Friday, June 21, 2013

Happy First Day of Summer!



I skipped 30 Day Shred today to go on a nice hike with a friend. I figured spending the time outdoors would be a much better way to celebrate the first day of summer than working out inside, and I was right. The day couldn't be any more beautiful, I am truly blessed that I get to live where I do!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Miso Tahini Dressing





I have a confession to make. I've been reading about miso paste on the blogosphere for the past couple of years and I guess I was too intimidated to try it. I eventually picked some up at Whole Foods, placed it in my fridge, and there it sat for two months. Lucky for me, it lasts forever because I finally had the urge to try it out today! This dressing is creamy, slightly sweet and totally delicious! It's by far one the best dressings that I have ever made.

Miso Tahini Dressing
2 T miso paste
2 T tahini
2 T honey
2 T vegetable broth
1 T rice vinegar
1 t diced white onion

1. Place all ingredients in blender, blend until smooth.
2. Serve over your favorite salad. Also good as a dip for tofu. Or anything really.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

30 Day Shred

I love to hate Jillian Michael. There is no other DVD workout that I have done other than her 30 Day Shred, that can so thoroughly kick my a** in under 30 minutes. Granted, I'm not in the greatest shape at this point (I'm working on it!), but I think that it is highly unlikely that I will be able to climb the 20 something stairs to get to bed tonight. Every minute finds me stiffer and stiffer, in more and more pain. It's a good stiff, good pain. But truthfully? A small part of me still wants to claw her face off.

Anyone else been able to get through the 30 day challenge?  I'm committed to sticking with it, but man, it hurts!
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Back on Track

So I finally feel like I've got a hold on the whole healthy eating thing. My mind is in the right place, I see my weight loss goals clearly and I have the energy to exercise. Honestly, stepping on the scale yesterday is probably what slapped me into shape. It was scary...horrifying even. The term "let herself go"? Yeah, that applies to me. It's not so much the actual number on the scale that's the worst part, more how quickly the pounds have been adding up.

I stuck with green juice (kale, squash, apples and lemon) yesterday, as well as lean protein and vegetables. I already feel less bloated and more optimistic, so I'm going to stick with that general eating plan. I'm off to stock up on fruits and vegetables for the juicing!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Crunchy Asian Slaw (Gluten Free)

This is one of our favorite recipes...made a huge batch yesterday and then proceeded to eat it for lunch, dinner and then lunch again. I don't really recommend eating an entire head of cabbage in such a short period of time, but hey, it's hard to stop shoveling it into your face once you start. It's that good. 



Crunchy Asian Slaw
1 head of cabbage, shredded
4 carrots, shredded
1/4 c green onions, diced
1/4 c peanuts, chopped

Asian Dressing (adapted from Edible Perspective)
1/3 c toasted sesame oil
2 t honey
4 t tamari
2 T rice vinegar
2 T tahini
2 cloves garlic
2 T brown sugar

1. Place all dressing ingredients in food processor, process  until smooth. 
2. Mix dressing with slaw ingredients in large bowl. 
3. Top with additional green onions, peanuts and sriracha.  (optional)