Breakfast Sweet Potatoes with Spinach, Feta, and Eggs

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Last weekend, I felt like a big breakfast.  I wanted potatoes! I wanted eggs! I was craving Potatoes O’Brien!  Unfortunately, I didn’t have any bell pepper in the fridge, and I wasn’t about to head to the store.

Hunting through the fridge I was about to find spinach, feta, and sweet potatoes.  I knew I could create something delicious with those ingredients, so I went to work.

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From my stuffed sweet potato post, we all know that sweet potatoes have a low glycemic index and are potassium, beta-carotene, and magnesium rich. This week we learned that spinach can improve memory, fight cancer and anemia, and promote healing. What a fantastic combination!

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5.0 from 2 reviews

Breakfast Sweet Potatoes with Spinach, Feta and Egg
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Ingredients
  • 1 sweet potato, diced into bite-sized pieces
  • ½ cup frozen spinach
  • ¼ cup feta
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Hot sauce to taste

Instructions
  1. Heat a oil over medium heat in a skillet.
  2. Add diced sweet potato and cook for 7 minutes or until golden brown and tender. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add frozen spinach and cook for 3 minutes until warm.
  4. Meanwhile in another skillet, cook one egg over-medium.
  5. Once the sweet potatoes are tender and the spinach is warm, add feta and cook for about 30 seconds. I didn’t want the feta to melt.
  6. Top the sweet potato, spinach and feta mixture with the over-medium egg.
  7. Add hot sauce if desired.

This recipe would make a great lunch too.  Who ever said you can’t have breakfast for lunch!

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I needed a little hot sauce on mine. Yum!

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Changing gears here…this Sunday I will be running in my first 10k at the Pasadena Marathon!  I’m super excited and a little nervous. It’s my first race after all, so I’m not sure what to expect.  I have been training for the last two month so I feel ready!

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Question: Any advice for race day?  Do you have a pre-race ritual?

Why Juice Fasting Is a Bad Idea

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As I have mentioned in my Meet Jillienne page, I have tried many types of crazy cleanses.  In college, I did a colon cleanse for a month.  Last year before a Cabo vacation, I dropped 5 lbs on a seven day cleanse.  (Talk about unhealthy! When trying to lose weight, the average person should only lose one to two lbs per week). But  I would try just about anything to drop the pounds quickly.

About six months ago, I tried a juice cleanse. I did very little research besides watching Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead before I bought a juicer on Amazon.  (This was problem #1! ) In the documentary, Joe Cross only drank fruit and vegetable juice for 60 days.  He lost around 100 lbs and cured his autoimmune disease.  I was convinced this was what I needed to try.

Over the next month, I went on mini juice fasts, though never longer than 3 days.  I also drank one glass of fruit/vegetable with my normal diet every single day.  During the cleanse, my skin started to glow, my acne clear up, and I lost weight.  However, I was constipated, tired, and often light headed.   Although drinking fruit/vegetable juice is a great way to get vitamins from many different sources because it takes a lot of fruit and vegetables to make one glass of juice, you remove most of the fiber.

On a juice cleanse you are not getting any protein or fats either, unless you throw in a few chia seeds, but that’s not sustainable. Your hormones will be thrown out of whack.  The constraint spikes of sugar from the juices in your bloodstream increase the release of insulin, a hormone that ushers sugars directly into your liver where they are converted into glycogen to be used by your muscles.  It’s important to maintain low levels of insulin so your body can more easily tap into your stored fat for fuel.

Since toxins from food are stored in fat cells and juice cleanses (and other detoxes for that matter) promote rapid fat loss, toxins may be released in the blood stream causing symptoms such as headaches, sore muscles, weakness, and irritability.  Our bodies naturally remove these toxins as we sweat during exercise, thus avoiding said symptoms.  Also, the lack of adequate protein intake from omitting animal products and legumes may diminish muscle mass, and therefore slow down your metabolism.  Juice cleanses also mess with the probiotics in your digestive tract.

While I don’t think juice cleanses are necessary, I do think incorporating a fruit/vegetable juice with breakfast or lunch is a great idea.  It is a fantastic way to consume multiple vitamins that can quickly be absorbed into the blood stream; however, our bodies need protein, fat, and fiber.

