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!)


And It’s Finally 2010! Happy New Year!

January 1, 2010

Happy New Year! I truly hope that your new year is happy, healthy, fit, and CLEAN! 🙂

We never do much for New Years Eve. Mostly because we don’t want to have to deal with crowds, get a babysitter, and drink and drive. So this year we vegged at home, my husband did his grilling magic on the Big Green Egg with steak, I made some sides and we watched hockey. (We’re northerners, after all! ;))

So, for breakfast this morning, I made healthy pancakes for the kids:

I only burned one.  And I ate that one. 🙂
There were yummy strawberry “syrup” pancakes for me 🙂
See the recipe section for the “syrup” recipe!

Yesterdays eats were good, but not so clean. Sometimes, I just get that urge…to have a cupcake that I had made for the kids (they were so pretty!!)

At least we ate dinner first 😉

The first snack of the day was on the way home from the gym (BodyStep class) and was a Cliff Nectar Bar. I am fairly convinced that I can make these at home, but I bought a bunch at Whole Foods the other day and it came in handy in the car:

Then I proposed that we go out for lunch (“We” meaning the entire family) and the kids love Mexican, so we ventured out in the drizzly rain to go to La Parilla, our local Mexican restaurant and PetSmart for cat food and “flat bones” for the pup-pup.

There was a strawberry margarita or 2:

Then for me, there were sauteed fish taco’s in garlic and butter, with corn tortillas, onions and avocado, rice, charro beans and salsa verde:

A couple of these before sans tomato salsa:

Sophia had a huge bowl of ice cream after her cheese quesadilla:

And that is the remnants of a brownie sunday that the boys dug into after nachos and quesadillas!

I had one small taste of the brownie, and decided I liked my raw brownie bites that I had made yesterday better!

So we came home and vegged out the rest of the day. Finally, some joyous peace.

Then came dinner…so good!

Yikes! Check out the purple sweet potato! I honestly wasn’t expecting it to be sooo, well, purple. It was bright!!!

I sprinkled some cinnamon on it. I found it more starchy and less sweet than a regular sweet potato, so I’m not sure I’m a fan. I have a couple more that I will try again soon…and then make my decision 😉 And of course, there was the steak and broiled carrots!

And 3 happy kids:

Smiley Sean-y

Aidan pretending to be serious, and

of course, Princess Sophia 🙂

What will 2010 bring? For me it is going to bring a personal training certification, a half marathon run, and (hopefully) a group fitness instructor/nutrition certification, and book deal! All on my bucket list for 2010. What’s on yours?? Plans, resolutions? I would love to hear!!!

Jessica xoxo


Tasty Tuesday :)

December 29, 2009

I really need to figure out some new things for breaky. Oatmeal and Ezekial Bread with peanut butter are getting old 😉 Time to switch things up! Today’s breakfast is a homemade egg muffin. Egg whites, goat cheese, Ezekial muffins. Yep, that’s switching it up, for sure!!! It was really good!

I had some severe stomach issues which I attributed to stress. At any rate, I went to Whole Foods yesterday and stocked up on some necessary items: Mary’s Crack, cashew butter, smoked salmon, smoked muscles, goat cheese, Annie’s Goddess Dressing, arugula (I’m going to make pesto!), carrots, butter lettuce, and 50 other things that equated to $100. 😉

I was finally able to find these “granola bars” at Whole Foods that I was looking for all over…they’re called Cliff Nectar Bars, and were $1.89 each.  They have everything I can eat…the flavor was Lemon, Vanilla, Cashew. It only had 5 ingredients:

1.  Organic Dates

2.  Organic Cashews

3.  Organic Goji Berries

4.  Organic Lemon Juice Concentrate

5.  Organic Vanilla

They were pretty good! They had nothing bad in them, and were only 160 calories. I ate one in the car on the way home…

And the nutrition on the back if you can see it…

I picked up some lunch, too. For lunch I had a Sesame Kale Salad:

In this was kale, carrots, red peppers, sesame seeds, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, sea salt, honey, brown rice vinegar, sherry, tamari and canola oil.  It was just as fresh tasting as it looked, and so good. I craved veggies again today. It is the strangest thing. I swear, that has never happened before. And certainly not 2 days in a row!!! I think I’ve come around some sort of bend with my diet. (Diet being the way I eat, not one that restricts calories. I want to make that clear).

There was also Mary’s Crack and the final end of the Sabra Hummus, and some water! (yes, I take my own advice, LOL!)

Before I hit the gym I made a modified version of one of Tosca Reno’s protein shakes. So it had water, vanilla protein powder, oatmeal, peanut butter, agave, cinnamon. It’s a modified version of Tosca’s because she uses milk and I didn’t want the milk today.

I went to the gym for my Monday night Cardio Core class. We did a ton of shoulder work today, so I expect to be sore in the morning. I burned 335 calories @ 25% fat in 44:07. Oh, and I need to perfect my “burpee”. Those are hard! If you don’t know what a burpee is, click on the link. We do the whole thing with the variation, as many times as we can. I have problems getting up off of the floor, let alone jumping! 😉 Try it at home for a good all-over body workout!!

So after the gym I came home and made some dinner. Yes, I am still eating leftovers! So nothing new here, just my sudden veggie addiction:

SO, in case you are just joining me in blogger land, this is broiled carrots and eggplant, a salad with raisins and natural dressing, and shredded mexican taco’s on blue organic corn taco shells with farmer cheese and green chili’s. YUMMY! I was starving, too, after doing fifty million burpees :).

Dessert was some chocolate coconut snowballs that migrated into little muffin cups because I just can’t seem to get them round:

Hope your Tuesday is as tasty as mine!


Yum-O-Rama

December 10, 2009

Yay! It’s go home day for my husband 🙂 Can’t wait to see him!! This am breakfast was uneventful, sorry! Cream of Wheat with blueberries, coffee. I missed my protein, I was in such a rush to get to the gym!

Step class was today and I burned 501 calories at 24% fat in 1:03. I’m totally good with that. I worked hard!!

Lunch was fantastic. I went for Mexican with my BFF Alisa. We both had the same thing:

So that is grilled fish tacos on corn tortillas with Mexican rice and a pico de gallo/tomatillo sauce. Fantastic AND healthy – not your typical cheese laden Mexican junk-o-rama. Unsweetened iced tea (even though I live in the south and sweet tea is what is common) completed the meal.

Last night I made Clean Fudge. And it does not involve a candy thermometer. I got the recipe from the November issue of Clean Eating Magazine. It is AWESOME. And soooo easy!!!! What you see in the picture is what you get for ingredients.

All you do is mix the ingredients together. I’m wondering if I can’t use agave nectar, and swirl some peanut butter through it next time. Whoa! I can’t wait to try it that way. Maybe add cranberries? oooooohhhhh!!!