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Healthy Chicken Curry Masala

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  • Organic, air chilled, chicken with noses
  • Garlic clove, minced
  • Shallot, minced
  • 1-2 spoons of whole wheat flour
  • 1/8 tsp corn starch
  • Chicken curry masala seasoning
  • Light beer
  • Olive oil
  • 1 packet stevia

In salted and masala seasoned water, boil one chicken breast. Cube for quicker cooking. Shred and set aside.

In a skillet, saute garlic and shallot in olive oil until golden. Add 1/2 bottle of light beer (Shiner Light Blonde) to deglaze. Add flour, corn starch, salt, pepper, and masala sauce to taste. Stir. Mix in shredded chicken and continue to cook until the sauce has thickened. Add 1/2 packet of stevia at the end. (Stevia gives it the hint of sweetness found in many curries without the coconut milk.)

Serve over quinoa.

Fried Egg English Muffin – Recipe

No picture… It was too delicious, and it was gone before I thought to grab my camera.

  • 100% Whole Wheat English Muffin
  • Fat Free Refried Black Beans (with Roasted Red Jalapeno Peppers)
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 pastured egg, fried until the yolk is solid
  • a smidge of Weight Watchers Shredded Italian Blend Cheese
  • Salsa

On a toasted English muffin, spread warmed refried beans. Tops with the fried egg, sprinkles of cheese, and plenty of salsa (my new favorite is Native Texan Restaurant Style Medium).

So darn delicious!

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  • Clean Eating Challenge

    Well, this might suck.

    I haven’t posted a whole lot this summer as my schedule has been nothing short of irregular. I don’t mind that. During the school year, everything is pretty set in stone day after day. The randomness of summer is welcome. For the most part I’ve done a good job of keeping the ball rolling. I’ve worked out most days, though not following any sort of program, and I haven’t eaten TERRIBLY… I haven’t eaten amazingly either, but honestly I need some cheat time here and there keep me willing to eat exceptionally healthy the rest of the time. Ice cream and nachos are necessary from time to time. 🙂

    On Thursday I came home to find a package on my doorstep: PiYo!!! Last week I ordered PiYo, a new Beachbody program that is a mix of pilates and yoga. This program might as well have been made specifically for me. 🙂 I am doing a few of the workouts this weekend just as a sampling, but I start the program for real on Monday. I anticipate a new blog series coming on…

    PiYo comes with a basic nutrition guide much like P90X3, but as I’m about to jump back into the school routine, I figure now might be a good time to start something new.

    THE CHALLENGE: food prep for the upcoming week eating (as) clean (as possible), mostly whole, doing my best to remove processed, prepackaged food

    Now, I do a lot of this anyhow, but I’m also a convenience and stress/boredom eater. My goal is to keep the right stuff available in the right servings so as to end the habit of grabbing the wrong thing.

    Enter today’s HEB trip:

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    First of all, let’s look at the bottom line. $81.65. That might sound like a lot for one person. $36.99 + $2.49 of that is Jay Robb Protein Powder. This will last me quite a while and is vital for someone who doesn’t eat meat regularly. I opted for whey protein this time because I’m a cheapskate and it $2 cheaper, but more frequently I buy the egg white protein. So let’s subtract that leaving the total at $42.17. That’s better.

    Then let’s look a little closer…$4.85 for bulk chestnuts????? Let me call bullshit on that! The woman at HEB scanned my kale tag that I printed (98¢ for a bunch), but the barcode tag wouldn’t read it so she punched it in manually… $4.85 for bulk chestnuts??? Gosh darn it! That is the last time I ever assume anyone knows how to do their job. She managed to catch that she had charged me double for garlic and corrected that, but she didn’t notice that the enormous, overflowing bag of kale didn’t feel like chestnuts nor should it ring up for almost $5!!! Whatever. I’m a wildly rich teacher.

    Subtract the chestnut…. *sigh*…. and we come to $37.32 a TON of food. Some of it is organic, some of it is not. All of it is ridiculously nutrient rich and low calorie. There’s enough fiber in there to keep me polyp free and in the bathroom plenty. 🙂 But more importantly, all of that is about to go into tiny tupperware containers that can measure appropriate portions and grabbed with no effort or mixed with another container more a recipe.

    We’ll start seeing on Monday how the PiYo goes, and my intestines will let me know about the new food challenge very soon. 🙂

     

    Breakfast Quinoa: Round 2! FIGHT!

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    • 1/2 cup quinoa
    • 1 cup water
    • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
    • couple of drops of vanilla
    • dash of nutmeg
    • 3 TBSP vanilla almond milk
    • twirl of honey
    • quartered strawberries
    • blueberries

    Over medium heat, bring the quinoa, water, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla to a simmer. Stir periodically. Once rings start to pop, remove from heat and stir in almond milk, strawberries, blueberries, and honey to taste.

    This version of breakfast quinoa was HEAD OVER HEELS BETTER than attempt #1. Delicious and crazy healthy!

