Monday, August 31, 2009

My INSANITY trip...

So, for the past two weeks I've been doing a workout called INSANITY. A great heart pumping, body challenging workout by the makers of Beachbody. The workout combines cardio strength training and plyometrics. There is also a 60 day body challenge, which I've decided to take part in. For the past two weeks I have been following my workout religiously and I love it! I definitely feel more tighter and toned but have not taken physical measurements yet. I think I will do this tonight and post it up to track my progress. The first day of your workout you are required to do a fit test and track how many reps of each excersise you can do. After two weeks, you do the fit test again, and there is suppose to be improvement. Tonight Ill do my fit test and post up my results. I have to say, this is a tough workout. The "warm up" alone will have you dripping in sweat, but this is so body challenging that time really does fly by. The combination of Insanity and eating right is doing my body good, but I'll post up measurements tonight. How have you been doing on your healthy lifestyle?

Monday, August 24, 2009

***Recipe Alert: Brown Rice Bowl***

My brown rice bowl is the perfect meal to have on a cool night. Not only is this full of fiber from the brown rice and beans, but the vegetable stock adds great flavor to the onions and cilantro!
Here are the deets:
3/4c of cooked brown rice
1/4c. of vegetable stock
Juice of half a lime
1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves of garlic, grated
1/4c. of chopped cilantro
2TB of cumin seeds
1/2c. of black beans
1 portion of Perdue Shortcuts Chicken, diced
1tsp. of canola oil
Salt/Pepper to taste
1. Heat the oil in a small pot
2. Add the onions, cumin and salt. Sautee until the onions become translucent
3. Add the beans, garlic, vegetable stock, lime juice and cilantro. Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes
4. Add the chicken and pepper
5. Add the rice and combine well
6. Enjoy!!!
This wonderful lunch or dinner is 7 WW points!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

***Recipe Alert: Breakfast Bean Bowl***

Good Morning Ppls!! Let's not forget that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. There is nothing more satisfying than a heart healthy, fiber filling, wholesome breakfast :-). Here's a great breakfast bowl that's quick and easy. Ingredients: One egg, fried in one teaspoon of oil(blot the excess oil off with a paper towel) 1/2c. Pinto beans 1 slice of Kraft extra thin sliced deli swiss cheese Salt/pepper to taste 1 tsp. Hot and Spicy Steak sauce In a bowl, add the beans, then top with the egg and cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Nuke this in the microwave for about 30 seconds, to slightly melt the cheese. Top off with the steak sauce. Enjoy :-) For 4 WW pts you get over 8 grams of fiber from the beans, and a dose of healthy fat from the egg yolk! Not bad. PS: pic will be posted tonight!!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

***Recipe of the Day: Refreshing Fruit Salad***

With summer in full swing, there’s no reason to not take advantage of all the wonderful fruits in season. Berries and stone fruits especially shine through at this time of year. Not to mention, fruits are easy to take along, antioxidant packed and full of fiber! Cool down this summer with a refreshingly cool summer fruit salad and I have the perfect recipe for one!!
1c. blueberries
1 medium peach, thinly sliced
1c. strawberries, halved
1 plum, thinly sliced
1 tsp. of vanilla essences mixed with 1 tsp. of honey
2 TB. of freshly chopped mint
Add all of these ingredients in a bowl and toss. Let this sit in the fridge for half an hour before eating.
Recipe makes two servings
WW pts.: 1.5
Serve this fruit salad with a drizzle of non fat vanilla yogurt or make this into a great breakfast parfait by adding yogurt and granola or almonds!