Fasting is not the answer to a healthy lifestyle.  Eating clean, organic foods will detoxify the body.  Food can be our medicine if we use it properly.

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Below is a list of healing foods that can be incorporated in your diet:

  • Apples: Tonic, Digestive Diuretic, Detoxifying, Laxative, Antiseptic, Lower blood cholesterol, Antirheumatic, Liver stimulant.
  • Asparagus: Antioxidant, Anticancer, Anti-cataracts, Diuretic, Promotes Healing
  • Beets: Antibacterial, Antioxidant, Tonic, Cleansing, Laxative
  • Citrus Fruits: Antioxidant, Anticancer
  • Garlic: Antimicrobial, Antibiotic, Cardioprotective, Hypotensive, Anticancer, Diaphoretic, Anticoagulant, Lowers blood cholesterol, Lowers blood sugar level, Expectorant, Digestive Stimulant, Diuretic, Antihistamine, Antiparasitic
  • Ginger: Antinausea, Relieves headaches and arthritis, Anti-inflammatory, Circulatory stimulant, Expectorant, Antispasmodic, Antiseptic, Diaphoretic, Anticoagulant, Peripheral vasodilator, Anti-emetic, Carminative, Antioxidant
  • Leafy Greens: Antioxidant, Anticancer
  • Parsley: Antioxidant, Tonic, Digestive, Diuretic
  • Pears: Antioxidant, Protects the colon
  • Spinach: Anticancer, Improve memory, Antioxidant, Promotes healing, Anti-cataracts, Anti-anemia

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5.0 from 1 reviews

Healing Green Juice
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Ingredients
  • 1 apple
  • ½ cucumber
  • ½ lemon
  • ½ kale bunch
  • 1 handful parsley
  • 1 inch cube ginger

Instructions
  1. Wash and then combine all ingredients in a juicer. Note: peel the lemon before juicing.

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This juice is a little tart and not very sweet, but it’s loaded with vitamins and antioxidents.  What are your favorite juice mixtures?

Lululemon “Purple People Eater” Wunder Under Crops Review

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For my birthday this year, the Bear gave me a gift card to Lululemon.  It wasn’t too long ago that I was asking for Anthropology gift cards, but times have changed.   Since I normally don’t spend $72 on a pair of gym pants (typically I buy them from Marshalls or Target), I splurged a little on this special occasion.

With gift card in hand, I bought a pair of Lululemon Wunder Under Crops, among a few other things ;) but this review is only about the crops.  Since I already have a pair of reversible black/green Wunder Unders, I bought a new pair in Power Purple (or as I like to call them: Purple People Eater.)  The sales clerk got a kick out of my new product name for these puppies.

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Just me acting like Popeye!  Sorry, it wasn’t a make-up kind of day.

“Purple People Eater” Crops Review:

Since I purchased these crops about a month ago, I have worn them during intense workouts at the gym, 10k runs, and while running errands.

buttFabric:  Lululemon has trademarked luon which is basically combination of nylon, polyester, and lycra.  The fabric is soft and breathable like cotton, but stretches like spandex.  Although other people have experienced their Wonder Under Crops being see through, I did not find this pair to be see through.  Also, I was worried the purple color might show cellulite (let’s face it, most girls have some!), but I was pleasantly surprised that they do not show a single dimple!  The only downfall is that that my purple people eater’s did show a little bit of booty sweat during an intense gym workout.  I have not experienced any sweat marks during my 10k runs, however.

PocketFit:  Wunder Under crops are medium rise, tight fitting, and calf length.  They have a triangular gusset that prevents any embarrassing camel toe action, and a wide waistband to smooth out any muffin top.   There is even a small pocket tucked into the waistband for a key, or in my case, small pepper spray.  (It’s better to be safe, than sorry.)  They also have chafe-resistant, double stitched flat seams. I must say after wearing my purple people eater crops for an entire day, I noticed some pilling of the fabric.  However, after washing the pants, the pilling disappeared!  I wanted to take a picture for you, but it was gone!

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Care:  One downfall to these crops is the care.  Lululemon recommends that they be washed on cold and air dried to protect the life of the lycra.  You also should not wash these crops with cotton because the fluff will attach to luon, or with fabric softener because it inhibits the sweat wicking capabilities.

