The End Of My Three Bean Chili

30 Sep

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Well, my chili has reached the end of the road. That one batch fed my boyfriend and I for three whole days! This meal is a total bang for your buck. It is full of veggies and black beans. It is naturally vegan and gluten free!

I posted a link to the recipe on cookinglight.com on Monday. You seriously need to try this.

I also had a green side salad to get more veggies in for the day. =)

Start Your Day With A Cup Of Spicy Lemon Tea

30 Sep

One thing that I learned from Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Diet is there are a few manageable things we can all do everyday to help prevent cancer and diseases.  Drinking lemon tea every morning when you wake up is just one of those things.  All you have to do is add a little fresh lemon juice to a glass of warm water.  Add a little cayenne pepper for a little kick. I know, the pepper sounds strange, but it is strangely good.

The purpose of the morning spicy lemon tea is to detoxify the liver and start your circulatory system for the day.  Hey, why not!  Just one cup of tea a day.  Give it a try!

Following my spicy lemon tea, I had 2 whole wheat waffles with a little almond butter and a teaspoon of local honey.  Don’t forget, local honey helps with seasonal allergies!  It also makes a great face mask annnnnnnd….  You can use it as cough syrup!  What a multi-tasker.

I also had an organic plum.

 

Awesome Three Bean Chili!

29 Sep

This evening I tried a new class at my gym, The Hollywood Workout.  Doesn’t is just sound awesome!  It was.  And holy crap, it was really tough.  It was an interval class with sculpting.  We used stability balls, body bars, weights and steps.  Every part of my body feels like jello right now!!  I really love this class.  I don’t think I will get bored.  For a while I was taking a Body Pump class and I just lost my desire to go.  It was boring for me to do the same thing every class.  Some people like routine and Body Pump would be the perfect class.  I like spontaneity and I am totally into The Hollywood Workout!

After class I had my favorite meal in the world… Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili!  This meAal is filling, thick and full of vegetable and vitamins!  This dinner goodness for only 270 calories!!!  I also love making this because you can have it all week.  Cook your chili on a Sunday when you have a little more time and you can heat it up quickly all week!

I had my chili with a little RF cheese, a few baked blue chips and 1/4 of an avocado!  Awesome!

Today, my job held a cookout for Employee Appreciation Day!  It was a really nice thing to do and they fed us! =)  They even got veggie burgers for us vegetarians!

I had a Garden Burger in a whole wheat bun with a little ketchup.  I also had some veggies and a few Doritos!  I really didn’t want to have the Doritos, but they looked sooooooooooo good!

I was also confronted with an amazing looking cake… which I turned down!  That was so difficult.  The frosting was thick and blue and calling my name!  I just thought about my skinny jeans, the skinny jeans I would actually never wear even if I looked good in them.

Missing snacks include one giant organic plum and a small bowl of air popped popcorn!

Chia Fruit Smoothie & Thoughts On Biggest Loser

28 Sep

Good morning everyone.

I finally broke into my new bag of chia seeds!  They are a pretty fun addition to a smoothie or oatmeal.  They don’t really have a taste, but they have a slight crunch that isn’t overpower.

I made my smoothie with 1/2 a banana, 1/2 frozen berries, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 teaspoon chia seeds and 1/2 packet of stevia.  I also had bowl of bran flakes to keep me full.

Did anyone watch the Biggest Loser last night?  If you didn’t and you plan to don’t read any further!!!

Okay, so I was very uncomfortable during the donut challenge when Boston Johnny was making all kinds of crazy sexy noises!  Ha ha.  Alli couldn’t even hold it together.  It was hilarious.

And Anna K. really needs to step her game up.  She is so cute and sweet but all of her contestants are going to go home.  She really needs to start yelling at them to get back on the machines.  I know she is training older people, but she needs to push them a little harder.  I really don’t want her to go home.

What did you guys think about last nights episode?

My Vegtastic Lunch

23 Sep

I am a lady of my word.  In keeping with my promise of eating more veggies, I decided to order lunch from No Problemo, the best place ever!!!!!!!!!!!!  Did you just see all those exclamation points?  That’s how much I mean that statement. =)

I ordered a Spinach Salad which consists of black beans, spinach, roasted red peppers and tons of fresh salsa.  I added a little freshly mad guacamole and a small drizzle of lime cilantro dressing.  It was a very happy, filling Friday lunch.

I also had a nectarine at my desk.  It was screaming my name and I just had to have it. =)

This evening, I am attempting to make a vegan ice cream cake….  Not just a plan ice cream cake…  I want to make this like the Carvel Ice Cream Cake with the little chocolate jimmies on the inside.  It is for a birthday party and this must be a successful mission!  I am just not so sure about the frosting.

