Monthly Archives: March 2012

Recipe – Mediterranean Chicken Kebab Salad

It’s a cold and rainy spring day, but this recipe made me think of a hot summer day…  Here’s to a little imagination 🙂

Marinated chunks of grilled chicken breast served over a bed of lettuce with feta, fresh diced tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, black olives, red onions, parsley and dill tossed in olive oil and fresh lemon juice.

A wonderful high protein, low fat, low carb, low point, gluten-free main dish salad!

Mediterranean Chicken Kebab Salad (Thanks to Gina at

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For The Fellas… “Broga”

This is mostly hilarious to me, but if it helps people find a comfortable way to exercise, I am all for it…

Introducing BROGA (as described on their website):

Broga is a yoga class geared for men (where it’s okay if you can’t touch your toes).

Strong, energetic,and challenging, Broga combines the best core-strengthening, muscle-toning, cardio-working, stress-reducing, clarity-enhancing yoga postures with functional fitness exercises for an amazing workout.

You’ll get that pumped-up feeling you get from working out and a deep flexibility and relaxation feeling from “working in.”

If you’ve already been to a class, we’ll see you again soon. If not, you’ll thank yourself for making the effort to show up. Good music, cool vibe, all are welcome.

It’s your move. Get “real. fit.”©

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Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)


While I was on vacation, I was introduced to Stand Up Paddleboarding.  What an awesome workout.  I highly recommend it to anyone who lives near the water and wants to get a full body workout while “standing around” on the water.  I am posting an beginner’s guide I found on REI’s website.  This is far more information than I had when they sent me out with my board, so read up and get out there…



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Warning: Stay Away From the DANGER PUDDING…

I was involved in an online discussion last night about how great it would be to eat a can of sweetened condensed milk, with a spoon.  I quickly chimed in with the recipe for DANGER PUDDING (which I was NOT recommending, but it is actually fantastic)…  And then it hit me, the I WANT IT feeling.  I was laying in bed and ACTUALLY contemplating getting up, getting dressed and walking to the corner store to see if they sell sweetened condensed milk.  WHAT?!?!?  Then I remembered my secret tool to fight the I WANT IT feeling…  Nutritional Information Label…  the kryptonite to my cravings…  I got on the google machine (thanks to my trusty smart phone) and found this:  Sweetened Condensed Milk.

I did NOT get out of bed…  Thank you Nutritional Information Label…  *I heart you*

Recipe – Arugula Salad with Penne, Garbanzo Beans and Sun Dried Tomatoes

I am in the mood for “Spring” meals and this looks great to me…  and EASY!!!  I found it on my favorite recipe site…

Peppery arugula tossed with nutty chick peas, pasta, sun dried tomatoes, shaved parmesan and balsamic vinegar create a simple yet delicious main dish salad – perfect for lunch or dinner. Portions are large, loaded with fiber and very satisfying.

A few tips to make this simple salad fantastic – buy baby arugula, it has a milder peppery flavor. Use extra virgin olive oil, and a really good aged balsamic vinegar and most importantly use a premium imported parmesan such as Parmigiano Reggiano for optimum results. If you can’t find it in your area or if it’s out of your budget, Locatelli Pecorino Romano is another great option.

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The REAListic Challenge…



Thanks to Pinterest, I came across a great blog this morning, {all that i have sown}.  I am committing to this challenge and I hope that you will too…  (The only thing I would change is that I feel that it should apply to both men and women):




The REAListic Beauty and Fitness Challenge

  • I will embrace a REAListic view of womanly beauty
  • I will not speak negatively about my body
  • I will not speak negatively about another woman’s body
  • I will restrict media containing unrealistic or unhealthy portrayals of the female body
  • I will strive to be a good example of REAListic beauty (inside and out) to my daughter, sister, niece, granddaughter, friend, etc.
  • I will commit to a REAListic fitness goal
  • I will share my commitment with others and allow them to keep me accountable
  • I will encourage my sisters in their fitness goals
  • I will exercise for health and wellness
  • I will eat a healthy amount of food (this is NOT about dieting)
If you join me you are NOT committing to walk or run a 10K. You are not committing to a diet plan. You are not committing to buy up the Nike store and run your butt off every morning. You are simply 1) committing to a goal, 2) refusing to think or speak negatively about your body, and 3) trying to be a good role model.

Recipe – Baby Pasta Shells with Asparagus and Marinara Sauce

I found this on my favorite site,  I hope you enjoy it, I definitely think that I will…

A light Spring pasta dish the whole family will enjoy; baby shells are tossed with chopped asparagus and a light marinara sauce.  Quick and easy, perfect for vegetarians or meatless Fridays.

I wish there was more variety in pasta shapes for high fiber and whole wheat pastas. If you prefer to use a high fiber pasta, low carb or gluten-free pasta you can use elbows instead.

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Queue: Eye of the Tiger..

I am excited to say that I have picked my next goal…  I am running the Haunted Hustle in October, my first HALF MARATHON!!!  I’m running a 10k at the end of June, which is slighly less than the halfway point in my training.

I started back on my running routine this week; two shorter runs and one long run, with cross-training on the in-between days and Saturdays off.  (cross-training = Jillian Michaels)

Anyone want to join me?

Product Review – Mary’s Gone Crackers

Thanks to my wonderful, beautiful, generous, health-conscious Aunt Lisa I have been introduced to Mary’s Gone Crackers.  These organic, wheat-free, gluten-free crackers are fantastic.

I am a “seed” person.  I love seeds in my bread, crackers, recipes, etc. or as a snack on their own.  This is probably why I love these crackers, which are made from brown rice, quinoa, flax seeds and sesame seeds.  They come in many flavors:  Original, Onion, Caraway, Black Pepper and Herb.  I have tried the black pepper and herb.  They’re great.  I can’t wait to try their Sticks & Twigs Pretzel Sticks.  If you want to try any of their products, they have a store locator on their website to help you find a retailer near you.

One of the things that I really appreciate about the Mary’s Gone Crackers company is their commitment to Conscious Eating: (as described on their website)

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I Might Be In Love With Quinoa…

I have been replacing rice with quinoa lately and I am wondering why I didn’t do this earlier.  I really like the nutty flavor and al dente texture.  I thought I would share some of the Quinoa Facts I found, you can find recipes and more at the Whole Grain Council’s website:

While no single food can supply all the essential life sustaining nutrients, quinoa comes as close as any other in the plant or animal kingdom.

Quinoa (KEEN-wah) is in fact not technically a cereal grain at all, but is instead what we call a “pseudo-cereal” – our name for foods that are cooked and eaten like grains and have a similar nutrient profile.  Botanically, quinoa is related to beets, chard and spinach, and in fact the leaves can be eaten as well as the grains.

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