Monday, January 30, 2012

Chloe is 6 months old!!!



 My baby girl turned 6 months old on the 27th of Jan, and we decided to introduce her to her first solid foods. I choose Earths Best Earths  Organic Rice Cereal. It has no GEI and is high in iron. I mixed aproximatley 1 tablespoon with breast milk, and made the consistency slightly runny. 




Chloe was super excited and gobbled it up without even hesitating!!! So exciting as for any new parents, the introduction to solids is always nerve racking! Below are a few of our first feeding pictures!! 









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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

by Deborah Fisher

Prep Time: 15-20 min

Cook Time: 55 min

Ingredients

    For the Vegetables
    • 5 small red potatoes
    • 3 medium sized beets
    • 3 turnips
    • 3 carrots
    • 1 zucchini
    • 1/2 bunch of asparagus
    • 6 brussel sprouts
    • 1 red pepper
    For the Balsamic Dressing Marinade
    • 1/4 cup of Balsamic Dressing (or you can make your own with Balsamic vinegar and olive oil 1:2 ratio)
    • Sea Salt
    • Black pepper

    Instructions

    For the Vegetables

    Chop all veggies to bite size chunks and put in a large bowl

    For the Dressing

    Toss the veggies in the dressing to coat lightly

    Put into a large glass baking dish

    Cover with foil

    Bake for 35 minutes at 375

    Remove from oven and toss again with a large spoon

    Remove cover

    Bake for 20 minutes at 425

    The vegetables should be soft to poke at (check the beets, they usually take the longest)

    Pair up with some quinoa and you have a perfectly balanced meal!!

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    Thursday, January 26, 2012

    Barney Butter (Almond Butter)

    The wonderful people at Barney Butter sent me a jar of their very special Almond Butter and a couple of the squeeze packs!!


    I have to be honest, when I opened up the package...without hesitation...I dug right with a big spoon!! 




    My review of this Almond Butter is....


         ABSOLUTE PERFECT TEXTURE AND TASTE


    They got it right! So amazing that I will be ordering it regularly off their website!


    As most of you know, I am obsessed with Peanut and Almond butter, and below was an interesting chart that highlights just how great the Barney Butter is!



    Almond Butter is a Healthier Alternative to Peanut Butter. Compare nutritional information for Barney Butter Smooth vs. peanut butter based on a 2,000 calorie diet:
    Peanut ButterBarney Butter
    Calories188182
    Saturated Fat18%7%*
    Protein14%14%
    Fiber8%14%
    Calcium0%8%
    Iron2%8%
    Vitamin E13%25%
    Magnesium13%20%
    *The USDA recommends eating foods that contain less than 10% Saturated Fat per serving.





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    Sunday, January 22, 2012

    My everyday PERFECT oatmeal



    I admit it...I like routine, I like knowing what I am going to eat when I wake up. It helps me with creating good habits. I feel like if I didnt know what I was going to eat for each meal, there would be more opportunity to make errors! My breakfast is always the same! I LOVE OATMEAL, for so many reasons. I thought I would share with you my "everyday PERFECT oatmeal" and why I love it so very much!!


    Every day PERFECT oatmeal



    • 1/2 cup quick oats
    • 1 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder
    • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
    • 1 tablespoon of cranberries
    • 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed
    • 1 tablespoon of bee pollen granules
    • 1 tablespoon of wheat germ
    Mix in a bowl together, and add hot water, let sit for 1 minute, add a splash of almond milk and ENJOY!!

    Ok, so why is this above combo so perfect? Let me breakdown some of the benefits!

