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Clean Eating in November!

1 Nov

I was cruising Facebook last night and came upon this post my friend shared from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

He went 150 days eating clean. Um, say what?! I mean, I can eat clean for a week, but then I’ll cave and have some candy. This post inspired me. If he can go 150 days eating clean, how many could I actually do if I put all my effort into it? I decided to brand November, Clean Eating Month (for myself). Please feel free to join me; we can all support each other. There are many great resources out there. You can invest in some of these great cookbooks—

The Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook by Tosca Reno

The Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook 2 by Tosca Reno

Tosca Reno’s Eat Clean Cookbook by…Tosca Reno!

The Best of Clean Eating by Editors of Clean Eating Magazine

The Best of Clean Eating 2 by Editors of Clean Eating Magazine

You can also buy the latest edition of Clean Eating magazine (that I discussed earlier this week) and use the 14 day meal plan. Low on cash? Go to their website and get a winter 14 day meal plan for free!

Tone It Up also has some great recipes on their blog, AND the Tone It Up nutrition plan has many clean recipes and suggestions. I know it’s $150 up front, but it’s honestly worth the investment if you get some Christmas money. You receive a lifetime membership, and they are constantly sending updates and member e-mails.

Also on the agenda for this month, 21 days of meditation from Deepak Chopra. I saw an ad on the O network and decided to register. Click on the link and sign up! You will receive daily guided meditation, which is really essential for me since my mind wanders. Just think how peaceful and less stressful November will be if we all signed up for this great challenge.

What are your plans for November? Do you have any goals or tasks you would like to accomplish?

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Contest Winner and Meal Planning

31 Jul

And the first blog giveaway goes to……Gregg!!! Congrats! I will get that in the mail to you this week. 🙂

This morning I woke up extremely crabby for no apparent reason. Maybe it was after effects from my hunger last night. I was determined to stay a grump for the whole day but my planned was foiled by several things.

1) A walk/hike with Elisa, Benny and Edie resulted in laughs and got the endorphins going.

2) I discovered the most delicious Larabar flavor yet. It honestly tasted like a cookie. I couldn’t tell the difference.

So freaking good! Nom nom nom.

3) This wonderful tool that helps me get dandelions, those spiky things, and pretty much any type of weed out of the yard. I used it after grocery shopping and I seriously went around the whole yard looking for weeds because it was so fun. Yes, I lead an exciting life.

Got this puppy at a garage sale for about $.50

4) When I got home, the Hub defrosted the whole freezer from the problem we had earlier this week. It looked absolutely gorgeous in there. It was even organized. Saturday he mowed the lawn, cleaned the garage and swept it, and unloaded the dishwasher before I got home from work. LOVE THIS MAN!

After our hike I went grocery shopping. The Hub has me on a less than $100 per week for groceries. Totally doable but I tend to go a little crazy with fancy things. I was under budget today by at least about $20-$25. The meals for this week include–

Breakfast

Berry Chocolate Smoothie

Mango Coconut Smoothie

Banana Bread

Lunch

Shrimp and Pea Salad with Basil

Dinner

Pistachio Chicken

Chicken Parmesan

Turkey Burgers with Chipotle Sweet Potato Fries

Thai Lime Chicken

Since the Hub was so domestic this weekend I made him waffles for breakfast (at 1pm!). Benefit–I get waffles too. 🙂 I used the Bob’s Red Mill mix which I really like. It’s multigrain but not so much that the Hub says, “What is this?”

A big cup of Apple Cinnamon Tea on the side please!

Tonight I made pistachio chicken, a recipe from the Abs Diet Cookbook, which I’ve been meaning to make all week. The Hub was trying to predict the odds of me actually making it this afternoon. It turned out really good but the frozen snap peas I bought (which you steam in a bag) did not look very appetizing. I did eat them and about half tasted good and the other half tasted limp and dead.

Before I made dinner I banged out my lunches for the week. The recipe is one I adapted from a Clean Eating Magazine Recipe.

Shrimp and Pea Salad with Basil

(Makes 5 servings; 1 heaping cup)

  • 1 lb cooked shrimp
  • 4 cups cooked basmati brown rice (recipe called for brown but I improvised)
  • 4 cups cooked peas
  • 1 cup roughly chopped basil
  • 4 tsp lemon zest
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  1. Combine cooked shrimp, peas, and rice in large bowl.
  2. Heat 1/2 tablespoon olive oil in pan on medium heat. Mince garlic and brown in pan, about 2 minutes.
  3. Put garlic in large bowl with shrimp mixture.
  4. Add other 1/2 tablespoon of oil. Slice onion and put into pan on medium high heat. Brown, about 5 minutes. Turn heat to low and caramelize onions, stirring often. Cook for about 40 minutes.
  5. Add onion mixture to bowl and basil.
  6. Add lemon zest to bowl along with lemon juice.
  7. Toss and serve!

