Posts Tagged ‘healthy’

Healthy Homemade Granola

May 3, 2010

I have always loved granola — the plain kind — since I don’t like too much dried fruit or raisins in my yogurt or cereal. So today, I tried first hand at making my own homemade granola. It turned out fantastic – just sweet enough and packed with nuts and nutrients. Here’s the recipe that I used. Note that I did follow a recipe, but true to myself, switched it up a ton, so these measurements may be a little off:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1/2cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash of salt
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • splash of water

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Then stir in the wet ingredients. Spread evenly on a baking sheet and bake for about 30-40 minutes, stirring constantly until brown. Let cool and there you have it! Fresh homemade granola!

If you’ve made a variation of this or another type of granola, let me know in the comments!

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Race For The Cure! Pink Running Shoes

October 23, 2009

Though, this month is almost over, let’s not forget that it’s Breast Cancer Awareness month! Not only am I a huge supporter of Breast Cancer Awareness and the search for the cure, I love pink. Don’t believe me? Check out the Lindsey Chen Loves Pink video. Anyway, back to the point. If you are in need of running shoes, these are definitely ones that you should have! They are super cute and support Breast Cancer Awareness. I am actually thinking about buying these as having alternate training shoes for when i run the Rock n’ Roll Marathon! Also, why not add some cute pink clothing to go with it? After all, who wouldn’t want to work out in style?

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Edamame – Once You Pop, You Just Can’t Stop

October 16, 2009

Edamame has recently become the most trendy snack-y food of our generation. Move over chips and salsa, Edamame is taking over!

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So what is so great about this little boiled soy snack? Well, first of all 1/2 cup daily gives you tons of vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein – because you probably don’t get enough of that with your daily diet. And this is such an easy way to get it. You don’t need a knife and fork, they are super portable – can be eaten hot or cold and best yet, they taste super yummy!

If that hasn’t sold you on it, maybe this will!

  • 120 calories
  • 9 grams fiber
  • 2.5 grams fat
  • 1.5 grams polyunsaturated fat (0.3 grams plant omega-3 fatty acids)
  • 0.5 gram monounsaturated fat
  • 11 grams protein
  • 13 grams carbohydrate
  • 15 mg sodium
  • 10% of the Daily Value for vitamin C
  • 10% Daily Value for iron
  • 8% Daily Value for vitamin A
  • 4% Daily Value for calcium

As you can see, that little serving of edamame gives you 9 grams of fiber, which is equivalent to 4 slices of whole wheat bread, minus the carbs. It also contains around 10% of the Daily Value for two key antioxidants; vitamins C and A. And for a plant food, it’s quite high in iron; it has about as much as a 4-ounce roasted chicken breast.

So next time you think about grabbing some potato chips, think EDAMAME! Your body will love you!

Japanese or French Women Don’t Get Fat (or Old)

October 3, 2009

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I started off by reading French Women Don’t Get Fat and subsequently doing the Magical Leek Diet. I loved it so much that I read French Women For All Seasons as well. Both books introduced to me some great new recipes (I wasn’t really that into French cooking at first) that are super easy to make. And also re-introduced me to the wonderful Leek.

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My past birthday, my mom got me Japanest Women Don’t Get Old or Fat (Take that, French Women!). Though the principles are the same – eat foods within seasons, incorporate lots of veggies and fish and don’t don’t don’t binge on American food, the recipes are totally different. The similarities in both books are almost spooky. Both women grew up eating their mothers home cooking, went away and spent some time in the US and came back home only to be told, YOU GOT FAT!

Ironically, they didn’t even try to lose weight – they just ate their normal food and pounds started to shed quickly. Wow.

I could relate to the Japanese Women Don’t Get Old or Fat more easily because I love Japanese food. I’m not talking about sushi (although I could eat that everyday). I’m talking about Rice Balls, Salmon, Miso Soup, Sauteed Veggies, Kale, Seaweed, Pickled Veggies. YUM.

Both books are a great read and not only are they funny and witty, they present a ton of great recipes. I would recommend both!

Subject Orange: A new FITNESS / HEALTHY LIFESTYLE blog

July 30, 2008

I’m working on a new blog called Subject: Orange. The goal is to have tons of healthy lifestyle tips for eating, exercise, articles, myths (and truths) and anything health relate.

Check out the site and let me know what you think!

Oh, and if you’re a health/fitness guru and would like to be a contributer to the site, email me!