February 28, 2011

Kobucha + Eggplant

5:00am - alarm
5:30am - hubby asking if I slept in
5:45am - 10 minute abs, 15 min workout
hold plank for 3 sets 60 seconds w/ 30 sec. rests
hold side plank, arm raised 3x60 seconds
hold T arms, 5lbs, 3x60 seconds
hold wall sitting 3x60 seconds

6:15am - run 1.5 miles to p/u truck at mami's home
6:45am - home, get ready, eat
7:35am - work time!
12:00pm - cocoa coconut chili
6:00pm - home, hungry enough to eat my shoes
6:15pm - eat seaweed, veg, edamame
7:00pm - cook pinto bean enchiladas
8:30pm - eat a coconut lime chia square
9:00pm - be with my love bug, Edu
9:15pm - successfully write a truly boring post on blogspot :)
















But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31

February 27, 2011

For the Love of Coconut

I can't, I just can't stop. I have coconut coming out of my dang ears. I am fascinated by it.


[source]

Health Benefits:
Coconuts can add flavor, variety and--best of all--healthy nutrients to your diet. Coconuts are rich in lauric acid, which is known for being antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal, and boosts the immune system. Fresh coconut juice is one of the highest sources of electrolytes known to man, and can be used to prevent dehydration, for instance in cases of diarrhea or strenuous exercise, instead of a sports drink. Some remote areas of the world even use coconut juice intravenously, short-term, to help hydrate critically ill patients and in emergency situations. [source]

Tropical Coconut Squares:

[genius]


  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 6 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1.5 cups rolled oats, ground in food processor
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats, not ground
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1.5 cups unsweetened shredded coconut + some for sprinkling
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup honey (I used only a squirt of raw honey, 'cause I love just a hint of sweetness)
  • 4 tbsp ground flaxseed + 12 tbsp water (mix, let sit aside to become oil-like) **also can use 4 tbsp oil of choice (use coconut oil if you have it!)
  • 1/4 cup pistachios (I used raw, unsalted)
  • 1/2 cup raisins (or dried cranberries)
  1. Preheat oven 350* - spray lined 8x8 inch pan
  2. Combine chia + lime juice, set aside to form a gel.
  3. Food process those oats (just 1.5 cups!)
  4. Combine all dry ingredients
  5. Combine all wet, then add chias
  6. Add wet to dry and stir 'till blended
  7. Pour into prepared pan, sprinkle with coconut
  8. Bake 20-25 mins until edges are golden and beautiful
  9. Cool in pan for 10 mins, transfer to cooling rack for about 30
  10. Cut into 16 squares and eat forever and ever! I stored mine in a large tupperware with a piece of parchment in between layer 1 and 2 and they are holding up wonderfully!


Coconut over Green Monsters:

kale, rice milk, frozen fruit, wheat germ, ground flax, grapes, carob, raisins, almonds + unsweetened coconut



Apple, Coconut-less:

I could have sprinkled it with coconut, though.

Pinto Beans = Sunday's Protein:

also, free of coconut (it's a miracle!)

Broccoli + Cauliflower Pizza:

Sweet and savory? I d'no

YES:

I looked at the title, the ingredients list, realized I had just about everything mentioned, got excited, told hubby I really wanted to make it but that he would most likely hate it's unique-ness, and he mentioned just making him a stir-fry and cocoa-coconut chili-ing things for jus' me. It sounded like a plan, stan.


*I ended up using h2o instead of soy milk, and I added a handful of corn!


tomato, bell pepper, celery, onion, black beans, white navy beans, lentils.


coconut delight for tomorrow's lunch! I'm so ready to try this beauty.

Stir Fryyyy:

tofu, quinoa, brocc, bell pepper, carrot


the friends.


result = love.

COCONUT BUSINESS!

My first time. I was so excited!


berry madness, next to coconut lemon square.
(coconut "yogurt" with a touch of cinnamon, banana, microwaved strawberries from mr. freezer, frozen blueberries, and some rolled oats were most definitely tossed atop this bowl before consuming with great joy.

Love you, coconut. Who wants to plant me a tree?

February 26, 2011

Mi Mexico Fajitas

Happy (snow-filled & frozen) Saturday!




This morn' I arose bright n' early for some silly babysitting from 6-9am. The wonderful 3-year-old girl was just a wee baby when I started taking care of her at my last job, at a Christian daycare, and she is GENIUS and uses words like "persipitation" and started telling jokes at 2 1/2 years haha. Love watching her, even if it's for 3 little hours on a Saturday morning.