    OATMEAL
    • contains soluble fiber which can help you lower your cholesterol and blood pressure
    • good source of complex carbs to keep your blood sugar stable
    • keeps you feeling full for longer
    WHEY PROTEIN POWDER
    • Source of energy and protein
    • builds and repairs muscles, bones and body cells
    • assists in weight loss
    • rich amounts of essential amino acids
    CINNAMON
    • boost cognitive function and memory
    • great source of maganese, fiber, iron and calcium
    • anti clogging effect on the blood
    • improves energy, vitality, circulation
    • helps control blood sugar
    • has anti-inflammatory properties
    CRANBERRIES
    • high in vitamin C and antioxidants
    • helps to fight tooth decay
    • fights bacterial infections
    • anti-cancer properties
    • immune system strengthener
    • cardiovascular benefits 
    FLAX SEED
    • great source of fiber and helps keep things regular
    • concentrated amounts of omega 3 and ALA (alpha-linolenic acid)
    • lowers cholesterol
    • good source of magnesium
    BEE POLLEN GRANULES
    • helps to increase your endurance and strength
    • natural weight control
    • helps to speed up calorie burning
    • helps to stabilize body chemistry
    • helps improve complexion
    WHEAT GERM
    Kretschmer Wheat Germ - Original Toasted
    • good source of Omega 3, 6 and EFA (Essential Fatty Acids)
    • good source of B Vitamins, Vitamin E and other minerals





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    Friday, January 20, 2012

    Eat Clean Beef Stir Fry

    Eat Clean-Beef Stir Fry
    by Deborah Fisher
    Prep Time: 15-20 min
    Cook Time: 15-20 min

    Ingredients (serves 4)
    • 1 cup quinoa
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 each yellow, orange and green bell pepper, chopped
    • 1 cup chopped roasted red pepper
    • 1lb of lean beef tenderloin, trimmed of visible fat and cut into thin strips (get this from your butcher/deli)
    • 1 cup of low sodium beef broth
    • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
    • Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
    Instructions
    Cook quinoa according to package directions and set aside
    Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet on medium-high.
    Add onion and garlic, cook 2-3 minutes
    Add peppers (including roasted red peppers), cook 2 more minutes
    Add beef and cook for another 2 minutes
    Add broth and simmer over the same heat for 2 minutes
    Remove from heat, stir in basil and season with salt/pepper.
    Serve beef mixture over quinoa
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    Tuesday, January 17, 2012

    Healthy Crock Pot Turkey Chili

    Healthy Crock pot Turkey Chili

    by Deborah Fisher

    Prep Time: 15 minutes

    Cook Time: 4-6 hours (crock pot)

    Keywords: slow-cooker entree turkey winter

    Ingredients

    • Lean Ground Turkey
    • Large Can of diced tomatoes
    • Jar of your favorite tomato sauce
    • 1 can of kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
    • 2 Zucchini
    • 1 Green Pepper
    • 1 Red Pepper
    • 1/2 Broccoli
    • 1/2 Cauliflower
    • 1 medium Yellow Onion
    • 2 cloves of Garlic minced
    • 1 package of chili spices for the crock pot

    Instructions

    Chop all vegetables into bite size pieces

    Brown up the ground turkey with garlic, onions and peppers

    (10 minutes)

    Add to crock pot

    Add all remaining ingredients and put on the lowest setting

    Allow to cook for 4-6 hours

    Put over steamed brown rice, or pasta.

    So delicious and nutritious!!

    ENJOY!

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    Monday, January 16, 2012

    Cycle your way slim!


    One of my favorite cardio workouts is Spinning! I aim to do at least 3 classes a week!


    I just love the challenge and pushing myself to my limits. I love this article from oxygen and thought that for anyone else out there who spins or is considering adding it to your workout, here are some of the motivators to just do it...can you say..BURN 700 calories in a class?!!! Yeah...thats right!! 


    http://www.oxygenmag.com/Training/Articles/Cycle-Your-Way-Slim.aspx

    Cycle Your Way Slim



    Power your own indoor-cycling ride with this Oxygen-exclusive program.

    By Amanda Vogel; Programming by Jennifer King, CAN-FIT-PRO FIS, Spinning (Star 3), Les Mills RPM-certified; Photography Paul Buceta

    What will help you build muscle, torch fat and fits right in your pocket? 

