Friday, June 19, 2009

Keep Watching!!

OK - so right now I am in Kansas visiting my brother, SIL, and 3 month old niece! Yay! Unfortunately, there are sooo many different food joints here so I haven't been doing very good watching what I'm eating for lunches, but we have been cooking dinners while we've been here. This means that as soon as I get back home, I will be posting a bunch of new, yummy, easy, and nutritious meals... wanna see what we've made so far....

Grilled Pork Chops with a Peach/Rhubarb Sauce
Sauteed Zucchini
Sweet Potato Fries

and Tonights Menu:

Steak - lean
"Stuffed Portabella Mushroom" Stir-fry
Grilled Corn on the Cob

mmm mmm mmm... I can't wait!

So check back next and I'll explain - especially the stirfry, OMG!!!

Hope your week is going as well as mine :o)

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Healthier Food Options...

So it's summer and the fruits and veggies are looking good! Now, if you actually know me, I mean, really know me... you'll understand that this statement is sort of strange coming out of me! Until only about a year and a half ago, my definition of veggies was lettuce, carrots, and cucumbers. Other than that I would eat corn - yes, that would be the vegetable with zero nutritional value!

Anyway, I'm still on Weight Watchers and I'm now eating veggies... lots of veggies - and liking them! Now, I just have to figure out how to cook them. I'm kind of spoiled in the fact that I can pretty much tell Chef hubby (AKA, Henry) what I want thrown together and he makes it taste soooo yummy! But, I've had to figure out how to incorporate more of them into my routine all on my own.

A big favorite is the Greek Omelette... Egg whites, 3 olives chopped, 1/2 tomato chopped, Spinach chopped, and only about a teaspoon of feta cheese... mmm mmm mmm. I have this at least 3 times a week. Do you think I might have a problem?

I also love the WW smoothies! You can get the mixes at the centers and you don't have to be a member. I know that you can get protein smoothie mixes at other stores, but I like these and they are only 1pt! My new favorite is the Wild Berry... with frozen strawberries, blueberries, and either milk, or a yogurt with some water to thin it a little. OMG - I've actually started to crave these!!

I also love the stuffed portabellas that I blogged about last week. And the topping can be made in "bulk" and thrown on top of a salad or some whole wheat pasta.

Finally, although it's not a fruit or veggie, it has become more new go to, travel snack... Kellogg's Jumbo Multi-grain Rice Krispies. These little babies are packed full of nutrition and an entire cup is only 1 pt. I can throw a baggy of these into my bag and it gives me something sweet to munch on without the guilt of the extra calories!

I also just want to share my new favorite website Hungry Girl. This website totally rocks, with it's help hints and up to date information for healthy eating. Just remember that even little steps make a big difference! I'm still going, trying to reach my goal! Good luck with whatever you are reaching for! It's a new week and now is the time to make the jump!

"Training is the Opposite of Hoping!" ~Nike

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Couch Potato Workout

So, some of my friends have been requesting a workout that they can do at home with the kids running around, without equipment, and with a small area of space. I've been thinking of this for a while, and then I saw that Jillian Michaels was starting with it, so I know it's not an original idea, but I still think it's worth sharing...

The Couch Potato Workout!!

Basically you will be doing a "circuit" of exercises during the commercials of your favorite tv shows. Now, if you don't watch tv... how the heck are you not in shape?!?! If I was motivated enough to get away from technology, I would be a freaking buff bunny!! lmao

So you can rotate the exercises in any order you want, just make sure that do one exercise throughout the entire commercial break. Do as many as you can, taking a break if necessary. You can keep track of the length of time and the number of repetitions you get done, if you'd like. Your choices are:

Push ups: If you are a beginner, feel free to do them on your knees, but otherwise, maintain a straight line through your head, shoulders, hips, knees (and if you are doing normal push-ups, your toes). Hands even with your shoulders and thumbs pointing towards your body.

Couch Dips: Sit on the edge of the coach cushion, place palms on the couch frame just outside your hips, being sure that your elbows are pointed back, not out to the sides. Now skoot your butt forward off the couch and drop it down towards the floor. You want to keep your feet out away from the couch so that when you press down your knees stay behind your toes. You can make this more difficult by moving your feet further away or even lifting one foot off the ground.

