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Walk it off

Published on September 10, 2013, by in Update.

This past winter, I got a great deal on a watch. This was no ordinary watch, but one of those sporty heart rate monitor exercise watches. The only problem with these watches is that the battery doesn’t last nearly as long as a regular watch as they are working so much harder and tracking so much more. So, the battery died about 2 months ago. Last week, Brian was trying to change the battery and accidentally broke the LCD screen on it. He very kindly bought me a new watch, which might actually be an upgrade to my old watch. This one also had a pedometer, calculates the calories you burn throughout the day based on your heart rate and you can set daily goals on it. I really like. It’s also very motivating to move more. I had a lot of errands to run this weekend and by run,

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Mango lassi

Published on May 3, 2013, by in Recipes.

People! This is tasty and refreshing. Last month I went to an Indian cooking class. At the end, our instructor made mango lassi’s for everyone. YUM! I had to attempt to recreate at home, of course. The ones I made were much thicker and more smoothie like than was made in class, but I liked them that way. For 2 lassi: -1 individual container of plain Greek yogurt -2 mangoes, peeled and diced -1 cup unsweetened coconut milk(or whatever milk you prefer) -dash of cardamom -ice Blend away! Pour in two glasses. You can add more liquid(milk or water) to think them down more if you like. They are the perfect complement to a spicy dish. Or, we had ours with pizza and salad!

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Easter weekend

Published on April 2, 2013, by in Update.

I didn’t do much cooking last week. I had over bought on groceries the week before, so we spend last week eating odds and ends, trying not to waste food and leave our fridge empty for Easter weekend as we headed to my parents house. Thursday night, we had one of the best eating out experiences to date at Girl and the Goat. A group of 6 of us went, which was ideal. We ordered pretty much half the menu and tasted everything. I think the over all winning dish was the braised goat neck. Seriously tender meat. We got lucky, as it is only served once a month and we happened to be there. With so much passing and tasting of the food, the table got a little messy: We got up earlier than I wanted to on Friday and took the train to my parents for the weekend.

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Golden elixir: A detox beverage

Published on January 28, 2013, by in Recipes.

In this months issue of Whole Living magazine was the new whole living plan. It was the detox that I followed last year and really liked. This years looked even better than last with more great, healthy recipes. I’m looking forward to making most of them. Twice today, I have drank a mug of their golden elixir. It’s really detoxifying and tasty. To make, add 1 T fresh lemon juice, 1/8 tsp turmeric, 1/8 tsp ginger( it calls for ground ginger but I used fresh grated), a dash of cayenne(depending on your heat preference you can add more) and a squirt of honey(optional) to a mug of hot water. Stir and sip. Enjoy!

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Green juice

Published on December 31, 2012, by in Recipes.

I have the constant struggle to justify making green juice when I could be making  a glowing green smoothie instead. Well, sometimes I just want something smooth to drink. Last night I made a pitcher of my favorite green juice. Green juice: 1 bunch kale(stems and all) 1 head romaine lettuce 1 cucumber 1/2 bag baby spinach 3 stalks celery 1 apple 1 pear I love this juice because it has so many nutrients but still tastes delicious. The apple and pear make it slightly sweet and easy to drink. A pitcher of juice make about 3 glasses. I don’t drink the juice all day long, but like to have one glass a day, usually first thing in the morning. If you are thinking about getting into juicing, now is the perfect time of year. There are sales on juicers everywhere. I personally got mine at Aldi for $34.99 at

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Ban holiday bloat!

Published on December 6, 2012, by in Recipes.

Ugh! It’s the sixth of December and I haven’t blogged once this month! Shame on me. It seems like the holiday season has already started to take its toll on me. I haven’t been getting to the gym nearly as much and instead have been going out  for fun social events that involve drinking and eating foods I don’t typically eat. While they are always a good time, I can always feel it the next day. I would say, when did I become so old? But I think  it’s more that I started taking better care of myself(less booze, less processed foods, more exercise,  more organic food and tons of fruits and veggies) and now I can really feel it when I veer from that lifestyle. I literally crave salads and water. To help counteract the junk I have been taking in, I have tried to throw some more green

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Chocolate and peanut butter green smoothie

Published on November 8, 2012, by in Recipes.

Tonight’s winner was the evening smoothie. Put in blender: one cup of vanilla almond milk, 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt, 2 huge handfuls of spinach, 3 tablespoons chocolate PB2, 8 ice cubes and a half cup of water. Blend well. Makes 2 smoothies. Brian could see the spinach but not taste it. An easy and healthy way to get in about a cup of spinach each and lots of protein, all for about 100 calories a piece.

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Pumpkin spice latte

Published on November 1, 2012, by in Recipes.

Earlier this month,  the Chicago Tribune tweeted “must-try autumn” recipes. Being that I love autumn cooking and baking, I took a quick scroll through. I wasn’t excited by most of them, but did decide to try the DIY pumpkin spice latte. I don’t typically buy fancy coffee drinks. I drink coffee, but generally only add a little cream or cream and sugar. Most of those fancy drinks are just too sweet for me and don’t pack enough punch. This one was pretty good though. I made a few changes to make it healthier. Ingredients: 2 cups unsweetened vanilla coconut or almond milk 3 tablespoons pure pumpkin 2 tablespoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 1 cup strong brewed coffee Combine milk, pumpkin and sugar in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until steaming. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and pumpkin pie spice. Whisk mixture

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Detox spa water

Published on July 24, 2012, by in Recipes.

I am not sure why this is called detoxifying or spa water. I saw it as a pin on Pinterest and thought it sounded tasty. It’s flavorful and a great variation to regular water. Take an apple of choice(I have made this with gala and granny smith and both are tasty). Core it and slice it into thin slices. Place that and one cinnamon stick into the bottom of a pitcher. Fill the pitcher 1/2 to 2/3 full of ice. Fill with water. Refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes. The longer it sits, the more flavorful it will be.

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Cold brew iced coffee

Published on July 5, 2012, by in Recipes.

Iced coffee is the perfect summer drink. Correction: Cold brew iced coffee is the perfect summer morning drink. There is just something about hot coffee cooled down that is a little bitter an not quite as good as cold brew. I can’t lie. Instead of taking the time to make cold brew, I often brew a cup of hot, refrigerate it over night and drink it in the morning. And it’s always a little disappointing. After too many cups of disappointing coffee last week, I made a batch of cold brew concentrate over the weekend that has lasted me the week and I still have some left. It’s really not hard. You just have to plan a little. Ingredients: 12 oz coffee grounds(not too finely ground) 48 oz of water All you need is 4oz of water per ounce of coffee grounds. I just happened to have a 12oz bag

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