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Nothin’ Like a Fresh Tomato June 20, 2011

Filed under: Cooking,Food — Kelocity @ 9:10 am
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Have you ever smelled a fresh tomato plucked that day from somebody’s garden? It smells earthy, and tastes heavenly. You can’t really buy tomatoes in the store that have that aroma. There’s definitely something different about greenhouse produce. I grew up eating goodness from my mom’s garden. A handful of fresh cherry tomatoes with a sprig of fresh mint was the perfect afternoon snack. I crave those tastes and smells sometimes.

Well I’m not sure why, but I found some tomatoes in Ralphs this week that had that same fresh appeal. They almost tasted like mom’s tomatoes.
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I squealed and said “Irving, smell this!” He looked at me weird, but it’s the little things in life that make me happy.

Paired with some freshly sliced pickles…
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And you’ve got the makin’s for a fantastic homemade burger. (On a fresh whole wheat roll, no less).
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I love summer. Bring on the tomatoes!

 

Walking and Eating…. June 9, 2011

Filed under: Cooking,Family,Food,Workout — Kelocity @ 5:11 pm
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As my mother who lives 3,000 miles would say, “Where have you been?” (Said in a ‘I’ve been looking for you’ tone!)

Oh, I’m here, it’s been a busy week! Here’s what I’ve been up to!

1.) Walking! I’m in a pedometer challenge, and I’m determined to win! Or at least place in the top three! It’s not easy when you’re also competing against New Yorkers! Those guys walk EVERYWHERE! I’ve been walking in the morning and at night. And hiking three miles almost everyday at lunch time! (I aerobically walked 9 MILES yesterday! What?!) It’s all about squeezing it in when you can!

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2.) And that includes walking to the grocery store too! I bought myself some pretty flowers this week!
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3.) Irving’s mom was in town this week! We had fun hanging out! And she brought goodies!! Thanks!!
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4.) Irving whipped up his mom’s famous meatballs (with fresh beef from Harris Ranch!)
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We had quite a nice dinner together! Hi Julie!
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And to top it off, a sweet moscato served on the side!
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5.) I cooked! I actually found a recipe, shopped for ingredients and COOKED. Alert the press!
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I cooked up Jenna’s Greek Stoup! <— Click over there for the recipe! Instead of Alphabet pasta, I opted for Orzo to stick with the Greek Theme.
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Served with some Feta, it was yummy!
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6.) I got The Reader on Netflix and me and Julie watched it last night. Probably not the best movie to watch with your mother-in-law, but hey, if I can see Zumanity with my sister-in-law, we can do anything, right? I really loved The Reader. It was just a good story with an interesting plot. I actually can’t believe we’ll be going to Auschwitz later this year.

7.) And now, our guests have left, and I came home today to find that Irving went to Costco. And he bought me the BEST thing you can possibly by at Costco:
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I LOVE PICKLES!!!!!! I actually finished a jar today! Good timing, babe!

8.) More walking…. I’m walking to Erika’s place soon so I can see the baby again! I am so excited to have a new baby to play with!!! She’s the CUTEST thing, and only four days old today! So excited!

 

Oh Honey, Honey… June 1, 2011

Filed under: Cooking,Review — Kelocity @ 6:38 pm
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I love honey. I add it to tea, spread it on Peanut Butter sandwiches, smear it on bananas, and drizzle it on spinach.

I like because it’s sweet, but carries less guilt since it comes from nature. That’s good reasoning, right? IMG_6048

But did you know that honey is a great source of natural energy for everyday activities or during exercise as well as for pre- and post- workout fuel. Honey helps sustain your energy levels as it delivers a unique carbohydrate composition of natural sugars and trace amounts of antioxidants, enzymes, minerals, vitamins and amino acids? [source]
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In fact, honey is almost the perfect superfood for athletes and runners. It has 17 grams of carbs per tablespoon and is ideal for working muscles. It delays fatigue and can decrease muscle soreness too. One of the best post-exercise snacks is a banana with peanut butter and honey!

The kind people at the National Honey Board sent me some local honey to try out! Sounded good to me!
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This morning, I tried their Whey Better Berry and Honey Energy Boost Shake!
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Whey Better Berry and Honey Energy Boost Shake

Serves 2 – 3

Ingredients

  • 3 – 4 tbsp honey
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein
  • ½ cup strawberries
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • ¼ cup raspberries
  • ½ banana
  • 3 cubes of ice

Directions

  1. Slice strawberries and banana.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a blender.
  3. Blend. Be sure ice is crushed and all ingredients are well mixed before serving. Enjoy a great breakfast on the go!

