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March 8, 2011

Travel Tip Tuesday

I am your typical beach bum – I could sit out in the sun with my bikini on for 8 hours, listening to my iPod and dozing off  in between magazines… So technically all I would need to pack for Key West is a bunch of bathing suits, right? Wrong. Unfortunately I have over packing syndrome (yes, its real) and I think I need 8 outfits per day. Here is what my suitcase status is so far…

I keeeeed. I’m pretty sure my boyfriend would be livid with me if this were the case because we all know I’m not pulling that thing around! But I do tend to over pack – so, I’m taking charge and writing a list for each day so i only pack that specific outfit(s) for that exact day. Granted my list has 4 options each day – bathing suit/coverup, workout, casual day, casual/tad dressier night – It’s a huge cut from 8 per day so I’m proud of myself 🙂 Now we have to see if I can fit it all into one suitcase!

Fit Sugar had an article I randomly came across today that was perfect for me. “Exercises to do while flying”. Since I’m sure you all will be flying at one time or another I thought I’d share these tips! I usually feel bloated when I get off of the airplane so hopefully by drinking lots of water and following these 5 steps I will feel semi – normal when we arrive to Key West.

Exercises to do while flying

1. Knees Up!

2. Let’s Do the Twist.

3. Raise the Heels

Since doing anything horizontally is challenging on a plane, make a vertical move and do a set, or two, of calf raises. You can do them while waiting in line for the bathroom or just standing up in the aisle next to your seat. Be sure to hold onto something (the wall, a seat back) for a little added stability.

4. Wheels on the Bus

Remember the old nursery rhyme “Wheels on the Bus” from days past? It’s time to get the wheels rolling again! In a controlled motion, circle your arms over each other. If you can manage it, go faster and faster. This may be a move to do when your neighbor gets up for a bathroom break or falls asleep. Try to go for about 30 seconds.

5. Time to tap the toes

Get your toes tapping with this simple move. Start with your feet planted on the ground. Lift your toes up into the air and flex your feet with your heels still on the ground. Bring feet back down flat on ground and then lift the heels off the ground while leaving toes grounded. Repeat the motion 15 times. This is great for keeping the blood circulating in your legs on those long, long flights.

I’ll let you know if I’m feeling slim jim status after the 4 hour flight! 🙂

I’ve had an extremely busy past two days and I feel like the next two might be even busier (if that’s even possible). I did however get a chance to make myself dinner tonight! I bought some Spaghetti Squash at Trader Joe’s on Sunday but instead of the traditional italian spaghetti and meatballs dish I went with a Mexican casserole.

Santa Fe Spaghetti Squash

Ingredients

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash (about 2 pounds)
  • olive oil spray
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 (14-oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chilies
  • 2/3 cup fresh corn
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1-1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 cup corn meal
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp. hot water
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. agave nectar

Directions

  • Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise *be VERY careful – this is difficult!*
  • Place it in a microwave-safe casserole dish, cut sides up. Add 1/4 cup water and cover tightly with plastic wrap.

  • Microwave on high power until the squash is tender, 10-12 minutes. Allow the squash to sit in the dish for at least 5 minutes after cooking.(I’m sure you could bake it or boil it too)
  • When it’s cool enough to handle, use a fork to scrape out the strands of squash into a bowl. (If you don’t want to wait, you will need to use potholders to hold it while you scrape out the flesh.)

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • Spray a large skillet with the olive oil spray, and sauté the onion, garlic, and bell pepper until tender.

  • Add the black beans, chilies, corn and chili powder, stir, and allow to heat through.

  • Remove from heat and add the squash, spinach lime juice, and salt. Pour the mixture into an oiled casserole dish.

  • In a small bowl, mix together the crust ingredients (corn meal, salt, hot water, agave nectar).
  • Spread the batter smoothly over the top of the spaghetti squash mixture

  • Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes, until crust is firm and beginning to brown around the edges.

I served mine with a dollop of greek yogurt as Sour Cream. I had the entire pan to myself… And i took down 2 slices so I have PLENTY of leftovers! Guess you know what I’ll be eating for lunch the rest of the week 🙂

After getting my butt kicked at bootcamp, taking care of 2 sick children, chasing around 2 dogs that weigh more than I do and being on the go for the past 14 hours I’m ready to crash!! Hopefully I’m feeling more refreshed tomorrow

QUESTIONS: How do you usually eat your spaghetti squash? Any travel tips??



March 4, 2011

Oh, Oh, Oh…It’s Magic

Happy Friday girls (and guys)! The weekend is here, the weather is warm (50 degrees means windows down) and I’ve got lots to accomplish! My weekend should be anything but relaxing…but such is life!

