Clean Fish and Chips

Craving fish and chips but don’t want all those wasted, unhealthy calories? Try this clean spin on an old favorite. It’s simply delicious . While the recipe calls for parsnips to use as chips, I will be using sweet potatoes.  Enjoy 🙂 This recipe and other delicious clean meals can be found on : http://www.cleaneatingmag.com
Ingredients :
  • 1 lb parsnips, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch-thick, 3-inch-long sticks
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb purple potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1/2-inch-thick, 3-inch-long sticks
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup finely diced dill pickle
  • 3 tbsp low-fat olive oil mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • Dash Tabasco hot sauce, optional
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free flour blend (TRY: Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free All-Purpose Baking Flour)
  • 1 tbsp unsalted lemon-pepper seasoning (TRY: Mrs. Dash Salt-Free Lemon Pepper Seasoning Blend)
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup quinoa flakes
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless halibut fillet, cut into 4 pieces

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Arrange 1 oven rack on top and 1 rack on bottom third of oven. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, add parsnips and mist with cooking spray. Season with salt and pepper and toss to combine. Arrange parsnips in a single layer on 1 baking sheet. To bowl, add potatoes and mist with cooking spray. Season with salt and pepper and toss. Add potatoes in a single layer to remaining baking sheet. Transfer 1 sheet to top rack and 1 sheet to lower rack and bake for 30 minutes, until golden brown and lightly caramelized, switching racks and using a thin spatula to turn parsnips and potatoes halfway through.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare tartar sauce: In a small bowl, combine yogurt, pickle, mayonnaise, lemon juice, Dijon, salt and pepper and, if desired, hot sauce, until combined. Cover and refrigerate until needed. (MAKE AHEAD: Tartar can be prepared up to 48 hours in advance.)
  4. In a small shallow dish, combine flour, lemon-pepper seasoning, salt and pepper. In a separate shallow dish, whisk egg, 2 tbsp water, salt and pepper. In a third shallow dish, combine quinoa flakes, salt and pepper. Lightly dredge 1 halibut fillet in flour mixture, shaking off excess. Transfer fillet to egg mixture and turn to coat. Transfer fillet to quinoa flake mixture, lightly pressing fillet into flakes to adhere. Transfer fillet to a clean, flat surface and set aside. Repeat with remaining fillets.
  5. Combine parsnips and potatoes on 1 baking sheet and set aside. Arrange halibut on empty parchment-lined sheet and mist tops with cooking spray. Transfer halibut to top rack of oven and bake for 25 minutes. Place tray of parsnips and potatoes on lower rack and bake for 10 more minutes, until halibut is golden brown, crisp and flakes easily when tested with a fork. Remove halibut, parsnips and potatoes from oven. Serve immediately with tartar sauce on the side for dipping.

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French onion soup sandwiches!

French onion soup..sandwiches?! Do my eyes deceive me? Nope! It is true! I’m so excited to share this recipe with you because You can get two meals out of one! I hope you love and enjoy this as much as I will 🙂 Happy and Healthy eats 🙂

French Onion Soup Grilled Cheese

makes 1 sandwich

Ingredients

1 tablespoon each grapeseed (or olive) oil and butter, for frying
2 slices of french baguette or french bread
1 tablespoon softened butter
enough shredded gruyere cheese to generously cover both slices of bread
about ½ cup wine-braised onions (see recipe below)
fresh thyme leaves
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Heat grapeseed oil in frying pan over medium low heat. Add butter and allow to melt.

Spread each slice of French bread with softened butter. Add half the shredded cheese to one, pile braised onions on top, sprinkled with fresh thyme leaves, salt and pepper, then add the rest of the cheese. “Close” the sandwich with the other slice of bread, and gently press together.

Place the sandwich in the hot pan and cook until bread is toasted brown and cheese has started to melt. Carefully flip the sandwich over in the pan and cook until the other side is toasted brown and cheese has completely melted.

Remove the grilled sandwich from the pan and serve.

Wine-braised Onions

about 1 small clove garlic per 2 onions
onions (cook about 3-5 at a time, as you will find many uses for leftover caramelized onions)
olive oil
butter
bay leaf
fresh thyme
salt and fresh cracked pepper
red or white wine
beef stock (optional)

Directions

Cut the onions in half lengthwise, then slice thinly again lengthwise.

For every 1 large onion, heat about 1 teaspoon olive oil in a large, heavy-bottom pan over medium heat. Add the same amount of butter, allow to melt, then add minced garlic. Allow the garlic to soften (but not color), then add the onions. Stir to coat the garlic and onions in oil+butter, add a bay leaf and a small sprig of thyme, then turn down the heat to medium low (so onions don’t burn). Continue to cook the onions until they are soft and deep golden brown, 30-40 minutes (depending on how many onions you cook).

Add about ¼ cup red or white wine (doesn’t matter), and allow to cook down with the onions, another 5-7 minutes. You can also add beef stock, but I didn’t.

Remove from heat and set aside enough onions for grilled cheese sandwich. The rest, throw into a pot and make French Onion Soup.

