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The Damage Eraser

Speaking of healthy…


When you have had a weekend where your whiskey intake far surpassed that of water, where you were positively forced (pull my arm and leg!!) to eat approximately a million and one snacks in order to keep warm, where you did not go to bed before 4 one night and where nothing you ate had a color other than “off-white” except for those blue M & M’s; yes, I mean the kind of weekend that extracts every ounce of juice from your camera battery and brain and leaves you completely neglecting to charge it [camera battery and brain] as you luxuriate deep in blissful reverie of the weekend fun, you should stop, take a breathah, as we Bostonians say, and do this, STAT.:

1.  Cook up some Black Quinoa

2. Saute chopped snap peas in a little oil, minced ginger and salt until cooked but still crisp.

3. Add cubed oranges and saute a bit to add the orange flavor and bring to room temp (I used Cara Cara Oranges for the deep coral color).

4. Make a vinaigrette with 1 T Sesame Oil, 1 T Rice Wine Vinegar and a splash of soy sauce.

5. Layer in a bowl– quinoa, veggie mix, vinaigrette, add some sesame cashews if you have them, and a few squirts of Sriracha, to taste.

6. Serve warm or room temp.

 

This was quite delicious and the bright colors made it feel just as special as all the treats I had this weekend.  I think this could become  staple,  swapping out various fruits depending on the time of year.  Can you imagine how tasty it would be with ripe peaches in July?

 

~a

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Happy (very belated) New Year All! Along with everyone else in the world, this year I vow to lose weight, get in shape, eat better, drink less, yoga more, be nicer blah blah blah. Yeah… somehow I just don’t see that all happening. At least not just by saying it, wiggling my nose and blinking my eyes.

Here is something I vow to actually do – really try at the few goals I have set out for myself. If I want to get in shape I better be doing more than just taking the stairs to my 3rd floor apartment.

For example – One of my goals is to treat treats like treats. Newsflash for Caitlin! If you have beer, pizza, chocolate, wine,  pumpkin spice lattes etc every. single. day. – those aren’t treats! Those are just your eating habits!

Now I’m not saying that I am always unhealthy or that I plan to give up beer or pizza entirely, but I’ve allowed myself to get into a fitness and food funk (that I’m totally blaming on the holidays) and with a clean slate of 2012 right at my finger tips, I’ve figured now is the time to make a few changes.

So, to kick off 2012 here are my top 12 incredibly, super healthy tricks I’ve learned from some of my favorite blogs and websites that I SWEAR taste amazing.

Green Monster from Oh She Glows

  1. Green Monsters – Add spinach to your smoothie and you’ll get a morning salad kick-in-the-pants without tasting it at all.
  2. Mmmm Sauce – A vegan sauce you can add to almost anything. My favorite is millet, roasted butternut squash, chickpeas and Mmm (mmm good) sauce.
  3. Peanut Butter Oatmeal – Didn’t think stick to your ribs oatmeal could get anymore stick to your ribs? Add a spoonful of nut butter on the side!

    Peanut Butter Pumpking Oatmeal from Kath Eats Real Food

  4. Pumpkin Puree in Oatmeal – Another awesome addition to add to your bowl of oatmeal. 1/4 cup per bowl gives it nice bulk without overpowering the taste.
  5. Black Beans & Sweet Potatoes –  Black beans, salsa and greek yogurt. SO good.
  6. Baked Beans & Sweet Potatoes– Vegetarian (or regular) baked beans warmed up and poured on top.

    Kale Chips from Kath Eats Real Food

  7.  Kale Chips – Crispy. Salty. Great with ketchup. Do you need more?
  8. The Breakfast Cookie– With plain greek yogurt and fruit on top. I find it to be too sweet without the plain yogurt, but it really does taste like a cookie for breakfast!

    Blueberry-Flax Smoothie from Whole Living

  9. Every Smoothie Under the Sun – Smoothies rock.
  10. Clean Foods – Dr. Junger’s Clean Food recipes are generally awesome. I am in love with the Tabboulah (page 20) and the Almond Sauce (page 23).

    Chocolate Amazing Grass

  11. Amazing Grass – The original wheatgrass is kind of hard to swallow, but the chocolate tastes really amazing in a peanut butter, banana, almond milk smoothie and it really does give you an energy boost in the morning.
  12. Chia Seeds – Completely tasteless, you can add these seeds to anything. Smoothies, on top of toast, oatmeal, salads, chicken… literally anything.

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