Friday’s Five

1. My mint plant is a mutant.

Seriously, the thing has doubled in size in the past six days. I am going to have so much effing mint. #healthylivingscore

2. Eating clean like whoa this week.

If only I could keep it up on the weekends…..

3. I finally tried a new yoga DVD.

I’m sorry, Sarah Ivanhoe. I still love you, but I just needed a break. It was great – my abs were super sore from this sooo I will probably be doing this DVD again next week.

yoga34. Scrambling to prep for a 10K next weekend.

Remember when I signed up for THIS? Well, time kind of got away from me. I think this is going to primarily a fun run for me since I’m not in tip-tip running shape right now.

5. TSwift in concert.

I can’t wait to scream my head off with all the twelve-year-old girls in the city this weekend. Thanks again for the tix, Dad!

HAPPY FRIDAY!

Quick HIIT Workout

I tried to get in and out of the gym as fast as possible last night so I could be at Tuna’s in time to watch the Caps game.

That meant I didn’t have time to run a bunch of miles and still watch the puck drop, but I figured some HIIT would give me a good slash quick workout.

HIIT, or high intensity interval training, is a form of cardio with cycles of high intensity bursts and then low to moderate intensity recovery, i.e. a speed workout (source).

Check out THIS article from Shape to see some of HIIT’s benefits.

Here is the workout I created and did on the treadmill last night. It’s a sweaty one!

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This reminded me of my track workout days in high school.

Hopefully the occasional HIIT workout will make me speedier!

What do you think of HIIT workouts? Have they made you faster?

Homemade Hummus

Here’s another money saver for ya. Once you buy the ingredients to make hummus the first time, most of them last for awhile.

It’s def a little more work, but I’m on the homemade trend now!

The past few weeks I’ve been scrutinizing my diet to make sure I’m getting everything I need, especially since I’ve been trying to work out on a more regular basis. I’m not a big fan of cooking meat, so I like bringing hummus with me to work for some extra protein to get me through the day.

Tuna helped me make this first batch, and we were quite proud of ourselves. 🙂

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This recipe is adapted from one found on the Whole Foods website.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added garbanzo beans
  • 1 tbsp tahini (sesame paste)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp reduced-sodium tamari (soy sauce)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • cayenne pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped parsley
  • a pinch of red pepper flakes

DIRECTIONS:

Rinse and drain garbanzo beans.

Put garlic in a blender and pulse to roughly chop.

Add garbanzo beans, tahini, water, lemon juice, tamari, cumin, a pinch of cayenne, and blend until smooth.

Scoop into a bowl, cover and chill for an hour or so.

Mix in parsley before serving.

2013-04-27 18.54.05Thanks as always to Jenn for hosting What I Ate Wednesday!

My First Attempt at Juicing

I bought a bunch of produce on Sunday so I would be all set to experiment with my new juicer. Weirdly enough, buying a ridiculous amount of produce turned out to be cheaper than my usual trip to the grocery store ( when I buy Clif bars, Puffins, etc).

There’s a lot of research out there about the benefits of juicing. This article explains some of the basics. I also learned some tips – like to only drink juice that’s made fresh (if it’s not pasteurized) because otherwise gross bacteria can grow in it. You know OCD me is making my juice for lunch in the morning then, not the night before.

Hungry For Change suggests juicing as a method of cleansing our bodies, and a good way to get the nutrients that we don’t get from everyday meals.

I’m not going to do a cleanse, nor do I think I ever will. I like to chew, so I think a cleanse would turn me evil. I’m currently juicing as a supplement to my diet. It will be interesting to see if I feel a lot better and/or have more energy when I start to juice more and more!

My first attempt at juicing last night:

2013-05-05 20.44.22I based my juice on one of the recipes from Bess Be Fit’s cleanse and it was pretty darn good! The green apple seems to cancel out the kale-ness a bit. I think this juice tastes fresher than the Naked’s Green Machine.

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It is surprising how much produce it takes to make about a cup of juice. I don’t mind it though, because that means my body gets that much more nutrients in comparison to eating them! I don’t think I could down that many veggies in one sitting in non-juice form.

Tell me everything you know about juicing!

Have you tried it? What are your favorite juicing recipes?

The Baltimore FlowerMart

My friend Nancy is the best and suggested that we go to the FlowerMart festival in downtown Baltimore on Saturday.

Our allergies behaved and we had a fab evening walking around and exploring the sights!

washingtonmonumentchurchThere were tons of plant vendors and we loved looking at the pretty flowers

flower1and herbs!

sweetbasilBoth Nance and I stopped in our tracks when we smelled this chocolate mint. It smelled like a peppermint patty.

chocolatemintI originally wasn’t going to buy anything because I tend to kill any plant that comes into my possession, but I’ve been cooking with so many herbs lately that it makes sense to try to grow some of my own! A small bushel of mint is like five bucks at Whole Foods, and each of these herbs were going for three bucks a pop.

I settled on some regular mint since I’ve been putting it in my water lately and I can use it in my new JUICER!

mint2013-05-04 19.54.57We stopped again to giggle at the homemade chia pets. If only I could somehow grow my own chia seeds for my overnight oats….now that would save me some $$.

chiapetIt was time for food! YUM. Hello weekend reward meal(s).

pulledporkTip: arrive at a food festival toward the end and you will get lots of free food.