 

Bon Appetit !

Cute to work it!

I love to look good while working out. It makes me work so much harder when I feel confident. You know you love it when you run by a mirror and you see yourself and go “daaayum” . Here are a few gym accessories and clothes that I love and I hope you will love them too. Some are pricey… some are affordable but they are all worth it!

Shoes: You must have a great supportive shoe to run and train in – try these 🙂

This is the Nike Free run +3 . It comes in different colors but this is my favorite. $100.

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For training: The Nike Free Advantage , $80.00. These shoes come with a supportive band across the top of your feet so you feel safe no matter how many twists and turns you take.

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My favorite sports bra:

From Lululemon, a super supportive sports bra to get you through all your cardio moves, $48.

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For bottoms, check out these Nike Pro shorts and running tights. I personally love the tights for most work outs and I love the shorts for any type of intense cardio class. Pants are $65 and shorts are anywhere from $12 to $40. As shown, $30

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For tops, I really encourage people to purchase something thats either dry-fit or absorbs moisture.  They usually go for a little more money than your normal run of the mill shirts. (I find myself wearing A shirts at times). These are good investments if you spend time working out. They save your skin from chaffing too, which is a huge plus for me. The short sleeve is $65 and the long sleeve is $75 both available at http://www.Nike.com

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I love these fun shirts! $30

http://skreened.com/wearyourinspiration/commit-to-be-fit

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From Lululemon: A sports bra with a shirt! $64

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If you’re running outside, leaving the gym, or just getting warmed up, try these jackets out. 

I love Lululemon’s Scuba hoodies! The have a really neat front zipper and the collar comes up around your mouth which is nice when its cold outside. They come in really cute patterns this is one of my favorites! It’s also pink which I am a sucker for! I love the thumb holes too! It’s just a great all around, well made piece. $108 and WORTH IT!

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This is my favorite sweater shirt from under armour. Its cute, its fuzzy, and very nice to slip into after a shower or before a work out 😛 $54

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Bags: Its great to have something to carry all your gym stuff in . Try these!

Under armour Duffle $45 in white. The Nike Brasilia in pink – $25

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Of course, we can’t have a work out with out a cute headband. Both by Under Armour. This is my favorite work out accessory.

Braided head band : $10 , Pack of skinny head bands $12

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Last but not least… This is thee coolest thing to take with you to the gym. You can feel safe knowing your personal items can’t be stolen because no one can get into this thing! The Master Lock! $19.00 http://www.amazon.com

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I’d love to know what you guys like! Just drop a comment 🙂

 

Fitness 2013

New Years is all about resolutions! Most people make the resolution to go to the gym and lose weight. The only problem is that most people go for a few days and then get over it. This post is to help motivate you to keep up a healthy lifestyle all year round. Remember, its important to get about an hours worth of exercise a day. Whether its walking around a park, hitting the gym, or taking a dance class. If you find yourself bored with the same old gym routine I have some recommendations for you.

I have found a lot of wonderful classes and programs that have kept me active all year round and I hope they can help you too.

Ballet

I’m a dancer so naturally I like to take ballet classes. They are a great way to really tone your body and sculpt lean and beautiful legs. I like ballet because it doesn’t cause me to bulk up. It promotes great posture, abdominal strength and poise. You are never too old to start ballet or dance. In an adult class , there are beginners of all ages. There isn’t any competitive gossip which is a nice plus. They are all there for the same purpose. You can find an adult ballet class at most local dance studios or recreational centers. 

Cardio Barre

If you enjoy a good sweat and not being able to walk out of the class – this is for you. Haha- I kid about not being able to walk. However, these classes are packed with intense leg and abdominal exercises that can leave you pretty sore.  Cardio Barre takes basics from ballet and turns them into upbeat and fast paced moves. Cardio Barre classes and studios have been popping up all over the place lately. Check one out at a local studio or recreational facility.

Hot Hula

Enter a warm room full of ladies and gents ready to get their dance on. Hot Hula takes its moves from traditional Hula dance and adds cardio exercises. Torch a ton of calories in just an hour and leave the studio completely drenched. This is one of my favorites!

These classes run for around $45.00- $50.00 a month. Some places have unlimited programs where you pay a certain amount ( usually a discounted price) and you can take an unlimited amount of classes a week. Rec Centers usually have an 8 or 12 week class series . Around me ( So Cal ) they usually run for about $75 per series.

Dance themed classes not your thing?? Try these out.

Kickboxing

Nothing makes me feel better than attending a kickboxing class. In the period of one hour, you can burn between 800-1000 calories. The classes are usually high paced and a ton of fun. You can check one out at a mixed martial arts gym or at a boxing gym. Plus – who doesn’t love pink boxing gloves?

Pilates and Pilates reformer 

Pilates is a great way to increase strength in all parts of the body. Pilates is conditioning for the body. It promotes flexibility , endurance and muscle strength. Pilates can be done on a mat or on an apparatus called a reformer. The reformer uses resistance to complete exercises. Pilates moves are difficult. You may only be able to perform one move 4 or 5 times during your first few classes. They are hard and you can really feel the work out. Well worth it! Pilates are available at select dance studios, Yoga studios and some have their own studios . Classes are available at recreational centers as well.