 

 

 

If you can get around the care and price of these crops, they will last forever.  Wunder Under Crops are always my go-to pants.  Whenever they are in the wash, I get a little sad inside.  Mostly, I love the way these crops fit and feel.  They are super soft and perform a miracle on my booty… Yay for no dimples!

As I mentioned above, I typically shop for gym clothes at Target or Marshalls.  What is your favorite place to shop for gym clothes?

Super Simple Feta Pita Pizza + Yurbuds Winner!

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Most of the time after a hard day at work and the gym, the last thing I feel like doing is cooking an elaborate dinner.  Before my lifestyle change, I would buy frozen dinners filled with icky preservatives and chemicals.  Since I don’t eat that way anymore, I have been experimenting with quick dinner ideas. Last night I made Feta Pita Pizzas.

5.0 from 3 reviews

Super Simple Feta Pita Pizza
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Serves: 2-4
 

Ingredients
  • 4 whole wheat pitas
  • ½ cup feta cheese
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, run knife through
  • 1 shallot, sliced thin

Instructions
  1. Turn on the oven broiler.
  2. On a pizza stone (or cookie sheet), top each pita with ¼ of the grapeseed oil, basil, cherry tomatoes, shallot, and feta, respectively.
  3. Put the pizza stone in the oven for 3-5 minutes until the pita pizza is crispy and hot.

 

I find the a pizza stone gets the pita a little crispier than a cookie sheet.

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The tomato, basil, feta make a perfectly light combination, but you could use more american toppings if preferred.  The Bear doesn’t like feta, so he got mozzarella cheese instead. For more protein, you could throw on a few pine nuts… I thought of that after I devoured my pizza.

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You might even want to try this recipe on a grill!!! That would make for incredibly crisp pita pizza. With a side of grilled artichokes… I can envision it now!

Those of you who follow me on Instragram, Facebook, and Twitter know that I have been grilling a lot lately.  Calling all grill masters! What are your favorite summer grilling recipes?

Now for the RANDOM GIVEAWAY WINNER!

The winner is:

Beth Gylling! Beth entered the giveaway through Facebook, Instagram, and on my blog, but it was her Instagram entry that won the Yurbuds!

Email your info to jillienne [at] chasingraspberries [dot] com and I will send these earphones out to you right away.

Snickerdoodle Banana Soft Serve

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As I have mentioned before, I have quite the sweet tooth.  When I was a little kid, I would bring an empty pillowcase trick-or-treating.  It would be almost full by the end of the night, and all the good candy (a.k.a chocolate) would be consumed by the end of the week! I didn’t stop there. Nope! I loved tirck-or-treating so much that one year I decided to go again the day after Halloween.  I was caught when a neighbor decided to call my mom and tell her I was begging for candy in broad daylight.  I don’t think kids could get away with that these days.

Now, I’m always trying to find healthy ways to satisfy my sweet tooth… A few months ago when I first started this journey for a fit, healthy life, I was watching a bunch of documentaries about healthy eating.  One had the great idea of making ice cream out of bananas! He only used frozen bananas and vanilla extract!  It was a genius idea that I needed to try.  I found it very satisfying, but it had a strong banana flavor. Insert cinnamon and organic brown sugar…BINGO, we had a winner!

5.0 from 3 reviews

Snickerdoodle Banana Soft Serve
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Serves: 1
 

Ingredients
  • 2 Frozen Bananas
  • 1 Tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon of organic brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients in a food processor.
  2. Blend just enough until it is smooth and creamy like soft serve.

 

This is truly the simplest recipe.

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The bananas blend easier if you cut them into smaller slices. I learned that the hard way.

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The consistency is more like soft serve than ice cream, and it’s best if eaten right away.  The soft serve will get very hard if you try to freeze it for later.

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Banana soft serve is also delicious with peanut butter, cocoa powder, or raspberries. 

For those with a sweet tooth out there, what healthy recipes do you enjoy for dessert?