5:30am love.



I drove home on the surprising snowy streets, and headed straight for the gym where hubby was running away, covering Mr.treadmill with a good o' sweat. When I got there he only had 2 miles to go so I did a quick warm ups/abs/push-ups, and waited a bit. I didn't really decide up front if I'd shoot for 10k like I usually do on Saturdays, so I just got on the band and waited to see how I (my legs) felt. Edu and I had fun taking pictures and videos, and I was slightly horrified by how much I slouch when I run! Bad, bad habit I'm hoping to change now that I really noticed it.




I love watching my hubby run, he looks so relaxed and happy, and you can see the muscles in his legs work their hardest. He's a big inspiration!



Things when down nicely. I decided on 5 miles, finished in 48:42 and was able to stretch, do some awesome abs, and enjoy mo' snow on my walk home (apartment gym = 3 minute walk to our front door.)




Then I ate an amazingly warm bowl of coconut banana oats with melted carobs chips and almond butter. It was super rich, creamy, and filled my belly real good! Warm oats are incredible, but they're especially essential when it's 23* outside, I must say.




We pretty much chilled at home for a few hours after our warm bowls of oats. Edu has the pager so he's on call answering his phone all day (he's a system engineer, companies call him with computer issues and he fixes 'em!) And I watched some hills-arious Saturday Night Live re-runs while I waited for him to finish up, since he had to do an installation in a new Mexican restaurant and we had a field trip planned! Yay mini-road trip to a magical place I've never been before!



The restaurant was gorgeous, all of the chairs were painted with really bright, popping colors. And they all had carvings of suns and pueblos (towns) mexicanos into the chairs' backs (did you like how I completely didn't take pictures of those so-called amazing chairs? fail!). I love how colorful Mexico is, and how wonderfully portrayed it is in some Mexican restaurants! Beauuuutiful. We were planning on maybe getting some free dinner there, and naturally my mind went wild as I tried to think of all the wholesome options I could choose.



And, well, we did get dinner there. For Free! Hello menu, hello vegetarian side, hello fajitas!


black beans, white rice + veg, iceberg lettuce, guacamole, pico de gallo aaaand...


a crazy huge portion of pure veg! I fell in love, waaay deep love. It came with 4 corn tortillas, but I skipped after eating jus' one 'cause I knew they'd fill me up too much, causing me to have to leave some veggie behind (not a fan!) and hubby was thankful for extra tortilla-lovin'.

Then bring: home. bread. tropical lemon coconut chia bars, and soy yogurt w/frozen fruit!





Question: is drinking cold water after a meal bad for you? I just read that it makes any consumed fats into solids, resulting in harder digestion and mainly fat storage. It makes sense, since you heat up butter to make it liquid, but cold temps harden it. What do you think? Crazy beans, 'cause I adore some freezing cold water after filling meals, it's so cleansing!

Millet Puffs, Kelp Powder, Raw Pistachios

Goodmorning, Snow.



Yoga Friday was fully enjoyed. I decided, after longing for some weekly yoga time, that Fridays (short run or elliptical) would be the best bet for this relaxing stretch/tone session. And although I didn't enjoy yoga last week (20 minutes of sleepiness) I was looking forward to giving this my all, in a freezing living room at 5:15am. It was awwweeeesome! The stretches were tough, but I felt my muscles happily being strengthened, no matter how awkward I looked.

Workout: 50 minutes Power Yoga DVD - Tone

FOOD!






Work was insanely good business, then my mum and I went shopping to a new place: Central Market. My sister always shops there and I have always been tempted to take a looksy. I had a hunch it might be more expensive, but if I had only bought what we needed I would have spent only about $5 more than our normal weekly grocery trips.




But here's the problem: their selection was breathtaking, and I pretty much bought everything I saw. I ended up spending almost $40 on things we didn't really need 'cause I was so stoked to find these new things, I didn't even think to do the math in me head. How would you turn down these things?! millet puffs, kobucha squash, unsweetened coconut/soy yogurts, white-type beans (13g protein per serving!), unsweetened coconut! But oh well, what's done is done. And Saturday morning babysitting made up for the extra spent cash :)




then I ate a walnut + chocolate cookie (s'posed to be a double carob cookie, but we mixed things up a large load) from the freezer (her recipe!) And called it a night a bit early since I had a 5:15am alarm clock waiting to go off the next morning.

Side note: race pics were finally posted! I actually smiled in one (first time ever?!), so, that's my excuse for posting these fellas!!