Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Sometimes our worst enemy isn't the girl with the perfect body next door, or your spouse that pressures you into exercising, it's our own self. I know, it sounds a little cheesy but it really is true. We beat ourselves up more than anyone around us. It's not about the numbers on the scale, or the size of jeans we manage to squeeze into, it's all about how we feel. There is nothing more refreshing than feeling good and confident no matter how you look on the outside.
I came across a must read article that yes, might be a little on the cheesy side (i can't help but use that word again) but absolutely worth reading and thinking about.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
What makes a food "super"? If you believe what you see in the grocery story, superfoods are everywhere these days-goji berries, acai juice, wheatgrass, seaweed-many of them exotic ingredients pitched with promises of weightloss, smoother skin, an energy boost, or even a healthier heart. But despite the marketing, there's little to no proof that the food fad of the moment will improve your health. Most people will do best with a diet that derives nutrients from a variety of whole food sources.
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons honey (reduced sugar honey)
Salt and pepper, to taste
3 apples (see list), cored, peeled, and cut into 1-inch pieces
1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
3. Roast the Brussels sprouts for 20 minutes. Stir well.
4. Add the apples and nuts. Stir again. Continue roasting for 10 minutes or until the sprouts are tender.
1 bunch beets with greens
1/4 cup olive oil, divided
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chopped onion (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (175 degrees C). Wash the beets thoroughly, leaving the skins on, and remove the greens. Rinse greens, removing any large stems, and set aside. Place the beets in a small baking dish or roasting pan, and toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. If you wish to peel the beets, it is easier to do so once they have been roasted.
Cover, and bake for 45 to 60 minutes, or until a knife can slide easily through the largest beet.
When the roasted beets are almost done, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and onion, and cook for a minute. Tear the beet greens into 2 to 3 inch pieces, and add them to the skillet. Cook and stir until greens are wilted and tender. Season with salt and pepper. Serve the greens as is, and the roasted beets sliced with either red-wine vinegar, or butter and salt and pepper.
Friday, May 7, 2010
Being Type 1 Diabetic, I'm always trying to think of ways to fix my sugar cravings when I get them. I figured this isn't just something diabetics have to work at, I'm sure every woman deals with his daily as well.
For me, it's taken about 2 years to think of something that is not only extremely healthy, but fix's my sugar cravings perfectly! Not to mention it's outrageously easy. I'm not a fan of those intense recipes that call for everything you don't buy on a regular basis because of the price. After drinking this smoothie nightly, I literally have not had any sugar cravings. I can't tell you how thrilled I am about it.
So, I've put together a quick smoothie, that suprised me with the benefits. And, fortunately my blood sugars are always regulated after. I'm sure it's because of the fiber from all the fruits and flaxseed. Flaxseed is loaded with Omega 3's, antioxidents, and fiber-it's very very healthy for you. So you'll find me and Brad sipping down a good smoothie at nights before bed.
The best time I would recommend drinking this smoothie is right after a good workout!
4 Strawberries (don't cut off the stems, extra fiber and nutrients-you never taste them)
1 cup of mix berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)
1 1/2 cup of Spinach
4 tablespoons of Flaxseed Meal (always make sure to buy the grinded)
1/4 cup of either 1% milk or water
1 spoonful of Splenda (optional)
(Flaxseed at Winco is ridiculously cheap, and we usually buy a small bag of frozen mixed berries at Smith's-it's the closest grocery store to us. The mixed berries are usually expensive, so if you can find them cheap that's fantastic.)