This morning I wanted to test out my first Chobani so I reached in the fridge with my eyes closed and out came a Honey Flavor.

all of my pictures of shadows today…not sure why!

I knew I wanted to do something more than just eat yogurt out of the container so I went on their website and found a recipe for Honey Scented Blueberry Muffins. I changed around a few things to make them even healthier than they already were and they came out fantastic! No oil, eggs, or added sugar which is always a plus! I tallied up the stats for you, but only because it’s Friday and I’m in a good mood 🙂

Calories – Serving size 1 muffin: 104 calories, 0 grams of fat, 22 grams of carbs, 4 grams of fiber and 3.5 grams of protein

I’ve always loved muffins but after seeing the stats for them at a chain breakfast drive-thru *coughDunkinDonutscough* (470 calories, 17 g of fat, 73 grams of carbs, 38 sugars) I’ve decided that I will no longer be ordering one of those… I’m just as satisfied with my color changing muffins! OK, I’m sure you’re all hoping I shut-up now and show you my magic muffins…so here you go 🙂

Magic Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 C whole-wheat pastry flour, plus 1 Tbsp flour reserved
  • 1/2 C whole wheat flour
  • 6 tsp NuNaturals Stevia Fiber Baking Blend
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp iodized salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp + 2 tbsp warm water EnerG Egg Replacer
  • 3 Tbsp Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1 tsp real vanilla extract
  • 1 C Honey 0% Chobani Greek Yogurt
  • 1 C blueberries, frozen
  • 1/2 C Unsweetened Almond Milk

Directions

Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat oven to 375°F. In a small bowl add Ener-G and warm water and set to side. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, Stevia, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon.

In another bowl, whisk together egg mix, applesauce, vanilla and Chobani.

In a small bowl toss the blueberries with reserved flour until lightly coated, add to egg mixture.

are you tired of my winnie the pooh spoon yet?

Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture, using a spatula fold ingredients together just until dry ingredients are moistened. Be careful to not over mix the batter, as it will cause the batter to be slightly stiff and not smooth.

Purple Batter!

Violety-Gray batter?

Line muffin pans with paper muffin cups, spray lightly with non-stick spray. Fill muffin cups half way and place in oven.

BLUE batter!

Bake at 375°F for 12-20 minutes until a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean.

Green Muffins!?

Excuse the 100 year old muffin pan.

It’s a green monster muffin!

Serve with a dollop of Chobani Honey Greek Yogurt or The Bees Knees Peanut Butter.

These were so good I decided to have one for breakfast and one for dinner 🙂 I love living solo but I now have 10 blueberry muffins and 3/4 of a banana bread loaf in my freezer because I bake faster than I can eat (well really but not really). Anyone wanna come over for breakfast? 😉

Call me crazy but I wanted to try another Chobani flavor for a snack today… I grabbed the Black Cherry and did a little taste test. I used half a container of the Black Cherry Chobani and half of a homemade protein granola bar. This particular one had fruit on the bottom so I did a quick mix before scooping it into a separate bowl. 3 words – Smooth and Creamy. To be honest, I’m not even a cherry kind of girl and I really enjoyed this! I think adding the granola was kind of like having a dessert – Cherry Cobbler maybe? Healthy pie… I might be on to something here!

Lunch was a can of tuna, a green apple and a handful of raisins mixed and placed in lettuce cups. I’m finally out of bib lettuce – The container lasted me 2 weeks! Every time I make tuna at work the cat rubs against me until I share. I never knew cats were table beggers!

Gym consisted of 30 minutes on the arc trainer (SO HARD for me!?) and 10 on the stairmaster plus 10 minutes of abs when I got home. I hate doing abs at the gym because there is never enough room so I stick with my on demand videos.

Time for my favorite FRIDAY!

3 of my favorite YouTube videos I’ve seen this week… If you are looking for a good laugh definitely check these out!

Funniest video I’ve seen in a while!

The obvious… Such a joke. Yeah, I’m on a drug – It’s called CHARLIE SHEEN!

This has some dirty words so beware…

I’ll just be organizing/cleaning tonight and staring at this appliance waiting for it to magically fix itself… 😦

RIP Ice Cream Maker

Zumba and Body Pump or Spin and Body Pump tomorrow morning?? Decisions, decisions…

Questions: Do you have any good recipes that include Greek Yogurt? If so link them! What are your weekend plans?

PS: I get a lot of random searches that lead people to my blog but today I had one that said “Hot teenage girl runs out of gas in the middle of nowhere” UM WHAT!?