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I halved the recipe to just make one smoothie. And I used frozen berries instead of fresh with ice.  It was DELICIOUS!IMG_5803

I’ll be posting a few more recipes highlighting honey soon, I just LOVE it! A power breakfast that tastes like dessert is an A+ in my book.

For more information on the benefits of honey and other fun stuff, visit www.honey.com.

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Disclosure: The National Honey Board has provided me with this product for the purposes of trying and reviewing it. All opinions are my own.

 

Homemade Tzatziki Sauce!

Filed under: Cooking,Food — Kelocity @ 5:08 am
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I love Mediterranean food. I am part Lebanese and grew up eating all kinds of Arabic food. (Remember Zartar?) And I love hummus and chickpeas, but for some reason, I don’t like falafel. Maybe it’s the spices? But Irving really loves it and we picked up some fresh falafel at the farmer’s market this week. He wanted to make a sandwich with some tzatziki sauce, so instead of buying it for him, I decided to try my hand at making it fresh!

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I based it off a few recipes online, but in the end, decided to wing it myself.
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I just put some Greek yogurt, cucumber, olive oil, lemon juice, dill, salt and pepper in my food processor and give it a whirl. (Those are my favorite recipes: take some ingredients and mix em’ together.)
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[When Irving found out I was making this, he FREAKED out when he thought we didn’t have pita in the house for his beloved falafel sandwich. Don’t worry, situation averted. Pita has been procured.]

It came out pretty good. A little runny (maybe it didn’t need the olive oil?) The real test will be when Irving tastes it on his sandwich tomorrow at lunch! Crossing my fingers!

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And while I was cooking that, Irving was making homemade matzo ball soup. The fun just doesn’t stop around here, let me tell you!

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We also just got back from our 3 mile walk with a stop at the bank and Trader Joes. And now it’s 9 o’ clock. How does that happen?!

 

Choo Choo! The Healthy Train! May 24, 2011

Filed under: Cooking,Food,Healthy Train — Kelocity @ 8:46 pm
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Remember the time I worked out with a trainer and lost 20 pounds before my wedding? Remember I used to count calories, drink protein shakes and go for daily runs? That healthy lifestyle now feels like a distant memory to me now. What Happened? Marriage happened! A life of gluttonous eating, world traveling and a profound contentness happened. And all my healthy habits vanished with my single-dom.

Last week, at a blogger event, the girls asked me when my “tipping point” was for healthy living. I kinda stared back dumbfounded. I said that I really haven’t hit my tipping point yet. But that’s kind of a lame excuse. I’m not living healthy because I haven’t had a turning point yet. What? The turning point is NOW. Right here. This is my tipping point.

Well, can you hear that? The rumbling in the distance? The fluttering of birds overhead? The faint choo-choo-ing of an on-coming train? It’s the healthy train, and I’m jumping aboard. For real this time. I’m going to DO this. And I have a plan.

  • I now have a healthy living coach who made a plan for me, and will call monthly to check in and make sure I’m on track for reaching my goals.
  • At least 30 minutes of cardio most days. I told her realistically, I will aim for 6 days a week. 30 minutes isn’t that hard.
  • When I get my pedometer, I’m aiming for at least 10,000 steps per day (about 5 miles)
  • Begin a real strength training plan, starting at once a week until the soreness wears off.
  • Eat more whole foods and less packaged, processed and frozen things

I am inspired daily by the blogs and articles I read. And it’s time to act on that inspiration. I will be charting my activity daily on the blog!

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Dinner tonight consisted of whole foods! I am very aware of the lack of protein in this meal. That is definitely something I’m working on nutritionally.

First up, I cut up some cute little potatoes:
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And tossed them in a bag with some olive oil, parsley, dill and some other stuff:
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What’s the “other stuff”? A little of this and a little of that:
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I also roasted some Trader Joes asparagas with lemon pepper:
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Served with a side of spinach with a drizzle of honey:
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Not bad for day one of the “let’s not eat crap for dinner” campaign, no?
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Keep the inspiration coming!

 

 
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