Benefits of a Personal Trainer + Workout Routine by Trainer-Extraordinare: Craig Mills

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If you have read my Meet Jillienne page, you know that I have been going to a personal trainer since November, 2012.  Since I began seeing a trainer, I have met my weight loss goals, but more importantly, I feel healthy and strong.  Working with a trainer has changed my view on working out.  I no longer think of workouts as a chore, but instead I view them as “me” time that allows me to clear my head while strengthening my body.

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When I first began seeing my personal trainer, Craig Mills, I could not even do regular push ups.  Craig started me out with incline push ups in the beginning. Gradually I moved on to regular push ups, and now I can do decline push ups.  I even compete with the Bear’s guy friends!  I have done 90 push ups in one workout, but it has taken a lot of hard, yet fun, work to get where I am.  I couldn’t have done it without Craig.

Before I get into the benefits of meeting with a personal trainer, let me tell you about the first time I met Craig… after Craig had showed me how to do a proper squat, I completely blacked out!  I kid you not!  We had just finished doing a very light round of body weight squats and I blacked out on one of the shoulder machines. (I still get light headed during a certain time of the month, but the doc says I’m healthy as a horse!) This goes to show how out of shape I was in the beginning!  I was very embarrassed but Craig was a great sport about it and encouraged me to come back another day to try again. Thank goodness I did because it has truly changed my life.

Benefits of a Personal Trainer:

  • Learn proper form.  I never really knew how to workout before I met with my trainer.  My form was completely wrong, and Craig corrected that and continues to correct it. He has shown me the proper way to use the equipment and free weights. 
  • New workout routine.  After a while, I tend to get in a workout rut. A trainer will help you create new workout routines that will continue to challenge your body. Trainers can be expensive.  One way to save money is to see a trainer once or twice a month and have them design a few routines for the rest of the month.
  • Meet new fitness goals.  A trainer will push you to meet new fitness goals, whether it is maintaining a healthy weight, training for a marathon, or body building.
  • Improve overall wellness. IDEA surveys show that the primary reason people hire personal trainers is to to get professional assistance to improve cardiovascular health, strength, flexibility, endurance, posture, balance and coordination.
  • Keep you motivated.  A trainer will help you stay motivated  for your fitness goals. Think of the buddy system. If you are meeting with someone on a regular basis, it is a good motivator for staying accountable.

Craig has graciously agreed to share a workout routine with my readers.

There are three rounds in this workout. Do three sets of each round.

Craig Mill’s Park Workout

Round 1:

  • Squat – Weighted Front Raise 12-15 reps

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  • Decline Push Ups 10 reps (If decline push ups are too difficult, start with incline push ups).

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  • Split Lunges 10 reps each leg (A progression of this move is doing the elevated split lunges, split lunges with dumbbell curls, or elevated lunges with dumbbell curls).

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  • Dips 10 reps (straightening the legs increases the difficultly)

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Round 2:

  • Box (curb) Jumps 15 reps

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  • Spiderman Push Ups 10 reps (alternate each leg)

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  • Alternating Push Offs 20 reps

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  • Plank with Alternating Dumbbell Row 20 reps

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Round 3:

  • Knee Ins 15 reps

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  • 90 Degree Crunch 20 reps

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  • Scissors 30 reps

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  • Plank (Hold the plank as long as you can.  In the beginning I could hardly hold a plank for 30 seconds.  Now I’m at a minute.)

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  • Sprint for 30 seconds on, 15 seconds off (5 minutes total)

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If you are interested in hiring a personal trainer in the Pasadena area, I highly recommend Craig!  You can reach him by phone at (818) 274-6686 or by email at craigtmills (at) yahoo (dot) com

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Sorry ladies… he is already taken, but he is available for a personal training session.

Yurbuds Inspire Sport Earphones Review + Random Giveaway!

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Author’s note: I am not affiliated with Yurbuds. I purchased both sets of Yurbuds Inspire Earphones. 

About three months ago I purchased the Yurbuds Inspire Sport Earphones For Women after searching high and low for affordable sports earphones.  Since I have small ears, I was looking for something that had a snug fit and would not fall out of my ear.  I decided to give the Yurbuds Inspire a try because they met my basic requirements and then some…

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Yurbuds was founded by a triathlete and a marathoner, and the company designs earphones specifically for athletes.  Yurbuds Inspire earphones were designed for a woman’s small ears, and have a soft medical-grade silicone for a comfortable fit.  The silicone is also sweat and germ resistant.

