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Collard green wraps: Take 2

Published on May 15, 2014, by in Recipes.

Last weekend I bought a bunch of collard greens with the grand plan to make more collard green wraps. I was doing some food prep last night when I ran across them in the fridge. I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand to make the Thai peanut wraps. I also didn’t have the energy to simmer and cool the greens to make the wraps more pliable. I halfheartedly chopped up some vegetables and made a new creation. I was hesitant that they would be any good. I was afraid that uncooked leaf would be bitter and that the combination that I used wouldn’t taste all that good. I was pleasantly surprised that I was wrong! Ingredients: 2 inch piece of cucumber, cored and diced 3 mushrooms, sliced thin 5 baby carrots, sliced thin 2-3 ounces of shredded chicken 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds 1 tablespoon Annie’s light Goddess dressing hummus(I

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Increased activity

Published on May 14, 2014, by in Update.

In my last post, I reported that I was struggling with getting back to consistently eating healthy and exercising. I’ve been doing great since that post. However, that means not a lot of exciting recipes using a lot of ingredients, but we have been eating a lot of lean protein, vegetables and a few complex carbs. I feel a million times better and that sluggish feeling is gone. I’ve also increased my exercise and am on track to complete the 21 Day Fix in 14 Days. Woo hoo. I even bit the bullet and rode my bike to and from work one day. Friday night, we had  hodge podge for dinner. It was part cleaning out what we had and part not much time to make dinner. I had what I like to call a snack plate. It’s really one of my favorite things. Lots of different stuff on my

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Vitamix lemon sorbet

Published on May 9, 2014, by in Recipes.

I had completely forgotten that I had made this until having a conversation about my Vitamix with a friend the other day. So, I decided I would blog it. This past winter, Brian and I were sitting on the couch having a tv/movie marathon because he wasn’t feeling well. It was also double-digit negative temperatures out. Brian was starting to get a sore throat, turned me and said, “Some lemon sorbet would feel really good on my throat.” A quick google search later turned up several Vitamix lemon sorbet recipes. Fortunately, we had all the ingredients on hand(you probably do, too), because I was definitely not going out in a polar vortex to get sorbet. Ingredients: 2 lemons, peeled 1/3 cup sugar 2-3 cups of ice Place all ingredients in blender, turn on Vitamix to “frozen desserts” setting, tamper down as necessary and let your Vitamix work its magic! This

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The great salad toss up

Published on May 8, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

I’ve needed some new inspiration when it comes to salads. How to you keep eating salads interesting? Mix them up! I was traveling a few month’s ago and stopped at CIBO Express at O’Hare. I love stopping there as they always have a ton of healthy options. There, I got an insanely delicious salad. It was mixed greens topped with roasted sweet potato, blue cheese, pecans, dried cranberries, and turkey with a champagne vinaigrette. It was so flavorful, filling and comforting because it tasted like Thanksgiving. This led me to think about how I could build more creative and filling salads rather just than vegetables or my “go to” taco salad. Here are two that I’ve made lately: I had a sweet potato with cinnamon. Then I had a salad of spinach, tri color peppers, onion, tomato, mushrooms, carrot shreds, sunflower seeds and a combination of blue and cheddar cheese.

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The hardest season

Published on May 7, 2014, by in Update.

Hello. I usually don’t get very personal on my blog, but today, I am. I am sitting behind my computer with my pants a little tight from all the amazing food I have been eating lately. I completed the 21 Day Fix and had amazing results. I absolutely love the program and can’t stop raving about it to all of my friends. So, what happened? Well, I didn’t completely undo my progress, but I am definitely feeling bloated from the food I have been consuming. This is the hardest season for me. It’s my husband’s birthday, then my birthday, which leads directly into patio weather. And since I live in Chicago, the few warm months must be taken advantage of. I am actually healthiest in the winter. I will go to the gym more days than not, because I don’t want to be outside. Since it the hardest season for

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