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Pylometrics and Pita Chips

1 Apr

After tossing and turning most of the night, I was finally able to get a few hours of deep sleep in the early morning hours.

Woke up famished.

Breakfast: coffee x 2 (half and half, cinnamon), 2 eggs, 2 slices Mack’s Flax, 6pz fresh OJ. Ended up only eating 2/3. Eyes bigger than my stomach apparently. Usually it’s the opposite.

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A few clients and group classes later…I was dying for some lunch:

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Taco salad part 2, this time without yogurt or chips and with 1/4 avocado. And lots of hot sauce.

And another cup of coffee to get me ready for my own workout. For simplicity’s sake I’m following the p90x “Classic” order.

Workout: Plyometrics. Let’s just call it jump squats and jump squat variations…for an hour. I can honestly say this is my favorite of all the p90x workouts. Plyo is just my thing. I threw in a couple burpees at the end because I love those too. (please don’t smack me)

I drank coconut water during the workout. Staying hydrated helps keep energy up and alleviates muscle cramps/Charlie horses that may show up later.

Post-workout snack: cucumbers, red pepper hummus, nutritional yeast, and a handful of homemade pita chips.

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Speaking of, you should totally make these right now.

Whole Wheat Pita Chips

  • Whole Wheat pita bread – look for one with simple ingredients.
  • 1 tbs avocado or olive oil
  • Sea salt

Cut into strips or triangles. Toss lightly in oil. Spread into cookie sheets in an even later. Bake at 325 for about 8-12 minutes. Let cool. Try to stop at 1 small handful.

Dinner: Grilled chicken breast, steamed broccoli + carrots, 1 wholegrain Wasa cracker with 1/4 avocado and about a tsp of cream cheese.

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I find that I need a protein-heavy dinner to avoid the late night snacking. I’m also eating dinner later these days, around 7:30, which helps. I’m in bed my 9:30 most nights, so I don’t have time to get hungry enough to raid the kitchen between dinner and lights out.

Happy Tuesday!

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Simple Superfood Steak Tacos & Low Cal “Broccamole”

7 Mar

I love tacos.

You already knew that, if you’re ever spent so much as 5 minutes with me or reading my blog.

So, Costco has a new thing in their obnoxiously cold produce section:  superfood salad mix. With kale, chicory, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, and chicory. Included is a packet of poppyseed dressing, dried cranberries, and pumpkin seeds. I ignore the dressing and berries. Because I’m a snob and don’t do “kits.” There, I said it. HOWEVER, this particular blend of hearty greens makes for a fantastic (and crazy healthy) taco toppin’. And who doesn’t love roasted pumpkin seeds? Who?!

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Superfood Steak Tacos

For the tacos, I used:

  • 1 NY cut steak, seasoned liberally with garlic salt and black pepper, and grilled to med-rare. It’s local, it’s fresh, why not?
  • 2 heaping cups of aforementioned greens
  • Sprinkling of included pumpkin seeds.
  • 1 Tomato, diced
  • Trader Jose’s (yeah, they went there) Truly Handmade Small Tortillas
  • Low Cal Broccamole (recipe below.)
  • Spread broccamole on a warmed tortilla, add a few strips of steak, handful of greens, tomato, and pumpkin seeds. Fold, eat. They’re healthy – you can eat more!

Broccamole

recipe adapted from Pinterest

  • 3 cups raw broccoli, chopped
  • 1/2 small avocado, sliced
  • 1 seeded jalepeno, chopped
  • 2 Tbs finely diced shallot
  • 1 very small garlic clove (optional)
  • Sprinkle of fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Put broccoli, avocado, jalapeno, and garlic into food processor and blend until creamy smooth. Scoop into bowl and stir in shallot, cilantro, chili powder, salt and pepper. Squeeze of lime isn’t necessary, but is really, really good.

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Now go. Eat your tacos. Slather that tortilla. Dunk those (few!) corn chips. You’ve earned it. Probably.

‘Night! 🙂

Clean for a Day

9 Nov

So . . . clean eating. What the heck does that even mean?

Think whole foods. No brightly colored packages, no preservatives, no artificial sweeteners, etc. Read labels. Ingredient lists should be recognizable. For meat, avoid the pre-ground pre-packaged stuff!  A butcher will grind any cut for you and, believe me, a whole bird is SO MUCH CHEAPER than pieces. For more in-depth information, Tiffany over at the Gracious Pantry does a beautiful job explaining what it means to “eat clean.”

I’m good at providing examples. I’m my own lab rat.

My Eats Today (for real):

First thing: french press, little splash of half & half (WHAT), teeny tiny grind of that cinnamon sugar grinder in the background.

Pre-Workout:

Smoothie. Exactly as yesterday. Exactly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post-Workout: 1 (toasted) slice Dave’s Good Seed, 1 Tbs Almond Butter, Honeycrisp apple.

Lunch: Trader Joe’s Greek Salad (half dressing).

Dinner: Ribs (bbq’d with Bone-Suckin’ Sauce), garlicky chard and sweet potatoes, small slice of Great Harvest Garlic Cheddar loaf.

Real food. Simply simple food. Ta-da.

Before bed: hot peppermint tea to aid digestion.

TMI? Maybe.

True? Totally.

His & Her’s Burgers and Brews

20 Jul

After a hectic morning and an afternoon of yard and house work, the husband and I were definitely feeling burgers. We are very different people though, so when I said, “I bought these Mahi-Mahi …,” he looked like he wanted to cry. Being the amazing woman I am, I also bought some fresh butcher-ground sirloin just for him. And the kids, probably.

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Mixed the ground sirloin with a little seasoning salt, pepper, and minced garlic. “Oooh, fancy,” said the man.

Oven French fries, homemade tartar sauce

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Soak fries in salt water for about 15-20 minutes and dry completely before lightly tossing in olive oil. Season and bake at 425 for 40-45 minutes.

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Sauce: throw a couple blobs of mayo, 2-4 pickle slices, and a dash each of salt, pepper, and Frank’s Red Hot into the food processor. The longer it sits, the better it gets. I made extra for tuna Mahi-Mahi salad sandwiches tomorrow.

The Burgers

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His: sirloin, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, ketchup, mustard

Her’s: Mahi-Mahi, avocado, sprouts, lettuce, tomato, onion, tartar

(Her’s is better. No question.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both: on whole wheat buns

And finally, the drink that made my birthday weekend . . . .

Mini Full Moons

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  • 1oz peach schnapps
  • 1 blue moon beer
  • 2oz lemonade

Serves 2. Usually.

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A classy drink, to sip while I catch up on dvr’d Real Housewives episodes. Don’t judge. You know you secretly love it.

‘Night!