New Meals for You and ME!

Hi, I hope everyone’s Summer is going well!

This week I decided to change up my dinner meals for the family, as we were getting tired of the regular schedule. So far all of the recipes have been a hit! I will be posting one meal a day! Comment or message me if you try them and especially if you like any of them!

The first meal I made was chia seed seared salmon (thats a tongue twister) with a side of quinoa salad and asparagus, topped with lime juice.

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Salmon: Serves 3 People

  • 3 cuts of salmon, I get a huge frozen bag from Costco (the best)
  • 1/4-1/3 cup chia seeds

Start off by thawing the salmon cuts. Cover one side completely with chia seeds. Place on a nonstick heated skillet. Let cook until pink and flakey all over (you may want to flip). Takes about 4-5 minutes or less on high.

Quinoa Salad: Serves 4-5 people

  • 1 cup quinoa raw
    2 cups water
    1/2 English cucumber
    1/4 c. green olives, chopped
    1/2  yellow onion, chopped
    1/4 c. lime juice
    1/2 c. olive oil
    3 tomatoes, thickly chopped
    1/4 c. feta cheese

Cook quinoa in water by bringing it to a boil then lowering heat. Cover until all water is absorbed. About 15 minutes. Meanwhile, combine other ingredients. When quinoa is cooled, combine all together and chill until ready to serve.

You can add any other vegetable to this dish!   Try one that is very green!

Brownies? Yes Please!

Hey everyone, hope your day is going well.

Last night I was craving a good chocolatey something. I remembered watching an episode of Recipe Rehab on brownies! I changed it up and added some ingredients to make it my own. Pulling out all the pans and ingredients, I got baking!  There are some strange things in this brownie, but trust me, you will want a second helping!

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Brownie Ingredients:

  • 1 14 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 a ripe avocado
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons Dark chocolate chips (60% or more)
  • Coconut oil cooking spray

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Brownie Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine all of the ingredients (but chocolate chips) in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into a coconut oil greased 8×8 pan and add in chocolate chips
  4. Bake for 35-40 minutes

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To top off these brownies, I made a peanut butter pudding that will knock your socks off!

Peanut Butter Ingredients:

  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup unsalted unsweetened creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

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Peanut Butter Pudding Directions:

  1. In a food processor blend all until smooth
  2. Refrigerate until ready to serve on brownies

This pudding contains chia seeds, that are used to absorb the liquids, forming a pudding texture. They are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish oils that can lower the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. They also keep you full longer, preventing food cravings for up to 4-5 hours! Other awesome sources of omega-3 fatty acids include, flax seeds, salmon and walnuts.

Try this dessert and let me know how you like it! It’s best when you combine the pudding and brownie together! As you can see, we were so eager to try them that we forgot to take a picture until half of it was gone!

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Accomplishing my goal!

Hello everyone!

I am finally home from a wonderful trip to Ludington, Michigan! I have accomplished some goals  set for myself and am going to share with you how.

The first week in Michigan, I would start off my mornings by running about two miles around the woods, our property. I was a bit winded, as the trail is full of hills and thin air!

I soon decided on my second week to increase my mileage, just enough to challenge myself a little more. I did, and made it to three miles. The feeling I felt after finishing the run and knowing I accomplished what I set my mind to made me want to do more.

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The next day, I said four, and did four. I ran four miles the rest of the week. I felt so accomplished.

Finally, the last week, I started off saying four is fine. But, once I hit it, I didn’t quit. My adrenaline was flowing as I was pushing happily to reach five! I did five miles to finish off my last week, and was sad to leave the place where my goals were achieved, but I know I can get to six at home!

Don’t back down from something because you think you are not strong enough. There is a quote from a movie that I always tell myself, “never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game” You are way stronger than your mind will ever tell you. I had to take it slow to get through the miles, but that’s what you should do. Take chances, and you will see success. Slow and steady wins the race. I definitely won my race!

Vacation Time doesn’t mean you can’t stay active!!!

Michigan trip 2015 sailingHello everybody!

I am writing to you from beautiful Ludington,  Michigan! I come up here almost every year to relax and enjoy alone/family time. I do not have access to a gym but am able to maintain the healthy lifestyle that I love in the great outdoors!!  Creativity is the key! :)

Back home I  have an arm, leg and cardio day at the gym with weights! Michigan trip 2015 watermelon I’ve been having to improvise by using my cousin’s weights for squatting and legs, a watermelon and suitcase for arms…whatever works , as well as a whole lot of home workouts found on the web. Luckily, I have a beautiful, long trail of woods to run, a huge lake to sail and swim, pretty ponds for kayaking, sand dunes to climb and plenty of relaxation time.

 

Michigan trip 2015 eating on the deckI’ve learned a lot about food from the amazing family recipes that my grandma and I are putting into a family cookbook!   So, I have a little bit of everything, that’s what vacation is for, to treat yourself!   You’ve worked hard and earned it !  Portion control is the key!

 

As you are traveling this summer, keep in mind different ways to keep active and healthy on vacation! But, make sure to relax and have down time!  You deserve it!

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