February 11th, 2012
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January 29th, 2012

this is a companion blog, dedicated solely to food— HEALTHY food. check it out!

January 28th, 2012
omg get in my mouth and let me bake you into things.

omg get in my mouth and let me bake you into things.

January 24th, 2012
January 22nd, 2012
January 13th, 2012

Mashed Cauliflower

I adopted my mashed cauliflower from the Whole Foods recipe listed below:

Serves 4

Mashed cauliflower tastes similar to mashed potatoes but with fewer carbs. Top with chopped herbs and grated cheese if you like.

Ingredients

1 medium head cauliflower, trimmed and cut into small florets (about 6 to 7 cups) 
1 to 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 
Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste

Method

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add cauliflower and cook until very tender, about 10 minutes. Reserve 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid and then drain well and transfer cauliflower to a food processor. Add oil and reserved water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and puree until smooth. (Or, mash cauliflower with a potato masher). Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Nutrition

Per serving: 110 calories (80 from fat), 9g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 330mg sodium, 8g total carbohydrate (3g dietary fiber, 3g sugar), 3g protein

Tags: AmericanGluten FreeVegetarianVeganSugar ConsciousWheat FreeDairy Free

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l also put a few slices of garlic in the water with the cauliflower while it boiled. I used my food processor for the first time to make this delicious dish! I set aside some of the leftovers with some rosemary— I can’t wait to see how that combination tastes!

I also like a little bit of texture (when I eat mashed potatoes I love love love LOVE when the skin is mixed in), so I chopped up some garlic and onions, and put them in a pan. I added a tiny dash of olive oil and a few smaller pieces of cauliflower— little sprigs. I let all of that brown nicely. When I finished my mashed cauliflower, I simply added the pan-product in. Yum!

fitvillains:

Would you think twice about eating there now?
It’s not all about calories and weight loss: healthy eating is about keeping you cancer free, heart disease free, diabetes free and optimizing your chances of living a healthy, long life. Not every state requires a label (this one is from California), but the same foods are available EVERYWHERE.
Be smart. Be prepared. Learn about the foods you’re consuming.
xo

fitvillains:

Would you think twice about eating there now?

It’s not all about calories and weight loss: healthy eating is about keeping you cancer free, heart disease free, diabetes free and optimizing your chances of living a healthy, long life. Not every state requires a label (this one is from California), but the same foods are available EVERYWHERE.

Be smart. Be prepared. Learn about the foods you’re consuming.

xo

the joy of chicken stock

For Christmas my wonderful, wonderful, wonderful parents gave me a Cuisinart Prep 7 Food Processor and a DeLonghi espresso machine. I moved back into the cottage Monday, and while I spent all day Tuesday in Richmond, I dedicated Wednesday to setting up my new toys. :D 

Today I sit in the kitchen, a playlist playing in the background as I type this post and sip my first latte. I want to work out, and clean my room, and I need to shower and get dressed all pretty-like before I head into work at three, but— I also want me time. I can start writing now, work out, shower, and then as my hair air-dries a little, I can finish my post. I’ve been slowly trying to incorporate “me” time into my life the past few months. I tend to not leave any time for me, or give myself any love, which only resulted in dysfunctional emotions, disordered eating, and a lot of negativity towards myself. Matchstick Molly, whom I avidly follow, advocated something similar as part of her Matchstick Challenge— click here to see the post. Just the other day she posted a “reminder” of sorts, reminding me that I too need to cultivate some me time. 

So now, I can multitask— icing my knee after the workout, letting my air dry a bit, and write my post. :) success!

My mom, sister & I drove up to Annapolis a few days before I returned to Williamsburg: Destination Whole Foods. The new Annapolis Whole Foods is absolutely gorgeous, stunning, amazing, I could get lost in there, not enough adjectives, wonderful. It is by far my favorite whole foods of the few I’ve frequented. 

Video of some of the old Whole Foods and the new Whole Foods (sin food)

Whole Foods Opening Day in Annapolis

Anyway, while there we each bought a whole chicken, pre-cut. Although my mom (and mom-mom, and great-grandmother) have all roasted a whole chicken in front of me, I never really paid attention. Wednesday I embarked on half of the adventure (since the chicken was already pre-cut, it was a little easier to be sure!). I roasted all the chicken in the oven with some onions and carrots, and I still have leftovers today. Mmmhm. 

I ate my chicken with a salad and some Mashed Cauliflower [link to post with recipe]. I made the Mashed Cauliflower with my new food processor! WOOOO!!!! I tried to make mashed cauliflower while I was in England, but I didn’t really enjoy the texture of my attempts to hand-mash the cauliflower. This beautiful concoction, on the other hand, could hardly be distinguished from mashed potatoes! (Although, to be fair, considering I haven’t mashed potatoes in a few years, I may be remembering the taste a little differently. :) haha). While I ate my meal I let the chicken cool, before stripping the meat off the bone. I threw the skin, bones, juice, and the leftover carrots and onions in a stock pot, AND MADE MY OWN CHICKEN STOCK. The simple pleasures in life. I feel accomplished, as simple a thing as it is— I have my own, homemade chicken stock sealed in a mason jar in my fridge. I’m hoping to make some soup tomorrow— and then I’ll find out how the stock tastes!




























Today, after forty five minutes of cursing poorly written and drawn directions, I made my first latte at home with my new espresso machine! Tastes like a little bit of me, and a little bit of heaven. 