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Each box contains two sizes of silicone earphone covers.  If the Yurbuds do not fit your ear, you can send them a picture for a free personalized fit.

For the last three months, I have been using these earphones during workouts and long runs almost everyday.

Here is my review:

Comfort: The soft medical grade silicone covers make the Yurbuds Inspire extremely comfortable.  They stay in place due to the snug fit during hikes, runs, intense workouts, and biking.  The ergonomic design of the silicone covers enter the ear canal without hurting any sensitive areas.

Sound: While the Yurbuds Inspire do let in ambient noise, they have very decent sound quality.  Though I did have to turn the volume up a little compared to my previous earphones, the sound quality is comparable to other earphones in the same price range.

Sweat Resistant:   As I mentioned before, the silicone is sweat resistant – meaning it doesn’t absorb sweat.  I tend to sweat during intense workouts, and it turns out my ears sweat too!  As the silicone gets wet, the Yurbuds become a little slippery. They fell out of my ears during a run on a very hot L.A. day.  I had to switch out the smaller silicone covers for the larger covers, and I haven’t had this problem again. One nice thing is the silicone covers are very easy to wash after a sweaty workout.

Overall, I am very happy with these Yurbuds Inspire earphones, and will be giving away a purple pair to one of my readers!!!

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To enter the Random Yurbuds Inspire Earphone Giveaway, do one or all four of the following:

1) Leave a comment on my blog!

  • Do you normally listen to music while you workout/run?
  • What’s on your playlist?

2) Tweet about it!

  • Put a link to this post and write “Free Yurbuds Inspire Earphone Giveaway!” #fitness #sweatpink @ChasingRasps (remember to tag me so I can count the entry).

3) Instagram a picture of you being active this week! 

  • Tag me @JillienneChasingRasp and use #chasingraspberries on the entry. 

4) Share on Facebook!

  • Share a link to this post and leave a link to your facebook page in the comments. 

If you enter all four ways, it will count as four entries!  I will assign a number to each entry and select a random winner this Friday!!!

Cardamom Milk Tea and OverNight Oats

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Cardamom is a new spice for me.  I first discovered it a few years ago at Nicole and Amish’s wedding, where they had cardamom cupcakes. Amish is from Nepal and uses cardamom often while cooking. When I tried cardamom at their wedding, I found the flavor very strong and different from the spices I normally eat.

After being reintroduced to cardamom last weekend during my San Francisco visit, I am starting to enjoy it – mostly in sweets.  (Speaking of my visit, I’m staring at my luggage waiting to be unpacked while I’m writing this post.  Yay, procrastination!)

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I bought some cardamom pods at an Indian spice shop while in San Fran, and Amish showed me how to make milk tea.  He used cow milk, sugar, and black tea.  But of course I had to make a healthier version for my readers:

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Cardamom Almond Breeze Milk Tea

1 ½ cup of unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze milk

1 or 2 black tea bags

5 drops of Stevia (I like my milk tea sweet!)

1 cardamom pod, remove the outside pod and ground the inside pellets

In a pot, heat the milk on high heat until it starts to foam.  Reduce heat to low and add tea bags, Stevia and cardamom.  The milk will turn brownish in color when it is ready to drink.

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Nicole says the cardamom pellets look like mouse turds, and I would have to agree.

When I got home from San Francisco, the first (ok, maybe the twentieth) thing I did was open my Herb Bible to read the history of cardamom.  It turns out that cardamom has been used for centuries as a respiratory tonic, circulatory stimulant, and adrenal tonic.  Cardamom is also commonly used in Indian/Nepali cooking and pairs well with ginger, coriander seeds, black pepper and cumin.  Cardamom carries a sweet note which makes it perfect for cakes, and you guessed it, OverNight Oats (ONOs).

After my run this morning, I enjoyed Cardamom ONOs and they were delicious!  Turns out ONOs only take about an hour to “process,” which is exactly how long it takes me to run a 10k.  I may have to change the name to One Hour Oats!  Nah, ONO has a better ring to it…

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Cardamom ONOs

1/3 cup of old fashion oats

1/3 cup of unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze milk

½ tablespoon of chia seeds

½ tablespoon of cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 or 2 tablespoons of raisins

1 cardamom pod, remove the outside pod and ground the inside pellets

Add all ingredients together and leave in the fridge overnight or for one hour.