    Summer Goals

    ☐Run at least 3 times a week (heat permitting)

    ☐Splits on both legs

    ☐Pigeon Pose every day

    ☐Single shoulder stretches every day

    ☐2 consecutive pull ups

    ☐4-pack abs 🙂

    ☐Handstands without the wall

    ☐Cut out added sugar entirely

     

    Baked Eggs & Asparagus

     

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    • 10-15 asparagus spears
    • spinach
    • cherry tomatoes
    • clove of garlic
    • salt
    • pepper
    • garlic powder
    • 1 large egg (preferably pastured)
    • Optional parmesan

    Preheat oven to 350. Lightly butter a ramekin. Julienne cut spinach to your liking. Quarter 3 cherry tomatoes. Dice 1/2 clove garlic. Put spinach, tomatoes, garlic, salt to taste, and pepper in the ramekin. Break one large egg over contents of ramekin. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, or until whites set.

    Meanwhile, in a skillet drizzle olive oil over asparagus. Add salt, pepper, and garlic. Stir until all asparagus are lightly coated. Cover and cook over medium heat until asparagus turn bright green. Stir, then recover and cook an additional 3-5 minutes until the asparagus is cooked to your textural liking.

    Serve with egg on top. Yolk should be thick but runny. A sprinkle of grated parmesan on top adds to the deliciousness.

    Breakfast Quinoa: Take 1

    HEB has stopped carrying all of my favorite super healthy oatmeals… Which tells you exactly what the people of this area are NOT buying. 😦 So I’ve decided to experiment with breakfast quinoa! Quinoa has far more protein than oatmeal (with protein consumption being a problem for me), higher fiber content, and is a source of complete protein – meaning quinoa has every amino acid your body needs to work.

    BREAKFAST QUINOA EXPERIMENT RECIPE ONE:

    • 1/4 cup dry quinoa
    • 1/4 water + 1/4 cup vanilla almond milk
    • couple of drops of vanilla
    • 1/8 tsp cocoa powder
    • sprinkle of cacoa nibs
    • small swirl of agave syrup
    • dash of cinnamon

    Well, guess what happens when you try to cook almond milk on the stove… It gets super duper foamy and expands beyond the limits of traditional physics. Seriously, almond milk could be used to demonstrate how a very small amount of concentrated matter can expand almost infinitely to create the universe as we know it. It was crazy.

    I let the quinoa cook down for a few minutes while trying to keep the foam at bay, and then I added enough water to just cover the quinoa and a few drops of vanilla. After about 10ish minutes, or until the quinoa rings started popping, I turned the heat off and added a drizzle of almond milk back to the pot. The quinoa continues to absorb liquids, so I let it soak in the vanilla goodness. Meanwhile, I added in the cocoa powder, cacoa nibs, cinnamon, and the agave. A little stir and it was time for breakfast.

    It was pretty dang good! 🙂 Actually, it was really enjoyable. It definitely has the texture of quinoa, which might be a turn off to some, but the flavor was nice. I can see this being a good base for a number of varieties of quinoa “oatmeal”.

    Edit for next time: try soy milk or coconut milk… must find something that doesn’t foam as much. Or perhaps, cook in water and add almond milk only at the end.

    Day 57: Decelerator – A NEW WORKOUT!

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    I’m on the final stretch!

    Yesterday I was feeling exceptionally good about the gains I’ve made this last chunk of time, and just as my arrogance knew no bounds, I started a new workout(!) with today’s Decelerator. Some of the moves have been used in other P90X3 workouts, so I’ll skip the explanation for older moves.

    DECELERATOR

    • Bounding Squats – Very much an agility move. You leap to a corner of an imaginary box, landing on one foot and holding.
    • Crane Cracker Push-ups – THESE KICKED MY BUTT. I in no way can do this move. I tried my hardest. Heck, I just spent the last 45 minutes researching videos online of how to do this balance move and trying their advice… Nope! Scarlet, my usually very supportive dachshund, I’m sure was giggling like crazy. I fell on my face the last time. You do a push up then pull your right knee up to your right elbow. Put the weight of your right leg on your bent right elbow, lean forward, and lift your left leg. Nope… Not yet, but it WILL BE DONE!!!
    • Good God Squats – With a flat back parallel to the ground, do squats on your tiptoes.
    • Elevator Pull-Ups – Just like elevator push ups but on the pull up bar. Think bottom floor, middle floor, top floor, holding as Tony calls out which floor you pull up to.
    • 2-Pop Hop – Standing in a low squat, jump up landing on one leg. Slowly lower into a one leg squat for 3 counts then put your other foot on the ground and continue to lower for 3 more counts. Switch sides.
    • Crawly Plyo Push-Ups
    • Holmsen Screamer Hold – Start in a low lunge. Leap into the air landing on one leg. Slowly lower yourself on one leg back into the lunge.
    • Chin Pulls – Do a chin up. While holding your body at the top, raise your knees to your torso. Lower your entire body.
    • Joel Jump Freeze
    • Starfish Push-Up – Do a push up then roll into a side arm balance with arm and leg raised.
    • Duper 2
    • Vaulter Pull-Ups
    • Elevator Tiptoe Squat – In a wide leg squat, raise up on your toes for the whole move. Much like elevator pull-ups but with wide leg, tiptoe squats…
    • Superman/Bow – Superman on your stomach transitioning into Bow pose. Repeat.
    • Spinning Plyo Squat Lunges – Hop back and forth from a parallel squat to right leg lunge to squat to left leg lunge to squat to complete 180…. continue this loop for 1 minute.
    • Big Brother Burpees – Do a push up. Crunch your right knee to your right elbow. Roll into a right side arm balance. Jump your feet to your hands then leap up into the air. Repeat on the other side, again and again…