And off to work I go! 

xx

January 12th, 2012
muffintop-less:

The “secret” to “getting abs” is simple…. CLEAN UP YOUR DIET!! Get rid of the junk food and processed crap… the following are big no-no’s for flat/firm abs!
Soda, diet soda, fruit juice, sports drinks, cookies, chips, crackers, candy, ice cream, pudding, jell-o, flavored yogurt, most deli meats, processed meats, white breads and pastas, sugary cereals, packaged processed crap, granola bars. They are all full of sugar and processed, chemical crap! Sugar spikes insulin and promotes fat storage. The OPPOSITE of what you want!
Also, be sure to get plenty of water and sleep..  and incorporate cardiovascular training and weight lifting!!! =)

muffintop-less:

The “secret” to “getting abs” is simple…. CLEAN UP YOUR DIET!! Get rid of the junk food and processed crap… the following are big no-no’s for flat/firm abs!

Soda, diet soda, fruit juice, sports drinks, cookies, chips, crackers, candy, ice cream, pudding, jell-o, flavored yogurt, most deli meats, processed meats, white breads and pastas, sugary cereals, packaged processed crap, granola bars. They are all full of sugar and processed, chemical crap! Sugar spikes insulin and promotes fat storage. The OPPOSITE of what you want!

Also, be sure to get plenty of water and sleep..  and incorporate cardiovascular training and weight lifting!!! =)

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January 11th, 2012
precious and informative 

precious and informative 

(Source: 100pounds100days, via spelassweetlife)

January 10th, 2012

I really love her philosophy… I’m looking forward to exploring through her blog a bit more when I have some time. I want to get back to my roots too :)

fuckyeahdeliciousfood:

Blood Orange, Beet, and Fennel Salad

not sure if I would like this or not BUT IT LOOKS SO PRETTY

fuckyeahdeliciousfood:

Blood Orange, Beet, and Fennel Salad

not sure if I would like this or not BUT IT LOOKS SO PRETTY

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January 9th, 2012

Out With The Junk! 7 Step Guide To Keeping It Healthy At Home

fitvillains:

Cookies don’t last in my house. Neither does ice cream. Chips. Chocolate. If it’s there, I will eat it. Sometimes in moderation. Not always.

People are shocked when I tell them this, as if I of all people should have the MOST self-control. I do, but I also know myself WAY to well. My solution is NOT about depriving myself or exhausting my brain, forcing it into situations where it constantly has to fight it’s urges and choose the salad instead. I learned a long time ago that the key to MY success was NOT relying on willpower. It made me bitchy. Periods of restraint were almost always followed by binges (some that lasted weeks). Plus… it’s not fun.

My solution? I almost NEVER have these items in my house. They are my kyptonite. The best thing I can do is to control my environment: I have healthy snacks, clean options and easy-ready-to-go meals available at all times.

So many people sit around feeling like failures for dipping into the candy, the chips, the pizza, the cake etc. Your failure is NOT that you succumbed to the desire (in many ways, we’re programmed to WANT those things, especially when energy is low and stress is high). It’s in not controlling your environment to begin with.

It’s common for some people to have an emotional reaction to throwing away their favorite treats. But the stronger you feel about KEEPING them, the more important it is to get RID of them. Change does not happen unless we actively take steps to support it: you won’t learn healthier behaviors (and learn to LOVE healthier foods) until the unhealthy ones are gone. I’m not saying you can’t EVER have a treat - but keeping them away from your home base can be the difference of whether or not you hit your goal.

So if you’ve started a healthy journey this year, it’s time to clean HOUSE!

1. Get rid of processed junk. All of it, or as much as you can. It’s either the garbage or your body. (Tip: I ALWAYS feel guilty throwing away food, so I tend to donate what I can, make a huge meal, or give it to friends/co-workers. My bottom line is that if it’s in the house, I will eat it and if it’s not good for me, it’s gotta go.)

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Out With The Junk! 7 Step Guide To Keeping It Healthy At Home

fitvillains:

Cookies don’t last in my house. Neither does ice cream. Chips. Chocolate. If it’s there, I will eat it. Sometimes in moderation. Not always.

People are shocked when I tell them this, as if I of all people should have the MOST self-control. I do, but I also know myself WAY to well. My solution is NOT about depriving myself or exhausting my brain, forcing it into situations where it constantly has to fight it’s urges and choose the salad instead. I learned a long time ago that the key to MY success was NOT relying on willpower. It made me bitchy. Periods of restraint were almost always followed by binges (some that lasted weeks). Plus… it’s not fun.

My solution? I almost NEVER have these items in my house. They are my kyptonite. The best thing I can do is to control my environment: I have healthy snacks, clean options and easy-ready-to-go meals available at all times.

So many people sit around feeling like failures for dipping into the candy, the chips, the pizza, the cake etc. Your failure is NOT that you succumbed to the desire (in many ways, we’re programmed to WANT those things, especially when energy is low and stress is high). It’s in not controlling your environment to begin with.

It’s common for some people to have an emotional reaction to throwing away their favorite treats. But the stronger you feel about KEEPING them, the more important it is to get RID of them. Change does not happen unless we actively take steps to support it: you won’t learn healthier behaviors (and learn to LOVE healthier foods) until the unhealthy ones are gone. I’m not saying you can’t EVER have a treat - but keeping them away from your home base can be the difference of whether or not you hit your goal.

So if you’ve started a healthy journey this year, it’s time to clean HOUSE!

1. Get rid of processed junk. All of it, or as much as you can. It’s either the garbage or your body. (Tip: I ALWAYS feel guilty throwing away food, so I tend to donate what I can, make a huge meal, or give it to friends/co-workers. My bottom line is that if it’s in the house, I will eat it and if it’s not good for me, it’s gotta go.)

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