    It’s not your protein-packed turkey jerky (although we are sure that’s phenomenal, too) – it’s Oxygen’s printable indoor cycling workout-to-go, filled with glutes-building hills, fat-burning sprints and a perfectly programmed playlist. Bring it to the gym today and you can burn up to 700 calories an hour! 
    Click here to download your workout PDF.
    Learn more about what type of indoor cycling is best for you!

    REMEMBER:

    • This workout will be the safest and most effective if you have some experience with indoor cycling classes, or if you’ve read our how-to guide in the October 2011 issue of Oxygen. (Can’t find it? Buy it at shopoxygenmag.com!)
    • Always have some resistance on your bike. Never let your legs fly wildly.
    • If at any point you feel light-headed or woozy, dial your resistance or speed (or both) back a notch.
    • Can’t keep up with the recommended RPM? That’s your cue to reduce your resistance. Going faster than suggested? Nudge up your resistance. 


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    Friday, January 13, 2012

    Healthy Carrot Cranberry Bread

    by Deborah Fisher

    Prep Time: 20-25 Minutes

    Cook Time: 35 minutes

    Keywords: bake spelt walnuts cranberries carrot

    Ingredients (8 servings)

    • 2 cups finely grated carrot, unpacked
    • 1 tbsp ground flax seed
    • 1/2 cup agave nectar
    • 3/4 cup almond milk
    • 1/3 cup light extra virgin olive oil
    • 1.5 tsp pure vanilla extract
    • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
    • 2 tsp freshly grated lemon zest
    • 1.5 cups whole grain spelt flour
    • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
    • 2 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 1/4 tsp sea salt
    • 1/2 cup cranberries soaked for 10 minutes & drained
    • 1/4 cup toasted walnuts, chopped

    Instructions

    Preheat oven to 350F and spray a loaf pan with coconut oil spray

    Wet Ingredients

    In a medium bowl, mix together the grated carrot, ground flax, agave nectar, almond milk, oil, vanilla, vinegar, and lemon zest. .

    Dry Ingredients

    In another bowl, whisk together the spelt flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking powder & soda, and salt. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir until just combined

    Fold in the cranberries and chopped walnuts.

    Pour into prepared pan and bake at 350F for 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

    Enjoy!!

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    Tuesday, January 10, 2012

    My favorite bread...

    I always get asked if I eat bread, and the simple answer is YES! I love bread, and it can be a wonderful partner to my peanut butter cravings!! However, I choose to eat "Sprouted Grain Bread". It is flour-less and so tasty!! You can find this bread in most grocery stores in the freezer section.


    THIS BREAD IS...





    I had 1 egg, with 4 egg whites this morning (of course with hot sauce!!) and 2 slices of Ezekiel bread. Its a complete and satisfying meal. 







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    Saturday, January 7, 2012

    Healthy Date Squares

    No Bake Date Squares

    by Deborah Fisher
    Prep Time: 20-25 Minutes
    Cook Time: 0 (its no bake!!)

    Ingredients
      Crust and Topping
      • 2 cups whole raw almonds (Cashews work nice too!)
      • 2 cups spelt oats (or regular oats)
      • 1/2 tsp sea salt
      • 10 Medjool dates, pitted and roughly chopped
      • 1/4 cup coconut oil
      Date filling
      • 25 Medjool dates, pitted and roughly chopped (~2.5 cups)
      • 1/2 cup water
      Instructions
      For the crust
      Line a square pan (9x9) with parchment paper
      In a food processor, process the almond, salt, and oats until a fine crumble forms. Now add in the dates and process until crumbly again.
      Melt the coconut oil and add to the mixture and process until sticky.
      Remove from processor, set aside 1 cup of the mixture for later, and press the rest of the mixture very firmly and evenly into the pan.
      For the filling
      Add dates and water and process in the food processor until a paste forms.
      Scoop out the date mixture onto the crust and gently spread with the back of a wet spatula until even.
      For the topping
      Sprinkle on 1 cup of mixture you set aside and gently press down with fingers. Refrigerate in the fridge until firm for at least 1 hour, preferably overnight. Cut into squares and serve. Store in the fridge or freezer.
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