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Test Kitchen: Powder Power I

So I’ve been thinking about buying protein powder again for breakfast shakes.  I’ve tried some in the past that tasted freakin’ fantastic.  Almost like drinking a milkshake.  While others were just hell-no-I’m-never-trying-that-again.  My search for the next best thing led me to the wonderful world of Amazon.  After venturing into the world of Prime for less than a minute, filtering through endless list of options, I couldn’t find the strength to pick my bottom lip up from off the floor.  Maybe I’ve been out of the protein powder loop for a while, but is it me or have these manufacturers lost their minds?  They want 60 bucks for a jar of powder?

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I quickly opened up another tab and began to search for DIY protein powders and after reading through several recipes, I wanted to kick myself.  Why didn’t I think to do this before?  These recipes include all natural ingredients that are simple and inexpensive.  I’m pretty resourceful.  I have plenty of protein options in my kitchen already: hemp seeds, garbanzo beans, lentils, almonds, walnuts….and the list goes on.  Now I know my makeshift powder won’t taste anything like the fingerlickin’ goodness I’ve tried in the past…

Or will it?

Testing

1/3 cup hemp seeds

1/3 cup oats

1/8 cup lentils

Want to know how it turned out?  Stay tuned to find out…

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Peanut Chicken Stir-Fry Makeover

Making healthier choices.

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There are some things that are just simply hard to resist like rich, creamy, crunchy, nutty Peanut Chicken Stir-Fry and a few other fatty goodies, but I like to believe that it’s possible to have it all without breaking the calorie bank.  Here’s my solution.  Add more of the good stuff.  The good stuff, you say?  Yep.  There’s no such thing as overdosing on veggies and I like to throw those bad boys in everything, even in my morning smoothie.

Below, I’ve taken a very rich dish and dialed the calories down a bit by substituting rice for vegetables such a bed of spaghetti squash and broccoli florets, which have way fewer calories, but are just as filling and satisfying.  If stir-fry isn’t on your menu this week, that’s cool.  You can transform any dish using the same concept including your favorite microwave dinners or homemade pastas.

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Anything Goes in a Bowl Power Lunch

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Alright, I’m not going to bore you with an extensive list of ingredients and tedious steps on how to make a healthy lunch.  If you’re like me, you don’t have the patience to read through chapters and chapters of steps.  ‘Work smarter, not harder’ is what I believe in and Folks, this recipe is the result of that philosophy.   The following ingredients are just guidelines simply because they were leftovers.  You can alter this recipe as much as you want, just remember to keep it simple and healthy.

 

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If you don’t have leftover quinoa, black beans, mushrooms, grape tomatoes, mushrooms, and kale, NO PROBLEM.  Use whatever whole grains and fresh veggies you have in the fridge.  I often find myself wondering what in the heck to do with veggies that are close to going bad or I’m just not in the mood to eat alone.  The solution?  Throw everything together  in a bowl.

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Chop your veggies into small pieces or keep them chunky if you prefer.

Afterwards, put ingredients in microwavable bowl and heat for 2-3 minutes until mixture is warmed through.  Not a fan of warm salads?  Feel free to skip the heat.

Finally, add a serving or less of your favorite dressing. (Read food labels and pay attention to serving size.  Some dressings are well over 120 calories per serving.)

DIG IN!

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Substitute Ideas:

Whole Grains: Quinoa, Wheatberry, Barley, Brown Rice, Farro, 100% Whole Grain Pasta (Make sure packages are labeled 100% whole grain or 100% whole wheat)

Veggies/Fruit: Carrots, Onions, Spinach, cucumbers, cubed sweet potatoes, apples, pears, blueberries, melons

Protein:  Chicken, Beef, Salmon, Chickpeas, lentils, tofu

Dressing: Whatever rocks your world (Just make sure it’s low in calorie or use less if it’s not.  Better yet, shake things up a bit and make your own healthy concoction.)

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Did You Think I Gave Up?

 

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Just six months ago, my inner fitness goddess was a badass, tattoo embellished, hair in the wind chick on a Harley with oodles of goals and plenty of places to go.  That girl was smoking hot and unstoppable.  So she thought.  Everything changed when her Harley ran out of gas and she’d maxed out the mojo funds going too fast, too soon.  Now, she’s slowly trucking along in her 1971 baby blue Ford Pinto, still moving forward, but riding down a completely different path this time.  And that’s okay.  It’s all part of the journey.