The falafel guy was packing up his tent and I asked if I could pretty please still buy some falafel.

falafelHe agreed and gave me two pitas for the price of one! The falafel was some of the best  I’ve ever had – though I know that’s not saying too much since I just started eating it about a year ago. 😉

falafelsandwichNancy got a pulled pork sandwich and some delish fresh french fries that I snarked half of.

friesOur sampling continued with some dips.

pretzelsamplesThe cajun was our favorite by far. I need to find a healthy dip recipe for the summer!

cajunI  was enthralled by the giant vat of kettle corn. I definitely need one of those cool popcorn protection masks when I make my stove popped popcorn.

popcornman2013-05-04 19.19.02We thought we’d grab a few hush puppies on our way out and used our powers of persuasion to have the guy give us all of the remaining hush puppies and a shit ton of fried shrimp for five dollars.

hushpuppiesandshrimpDon’t worry, we saved most of it for a late night snack.

We smelled the tulips on our way out.

tulipsI think our trip to the FlowerMart was a success. Good find, Nance!

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Friday’s Five

1. My new juicer.

Omg. So excited about this. Juicing is one of the ways Hungry For Change recommends re. healthy nutrient consumption.  My mom gave me an old juicer from her BF and I can’t wait to experiment with it. This should be interesting.

juicer12. I went to the gym three times in a row.

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. This never happens. I am proud of myself.

123montueswed3. Attending a Capital’s playoff game.

Tuna is the best and bought us tickets to Game 1. We WON!

caps4. GOT this week. 

I LOVE this story line. More. Please.

5. The first stage of growing out my bangs.

Eventually I will have side bangs and they will be cute. That’s what I keep telling myself.

What are TWO fun things you did this week?

Hungry For Change

A few weeks ago, my aunt asked me if I had seen the film Hungry For Change.

She was surprised when I said I hadn’t! That made me think – maybe I should start absorbing all the current commentaries on food philosophies (documentaries, books, etc.) since I like to think I am a food blogger.

The reason I’ve stayed away from some of these documentaries before is because I haven’t had the best experience with them.

When I watched Super Size Me (omg that was almost 10 years ago?) it actually made me want to go to McDonald’s. WTF is wrong with me.

Tuna and I watched Food Inc on Netflix about a year ago, and I was officially scarred for life. I couldn’t eat meat for weeks without cringing.

You get the picture. I don’t like any kind of media illustrations that focus on negativity surrounding food – or how stringently a particular person thinks we should consume it. Like diets swearing off carbs or fruit or something. Before, I’d rather just look the other way and eat my damn fruit.

Now I realize that the only way to be completely educated about food is to study these different philosophies and then make up my own mind how I want to eat in the way that I feel is best for me.

Anyway, here are some of the messages I took away from Hungry For Change. I’m definitely going to consider all of these things as I move forward in my healthy living journey.

  • Our bodies are starving for nutrition. America mostly consumes a diet based on high calories and low nutrition. This needs to be reversed! Hungry For Change says we are “overfed and starving to death.”
  • Our bodies are not designed for working under florescent lights in an office with absolutely no exercise. We’ve forgotten our instincts as natural human beings, and we need to go back to that version of health.
  • If you want good skin, you’ve got to eat healthy – it’s the last thing your body nourishes.
  • Stress = famine to your body. When you’re stressed, your body is trying to protect protect you by going in to fat storage mode. A good way to be less stressed is to sleep more.
  • We need to analyze why and how we eat. Where does the food come from? What went into the food in terms of attitude – are you eating out of boredom or because your body needs to be nourished?

You can watch Hungry For Change HERE!

Have you seen Hungry For Change or any other food related documentaries? What are your thoughts on them?

Chocolate Protein Bars

I can’t believe I haven’t shared this recipe with you yet. This was the first clean eating recipe I made last January, and it’s definitely a winner. Whenever I’m about to make these bars, and need the ingredients, I google my blog recipe page and realize – oh yeah, they’re not on here.

Well, now they are!

chocolateproteinbars3Jamie Eason’s recipes are the best. You can find the recipe for her pumpkin protein bars HERE.

I use an 8in x 8in glass Pyrex dish for this recipe.

Makes 16 bars.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 2 scoops whey protein powder (I use chocolate)
  • 3 tbsp baking cocoa
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup truvia or splenda
  • 4 egg whites
  • 6 oz apple sauce
  • 4 oz water

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a big bowl (oat flour, protein powder, cocoa, salt, baking powder) together in a large bowl.

Stir wet ingredients (sweetener, egg whites, apple sauce, water) in with the dry.

Spray cooking dish with a non-stick spray and add batter to dish.

Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.

*****

I love to eat these as an afternoon or evening snack, and they really keep you full. Perf with some sliced strawberries [obsessed] or a glass of milk.

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chocolateproteinbarandmilkI think they expand in your stomach or something.

Thanks as always to Jenn @ Peas and Crayons for hosting What I Ate Wednesday!