Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Low Carb Tomato Pizzas!

I have been trying recently to watch the amount of carbohydrates I eat. I tend to over-indulge on carbs and having a hard time keeping my blood sugar levels stable, carb indulgence not a good thing. Not to mention the weight gain that can come from it as well! This recent change has forced me to get creative with lunches and side dishes. No more sides of crackers, or sandwiches on bread for lunch. This also means avoiding pasta and rice sides with dinner. Recently I shared my Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes recipe with you, which explains how to add cauliflower into mashed potatoes to help cut down on carbs a little bit, as well as incorporate other veggies into a dish. This week's lunch side was mini tomato pizzas, without the crust, and they were delicious! I had seen a similar idea on pinterest and decided to change it up a little bit and give it a try.

Low Carb Tomato Pizzas

1 vine ripe tomato
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/8 cup shredded mozzerella cheese
1 tsp. dried basil

Slice tomato into 4 slices. Top tomatoes with shredded cheese and basil. Drizzle olive oil over top. Broil for about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Slice and enjoy!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

When you have to go premade....

I'll admit, I just don't always have the time to cook a meal from scratch....or sometimes I'm just too tired from the week and we end up with a premade dinner from a box.... Sometimes we just all have days like this, I'm sure some of you have been there as well! My "go-to" box meal on seems to always be macaroni and cheese. There's just something about that "oh so bad for you" processed cheese that gets me every time and I can't say no to it. I also love the fact that I can throw it in a big bowl and stick it in the microwave and not have to dirty multiple dishes. BUT when I have a day like this, I refuse to feed my body ONLY simple carb white noodles and processed cheese. I at least throw in some broccoli and sometimes some chicken if I have it already cooked up ahead of time. The great thing about using broccoli (fresh or frozen both work) is that I can throw it in my bowl (or pan if you're using the stovetop) along with my noodles and water to cook at the same time. 12 minutes and dinner is served! It may be a dinner I feel bad for eating afterwards, but at least I know I've added a little bit of healthy in there on a long, tired day :)

Fresh Air!

Yesterdays weather was perfect!  it was around 70 degrees, the sun was shining, and there was a slight breeze. I decided we should take advantage and take our workout outdoors last night!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Veggie haters in your home?? It's time to get sneaky!!

I have to admit, I've not always been a veggie lover. Up until probably the last year or so, corn and potatoes were about the extent of the "vegetable selection" you would find in our house. Over the past couple of years I have learned alot about the importance of including vegetables in your diet. Vegetables are filled with vitamins and nutrients that reduce a person's risk for heart disease and they protect against certain types of cancers! After learning all of this, I just knew that my husband and I needed to start eating more veggies, the problem was trying to make them enjoyable... Over the past year I have learned alot about "sneaking" vegetables into other dishes that we like, in order to get these essential vitamins and nutrients into our bodies :) In a few of my other posts I have told you all how I chop up spinach and onion real small in order to include them into our meals, but today I have a new one for you all! I originally saw this idea on Rachael Ray's show a few years back and recently decided to give it a whirl and see how it goes, with a few healthier substitutions. Turns out my husband LOVED this new form of "mashed potatoes"! And I loved the fact that there was cauliflower hidden in there :) He's always told me that he doesn't like cauliflower, but he definitely liked it when it was mixed in with his mashed potatoes! This is how we will be eating mashed potatoes in our house from here on out!
Since I am married to a "meat and potatoes" kind of man, your classic pork chops and mashed potatoes dish is a regular in our home, but this particular day I wanted to spice up our mashed potatoes and green beans a little bit.This particular night I served our "mashed potatoes" with BBQ porkchops and steamed green beans that were topped with minced garlic that had been sauted in a tiny bit of butter. I hope you all enjoy and are able to "sneak in" some extra veggies to your families meals wherever possible!

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

2 red potatoes
1/2 head of cauliflower
1/4 cup milk
1 tbsp. butter
3 tbsp. grated parmesan cheese
pinch of salt
pinch of pepper

Slice potates into quarters, and chop your cauliflower into large chunks. Boil potatoes and cauliflower in one pan for 20-30 minutes, or until soft. Drain cooking water, then add milk, butter parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to your cauliflower potato mixture. Mash all ingredients together, then serve!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Core/Cardio Class being offered this Saturday morning!

Anyone interested in a Core/Cardio class this Saturday morning? Time would be 9 or 10 am, whatever works best for all participants! This class would be a one hour session with a focus entirely on your core muscles and cardio exercises! Class will also include a complete warm up and cool down as well. Cost would be $10 per person and hosted out of my home. Let me know if you would be interested!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Small Group Training!

These ladies kicked butt in our Saturday small group training session! Week two was a huge success! The social aspect of small group training makes for such an enjoyable environment as well as the motivation individuals get by working alongside others.

Friday, August 2, 2013