Yoga

Many benefits come from practicing yoga. Yoga is an ancient art form that promotes a healthy body, a peaceful state of mind and flexibility. There are different types of yoga. My favorite is vinyasa. Its a constant flow of different movements . I feel so at peace after these classes. You get a great work out too.

Yoga, Pilates, and Kickboxing classes vary in price depending on where you take them. Most yoga studios offer discount prices to students. These classes can get pricey and if you’re on a budget, I’d suggest finding a class at a recreational center. They usually are the cheapest. Don’t worry though, the teachers are well trained so you wont be wasting money. Many of these classes are offered at 24 hour fitness and other gyms. Many classes are discounted or free with membership. On your way out of the gym next time, grab a class schedule.

Does being in a gym or class setting make you nervous? Like to work out at home? Try these!

TurboFire

I LOVE TurboFire. It is a high intensity kickboxing program created by Chalene Johnson. It’s a 90 day program that comes with resistance bands, a band for stretching, a meal guide, a work out schedule and a measuring tape to track your progress. The great thing about the TurboFire program is HIIT. HIIT or High intensity interval training, is a combination of intense movements that last for 60 seconds. There is a one minute recovery time and then the same combination is repeated. HIIT classes burn up to 600 calories in a 15 minute session. That is of course if you give it 100%. Its awesome to see how much improvement is made physically as you work your way through the classes. HIIT classes are only a few times a week. Other days are HIIT with cardio, strength training, abdominal training and one day of Yoga and stretching. Plus you get a day off. It’s so fun and the music is awesome. Chalene is so upbeat and positive – she makes you feel like you can’t fail. You’ll soon get addicted. It’s great for those who are busy and don’t have time to make it to the gym. 

TurboFire is two payments of $40.00. Let me tell you, I’ve been using it for a year and a half now and I love it – it really works! 

P90X and P90X-2

This program is how I was first introduced to a healthier lifestyle. I learned how to eat to fuel my body and how to sustain intense workouts with out feeling run down after. I was introduced to recovery drinks (which work btw) and of course, intense workouts that have real results. If you don’t fancy a program like TurboFire and would like to really build muscle, stamina and strength, P90X is a great program to try. Tony Horton, the creator of P90X , takes you through, cardio, plyo’s, strength training, yoga, kenpo and stretching. The program comes with great results – but I warn you, Tony can get a little interesting with his comments and after a while they get a little unappealing to the ears, haha. P90X is also a 90 day program . It comes with all 12 DVD’s, a meal guide and a workout schedule.

The prices for P90X and P90X-2 vary because you can add or subtract extras from the program. The basic price for P90X and P90X-2 is around $120.00 which can be made in 3 payments. From there the price goes up if you’d like to add extras. This is a great work out for both men and women.

Insanity

This program is a tough cookie. It is only 60 days long and is chock full of insane work outs that make you sweat puddles ! No lie, they show it in the commercials! I personally have not tried this particular work out , but my trainer is currently using it. From what I can see she loves it and she looks amazing!! (well she is a PT haha) 

Insanity cost $120.00 which can be made in 3 payments.

TurboFire, P90X, P90X-2 and Insanity are all available on http://www.Beachbody.com . You can also find a huge network of people all geared towards having a beach body. It’s a great way to stay motivated towards your fitness goals.

Fuel that body!

Naturally, when you workout hard, you have to refuel. I highly recommend a diet rich in protein with lots of fruits and vegetables. Make sure to hydrate with water during your exercises and make sure to get you 64 oz. of water in everyday. Yes that is in addition to the water you drank while working out ;).  It’s always a great idea to add supplements because we don’t always get all the required nutrition that we need. Check out Whole Foods, Sprouts, Mothers Market or Trader Joe’s for great variety of supplements. Usually the staff can help you chose something right for you. It isn’t a bad idea to set up an appointment with your Doctors to see what supplements you need. They always know best. I started drinking Shakeology which is available on http://www.beachbody.com . I no longer have to take multivitamins because the shake has it all. They are yummy too! – I will have to do a post on nutrition and fitness ! There is a lot to say. Please remember to refuel – especially if you are working hard. Your body will get so run down if you’re withholding food. Be smart about losing weight. The results will come. Starving is never the answer. Remember! You must eat clean to get lean . No soda, frappuccino’s or fast food!

It took me a few years to learn how to eat clean, to build healthy habits and begin to attain my goals. I suffered with anorexia for 9 years and have finally been able to live a healthy lifestyle. It takes time and effort  but if you’re willing to make the change, you will get to where you want to be! 

I truly hope this gave you some options to try to keep your fitness and health goals (broken record over here!) for the new year! Keep in mind, your goals are attainable and you can do it! I believe in you!! Good luck 🙂

P.S

Feel free to ask any questions or request blog posts. While I’m no expert and have just learned from experience, I’m more than happy to give you insight and help you on your path 🙂

 

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