Today was a great day! It was a touch warmer outside and I got up early to get my workout in first thing this morning. I alternated back to skipping today and what a great way to get your heart rate up! Already, by 7:30am, I boosted my metabolism for the day and I was feeling great. I also can't say enough about the lemon water. I feel I am noticing a difference already in my skin, which no expensive cream could beat!
I was out shopping on my lunch break today (I wish someone would tie me to a chair so I wouldn't spend so much $$) and I found my way into Coles bookstore. I was looking through the health and nutrition section and found Jessica Seinfeld's "Deceptively Delicious" book I have heard so much about. It really caught my eye especially since I could take some of her recipes and put my own twist on them to make them THAT much healthier. I am really excited about this. As soon as I got home, I got settled on the couch with the new cookbook and had an amazing 30 mins browsing through it.
Supper tonight... it was picture perfect so I couldn't help but share it with you. For Christmas, we got a George Foreman grill and I am obsessed with it! Tonight I made veggie kabobs, pork chops and a spinach salad with roasted chickpeas. Look at the photo above... this is how your supper should look every night! 3/4 of your plate filled with greens and veggies and 1/4 protein (meat) I am new to marinades but I played around with a mixture tonight and it really turned out nice.
Veggie Kabobs - Marinade
- 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 T fresh lemon juice
- 1 t fresh ground black pepper
- 2 t sea salt
- 1 t dried oregano
- 1-2 cloves mashed garlic
Just mix everything up and pour into a plastic baggy. In the meantime, cut up your veggies. I used mushrooms, green peppers, yellow peppers, red onion and zucchini. Add the pieces of veggies into the baggy with the marinade and shake. Then put it into the fridge for 1-2 hours.
When you bring the veggie's out of the fridge, thread them onto your wooden skewer sticks. Place on your grill for 7-9 minutes.
I found this new recipe on Peas and Thank You and changed it up a bit. I love hummus and chick peas in general so these were a no brainer. As soon as they came out of the oven I was munching on them. You can eat them as a side or add them to a salad like I did.
- 1 can of organic chickpeas, rinsed drained and patted dry.
- 1 T pure Maple Syrup
- 1 t Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/8 t sea salt
- 1/4 dried ginger
- t cinnamon
Preheat your oven to 350. Combine all of the above ingredients in a bowl and make sure everything is coated evenly. Spread the chickpeas on a cookie sheet (first lay down parchment paper to avoid a mess).
Bake for 25 minutes stirring occasionally.
Why choose chickpeas?
Aside from chickpeas tasting delicious, they are an excellent source of protein and fiber. They contain minerals such as iron, magnesium and zinc. Some research also claims that chickpeas help reduce cholesterol and aids in the prevention of Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease. Next time you are at the grocery store... pick up a couple cans of organic chickpeas!!!
Well that is about it for tonight. Tomorrow is going to be a busy day but it is that much closer to the weekend. Did I tell you guys I am attending a Intro to Chakra's Workshop on Saturday? I am excited because one of my new year's resolutions was to try my best to get out there and learn as much as possible.
Have a great day! Be positive and stay healthy!
lots of love