FIT Foodie Fridays

FITNESS:

Nothing has changed. LOL #OperationSlimmaz has been postponed. ::sigh:: I will try again soon. BUT I did pre-register for two 5k marathons in the boroughs. So soon (hopefully) I can get moving. Winter and all this cold weather has been killing me. I know, no excuses, but I seem to be full of them at the moment. Oops.

FOOD:

Today's food and healthy recipe is from Latoyah at Sugar Pink Food from across the waters in the UK. Thank you Latoyah! It was lovely working with you!

I love my food and creating my recipes, but I wanted to create a dish that as equally delicious as it was healthy, and I came up with this.  The beauty of this dish is that you can add as many different vegetables as you like, giving you the opportunity to get your creative juices flowing! As well as being tasty and healthy, this is quick and very simple to make.

chicken noodle soup



You will need: 


900ml chicken or vegetable stock (or Miso soup mix)
2 Chicken Breasts
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
50g rice or wheat noodles
2 tbsp sweet corn, canned or frozen
Red cabbage, chopped
2-3 mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 spring onions, shredded
1 Red Onion, chopped
2 tsp soy sauce, plus extra for serving
mint or basil leaves to serve
Any other veg that you can think of

Pour the stock into a pan and add the chicken and garlic. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, partly cover and simmer for about 20 mins, until the chicken is tender and cooked all the way through. 

Remove the chicken to a board and shred using a couple of forks.

Return the chicken to the stock with the mushrooms, sweet corn, cabbage, onion, spring onions (and any of your added veg) and the soy sauce. Simmer for 10 mins until the veg is soft, then add the noodles and simmer until they are are also soft.

Serve in bowls and sprinkle your basil or mint on top and enjoy!

Thanks again to Latoyah for her guest post! And thanks to my readers. :)

Happy Holidays!
- L

FIT Foodie Friday (Kinda)

Hi guys I know I've been slacking off big time, but I'm trying!

FOOD:

I've been eating pretty crappy lately, especially this weekend for Thanksgiving. But I have also been eating less. So win win there? I have been more busy at work with ongoing projects and deadlines, so I've been distracted. Distraction means less mindless snacking at work and eating just to eat. But I also haven't had much of an appetite. It comes and goes.

FITNESS:

I quit my gym. Sad, I know. It was a nice gym too, but the price per month was killing me. I'm trying to save up for a new apartment and I had to cut costs. I was barely going anyway. So I made the cut, and I don't miss it. BUT I'm considering signing up for a couple of 5ks in the NYC area. I was so bummed I missed Color Me Rad this summer, I've made up my mind to do it this year. Along with a couple other ones. Maybe I can attempt a 13.1 while I'm at it. Nah let me not fool myself. I'll do the 5ks to start and see where it takes me. I for sure need to get my act together. Besides the fact that the Mister comments on it all the time, I'm disappointed in myself. Why am I struggling to put my (tall) UGGS on?!? Ummm nope. Nipping this in the bud right now. There is plenty I can do at home with better time management and motivation.

Sorry for letting you all down! I am getting back on my game. #OperationSlimmaz is in effect.

XOXO
- L

FIT Foodie Fridays

So I've been slacking on the blog. Things have gotten pretty busy at work. From here until the holidays will be busy pretty much. I apologize in advance for the lack luster posts you may see. I also know I skipped last week's FIT Foodie Friday post because I've just been losing track of myself, and I had nothing to post. This one is a bit long, but here it is!

FOOD:


At my job we have the option to participate in this wellness program to get a rebate back on our health insurance payment. I enrolled and thought nothing else of it. They sent us out these "good carb" cookbooks and I thought it was going to be wack, so I put it to the side. One day I was home bored, and read through it. Some of the recipes aren't that bad at all. While most are generic and I have better versions, there were a few I wanted to try.