I’ve been away from the blog and YouTube community for a few months now, but I’m still hanging around.  I have no plans of giving up on my fitness and weight loss goals anytime soon.  I just a hit a few bumps in the road and it took a little while to get back up.  And that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  Sometimes you need to fall flat on your ass before you realize exactly what you’ve been doing wrong or need to improve on.  Some sabotagers are obvious like eating an extra bowl of pasta after dinner or eating out three or four times throughout the week instead of bringing your own lunch to work, but there are those other buggers that don’t show up so easily under the flood lights or even a microscope.  I call my invisible buggers denial and anxiety.

Sometimes there are events in your life that shake you to the core, that wake up old demons and memories that you thought you’d conquered and killed off years ago.  What I’m beginning to understand is that if you don’t face them, truly confront them as oppose to going around them, they’ll follow you through every aspect of your life.  Many of us struggle with them a lot throughout our weight loss journeys and if they don’t show up in the form of self-deprecation, screaming fits, depression, or something else, it’s sure enough going to show up on the scale.

With that said, enough with the sad stuff.  It’s a new year, new day, new second.  We’ve got to make the best of it, right?  I decided that I could care less about new year’s resolutions this time around.  I’ve planned, plotted, diagrammed, and app-ed (Is that even a word?) my way through the first part of my journey and in the end it drove me crazy.  I’m opting to JUST DO IT this year and to get back on that Harley once again, but this time I’m letting my body tell me what it needs.  If it’s telling me that it’s tired at 9:30 p.m., then I’m taking my booty to bed instead of forcing it to stay up until midnight simply because I’ve convinced myself that adults don’t go to bed before 11 o’clock.  On second thought, maybe that is exactly what “responsible” adults do.  If my body’s craving a little sweetness, I’ll give it to her, but in a smaller bowl or maybe even just a spoonful.  Sounds like a good idea, but we’ll have to see how that goes.  More importantly, when I feel the stress coming on, I have to figure out a healthier way to deal with it instead of bottling it up and using food to cope.  Honestly, for me, that’s what I want to focus on more than anything this year.  Creating a healthier me from the inside out.  I know how to lose weight, workout, and make banging green juice, I just have to learn how not to let the emotional stuff make me feel like I don’t deserve to have or keep that kind of success.

So there, Folks, you have it.  My introduction back into the blogging community.  As always, I wish you all the best with your weight loss and fitness goals.

 

Healthy Journey!

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Gluten-Freak

I have to confess that I haven’t been focusing so much on losing weight these past few months.  In May, I was totally stoked and energetic about cutting calories (well, not really) and getting fit with Shaun T, but then I realized that I’ve got bigger problems.  My food is attacking me.  At first I thought that if I made a few adjustments, ate less dairy, less cookies, less this and that, I would start to feel better.  That didn’t work as well I would have liked.  Folks, when you’re waking up every morning with stomach pains and there’s no pill that can make it all better, there’s really only a few ways to rectify the situation.  One, start from scratch!

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I did a cleanse last year from the CrazySexyDiet book by Kris Carr and had amazing results, but I had the discipline then.  I wasn’t living with my soul and foodmate at the time so I wasn’t easily influenced by temptation (love you, Baldy).  In other words, I was a badass-juicing-raw-vegan-gluten-and-dairy-free-running-strength-training-detoxing machine.  Mentally and physically, I was in the zone.  My energy levels were super high, I felt sexy, and unstoppable.  Then my 21 days were up and I had a hard time keeping up the new lifestyle.  I wasn’t ready to go completely vegan let alone raw vegan.  Day by day, I began to slip back into my old habits.  I gained all of the weight I lost and then some.  Not because the detox sucked, but my inner rebel resurfaced and I wanted what I wanted, when I wanted it.  Helloooooo, cupcakes!

The good thing about the cleansing program is that I kept some of those healthy habits and found that I really enjoyed juicing.  I continue to juice several times a month and oddly enough, my body never looked at dairy the same.  I still eat a little bit here and there, but it’s not the star of my food dreams anymore and thank goodness for that.

The point of this post is that I need to detox again.  It’s possible that gluten is trying to kill me and I think the stomach pains and feeling crappy is my body’s way of saying it needs a break and soon.  It’s going to be a challenge, but one worth trying.  Decisions, decisions.  Am I ready to do this again?

Sweat.Eat.Transform.

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