Snack time!

Usually I don’t like to snack on pre-packaged food but once in a while when I’m short on time it is inevitable. Here’s an option I found that’s not too high in sugar and carbs with 10 grams of protein.

Again, nothing beats having real food. But this is not a bad option.

Sundried Tomato Chicken

Tired of the same chicken recipe? Here’s a Paleo recipe I came across and its nice to change it up once in a while. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts cut in half

8.5oz jar of cut sun dried tomatoes

8 garlic cloves, sliced thin

2 tablespoons dried basil

Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375. Place the chicken breasts in a large glass baking dish. Sprinkle with the dry spices and mix well. Sprinkle the sliced garlic on top and spread the sun dried tomatoes and the olive oil that it’s in the jar over the entire dish. Seal tightly with tin foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the tin foil and bake for another 15 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink in the middle.

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Almond milk update

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On the last post about milk I mentioned how I tried almond milk and did not like it. Well, until my friend Mary told me about this particular brand. This one is still low in calories and unsweetened but with a vanilla taste. Wow, this milk is delicious. Whenever I have coffee I just put in a little bit of my almond milk and nothing else. If you haven’t tried it, give it a shot!

Trilogy I

Yesterday I completed the first sprint Trilogy triathlon of the season. It was definitely an interesting race for me and this phrase came to mind as I was racing. “The more difficult the challenge, the greater the reward”. Why that is, because this was my first race I have done while sick.

Last thursday night I started to feel a scratchy throat. By friday it was a severe sore throat. As stubborn as I am, I still went to swim practice and by the fifth lap I just had to get out and go home. Breathing through the mouth while having a sore throat was not a pleasant thing. By saturday my sore throat was gone but all the congestion started. I woke up early and went to boot camp class as it was in South Beach (my favorite) and I did not want to miss it. I did taper back some in class so I wouldn’t be sore the next morning for the race. Never the less, it was an intense 2 hour plus workout.

Sunday morning arrives. I had been looking forward to the race as I participated in it last year and was eager to see if I could improve my time. On this morning my congestion was pretty bad and I was coughing a lot. I was not able to have my breakfast as I did not have an appetite. I made sure I was well hydrated and had plenty of fluids. Off to the race I went.

I was calm and planned to stay that way. I did not want to get nervous about racing with this cold. All I kept thinking was, “just do your best and DON’T DROWN!!!!”. It was tough for me to get my rhythm going in the swim but once I got it, I was good to go. The bike part needs great improvements. Out of the three disciplines is the one I practice the least. My run was ok, I felt good while running. But I made sure I had my rag because I was blowing my nose and coughing the entire way.

Overall, I had fun. I do these events because I enjoy being active, meeting new people and sharing one more interest/hobby with my husband.
I can’t wait for next month’s race and hopefully I won’t be sick so I can improve even more…

SWIM(.25) T1 BIKE (10 mi) T2 RUN(3.1 mi) TOTAL TIME
0:12:02 1:37 0:36:29 1:09 0:28:24 01:19:40.13

Mack Cycle Trilogy I

This Sunday I will be participating in the first triathlon of the Trilogy series. This will be a sprint tri which includes 1/4 mile swim, 10 mile bike and 3.1 mile run.

I’m looking forward to this event and hope to do better than last year as it was my very first triathlon. Will keep you guys posted on results.

Have a great weekend!

Research

There are so many diets/plans to lose weight and it can easily get overwhelming and confusing. Like with any other topic, when it comes to diets don’t believe everything you hear! I don’t believe in any fad diets like “the cookie diet” or “the grapefruit diet”. Been there, done that! And what has been the result at the end? More weight gain.

Now instead of dieting I eat healthy continuously. I do my research and read books, online articles and learn what and how foods affect my body. Here are some of the books I have read lately. I tend to pick and choose from each one and do what’s best for me according to my activity level.

Learn for yourself and understand how our bodies work!

Pizza

Friday nights equals to pizza for me.  I have looked into a few pizza recipes and just decided to create my own.  It is so easy that you should just be able to pick out your favorite toppings and make your own pizza. 

Why go through the trouble??  Well, for one you will know exactly what is going in your mouth!  No hidden ingredients when you cook at home.  Two, you can choose the dough and make it healthier by picking whole wheat.  Three,  it is customized to your likes.

Below you will see the dough I chose.  I found this at a healthy market or you can get it in the organic section of the grocerie store.  This package makes two pizza dishes.

My toppings were tomatoes, basil, reduced fat feta cheese, prosciutto and pasta sauce.  For the sauce I used regular red sauce you would use for cooking pasta. I tend to buy organic.  I did not put so much cheese but that is to your liking. 

Be creative  and make your own!

Summer Treat

As summer approaches and it keeps getting warmer in Miami, a refreshing treat is always good. I was food shopping when I saw this and immediately grabbed a box.

These are low fat, gluten free and high in protein. I found these in BJs wholesale in the freezer isle. Give them a try they are sooo delicious!

Have a great weekend! 🙂

Blueberry Banana Muffins

Blueberry Banana Muffins

Ingredients:

2 cups of whole wheat flour
1 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp of salt
4 large eggs
2 stick of light non salted butter
1 cup of splenda
1 tsp of vanilla
1 large package of blueberries
3 ripped bananas (mashed)
2 tsp of ground flax seeds

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare cupcake cups into muffin mold.

2. Sift flour, baking powder, salt and ground flax seeds into bowl, and set aside. In a mixer beat the butter and splenda until light and fluffy.

3. Beat in the eggs one at a time follow by vanilla. Then slowly beat in flour in 3 addition alternately with mashed bananas.

4. Lastly, fold in the blueberries and pour batter into prepared cupcake pan. Bake for 30-45 mins or until golden brown.

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Mini Meatloaf- Jungle Fitness recipe

Ingredients
Sauce:
½ can tomato paste (No Salt Added)
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ of a green bell pepper finely diced
Loafs:
1 lb ground meat (turkey, beef, buffalo, lamb, pork, or a combination!)
½ of a green bell pepper finely diced
½ of a red bell pepper finely diced
½ of a white (or yellow, or red) onion finely diced
½ shredded carrot
1 egg
½ can of tomato paste (No Salt Added)
1 tsp Minced garlic
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Sauce:
Add water to tomato paste until it resembles ketchup.
Loafs:
1. Mix all ingredients together in a big mixing bowl.
2. Fill Muffin Tins about ¾ full with meat mixture
3. Paint some of your sauce on top of your mini-loaves.
4. Put in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
5. After cooked, paint some more sauce on top of your loaves and serve.