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no noodle spaghetti!

22 May

Not that I have anything against noodles, but I try to sneak in as many veggies as I can. One yummy way I’ve found to do this is to make spaghetti with spaghetti squash instead of pasta. Guess what, it’s SO GOOD!

Here was dinner tonight….

Try, try, try this! You won’t be disappointed I can promise you!

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show off.

21 May

There are three things I’m showing off in this picture…can you guess what they are???

1) that’s a new camera I just got! I’m super pumped because my old camera didn’t take the best pictures, especially of food…and we know how many pictures I take of what I eat!

2) a new running shirt! I got this shirt at Big Five Sports on sale for twenty bucks. I’ve ran in it twice now and love it! It’s soft, light and wicks moisture well.

3) yeah, those are my muscles you see there, don’t be intimidated…wait, yes, BE intimidated! I’ve been working out with weights twice a week for a while now and I’m happy to say I’m seeing results. My biggest challenge/goal is to be able to do a full pull up on my pull up bar. Right now I do what I call “let downs” – basically a “negative” pull up. Instead of pulling yourself up, you start in the pull up position and let yourself down as slowly as you can. It’s really hard!!! Try it! If you want to master the pull up like I do, here is a great blog post on how to accomplish this from Get Fit Slowly.

dinner idea: browse the deli!

20 May

I often stop by the food deli at my local coop for ideas when I’m trying to figure out something to eat for dinner. The green beans in the picture below happen to be the result of last night’s deli browsing! I steamed the beans and then drizzled a bit of tahini, olive oil and tamari, then mixed with my fingers. For the finishing touch I sprinkled sesame seeds, yum! This was a winner! I love beans but lately I just haven’t had the heart to eat them as I usually just steam them and add butter, this added some variety to one of my favorite veggies!

blend it.

15 May

I’ve been experimenting with different smoothie ingredient lately and this is my latest concoction:

I often use what’s left over in my frig for these little experiments, this morning it was fresh spinach, frozen berries, whey, yogurt, peanut butter and a splash of coconut milk!

Blend it.

And the finished product tastes…….!!! Like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich :/  hmmmmm. Not a total FAIL but not a total win either. I liked it but it wasn’t to die for.

What is your favorite smoothie recipe?

Dinner. Simple.

14 May

Dry salami, fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil and a drizzle of olive oil. Yum!

get your “green” on!

7 May

Just got this little guy from the Coop. I’m planning on trying it in my smoothie for breakfast in the morning. I’ll tell you how it goes….and tastes… 😉

two dark chocolates go head-to-head

31 Mar

I’m going to be honest with you. I have a sweet tooth. BAD. I LOVE sweets and as I’ve been trying very hard to eat a more healthy traditional diet I’ve had to find ways to satisfy this ever present sweet tooth without submitting to gorging on refined sugary goodness. So, here are two dark chocolates I’d like to introduce and review for your eating pleasure.

The first contender is! *drum roll* Taza 60% Stone Ground Dark Chocolate!

Okay. So. I was sitting in a coffee shop doing a little work, sipping on a traditional cappuccino (I know, I’m such a snob! GOSH) when the smell of freshly baked muffins started wafting out of the kitchen. I began to drool and day dream about crispy muffin edges. Sweet tooth attack! When I get these kinds of cravings I usually eat a few chunks of dark chocolate. Not DARK chocolate, read 80%+, but semi-dark about 50-60% is perrrfect for me. This method almost always takes care of my sweet tooth.

I got up from my chair, walked up to the counter and bought the Taza 60% Dark chocolate. I ate about two small squares and my sweet tooth went away. I was able to breathe deeply and not be distracted nor temped by the yummy muffins being baked in the kitchen. Thank goodness for chocolate!

The Review: although the Taza chocolate satisfied my sweet tooth I won’t be buying this chocolate again. It was very grainy and a bit on the bitter side. I’m sure the graininess is due to the way they process the cacoa beans, which are stone ground, but I just couldn’t get past the feeling that I was eating sand. Yuck! I like smooth chocolate.

Contender number two is Dagoba Organic Dark Chocolate bar (59%)!

The Review: this is my FAVORITE chocolate of all time. Smooth/silky feel on the tongue with just enough bitter and sweet (although it contains less sugar than the Taza dark chocolate). If you haven’t already tried this chocolate…go, find a place that sells it, buy it, and eat it!

What’s your favorite chocolate?

What do you do when your sweet tooth strikes?