potato of plate number 1:

Then plate number 2:

Then forget the plate, I ate the rest standing over the pan!

I can’t stress enough how good kale is for you.  It has beneficial nutrients and is low in calories.  Even eating the whole head like I did will only put you back around 400 calories (give or take). If you are interested the following web site has some very important information about kale and its important attributes:  http://whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=38.

Today I leave you with a picture of Sean with the puppy.  We had a very tired puppy because I took her for a walk (umm, she kind of walked me, we need to work on that 🙂 ) and she played with another puppy for a while.  She’s as exhausted as I am!  Have a great hump day!

Jessica xoxo


When your body screams, tell it to SHUT UP! :) :)

January 19, 2010

In case you’re wondering, I am expressing my excitement for the LesMills BodyAttack launch at my gym this morning. Launch (not lunch, LOL) is where our wonderful, fantastic, motivating  instructors introduce the new material. We get new material about every 3 months. Classes are packed (think around 60 people) and full of motivation and momentum. I’ve been asked how I rock my workouts out the way I do and it’s because of my gym and the instructors there. I’m not afraid to give credit where credit is due!

Love this saying from LES MILLS!!!

Yesterday I had a request for my homemade bread recipe for the bread machine. I don’t make up my own recipes often, this one is from the recipe book that came with my machine, titled Sunbeam Hot and Fresh Bread Maker.  FYI, my bread machine is really old…around 10 years or more.  Just so you know.

Multigrain Bread

  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon margarine or butter, softened
  • 1 cup Gold Medal Better for Bread flour
  • 3/4 cup Gold Medal whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup 7 grain cereal (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

2 1/4 teaspoons regular active dry yeast or

2 teaspoons bread machine yeast or quick acting active dry yeast

Directions

  1. Remove bread pan, attach needing blade
  2. Place all ingredients in bread pan in order listed
  3. Insert bread pan, close lid and plug in
  4. Select bread type—whole wheat
  5. Select crust color—medium
  6. Can be baked in rapid or regular cycle
  7. Press start

My husband proofed the yeast first, which I think was my problem (either because I didn’t do that or I had a bad batch of yeast) which means he took a little bit of sugar, a couple of tablespoons of warm water, and put the required amount of yeast in. He stirred it around and we waited about 15 minutes, then added that for the yeast in the directions. Good luck! It should look something like this when all is said and done:

I know I’m going to need a lot of energy this morning, because I am doing the BodyAttack class and then weight lifting after, so I am sticking with my protein oatmeal this morning. Bob Marley Protein Oatmeal 🙂

Oatmeal, vanilla protein powder, coconut, pineapple, cashews, maple syrup.

There was some coffee in an appropriate coffee mug from a friend:

Since the kids were off for MLK day here in Georgia, I decided that we needed to take a trip to Whole Foods and get some things, and while we were there we could grab some *healthy* lunch from the hot bar and eat it at the store. It worked out fantastically…the kids were good in the store because they wanted lunch, I got my items without a fuss, and we all had a nice lunch.

We have a nice Whole Foods. The kids love the mac and cheese!

This was my plate.  Thai noodles, yellow squash casserole, and red beans.  It was all wonderful.

I also had 2 pieces of sushi which was also fantastic.

My Kombucha tea, honestly, wasn’t that good.  I like the original flavor, and the peach flavor, but the green flavor just didn’t do it for me.  It’s super good for you, with seaweed and spirulina in it, so I intend on drinking it anyway, but…ick.  Sometimes health over taste, but not often, since there are so many great tasting and healthy options out there. 😉

I came home and before class (I went to Cardio Core where I burned 395 calories in about 45 minutes) I had a Cliff Nectar Bar (which I love):

I bought some new bars at Whole Foods so be on the lookout for a review soon! 🙂

Then after class I decided I wanted salmon.  I made a huge salad with salmon and Goddess Dressing:

This is my kind of dinner! 🙂

So, lettuce mix, tons of mushrooms, carrots, onions, yellow pepper, Goddess Dressing, reduced fat feta and salmon.  Wonderful!  There was so much I didn’t think I would be able to eat all of it, but alas:

I can eat!

Hahaha.  It was mostly veggies, anyway.  So good! You may see another one of these soon!

I was snacky-snacky again at 10pm (my personal witching hour) so I had some homemade bread (the one pictured above) with some of that Cinnamon Vanilla Pecan “butter” I made last week.

Just a side note, I am slowly starting to add back into my diet foods on my sensitivities list.  Green beans, cinnamon, and a few others to see how my body reacts.  I will let you know how it goes!

Have a great Tuesday morning! I know I will!

Jessica xoxo