Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Healthy and Happy

 Well, I'm sorry that I am a bad blogger. It is what it is.

This post is dedicated to my new found love for healthy, clean, whole foods and fitness. I recently joined a gym and began eating healthy (long overdue, I know). It was not easy in the beginning because I am a candy and dessert junky. I have pretty much had to cut ties with all of those sweets, but I have discovered some yummy replacements. Having a garden has really helped with the healthy eating: free fresh produce! I have several people in my life who have really inspired me (cough, cough..Ariel) and several others who have changed their lives for the better.

Here are some healthy recipes that I have tried recently:

 







 This is a red, white and blue trifle. Angel food cake(fat free), fat free cool whip, blueberries and strawberries. You can change the fruit to fit the holiday (or your preference). It was a big hit!
 







 











I found the best replacement for those greasy, fattening potato chips: kale chips. I use two bunches of kale, a little Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, evoo and sea salt. They have the same crunch as potato chips, but so much cheaper and healthier.


























Whole wheat blueberry muffins, baked green tomatoes, zucchini chips and more kale chips.
































































My new favorite recipe. Well, I don't know that that is true, but this is DELICIOUS! Sweet Cinnamon Popcorn. I found a recipe on Pinterest and modified it based on what I had on hand. I cooked the popcorn in a pot on the stove. About half a cup of popcorn kernels. For the cinnamon mixture I used 2 tablespoons of butter, 2 tablespoons of honey, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and a dash or 4 of salt. Melt, pour, bake--enjoy!






















Hummus! A friend helped me make this, but I think the recipe goes something like..one can of garbanzo beans, sesame seeds, cayenne pepper, salt, minced garlic, lemon juice and olive oil. Very simple, fast and yummy!

 If anyone has advice on health/fitness, I would love to hear it! As far as fitness goes, I have a trainer who has helped me develop a workout schedule that seems to be going well. Every week I do cardio on at least 5 days of the week. I also do resistance (strength training) from 2-4 times per week. I've been enjoying trying new forms of cardio..zumba, bike riding, body combat, yoga, running, elliptical.

If anyone has any information on why we should be putting healthy, clean foods in our bodies instead of the fattening, processed foods, please let me know. Not just, "'cause it's green" or "'cause it's better for ya", more about the science behind it..

Until next time (whenever that may be..)







Friday, April 27, 2012

Home Sweet Home

So, I am always seeing these wonderful little blogs that inspire me to garden, sew, cook, be a better person and all of those good things. I'm going to attempt to post on my adventures in gardening, crafting, traveling and all of the fun stuff in between. I may be asking for advice (not sure if that is allowed here) or giving advice (not sure that I have much to give). Please feel free to give any advice/opinion that you would like! I hope you enjoy!
This is my new house. I am working on landscaping (as you can see the this house is in desperate need). I love having a place where I can get outside and play, I mean work, in the yard. After a couple of weeks of work, we have many different types of plants and flowers. My fiance, Jesse, has been working overtime in the yard. He usually complains about landscaping because of a previous landscaping job that he had, but I think that he secretly enjoys it ;)



This is my back yard, please excuse the fact that I have yet to mow.





This is the garden the day we dug trenches and  planted our plants and seeds. I will add an updated picture of the garden soon. There are several plants sprouting: squash, zucchini, cilantro, radishes, cucumber and watermelon. We dug these trenches in order to collect rain water in hopes of having to water it less. This plan works well, unless there is A LOT of rain. And that rain does not drain quickly. Then, you have little ponds in between your rows. And algae grows in those little ponds. BUT..the plants didn't seem to mind, so neither will I!



The weather was a little cooler than usual for this time of year the other evening, so Jesse and I took advantage of it by building a fire in the fire pit (my best Dirt Cheap find yet-$25!) and enjoying coffee and cookies.




This is my sweet little kitchen window. It is missing one of the most important things-sweet little homemade curtains. I'm on it though. That is one of my projects for this weekend.


I will post about my job and cooking ventures soon!