It’s so delish! I added the garlic to the recipe and caramelized the onions to impart more flavor. I also doubled up on some of the ingredients to make it last the whole week.

I also tossed a banana bread in the oven to eat with my smoothies this week. I adapted this recipe from the Clean Eating Club.

Clean Eating Banana Bread

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 c. whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 slightly beaten egg whites
  • 1 c. mashed ripe bananas (3 medium or 2 large)
  • 1/2 c. agave nectar
  • 1/4 c. canola oil
  • A pinch of sea salt (1/16 tsp.)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds

Directions:

  1. Coat an 8x4x2-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. Mash bananas and set aside. In a medium bowl combine whole wheat pastry flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and sea salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine egg whites, banana, agave nectar, vanilla extract, chia seeds, and oil. Once mixed well, add flour mixture all at one time to banana mixture. Stir until moistened. The batter should be lumpy. Spoon mixture into pan.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 to 50 minutes. Test doneness by inserting a wooden toothpick near the center of the bread. The toothpick should come out clean.
  4. Cool in pan on a wire rack for approximately 10 minutes. Remove bread from pan and cool completely on the wire rack.

I was so pleased with the result. The whole wheat pastry flour makes the bread very light and not so heavy as some baked goods can be with regular whole wheat flour. The chia seeds add a little crunch (and keep you fuller longer!) with the added benefit of those Omegas 3s. The original plan was to add walnuts but I think the chia seeds were a great substitute.

The Hub and I topped off dinner with a new ice cream. I’ve seen this for months and always wanted to buy it. It was finally on sale and I didn’t eat as much as I normally do today, so I figured a treat was in order. 🙂 Next week I have to tone down my treats, but with the hormones back to even levels, this shouldn’t be a problem! I lost one pound this week which is great considering how many “treats” I had.

Off to bed! We have four miles on the agenda in the a.m.

 

Turkey Tacos and Stuffed Peppers

24 Jul

I’m pretty anal, which I get from my mom. We like things organized, perfect, and in their place. Sundays are the day I get everything in order. I make lunch for the week, I clean, I water the plants, I do laundry, and I get my exercise clothes set for the morning. This last one is the most important because it’s hard enough to get up on Monday morning, let alone get up and exercise.

I have some stir-fry in the freezer from last week for one of my lunches this week so I had to make four more meals. I went with Stuffed Turkey Peppers from Clean Eating Magazine.

While I made dinner and lunches I watched The Next Food Network Star. There is nothing better than cooking and watching people cook. Part of the reason we bought this house was because of the kitchen (plus the huge walk-in closet and gigantic jetted tub) and it’s the best decision we ever made. 🙂

Dinner was Lime-Grilled Turkey Tacos. I got this recipe from The Abs Diet Cookbook. I grilled Jennie-O turkey tenderloin after rubbing it with some olive oil and Mexican spices. After a squeeze of lime, I put in on the grill. Mmm…

The after product was so delicious! I cut the turkey into small pieces, threw it on a corn tortilla with romaine, and avocado salsa. I will definitely make this again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After running four miles this morning and doing Rodney Yee’s Yoga Burn, I needed some replenishment. These tacos hit the spot. Tomorrow I get to have them again since I have to go straight from work to book club.

What do you do during the weekend to get ready for the week?

Short blog for a long day

20 Jul

I’m chasing the sickness away but it did get the better of me this morning. I going to run four miles today but I decided I needed the sleep more. I was so exhausted all day until about lunch time. I took at nap and things started to perk up. I think the home remedies helped, and I ate good all day today.

Breakfast–Kashi cereal, soy milk and hard-boiled egg

Snack 1–Fage with strawberries

Lunch–Chicken orzo salad and snap peas

Snack 2–Cottage cheese and grapes

Dinner–Chicken Stir-Fry (SOOOOO GOOD!)

I had someone pick me up a gigantic green tea at lunch with some honey which helped a lot with my throat. I used my neti pot this morning to clear out my sinuses.

If you have asthma, allergies or are prone to sinus infections, I highly recommend getting one. It’s cut way down on my infections. I haven’t had a serious sinus infection is about eight months.

Go to the store now, in fact run, and get the latest issue of Clean Eating magazine. This recipe was absolutely delicious. It’s Ginger Soy Chicken and Edamame Stir-Fry.

These two things are now calling my name. I have to run tomorrow so I’m going to bed at 8:45ish. I’m so old. And sorry about the picture quality! I was too lazy and just used my cell phone.