Lateral Raises: Use anything you have for weights (start with soup cans, work out to water bottles, then even milk jugs!) With your arms straight, sit or stand with back straight and head forward, lift your arms out to the side up until they are shoulder height (AKA... parallel to the floor).

Forward Raises: Same as Lateral Raises, only you are lifting your arms straight out in front of you.

Chest Press: Use anything for weights, including your child!! You are going to lay flat on the floor and with arms straight out, elbows bent, press whatever you are lifting up towards the ceiling.

Plie Squats: With toes pointing out to the sides and feet apart slightly wider than your shoulder width, squat down. Be sure to keep your shoulders back and head up. You can even use the kids or a backpack for added resistance. If you want to make it more difficult, you can do it with one heel up and alternate OR you can lift your heels each time you come up from the squat.

Lunges: Stand one foot forward and one foot back. Make sure that toes are pointed forward and press your body down (NOT FORWARD!!). Your back knee does not have to touch the floor, but be sure to keep the head, shoulders, hips, and back knee in line when pressing down. You can do each side 10 times and keep switching. Also, feel free to use your child or backpack again!!

Crunches: Basic abdominal crunch is when your back is flat on the floor, knees bent with feet flat on the floor, with hands behind head for support (do NOT pull head up with your hands). Now lift your shoulders towards the ceiling.

Reverse Crunch: Back flat on floor, hands down by your side, keeping knees bent at 90 degrees, lift feet off the floor. Remember that slow and controlled, don't just speed through it.

Heel Touches: Get into reverse crunch position, keep feet flat on floor, lift your shoulders off the floor and bend to the side trying to touch your heels with your finger tips.

Bridging: Get into reverse crunch position and lift hips off the floor, squeezing your butt and hamstrings (the back of your thigh) at the top. To add more of a challenge you can have your kids sit on your hips... lol! Also, you can bring your hips up, hold, then do a marching motion with your feet. If this gets too easy, you can even lift one leg and bridge single leg.

Well, I think that's a good start! Let me know what you think. One more thing... If you want to make any of this even more difficult, add a pulse! With the raises, presses, bridging, and crunches perform the motion 10-15 times, then bring it up, hold it and then a very little motion (pulse) pretty fast. Be sure to throw your arms or body around. This is all a controlled motion, just very small. You can do the same with the squats and lunges, but perform the pulse when you drop it down.

Hope that this helps you in your quest to get that beach body... lol! OK - or at least just get you off the couch! Good luck!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Miss me?

I know, I know... I've completely lost any people who ever read this but I wanted to say "I'm sorry". I didn't abandon the blog; I've just been trying to get back into my groove. It was frustrating trying to write something motivation while thinking about eating a hot fudge sundae, right?!

So I'm doing well. Proud to say that I've lost a few pounds and well on my way to my goal - FINALLY! I've actually been following weight watchers again and let trust me when I say, it's so much easier to stay within my points and not get bored, now that I actually eat veggies. I've been scouring cookbooks again and I've used a TON of post-it flags marking recipes that I "MUST TRY"! I'm so excited for the summer and the fresh flavors and smells that I can pick up at the local farmer's market.

Well, since it's the summer and grilling has started, I figured that I would share a very simple recipe that can be done indoors or out. It's something I've actually come to crave...

"Stuffed" Portabella Mushroom Caps

4 Portabella Mushroom Caps – stems removed
1/2 cup Balsamic vinaigrette with olive oil or Balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup fresh spinach
1/2 cup diced sundried tomatoes
1/2 cup diced roasted red peppers
1/4 cup black olives
1/2 cup artichoke hearts
1/4 cup feta cheese
Olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Marinate the cleaned portabella caps in the balsamic vinaigrette for at least 2hours. This can be done up to 24 hrs before preparing.

Place caps on a lightly greased baking pan tops down. Chop the tomatoes, peppers, olives, and artichokes. Layer spinach, tomato mixture, and feta cheese. Drizzle a little olive oil on top. Salt and pepper for seasoning.

Place in 350 degree oven for 25 mins.

** These can be placed in foil packets and prepared on the grill. 12 mins at 400 deg.

** Use the small Bella Caps instead and you have a super easy appetizer anyone would love!!

Hopefully, this will help get you motivated to eat healthier! I got me through our first cookout of the season. No one was wondering why I wasn't eating the burger while I was chowing down on one of these... lmao. Actually, it was the only thing that we didn't have left over!