 

I’m interested in learning more about cardamom. What was your first experience like eating cardamom? Do you use it often?  What ways do you cook with it?

Happy Friday everyone!

Kale Lemonade Popsicles

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Short story behind this one… on Mother’s Day I decided to make kale lemonade.  I hadn’t whipped out the juicer in a while and thought it would be a good opportunity.  I got the idea for this juice from my favorite vegan restaurant, Real Food Daily.  They have a “Kale n Cuke” lemonade that is to die for! I wanted to recreate it, but I’m sad to say I failed miserably.  The juice turned out a little too tart.  My aunt even needed to add water to it.  You win some, you lose some.

Anyways, my brother said that the juice would make amazing popsicles, so that’s how the Kale Lemonade Popsicles were invited…

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Perfect timing too since summer is approaching. The heat in L.A. has been killer that last few days.

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Kale Lemonade Popsicles
 

Ingredients
  • 3 lemons
  • 1 handful of kale
  • 1 gala apple
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 drops of liquid stevia

Instructions
  1. Add peeled lemons, kale and apple to a juicer. You can probably do this in a blender and strain out the pulp.
  2. Mix juice with water and stevia. Pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze in the freezer for 6 hours.

 

Naturally, I can’t finish the post without telling you the health benefits of kale:

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Sidebar: Don’t waste money on fancy alkaline water! Throw a few lemons or a tablespoon of lemon juice into your water. Lemons have a pH level of about 2.4 making them acidic, but when lemon juice enters the body’s metabolic process, it becomes highly alkaline-forming.

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Sorry for the poor picture quality. Lighting for a 9:00 p.m. photo op isn’t the best.  In the shower last night, I was thinking of a conversation I had with my mother-in-law about alkaline-forming foods, and I remembered  that we were both surprised lemons were on the list. You never know when a blogging moment will strike!

 

 

Back on topic…the Bear ate three popsicles the day I made them!  I think they were a hit.

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With summer around the corner, how do you plan to beat the heat?

Pesto Barley with Chicken Sausage and Cherry Tomatoes

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As I have mentioned before, I love pasta.  I am always trying to find healthier ways to fix my pasta craving.  Lately, I have been enjoying barley.  It has a chewy, pasta-like consistency but it’s much healthier.

Barley is a cereal grain with a nutty flavor, and it is about the same size as brown rice.  It is also an excellent source of fiber and is said to reduce heart disease and lower cholesterol.  There are a few types of barley: dehulled barley and pearled barley.  Dehulled barley is unprocessed and takes longer to cook, while pearled barley has been processed but is just as healthy and takes 10 minutes to cook!

I found this barley at Trader Joe’s.

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Most of my recipes start with a craving and I was craving pasta the other night, so I decided to make pesto barley.  I also threw in some cooked sausage and sautéed cherry tomatoes.

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5.0 from 2 reviews

Pesto Barley with Chicken Sausage and Cherry Tomatoes
 

Ingredients
  • 1 bag of Trader Joe’s 10 Minute Barley
  • 4 organic chicken sausages, sliced into bite size peices (remove for vegan option)
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 cups fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup pistachios
  • 2 medium sized garlic cloves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions
  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add barley and cook for 10 minutes.
  2. While waiting for the barely to cook, saute the sliced chicken sausage for 7 minutes
  3. Meanwhile, combine the basil leaves, nutritional yeast, olive oil, pistachios, and garlic in a food processor or blender. Process until smooth.
  4. Add the sliced cherry tomatoes and pesto to the sauteed sausage. Cook for 3 minutes.
  5. Drain the barley and add to the pesto-sausage mixture until combined.

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I like to create pesto with pistachios instead of pine nuts because pistachios are the skinny nut.  Thirty pistachios have just 100 calories.  Compared to 14 almonds and 11 cashews for the same calorie count, pistachios make quite a good snack.  I also decided to substitute parmesan cheese with nutritional yeast in the pesto and it turned out yummy.  The Bear didn’t even notice the difference!

What are you having for dinner tonight?