    This workout was hard! I really enjoyed it though and look forward to improving that dang crane cracker push up move… I WILL get it.

    One of these days.

    🙂

    For dinner: sauted asparagus, a fried pastured egg, and a pinch of fresh parmesan.

    Strawberry Balsamic Pie

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    STRAWBERRY BALSAMIC PIE

    • about 1 cup quartered strawberries
    • 1 tbsp thick balsamic vinegar
    • 1 tsp sugar
    • cinnamon
    • pinch of salt
    • 1 tbsp flour
    • Pillsbury pie crust

    Preheat oven to 425. In a bowl, mix strawberries, balsamic vinegar, sugar, salt, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile unroll pie crust. Using a 1 cup measuring cup as your guide, cut out 4 circles slightly larger than the measuring cup. Press the crust into 4 muffin tins. Remove fruit from the refrigerator and stir in flour. Spoon fruit mixture into the crusts filling to the top. Cut the remaining crust into strips for decorative top crust. Bake 10-15 minutes. Serve with Cool Whip. Makes 4 servings.

    OMG yum!

    This was totally a thrown together experiment to get rid of some strawberries that were turning and use an extra pie crust. DELICIOUS!

     

    220 calories per serving based on MyFitnessPal.

    End of Week 7

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    I always find that I’m somehow shocked by just how busy the end of the school year is. My afternoons and evenings seem crowded with and endless array of small things but things that eat away at my precious “free time”. These last two weeks I’ve found it impossible to blog… or want to… about my quest for a 4 pack 🙂 even thought I’ve done a good job of staying committed.

    Monday – I managed to blog about my evening of Eccentric Upper.

    Tuesday – Heck, I even managed to blog about Triometrics and my attempts at following the nutrition guide.

    …and then the rest of the week kicked in…

    Wednesday – I cranked out my yoga and then went on a lovely (needed) date with my dude. Yoga went really well actually… not that it usually doesn’t. I decided before I even started though that I was going to go hardcore. I held each posture as deeply as possible, and my little legs were exhausted by the end of my half hour.

    Thursday – Eccentric lower followed by a birthday dinner for one of our band director friends. I have some dumbbells with removable weights that I bought about a billion years ago, and I finally decided to use them. John has used them, but I’ve focused on my 5s and 8s up until now. I made them 15lbs each and used those for the squats and lunges. It definitely made a difference as my butt and hamstrings were nice and sore the next day. I also got my new glasses. Yay for good vision or something, but hooray for new fancy frames!!!

    Friday – I really enjoy Incinerator. Since getting better at push ups (read do them the right way), I like the challenge of having a set timeframe to do as many as possible. That being said, I need to either do more reps or suck it up and get the heavier weights because I feel like any workout called “the incinerator” should leave my arms incapable of virtually anything afterward. It’s still great!

    Saturday – My only workout was mowing. I did have some delicious tequila based wonderment at Tacos and Tequila for an early Mother’s Day with my parents and dude.

    Sunday – John did a round of MMX with me Sunday afternoon. It never fails to amaze me just how much I can sweat during MMX, especially since I’m not a big sweater. Despite hating the sprawls and renaming all of the sprawl moves to “Sprawls Suck #1”, “I hate F’ing Sprawls #2”, and “Sprawls are a g** d*** piece of s*** #3”, I did ALL of the sprawls this go round. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    On a completely different note, following the nutrition guide is not easy or convenient. While I know I do a good job of eating well and eating balanced 95% of the time, following a nutrition guide that really expects you to eat WHOLE foods is difficult for the busy bee I am. Admittedly… I didn’t even make it a week before deciding that as long as I watch what I put into my body I don’t need the nutrition guide. It’s probably WILDLY helpful for folks that aren’t sure how to regulate their intake but is far more micromanaging that I feel I need to commit.

    Tonight for dinner

    • roasted sweet potato spears, no oil, just cinnamon
    • roasted okra, 1 drizzle of oil for 20 pieces, salt, pepper, garlic powder
    • 1 Quorn “unit” as my dude would say, AKA a Quorn chick’n patty with Stubbs BBQ sauce