I went ahead with the Black Bean Soup. I went out and picked up a bag of black beans all hyped to do this. And then realized I didn't have everything, so I made a few tweaks. It came out very well and the Mister liked it!

I didn't realize I needed that many black beans. I only picked up 1 bag, which was only 2 cups of beans. I made adjustments to everything else to accommodate for that. It does make a lot of soup! Next time I will half the recipe since I'm only cooking for 2. I also messed up by not soaking the beans overnight. I let them soak for about 5 hours and some were still a little tough, but not inedible. I used 6 cups of water, but I probably could have used less. I didn't measure the bouillon, I just used one cube of beef flavor. I probably could have gotten away with 2 or 1 1/2, but I didn't want it to be too salty. I let it simmer, stirring very little.

Once it was close to the hour and a half mark, I started prepping my other ingredients. I omitted the green pepper since neither I or the hubs were thrilled about it. I took a medium sized onion and chopped it in the food processor and got about 2 cups. I ignored the bottle salsa (how is this healthy?) and threw a whole tomato and 4 cloves of garlic in the food processor in place of that. I threw it all into the pot and mixed that up. I didn't have cumin, and wasn't sure what to substitute for it, so no cumin. I don't measure my spices, I just throw them in there. I used chili powder and cayenne for a little extra kick. After the next 30 mins of simmer time, I used my stick blender to mash up some beans instead of pouring it out and blending it. Less time, less things to clean up. (I also didn't trust myself to work with hot liquids and not burn myself.) One last final simmer, and then done!

I did not garnish with sour cream and the onion/pepper. We're not fancy in this here house. Plus I didn't want to add any extra calories. It tasted delicious, just low on salt. Just a sprinkle of sea salt brought it to where it needed to be. As I said before, it makes a lot of soup! I ate for lunch and dinner a few times before I was sick of it. And there's still a big lot of it in the fridge. Such a waste because I didn't think it was going to freeze well. Maybe next time I'll use jalapenos and add some shredded cheddar on top. Maybe some crumbled bacon? Shredded beef? The ideas are endless. I may even mix the types of beans.


FITNESS:

I've been trying different videos out. I still haven't really pushed myself in the gym either because I'm such a chicken shit and I feel like everyone is watching and judging me. :-\ Wack, I know! I'm working on it. The video of the moment right now is Jillian Michaels: 6 Week Six-Packand it is brutal! I never understood how much work she makes you do, but I am a believer! I'm on level 1 and still can't make it through the whole circuit 2x. I get to the warm up and first circuit, but then crash. I am getting there! I also do the Fitness Blender videos from time to time. I just have to be more diligent.

Until next time,
- L

FIT Foodie Fridays

FOOD:

I have to get better at reading and following recipes. But so far no major screw ups have occurred. :)

I love the 4 bean salad my mom used to get in the giant jar from Costco. I would eat a bunch of it and get yelled at because I finished it before she had a chance to eat any. Sorry mom! I decided to make my own. I looked up the recipes and there were just so many different versions and add ins. I wanted something easy and simple. C'mon I know what's supposed to be in there and how its supposed to taste, so I did my own thing. Sorry about the lack of measurements :( I'll get better with this soon!

4 Bean Salad with Beets

1 can of each:
  • Kidney beans
  • Chick peas
  • Wax beans
  • Green beans
  • Beets
Onions (thinly sliced)
Apple cider vinegar
Sugar
Salt
Black pepper

Really simple and basic. Open all the cans and drain, wash and rinse if desired. I didn't rinse my kidney beans and it left a bean-y flavor on there, but the vinegar cancelled that out. Pour in a bowl and mix, adding the onions. Put to the side. In a separate bowl, pour about 1 cup of apple cider vinegar and add 3/4 cup sugar. Mix well, add salt and pepper to taste. Pour the ACV liquid over the beans, beets, and onions; stir/toss together and refrigerate.

See? Really simple. Tastes great and takes no time at all to prepare.


