Archive | August, 2012

2 Non-Peanutbuttered Breakfast Ideas

29 Aug

Dear Peanutbetter on GH Dakota,

What we had was special. You helped me push through grueling schedules, workouts, and, to be honest, morning coffee just doesn’t seem right without you. But sometimes a woman needs change, you know? This isn’t goodbye. It’s “see you later.” Okay?

Love,
Jess

I have attachment issues. Clearly.

Nature’s path Raisin Bran with fruit and coconut milk. It’s tasty. It’s different. It’s cool for warm mornings. Or cool mornings where you’re just wishing so hard to be somewhere tropical.

The breakfast sandwich. Synonymous with American convenience food.

  • 1 whole grain English Muffin
  • 1 whole egg, poached (or fried in just the teensiest bit of olive oil!)
  • 1 roasted red pepper slice (or tomato!)
  • 1/2 Tbs soft goat cheese (or pesto!)

There. See, I’m not an uber-boring repetitive comfort-zone seeker.

Now go, do other new things.

And have great day!

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Strawberry Chicken Wrap

28 Aug

Summer is coming to an end. There’s a marked chill in the night air and the leaves are already on the verge of changing. Or that’s what I choose to believe, so I can bust out my fall-scented candles (hello Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin!) and buy boots and scarves, and sweater dresses. Autumn is expensive, is what I’m trying to say.

Okay, back to food.

My garden strawberries are ignoring the changing of seasons and are still growing in abundance. What to do? One can only drink so many of them. Sometimes a girl has to climb out of the liquor cabinet and up to the table.

Strawberry Chicken Wrap

  • 1 tomato-basil or spinach wrap
  • 1/4 avocado, smashed
  • 1-2 handfuls baby spinach
  • 3-4 strawberries, thinly sliced
  • 3oz grilled skinless chicken breasts, chopped or shredded
  • 2-3 thin slices red onion
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrot
  • Drizzle (1-2 tsp max) Ken’s Honey Mustard (OR on the side for light dipping)

Roll it, cut it on the diagonal all fancy like, shove in your face all not fancy like.

*Author’s note: BBQ Kettle Chips are insane with these, but totally optional. I opted no, this being my fit food blog and all. I’m trying to set an example here, people. (I don’t always opt “no.” Moderation.)

Beer goes great with these, too. Oh wait. That’s true about everything. Moderation. Moderation.

Cheers!

Bon appetite!

Eat More Kale

27 Aug

Kale seems to be the “it” vegetable this summer. Everyone I know seems to be growing it, every stand at the farmer’s market seems to be overflowing with it, and every (ok, not every, but most) foodie blogs seem to be raving about it. As a bandwagon jumper, I’ve been eating my share of it. I like to fit in. Sue me.

Don’t think you’ll like it? I didn’t. But I kept trying it (cause I just want to fit in, remember?). This recipe takes all that tough kale-ness out of kale and instead transforms the somewhat bitter greens into tender, garlicky, goodness. It’s not my recipe and I won’t pretend it is. I just tweaked it. I couldn’t find pecorino cheese (huh?) and prefer walnuts, not almonds, in meatless pasta dishes. Original recipe can be found here.

Garlic Kale and Walnut Spaghetti

  • 6  ounces  whole wheat spaghetti
  • 2  tablespoons  extra virgin olive oil
  • 1  thinly sliced red onion
  • 2  cloves garlic, minced
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 bunch kale, stems removed, torn into pieces (about 8 cups)
  • 2  pints  halved grape tomatoes
  • 1/3  cup  chopped walnuts
  • 1/4  cup  grated Parmesan

Directions (from realsimple.com)

  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Reserve ¼ cup of the cooking water, drain the pasta, and return it to the pot.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ⅛ teaspoon pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the kale and cook, tossing frequently, until tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook, tossing frequently, until the tomatoes begin to soften, 1 to 2 minutes more.
  3. Add the kale mixture, almonds (or walnuts), pecorino (Parmesan), and reserved cooking water to the pasta and toss to combine.

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After a particularly grueling day, I decided to add 1 fried egg for a nutrient boost. Took this dish to the next level. Try it. I’m not weird. Right?!

I’m Back! And Weekend Things.

26 Aug

Okay, after my brief complete and total emotional breakdown temporary and not-concerning-at-all blog hiatus, I’ve returned. With a vengeance plan.

How I Now Roll:

DAILY healthy recipes from meals to snacks. At least one a day. Maybe more. Depends on the coffee situation.

WEEKLY Workout posts and/or videos. There’s a rumor I may come to own some pretty sweet Batman athletic shorts. If true, prepare to see them. A lot. *fingers crossed*

And finally, WEEKEND THINGS. Where I just post a bunch a pictures from the weekend that are most likely from my iPhone. It is not at all just a desperate attempt to give the appearance of a fun, exciting life. I like to share. Whether people like it or not.

And now, since it’s Sunday evening . . .

WEEKEND THINGS

Be Back Soon.

17 Aug

I’ll be back very soon. I’m just not happy with the site as-is right now. I’m reworking a few things and narrowing my focus. This blog will be back up and running very soon with videos, pics, and more to bring healthy food and fitness into your home each day. You won’t be disappointed! Hang in there. I’m on it . . .