A Vow For More Veggies

23 Sep

Yesterday, I was reading a segment in my yoga journal by Kris Carr, a woman diagnosed with terminal cancer about 10 years ago.  The doctor’s told her that her tumors were inoperable and there was nothing they could do for her.  Carr wouldn’t accept her death sentence and she worked with natural doctors to find a plan that would help her.  Together, they came up with a system of eating foods that naturally balance the pH level in the body and her cancer has not grown in years.  Isn’t that amazing?

If you are interested in her approach and her story read Crazy Sexy Diet.  Granted her eating routine is hardcore, but they told her she had terminal cancer!  I think everyone can take away a few things from this book.  Everyone can benefit from eating more fruits and veggies.  Why not give it a looksie!!!

Not too mention…  maybe you have loved one with cancer.  I think anything is worth a shot.  I really am a firm believer that food can be used as medicine and you should try your hardest to put the best substances into your body for nourishment.  Love your body the way you would love your child.  People have a tendency to take of other people more than themselves.  It is time to think about you!

This morning I had an egg white omlet with fresh salsa and RF cheddar cheese.  I also had a sprouted grain english muffin with a little bit of raspberry jelly.

Crossfit Workout & Easy Breakfast

22 Sep

Has anyone checked out the new issue of Self magazine?  It happens to be pretty awesome.

There is a meal plan to help prevent cancers!  I love that people can use food as medicine.  It should be nourishment and wholesome.  I really like this plan too!  It is full of veggies and fruits.  There isn’t too much dairy or meat (which I would avoid anyway).  The best part about this plan is there is very few processed foods!  That is something to celebrate!

This issue also contains a pretty cool interview with Lauren Graham.  Come on, who doesn’t love Lorili Gilmore!!!!

My favorite part about this issue is the Crossfit Workout.  I have heard of this work out, but there aren’t any Crossfit gyms in Southeastern Mass. =(  I am really excited that Self is giving me a sample workout!  Holy cow, this is tough.  It took me about a half an hour.  The best part about this is you can do it at your house.  Check it out!

Self”s Crossfit Workout

After my workout this morning I needed a fast easy breakfast.  I chose some bran flakes with unsweetened coconut milk, half a banana and some almonds.  I totally forgot that I bought chia seeds yesterday for my cereal.  Have you tried them yet?  They are nature’s new super food!

Thai Tempeh Lettuce Wraps

22 Sep

Well, almost…  I ran out of lettuce wraps, so I just had a little sweet baby lettuce on the side.

This meal was absolutely delicious and it only took 15 minutes to make!  I brought all the goodness of Thai food and I know everything that went inside.

This was so easy….

Preheat oven to 350. Cut an 8 oz block of tempeh into 16 pieces.  In a bowl combine  2 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 tablespoons water, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, crushed red pepper & 1 clove chopped garlic.  Pour marinade over tempeh in a baking dish and bake for 15 minutes.

While tempeh is baking bring a pot of water to a boil and cook rice noodles for three minutes.

Peel and shred 1 carrot.  Cut 1 cucumber.

Dipping Sauce…

Combine 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 tablespoons water, crushed red pepper, 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar, 1 teaspoon sesame oil and 1 tablespoon honey.

Divide ingredients on 4 plates and create your wraps!  Fun and fast…

Ponchos Are In This Season I Guess

21 Sep

This afternoon I went shopping with my mother and my sister to celebrate my sister’s birthday.  Are you aware that ponchos are in style?  Every time I picked up a shirt that I thought I liked, I discovered it had flying squirrel arms!  I am not into the poncho thing.  I like regular shirts.  The fabric of the arms should have a clear distinction from the body.  I hope shirts go back to normal soon!

In between shopping malls, we decided to grab a bite at Panera.

I had a 1/2 a  Thai Salad with no chicken and dressing on the side.

I also had a small bowl of Garden Pesto Salad and a bag of baked chips.

Okay, I forgot to take a picture of my snack.  I was really hungry and I devoured it before the thought even crossed my brain.  I had a Chocolate Chunk Luna Bar.  Have you tried this new flavor?  I love Luna Bars with a bloody passion and this new flavor rocks!

What’s your favorite energy bar?  I really like Lara Bars, but I really wish they would but a little salt in there!  Just a little…  Sea Salt would be fine.  I think they would taste much better.

Busy Family Day

21 Sep

This afternoon I took a vacation day to spend time with my mother and my sister.  We have a busy day full of lady fun.  I need to stock up on my energy.

This morning I had a Banana Breakfast Parfait while I attempted to keep the puppies from eating each other.

This breakfast consisted of 1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt, 1/2 banana, 1 cup bran cereal and 1 teaspoon of honey.

My favorite yogurt to use for snacking, baking or breakfast is Stonyfield Farms Organic Plain Yogurt.  It adds protein and probiotics to your meal with very few calories.  One cup is only 110 calories!

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