FITNESS:

I won't lie to you, I have been slacking off on my fitness. I'm a busy girl and there is never enough time. But no excuses, so I will aim to be more diligent. I set my Wii back up with Wii Fit Plus and was instantly depressed. All my hard work a few months back was gone. Inches back on my waist and pounds. Ugh. I hate how it adds the weight to your Mii character. Saddies for real.

Hopefully I'll have some progress next time!

- L

FIT Foodie Fridays

So this is something new I'm starting. I may not do this every week, but every other week. Just a little motivation for me to actively post more, and not just random content. I will try to keep it to a mix of fitness and recipes that I've adapted/adjusted to be healthier (or not) but sometimes it might be one or the other.

I definitely love cooking and baking, but don't always get the time to do it. And on the rare occasion I do, it doesn't always come out looking so picture perfect. But that won't stop me from posting up pictures so you can see my successes and failures. After all we can't all be professionals. So if you have trouble finding your inner Martha Stewart, you'll enjoy the mistakes I make.

Food!

I made my own Tomato Choka for the first time. I missed having it the way my ex's grandma cooked it with bake. Just too delicious for words. All the recipes I looked up called for broiling or roasting the tomatoes and then peeling the skin off and mashing them with spices and garlic. I do not have access or patience for any of those methods so I did it my own way.

Ingredients:
  • Fresh whole tomato
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Chili Powder (optional)
  • Pepper Sauce (optional)
  • Olive Oil

I took a nice ripe beefsteak tomato and cut up into small pieces, skin and all. I'm not one to waste anything if I can help it. I put a very small bit of olive oil in a frying pan - just enough so the tomato doesn't stick - over low/medium heat. I went ahead and chopped up some garlic and onions really fine. (After I did all of this I felt so stupid because the food processor was staring me in the face, but sometimes you just need to get your hands dirty. The knife work gets me in the zone!) When the pan and oil were hot, I threw in the tomato, garlic, and onions and let it simmer down. While that was going, I seasoned it with chilli powder, hot pepper sauce, a little salt and black pepper. This part is entirely up to you. I remembered her choka being nice and spicy, so I added these in. You can add whatever spices you want, even jalapenos or other hot peppers if you're that brave.

After about 10 minutes (stirring every so often, uncovered) it was done. It was just as good as any tomato choka I have ever had. Normally it is served with roti or bake, but it can be served with pita, crackers, rice, or added to a meal as a sauce - whichever you prefer. I ate the choka with some Excelsior water crackers for breakfast and was as good as ever. Sorry for the lack of pictures here. Next time I make it I will add some in. My kitchen wasn't picture worthy. :(


FITness

I've been trying to go to the gym and exercise more, but it's hard. After work when I go to the gym I'm so dead I don't want to stay long and I feel like I end up wasting my time. I want to maximize my workout potential for the short time I'm there. My cousin suggested HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts because you can do a full body in 20-30 minutes. According to Wikipedia "Usual HIIT sessions may vary from 4–30 minutes. These short, intense workouts provide improved athletic capacity and condition, improved glucose metabolism, and improved fat burning." It's pretty much non stop movement with warmup, a mix of moderate/high intensity exercises, and cool down.

I tried doing this video at home last week and I couldn't even do the whole thing. I was really ashamed of myself :( I have been slowly building up to being able to do the whole thing without stopping, but I am not quite there. I try to do this on the weekends, and when I don't make it to the gym, and so far I only slacked off one day. I can tell you it DEFINITELY gets my heart rate up and I am (sadly) super winded at the end. Trust me, I feel the burn! I can see myself getting in shape with this video.

There are so many variations of HIIT workouts, for now I am sticking to the basic ones. But there are some other ones I'm looking at to help work out my core and lower body. Still going to bench press for those pecs! Eventually one day I can do a pull up without assistance. I'm not trying to be a model, just healthier.

What about you? What workouts/exercises do you find to be the most effective?

- L